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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:


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Reader Comments (122)

I had to say the "Braidal Shoer" one out loud at least 10 times before I figured it out. And SeaNymph was right, the thing on there *does* look like a doggie's rawhide chew

#4 looks like the culinary students were practicing and someone accidentally put the plaque in with the ones that are supposed to go on the cakes, and then the high school student who works in the afternoon blew it majorly!

And I agree with Nathalie, 'good-by' is fine, it's just the used tissues they piped onto the cake that I'm concerned with.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

I read the writing on the "thunks" cake as "Drunks" =) T and h get into Dr quite well =)))
Heh =) I love this blog! =)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhiteracoon

I think you'll find the final cake is a badly formed Shrinks. The r is a little dodgy. I hestitate to think what interpretations they drew about the wreckorators early childhood.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

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.

I agree that correct spelling (or the lack of it) is not automatically a indictor of intelligence but poor spelling and grammar come across as ignorant and/or careless, particularly in a professional capacity.

I am not a natural speller - it is something I find difficult, especially if I am writing by hand as opposed to typing, but I *know* that I don't spell well, so I have made the effort to learn the correct spelling of words whcih I need regularly, and when I am writing something important (business letters, notices etc) I take the time and trouble to check spellings where necessary.

Spellign is much easier for some people than others, but (for almost everyone)it can be learned, and incorrect spelling, whetehr on a 'professional' cake or in a business communication, looks sloppy, and implies ignorance or carelessness or both.

I don't think the world is coming to an end, and of course spelling and use of words both change over time, but if someone has ordered and paid for a cake they have a reasonable expectation that it will be in line with the generally accepted correct spelling.

If you order a professional prduct, you expect it to be produced professionally.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarjorie

Abby, isn't good to know that whoever decorated your cake got an early start on celebrating your 21st birthday? :D

Word verification: chest

Appropriate, I suppose, if you tend to lose a lot of self-control while drinking. :D

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdogface

Argghhh. I realized it still wouldn't be correct if Abby had changed her name to Legal, and have spent hours trying to come up with some way to make it correct. i just can't.

Reba S.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersommer

I kinda thought the limes? on Abby's cake looked like fat green caterpillars crawling out.

See Jen, I check your blog first thing in the morning! Only thing is, I think my morning comes earlier than yours since you haven't put up anything yet! :)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

What's with the dot over the "u" on the last cake? It's like they couldn't decide if it should be a "u" or an "i" so they dotted it just in case.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJalula

I didn't read the 108 comments before mine but did anyone notice that on the second cake, "your" should have been "you're"?

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFun Times

This is really grat, grat job!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMari

holy mother, I can't breathe!!!! braidal shoers!!!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacki

the 21st birthday cake uses the wrong spelling of you're. they put your instead.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersope-on-a-roap

Oh my giddy aunt. I think that the Braidal Shoer may come up next to "It a gril" in my list of favorites.

And for Ann: no the world isn't coming to an end because of bad spelling. But there is a reasonable expectation that cake decorators should be able to spell the rather limited amount of words that they use. And they should be able to deal with appropriate capitalization as well. It's only a courtesy to the people that they're working for. If these were cakes lovingly prepared by a friend or family member, it would be sweet and funny and not an issue. But if you have to pay for something it should be professional. And part of being professional is doing something right--and in a manner that the people who ordered the cake can actually understand what is written there.

And it's not like we're talking about a huge lexicon here; congratulations, bridal shower, it's a girl, you're legal now. That isn't asking a great deal. Especially if it's been paid for.

And if somebody, somewhere has figured out what Falker Satherhood is, please let us all know.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw, it's a pity, too... the lettering on the legal cake is very nice!

Lovely handwritten font.
Grammar Fail.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterweeona

I think that last cake is a piece of "Jhunks." Hahahaaaaaa.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

Perhaps that last cake was iced by a kiwi.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSven

Ann, dear heart, are you a wreckerator?

*extends hand*

I'm a copy editor. Aside from my nine-to-five, I do freelance proofing and editing at reasonable rates.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

You all just don't understand... The "Grat Year" is not a misspelling. It's a cake celebrating the awesomeness of Squall's heiny-whooping of the Grats in Balamb Garden's Training Area. Sheesh. He was having a >Grat< year and was able to gain some mad skillz and stuff.

Try saying Braidal Shoer with an Irish accent...much more amusing!


May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, is it me, or does the s on "Thunks" look like some wrongly small capital Q, I mean, I know that it's in cursive, and that it is fairly hard to write with frosting, but that's what I thought it was at first.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me or do the petals around the flower on the Lucy cake look...never mind.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRMP

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