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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Don't Do It, Billy!

Disaster was narrowly avoided at the Smith household today, when 3-year-old Billy took the instructions on his birthday cake a little too literally.

"You could tell he was aiming for the giant '3' candle," said a local relative on the scene, "but fortunately his mom caught him just in time!"

Gee whiz, Dora T., that was a close one.

UPDATE: To the many readers helpfully pointing out that "your" is a misspelling: uh, that's kind of the point, guys. See, he was going to "wee" on his 3, 'cuz that's what the cake said to do - get it? [shaking head]

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Reader Comments (79)

I couldn't help but notice that they used the spelling your instead of you're...since you're so into correct spelling on cakes that is...

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCellana

And of course, "your" should be "you're."

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercate

not only is the "wee" funny, but shouldn't it be "you're" not "your"?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

No props for the "your" usage????

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R

Um, not to mention that has to be the *least* enthusiastic birthday greeting ever- oh, hey. Wee you're three. Eat some cake so we can get on with our lives. Sheesh.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Your blog is too funny. Now off to bake a distaster.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGumballGrenade

Besides the lack of some punctuation, what the hell is going on wit this cake? It sorta looks like it may be Batman (classic Batman, what with the "KAPOW!" and such) but why is part of the street torn up? And what are those things climbing down the buildings of Gotham?

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Another child destined to be left behind...thanks to an evil conspiracy of terrorist bakers, he'll never be able to properly use the words "your" and "you're" for the rest of his life.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeek Freans

Last year's cake said "Woo your 2" leading to a somewhat disturbing relationship between the child and the number 2.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdanger girl

is there a new poster here? the daily posts just seem they're trying too hard...


September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the sign on the right says "blooee" (or something to that effect), not blood.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

all of the cakes you post are funny, but I had a really hard time containing my laughter at this one (laughing out loud at messed up cakes in my office isn't exactly the best choice)

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe pope

Anon, are you the same one who keeps posting lately that the blogger is trying too hard and the posts aren't good? If you read the other comments you might see a lot of us are still enjoying it. I suppose if Jen did the same type of cakes and same type of jokes every time, the comments would be "can't you come up with anything different?" ;-) There's a perfect fable for this situation:

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

Wow, this cake is one hot mess. Hopefully, he won't remember his third birthday!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Another thought...some of us refer to a certain male creation as "number 3." (There's #1, #2, and men have #3.) So telling someone to "wee out" their "3" could become very awkward!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen A A

This might be why Dooce closed her comments for such a long time, and even now only opens them now and then for certain posts. Good blogs attract all kinds, Jen. Even the fabulous "geniuses" that want to be ever so helpful to your craft...::shakes head along with Jen::

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

It's a good thing most 3 year olds can't read. I guess that's why the disaster was averted.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Gross, but thankfully most 3 year olds can not read! Haha!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyla Waldron

Glad you pointed out that there was a your/you're misspelling or else I never would've figured out what the cake was supposed to say ('Whee, you're 3!').

It really doesn't help that 'Wee your 3' is written in yellow icing, either. I wondered if maybe the kid's parents were the sort of Dale Earnhardt fans I've heard about who like to make their mark on the infield during NASCAR races.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna

What a good laugh! I didn't even have to read the description, just looked at the picture and nearly got to tears. Thanks for that!

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWild Child

Seriously, I don't know how many people are necessary to point out the your/you're mistake. Reading through this comment section is like listening to a broken record...

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, I finally figured out why the comments are so repetitious. They are held up a long time for review! I came here early this morning and left a comment (using my Google/Blogger identity). I appeared to be the first commenter. I came back tonight to read the comments left by everyone else, and saw that my comment didn't show up first at all. It wasn't even close! Maybe you should drop the comment moderation for commenters who are not anonymous, at least, to speed things up.

The Tiffany-box wedding cake debacle comments suffered from the same problem...hundreds of comments about marshmallow fondant.

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ anon 10:27 - It's true there is a delay due to comment moderation (especially early morning; I don't claim to be up and about when the post is initially published), but more of the repetition is due to folks just not reading the prior comments. This was especially true of the wedding cake post you mentioned. After 50 comments or so are posted, I can't really blame y'all for not wanting to read every single one before making your own comment.

Unfortunately I don't have the option of selecting some comments to go through automatically; it's either all moderated or none. Maybe some day I'll be fabulously wealthy and be able to pay someone to sit and do nothing but moderate comments all day, but 'til then I'm afraid you'll all continue to be at my schedule's mercy. ;)

September 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Just came across your blog by accident - it's hilarious! Whether the 'your' was deliberate or not on this cake, it reminded me of the worst sign I've ever seen in a baker's. I wish I'd had the foresight to take a picture. The sign said: "GATEAUX'S MAID HEAR."

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAround My Kitchen Table

WHY can people not get through their heads that YOUR is not YOU'RE??? Blegh - I'm depressed, this is evidence of NCLB in action....

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea


September 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Don't worry about the memories. Billy will probably receive another "wee your" cake when he turns 83. Won't remember either one.

September 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfug estate

I love all the cakes on this blog, but every once in a while, one makes me snort the millisecond the image finishes loading. This one definitely falls into that category!

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Alender

it looks like the sky is on fire D=

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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