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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

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Passive Aggressive Notes, eat your heart out. ;)

How, Mary L.?

Smilies make everything better. Here, I'll show you:
I despise you all, you bunch of idiots. ;)

See? The little ;) shows I'm joking! ;)

Also, last I checked California was still attached. Just sayin'.

UPDATE: Yes, my loyal and attentive Wreckies, I DID see the apostrophe is in the wrong place on this cake. Rest assured I am not advocating some new radical apostrophe-placement coup. It's bad. Baaa-aad.

Q: Hey, what's better than a mean goodbye cake?

A: One that's misspelled! Duh.

"That's nice of you to say, but it does seem like you're a little biased, being the seller and all..."

Chris, Heather, Ellen F., Mike, & Erin M., are you guys still here?

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Reader Comments (109)

ha! That last one cracked me up!

If I may suggest a soundtrack for this post:

Get Back to Russia by Easterhouse
Leave in Silence by Depeche Mode
Get Back by the Beatles

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarensb

I like that the Jersey cake also has candles. Is it like an Advent Calendar? We blow out one candle every day until you're gone?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

I did a double-take on the Fudge Brownie one, b/c I thought it said "F*** Brownie." LOL

Do they think the cakes will make the insults sweeter?

~Amy B.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Question? On the "Good Buy Amy" cake... are those cigarette butts or joints?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternikki

These cakes remind me of that "Get out ... no, really ..." cake from a while back ... Ha ha ha!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity


Oh, you did?

Can I point out that "riddance" is also misspelled?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbout the man-nurse

Maybe on the Nordic cake the error is in spacing. Maybe the "Honoree's" name is Hoo Ray.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlington Julie

What's with Tiger Lily in the first one???

LOL My word verification is "Forsting". Frosting, forsting - it doesn't matter to a wreckorater!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Okay, so we in California are having issues. But last I checked we weren't leaving the country . . . *sniff* Mean cake people.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy G.

Amy's good buy does look kind of tasty. I would have to agree with the cake.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassykins

I think the person leaving would be REALLY happy to be leaving behind such horrible spellers.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLose That Girl

I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with the font work on the California "Good Riddance" cake, if it was done with icing!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelly

I thought it said GOOD BUY, AHOY. A sort of nautical bon voyage.

;^) Jan the Gryphon

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergryphondear

"Good ridance" is also misspelled, just saying. It's missing a d unless I really can't read the writing.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, on the "YOUR'E" cake, I was so proud that they used the right kind of "you're" at first, I didn't even notice the apostrophe misplacement... one can only dream...

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinz

The California cake reminds me of that "End of the world" Flash animation that was all over the interwebs a few years ago.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Why are there tar filled-cigarettes on the last cake? I've never seen rolled wafer cookies put to such waste.
Maybe the farewell was so good, everyone needed a cig afterwords?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

The California cake is nicely done!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermallory

Oh wow, my "Good Ridance" ice cream cake made it! I'm a big shot now! :D

The girl misspelled "Riddance" even after asking us to spell it for her!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

While detached, the California was fairly well-executed.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to agree, California is still attached. I hope so anyway. I want to go to Disneyland in the future. It's just my favorite place of all time.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

This cracks me up! Some of those cakes remind me of my" REL="nofollow">"Chinese Menu List. I just love this stuff!!!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I believe I know what the California cake was trying to say. More jobs have left California than any other state in the last 10 years, mainly because of their insane policy of taxing small businesses to the point that it is counterproductive to hire an employee.
So, they weren't saying that California was leaving, but they were leaving California for a place that less resembles Stalingrad.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm surprised no one has mentioned how unappetizing the grey cake looks. It resembles asphalt...yum, ASPHALT!! Can I have two pieces?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

Ah.... I can FEEL THE LOVE...

I can think of a few co-workers over the years that deserved those cakes ;)

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

was Amy a heavy smoker ?
i'm just saying ....

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Kathryn~

I'm wondering if the Denmark one was a gift to the entire country from the EU after the signing of the Maastricht treaty.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterros

Just. Plain. Funny.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I'm thinking the California cake isn't really about something happening to CA. I'm thinking all of CA is happy to be rid of whoever the cake is for.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

I LIKE THAT "GOOD RIDANCE" IS ON A HIGH CHAIR TRAY! So, if you were, like, riding the high chair with wheels, it would almost make sense?

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

heyy i´m biggg fan of the blog, yestarday i recive from a internet order a horrible barney cake but i dont know how to send the pict to you

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReni

oh, goodness, as a Cold Stone cake decorator, I recognize this as one of our older "Midnight Delight" cakes, although we changed the kind of pirouline on the top years ago. Rest assured, most of our cake decorators (or at least me) are more educated in homophones than this.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Well, considering the state of the economy, perhaps giving goodbye cakes is considered a bit more kind than giving a pink slip. Eat cake, THEN clean out your desk.

It would help if they spelled it right, though.

And I adore the border on the California cake. I'm asking for that border on the next cake I get. Very well-executed cake, even if I can't figure out what the heck it means.

Word verification: charifs. If these cakes are left in your chairifs, you're in trouble. Hasta la vista, baby!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Writing "How" under the cake that's really upsetting about indigenous people is the most offensive thing on this post.

The second most offensive thing is that apparently everyone is more freaked out by apostrophes than by racism.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron and Shelly

Oh my. I lived in Denmark for three years and returned to the states mid-February, so that cake could've easily been for me. Although it probably would've said "Tillykke, og godt rejse." At least, I hope it would've.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFresca

are those cigarettes on the "buy" cake??

also, I'm gonna need several dozen of those Go Back To Jersey! cakes. for reals.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't help but think of the following when I look at the second cake (the "Good Riddance" cake with California on it). There used to be a punk band from Santa Cruz, CA called Good Riddance. They were pretty awesome. Info here:

Maybe the cake-wanter was a GR fan?

Thoroughly enjoy your blog. I have laughed myself into tears many times on it.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersterrapin

Oh wow - I love the Good Riddance smiley face cake. Classic.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRo

I'm pretty offended by the racist cake, and the more racist commentary.

wow, it's surprising that more people weren't offended by this.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I suppose it's too much to hope that the Danish cake is actually for someone called Hooray...

(Not exactly likely though!)

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I didn't notice the "How" caption before A & S mentioned it. eep.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

okay, I want to know the story behind CW1. Why the Indian? Or Native-American, if you're pc.

these were pretty hilarious.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBusiness on TV

Whats with the Native American face on the first cake? Was Pat part of a tribe and had a teepee for her desk and nobody liked it? Or maybe she scalped her boss? Odd.....


March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT

WOW, why would you even waste your time buying the cake if you were that excited to get rid of someone. OUCH!!!! These take the cake.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDustythemomhaskins

The drawing of California is pretty good.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

The last one appears to be covered in joints. Maybe they meant Good Buy as in "Way to buy some great weed, Mary!" Am I the only one who sees this?

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

The California cake makes sense if you watch this video:

Perhaps it is a cake from the rest of the U.S. to California!

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJagyularr

Are the candles on the Danish flag cake letters spelling out "yay"?

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen V.

I can see California, Jersey, and Denmark as all cheerful: someone is going (away from CA, to Jersey, and to Denmark) and is happy about it and their friends are celebrating with them. Even the Don't let the door... cake could be, if it's an in-joke - as, promoted to a better job. The wistful Indian isn't necessarily racist; it may refer to the metaphor of the number of chiefs vs regular Indians, and someone's promotion.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter=Tamar

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