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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

Graduate! Celebrate! "Decorate!"

If you're still planning a party for the graduate in your life, then these bakeries would like you to know that they are ready and willing to provide a whole host of graduation-appropriate cake designs...

On Styrofoam.

Sure, it tends to stick in the molars a bit, but it's extremely low in fat.

NOTE TO BAKERS: Icing tends to slide off of Styrofoam when displayed at an angle.

NOTE TO CUSTOMERS: Regard all cakes stored flat with extreme suspicion from now on.

If for some reason you feel compelled to have a photo of your grad on the cake, then this bakery obliges with either a traditional, "boring," photo, or the hip new "green-out silhouette" option:

Also great for grads in the Witness Protection Program!

And for those customers who may become confused, thinking they have to purchase a cake with someone else's photo on it, this bakery provides a helpful clarification:

Congrats! You spelled "your" wrong!

But suppose your grad is spiritually inclined? How do you tastefully incorporate his or her religious views into a graduation cake? Well, this bakery shows us how...

...not to do it.

And lastly, this bakery wants you to send your graduate a really heartfelt message.

Specifically: "Your face looks like a butt."

Oh, and "your cap is ridiculous, with its teensy little robot arm."

Victoria W., Maya J., Denise R., Leanna P., and Patricia B., "you're thanks here."

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Reader Comments (144)

The green photos on the 2nd batch of cakes didn't start out that way. They likely had regular full-color pictures and then were subjected to bright lights.

I can't speak to florescents, but a high-school friend had a very nice sheet cake (with plastic hat dohickey in a corner) with her photo printed on it. Grad party was outside. Her (photo) face was green within 10 minutes.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Years ago my friends had my husband and I over for dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. She knew he liked carrot cake, so she picked one up at the grocery store. When we went to cut into we realized they sold us their cardboard model cake! We've laughed about that for years!

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

FLMAO! i love yer commentary.. as always. bahahahahahha awesomeness

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

Awesome post. Hilarious! Brought a smile to face tonight...thanks. "Teensy little robot arm"...ftw.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

It's "its" for the same reason it's "his" and "hers", not "him's" and "her's". Pronouns don't get possessive apostrophes. They don't get no respect, either.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing says, "Congratulations!" like a giant, ass-shaped cookie.

OK, in regards to the last cake and caption...I have not laughed out loud this hard since the Naked Mohawk-Baby Carrot Jockeys. I mean, my are hilarious. I love this blog.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

I love frosting, and I love that squeaky sound styrofoam makes when you masticate it.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, seriously, the cookie shops really need to stop it with the decorations!! At most add the "congratulations" or whatever the saying needs to be...but leave the decorating alone...let it be what it is...a giant cookie note card...

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I seriously, seriously thought the giant cookie cake was a hairy headless person scratching their rear. LMAO, as usual!!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

I recognise those cakes. Not THOSE cakes specifically, but those designs (and the cheesy plastic) are the ones my bakery made/recieved in shipment LAST MONTH.

We did, I should note, store them flat. On a display table, way out in the middle of the floor, for two weeks (the other two weeks they were hidden in the freezer. I had to walk/work around them. They had a big sign on the rack saying "FOR DISPLAY ONLY". No *bleep*, SHerlock). We also had the same picture on the yellow photo cake, with the same problems from using a poorly calibrated food-ink printer. I recognise it because I kept wanting to print it back out after fixing "our" printer (and later discovered that OUR printer had different calibration issues than the one that printed that photo.)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, thanks for the shout out to Bake! Decorate! Celebrate!, that's my favorite show. It's such a trainwreck! Sadly our local station no longer shows it, but my boyfriend was sweet enough to buy the DVD's.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

julie in arlington said One word: ASSHAT!

I can't believe we got that far in the comments before somebody said that!

janet2buns said If you're going to use styrofoam, use royal icing!! Since it's so much like plaster, it doesn't slide off anything.

Why not just go all the way and use actual plaster, or maybe caulk?

WV: yackly - Cakes like these can only be eaten yackly.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

bryn said on the brackets and full stop thing, i think that is a variable rule and in the uk the full stop goes inside the brackets and in america it goes outside. or the other way round perhaps... but either way which one is right depends on where you are.

Actually, that has to do with whether the punctuation is part of the parenthetical text or not.

Sometimes, the punctuation belongs to the sentence as a whole (as in this case).

Sometimes, the parenthetical text has its own punctuation. (See what I did there?)

Basically, if the text in the parentheses can stand on its own as a complete sentence, the punctuation goes inside the parentheses with it, and the parenthetical text is capitalized in sentence case.

WV: lectr. This concludes my lectr for now.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

the religious cake would most likely be used for ordination or graduation from seminary... although it is extremely tacky and i probably would have thrown up on mine had it looked like that!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

...I think there one more "-ate" word to the post title...



June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersilly philly

Specifically: "Your face looks like a butt."

Hahahahahahaha. Laughed out loud at that one.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManda

Does the silhouette of the graduating student on the styrofoam cakes remind anyone else of those POW/MIA flags?

"Students: You are not forgotten"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIan

All of them look so fabulously delicious!
Will make for a wonderful day for celebrating graduation!
Thanks a ton...:-)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking Recipes

Hahah this is hysterical.. Robot arm :). I actually baked my graduation cake, it was a red velvet cake that I found on this website Was absolutely yummy and I didn't dare to write anything on it.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGhislaine

Why did they need to display that many fake graduation cakes anyhow? Wouldn't 1 or 2 have done the job?

WV:cycrie - The baker will need to use some pretty powerful cycrie for you to believe those cakes look good.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

its amazing how something as simple and juvenile as "your face looks like a butt" can make me laugh loudly at work, causing all my coworkers to stare at me in confusion and demand to know why I was laughing while they were telling stories of woe and back pain.

hmm, perhaps no more cake wrecks at work for a while.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Had to LOL at the butt cookie.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

The 'your' / 'you're' always drives me nuts!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

Ooooooohhhh dear. I think this says far, far more about my state of mind than the actual cake... >< But I wasn't thinking of a bum (Butt to you Americans :P ) when I saw that last cake.. No.. It looks far more like a part of the male anatomy to me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadiechan

Ahhh...that cookie is scratching its butt! Wow. That takes the cake.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

I'm beginning to worry that gradcakes that make the tassel look like a robot arm is becoming an epidemic. They were on half my friends' grad cakes! It's worse than the swine flu. D:

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenguin

The last one looks like a view of a woman...from, uh...up. With a tampon string. In the 70s. Ew.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My God, it took my a whiiile to figure out the thing on the last picture was a HAT. I thought it was hair. o___o

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBea


"Jen did NOT, in fact, make a punctuation error in this post.

Learn your grammar rules before you critique someone."

There was indeed an apostrophe error in her original post, although it has (aka "it's") been fixed now. Perhaps you could use your own advice before you jump on people who are just trying to defend the much-maligned apostrophe. :)

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Hey all,

I fixed the whoopsy pretty quickly but since Jen is adverse to me deleting comments, I left up the ones pointing it out. I think in the future, I'll just take them down to avoid confusion. Thanks for being so attentive.


June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn(the hubby of Jen)

OMG, it took me forever to work out what that last one was. "Is it an upside down heart?" "A butt?" "A really weird coconut drink with a straw?" Finally, that moment of clarity, "Ohhhhhh! It's a graduation hat on"

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDIYMumma

'...robot arm..." I LOL'd

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I wonder if the person giving the butt cookie is trying to tell the recipient that they are a smart a$$?

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustMe

When I saw the butt cookie I didn't think of a robot arm instead I thought it was hair and a string..well you get my point.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkat

My pic! I'm famous! :) Love the butt cake.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM

I thought that was a bottom and some pubic hair and then the "robot arm!"

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

tomorrow i have a biology test and i won´t be able to focus thanks to the butt cake;)

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermartu

I remember seeing that butt cake in person at the mall in Nashua! I pointed it out to my sister-in-law and we had a good giggle over it. Thanks for a great blog. You are officially.....bookmarked!

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

First thing I saw there was "my, what big balls you have".

You'd have to have real cojones to serve that to anyone.

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sam's Club here in Albuquerque had a display for the graduation cakes and everyone was the same color! Now that I know there is a web site dedicated to cake disasters I will be taking lots of pictures!!!

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUgly Cakes Scare Me!!!

I heard of your page on ELLEN today. I love all your pics but I think this is my favorite. That cookie should have a warning sign "Do Not Share. Eat me and your butt will look like me"

July 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Mena

this is my first comment on your blog, I am TOTALLY addicted to it since i found it by "accident" last week. That last one just cracked me up LOL!!! (pun was unintended HAHAHA)

January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUzma

I work at a bakery and have for about 13 years (not at the same one). The faded photo was, the light fads the rice paper. The sliding cake fiasco was NOT the decorators falt. That was sent down from headquarters. No joke the " managers" at some stores where told and did not care.

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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