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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

Say What?

Ah, sweet failures in communication.

Pushy, pushy. You WILL be Miss Charles, hear? Now, love PF Changs! Love them!!

At least it sounds right when you read it aloud. Although you do have to wonder: if you don't know, what makes you think the people eating your cake will?

Some folks just can't resist telling everyone when they're finished with a task. "G-r-e-a-t...J-o-b...there! Done!"

Resistance is futile.

Lindsay J., Tracey B., Amy J., & Anony M., congradulations on are job done.

- Related Wreckage: Jen Pipes Down

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Reader Comments (106)

The bakery that make the "What's Are Name" cake must not be from Baltimore.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

Congratulations on your conformation...Resistance is futile
...I see a T-shirt in the future.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I read the last word on the first cake as "Change." More importantly, I interpret this as a divorce cake: "You will no longer be Mrs. [Surname]."

I'll alert my church to the potential for humiliating error a la the last cake.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Okay. I give. I don't get the "Resistance is Futile" reference.

I LOVE this website as do my daughters. I laugh so hard, I cry and that is a very wonderful thing. Thank you.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarthaR

Diane said This only explains why someone would want it on a cake, not why the cake is such a wreck.

It also doesn't explain why the cake appears to have been decorated in the Colts' blue and white rather than the Ravens' purple and yellow. (Dang I feel old)

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Courteous Chihuahua - Thanks for the reference! I was thinking something along those lines, but wasn't quite getting the image. That was excellent.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Since I work for a confirmation program called Confirm not Conform I especially appreciate that last one (and posted it on our Facebook page, with credits. I hope that's OK; let me know if you want me to take it down).

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Toepfer something is put together,ie; that horse has terrible conformation. Hahaha

Terribly hilarious, these wrecks!
~Amy B.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

good job done! lol...

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks

The "What's are name" cake should be purple, not blue, if it's a Ravens cake as suggested by the other stuff in the picture...Apparently the decorator can't deal with grammar OR color.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

YAAAAAAY!!!!! Love 'em all. Laughing here, I also thought "Miss Charles" was having a gender change. heeeeeeeeee

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your comment on the last one made me snot myself a little. A sure sign of a good day to come. Thank you so much! :)

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Maybe Michael is just the most symmetrical and well-proportioned Catholic out there?

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Maybe Michael is a horseman? It's 4H time!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterc3

These cakes remind me of The Big Doofus' "Engrish" posts.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

One day, cake technology will be advanced enough to have spell check XD
Sheesh--barkeries should have a list of commonly mispelled words posted right above the work tables.
Although a "conformation" cake would be awesome.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q

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July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCBS Radio

I work with both the girl who decorated the "conformation" cake and the one who sent it in. It really makes my life to see it up here xD

and the name is in fact spelled right. So it's only a twofer.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDynamo

Love it, made my Monday worth while!

Is someone sleeping in the moderation room? How did that radio ad get through?!?


July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Conformation is the Catholic celebration of coming into adulthood. That's the name of the ceremony. It's right.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

All these cakes are great!

Mindy: Catholics become confirmed into the religion, they don't conform (according to them at least. Personal opinions vary) Check the definitions XD

As the annonomous one who submitted said Conformation cake, yes, it does also say Congradulations, making two spelling errors. ^.~ I'd also like to point out that the girl who decorated the cake did a lovely job with the writing, just not the spelling. Its my photo that failed at capturing the fact that it is legible XD

Borg ref or not, this cake was not intentional, and I had a glorious freakout over whether or not to scrape it and fix it when i found it TEN MINUTES before pickup time. I decided not to. No one but us noticed to my knowledge, which only makes it better!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermikotorren

Baltimore Ravens explanation not withstanding, clearly the 2nd cake is the answer to the age-old demand, "Say my name, B****!" as evinced so well in American Pie.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacq Cooks

that last one reminds me of work. we have a folder for "currant conformations"

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

There's been a discussion raging on a horse forum about confirmation vs. conformation - probably one of the most misspelled words in horsedom. I linked back to today's post here on CakeWrecks so they could get a laugh about the confusion (for a change!).

Love this blog by the way...

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan_Horse_Queen

Am I the only one who thought the first cake was for a contestant in the Miss Charles beauty pageant?

Conformation. Hmm. For my conformation, I think I'd prefer chocolate frosting.

You never know, maybe Charles WILL be Miss, not missed.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

for the first cake... is "bettercream" better than buttercream. perhaps i don't know enough about cakes. but really bettercream???

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessiey

Well, at least there's one other person who totally doesn't get the "resistance is futile" reference. I guess I'm a different kind of, I'm a dog nerd.

Like the horse people, dog show people also have an eyeroll fit whenever somebody spells it "confirmation". My first thought as a "dog person" was, "Well, maybe they got a cake for their dog's first specialty win" LOL. At least I'm not the only one who found that cake humorous for a completely different reason :)

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwoofless

2nd cake: Oh, right, the Baltimore Ravens, sure...??? I was hoping the person ordering when asked, "and who is the cake for?" replied in a foggy moment, "What's 'er name(?)" and the wreckerator just went with that with a minor spelling embellishment. But it's probably a spin(?) on the Ravens thingy...

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, the second one is definitely supposed to be a Ravens cake. Why they wouldn't choose AT LEAST ONE of the team colors for the icing is beyond me.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

Well, one is "conforming" to rules after confirmation, so at least there could be some sense made of it. I love the humor on that one

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpittsburghcurly

Finally, a Ravens cake wreck made onto this blog!

(I live in Maryland, 30 miles north of Balmer, and around here the purple black are sported proudly). The decorator must be a Steelers fan.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Echoing - WHAT is the CBS ad????
Just pitifully hilarious - whyshould our kids learn to spell to get a better job??????

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I just found your site through Failed Craft and I have know idea how I got there, but I have literally laughed so hard I cried. This is the greatest page ever. Just the greatest!! Kudos!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you have an accent? "Are" and "our" don't sound the same in the midwest, usually.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Shame about the last one. I won't throw tomatoes at Miranda but I can't help associating conformation with AQHQ line classes.

wv: gynds...nope not touching it.

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

The second one reminds me of the time my cousin painted Grandpa's dog's house.

She scrawled in big black letters: LADY IS ARE DOG.

Maybe my cousin grew up to be a cake decorator!

July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Mel said...
that last one reminds me of work. we have a folder for "currant conformations"
Heh heh...
Either you work in a raisin factory, or the people labeling those folders can't spell, either!
Curiouser and curiouser...


July 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Mindy @ 3:13 PM:

Sorry Mindy, but the Catholic coming of age ceremony you are referring to is actually called "Confirmation." However, conformation is in my opinion a much better title. (teehee)

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhoebe


As Miranda notes, "conformation" is literally accurate but oh so wrong.

I pictured Michael the Chocolate Eating Horse.


Resistance IS futile, so let's go mad.


July 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexakim

Oh that conformation one made me nearly pee my pants! Priceless.

Yes I dated a boy once that deserved a cake congratulating him on his conformation. My, oh my.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Matt said Do you have an accent? "Are" and "our" don't sound the same in the midwest, usually.

They do in Bawlmer, hon.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337


Sometimes I think I come from a different planet, rather than the west. "Our" and "are" sound different to me, as well. But this is coming from a person who pronounces "yolk" and "folks" and "polka dot" how they're spelled. But I'm told by everyone I ask, they're pronounced "yoke" and "fokes" and "poke-a dot". Even the dictionary says I'm wrong. Ah well.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

I am happy, a Catholic cake!
Even if it is misspelled. ;-)
~Lucia the Catholic

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

Is that a Freudian slip? It should be Confirmation, not Conformation.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

These are hysterical! I feel sorry for the poor people who went to get their cake and discovered these errors.

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

See, I looked at Mickael's conformation, and immediately asked 'Who took best of opposite sex?'

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershrewreader

Heh, GO RAVENS! A Steelers' fan definitely decorated that cake! HAHAHA! (And yes, OUR and ARE do sound the same around Balmer, Merlin.)

As friend to many in the dog show world, that last cake cracked me up!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris

That first one just *screams* "shot-gun wedding!"

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July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Jackson

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