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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.

- Related Wreckage: Supermom VS the Diabolical Decorator of Doom

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Reader Comments (92)

Happy Briday. xD

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndy

Love that site, too, Jen. But not as much as yours! I can't believe it took me until 2:40 this afternoon to visit you and get my laugh!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

Josh, you silly... That's Betty and Veronica!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

That last cake has left me scratching my head... WHY??? What were they thinking? Blank Blob = Gorgeous Cake? Seriously... WHY????

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga

Aww, I thought the karate cake was cute and kinda resourceful!

The first cake on the other hand? Besides the wonky "H", what was the big deal? Oh, well... TGIB!! (Thank Goodness it's Briday) ;-)


August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

The hair is awesome.

Three cheers for girls in martial arts. :)

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is 'Briday' a mix of 'birthday' and 'Friday'--for when your birthday is on Friday? I swear, that's all the rage...Bennifer...Brangelina...Briday...

The karate cake gets points for execution; however, there is a deduction for the toxic orange border.

And the pink cake--looks like something someone can take home and wreck for themselves! "Add-a-name cake makes wrecks at home possible!" XD

WV: Redneat--Miles Frasier at a NASCAR race.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

So should that cake say "Happy Friday?" or perhaps it's a shower/wedding cake---"Happy Bride-Day." Love the one where they must've messed up the name 2 or 3 times and just gave up after using the icing equivalent of 'white out.' With purple airbrushing, to help hide the mistake.........

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So my five-year-old daughter was looking over my shoulder as I looked at these and when I got to the last one, she exclaimed:

Oh! That's what I want for my birthday! Except it has to have my name on it.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I could be incorrect, but I believe the words are Yin and Yang.
In this cakey case, though, WTH--let's let them take a ying at it.
Duke it out--and may the win!
Hmmm...I wonder if Maddy's the one with the lemon hair or the chocolate hair.
About the last cake; I have to say that I find that particularly dreamy shade of lavendar extremely restful and tranquil...
Why, I might just crawl right in there, lie down on that cake (using the *whatever-y* slabs for a pillow), and have me a bit of a snooze...
Wake me up if a customer shows any interest.
Or in the morning.
Whichever comes first.zzzzzzzzzzz

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Is it bad I think the last one could have been saved? instead of a rectangular mass to cover the wrong name, just pipe something that looks like a ribbon, with the pointy ends, and write on top of it

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do they not TRAIN cake decorators AT ALL?? Do they just thrust a pastry bag at the first applicant who walks in the door???

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

LOL! That first cake looks like someone bought a plain bakery cake and tried to match the green with one of those green gel frosting tubes. At least I hope that's what happened!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSila Lumenn

It's gotta be "GONE FISHING" - that one is awesome.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSlamazon - The Phoenix

Thought I would answer some questions about my Happy Briday Cake.

My husband decided to surprise me with a cake for my birthday. He stopped in at a store that included a bakery, picked up a cake and waited while they wrote "Happy Birthday" on it. It was done by the person working in the bakery. He said she was obviously having a bad day and the customer before him had been very unhappy with what she had written on his cake. When my husband saw the mess she had made of my cake he told her it was fine and bought it.

I was very happy with my cake. It amused me. Every time I looked at I laughed. It was so bad in so many ways. It continues to amuse me as i read the comments here.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNelia

janet2buns, you made me giggle. My SIL works in a high end store bakery and she assures me that yes, pretty much any idiot who can stand upright is given a decorator bag full of neon colored frosting and put to work. Speaking English is a secondary consideration, knowledge of spelling and grammar third. But if you can pipe giant mounds of icing that look kinda like balloons/flowers/clowns, you get a bonus!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Angry Jackalope

My favorite is the's rockingly BAD. :D

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

What are the odds? Today is my birthday, my name is Bri, lo and behold...

'Happy Briday!'

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So does Briday come before or after Falker Satherhood?

wv: tripult - a catapult designed to launch three wrecky cakes at once

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

The Angry Jackalope said...
"My SIL works in a high end store bakery and ...yes, pretty much any idiot who can stand upright is given a decorator bag full of neon colored frosting and put to work."
That's pretty insulting, I think!
But hilarious!
And if that's "high end," imagine how great the "low end" store bakeries are doing...
Why not just turn the customers loose back there to do their own?
All the fun of home (!!) but the employees have to clean up the mess!!
What could be easier?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Those are sad. LOL

~Amy B

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Do people actually pay for these things when they are that awful?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNitrocat

A PS to my former post:

My Briday cake was what lead to my finding this blog. I took a picture, of course, and showed my cake to anyone who would look. When I showed it to my daughter-in-law she told me I had to send it to Cake Wrecks. I said "Cake Wrecks? What's that?"

I am now gradually making my way through the entire blog. So much fun.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNelia

I'd say the karate girls are the best. I don't know if I'd thought of that. I think I would've went for the obvious, karate poodle skirt wearing women who have boys haircuts.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbodoba

Ok, the karate cake, genius LOL -- the first cake OMGoodness - what the heck? I'd NEVER let a cake like that walk out my door. LOL

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHancock Fam

What's "Briday"? Is that when your birthday falls on a Friday?

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haven't you heard of Bridays? It's a slang term for Bachelorette parties.
Get it ' ' . .. . Bride Day . . Briday?
Oh I'm just a riot.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

2nd cake....its not Briday, it's "Brie-day". What's better than a cake that's not a cheesecake, but the purpose is the celebration of cheese? Not much, I'd say.

The I and the E are the same letter, to save space, and...uh...conserve Earth's natural resources (all of that green food dye).

I'm a glass-half-full person.
WV: machacur
"Those cakes were all part of the infamous Brie-Day Machacur, which will go down in history as one of the darkest days in cake-dom."

"Happy Briday"?

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

The comments are getting tedious to read. Although there were only FIVE people complaining that Jen didn't mention the misspelling explicitly, it seemed like so many more. Tiresome.
I vote (since everyone treats this as a democracy and not your personal blog) that only one "I am clueless" comment and moderate out the rest. Haha!
While they aren't "mean spirited" they do insult Jen's intelligence and creativity and don't have to be posted.

Where are Alix and Haiku Joy?
I need a haiku...

Mistakes I can hide
Big blobs of frosting cover
My ineptitude


Wv: Loingral - the karata students were advised to avoid the loingral kicks.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are too much! Still...they did give me some creative ideas for the next time I really screw up.

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter



803 comments on the tour post, almost every one of them lamenting the fact that we're not going to one city or another. Take out all the repeats and you get 13 city laments and 790 folks who are now ticked at you for not posting their comments. But you know what? Even though I have to moderate every...single...comment, Jen and I are extremely flattered and humbled by the fact that so many people take the time to talk to us.

And sure, some people don't get a joke, but isn't it fun to be the first to mock them? I'm just saying.

I miss Alix and Haiku Joy as well, but they're probably just on vacation or something. The Courteous Chihuahua came back so I have faith.

Wreck On!


August 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

John--There's a Courteous Chihuahua?? I'm clearly out of the loop lately....

I would love the karate cake if the color scheme didn't make me physically ill. For Cake 1 and Cake 3, I simply have no words.

And to Nelia of the Briday Cake: I once thought I was the world's most avid avoider of confrontation, but CLEARLY your hubby takes that prize, and possibly sainthood as well. You are indeed a lucky soul. (Well, with men, anyway. Not so much with cake, though.)

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys


Yes, of course, the mocking should compensate! :)
I know you will post them all, and I didn't really mean they should be left out.

And I feel bad for being one of the ATL foot stompers for the tour. In my defense, I was in the first wave, and there weren't any atl comments yet when I wrote it.
Hope the tour goes great!
Thanks as always for the daily laughs!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Another sad/misogynistic thing is that the karate fix even had to be made... aren't there enough girls in martial arts to warrant a "girl" template? Terrible... though decent enough job 'fixing' it, compared to the others!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDurable Goods

haha! These are hilarious. I especially love the commentary about each cake. The first one looks like it was written with the left hand (if the person is right handed).


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

OMG that Karate cake reminds of the wreck that happened to be my daughters 7th birthday cake. She asked for a girl bowling cake and got a was awful. Everyone at the party was shocked and didn't say a word to my daughter.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

the last cw has me thinking about what bakeries do when someone neglects to pick up a cake. just "purple-out" the name, i guess.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Hey EB--The store bakeries I've noticed tend to scrape off the name (with varying degrees of success) and sell the anonymously-'Happy Birthday"-ed cake at a markdown. Of course, as often as not this means you're wishing Happy Birthday to "greenish blob followed by light-green streak"...

Wait, I think that's one of my cousins, actually.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

Fixed it... except not. Happy Briday, eh? Someone was pre-drinking on a Friday for their friend's birthday. Probably singing some song about Friday in congruence with the Happy Birthday song while trying to scrawl on the cake. Ace.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz F

I've been missed!

Cattywompus wig?
Just give a high kick, yelling
"Happle Bri -hiyah!"

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

did anyone notice the mayjor tyop on the first cake? Isabelle

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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