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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

Expressions of "Graditude"

Just when you thought you'd seen every possible misspelling of congratulations, Bronwen C. comes along and proves you wrong:




Wow. Good thing that telephone cord Fraggle tail is there to distract us, Kristin L. In fact, between that wonky CCC outlining and the insane mounds of icing, I don't think it's even possible to make a more wrecktastic grad cap.

Wait...Remy G., why are you smirking like that?


Right. Ok, I sit corrected; that is the wreckiest grad cap ever.
(That's the sound of a sugar paste gauntlet hitting the floor, folks.)

And here's one from last year:

Word dyslexics rock totally!

Thanks, Kelly F. & Heather M.!

Related Wreckage: Amused Am I

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Reader Comments (80)

that first one is just the worst. Must have been that tube of gel icing and a 7 year old.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie Nellie

Argh! And that last one would've been fairly nice, too.

I've been looking at the graduation wrecks too much - I'm starting to think "congratulations" is the misspelling...

verification: difiri - "Cake wrecks should be thrown in difiri pits!"

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiopsideanddiamonds

Wow. I pray I don't get a grad cake when I graduate in a few weeks! No, a few well-meaning cards of "conaugratuduadagrenatulautions" would be enough for me...

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyla

Seriously, what's with the CCC? I just don't understand the need for bucketloads of frosting. Are they trying to send people into a sugar coma?

Those grad caps are hilarious and kidna weird at the same time.

Maybe the last one was trying to say Class 2008 of Med's possible. lol

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Oh dear. Class of Congentulations indeed. Looks like a whole class of bakers gradu..gratu...gradula...came from the same school. ;)

Love the blue geometrical CCC. Reminds me of Nomad from Star Trek.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

The third one is not a cake with a bad tassel. It's a tetherball!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReal Food, Real World

Wow, I didn't think a CCC grad cap could be wreckier than the one with the telephone cord Fraggle tail (love that bit), either, but Wreck Reporters didn't fail.

I know we've laughed at overpunctuation before, but Evan's cake demonstrates the dangers of underpunctuation. As is, it implies Evan's graduation was by the seat of his pants, suggesting that he even tried the patience of the One Upstairs.

word verification: agast - I was agast at the poor spelling, poor spacing, poor punctuation, and overicing demonstrated by today's cakes, which meant I loved today's post!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK now, I'm a pagan, but I still don't think the cake with the cross is truly a wreck. I mean, it isn't so easy writing all that stuff in that little space, and it is legible. I guess a little punctuation might help... Congratulations, Evan! God loves you.

*whispers* I'm a copy editor.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I would like to track down the inventor of the CCC and frost him/her with icing three feet thick. Decorator of first mortarboard cake obviously passed Slathering 101 with flying colors.

wv: lialist; That lialst of a baker told me she could spell congratulations.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Disgusting blue icing by the ton..Check. Horrible black piping to ruin your smile..check. Pyramid shape to contact the other worlds..check. Scary yellow spider making a web on a lone cupcake...check. Did Pugsley or Tuesday Adams graduate this week because it seems this cake was made for them.

Oh, and I do read second grade handwriting for a living and it took me a few minutes to realize that the "I an" was not the start of a new statement, such as " I an not a real lee a dekorator" but rather the name Ian.

WV Coprearm to come prepared..Coprearmed to the bakery with the correct spelling of the words.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I dig the attempted caduceus on the last one. The snakes are supposed to twine around it, dude, not wriggle around beside it.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

I totally mis-read Evan's cake to read "EVEN God <3 you." How wrong would THAT have been, but it would have made that cake even more wreck-tastic.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I love the Fraggles.

There should be more Fraggle cakes.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

I don't mean to be picky but I'm Dyslexic and that is a stereotypical and uncommon mistake for dyslexics.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are so funny, that second grad cap looks more like two triangles making love.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla: Retro Ways

On the last one, I was thinking, "Decorated by Yoda that cake was."

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That lone white cupcake on #3 looks like it's shooting out a yellow tentacle to strangle the rest of the cake, for being so poorly constructed.

The last cake: Yoda must be decorating again.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I wonder if the cross cake was supposed to say, "Even God <3 You"? That's the first interpretation I had, anyway...

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrsMcButterpants

Spider-Man reborn!
Yellow, eight-legged hero
Slings his frosting webs!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Wow! Those CCC grad caps have to be some of the worst things ever created. It really makes me glad taht I have passed that point in my life and will not have to confront one of these monstrosities any time soon.

*Love the Fraggle tail comment! Now the song is stuck in my head...Down in Fraggle Rock!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope that second grad cap is the outline of someone's back and neck on the bottom and the grad cap on the top, like they're wearing it and you're looking at them from behind. .....I hope....

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Evan's cake is one mis-placed comma away from saying: Congratulations Evan, God love you!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Someone has a very strange perspective on mortarboards. At first I thought the CCC was 1.5 to 2 of them stuck together.

WV: relliz -- the way some Wreckorators would spell "realize."

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Or maybe if you take that little blue blob in front of the heart to be an "I", it could be: Congratulations Evan. God I love you!

Either way its hilarious.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Is it just me or does the first cake bear a certain resemblance to the male member?

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Whoops, I mean the second one.. :)

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

That third one looks more like a super bowl trophy than a cap.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

Is that purple thing with two snakes supposed to be the "rod of Asclepius" (Which only has one snake) or the Caduceus.

"The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine or physicians (instead of the rod of Asclepius) even though the symbol has no connection with Hippocrates and any association with healing arts is something of a stretch;[13] its singularly inappropriate connotations of theft, commerce, deception and death have provided fodder for academic humor:[14]"

Thank you wikipedia

Maybe wreckators should adopt the Caduceus since they deceive cake buyers into thinking they can spell, and have artistic ability. Then there is all that extra frosting on CCC's that can cause diabetes and then death.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Contragulations is the best! The last cake would be pretty cute.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrincessGreen17

Evan God's cake was my fave. I even teared up over here at your commentary! It's a wreck merely because of the poor spacing...a wreck is a wreck, man!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Naw, I disagree re worst GradCap CCC; the tetherball cord one is worse than the blue angleblob.

I mean, sure, the blue angleblob is not exactly a convincing cap, but its tassel is fairly straightforward and doesn't involve a long globby tentacle of cupcakepillar. And really, it's nowhere near as yuuugly.

CCCs are bad enough without dragging out a long straggletail of individual cupcakes. Reminds me too much of dingleberries.

Which is not a good trait for a pastry.

Unless you're on a diet.


June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

That 1st cake kind of makes me glad I didn't get that job at Carvel I applied for when I was 16. I would hate to be associated with that in any way! The spelling is bad enough, but that person had no right to be writing on a cake. Does the decorator have Parkinson's Disease and a learning disability?

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I didn't think the Grad cakes could get worse... but they always seem to...

I think I'll stick to decorating my own cakes from now on!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT

That second one almost looks like they're saying "Congestulations" - perhaps the recipient just got over a cold??

What a shame about dyslexic cake. The fondant work is really good!

Megan @

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

I wish I had a picture of it. Some friends wanted to give me a cake after completing my exams. It said Conjugation Cat. I'm pretty sure they were going for Congratulations Cait, but you never know. It was a series of language exams.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCait

I almost didn't see the problem with that last one.

Yay lysdexia!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

Is congratulations just that hard to spell? I mean, really!

~Amy B.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The scariest part of the last cake, the one from 2008 is that... that is a medical symbol on it! I hope this doesnt mean there is a dyslexic nurse or doctor out there!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAunt of 14

It's a good thing diarrhea isn't a word commonly used on cakes...just image the possible misspellings. I love the first one, it sounds like the opposite of Congratulations.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

It totally took me a few minutes to figure out what was wrong with the dyslexic cake. Hmm...

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Mars

Wow, is it sad that I had to double check that last one to figure out what was wrong with it? *sighs* It's been one of those mornings... Thanks for posting these, they always brighten my day!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEzri

That caduceus looks like a dragonfly trailing its entrails.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

You know I must admit I am rather fond of contregulations! it makes me giggle!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Not bashing on dyslexics, I'm sure it's a frustrating condition, but, um...dude, if you're dyslexic, I don't think you should be immortalizing it in Death By Frosting...or charging for it. But that's just me. Just like I don't want a surgeon who has trouble telling left from right, ya know?

And a HUGE round of applause for the inventor of the CCC! "Congentulations" on the most inedible-looking confection known to man!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I have to admit that I read the 'G' in the 'God' cake as an 'S'...

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonEdmo

"Contragulations" is nicely tragic.

"Congratulations Evan, God love you!" Cat FTW!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Contragulations, Jen!

You've again it done, laugh you made me.

Perhaps Yoda decorated that last cake?

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAcadia

I vote we go with "Congratz!" Shorter to write and easier to spell... They'd still find some way to wreck it though, no doubt!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKandee

See, I read that to mean "Even God loves you!"

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelli

Whoa! Ban CCCs, stat!! Seriously, that's a fad gone horribly 'reality' TV.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

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