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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


It turns out that last week was World Breastfeeding Week (motto: "There's a sucker born every minute.") In honor of the occasion, here's what was served at a hospital-sponsored picnic for moms and their babies:

If you're wondering what a life preserver has to do with breastfeeding, then rest assured that so are the rest of us. Personally I like to think that the Wreckerator was in the process of drawing one huge bazooga when s/he was stopped by some killjoy middle manager.

Also note that breastfed babies are "reading for anything." Naturally, I think you'll agree with me when I say this theory simply must be tested. So, the next time you see a mom breastfeeding, try to see if her kid is also reading. (You know, like this.) Then, once you've recovered from the police tasing and posted bail, be sure to report your findings back to us, k?

Anony M., I'll let you explain today's title. ;)

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Reader Comments (105)

Wait! I'm a breastfeeding mom...where's MY cake!?!?!
Heck...I'll settle for a twinkie.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternelsonturf

To me, the life preserver looks like the top of a baby bottle.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarypoppins

I am at least the 5th commenter who was breastfeeding her baby while reading this post. Cake Wrecks seems to be popular reading material during baby meal/mommy downtime. Maybe all these babies will grow up reading Cake Wrecks themselves and become literate, intelligent members of society because of it. That's not such a bad thing, now is it?

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglazeddoughnut

I don't think most people mind breastfed babies reading - as long as they aren't reading Harry Potter!

(Sorry, I can never forget that incredible comment Wreckage... *giggles*)

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTopaz

At first I thought it said "Breastfed babies are reaching for anything" which is hilarious but ominous considering that's a life preserver. Then I read it again and got really confused. I actually had to read the comments for this one because I couldn't figure it out (reading??? what?) until I saw what the original slogan/image was supposed to be.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Today, as usual, I'm nursing my baby while reading CW. And it's even more awesome that I'm not the only one, lol!

Hooray for ta-tas!!!

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachele

My handwritten terminal -y often disintegrates into something that could be an -ing. Which is why I never handwrite anything important, sigh.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthisbagisnotatoy

I really want TTFN to stand for Ta-Tas For Noms.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Yet another mom here who happens to be breastfeeding her baby (okay, he's 2 1/2, but whatever) while reading this post and I swear, from a distance, it looks like it reads "...heading for anything.". Which makes only slightly more sense. When mine finished, I'll ask him where he's heading, because he's definitely not reading.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Debbi~

Bummer! I missed breastfeeding week! Oh well, I was busy breastfeeding.

I've just decided that when I whine I will make me a boob cake and throw a party and all can partake in the boobs! Oh yeah, cream filled.

And I shall call my rack cake:

"Ta-Tas For Noms." (thanks Cindy! I'm so using that!)

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVivian Guest

This them of this year's WBW was to reinforce the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies. I guess that's the life preserver?

So, reading should have been ready.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennylou's Projects

Wild! But it would have been soooo much better if the wreckerator had been allowed to complete the breast.

I guarantee you, somewhere out there, there were some amazing boob wrecks created in honor of breastfeeding.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCappuccinoLife

Nipple shield? I guess I could google, but do I really want to know?

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillyD

I'm a *huge* cake wrecks fan! I can't believe you linked to my Ninjerktsu comic! Thanks so much! I've gotten so many nice comments on my blog today from people visiting for the first time!
Still in shock!
Take care!


August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWillis Carrier

Was ready to explain the life preserver... See it's already been done. Including by someone who's blog I read! Hi Whozat. And- to explain the poor writing here- am nursing my baby to sleep and reading my rss feeds on my iPhone :)

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren L.



wv: domened. What we are, now.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I just spat on the computer screen.
That was great!!!

now I've got to go find a wet wipe..

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterComfyDenim

can I just ask what reading for anything means cause to me that makes no sense at all surely you reading for a reason even if it just pleasure
But what do I know I won't breast fed

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermellonmarshall

Obviously they don't have spell check on cakes

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

A sucker born every minute--am I the only one who thinks that's "snort out your soda" funny??? Cause that's what I did. And I love the ta-ta's reference, although at first I didn't get why you were quoting Tigger on breastfeeding.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

oh my...just NO.

What possesses people? Seriously???

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Welch


I am tasked each and every day with proofreading the posts that Jen is going to put up. Most of the time, I don't find myself laughing because I have seen every cake many times before and I'm not reading for content and humor but for grammatical errors and missing punctuation.

This morning, I read the post with fresh eyes and I thought that it was genius. I laughed myself blue at that line. And do you know what that means? Most of the comments for the post will try to explain the cake.

Yeah, I'm a bit biased. I think Jen can do no wrong. But today's post was excellent.

Thanks for noticing!


August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I thought it said they were ready for teething since it had a teething ring on it...doesn't make any more sense than reading really.

wv: taboyess - isn't this subject taboyess?

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjo

@John: I also think Jen is a genius and can do no wrong. I look forward to her blog every day. And when I am away, I look forward to catching up, which I have finally done after weeks of missing my daily dose of Cake Wrecks.

Thank you both!

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Yes! A lifesaver! That is perfect! After all, breastfeeding can save you life. Did you know that if you breastfeed for six years or more, your risk of breast cancer is reduced my 90%!!!!!!! You will never have a doctor tell you that!

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

I'm the only person in the world who read that as "heading for anything." But that sounds like the babies either have no sense of direction or will latch onto anything, even a pink and blue life preserver.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

The theme for this years World Breastfeeding Week is "Breastfeeding: Prepared for Life." The theme is about being prepared for emergencies, and how breastfeeding has saved so many babies lives in cases of natural disasters. So, a life preserver makes perfect sense. And guess what--I'm nursing my baby! We are "ready for anything!"

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSallyseashell

Ok I read that as "Breadfed babies are Reading for anything". I'm not even going to try for the connection on the life preserver.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Hilarious, loved the ninja comic tie in.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Well, Lucille Ball just made my day by telling me that my risk for breast cancer just drop dramatically! :) Okay, now that I'm over that happy bit of news...

Did Marypoppins up there just say something about a baby bottle? On a breastfeeding cake? May it never be!!! ;)

TTFN...took me a while to get it but "sucker born every minute" did make me LOL.

And dang it! My 18-month old isn't reading yet that I know of. Perhaps I need to make him pay more attention when I'm teaching his sisters!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

omg the motto just about made me spit my drink all over the monitor! Now that's comedy.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG! Breastfeed for 6 years or more? The same kid? J.H.C.! Would my kid need a permission slip to come home for lunch? Yack!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Perhaps Reading Is Fundamental needs to go into a research project with La Leche League?

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRasco from RIF

Took me a minute to get the title... Jen, that was bad...
But amusing. :P

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

LOVE the TTFN, hilarious!

I read the cake as 'heading for anything' which is even more disturbing than 'ready' or 'reading' imo.

TTFN snicker

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

A life preserver because breastfeeding saves babies lives. Don't bad mouth the boobie snacks because I'd hate to boycott you. The idea was ok, BF babies are ready for anything, of course, the reality didn't work out so well.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mommy

thanks for the introduction to ninjerktsu!

TTFN - for once, I got it!!!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentera

I did not mean that you have to nurse the same baby for SIX years! You if you have two children you can nurse them for three years. If you have three children two years each. My mom breastfed my brother for 4 1/2 years! That is something that I would never do but everyone is different.
~Lucille Ball

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

And now there may be even more readers since the WBW team has seen the post and shared the link! And I do remember my toddler deciding that if mommy could read while nursing, she'd try it, too. That lasted about 20 seconds as the corners of her "Little Golden Book" started digging painfully into the sides of my breasts. That cake is about 28 years late--where were you when it really fit my family?!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Lucille Ball Jr.,

Well crapspackle, I don't plan on reproducing. :O Oh well, at least my not eating meat or drinking alcohol will help with the whole breast cancer thing.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe that NO ONE has suggested tattooing the alphabet on the side of the mom's boob so that the baby can read while s/he nurses! Come on, they've got baby flash cards now, why not reinforce the learning everytime they are eating? I'm sure the mommies won't mind a little pain getting the tattoo in order to help their kids get a leg up on the competition!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I think the "life preserver" must really be a teething ring. I'm thinking of an old cartoon I saw called "baby's first tooth" that shows baby suckling contentedly as mom cuts loose with a horrible scream...

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCliffie, The Lemming Girl

If breastfed babies are ready for anything, someone please explain why my breastfed baby just the other day ran into the kitchen table and seemed shocked at getting a fat lip.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorkio

I laughed for a solid 5 minutes on the motto: Theres a sucker born every minute. Thanks!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

I think that it is supposed to read Breastfed Babies Are READY for Anything...thus making this a REAL Cakewreck! :D

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

I think it says "Breadfed babies are reading for anything". I still have no clue what that means, but maybe I should whip out some bread next time my baby is hungry.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTifany

The guy who runs Ninjerkstu put a thanks for you... check it out!

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The theme this year was emergency preparedness so maybe the life preserver was on purpose...

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLe

The first thing that came to my mind was life preservers the hospital I delivered in was giving to new mommies to sit on the first few days.... And they sit while they breastfeed. There you go. Perfect sense :)

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkacenka

Omigoodness... breastfed babies are reading for anything. Too funny! However, I have to point-out, that bottle fed babies can also read. For example, my little man, reading at 19mo's old:

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK.

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