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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.

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- Jen

An Indecent Proposal

Wrecks reader Mark B. decided to propose to his girlfriend while they were on a Caribbean cruise last August. Like all good guys, he wanted to do it in a way that was both memorable and a little unique. So, after much thought, he decided to use a cake. (Told you he was a good guy.) With that settled, all that was left to do was choose the perfect words to form his request.

Well, the night before he planned to propose arrived, and Mark still hadn't decided on an inscription. As he and his girlfriend went for a walk on the beach, though, they came across the very inspiration he'd been looking for. There, written in the sand, illuminated by moonlight, was the word "dork".

Ok, so that might not seem like the most romantic of inspirations to you or me, but for Mark it was "a sign". He tells me his girlfriend was always calling him a dork at the time (with much affection, I'm sure), and so standing there that night, he knew exactly what his proposal cake should say.

Now, let's set the scene:

The meal is over, the dessert orders have been given, and Mark is sitting on pins and needles, awaiting the arrival of his proposal cake. The waiter approaches and, with a smile at Mark, places a covered tray before his unsuspecting girlfriend. Then, with a flick of the wrist, the waiter removes the lid to reveal....



Well, on the bright side, Mark, this IS quite memorable. In an incomprehensible, what-exactly-did-the-baker-think-s/he-was-writing? kind of way. Still, here's hoping your lovely lady had "many" reasons to agree to "marry" the dork in question. ;)

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Reader Comments (124)


May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Ragusin

"Next time," Mark muttered
"I'll hide the ring in cupcake.
What could go wrong there?"


May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Awww, poor Mark! And he thought up such an adorable idea, too!

I'm sure she still said yes. And now they have a great story about their engagement to share. ^_^

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

LOL! How many proposals DO go as planned? Love it!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Well, it looks like a great tasting cake, though, mmmm...

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse


my, that narrative was well-paced.

and the cake is so beautiful, otherwise! arg! at least I think so. if the inscription had been correct and centered properly and...etc.

I can see how it happened, though. someone used doctor's office-style scrawl on the order form and the two r's resembled one n.

Sounds oddly like the beginning of a poem.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Leastlikely

I have that song, "Many a New Day," from the musical Oklahoma running through my brain. Though several lines in it begin with "Many a new.. (day, face, love, etc.)," I don't recall a "dork." Hee.

Anyhoo, I thought the cake itself looked sweet. Hope she said yes once getting the true message.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHapi

Sounds like a new Wreck meme/T-shirt idea... ;)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfpelayo

This is hilarious! I just love this blog!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I don't belong to the tribe that believes proposals are still valid if made through some other medium, and I think the brown-ness...well, I guess he is a great guy but my mind would surely be made up many or not many dork.

WV: hanscoch...what?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I hope she said yes because this is hilariously adorable even if it's wrong!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I am the guy who ordered the cake. This happened back in September. Yes, she said YES!...or, I should say, Yes...Dork. Actually, we did not notice the mistake until a few days later when we actually started eating it. It was my soon to be mother in law who caught it.
It was most likely the language barrier, but just to defend myself, I was worried about that, so after the worker wrote it down, I asked them to also have the actual person writing it to call my cabin before putting it on the cake to verify.
We were married one month ago and we went on a second cruise. I had a cake delivered that said, "Thanks for manying this dork." Yes, you are reading it right. I tripple checked that the cake was "misspelled" the "right" way for this one.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Aw, the error just makes it more dorky. Or something.

OK, not really, but the poor guy - he tried so hard to do something whimsical and ended up with a wreck. I hope she laughed!

On the positive side, the cake was kinda pretty and looks yummy! I guess a sloppy "marry" could look like "many" if the "r's" were smooshed...still...a double check would definitely be in order!!!!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

oh! yay! that's so great!!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

It really is a shame it's so wrecky--that ganache looks mighty tasty.

Oh well. At least they'll have something rather memorable to tell their grandkids! *g*

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I once revealed a cake to a swan that informed it of my intent to bury it in peas.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVersaclouds

Personally, I'm a "dorkling" - slightly more original I reckon.

Are we going to get to see the wedding cake?

Very memorable story.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

What's sad... I got the SAME CAKE... just different writing... Carnival Cruise Lines need to change it up!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie-Rose

Let's just hope we don't see their Wedding Cake here on Cake Wrecks...

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Well at least this looks like it would taste good.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Well, some of us had to go through many a dork to find the perfect one ...

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

LOL! Poor guy...

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommyAmy

Awww, Congratulations Mark!!! Glad she said yes!
That cake gave me the giggles. Trying not to wake the baby.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Congrats, Mark. Hope you have a long, happy "maniage."

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope she said yes anyway!

OH wow. I'm glad to see Mark updated us though. And what a way to impress the future mother-in-law! LOL
Happy "monthiversary" Mark and his dork-loving wife!

btw: WV- scintly, but at first the graphic LOOKS like Mark's "marry/many" cake situation...

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

When I worked as a grocery store decorator, if I had an inscription that I couldn't read or didn't make sense, I'd call the customer to verify it. If I couldn't get hold of the customer (you'd be surprised at how many give FAKE phone numbers on cake orders!), I'd leave the inscription blank and then verify what they wanted when they came to pick it up and write on it then. Unfortunately, this was a daily occurance as many people have horrible handwriting (both customers and my coworkers).

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

hahahaha! Mark you're a catch! Congratulations to you and Mrs. Dork!

Here's wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Mark said...
"I am the guy who ordered the cake. This happened back in September. Yes, she said YES!"
WELL, in that case...!
Marry congratulations are in order!
May you have marry happy years together!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

the next t-shirt and apron eh?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

this is the best idea for a proposal i have ever seen. i hope someday i get proposed to with cake...just one with proper spelling.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mark is Awesome! Re: the second cake: if you weren't already taken, I'd ask you to many me!

Word verification: fedfo

If all the wrecks were sent to third world countries, it would keep them fedfo years.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoomlafied

Dude, it must be said: I want to be proposed to on a cake wreck. A horrible, horrible wreck with spelling mistakes a plenty.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngeborg

Classic Fail!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRockandrollBride

Awwww! *Melts*

It may be the preggers hormones talking, but that entire story in Mark's update is just SO SWEET! I'm nearly in tears. I love weddings. *Sniff*

Congratulations to the happy couple. Umm... Marry happy returns?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRamblingDreamer

hahaha!! oh what a great laugh!! thanks!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

It's such a pretty cake... without the words.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

This is simply stunning! Isn't that how it always happens? Man tries hard to make it perfect, something happens that is out of his control, he ends up looking like the idiot. Hmmm. I hope she took the poor thing anyways and married the Dork!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadison Small

I was recently on a Carnival Cruise (not as recently as the dork), and the logistics of loading on board the food that everyone will want to order for however many days at sea is pretty tricky. That they can whip out these cakes at all is an accomplishment; I wouldn't expect a variety of designs unless you ordered before sailing.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthisbagisnotatoy

As much as I'd like to jump on the "it must have been his handwriting" bandwagon, it might just be the decorator. I worked as a cake decorator/manager at an ice cream shop and the owner and I had to check every cake before it left the store because some of the decorators apparently lacked reading comprehension skills, regardless of how neat the order form was written out. We started to call a group of employees "The Frosting-For-Brains." I'm waiting for old pictures of some of the cakes that customers got before we figured out that we needed to be checking their work to show up on this site.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Well, at least it looks like a really yummy cake! Hopefully that's enough to get a yes! :)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just hope she'll say yes to you... this is really cute..

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhotographer Sydney

I have been on a cruise and barely anyone on the staff seemed to have English as a first language. That's my excuse for the poor guy.

Still, I am impressed that he could get a custom dessert. It looks nice except for that spelling error. At least it makes a good story.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Still laughing.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

The cake may not have turned out exactly how he wanted it, but he certainly gets props for creativity in method.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Looks like the decorator was the real dork :-). We all have our mess ups and are a dork at one time or another.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake should totally make a reappearance at their wedding... granted that she chose to "many" the dork! LOL!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWe are the Guerra's!

I just realized something. I don't include those little notches on the r's of my own cursive hand and neither do several people I know. I wonder if that kind of double cursive r - two steep humps - might look just like an n to someone. Add the language barrier and there you go.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

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