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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

How to Fail in Spelling Without Really Trying

Dustin G. sent in this lovely bit of irony purchased for the cast of a show called - you guessed it - "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." If you're feeling charitable, you can tell yourself the decorator misspelled "without" on purpose. If you're not, you can also nitpick the extra-wide spacing.

What's that? Taxes are due today? Grrr. Right, so, dudes: What is UP with that crazy double-spacing, eh?

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Reader Comments (55)


It doesn't even make SENSE!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can see that the guy who made this cake was too "wtf"ed at the cake request to spell 'without' right.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The logo for the show is awesome - why couldn't they have used that?!

<-- Played Rosemary in a 1998 community theatre production of How to Succeed...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

Perhaps there with be a lucky switching of numbers in your taxes and you';; end up better off than this cake. lol

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGossamer

Just trying to fill up the cake, I guess. It is weird looking. And what a pity, it is otherwise entirely unremarkable.

WV: trastal - That's too much cake to put in the trastal - send it the way it is, they'll never notice.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

All I can do is shake my head...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

This cake is lame. Spelling mistakes aside, couldn't they have slapped a few $$dollar$$ signs on it or something?
What IS up with that spacing anyways ? ?

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Webster is rolling over in his grave!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

How to look like a fool without really trying.

Angie (from over at

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Ya know, compared to some of your HORRIBLE wrecks, this one ain't too bad. At least the lettering is pretty...even if all of it's not quite right.

Cruel irony indeed...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I definitely thought that the "how" looked like Hour.... Which makes it even more wrecky.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchef855

How To Fail At Cake Decorating Without Really Trying.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaralia

Just gotta say...I'm playing Rosemary in this cast and I read this blog EVERY day...This is such a great way to start my Wednesday!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegstermeter

The cheese! The extra space is for the cheese slices that hand is about to add...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Maybe it was a test---you know, the one where they misspell words but because our minds somehow right the wrong, we can read it anyway.

WV: untsome: like reading word verification words and thinking they are real words, and can I get away with using them in Scrabble

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Maybe it had been a long, been a long, been a long day for the wreckerator.

<--- got his nickname from the Venezuela-bound executive he played

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

Now it all makes sense!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

I've seen the most typos in my Business classes, so this makes sense! =p

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

"How two Fial Speeling Wihtout Reelly Tring" is the working title of the play this wreckarator is working on.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrigglesnitz

I believe in you....

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPurplewalls

How do you spell succeed and business
correctly, then mess up without?

But I guess they weren't really trying!

WV-inwinci: This the cake inwinci messed up the spelling.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

You gotta admit, the baselines are super straight. I think they put a ruler in between each line!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnigger Fam

at least the writing is relatively straight, in spite of the double spacing...maybe they didn't want it to look cramped?

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarie Lou Who

I'm with DangGina here, it's not that bad. Not that good, but... I make that error all the time, but when I type! Maybe s/he was trying out a new icing linotype machine.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPickyknitter

It looks as though the "Wihtout" was first spelled "Wihout" the T, which was squeezed in later in the wrong place.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I was surprised to see which word was misspelled! I thought for sure it would be "succeed" or "business." Who spells "without" wrong?!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhj

This is an example of how to make a cake without really trying.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

How to fix spelling without really trying!

The spacing doesn't bother me nearly as much as they botched correction job.

Mind you, I'd still eat it...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

WV: Vachness -- in such a vachness of space, any mistake can be fatal

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I'm with hj. After succeed and business, without should be plain sailing. So, what's the story? I think our wreckerator obviously got too confident, too cocky. Or went out for a few quick halves at dinnertime.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Nice lettering, though. Someone's got a good hand.

Argh. Now I want cake, misspelled or otherwise!

wv: Warkin--I'll just warkin to the nearest bakery and get me some misspelled cake. Maybe they'll give me a discount? XD

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Did this wreck come from Richmond, VA? I know people who are in this very play performing here right now.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I think your title sums it up quite nicely.

Word verfication: harstink. These cakes — they harstink.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

It goes wihtout saying

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I'm trying to figure out the point of the whole cake.

Do you succeed by eating cake??

If that's the case, then I'm golden!!!

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

Spelling "without" correctly would be trying way to hard, and they were wanting to convey how to succeed without really trying. you know, like apathetic cool, like yeah, we just happened upon this successful cake. isn't it great?

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Or, "how to succeed in wrecking a cake without really trying".

That's triple-spacing, mind you.:o)

~Amy B.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Eh, thank goodness the rest of it isn't TOO horrible. I can't believe how many people CAN succeed in business without knowing how to spell though.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane - DB Impressions

solution: cut the cake quickly at the error and no one will know.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I love how they navigated "succeed" and "business", then just murdered "without".
I think it damn well may be intentional. The whole cake seems half-assed. A TV show celebratory cake from a grocery store with unrelated red flowers?

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthebabelsburgfx

I wonder if there is something we are supposed to read between the lines? LOL
The cake really isn't all that bad except for the spelling mistake. A simple error in word spacing!! But seriously...Don't people LOOK at their cakes when they pick them up and check for errors that can be easily fixed on the spot?? Oh yeah..they did..

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Would it have been better if the post had started with "How to Fail in Spelling Wihtout Really Trying"

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

he just needs the time to think
it out

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Maybe it's time for a new category: "Phoning It In".

It's like the decorator took one look at the order, sighed, and grumbled, "I hope they like rosettes, because that's what they're getting!!"

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina.rue

That's bad... you can tell they forgot the "T" and THEN put it in the wrong spot! tsk tsk tsk...

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

Why, Miss Jen, you seem to have read my mind (er...were you especially bored today?)!
Until now, I'd been wondering WHY there had been absolutely NO sort of reference, allusion or nod to the TAX SEASON via wreck! I really expected SOME little SOMEthing, like maybe a cake baked with a file inside for incarcerated tax evaders, or at the very least, a green and white cake.
It's like trying to ignore flying-insect season--sooner or later you're gonna get bit in the ass anyway. May as well have cake.
Okay, so there WAS no cake.
Never mind. =^u.u^=

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

She's obviously a writer - it's ingrained in us - double space, dobule space, duoble space. . .


April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim Kasch

The spelling is stupid of the cake maker, but seriously, what's wrong with the spacing?!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenzie

I think that the Wreckerator was set on the wrong "Justify" setting and that is why the writing is spaced so weirdly. Hopefully the hit the re-set button before the next cake!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinnyP

Ya gotta give the decorator credit for filling up every inch of cake space with something!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

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