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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

Who's Your "Dady"?

Most Dads get cards and cake on only two occasions each year: their birthdays and Father's Day. Since Father's Day is coming up soon, let's see how you Dads have been making out for your birthdays, eh?

Huh. Now, I hear you when you say "it's the thought that counts," Janet S., but I'm pretty sure that doesn't include afterthoughts. Particularly misspelled ones. Right, "Dady"?

Well, this one sure is pretty, which - as Elena N. knows - is always key when buying the old man a cake. But, "Daday"? Really? Who even pronounces it that way? (And before you ask: yes, this was supposed to read "Daddy".)

At least this next one *sounds* right:

"Deddie" - see? That works.

Wait a minute, though...something's not right here. What's with all the pink? And the polka-dotted mountains/slides/sleep mask?

What's that, Melissa K.? This was for Debbie, the breast cancer survivor?!?


Well geez, that really doesn't belong in this post at all, then, does it? Heheh.

[tugging at collar] Ahem. So, moving on...

Yep, this too was supposed to say "Daddy". Very... creative. And that's a nice use of all-caps. When in doubt, scream it, I always say.


[wicked grin]

So, I think we've all learned some valuable lessons here today. First, stick with "Dad" on the cake, and you'll have no problems at all:

Nope, nooo problems at all.

(Yes, I see it, folks. See, I'm employing a clever bit of sarcasm here. Because I love sarcasm. Really.)

And secondly, when in doubt, SCREAM IT. (Tod & Cathy J., I must have that stitched on a pillow.)

Father's Day is this Sunday. Tired of getting Dad a boring old tie for the occasion? Then how about getting him a Carrot Jockey tie? Eh? No need to thank me; I'm just here to help.

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Reader Comments (68)

I studied handwriting analysis years ago. While I fully understand that it's much harder to write with icing than with a pen, that "Dadey" cake looks like it was decorated by a serial killer. Maybe the bakery should do another background check on that wreckerator.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I think curling ribbon on cakes deserve a "Hauck-ptoooey" as much as CCC's.

And since when did putting big writing on a cake and piping on a border become the definition of decorating a cake?

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Ok, I must be either really tired or really dense I just can't find anything wrong with that last cake, except for a slight (and compared to most wrecks it is slight) spacing issue. Other than that hilarious work as usual... there's only one other question that must be asked: "Who's your Daday?"

W.V. pangler i.e. My Dadays name is pangler, he wears a bright red suit and plays the banjo, if anyone finds him, please hand him a map and tell him that dinner's ready...

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I think that pink one is a bra. A support bra. Get it? "We support you"

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy cow, it IS this Sunday! Luckily, I've already bought the hubby a gift, but I would have totally forgotten to give it to him! lol

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

Is it just the angle of the photograph, or is the 2nd cake from the top only 1/4 inch high?

Word verification: CRIMELES

There are no crimeles victims when receiving a cake like these.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen S.

Everytime I see those ribbons on a cake I feel like gagging. EW! Ribbons do not belong on cakes!

Veggie - Your the best Dad should say You're the best, Dad! It's that eats, shoots and leaves again!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterModestGirl head hurts...YES! "anonymous" we ALL got glad you did.....sheesh!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Sloppy...but funny.

Angie (from over at

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I'm concerned about the second cake because of the rose slugs leaving behind a trail of poo on the cake! Quick, someone scrape it off before Dad sees it!
Katie O.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie O

Veggie T, I sure hope that's sarcasm.. You really don't see the problem with that last cake?

"Your" probably too tired then. :)

It's getting insane when improper grammar becomes the accepted use, only because everyone uses the incorrect form.

But then... I could care less. :)

And PLEASE tell me that you know what's wrong with the above sentence.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So my birthday is on Monday but we are celebrating it on Sunday AKA father's day. If I get a cake that ends up saying Happy Father's day Heather I will send it in...hahahaha

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I think my dad would have like a cake with a pink bra on it.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiggy

i bet forrest gump says "Daday!" try it with a southern drawl....

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Katie O;
Rose snails and poo trail!
Coffee spewed onto computer screen!
I love starting the day with a great guffaw, thanks!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlkhomework

Not to brag or anything but my dad could fix those cakes. All of them.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Anonymous: "I couldn't care less"!!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanella

Wow, I got in to work today and remembered that I forgot to call my dad yesterday. Thank you Jen for saving me from that embarassment.

"Hi Dad, sorry I forgot to call you yesterday..."

"Oh, next Sunday. Does this count?"

I guess I'm still an okay daughter, right? I will have to make up with a carrot jockey tie for him.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTilley's Mum

I thought the pink speckled one was possibly an anatomical cake for a vasectomy - with the "You're done" implying having kids. However it was meant, it is a bad cake.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

Hey, at least the bra cake has the proper use of "you're."


June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercs

Ah! The your/you're thing drives me nuts every time.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterR

The blue cake for "dad" was also incorrect as it used Your instead of You're. I would have to take the cake back if that were mine!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

When I saw the bra cake, I assumed "Deddie" ("Daddie" with an upper-crust accent) had undergone a sex-change operation - he was finished and someone was supportive.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Jenn -

I know you like to keep it family-friendly. Are you aware that there's an ad for Trojan Ecstasy running directly below your category list?

Mon 6/15/09, 12:09pm edt

Just sayin' (no need to post this one).


June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

AAARRRRGGGHH somebody beat me to it!!! Daday = Forrest Gump.

That may have ruined my day ;-)

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Smith

I looked at the Deddie cake before reading your explanation and my first thought was, "Did he get man boobs removed?" Oopsie.

As for "Who pronounces it Daday?" I can say with equal amounts of pride and chagrin, that my 14 year old daughter does. When we got out of her 8th grade 'graduation' ceremony she called her father's voice mail and said, "Hey Daday! I done graduated and I'm smarticle now!" It was far funnier if you were there because it was so un-characteristic of her (she's a book worm like me)...but now any time she has somewhat interesting news she begins her voice mail "Hey Daday!"
So there's one for you, Jen. :)

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

@ Kevin-CREEPY!
@ Veggie T- it's you're
@ Anonymous 9:57a.m.- yeah...we got it, and so did Jen...@.@

@ Bibi-bahahahahahhaaa! hilarious.

WV: tabrasiz-check ta BRA siz on dat pink cake.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Awesome! It's actually my husband's (my kiddos' daddy's) birthday today, so I'm pretending this was a nice little tribute to him. If he were here, we'd be making him a nice, non-wrecky cake...but he's deployed, so we'll have to save it for another day. He'd totally be digging on the geek cakes, actually! Thanks for this blog...I can always count on a good laugh here!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Stuart

How Ironic, my Dad's birthday IS today.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKit

ROFL. Cakes only a Dadey would love! XD

Although the 'Deddie' one is a bit disturbing. The wreckorator probably stepped back, proud of their nice penmanship...and then did a *facepalm*

Two things to ban: Curling ribbon and CCCs.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

The thing that saddens me most is that "Daday" could easily be corrected with one swift line above the second "a". It might not have looked perfect, but it would have looked better than "Daday."

wv: bokessom.
"Life is like a bokessom chocolates, Daday."

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

I couldn't understand why Daddy would need a pink bra cake. Just finished his sex change op? ... NTTAWWT...

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCountessLaurie

"Daddie" is that what Mommie Dearest (Joan Crawford) called her father? EEP!
~Amy B

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

When my oldest child was 2 he called his father "Daaah-day". We used to joke that he had been switched at birth with a little British boy and his true accent was coming out. So.... we would find the Dadey cake oddly appropriate and completely hilarious!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbJ

Thank you Janella.. Most people don't know that there's a diff. :)

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You'd think that if the decorator can manage to get "Happy Birthday" spelled correctly, then "daddy" SHOULDN'T be a problem....
you'd THINK that now, wouldn't you?

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me,Pilgrim

Am I the only one who, upon seeing the pink bra "Deddie" cake, thought "Daddy" must have had a sex change operation? I mean, a post about dads, with a pink bra cake that says "you're done" and "we support you", what else am I supposed to think?

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Well, the COOKIE Who Wanted To Be A Cake (for "Daday") has more to worry about than simple bad spelling and insufficient- frosting (read: nonexistent) issues here.
What, exactly, could those creepy-looking orangey things be, poking out from beneath the posies?
(They look like deep-fried Barbie legs. Or wilted glazed carrots.)
I really love how they needed that big-ass box to put the thing into, when they could've just mailed it to the poor sap in an envelope.
Poor Daday...
Happy low-cal birthday.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I'm a breast cancer survivor. It's likely that the "you're done" cake was to celebrate finishing chemo.

Just FWIW.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awkward bra cake is awkward.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie R

Oh, come on. Deddie is probably a nickname for... umm... Dedalus? Hey, it's Bloomsday!

The second cake doesn't even look like a cake. Are you sure that isn't just a layer of icing- like, for display or something? Unless dads are going for the whole cardboard cake now.....

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg it took 3 times looking at that last one to see the mistake DUH!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLivingDeadNurse

I guess any cake I get for my father is at great risk of being f'ed up because I call him Daddy - NOT Dad. That extra d and y just prove to be too much for our tired bakers of the world.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstupendousness

My mom's name is Debbie. Now I want to order her a cake that says Deddie! :)

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks


If you've got kids, you deserve a Father's Day cake. After all, your husband couldn't have become a father without you! :-)

These are awesome! I always love the typo cakes and Jen's comments on them.

I worked at a place with a lot of interns one summer. One guy named Dan kept telling the interns that they should buy the person an ice cream cake whenever it was someone's birthday.

We got the hint, and to thank him for his mentoring, some friends and I chipped in for a Dairy Queen cake. We asked the lady at the counter to write "Thank you Dan" on it. We get it back and luckily the box had a see-through lid. It said "Thank you Dad." So they scraped the typo off and corrected it. The cake ended up with a blobby, smeary message on it, but Dan enjoyed it anyway.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

My first take on the one with the pink support bra on it was that the kids were congratulating their "Deddy" on his/her sex change, saying that they would support him/her no matter which sex he/she should choose, which was just so so so so os so weird... to have on a cake!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCellar Door

Totally siding with the sex change crew for the "Deddie" cake. When even a dim bulb can pipe a simple pink ribbon for breast cancer, there's got to be another story behind the "you're done".

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

This made me smile and chuckle inside... funny! I especially liked the "When in doubt, Scream it." That was funny! =D

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwo Happy Stampers

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