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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

More! More!! More!!!

The cake-inscription industry would be lost without the exclamation point. See?

Even when you triple the amount of periods, it's just not the same.

Here we have your basic punctuation sampler platter. For those of you who like to mix it up, we've got your period, your exclamation point, and your extraneous quotation marks.

That's not to say you can't make a good Wreck even with a correct exclamation point, of course:

Of course, by "correct" I mean "a gloppily crooked boomerang." And check out that inscription:
"Bon Voy...meh... I'm sure Zeb'll get the idea.
Besides, these ketchup packets are really hard to write with."

We all know the classically over-enthusiastic Wreckerator:

Which submitter Michelle A. would like us all to know she did NOT order:


If those exclamation points are a little over-the-top, though, then these are more after-the-fact:

Don't you love it when a good plan comes together? And check out the pickled ginger accents - mmmm. Appetizing.

Angela K.!, Angie S.!, Nicole D.!, & Jenn M.!,* Thanks!!!

*Not sure what a .!, looks like, exactly. Maybe a chicken with a tiny tear? Awww.
So sad.

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Reader Comments (77)

I liked the cake with the roses, it was a pretty cake

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

For the "Bon Voy" cake, it looks like there's a small katakana tsu (ッ). In this context, it's making the end of the proceeding syllable abrupt, cut off. Maybe like "Bon Voy'" or something like that.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteeple333

So awesome. The first cake was obviously decorated by William Shatner. The second one needs to go on the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks--my second favorite blog.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

I can't read any more of cake wrecks until I get a release from my doctor.!!. I laughed so hard yesterday that I've (been) get'in' back spasm's ever since!?! and am on muscle relaxers and theraputic massage.:/!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie in Arlington

I bought the Thank You!! Stacey!! cake from Costco. I'm fairly certain they use the same designs at all Costcos.

I had included a picture of my order form beause as regular reader of this site, I did NOT want a disaster for a farewell party for my former boss and so filled out the form as carefully and neatly as I could. *Shrug* The cake was delicious though!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Costco cakes. $17.99, serves up to 48, two layers with that tasty chocolate cream cheese filling (my favorite) tastes darn good for the price, the roses are pretty, lots of them for the kids who insist on a flower, they change the decos for the seasons, and they provide the entertainment as well. Who could ask for anything more?

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Words. Fail. Me.

Is it wrong that I eat cake every day now because of your blog?!!??!!!?????!!!!!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga

You know, as tragically sad as these cakes are...well, they're CAKES! If it were me, i'd prob just laugh and eat it anyway. What can I say :)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

@PetalsYoga, my ArchiveBinge of this site gave me a MAJOR craving for some form of cake. Getting cupcakes at the grocery store bakery worked out fine for that.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

Is it just me or does the Zeb cake look like the back of a smiley face's head? I agree it looks like it is written in ketchup (or maybe smiley face blood?). But it looks like Mr. Smiley had some dry skin, because it is peeling a bit in the middle...ew.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Bob, actually Monica's cake was to celebrate her 20 years of service to the company. So no excuse for the quotes.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

As a chronic over-punctuator (if that's even a word!), I have the horrible feeling that if I ever get a job in a bakery, my cakes would turn out like the Thank You!!! cake!!!!!!! lol!!
(See what I mean?!!)lol ;)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Maybe. Scott's. Name. Is. Really. Scotty.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

What's with the ellipse/flower motif? And don't bakeries at least test the Wreckerators for decent handwriting before they allow them to touch the piping bag?

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdugshop

the "Bon Voyage" cake reminds me of when I was in elementary school and was taking spelling tests. If I didn't know how to spell a word, I'd just scribble something that looked vaguely like writing and hope that my teacher would mark it as correct.

Yeah, that never worked for me, ether.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRedd

Was anyone else reminded of the Office episode where Dwight tried to plan a birthday party? His decorations include a banner that says, in plain font, "It is your birthday." which cracked me up when I saw it.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cakes should make more use of the interrobang, perhaps‽

(See how this can be read two ways‽ One excited and one questioning‽)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterishuma


It's a chicken wearing a monocle, silly!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrk

on the second cake "congrats." is an abbreviation so the full stop is actually correct, grammatically.

love this blog. especially the babies on carrots... wtf?

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Look on the bright side Michelle!!!!

At least the decorator spelled "Stacey" correctly!!!!

Perhaps the decorator was one of those teenage girls who use tons of exclamation marks. In that case, consider yourself lucky there were no lowercase i's for the decorator to put a heart over instead of a dot.

Happy. "Birthday". CAKEWRECKS!!!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWheee!!

What's wrong with an extra exclamation point? Grammar should be a slave to the expression of language. I'm always puzzled by people's reactions to the "overuse" of punctuation. I just watched an episode of "in Treatment" on HBO where the therapist commented that in America, we see suppressing our emotions as a sign of maturity. I think this is a perfect example of that. Don't be *too* happy. It's soooo uncool in this age of irony, apparently.

I think it's kind of sad that someone would even be offended by an extra exclamation point on a cake. "Oh dear!" Talk about sweating the small, inane stuff. If a cake isn't allowed to be "exciting" than what's the point of a cake?

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNowax

There's 'over the top,' then there's 'down the side...'

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

.!, looks like a chicken with a monocle...
Pip pip tally ho!

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC

Oh, hey, I saw that "Bon Voyage" cake yesterday! (Though, sadly, without the inscription.)
At Costco. It's kind of a terrifying color in person. It made me think of radioactive goo. I don't really know why anybody would ingest it.

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXion Skychaser

Perhaps the first Wreckorator (Happy. Birthday. Scott.) was going for a Comic Book Guy vibe - you know, kinda like Worst. Cake. Ever.

May 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

If I had been decorating the last cake for a friend or family member, the giant exclamation points would have been intentional. (And there probably would have been several more, even larger.) But if I was a professional and I was making that cake for a customer, I would definitely tone it down a bit.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

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