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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)

The Ohio cake looks to me like an upside-down license plate. Are you sure that cake wasn't for someone who just got a driver's license?

If not, is it supposed to be University of Ohio or Ohio State? I thought OSU's colors were red and black one of them?

word verification: reade
Who taught these bakers how to reade?

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoonfall86

Yeah, we ain't yo' momma, ain't yo bud, All we do is suck yo' blood!

Cheryl Wade- that is latte spurting through your nose HILARIOUS!!!!

And that ain't no apple... that's a tomato!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great writing on the post! Really made me laugh out loud :D

Hey! The last cake has my school on it! Sam Houston State University! Go Bearkats!
And is that weed on the OHIO cake?

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think smoking those pot leaves on the OI HO cake would be the only thing that would make the scarlet and gray frosting appetizing.

And I am an Ohio State grad.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen C.

Graduation season is officially my favorite cake wrecks time of the year - this beats all those holiday cakes.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake for Breakfast

Jen, good well job! Your cheerleading skills are exsellent,! really.

oh boy, that tick cheer made me laugh so hard I'm crying.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

"congralulation on your gratuation"... OH, the American educational system at its finest... SIGH. Jen, you crack me up! But so does reading about everyone else snorting soda or spitting lattes HEHE

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I have to agree with the others when I admit my first thought of the "foliage" on the upside down OHIO cake was marijuana.
I mean, it would explain a lot.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OH, OH, I-O,

Buckey leaves like marijuana piped // Orange ticks sucking sugar highs // You take your chances // When you phone in cake demands // You'll wonder how some "gratuated" // For the longest time

OH, OH, I-O // For the longest time // OH, OH, I-O

WV: Tritick -- couldnt help it, that little 3-faced tick just kept sucking my brain cells out until all that was left was that tune

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I LOVE your site! The tick rules! Gradulations!

I once made a cake that said "Happy Bithday!" My kids LOVED brought much merriment to us, . Also, when I tried to make layer cakes, I had quite a time mastering the art of leveling the bottom layer. When the cakes cracked, I just called them "California cakes" in honor of the San Andreas fault. Unfortunately, photos of said cakes have not survived.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Cake Wrecks - we keep the "hi" in "Ohio".

wv: toccur. The alternative French spelling of "toker". The decorator of the Ohio cake was an obvious toccur.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Perhaps the 6th cake for Jess is in tribute to her being a Jewish Nympho - Oi Ho - ???

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

...maybe Jess's family was commenting on her chastity issues and not celebrating her graduation from Ohio... "oi! - Ho!"

but the tick thing had me laughing out loud!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT

Aside from the "well job" thing, did anyone else notice the upper left corner of the doctor's cake is slumped down? Maybe it's embarrassed to be on this cake. :-)

I noticed the "kindergarten" misspelling right away, so whoever thought they were the only one, take heart, you weren't.

I couldn't even identify the green things on the OIHO cake as meant to be a plant. I thought maybe really mutant starfish.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

I think the 'Well Job Done' cake is for the year end faculty party of an elementary school. The comma that’s down by the exclamation point is supposed to be up by ‘well.’ As in, "Well, job done! It wasn't a great year but it's done. And those little buggers we’re supposed to teach didn’t kill us Dr. Huskins!”

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh. My. Word. The tick cheer is hilarious! Brilliant. :D
As always, a job well done. Or is it 'well job done'? I'm confused now... :P

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Squiddy- Yes, I believe those are pot leaves on the Ohio cake. Which may explain why the decorater did it upside down- she was high as a kite

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Ah, the "Last Daz" cake is really obvious to me.

Daz is Australian slang for a toilet. Clearly they're having their toilets removed. Poor school. No more toilets!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhubarb

I had to come read the comments to make sure I was really seeing pot leaves on the Ohio cake! Glad it's not just me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Okay, this settles it. I'm going tomorrow to order a joint birthday cake for spouse and his best friend (birthdays two days apart), and by God, I'm drawing a picture of what I want it to look like and say ... and reiterating what I want to say in 24-point type at the bottom of the page.

And if they still mess it up, then they can just go be cheerleaders for the Ticks. Go, team, go!!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Is there anybody else who see's "Hell job done". Which makes sense too, considering the whole comma/exclamation point combo.

I agree with the people who think that somebody just plain didn't know their punctuation, and took a perfectly lovely cake and sentiment and made it scary. But you have to admit, it's funny.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am really afraid of the "OIHO" cake. Because one never knows what Jess did to deserve that. Perhaps she smoked the marijuana on the side.

Congralulations all to who,! had their Gratuation this spring! Especially those who are KindergardenBound!!!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love your blog.. and as always, love the cake wrecks.. but on this one, your tick cheer... ahem... takes the cake!! HARDY HAR

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenyphrc

The OSU cake reminds me of when my friend found out the cheer is actually OH-IO. People on her floor kept yelling "OH" and she'd yell "OH!" back. Thanks for the reminder of happy times. :-)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah yes. Lettering and calligraphy. Best to stay well clear in my opinion as we all need editors.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

LMAO at that last one, especially with the cheer. :D

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

oh, cake wrecks. it's SO nice to come home to such disasters after a rough day in culinary school (the pastry program no less!). how do i love thee, Cake Wrecks? let me count the ways..

in carrot jockeys. i'll start counting.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannon

Ooh, the 'Tick' cake looks like it's for a grad from Sam Houston State University in Texas. My sister went there.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

Have the Ohioians ever seen pot leaves and a buckeye in the same room???? I'm just asking! This is my favorite Cake Wrecks ever!!!!

wv: travisi - When a cake is bad but not quite a travisity it is a travisi.
OOPS it didn't go through!
2nd wv: lecone - A side dish for lecake is an ice cream lecone.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you turn the license plate cake right side up, it says that Jess is an "ol' ho". How sweet.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just wanted to say thank you for writing this hilarious blog. It's been a lousy day, and I really needed a good laugh. This post was an excellent way to end my day! Thanks!!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Clever Kitty

have pity on a latecomer to the party and explain "Spoon!" to me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwannabe_aussie

Squiddy said "Does that OHIO cake have *marijuana leaves* as decoration?"

Oh High? Oh...yup.*L*

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

The OHIO cake is one of the best ever. I'm SOOOO glad I'm not the only goddamn stoner that saw some familiar foliage on that cake, too.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loved today's selection of cakes and the commentary. Thanks for bringing laughter to what was otherwise a dreary day. Well Job Done, indeed!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To everyone who keeps saying they look like pot leaves on the Ohio cake... I know they look like pot leaves, but really they are Buckeye leaves, which look a lot like pot leaves (but bigger - look up Buckeye tree). It's an Ohio State University cake - the colors of the school are scarlet and gray, and the mascot is the Buckeyes. And the OH and IO are supposed to be separated, as other people have mentioned - it's a cheer on campus. One person shouts "OH!" and the other shouts "IO!" in response.

Not sure why they are upside down though.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Dub

Are we sure that the cake is supposed to say Ohio? I think it is supposed to say Oi! Ho!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Same, same but different.
bwahahahahaha! Poor Jess.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkeptwoman

Maybe the OIHO cake isn't actually upside down at all, but just misspelled?

WV: craftsu- "Your gonna love these cakes I hand craftsu"

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl

Hey, maaaaan. Those "green vegetables" are there to give you the munchies so you can eat the cake even though it's wrecked!

puff, puff, pass...

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I'm late to the party, but I just had to tell you that this site is the funniest, most creative blog I've seen. Stinkin' hilarious.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

An ancient riddle:

Q. What's high in the middle and round on both ends?
A. Ohio.

I believe at the time this riddle was invented, nobody would have thought "high" meant anything other than "tall." Certainly when I learned it, I did not know it might mean something else.

This cake, however, is IH in the middle and high on the corners.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are those marijuana leaves on the "OIHO" wreck?

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterObava

Are those CANNIBIS leaves on the OHIO/OIHO cake??

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPlaidfrogg

GUYS. Cake Wreck commenters are not the first people in the world to notice the buckeye/pot leaf connection. As an Ohio State graduate, let's set the record straight: buckeyes have five leaves, pot has seven. Hardy har har, they look alike, get over it. The decorator really didn't mess them up THAT bad- they look very similar anyway. And THANK YOU to whoever cleared up that the spacing between OH and IO is intentional- yes it's backwards and that's just silly, but I agree, the cake isn't as much of a wreck as you guys seem to think it is.

which makes me wonder- aside from the pretty obviously hilarious wrecks on here, there must be more than just this Ohio cake that we're just misunderstanding and aren't really that bad.

final note: why does the Ohio cake even count here? It looks homemade.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClare

Well Job Done.
60 Miles You Did.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYoda

Of course Buckeyes would create a Cakewreck.


June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Congralulation on your gratualion Libby"?
Man... deciphering that one almost twisted my brain to mush.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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