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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

There, I Fixed It

"Aw, rats. I forgot to capitalize the H on this birthday cake."



"There! Perfect."

"Madison did such a great job, earning her brown belt in Karate! Oh, but wait...she's a GIRL, isn't she? Oops. Huh. This graphic has two boys on it."

"Well, no problem. I've got it covered."

"Yep, that was a hairy problem, but I sure got it covered. Heh. Aheh."

Wrong name? Nooo problem.

[whispering] No one will EVER know.

Nelia, Elizabeth F., & Rachael, good job thanks! Oh, and if you're DIY buffs, you should check out the site where I ripped off got today's title - it's funny stuff.

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Reader Comments (92)

The karate kid girl on the right looks like Polly Pocket. (I'm sad that I know that.)

In my defense, my sister loved those.

Where do they hold the annual "International Ying/Yang Wig Kicking Competition"? In this corner, we have Blondie who will be facing off in the circle against her arch enemy, Brunette! I guess we'll really see who has more fun now!

Josh Metcalf

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh (the DMT)

oh, clever!

the karate cake was my favorite.

the hair looked like the little magnetic polly pocket hair. obviously fake, but strangely adorable.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFarris-not-Ferris

LOL!! Please tell me that first cake isn't a professional one. That's just sad.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Personally, I think the icing wigs are not a wreck at all, but pure hysterical genius!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I love "There, I fixed it." But usually the fix-ups there are a bit more creative than these Wreckerators could manage.
And I totally just added "Wreckerator" to Firefox's dictionary.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

What, no comments on the first cakes misspelling of Birthday? Happy Briday?


August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whew! That was close. And the smudge under the H will distract people from noticing it's a Briday cake.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul E

The first cake is really terrible, an awful presentation. I think I'll go cry in a corner.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*Akilah Sakai*

OMG, sooo funny! Yes, the smeared out H is way better now...just home no one notices briday isn't a word.
I ordered a cake for my daughter's bday party tomorrow and sent in a picture to the bakers for guidance. I am hoping that it doesn't become fodder for your website. If so (ie if it's a wreck) look for an email/pics from me on Sunday!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarita Pagita

At least we didn't see any duct tape.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

That the trouble with cake making, no edit feature.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaddy

"No one will EVER know..."
Psh, yeah, RIGHT.
The karate touch-up job actually wasn't too bad, though the color scheme was a little odd. The rest, though... *shakes head* Sad, sad, sad.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

yeeaahhh, cuz the 'h' is what was wrong with the first one.....good thing they caught that before the customer got there!

The karate one is actually kind of a cute idea. Sort of.

That purply-pink thing is just terrible for so many reasons. I don't have time to go into them all, very busy here and all that jazz.


August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

good morning, I totally followed that "There I fixed it link" WOW!
I thought the karate girls looked ok to me. It was genius really, it didn't look overly sloppy.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

I actually thought this post *was* from TIFI when it came up in my feed reader. :P

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I'm so surprised that you didn't mention something about the first cake saying Happy Briday. I liked the "scrapes", though. Nice.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela K.

Those karate sure are cute.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

My jaw dropped when I saw that first one. I'm thinking that the 'H' repair turned out so badly there wasn't any reason to even attempt to fix the 'Birday'! Wow!!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

Happy Briday? Is that like Friday? Or Bride-day?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Plass

Oh, my! The pigtales are actually kind of cute, but the bleeding letter is sad. And what's with the 2 globs of frosting on the last? The first glob just didn't cover it enough, so they had to add another?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

There's an extra dubya in your dubyadubyadubya.thereifixedit link. :)

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Not only did they scrape the H off... but... BRIDAY? happy briday... hm.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVAgirl

Dang. The last cake would've looked pretty good if not for the name cover.

Jen, I'm surprised you mentioned only the wiping of the H on the first cake. "Briday" is very sloppily lettered, and I'm not sure if it means "Birthday" or "Friday." Maybe a portmanteau word. And of course, the lime green is icky.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

My husband's and my rehearsal dinner cake had my name spelled wrong, despite my MIL spelling it for the bakery. She fixed it with a butter knife. Turned Amy (wrong) into Amie (right)...

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmie

(writing) "h... a... p... (are there two p's or one?, Hmm, let's go with two) p... y... aww crap I forgot to capitalize H. (fixes, sorta) B... r... i... d... a... y. Happy Briday! Yup, I think they're are going to LOOOVE this work of art! Wait, what there's supposed to be an r, t, and h in that word. Nah, that'd look silly!"
really? How the hell does one figure that birthday is spelled like Friday with a B?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne

Hey, I think the karate cake is a little awesome, at least for a Wreckerator. Yeah it looks kinda dorky, but I think that's the laughable kinda dorky, not the lamentable kind. :)

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOdie

h/Happy Briday!?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

This is excellent, I love that the decorator went to all that trouble to fix the 'Happy' on the first cake and didn't even bother to spell 'Birthday' correctly! Maybe it was getting all a bit much for him/her?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFsn

wreck 1. it just makes me sad.

wreck 2. i rather like the pink hairbows in the impromptu hair. however, one should never use orange and pink together. ever.

wreck 3. whaaa?! why didn't they just go ahead and write another name on it?! in its defense, i think it's a lovely lilac-y color.

terry lee

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Happy Briday to Everybody! Go out and celebrate! Call off work ~ it's Briday!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

haha! OK, I feel that the karate one is not that bad. They probably could not find a template of female martial artists to use due to existing gender bias....ok the hair didn't have to be so poofy, but the entire cake looks pretty well done.

I miss my karate days. My knees are wrecked and the surgeon sternly told me to cease and desist. :(

The other two are just insanely bad!!! Once again, even the shell borders are messed up! How do they hire these inept dummies when people with actual skills are dying for a job?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Hey, that karate kid cake is AMAZING. I kind of want it.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelsolylaluna

Thanks for a giggle this morning. Love the first one. Your captions are what make me laugh. The cakes make me sad.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

Actually, "Happy Briday" is for a wedding that takes place on the bride's birthday.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterolderbrother

My daughter will love the first cake! Her Birthday party is this weekend and since she's Brianna, but goes by Bri, this would have been perfect to put on her cake since the day is all about her. I better get on the phone with the baker pronto and have the cake changed. Hope there's still time...

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBreezemom

The "wrong name" cake is fantastic! Just keep piling it on, there, wreckorator, pile in on thick.

WV- worsel- They couldn't have done it up worsel, could they? Hmm.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

Guys, I'm pretty sure Jen noticed "Briday." I think she was being tongue in cheek by saying that post-scraping, it was "perfect."

It's hard to decide which is wreckier-- a wal-mart cake with a horrible correction/misspelling (I mean, once you see that round confetti, your expectations drop) or a decently decorated cake with a name blotted out in a DOUBLE LAYER of frosting applied with the cake icing tip!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh, guys?

The joke that Jen was making with the first cake was that "correcting the H" was the only thing the decorator saw wrong. Not the terrible handwriting, not the misspelled "briday", not the interesting color choices...


August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenncgf

wow... some people who read your blog are so slow. it's SARCASM people. yes, Jen can read. she is AWARE that the first cake says "briday." man, i'd hate to be stuck in a room with some of these people!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually think the karate wigs are kinda clever. Yes of course they look out of place, but they look adorable. Hiyaa! or whatever. I'm never good at spelling sounds.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

These are true CW classics! My workday is already a little brighter!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Too funny!!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

tee-hee haaaaaa haaaaaa!!!!!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

I actually think the karate cake was a good save. :D

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica C.

Why assume "Briday" is a mistake? Perhaps they just got a nice bottle of Briday burgundy and the thought of having it with cake made them happy. Cake and wine, I'd certainly be smiling. :-p

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTSFN

Haha I actually kind of love the karate cake. For a second I didn't even see the problem. I think the decorator was pretty fast on his/her feet to think of it and it blended in decently (sort of). Not a wreck =)

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrawr

Note to self: Don't drink and decorate cakes!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

What about the fact that the first cake said "Briday" instead of Birthday?!?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheReynoldsFam

It looks like the cover-up blob on the last cake was even airbrushed a bit, either to camouflage the lump or maybe make it look intentional.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBin

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