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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

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 CommenterMarie

What a cute story.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

Hahah awesome cake!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

cute idea gone wrong.


May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBald Outing

Oh, that's upsetting. But cute. I can just imagine the nervous explanation afterwards. Awww

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpenwars

Love that chocolate cake..=)" REL="nofollow">A Writers Den" REL="nofollow">The Brown Mestizo

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

I wish I had pics of the "cake" my husband proposed to me with.
I surprised my hubby with a birthday party and had them make a strawberry cake that said Happy Birthday. It was a real wreck...

The one he sneakily had them make for me was supposed to be french silk PIE but I dont know if the person who made it knew what that was *shrug* It was really funny looking, too, but they put a ribbon on it that said "Will you marry me?" I said yes :)

Congrats Mark and wife! Cute story!

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

that is the cutest thing I have ever seen. cuter than that kitten picture with big blue eyes and folded ears.

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

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

Wait, what? Am I missing something here?

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Oh my, i want that choco cake...Grrr..;D" REL="nofollow">Travel and Living

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSolo

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May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeyword


What I really want to know, though, is did ANY of the people involved know that "dork" means "penis"? Seriously, look it up.

A unique proposal, even IF the decorator had gotten it right!


May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I just read where these people put a word that means "penis" on the cake. Actually, it is how you use the word. In this case, Websters states:
Definition of dork
Pronunciation: dôrk
n. 1. a person who is stupid, socially inept, or ridiculous; - always used disparagingly.
2. the penis.

Related Words
jerk, misfit, schmo, schmuck, shmo, shmuck

Meaning, the use of the word would be of the first choice, a joke on the SCHMUCK type of person. A lovable fool, if you will. Just like using the "B" word to a female dog is not saying that she has a bad attitude.

I love English class. You are Dismissed!:)

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed so hard after reading this "many the dorks". I am still tickled by this.

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

makes me think of the time I picked out a beautiful card for my girlfriend for valentines...
only to find out when I went to sign it that it was an anniversary card. She had a good laugh over that, and thought it was cute.

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterakukoomori

When a proposal that goes so wrong is met with mutual good humor, you know "Yes!" was definitely the right answer. Congrats! :)

May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

It's like he was asking her to have his babies. Make this dork many!

I'm glad to see Mark's update that she said yes and this continued as a joke.

May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

my dad proposed to my mom at our local farmers market right in front of the chicken stand.


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I mean, I guess if it had said Marry, we wouldn't get to hear the story, but oh my god.. how frustrating! After all that fretting that he went through to come up with the perfect phrase. Oh well.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJyoti

omg i cannot stop laughing!!! i just keep imagining the buildup to this moment for both parties and then the complete randomness of the nonsensical statement on the cake. amazing. i am literally crying with laughter trying not to wake up my boyfriend!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I just want to know if Mark was a reader of cake wrecks...and if he was...



July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Marry that dork? No thanks, hes a dork.

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did you notice the unfinished piping on the left side?? haha, i sure hope she said "yes" *Lexie*

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor guy. It's no good if you have to explain the cake. ha ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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