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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

Any Occasion Will Do

I'm the type who thinks cakes are good for any occasion. Apparently, so are the people who ordered these:

After all, how often do you get to congratulate someone on "completeing" their jail sentence?

Wow, that often? Ok, never mind.

(Say, are those orange things supposed to be flowers or carrots? Either way, I'd be sorely tempted to stick some plastic babies on them.)

Alright, for those of you who are being congratulated: make sure you always thank the ones with the fat checkbooks.

Yay appropriate quotation marks! And thank goodness the decorator didn't choose to take a more literal approach to a cake celebrating potty-training.

Pete and Pete's lady, this one's for you:

Frozen peas only go so far,
So Ladies, here's a tip:
Be sure to buy your man a cake
When he gets the ol' snip-snip!

Yeah, I know: I missed my calling as a traveling troubadour.

Thanks to Wreckporters Monique R., Kyla S., and Stephanie P.!

Also, in the interests of full disclosure: the Bail cake was a gag. The others are legit, as far as I know.

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Reader Comments (105)

This website does make me wonder - what won't someone write on a cake?

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ.L. Scott

You just made my day - I'm laughing as I type! This blog never ever ceases to amaze.

Hallmark needs to catch up with a line of cards to go with these cakes. Say, you could write the verses inside!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLidian

as a mom of a newly potty trained kid, I wholeheartedly support this reason to eat cake! I felt like throwing an entire party!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinnea

Seriously? Wow...

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

OK that is a little bit much. Some people need better things to do. WOW...that's all I have to say!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Frederick

See, now that's what I forgot after hubby's vas. A reception with cake!


September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChicka

These may win my vote for my favorite cake wrecks post ever.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

LMAO!! That's awesome! I'm going to have to remember the vasectomy one ;)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

When my daughter was potty-trained, she got to choose new underwear. I guess I didn't realize the occasion called for a cake...

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Haha, I sent a picture of that last cake to my husband. His response was, "Does that cake say what I think it says? Congratulations on not plaguing the earth with any more of your seed?"

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Wow! Little did I know I was supposed to buy hubby a CAKE!

Maybe it's not too late.

(Hilarious cakes, per usual!!!)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMom of Three

I thought it said 'fail sentence' at first. Don't ask what that means, because I don't know, either.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Only goes to prove that there's no wrong reason for a cake. I guess? LOL
~Amy B

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The last one has me cracking up.

But yeah, if you are gonna get thrown in the pokey, definitely remember to thank those who sprung ya.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Maybe Pete's first crop of kids were such nightmares that his procedure was a cause for celebration throughout the neighborhood?

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I do hope you are going to issue a Wrecks 2009 calendar. Please be sure to include all those lesser-known holidays so we can order cakes for them.

Wreck on, cake decorators, wreck on.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm kinda surprised the vasectomy cake doesn't have little sperms swimming around on it.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

We're a cake loving country, and these just prove we're willing to use any excuse to snarf down buttery sugary goodness.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

I'm guessing the decorator of Pete's cake is of the male-type persuasion, as the handwriting attests to an unsettled state of mind.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Oh, can I have the piece with the potty? I don't think that cake could be any less cute. Where's the fireman cake when you need it?

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Hysterical, as always! Thanks for my daily laugh! =)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKat

These are great. My kids missed out I didn't realize potty training was a cake occation, but we have had cake for so many other occations, First football game of the season, first missing tooth, first E on behavior report card (that was hard for my son), Oh and just because its Sunday cake.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Sosa

I agree with JL Scott: what *won't* someone write on a cake?

It seems like any occasion calls for a cake. I got out of bed this morning! Where's my cake congratulating me on that? ;-)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

These are just priceless today. This is one of the best posts yet. I'm never surprised by what people will put on a cake!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I think all news should be given in cake format.

Just imagine how much more fun it would be to get "Sorry 'you're getting' the death penalty"

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBlablover5

well Jail sentence could be an inside maybe they quit a job they hated or retired. Or got a divorce? I dunno...but leave it to people to literally mean Jail sentence.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpika23

I can get behind the potty training cake and maybe even the jail cake, I mean, felons like cake too right?
But the vasectomy? I guess it's the least you can do to make your husband go through that but I don't remember getting a cake when I gave birth so why is he special? I'm not bitter, I promise. ;)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

OMG! I love the idea that someone posted about a Cake Wreck calendar! I would buy 1 for me and 3 for the bakers I know. Problem would be picking just 12!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

All I can think of with the "Congrats on competeing [sic] your jail sentence" cake is the cake from Back to the Future. I forget exactly what it said but it was a similar sentiment for Marty's uncle.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

Hey... any reason for cake is a good reason. Hummmm.... I DID get out of bed this morning!!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

I look at that vasectomy cake, and all I can see are those two lonely blue roses in the corner.... :(

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermike.

Ok thankfully I'm not the only one who thought the "j" in the "jail sentance" looked almost sorta kinda like an "f."
Thank you Kara! (earlier commenter)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKazuki

Sept. 24th is National Punctuation Day! So, thank goodness that you were able to post a cake with the correct usage of quotations for this very special day.


September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMsFrisby

I just realized what a terrible friend I am. How could I NOT have gotten a cake for my friend when she got out of jail??? After barely surviving her own emotional hell for 2 months, I really should have gotten her a cake. Dang.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Get out of jail cakes are so 1985! They did one in Back the the Future for Uncle Joey.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Absolutely priceless!

I second the calendar idea - you've already got 10 on the favorites list - and four more here! Maybe the bail one belongs on the cover...

Thanks for making my day - every day!!!


September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

So... who has to eat the toilet bowl piece?

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosie

Kara, you're not alone. I thought it said 'fail,' too.

As for the potty cake (potty,cake, potty cake, baker's I think I'd rather just hand the kid a cupcake or something as a reward. There are some things I just can't imagine sharing out loud with enough people to consume that cake.

In re: the vasectomy cake, a friend of mine recently announced his wife's fourth pregnancy and his intention to get a vasectomy pretty much simultaneously. I wonder what the cake at the shower should look like? I'd ask Miss Manners, but she would just say that a fourth baby doesn't get a party simply for happening.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

I had someone come into the bakery where I worked and asked me to write, "Congrats you're HIV free!" Every occasion is an understatement.


September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

haha. Well I'm gonna throw a "congrats" party for my BF when he gets out of prison.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeaf Brown Trash Punk

It's only a matter of time before we see a "Sorry to hear about your diabetes" cake.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

I thought the jaunty orange decorations on the first cake were a nod to those colorful prison jumpsuits!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramelia-eve

I'm a cake decorator and you would not believe how common potty training cakes are. Personally I think it's a little over the top.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNosnin

Toooo funny !!!! I'm with Marie---can I have the piece with the potty?? For thirty years I have cleaned that potty...

Can you imagine picking up and paying for the "Bail" one?? Yikes.

It is tempting to have a cake made that says: Glad that test came back positive !

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Wow, I'm really glad I'm not the only one thinking an entire cake to celebrate potty training is a bit much.

Though for extra fun you could combine that sentiment with a Teletubby-pies theme, and make potty training that much more educational. Blue #40 in... blue #40 out!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteradularia

Am I so out of touch that I didn't realize that finally being potty trained calls for cake? I am just a horrible mother I guess. I wish I had gotten a cake for my C-Section. Oh the images that come to mind!...

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElvira get rewarded with cake for learning not to pee in their pants? No wonder they grow up with a massive sense of entitlement.

"Mom, I didn't hold up a convenience store and kill a man while stealing his car, today. I think that's worth at least two tiers, right?"

(I kid, I kid 'cos I love)

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTelefil

aaah too funny, I wish I would have thought to bake my husband a cake to go along with his bag of peas....hilarious!!! I think i might just do that still....

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiebe Family

What is it about the round cakes that makes me want to put my face directly in them? They always seem somehow tastier-looking than the others. Must be a hangup dating back to my first birthday party...

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermiki

Like kara, I thought it read "fail sentence." So I assumed it was one of those situations where the cake decorator wrote the actual instructions on the cake. Then I wondered what the heck "fail sentence" would mean. Maybe it was a case of bad penmanship? Hmmm. When I realized it was "jail sentence" it didn't seem so ridiculous!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeanna

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