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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

Oh What a Difference a Letter Can Bake

Sure, they're easy mistakes; anyone can make them. And really, you wouldn't think that one letter would matter all that much in the grand scheme of things, would you?

Well, until now.

I think I speak for young Matthew here when I say: if he gets birthday racks, his day will most definitely rock.

Dude, even if this cake made sense, it wouldn't make sense.

Wait. You mean you didn't intend to introduce your man to the exclamation point?

Alright, listen up, "A": It's just a jump to the left...

And "R", now you step to the rii-iii-iiight.

Tracy T., Deanna H., Sho M., & Myra M., let's do the Time "Wrap" again!

- Related Wreckage: I'm This Many

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Reader Comments (81)

Yea Rocky!! and yes, a letter makes a big difference...ever get the chance to watch Word World? Fun toddler show on PBS that instills this point in quite a few of their episodes :)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

What is with the creepy "happy faces" in the first one.

YAY "Time Warp" references!!! Jen you're a genius :)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

And now I will have Time Warp stuck in my head for the remainder of the day.

Random Orlando question - ever seen the shadow cast of RHPS at the Loew's at Universal? Good times!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

I think the one that doesn't seem to make sense is supposed to say, PS: I scratched my butt with your cake. Maybe an inside joke???

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermommieofdrew

By the way, Congratulations on your New York Times Article. You have hit the big time now!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I am totally singing in my head right now.. Love Rocky Horror.. Good thing I'm in front of a courtroom, otherwise I'd probably be dancing too.:)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrotta

Love the RHPS reference. Now it's gonna be in my head all day!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertransyamber

Hey, I recognize that Costco cake in the last photo!

Here in China, we always feel like we're in a time wart. (Complete misspelling completely intentional!)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

as the mother of a young Matthew, he better never have a birthday "rack" in my house! LOL

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Love the happy balloons next to "Scratched my butt". And also, "Scratched" and "Butt" should be in the cake decorator's handbook of words never to pipe onto food.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

*scratching head and looking puzzled*


October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Yay,RHPS now I'll be singing it all day."Let's do the Time Wrap again". LOL thanks for making my day.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Jen, any idea about if or when you are rescheduling the New York book tour stop to?

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrotta

I suspect that someone had a stuffy nose when they ordered the buttscratch cake.

BTW, Cake Wrecks was mentioned in today's Express, a publication of The Washington Post.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

These cakes really rack! Let's do the Time Wrap again!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

You put your hands on your hips! and bring your knees in tiii-i-ight!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarla A.

I'll be singing Rocky Horror all day now. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless you happen to be within hearing range.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

The inscription on the second one would explain the poo-brown trim.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Time Wrap forever, indeed!

These are the cakes that inspire me to shuffle off to my local grocery store bakery and buy one of their sad-looking concoctions to put out of its misery. Well, except the one about scratching butt with cake. (First of all: ew. Second of all: how?) I'd pass on that one.

Word verification: shedness. My cat's shedness is yet another reason I pass on baking cakes for others out of my home.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Okay I get that the young Matthew in question was supposed to have a rockin birthday... But why 3 creepy smiley faces on a fruit covered cake for a boy?

And why the sweet balloons on the buttscratch cake?

And Why would you go all pink for a cake for someone named "Man-Meat"... oh wait... maybe yesterday's post explains that one...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

Happy Birthday MAN MEAT?!? Seriously, what is that one supposed to say??? Did some wish a happy birthday to their, um, little fireman?? (ha ha! Not firehose though, I think that was a different cake...)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

Does "Man Meet" look like "Main Meet" to anyone else? With an un-dotted 'i', though.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGo East, Young Man

if there are no racks on my birthday I will be very disappointed

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I don't think that I would be able to even attempt to eat the second cake!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCortnee

Mmmmm, I like cake. :)

That first one looked really good...I think I need to eat some breakfast.

I'm making a cake this weekend. The hubby's turning 31 and he wants a lemon cream cake. That's how we'll be kicking off Jeffoween this year.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

haha! i love the face on the yellow flower in the last one! its like its looking at the knife thinking "its coming to take me away!" :~)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan and Matthew

I love time warts!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

RHPS totally racks!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscrappinfox

>Alright, listen up, "A": It's just a jump to the left...
>And "R", now you step to the rii-iii-iiight

Sheer awesomeness.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't remember the giant happy sunflowers in Rocky view must've been obscured by flying toilet paper or toast.

WV- picketro- the trench one digs before constructing a fence.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrigglesnitz

Put your hands on your hips....

Awesome reference for today as I was thinking about Dr Frank N Furter yesterday with the "frank"enstein cake...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha ha!

To me, wrecks like this are the most hilarious

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Manmeet is an Indian name, so I'm guessing that's what it was supposed to say - well, except for the random capitalization in the middle. :)

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I love the time warp one! LOL
Now, I'm going to have to watch the film for the Nth time!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Is the last cake celebrating the season wrap (I actually first typed "warp") of the Discovery Channel's Time Warp show? Although the happy sun doesn't exactly make sense for them, either. And they don't have a catchy song that gets stuck in one's head and inspires a desire to throw things at the screen, so I'm almost hoping it's a Rocky Horror, um, tribute.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the ManMeet one is legit - Manmeet is an Indian name.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter=s=

These are hilarious- love the buttscratch cake! Maybe they had a cold when ordering, or the wreckerator did when saying it in her head as she wrote it out on the cake.

Also, I had a client whose name was, in fact, Manmeet. I think it is a middle eastern name of some sort, so the spelling is correct, but maybe the random capitalization is wrong?

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

i have no words. . . . ..

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

am catching up on all the wrecks after being gone for a few days.

what fun! sooo much wreckiness, so little time.

hope john's continuing to recover and feeling stronger each day.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Birthday racks, butt scratches, main meets and time wraps. What a perfect way to end the work week!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeith in Kansas

Whether it's Manmeet or Man Meat he must be a sensitive guy if he's apprectiating the pink frosting and white roses. I usually get my "man meat" cakes in primary colors.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

Go East, Young Man, you are not alone! I see "Main Meet" too.

And it's about time RHPS was referenced :-D

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne :-)

Is the second cakes honoree really named "Zaney"?
If so, maybe the cake is appropriate.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Definitions of Manmeet on the Web:

Manmeet is a name from western India. Its English translation can be peaceful or soulmate.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Daphne

Love the Rocky/ "Time Warp" reference. The second cake is just wrong.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe Matthew is a lucky boy getting racks for his birthday? Some sort of initiation thing?

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanetDavies

Or perhaps for the third one, the well-meaning family decided that their single daughter turning 27 was enough to warrant her "settling down", and arranged a birthday "man meet" for her surprise party...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

HA! I think the second cake is a Colbert Report reference. He did a bit about some research that showed that there tended to be a great deal of (ahem) not nice material on most keyboards. So Colbert did some sort of slogan about "I wiped my butt on your keyboard" "I scratched my butt with your desk" etc etc.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

What in the world does the last cake have to do with the Time Warp? I don't remember any smiling suns or flowers in RHPS.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl miss takes.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

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