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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.

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- Jen

A Series of Unfortunate Monograms

Who thought this was a good idea?

Or this?

(Never in my life have I so fervently hoped that a cake was chocolate.)

Or, Aunt Flo help us, this?

"So, when's the party?"

"At the end of the month."

Amy M., Jenna B., & Kim W., URQTs. At least, I like to think that you are. Not in a creepy way, of course, or like I know firsthand because I secretly stalk you or anything...that would just be weird. I mean, look, I'm just trying to give you a friendly compliment, in a completely platonic, non-stalker-esque kind of way, Ok? Ok. As you were.

- Related Wreckage: Can You Make a Freudian Slip in Icing?

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Reader Comments (107)

*LMAO* Love the baby feet on the side, (sings a song of sixpence as mentioned above).

S.O.B. Yes, she'll call him that someday. It's appropraite his future name be on the cake.

wv: meres...surname of Francis Meres

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

I know a JAM and a JAR XD
Yeah, I'm sincerely hoping that "K" is only the baby's firs initial and the deocrator got carried away with it.
I'm wondering whether that "O" on the SOB cake is a poorly done ring as well. Either way, someone dropped the ball on figuring that one out!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q

Re the SOB cake: From what I've seen of wedding-cake monogramming, the letter in the middle is the new last name of the couple, and the other two letters are their first names.

For instance: Sarah Michaels is marrying Bill Owens. Small S, big O, small B.

Monogramming also works that way for someone with three initials: Sarah Jean Randall would be small S, big R, small J. Check out any place that does monograms for examples.

Since I dropped my first name when I had my last name legally changed, I only have two initials. I am thankful.

And the baby cake? Um, yeah.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Umm, the monogram cake
the way it is written with the capital "O" in the middle means her last name will begin with "O". Her married name (if she takes her husband's name) will be something like Susan Barnes Omstead. Omstead being her husband's last name, Barnes replacing her middle name and Susan being her first name. Her initials will be SBO.
On the KKK cake, maybe the mom is having triplets. It happens a lot now days with the wonder of infertility treatments. Many families name all their kids with names that begin with the same initials or sound, Cathy, Carl and Karen. Two families I know matched the last name and the first name in sound and letter for all four of their children. Samantha Smith, Sinclare Smith, Stacy Smith and Stuart Smith. I have no idea what their middle names (if any) were. I found it bad enough that I had to teach the SS.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaede

My son's initials are DNR...probably not awful unless he's in a hospital and stops breathing.

The wedding cake made me laugh. Sooner or later, EVERY groom is an SOB...

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorningNY

When we got our kids hamsters, they were eager to name them. My son who was turning five was very proud of his ability to make up words by spelling. So instead of choosing a nice sounding name, he first chose random letters to be put together to form a name.
After some experimentation, he came up with S-O-B.

Over the next week or so, he told everyone in school and in the street that he has a hamster and his name in S-O-B.


July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGAMZu

My Husband and I are Pat and Kris (most spell it Chris anyway). Hi-effing-larious the first anniversary cake we got. Then the next was a good giggle. 10 years later and the comments aren't the funny anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love to see other's light up but a decade of the same joke just isn't that funny anymore.

My son's initials are WMD. He was born in '02 and there were a lot of jokes what a little 'bomb' he was. Followed by "awwwww" after realizing how inappropriate that was at that time.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

am i the only one who doesn't get the KKK one?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbob


KKK= Ku Klux Klan (did I spell that right? I wouldn't know since I'm not a white supremist LOL)


July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Bwa! Ha! Ha! Hilarious! (Especially your comment about hoping the KKK cake was chocolate. HA!)

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

My parents totally wanted to give me a middle name that would have made my initials kkk, but they thought better of it. That is how I became Katherine Ann instead of Katherine Kay.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Never in my life have I so fervently hoped that a cake was chocolate.

AHAHAHAHAHA! I may have snorted when I read that.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhotpants™

After my friend got married, her initials became STD. They should have put that on their wedding cake :)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSewing-Chick

My sister's last name begins with a S, and she almost gave her first daughter a name that started with B. But then she thought about what it would be like to have the initials B.S., and changed her mind. Thank God.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCadey

I honestly went to school with a girl whose name was Kandy K. Klann (I think the middle initial was for Kay, but I'm not positive about that). I always thought her parents were either astoundingly naive, or racists, and in the town were we went to school, either was possible.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Quite sad, because the KKK and PMS cakes are actually quite pretty.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Wow...those were some hilarious "wrecks"!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady H

Am I the only one who noticed how appropriate the dark red colour scheme is on the PMS cake??

LOVE the others. My friend was in the room with me and couldn't figure out why I kept laughing!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjustme

Wow. No comment on the irony of the *red* ribbons and roses...?

I'm making a checklist of how NOT to order my wedding cake (for the distant future) based on those I see on CakeWrecks! Thanks for the research, Jen! :)


July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

My initials are KGB and I've always wanted them on a monogrammed towel.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

Our middle daughter married a delightful fellow with the last initial G. She said all of the boys in the family had the middle name Albert, and they were naming their son Jackson. JAG - not bad. However, they fiddled around with names for their daughter - there aren't many J manes for girls, and then decided to forget the whole make-a-word thing!

BTW, did you add the PMS cake later? I missed it the first time around. Nearly as bad as SOB.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

My kindergarten was named the Kandy Kane School. My mother likes to tel the story about how one day they put up a sign reading "KKK: Kandy Kane Kids."

Needless to say, that sign came down extra-quick and never was seen again.

At least, I hope not...

Word verification: eafts. Really.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

I have a friend that almost ended up KKK, but his parents luckily realized in time and decided to spell Kalvin as Calvin. But most people still think his initials are KKK. And I really feel sorry for the little guy whose initials made it to the cake. I wonder if the decorator realized what he/she was writing at the time?

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

My son's initials are SHT. We really debated over it for a long time, but we decided to go with the names that honored our family members and the HST variant wouldn't work. He's six now and we have informed our families that he will never, NEVER hand his full monogram on anything. Sorry, kid!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Angry Jackalope

I had a couple recently whose monogram spelled ASS, tried as hard as I could to get them to let me slip it in there somewhere but they didn't let me put it on the cake. Too funny.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercakegrl

I monogram itemss-- and I am always astounded at some of the monogram requests I receive:
Most recently- pMs aSs bUt mAd sAd (twins_ and yUk. I gently recommend that maybe they would want to go with initials instead-- but no one ever does.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy's Pocket

awesome cakes!!!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

I would have loved to see the mother of the groom's face when she saw this cake. Ha Ha Ha! Way to start off a marriage!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLa La

My mother's initials were KKK growing up. She says they never thought anything of it until she was pretty old. It's a good thing she married a T, or I'd have been KKK, too!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

So why does everyone assume the KKK cake is made in the USA? In some cultures it wouldn't have the same meaning. Its just like so many people on Twitter getting upset when we in New Zealand were discussing our national rugby team - the All Blacks!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Woo Hoo! These are fabulously awful.

Thanks for the laughs!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

OMG, thanks for making me laugh so hard today.

Oh, and my mom's initials were KKK. She got married at 18 and changed her name. Coincidence? I think not!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternicole

My initials before I was married were KKK. I went to Catholic school and had to wear a uniform; one year for Christmas, I received a monogrammed sweater to wear with said uniform...I only got to wear it once - Sister Kathleen made me take it off, and sent a lovely note home to my parents.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

My mom's name was Barbara Mills - B.M. until she got married and became B.M.E., thank goodness.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue


July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan the shoppe owner

This is awesome! My husband and I were married almost 9 months ago, and I desperately wanted to incorporate our initials into our wedding. Our initials are S & M.

It didn't happen.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShaina

I just have to comment because my husband and my monogram would be "ASS".

I always thought it would be funny (and confusing for guests) if we got monogrammed towels.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please tell me the last cake is not red velvet!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wrote a post about these over in my wedding blog, and credited you.



July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKay

That last one is especially unfortunate, since it is rather lovely.

I do think the ribbon and rose color is, uh, rather ironic, though. 0_o

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

PMS - those are my initials!!!

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Arthur Seymour Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) stopped using his middle initial after a friend of his sent him a little drawing of donkeys, saying it reminded him of his dear friend A.S.S.. It happens!

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Monogram aside, on the other side of the baby cake, it looks like the baby is burying its face in a green pillow...?

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it really adds to the PMS cake that the color scheme was that dark rose red, huh? *barf*

July 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm suddenly very grateful to my mother, who made absolutely sure my initials (KAB) didn't spell anything too weird either in order or in a monogram format. My aunt wasn't so lucky. Before she got married her initals were BAR--not bad, until someone gave her a pendant with a formal monogram and they realized it read BRA.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Haha! My husband is Scott and I am Melissa. What do you think people wrote all OVER the car when we got married?! S & M. Sad thing is they didn't even realize it...

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

HAHAHA! I almost wet my pants! My new last name begins with an "A," & our wedding colors being black, white & a splash of red, I wanted a giant red "A" on our aisle runner and our cake. Scarlet Letter, anyone? We ended up making our first initials red & the giant "A's" black. :) But man oh man-PMS, SOB?! My ex boyfriend's mother belonged to some club whose initials were "KKK." I saw a flier on their fridge for the next "KKK" meeting!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereileen marie

I've been reading your blog for months now and it just cracks me up. I really had to comment on this one.

My fiance's dad wanted his initials to be S.O.B. But his mom put the kibosh on that immediately.

That being said, our initials are S&M. I told him that if we get anything monogrammed it would have to be M&S because we just dont need that.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Wait, THAT is a pacifier?
It was until I read the comments that I realized. Because with the blanket and the impossible size ratio, I thought it was a bald baby head!

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the guests didn't notice it, being so busy looking at the cubes...

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My wife (Amber) and I (Tim) forewent the traditional monogram on our wedding napkins after pencilling out a pleasant design. We looked at the napkin and saw it: T&A

I couldn't convince her to keep them.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Feelgood

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