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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

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Amanda M., you know how they say that postponing a decision is actually making one?


- Related Wreckage: As You Wish

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Reader Comments (80)

Well, the cake is lovely, the handwriting is excellent. The text is spaced well.

I am leaning toward this one being more on the customer than the decorator.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On the upside, at least the script is pretty!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy M.

It's a beautiful cake.
Maybe someone sent it to a person who hadn't called back-- just to remind him/her to return a phone message.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

That would be a really fancy way to give someone false hope after a crappy first date.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@myolderbrothers

could they have fixed it by adding a "you" and a question mark? I guess we will never know.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Oh my.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Oh, that is classic. Almost as good as "under neat that."

Wow. Just ... Wow.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

What a great "literal" example.

BTW, it was really fun to listen to you and John last night at B&N in Overland Park. Great presentation! You are both so cute and funny. :)

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Bennett

On the other hand the writing is beautiful!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichieGrl

but such nice penmanship!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSyracuseWolvrine


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

With a good enough back story this might not actually be a wreck. It's beautifully done.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

On the up-side: very nice writing, and it's spelled correctly!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelleP

I had a great time at the book signing last night!

Thanks for signing my book even though I'm socially awkward and asked you to do it before your presentation! lol.


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarybt

Like in any good relationship, communication is key.

But when the time is right, of course.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Heh, cute.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Nice find, as always!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Guys take note, when you say you're going to call her, but you don't really mean it, this is the way to do it.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

Punctuation could have helped:

Will, call back!
Will Call - Back (Your tickets are waiting for you in back!)
Will, call Back. (He's trying to get in touch with you.)

So many possibilites!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

It's a beautiful cake. Maybe whoever sent it is asking Will to call back, and the decorator just forgot to add in the comma after "Will."

-Blue Jean

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Apparently, the customer did *not* call back.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

I get this all the time at our bakery! The customer calls to order a cake, and then she can't decide what she wants. The kids are fighting in the background, their TV is blaring, the baby she is holding is crying right IN the phone. Then she is aksing her Momma... "Momma, what kind of cake? Momma what kind of icing? Momma, what time?" [GIVE THE PHONE TO MOMMA WILL YA?]Then she says "I will have to call you back!! Then they forget to call back. *sigh* I usually end up having to call THEM back. This cake looks decent enough tho.
All in all a good cake wreck LOL for the day!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I'm thinking some people aren't getting why this is a wreck. So here's my take:

The order form apparently had a space for "Inscription" and the order-taker wrote "Will Call Back," indicating that the customer would call back with the inscription. The customer never called back, and the decorator went ahead and started the cake anyway.

So if that's the true backstory, it's definitely a wreck.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Maybe there is a comma missing: "Will, call back!" and an exclamation point of course... Seeing some of the strange things people actually commission on cakes, I guess I can't blame the baker for writing out exactly what is on the slip. They really should have double checked though....

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

The order form apparently had a space for "Inscription" and the order-taker wrote "Will Call Back," indicating that the customer would call back with the inscription. The customer never called back, and the decorator went ahead and started the cake anyway
I was going to suggest this. I think thats exactly what happened@

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhmmm


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball

It is a simplisticly beautiful cake, with nice hand writing to boot. I can only assume that one person took the phone order, his/her shift ended, and the next person on made the cake assuming it was some sort of inside joke for a secretary.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

This is a "litterally" lovely inscription.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

Haha, I like the comment that says, "apparently the customer never called back".

Awesome cake wreck.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiecey

Just what the world needs--another passive-aggressive cake decorator.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJellyDonut

Is that "" on the front side original to the cake? That could be a clue...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here's my "backstory" for this cake, but its just a theory.

This bakery gets a lot of partial orders where someone is supposed to call back with the colours, or the proper spelling of a name, or drop off a photo, etc. When they don't do so in a timely manner so poor sod has to track them down.

So the management/poor sod gets annoyed and starts making people put down a deposit/get the credity card number up front. And that doesn't work.

So then they start putting big signs up every where, on the order sheet, website, over the phone that all final design decisions must be in no later than three o'clock the day before the cake is getting picked up.

And that doesn't work.

So one Saturday its 5 in the morning and the baker/caterer/secretary was out late the night before and has a hangover. The weekday staff never tracked this person down and go the inscription and this person just wants to get the cakes done and go home. So they say "Screw this" the customer knew they had 'til three to make changes so they're getting the damn cake the way they ordered it and they're paying for it!

(Can you tell I worked in bakery/catering kitchen? I can totally see Natalie and Barry having this conversation)

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Perhaps this could have been avoided if the person taking the order hadn't written "Will Call Back" within the inscription space but near it. Or on a post-it.

Because sometimes people order cakes and you really wonder if that's what they wanted, but you just never know...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

And yet they never do..
Amy B-H

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

These are the best kind of wrecks.

@ Taylor,
I do not get the impression that people do not understand the wreck. Mainly they are just joking about the cake

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarcel

I'm hoping for either an intentional act to punish yet another non-call-back customer, or for the decorator to be completely non-English speaking.

Because if it's just that someone wasn't paying attention or was that clueless without an excuse, I fear for humanity.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Did someone at the bakery leave a phone message on the "cake order" paper by mistake?

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Qualls

This reminds me of that famous tombstone inscription which says "I told you I was sick!"

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

will is a very self-centered #^*&.

trust me. he won't call back.

he never does.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I don't know about you, but that's the fanciest phone message I've ever seen...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

Will call Barack!

Maybe it is former President Clinton (Bill-Will) call Barack!

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake Believe

A promise never fulfilled. At least it's a pretty cake.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

Aw, man! What a shame--the script is excellent and the flowers are lovely.

I'm just shocked someone let this out of the bakery! Maybe the person buying it said, "You know, I'm going to buy this cake anyway--when I tell my friends, I'll need some evidence because they won't believe me."

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I don't's too well done to be a mistake.

I'm having trouble believing that somebody who can make such an otherwise lovely cake could then go and do something silly/stupid like this.

I'm definetly leaning towards passive-aggressive decorator having a bad day?

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I seriously doubt they will.

Fine lookin' cake, though.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

"Okay, what do you want the cake to say?"

*thick accent* "Will call back."


November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Lyons

Am I the only one who feels like this cake looks sort of... funereal?

And that the phrase "[I] will call back" would totally fit that idea, in a morbid, Twilight Zone-y way?

WV: mysivend. Mysivend the other sieves filtered out the rocks.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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