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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

Good Luck!

You're going to need it with these decorators.

Wow, first last week's "KKKake", and now this. Well, there's nothing like an unintentionally racist cake to spice up a send-off party, I always say.

"Raaawr! Luck good! Kimmie want cake! Cake good!!"

Well, that's not nice at all.

I'd say this cookie cake has a "good lack" of proper spelling and handwriting abilities. Yeesh. Stay in school, kids!

Blair G., Kimmie S., Amanda B., & Sarah G., I wish you excellent fortune.

- Related Wreckage: That's Way Better Than "Good"

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Reader Comments (71)

Gook Lord! What the guck were these decorators thinking?

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOutback Jon

I didn't ask for everything to be explained, which I agree would take too much time.
What I suggested was to explain the obscure references, the things that not even native English speakers sometimes understand (as today's first cake very well showed).

There is a difference between not understanding anything (in which case the people would not even be trying to read this blog) and not understanding things such as slang.

I'm not asking for an explanation of the American/English way of life, just a hint into understanding its most difficult language games, is that really too much to ask ?
You do realise that were I to use slang or an expression in my own native language there would be not one chance for you to understand it ? And yet here I am (and probably many many other foreigners), having to justify myself for not speaking the language so perfectly I understand every little single words of it.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLysambre

Lysambre -

If I don't understand a reference, I look it up online. I'm a native English speaker, but I'm of a younger generation, so I couldn't quite place the first cake. It was pretty easy to find the definition online, though. If a person can't find the answer that way, then they could ask.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

haha, the first time, I didn't even get what was wrong! Then I re-read it, and got it! But I read "Good Lack" for the last one.


July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

Good Jack looks like it is written in mustard. . . gross.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

Dang, I wish "Good Jack" had been written in white...

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLJ

Wow. Until this afternoon, I thought that "gook" was another word for "goo" or "sludge", which is the sense in which I've always heard it used...I must remember not to use that word ever again!

That said, it really is amazing how badly people can mess up the simplest words! As an English teacher, I've got to say it makes me sad sometimes to see that—when the misspellings aren't funny, anyway.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpennfana

I was at the going away party for Jessie & Sarah (which was actually around seven years or so ago). I honestly don't remember who picked up the cake or who called it in, only that we obviously asked for it to say "Good" and not what it actually says. And we all just thought it was funny-I know that I had no clue it had any type of racial slur attached to it.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

haha, Guck Luck is my favorite.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBroken and Whole

Then again...
about the explaining of various terms/expressions, etc.; please consider this:
There wouldn't be much difference between (or point in) getting, for example, 20 comments asking "What does THAT mean?" and then
9,000 MORE comments saying, "Well, *I* knew that already.", would there? (I'm pretty sure that would happen.)
EM's idea works for me; there have been several times that I didn't "get" some obscure-to-me reference (because I'm not that familiar with a lot of the newer generation's books, movies, or what-have-you), and if I really wanted to know, I'd look it up; if I didn't really care, I'd let it slide, and still enjoy the show immensely. Most of the wrecks are crazy-madly-deeply funny without having to *mean* anything!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Lysambre, I'm not in the US either, but I don't ask for explanations regarding slang and other expressions. All those references to anything on TV eludes me anyway, so I look up anything I don't get. Explaining yourself takes away the fun of things, especially for those who do get it.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha

[QUOTE]I am pleasantly surprised that some people didn't know why the first cake was unintentionally racist... the fewer people who know racial slurs (and use them) the better :)[/QUOTE]

Yes, but en lieu of that, you have people using homophobic slurs, like fag, faggot, dyke, homo, or using "gay" to mean something that's bad. I don't know if it's a sign of the times or what.

Now back on topic:

1) You forgot to mention that the cake is in YELLOW frosting (to go with the anti-Asian sentiment)

2) The broken, stilted English + green frosting. Was this cake made by Frankenstein's monster or The Incredible Hulk?

3) What's a "Guck Luck"? At least the frosting flowers look cute.

4) I agree that the "Good Lack" message looks as if it was written in mustard. And, to answer another post, I don't know how old you're supposed to be to work at Mrs. Fields'. They tell you 16 and over (since, in America, that is the legal age to apply for and get a job), but some companies do that "Take your kid to work day" deal and stuff like this is usually the end result.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.L. Young

On the cookie cake: Good lack everybdy? Good laçk everybo'y? LMAO in any case.

WV: piness: finesse when piping.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggiethecat

The first one says "Gook"? How on earth is that first letter a G? Is it the transatlantic thing? Did all the US readers recognise it and the UK readers not, or is it just me?

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterruth_dt

Ah, the "good" to "gook" typo.

Years ago, I had a job interview. Part of it was a typing test, on an actual typewriter (yes, that long ago), rigged so you're unable to make corrections. They give me an essay about job interviewing to replicate, I race through it in the allotted time, and quickly review my work before handing in.

Now, if you type correctly, you know that the "d" and the "k" both rest under middle fingers, so transposing the two is not uncommon. Imagine my horror to find the ONLY mistake I made was mistyping a sentence as, "it is important to make a gook impression."

This interview was at the Bank of Japan.

I never heard from them again.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillDarryl

Ruth_dt -
All Americans are taught cursive from same the pattern - including the G. Search Google-images for the Q if you want to be really confused! Take a look at" rel="nofollow">"How American Cursive Appears to the British" for some history.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

Thanks MJS. Contrary to that blogger's implication, we did have handwriting classes. (In the advance group for everything else, I was in remedial handwriting.)

We use an italic pattern rather than a copperplate. I didn't realise that was standard in the US.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterruth_dt

#2 - I see Yoda is back to decorating cakes again.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I bet this post will be featured as the latest in a long line of delicious babies posts on Hemant Mehta's blog," rel="nofollow">The Friendly Atheist, in 3... 2... 1...

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreenishBlue

How, just how do you get capital G's that wrong?

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaxon

Awww... I'd really like the pink and yellow cake if it weren't for that smear of guck on it.

I'm'a still keep it in mind for my niece's first birthday ... in seven months. (I like to plan ahead!)

verification: whommoi - "No english speak good? Whom? Moi??"

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiopsideanddiamonds

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