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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.!

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Reader Comments (81)

In defense of "Happy Baby x2", the cake itself is way way cute.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Yeah, the Happy Baby Cake is great. I like the 60's retro design.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I have to agree with others who said the "Happy Babyx2" cake actually isn't too bad. The script is gorgeous & the details cute! Are we sure it's a wreck and not a baby shower cake for a woman carrying twins? lol

But the CNU one is awesome - I used to live near there and I can say that sometimes the abbreviation in casual conversation could cause some confusion! Love it!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

so funny! the happy baby cake would be excellent if the words were correct!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

So, I watched "twins" today (so what), you know with Danny Devito and Arnold.
In it there is this scene where Arnold rips his shirts with his muscles (everything is a double edged sword says Louis CK) and he gets his first t shirt.

I'm not a hundred percent but I'm fairly confident the design on his shirt is your rebel carrot jockey, 86 the carrot.


October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron


I don't get the babyX2 one. What was that supposed to be?

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually have a very good friend named Lavender! So for the first time, I can defend a cake, though the pink is a little out of control!!!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Headley-Morris

I love the Happy Baby cake too. :)

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Oh God...I went to CNU, and the favorite thing for the orientation-leaders to say before we left for the summer (and then came back for freshman year) was: "well be c-n-u!" Barf. But I love that wreck, haha!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMedic61

I also think the Baby x 2 cake is not a wreck and was meant for twins. I think it's cute!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Jen and John! This blog is a blessing for me...after a rough day (like today for instance), this is just the place I come for a good laugh! Many thanks for your humor, creativity, and great assessment of what works and what does NOT work in cake decorating :p. Keep the great posts up, I have read every one so far :)

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermswsarah

I recently discovered this hysterical blog after seeing the book in the bookstore where I work. I was looking through the book during my lunch and started laughing so hard I had trouble eating. I've been recommending it to co-workers and customers ever since.

And I find myself pondering a very serious question:

Does working with frosting cause brain damage? And if so, are some frosting flavors and colors more dangerous than others?

I think scientists need to do a study on this.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarla Warren

Okay, I was going through the cakes today, thinking, "Well, they're not really THAT bad, if you overlook the lettering issues" (and I agree--the baby cake is too cute and not a wreck, no matter what it was supposed to say) when--GAAAA!--I got to the last one. That camo was unfortunate, although I hope that Seth and Amy are very happy together. LOL

Really, what was the mistake on the second cake? The design was cute, the lettering well-done--and it was even a circle, not a squished blob.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB65

Woot... Let's go Captains!!!! hahaha

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaptain Chris

I think it was supposed to say "Happy Baby Times Two" or something like that for twins- but the person giving the order used shorthand or "X" for times.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Beatles fans:
Allie's got to be good-looking, 'cause she's so hard to see.

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I really like the writing job on the "Baby x2" cake. I wish I could write that well on cakes!


WV: hions - Most of those bakers were hions the crack while decorating those cakes!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

"Happy Birthday Lavender" had me literally laughing out loud!

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

The Baby x 2 one would actually be pretty cute/clever if you were giving it to someone who's having twins. :D

October 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersaturn

You know, I don't think even using the phonetic alphabet would have helped with the first one: "Good luck at Charlie November Uniform". At least that is so nonsensical that even the densest baker might think twice about whether they had gotten it right (and then proceeded to write it that way anyway).

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Is it just me or does the v and r in Lavender look the same?

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As someone who currently goes to CNU, I'm going to hopefully spread it around and maybe even recreate it for fun times ahead =]

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

The second cake is actually really pretty and well done... except for that one little mistake. :)s

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessa

can the babyceke be ment to be an order of 2 cakes with habby baby on them?

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a CNU alumnus, that cakewreck is outstanding! Thanks for the laugh

October 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren O

As a mom of twins, I think the Happy Baby x2 is adorable and appropriate!

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Hello all, I have to defend the "Happy Baby x2" cake. No mistakes were made on that cake. I'm the "orderer" of the cake and a total CW fan. There is only six inches of surface for writing and you have to keep it short and sweet. Shorthand was definitely in order and the mother loved it. She thought it was hilarious.

And yes, the mother was carrying twins. A boy and a girl. Hence, the blue and pink circles.

October 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmithnPdx

Oh, SmithnPdx,

Such a party pooper! I'm the "submitter" of the HBx2 cake and found it hilarious and thought the CW crew would enjoy it. It looks like a "Literal LOL," even if it's not. :p

October 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Hahaha! Lavender *is* a name (it's my name), and I love that the cake decorator didn't even question that possibility, and went with it. Of course, every time I actually give my name, it's questioned. So for all the other Lavenders in the world, this cake's for you!!!

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLavender

I actually know a lady named Lavendar. Lol. XD

As a mother of twins, I can say that a happy baby times two IS something special... and therefore ordering a cake to celebrate! lol

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa W.

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