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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

As You Wish

"Okey dokey, let's just double check that order form."

Flavor: Chocolate


Decoration: Chocolate dipped strawberry, ganache swirl and chocolate shavings over buttercream.

"Check, check, and check!"

Inscription: Leave blank


Thanks to Ross E., the bakery manager who managed to catch this before the customer arrived. Great work, Ross!

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Reader Comments (99)

That poor albino strawberry looks like it's been lashed to the cake.

--Blue Jean

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That atrawberry looks more like a turnip to me.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarole and Keith

Anonymous @ 11:49,


Are we really going to start this? Really?

The photo was submitted by the bakery manager who took the picture at his bakery. The cake was done by one of his employees. I don't know how much more proof you need.



August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Wow, that's sad xD

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

Looks like Bunnicula got to that strawberry.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChicagoan

well, for the record, if my last name was Blank, I think I would name my kid Leave. Just for this kind of confusion.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Oh, please tell me that somebody, somewhere, has video of the customer picking this up!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

This makes me want to order three cakes from three of our bakeries in town and on each one write "Leave the inscription blank please, thank you" and see what each of the cakes look like... maybe I'll have to budget for that project...

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

In defense of Anonymous @ 11:49 - it looks like the words are written on a piece of square plastic which is set on top of the cake.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I dunno.. looks a lil suspect to me! The 'leave blank' looks like it was iced on a clear piece of plastic and just laid on the cake.

Methinks that you have been cakewreck snookered.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*MagPie*

And I was horribly afraid that this would happen to me for my baby shower cake. I aaaaalmost wrote "no text" on the order, then had flashes in my head of a gorgeous baby shower cake with "NO TEXT" in curly pink icing.

I'm so glad this wasn't my cake.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Dont the decorators ever get cake for themselves? You would think someone would stop and say hmmm this just cant be right!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Princess

Well if you want something else to look at, no I don't believe the cake was photoshopped. Instead, look carefully at the shape of the rectangle. How it fits with the pattern of the cake, there's a little bit that comes off the edge. And look at how it fades some of the chocolate and leaves some of it blotchy.

Yeah, it was faked. They laid down a sheet of plastic or clear wax paper before piping on top of it.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I have to ask: how WOULD they have had to write the instructions so this particular cake-decorator would refrain from writing anything on the cake? Because I keep envisioning a row of cakes with "NONE" and "This space intentionally left blank" on them.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhilangelus

While I don't think it's been photoshopped, it does look like the words were written on a big piece of clear tape that was placed onto the cake. Is that a standard decorating method? Is the "tape" edible?

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

We once ordered a cake for a birthday party where we asked for it to say "Happy Birthday Bill" and we told them to use black.
Yep, we picked it up for it to read "Happy Birthday Bill in Black."
We didn't take a picture (we should have!!) and they fixed it, but seriously, when stuff like this happens I just have to laugh!!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandie

Even when you spelling things out for them they still mess it up!

Bad for the customer, good for CW. :D

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

Sometimes, I'd just love to be in the bakery when the cake decorator reads the card "Leave... blank... Huh. That's weird. Is that right? Well. Maybe it means something. Is there a Blank, Maryland? Hm. Or, like... nah, whatever. Customer's always right, I guess. Idiots."

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDootsie

Attention, doubters!

Some bakeries routinely use clear plastic to write inscriptions on, particularly for fruit or ganache-topped cakes. So yes, the inscription was piped on acetate, but no, it was not an intentional mistake. We're told the lady who did it is not a native English speaker.

SO...Can we move on now? Please? You guys are getting poor John's blood pressure up. ;)

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

that is so funny!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

That's very funny!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Consummate Hostess

Oh, I can see the employee's writeup:

DISCIPLINARY ACTION - submitted offending work to

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*snort* That's just fabulous. Between the vampire strawberry and the literal following of paperwork it's perfectly wrecktastic!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa least the writing is pretty.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I love that not only did the inscription get added, but that it was done in red! It makes it a flamboyant mistake!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

This should totally be on Failblog. XD

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Erin said...
"Do you ever wonder if some bakeries just have a really strict policy for writing the inscription verbatim...maybe they have just been trained really well to write whatever is listed... maybe they are foreign..."
Etc., etc., AND etc.
Stop being nice.
There IS no excuse.
And as for your last question:
"Who checks these things???"
I am tossing out this Wild and Crazy idea:
NOBODY checks anything.

About that "strawberry" the hell small is that CAKE, anyway? (Looks like a chocolate-dipped postcard, for corn's sake.) Either that's one whopper of a mutant berry, or it's really just a big old turnip in drag.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

This is the same person who replys, "say cheese" when a photographer takes a picture.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthriftylittleblog

@"Jen", 2:35pm...
Who do you think you are, telling everyone it's real? Why would you assume the artist is "not a native speaker"? You arrogant, pompous American elitist!

Of course it's a fake. Everyone knows that the highest honor an anonymous bakery can achieve is to trick the makers of Cake Wrecks into featuring their intentional wreck on this blog. They're obviously trying to collaspe the foundation of realism this blog is based upon.


August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarcastic Doubter

That wreckerator has pretty nice handwriting...

in some language other than English, that uses a similar alphabet.

wv: diferses - a compound word, encompassing the subtly diferses meanings of "different" and "diverse"

These bakeries are very conscientious when it comes to hiring people from diferses countries.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Oh that is funny....

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila (bookjourney)

The title of this post keeps changing every time I sign in to my dashboard. Very strange. . .

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Haha! Yikes. However, that is a really nice-looking cake. Yum.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBookworm

I think that this is my new favorite cake on this blog.

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRubyfruit

I give props to the bakery manager for catching it before the customer arrived.
I want to know what happened to the employee who did this!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeginning2fly

The cake actually looks pretty good, but I just can't believe that some people can be so literal!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

Okay, these pics are definitely hilarious. But what really makes them are your HILARIOUS captions. OMG. Classic. Love it.

Amy in Small Town Texas :)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy dawn

I'd be happy with this cake. Then again I've been cake-deprived for a while so take that as you will.

WV troperi- I spent all day on the TV Troperi Wiki.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I order blank cakes a lot so I can decorate them myself, and I keep expecting to get a cake like this.

Also, what's with the yellow strawberry? That looks quite unappetizing.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

I've saved the image and enlarged it and there IS a piece of plastic that the words are written on. One corner hangs off the bottom.

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

chocolate? wow .. looks tasty ..
how to make it?? I really want to try .....

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterudit

That's hilarious!

Great site, by the way. This was my first visit. :)

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaily Kitchen

i like it. i wanna try..

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTantono

It could be from one girlfriend to another, subtly asking her to finally LEAVE that rotten, no good...Ugh, I just say his name out loud...BLANK!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought that chocolate dipped strawberry was a turnip....

(..and no, I am not on drugs!)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSome Random Person

So funny that I stumbled upon this. I worked at this bakery. This happened at Ralph's Del Mar and I even still have the picture on my phone. The lady who wrote the inscription is a Russian woman who has been working in the US for 12 years yet can still barely speak two words of correct English. Nothing happened; thankfully the customer participated in the laugh and bought the cake at normal price!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That strawberry looks pretty pathetic, Some people, lol. ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Dude looks at the strawberry top...gross a white berry.
Yes, I know this was posted over a year ago.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I feel so bad for that strawberry. It's probably ripe enough and just has a bit of white around the leaves, but some soulless monster dipped it in the least flattering way possible.

August 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJackal

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