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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

How Do You Spell Success?

Uh, pretty much not like this:

Apparently Abby's last 21st birthday was not legal.

So if the "Good" is by Lucy, who made the rest?

And what do you call someone who makes slippers out of plaited ribbons?

A "braidal shoer", of course!



So in conclusion: Kids, stay in school. Otherwise you, too, may be forced to write lame jokes on the internet someday.

Hey Heather F., Amanda W., Laura, and Diana:


* Related Wreckage: In So Many Words

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Reader Comments (122)

Stay in school or you may end up as a cake decorator at a grocery store. Not that there's anything wrong with that...if you do it well.

Angie (from over at

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

It's too bad the last one went "thunk"...the cake is rather charming.

I think every wreckorator needs to have a copy of Strunk and White's near to hand. 0_o

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

The first cake has nice roses.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittle gator

Get some help.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblackberry

I am seriously mourning that second cake. It's so gorgeous, that lettering is lovely. And then they have to go ruin it...
Also, I'm agreeing with jello shots with limes, or perhaps lime margaritas as the "drinks."

For some reason, the little rose torpedoes made me lol on Lucy's Good cake. It's like the big white rose is the Mothership sending out her little minion roses to conquer the world or something....

I'm very confused about the Braidal SHoer. Why the random capitalized H? What does that even mean? Would Bri not know where she was? Perhaps her name is not Bri at all, but they were trying to spell Bride and just gave up... Which was probably the right thing to do in the end...

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

Christina Alligator...I am SOOOO with you. That definitely how a Scottish bride would sound. LOL

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Does the first cake get any credit for at least spelling congratulation correctly(minus the S)...which is usually quite a problem for cake decorators?....On second thought, NO!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! That Good by Lucy cake is a hideous shade of grey. Bleah.

What exactly is a Braidal Shoer? Sounds like some kind of spine alignment thing.

I have to say that the Thunks cake is sad on more than one level; it has CRUNCHIES on it!!! I LOVE those delicious, sugary crunchy things, but could never consume it with the cigarette stubbed out on it. What a waste of crunchies!! I coulda looked past the spelling oopsie...:(

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

I love your blog, these cake wrecks make my day!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Joyful Chaos

I think the Braidal SHoer cake is a wink at Bri's accent. Perhaps she's Cockney or from Newfoundland??

Doesn't explain the random caPitAliZatin though...

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

God bless ya! Me thinks the braidal shoer cake is for me lassie, Bri!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

You forgot to dot your "u".


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMzHartz

That last one looked more like "Jhunks" to me. Now that's inappropriate.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScientific Chick

I appreciate that some people can't spell, and I'm one of those "naturally good spellers" as a general rule. I think the whole "world is ending" complaint is because people no longer take the same kind of pride in their work to make sure that it's done right the first time. My issue is this: If spelling is not your strong point, don't get into a career that relies heavily upon spelling, like professional writing, editing, advertising, and cake decorating. No one would willingly go into interior decorating if they were colorblind, would they?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrubian77

i look at your blog everyday and lemme just say i love it and all your crazy jokes!!! =)

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNessa

What strikes me the most about the "Good by Lucy" cake (aside from the spelling) is that they were also too lazy to grab a piping bag of green icing to make the leaves and just did it all in white!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Apparently Abby's last 21st Birthday was not Happy either - perhaps she got arrested or something? Now she gets a do-over of her 21st birthday to make it legal AND happy. Lucky B****!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It should be "now you're legal" not "your"...ugh. I get so pissed off when people don't know the difference between "you're" and "your."

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

This is just sad. It makes me wonder if these cake decorators are literate.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

The last cake was corrected and they still came up with "Thunks"! You can see above the h and u that something was written in the icing and picked off.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenestria

I'm fairly certain these decorators are not, in fact, literate.

Grammar* and spelling knowledge is a rare thing these days. I had positively WONDERFUL spelling as a child, however spellcheck has utterly ruined that for me. (People blame it for a reason. I get lazy. I don't try and spell correctly and I won't learn the correct spelling because instead of looking up the word and taking it to heart, I just right click and choose the word I want.)

I believe one of the better spelling attempts I've found is hour: hower.

* Grammar isn't taught in schools anymore, period. I came from a private school and the teachers hated teaching grammar. The students revolted as much as they could, so of course, the teachers hated to bring it up. So on essays, they'll mark what's wrong, etc, but they won't teach actual grammar in class. It was something you had to learn on your own (like how to read--and yes, even in private school people can barely read). If you read a lot, you'd get it. If you didn't, you had a problem.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

What is up with the cigarette butt stuck in the middle of that last cake?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKateri


"Thunks" for writing Cake Wrecks!

*insert snicker here*


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenncgf

I know, like, ten people have already said this....But Abby's cake is really pretty! It's such a shame that there's an error. I love the sparkly dots and the writing is really nice.

PS the word verification to post this is asking me to re-type the word 'gunhun.' What exactly is a gunhun?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

The "thunks" cake is a Carvel ice cream cake. They are sold in most large supermarkets. I have seen some of the sheet type that say "Happy Birthday," however I am willing to bet that "thunks" was added after the fact.
Fantastic blog btw!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

@Ann Burlingham, no one is saying the world is ending because of poor spelling. The issue here is that the ability to spell properly would seem to be a necessary prerequisite of being a cake decorator. If you ordered a bridal shower cake and it said "Braidal SHoer," would you really want to pay for and then present that cake to your friend? I think not.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershnewell

Love it! Braidal Shoer! LOLOLOL

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

The Braidal Shoer cake commentary by Jen had me cracking up already, but then Christina Alligator (et al.) and the Scottish bride jokes just made it even better. Thanks for the fun! :)

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegan

the braidal shoer one reminds of the way my dad talks. He's Northern Irish so when we were buying a tower power shower he would call it a tarrr parrr sharrr. :D

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Rose

Re the third disaster--technically that's just an arcane spelling, not a misspelling. Which is pretty cool.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanthios

Ahh, these are awesome. Still the best type of wreck.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

@ Amy B & L.K.

I felt the need to comment as I am a 2nd grade teacher...

Yes, some teachers teach "inventive spelling" (as we call it) as a way to ease children into learning common spelling patterns and to just get them writing and not worrying about how things are spelled. HOWEVER, this is not the ONLY way that spelling is taught hopefully. At the beginning of the school year, I tell my kids to spell words as best they can using what they know about letters and sounds. As they progress through the year, and know more, I expect more. It's like expecting a baby to walk before crawling; crawling leads to walking so you can't skip the crawling step- it's important. But the baby won't crawl forever.

And I wouldn't say grammar isn't taught anymore. I teach grammar to my students because it's important and I don't want them speaking and writing improper English. Some teachers may not teach grammar, but you are supposed to as it's in the state content standards. And yes, most people who are better readers are better at communication skills because they are constantly seeing and reading words which carries over into other areas.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristie

the "thunks" cake was a cake my family had gotten for my brother for veteran's day. and thats a candle not a cigarette haha. we told the cake decorator that we wanted it to say "thanks" and to have the american flag above that. we got "thunks" and what looked like a french flag. sadly, we tried to fix it before i remembered to take a picture so the "T" in "thunks" really looked like a "D". hope you all enjoy it!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana


Why is the H capital?

Also, instead of the girls name, I think that's a piece of cheese.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is why I always open the box before leaving the bakery. Jeez...can the store manager not put up a list of commonly spelled "cake" words?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy (nanflan)


If Lucy's cake is any indication of how they treated her it's no wonder she's leaving.

wv mices...more than one mice.:P

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

For some reason that last cake looks like it says "thinks" to me, that lonely candle dotting the I, and I relish the irony in it.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrey

Ann Burlingham said...
Oy with the "world is ending because people can't spell" complaints, people! Spelling is a talent, not a skill, in my opinion- some can do it, some can't - it doesn't map to intelligence. Also, written language is meant to represent spoken language - both forms change.
Maybe it doesn't "map to intelligence," but in my opinion, it can "map" to laziness, or lack of appropriate teaching.
What do you think dictionaries are for?
I think correct spelling IS a skill.
Of course language changes; that is one reason why dictionaries include popular "slang" words, over time.
A person who is at least a high school graduate WILL come across as lazy or ignorant if he or she spells like a first-grader,
especially when applying for a job, or to college. It's a real world out there. I believe that most of these misspellers are probably able to crack open a dictionary and learn to spell ANY word correctly.
I'm an optimist.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Echoing the two or three odd folks who noted that "good-by" is, in fact, perfectly correct. Y'alls look like morons making fun of it.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfishy

"Thunks" is now my new favorite cake wreak. I had to show it to my Mother who says "Jhunks? Like you have so much junk in your trunk from eating that cake it becomes Jhunks in your chunky trunks?" Now it is even BETTER!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClair

No no, you see, Abby now OWNS legal.

See, makes more sense now.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreen

I's like the "Braidal Shoer" cake, thunks!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriamkaz

It makes one wonder if the braid for whom the braidal shoer was thrown was the same lady who had the gril. C:

WV: guixe - I don't know, but it sounds French.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Oh thank you - I mean Thunk you.
I needed that today

Fantastic as always.


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeki

Wow, the T in 'Thunks' really does look like it's been changed. I thought it looked like it used to be a D, which would make the cake say "Drunks". And then you confirm it looked like a D! with a French flag? Is this some kind of social commentary? Crazy.

But to your brother, spelled right and everything: Thanks!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Hey, that's my grat year cake! Thanks for posting it. :D

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfree-range karma

In defense of "good-by" -- the popular kids' book "Go, Dog, Go!" has a series of interactions between a boy and girl dog, regarding the attractiveness of the girl dog's hats, and at the end of every conversation they both say "Good-by" to each other. Perhaps that cake decorator was just raised on a classic of children's literature. :)

Or something.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterasifyoucare

Perhaps to celebrate her 21st birthday, Abby changed her name to Legal and the cake is correct, gramatically speaking?

Reba S.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersommer

I love this blog lol


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:Candice:

I first I thought the last one said my nick name. Chunks!

Thunks works to . (Hahaha)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCHUNKS

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