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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

The Name Game

I don't usually post name misspellings, because - let's face it - names are kind of a crap shoot. Even really common names have those few screwball versions that mess it up for the rest of us. (I'm looking at you, Jenifer with one "n" and Jerimee with no "y"!) So really, bakers can't be expected to get them all right.

However, there is a point at which names get so thoroughly butchered that your only option is to laugh. These...[dramatic pause]... are those butcherings.

"Let's see, is it Steven or Stephen?"

"Eh, I guess I'll go with both."

This approach also works with the "ie" vs "y" issue:

(Try saying this aloud, and see if you don't sound like you're stuck in a stutter loop. "Criss-ee-ee-ee. No wait, I mean, Criss-ee-ee-ee-eah-crap.")

Those at least have a method to their mistakes, but now we're going to veer into some unexplained territory. See if you can guess the names on these next three:

Did you get them all? Here are the answers: Sarah, Susanna, and Seth. Yes, really. Seth.

Fortunately, sometimes a Wreckerator will recognize that something looks a little "off" with his or her spelling. When this happens, s/he will do the only sensible thing: draw a question mark after the name - on the cake.

Then, when the customer points out that the name in question should be "Jenny" and not "Fenny", the Wreckerator will spare no effort in making a few virtually undetectable corrections:


(You've also gotta love that lone "C" hanging out under "Happy".)

Stephen P., Crissie, Linda M., Lindsey L., Amy V., & Emily H., I now dub thee Steevan, Krissy, Lynduh, Lynnzee, Aimee, & Hath. You're welcome.

- Related Wreckage: Keith and What's-Her-Name

Note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!!! Those of you coming to see us tonight in Kansas City, be sure to offer him plenty of birthday greetings, songs, spankings, etc.

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Reader Comments (141)

I had no trouble reading these. I guess years of deciphering my dyslexic father's creative spelling finally came in handy.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Awww, John - thanks for sharing your birthday with me! And I'm unusually spelled both for my nickname and full name, so this is a great birthday post. Many are the times I've cursed my mother for spelling it "creatively", but now it's stuck.

Suzi / Suzannah

wv: ammin - It's our birthday! Can I get an ammin?

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi

are you sure that is not Savanna... clearly the decorator doesn't know cursive

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNevan

I'm pretty sure that Sauanna(h) is supposed to be Savanna, which is normally spelled with an h at the end, which they erased.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Happy birthday, John!

I actually interpreted the Sarah and Susanna cakes correctly. But the Seth cake? Uh-uh.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

Happy birthday, John! (Raising a slice of cake high.) To your good health!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

I read Shrahs, Sauanna (which I took to mean Savannah, but apparently not o.O) and Hath.

Thank you, Cakewrecks, for providing my future children's names!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

Ha! My name is Sarah and you would be shocked at how many people spell it Shara. Glad to see it in icing.

Happy Birthday John!!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake for Breakfast

We've heard from several ppl who have 'popular' names and get them spelled about those of us with uncommon names? Lenore seems like it is pretty straight-forward but I've gotten everything from 'Lenoir' (which is the 18th century spelling) to Leynor and even Leonard. My sister has it worse...her name is Michaeline. You can only imagine what people do that that!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yikes! I never would have gotten "Seth" out of "Hath!" I'm with everyone else, it really says "Hoth" and the wreckerator still misspelled it!

I can completely relate to all the strangly spelled names! I have a very common name with a different spelling. Try explaining Jessika to the rest of the world!

And of course, Happy Birthday Jon with a H!

WV: dingov - Dingov all the misspelled cakes out there!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKachine

Happu Birthday, John! You've had a rough month! Hope you eat lots of yummy cake!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Any Sarah will have recognised the "Sarah" wreck. We've all had that spelling at some stage!!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hmm, I thought the "Susanna" was "Savanna."

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Are we sure that Sauanna is not supposed to be Savanna? Still wrong, but not as ridiculously so...they just don't know how to script a "v" It even looks like they scraped the "h" off the end.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Ugggh, names!

My first and middle names have been on the top 10 baby names list EVERY YEAR since the year I was born (and my last name is always in the top 100, since it's also a first name), so they're pretty common and popular.

And STILL people spell them wrong all the time.

Happy birthday, John!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbpddjeoomon

Hope your day is wonderful. Happy birthday John@

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca.

The one says "Savanna".. that's a real name. Was it really supposed to be Susanna?

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

'Happy Birthday Shrah'? Who want to give a cake to a bottle of wine?

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy birthday John!!!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscrappin{jewlz}

I thought that first cake was a reference to the old Daily Show segment, "Even Stevphen" with Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNee S.

say hello to my hometown for me! wish i could be there.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Loughlin

Okay, you got me. I was sure that second one was Savanna.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterros

I thought Seth was Kath, and I was thinking it's not THAT bad.

I don't care if the name is Bob, I always ask them to spell it.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrys

That's why I ALWAYS asked the spelling, even for really common names. I got some funny looks but I explained that people spell even seemingly simple names in complex ways.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Dd and I sooo much regretted missing y'all in KC last night, but she had to start her new job. Fortunately, she'll be working in a place with a bakery on-site...fodder.... Happy Belated Birthday, John!!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The mispelled "Sausagna." which must be lasagna with sausage.

(Homer Simpson voice)


word verif.

"torterac"=what these wrecker should be tortered on.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittle gator

It's supposed to be Susanna? It looks like 'Savanna' which is indeed an actual name so...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My name's been misspelled as "Shra"... by a school official. So I'm not really surprised by all this. Amused, yes, but not surprised at all.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's really sad is that my mom, a former cake maker/decorater,spelled my name wrong on one of my birthday cakes. Me. Her DAUGHTER.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture and it doesn't qualify since it wasn't "purchased" but still- cake lady misspells daughter's name on birthday cake.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

THANK YOU so much for those. I was at the hospital all day with my daughter who had to have surgery, and have been crying all day and sick with worry. This was the first time I laughed all day, and it felt good.

Fenny?!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!

p.s. My daughter is going to be fine :)

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've never had my name put on a cake before. I'm Kristina with a K, but my mom didn't ever want to go round and round with the bakers.

Fun fact: Her name's Suzan. Like Susan, but with a z. She once had to have my grandmother come to her school with a copy of her birth certificate to prove she knew how to spell her own name.

Of course, nobody ever learns anything from ANY of this; I named my daughter Allyson.

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

lol.. people do that to my name all the time. I say "Sarah with the H" and they throw it in all willy nilly. Makes me wonder if I said "Kris with a K" if they'd spell it Crisk"... -_-

November 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In the interest of protecting true Douglas Adams geekdom, Fenny is a name in the Hitchhiker's Guide Series. Short for Fenchurch, the rail station where she was conceived.

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Cake #2 definitely says Savanna. It's still a wreck in that they scraped off the H after finding out it was wrong for her spelling. But as a Savanna-with-no-H I can't tell you how many times I've seen this... *sigh* Give us H-less Savanna's some credit! :)

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSavanna

The "Susanna" cake looks more like a Savannah with the "H" removed (notice the smeared purple?) -Wendy

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerZGirl

Are you sure the "Susanna" one really says that? It looks like Savanna to me. That's actually an old friend's name.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel S.

The Susanna one... It looks like Savanna which is a name. Do they have proof it's supposed to be Susanna?

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the one you dubbed "Susanna" is actually "Savanna" and the wreckerator added an "h" originally, then ceremoniously scraped it off?

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTish

Does the third one say "Happy Birthday Shrek"?

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


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