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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

Recipes for Wreckage

You know you're asking for a Wreck when...

...your college has the initials "CNU" and the family member who orders has a strong southern accent: use any kind of shorthand on the order form:

...the color of icing you ask for could also be a proper name:

(For a double birthday party. At least both ladies were equally snubbed!) use the words "camo" AND "army" while describing what you want:

Many thanks to today's dedicated Wreckporters: Allie, Colin M., Ryan B., & Barb B.!

- Related Wreckage: Undeserving of Congrats

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Reader Comments (81)

As someone who graduated from Christoper Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, that first wreck had me rolling. I can totally see that happening!


October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin G

I have to say, the Happy Baby cake is darling

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarol

LOL at the last one! Good Luck Seth, You're in the Amy now!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw heck, at least the middle two are pretty even though they contain mistakes. The first and fourth are pretty abysmal. @___@

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Is the first cake meant for an anorexic person, or someone who is blind?...:D

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

It seems to me that "Happy Baby x2" makes MORE sense than the other possible permutations -- "Happy Baby Baby" or "Happy Baby Happy Baby." At least the cake's message as it stands sounds kind of hip, to match its modern decor.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Ann

I agree with Carol; the Happy Baby cake is too cute!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

If I were Amy, I might be mildy offended there. ;-)

wv: bleschu

Jen bleschu for this blog!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Yes, second cake's a shame, as it's so cute otherwise. And the writing! Adorable.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabs

ohmygawd. what a friggin' hoot that last one is!

i guess someone didn't ask or tell.


October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Lavender is a name?????
Excellent cakes! Love your site. Just found it. I want to 'follow' (not like a stalker), but you don't have a followers button?

Holli in Ghana

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe pale observer

Happy Baby x2 COULD be for a mother-to-be of twins. It's a really cute cake and Happy Baby x2 sounds better than "Happy Twins" doesn't it? (Doesn't it? Or am I just tired?)

I find the first one hard to believe. I found the last one completely believable . . . you know that saying, SNAFU? Originated in the "Amy" . . . "Situation Normal. Amy Fouled Up" (but expletive used in place of "fouled"). This may be the "best Seth can be" in the new "Amy."

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

My sister and boyfriend's sister both attended CNU so I will be sending them today's wrecks especially!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatjaMouse

I would certainly find it amusing if Seth met and married a girl named Amy.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

I nearly spit out my chocolate milk at the first cake, rofl! I could hear the Southern accent as I read the cake!

And LOL at the Amy/Seth one, especiallys since I have a cousin named Seth and his mom's name is Amy.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawnieC.

My question is: Does Amy know?

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

The "Army" cake must have been ordered from a Boston bakery...they tend to forget the letter R.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think cake #1 could easily be used for a ninja's birthday party

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

love them! my favorite is x2.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatballs

As a mom of twins I LOVE the baby cake and would not have been offended by it at all. It's a heck of a lot cuter than the other 2 at least!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ and J Mama

Yes, I think the happy baby cake is congratulating someone on twins, especially since it has both blue and pink spots. I call "not a wreck" :-)

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Anorexia comment-fail.

The "Lavender" and Amy cakes are great!

Amy B

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I have to admit - when I look at the "Amy" cake now - I can finally laugh at it!!!! I was furious when I picked this up at the bakery. And no, they did NOT charge me for the cake. Anything that could go wrong that day did, and this was just the "icing on the cake"!!!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

The Happy Baby x2 is a beatiful cake! What a shame they messed up the inscription. Even the handwriting is gorgeous!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyacinth

Un-freakin'-believable. I am floor that this site has SO MUCH fodder... Is there no end to the wreckiness. The CNU one is particularly hilarious.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

I like how that Happy Baby was written in icing. =D

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October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

I actually really like the second cake. What was it supposed to say, if that's a mistake? Also, the writing is so freaking adorable, who cares?

WriteCards - Thanks for the SNAFU explanation. I had no idea.

Gotta love Cake Wrecks. Hilarious AND educational!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPunk

"You're in the Amy now!"


October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I agree, the Happy Baby x2 cake is totally adorable. I just want to eat it up--oh wait, I can! *om nom nom*

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

The Baby x2 cake and the Lavender cake are really cute looking. Too bad for the mistakes, you come to expect them from a different kind of cake...

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

Allie must be invisible, or else very small.

What was the "Happy Baby X2" cake supposed to say? "Happy Baby Happy Baby"? "Happy Baby Baby"?
Frankly, I don't get it.
And anyway, how does "Happy Baby" make sense? Was there not enough room to write "Happy Birthday Baby" or "Congratulations on your new twins," or whatever the message was?

Am I the only person who thought the camoflage was a groom's cake for Seth and Amy's wedding? Amy is a rather "high maintenance" fiancee, you see ...

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Barb - at least you got the least poo-tastic camo frosting I've seen on Cake Wrecks. They actually did a pretty nice job on that.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Not only is the pink "Lavender" cake a wreck...but those roses are sadly pitiful...ughh

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaxKat

Oh heavens. Just when I think I can't get any more shocked and appalled at these...I get shocked and appalled all over again. 0_o

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I really want to know what "Happy Baby X2" was supposed to say (or mean). Maybe the baker was just being snide because he/she made a cute cake but was given an inscription that made no sense.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Jen, Congratulations not only did the NY Times write a lovely article about your book, that article was one of NYTimes' five most emailed articles this week!

Way to go x2!!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

"Lavender's" cake has some nifty bonus flecks of what I hope is chocolate cake on top of the pink icing. Is that supposed to be a preview of the inside, which in this case was probably supposed to be a yellow cake?

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

lol @ Gary--

The Amy is a very high maintenance fiancee, indeed!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my word... the first and last cakes are HILARIOUS! I'm guessing whoever did the "CNU" cake wasn't from the area or they probably would have known what the customer was referring to... well, maybe...

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

All right - Seth's "Amy" cake makes it on "Cake Wrecks"! Yes, there is an "Amy" out there for him, somewhere... :)

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstampmiser

I was stumped by the "Happy Baby" one too. Could it be that they wanted *drawings* of two happy babies on the cake?

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClara

That baby one would have actually been cute if they hadn't jacked up the lettering!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

It's just a wild guess here, that possibly the Baby x2 cake might have been for Happy Baby Number 2 (#2) and someone wrote an x instead of the # on the order sheet. Or I like the twins explanation too. Keep the wrecks coming Jen, we love you guys!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

What a shame about the inscription errors! Otherwise, today's entries aren't actually that bad...the colors are nice, the writing is very nice, the cakes are pretty...Oh well.
Blogless Mary Lou

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Like most people, I am not sure what the heck the baby cake was supposed to have been. But at least it's gorgeously done, and probably has a funny story to go along with it.

Yes, Lavender is a name. A very old-fashioned one. I personally, would never give an old-fashioned name to a child. So of course, I named my daughter..uh...Sara. Oops. Sorry Lavender and Rose and um...well, whomever.

The first three are comfortably laughable. If I were starting at CNU, I would find it funny. Or at least not as offensive as being in Amy.

But poor Seth might not even know Amy, perhaps she's just an acquaintance and he's not ready for such a strong commitment. :)

Barbra, I understand the upset, and finally the humor. You should have seen the cake I got for my daughter's birthday. It was lovely, but not what I ordered, and not quite appropriate for an 11 year old. I haven't quite decided if it's safe for Cake Wrecks. After all, some of y'all have kids...


wv: gudnuff
Usage: This cake has a wreck, but it's gudnuff to eat anyway.

(My first wv!)

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJani

I call "not a wreck" on Happy Baby X2. Both the cake and the writing are beautiful, and the quirky type matches the inscription. I agree, it's probably either for twins or a misunderstood #2. Either way, I think this baker did a good job!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLujza

i love the last one! good luck seth your in the amy! lol! tee hee!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Love the last one! Next time they order a cake they should ask that it for it to say, Amy Good luck Seth we will miss you! While keeping your fingers crossed that it will say Army! (wink)
Thanks for making my day!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy (Army) ;)

My best friend went to CNU-- and every time she says "I love CNU" I am compelled to say "Awww. I love seein' you, too!!"

Which makes the first wreck hilarious to me. Although maybe I should be embarrassed by this.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

On "Baby x2," definitely the nicest handwriting we've ever seen on a wreck! Makes you realize what lousy handwriting all those other wreckerators have. Sheesh!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika

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