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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

The Future's So Bright..

If the current state of bakery (il)literacy has you down, then consider this: Right now thousands and thousands of new graduates are flooding the workforce, bringing with them all the knowledge, skill, and personal communications excellence that the American educational system has to offer.


Missy F., once you realize this is a CCC [haaaauuu-patooey!], and that it's depicting an apple being devoured by maggots, suddenly the "daz" thing seems that much more tragic.

I'm sensing some confusion, Stephanie G., and it's coming from this direction:

Ah, I see someone took my "When in doubt, scream it" advice to heart! And I like how s/he covered all the bases with that comma/exclamation mark combo.

Libby B. assures me there's a misspelling in here somewhere...

...but looking at that writing makes my eyes feel like they're careening out of control on an oil slick. Ow.

Mercedes W., I was with you until "proud":

We've already seen congratulations/graduation spelling mix-ups, but here Shelby found a mix-up of the actual words:

As you can see, the "n" is so embarrassed he's making a break for it.

Jess S., don't you just hate letters that look the same upside down as right side up? Like H, I, & O?

If only there were some way to know which way was up when you put them all together! Curse you, you vile deceivers of the alphabet! Curse... you!

Oh, and S! S is another one!

'Course, the school logo COULD have been a tick, right, Jade R.?

Gimmie a 'T'!
Gimmie an "Icks"!
What's that spell?
Say it again!
[flourishing red pom-poms]
Yeah, we ain't yo' momma, ain't yo bud,
All we do is suck yo' blood!
Go Ticks! Woo!! Go Ticks!

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Reader Comments (162)

Glad to know I'm not the only one who sees pot on the OIHO cake.

WV: dontis

Hey, Mervyn, dontis cake look like it got pot onnit?

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Sat

Here in swell Connecticut, home of Lyme Disease, the Lyme/Old Lyme High School teams are call the Ticks! Disgusting!


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I think the Ohio cake mishap is definitely due to the marijuana leaves. There was probably not much going on in the mind of whoever decorated that wreck.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And Trevor wins with the first post! Spoon! to you, Trevor!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

The ohio cake has BUCKEYE leaves on it!! I'm guessing the cake is for a grad of OSU....

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannon

Glad I'm not the only one who saw what looked like marijuana leaves on the "OH IO" cake. I saw plenty of buckeyes when I was in Ohio, and they do not look like that.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

Nothing like wormy apples to celebrate graduation!

Eww..ticks. Just in time for tick season, too! Nice.
~Amy B.
wv: inter "Inter the cake wrecks!"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Done job well Jen!, done job well,!

(improper punctuation is so hard to get just right)

wv: encen - "Encen, go check that dark cave over there for hostile life-forms"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know about the rest of you, but if I were Libby I might be a little "tick"ed that I only got one congratulation. I mean most other people get congratulations. If I'm going to have to eat my swirly chocolate words off of an oil slick I darn sure want multiple kudos. Just sayin'..

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Marijuana leaves on cakes.....unreal. Although I had to snort at OIHO because it reminds me of my dad asking where the onion dip had gone in the fridge but couldn't figure out what the container marked "noino" was.

WV: exuyk What one says when tasting wrecked cakes.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

Man, the giant mound of shortening-based frosting on the CCCs never fails to make me gag. :( Why do they seem to require 2" of frosting??

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

Love the ticks!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Are those pot leaves on the OHIO cake?? They sure look like it..LOL

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ya know, a comma right after the 'well' would sort of make it work as a statement: 'Well, Job Done!" Something an excited construction worker might say after finishing a building project.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

job done Dr H definitely t-shirt material!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

I am delighted with the educational possibilities of this blog. My spelling is improving (which is a GOOD Thing), my punctuation skills are being sharpened, and, after a long and obviously boring life I have learned what marijuana leaves look like. (Now I have to go out and inspect the weeds at the back of my lot line.)
Cake Wrecks, you are shining light.

wv scalusid Was I ever scalusid to see marijuana leaves on this blog!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

My boyfriend walked up as I was on the "Well Job Done,!" cake. He thinks it is for some one who digs wells for a living. When I told him these were graduation cakes, he said the person must be graduation from well-digging school then.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

Oh god. That last cake has my old high school colors. Any cake is pure wreck with that combo.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

I swear I'm seeing pot leaves on the Ohio cake....

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobbi

Really? Only one other reader saw that kindergarten was spelled wrong? And nobody mentioned that the kid is 'bounh'for greatness now? I think all the wrecktasticness is blinding us!

wv: odumsh "Odumsh, how could Jen have missed that?"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterteacher lady

as a michigan alumna, the ohio cake makes me grin. evilly.

those leaves are buckeye leaves. but they might as well be pot.

oooh, the rivalry never dies. LOL

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertalda

I think the Oi Ho cake was done on purpose. There were two fans at an Ohio game caught holding their sign incorrectly and the picture went all over the internet a few years ago.

Pretty good joke cake, and I'm sure most Oi ho graduates would get it.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon


Being from Ohio myself, that cake is more than a For shame that they mistook buckeyes for something else. :)

Jen, what a wonderful site you have here!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelle

The explanation for the OHIO cake being messed up might me the marijuana leaves in the corners!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

School 'Daz' made me do what I usually do when I see the wrecky wrecks that decorate (?) this site: 0_o

The rest just make me shake my head and sigh. People pay money for these things. Amazes me every time.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)


"VW: inglat

no speak inglat. congladutations."

This made me spit latte all over my keyboard. XD

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Hey people, just FYI. Those are BUCKEYE LEAVES :) Lots of people smoke pot at Ohio State, sure, but that's not our mascot ;)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSewing-Chick

Oh, and just to stick up for the cake decorator a little bit OH and IO are supposed to be separated as if they were two separate words. It's one of the big cheers they do in the stadium. Half of the stadium yells, "O! H!" and the other responds, "I! O!"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSewing-Chick


The cake with the "tick" mascot is actually a Sam Houston State University cake....the college I attend.

Let me tell you...this is a small town and given the nature of the folks who work at our Wal-Mart bakery.... I will just say that Cake Wrecks are a frequent occurrence here.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaley


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScrangie

I think "Conralulation on your gratuation Libby" has to be my fav. Oy.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSabrinaO0318

The leaves are, in fact, supposed to be buckeye leaves. Though I think the decorator must have been smoking pot.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVE the tick cheer. Well, except for the fact that Mt. Dew just shot out of my nose when I read it. But still--AWESOME!!


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan and Shannon

What is up with the marijuana on the "OHIO" cake? Maybe they smoked a bit too much and that's why they got it wrong.
It's amazing how people that spell Kindergarden can actually graduate from kindergarten.

WV: seding

The cake should have been seding Ohio, instead it sed Oiho.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Why does the OHIO cake look like its surrounded by pot leaves? Somebodies parents are super ... special.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The spacing in the ohio cake is intentional, fyi. Its a common cheer in the buckeye state. One person yells O-H and everyone else yells I-O in return. And they are buckeye leaves. The cake is still a wreak, but not as bad as everyone things it is.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

I have two theories for the "Last Daz" cake:

1. They meant to say days, but thought they could save time by spelling it differently

2. It was written on a European keyboard. I am from Germany, you see, and we have QWERTZ keyboards, not QWERTY ones. Y and Z are switched. So MAYBE the cake design was submitted in an online form, and the person who ordered it simply didn't double check.

(Happens to me all the time when I use my American husband's computer. I'll say "I love zou babz" for instance.)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChatterley

I'm sure Jen did indeed notice the misspellings on the "Kindergarden" cake, which is why she said "I was with you until 'proud'". Otherwise, the only thing making it a wreck would be the fact that some poor child somewhere is graduating from, what, daycare? Insane. Maybe now instead of celebrating birth, we can celebrate graduating from the womb! With cake! The images I'm conjuring up are making me laugh - must go now.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarbed

I find myself wanting to go order a cake for a random celebration. Just hoping they screw it up some how lol

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterteenage_houswife

These are beyond pitiful, but oh so entertaining. Jen, you have a way with the commentary, let me tell ya. Bravo, my wrecky sister, bravo!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Poor Libby. She only got a singular congralution for her gratuation. Not multiple congralutions.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYardsalequeendotcom

This post reminded me of how damn funny you are. I am not even that into cakes. I read this blog every day because you're hilarious.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

Mr. Well Job's cake is really pretty, despite the bad grammar.

And when I saw the OIHO cake, I didn't see pot leaves, but chewing tobacco.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Why are there green jalapenos or gah, pickles on top of that apple cake?

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorkio ganja on Jess' cake got me scratching my head too.

The ticks cheer is superb!

I'm really quite pleased I didn't have get a gratulation/congradulations cake when I gradumulated.:]

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Ok, children defending "OH IO" - that cheer makes sense, but why is the cake spelled "OI HO". 'Splain me that one, Lucy.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You would think the Tick cake would have something along the lines of 'SPOON!!' with it.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTbelle

Ummm...did that OHIO cake have cannibis leaves on it? I think I am more apalled at that than the upside down lettering.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn S.

"As you can see, the "n" is so embarrassed he's making a break for it."

This line had me laughing out loud! I also like how everyone sees pot leaves on the OHIO cake (which is what I saw too cause I'm not familiar with a buckeye)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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