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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

Wrong Bumblebee

"Hi there! I'd like to order a Transformers cake. I really like this one...

"...but do you think you could put Bumblebee on it instead of Optimus Prime? You can? Great! Thanks."


Mary S., maybe the Wreckerator was going for the world's best Decepticon. Eh?


- Related Wreckage: Going Down in Flames

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Reader Comments (76)

Actually, this qualifies as an "Inepticon" . . . I hope Cole got some good presents at least!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterterri

OMG-total FAIL.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Welch

Um... no explanation really. I don't even have any lame jokes.
Just pure, unblemished WTF?-ness.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoofish

Thank you. I was getting heartily sick at 'The Office' cake here.

Love the Fumbled Bee.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

This is downright brilliant.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Cassidy

Woo-hoo, first post!

Looks like those flames are coming out of that poor bee. Poor bee. Poor Cole.

This is a lot more fun after taking Lortab.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry


WV: conglamo ~ This Cakewreck is a conglamo of mix-ups!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

ummm...? This is why people should not order cakes over the phone.


August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Moore

fumbled bee... hehe nice

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

At least the flames aren't licking at a kitten.

Angie (from over at

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I will admit I had to go look up the Transformer movie and bumblebee to find out what SHOULD have been on the cake, but..

If I were a cake decorater and got those instructions, I'd have made sure I knew what they wanted. It would sound odd to me to replace the truck with a bumblebee, so I'd definitely ask for some more info or google it myself (as I did to find out why this was a cake wreck).

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know... just because everybody and their sister felt compelled to point out the likely tribute to The Office on that wedding cake, (personally, I'd just assume that somebody else already made that leap and not put it in my own comment) I still think the cake was horrid and very post-worthy. Just sayin'. It didn't really have to go away.

And this cake... clearly the wreckreator has a serious grudge against bees.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Isn't the toy the only reason to get one of these cakes? How is Cole supposed to play with a poorly-made bumblebee blob?

WV: excnvive - one who has been fond of friends and parties in the past, but is now over them.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I work in a bakery in a supermarket, and I often cringe when people order this cake... It's gotta be the worst one, but not worse then the Indianna Jones cake our decorator made the other day. Looked NOTHING like the picture. She's terrible. I'll make sure to email you if I ever find a really good wreck.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennisashark

Poor Cole! Oh, the crap he's going to get from his friends 'til death do them part!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

It looks like the cake artist was hungry after all of that work. I think Is that a nibble taken out of the left corner?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaughing Fawn

Aw, poor Cole. The red flames look a bit like a hand with *way* too many fingers trying to swat the poor bee...

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

That psychotic flaming bee sorta reminds me of this comic...

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaty

Snicker snicker sniicker for some reason I find this utterly amusing!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Daphne

Putting aside the wrong Bumblebee...that is still a very ugly cake XD

Hopefully the parents could just throw on a toy car and try to save the disaster.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I wanted to give the decorator the benefit of the doubt that maybe they just didn't know that BumbleBee is a Transformers character. But then I decided that any IDIOT should have been able to figure it out simply by the choice of a Transformers cake. At least look it up on the internet, for crying out loud!!!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

BAAWHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Oh man...oooohhh maaaan.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegs

wOw...who knew nectar and pollen could make you so gassy?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

While I want to laugh... it actually makes me kinda sad. Poor Cole!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEternal Lizdom

If only they had created some way to look things up when people ordered them... hmm....

OH WAIT! They did. The internet and dictionary!!! Two of the most difficult things to come by in a bakery. (apparently)

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

Wow. Somebody doesn't get out much-and doesn't watch movies when they're in, either!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamaran


August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTonyia

oh no, oh no! And the poor lad didnt even get the Transformer sign thingy either...

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I bet that poor kid was sooooo disappointed!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

it is awful, but I don't get the comments referring to The Office wedding cake, did I miss something?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Is it just my eyes, or are the letters sort of sliding down the side of the cake? Poor Cole, no doubt scarred for life!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake_or_Death

how do these people get hired? there should be a "knows current trends" check box at the interviews?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

Crap! I just ordered that Transformers cake for my son's birthday substitutions, so I HOPE they get it right!!!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrom a CrAzY PeRsOn

My son turned 6 earlier this month, he wanted this cake. I refused out of fear alone, lol. I could just imagine going to the store and having this cake handed to me with the gobs of icing and a plastic truck on it and I just said no. He wanted a Bumblebee cake. I said no. I'm so happy I said no.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

That made me laugh out loud. Literally.

I don't usually laugh out loud. Thanks for the chuckle.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

You should put a link to Bumblebee or a pic of him for those who don't know their Tranformers.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Hey Sandi,

Excellent point. Done.


August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Ok, I know nothing about Transformers, but if someone told me to replace Optimus Prime with Bumblebee I would assume it was another character/car/robot in disguise (as a child I always thought they said "acrobats in the sky"). But then again, I have common sense.

And why did he not get a car either?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterR.

When I read this blog, I try to hide the picture so that I get the full build-up from the (excellent) writing.
Even though I saw this coming a mile away, I still laughted out loud.
Poor Cole?!? *Poor Cole's Mom!!* My son loves Transformers and hell hath no fury like a five-year-old with a bug on his cake when he expected a robot.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana42

my son would never forgive me if this happened. hopefully it tasted great.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Winterhart

wth happened to the "it's your wedding day" post? it's bad form to remove a post with no explanation.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergoogle

wow! love the "fumbled bee".

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

Until a couple of months ago I would have made the same mistake. It was only after sitting through a double feature of Transformers' I and II at the drive-in (yep, those still exist) with my grand-nephews, did I become familiar with Bumblebee et al.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMicheleinCA


That's great

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Um. 0_o

Well, to be honest, it DOES look like the little air freshener on 'Bee's rear view mirror.

But that's it. Yikes.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess the decorator does not actually have little kids. Too funny.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWkSocMom

Hey google,

We found out that:

A. It wasn't made by a professional

B. It was intentional

C. It was a stolen picture

D. The folks who actually had the cake at their wedding were angry.

It would have been bad form not to take it down. It was a rough morning and we had to use one of our better backup posts to cover it.

Oh well. The life of a blogger.


August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Yeah, I so laughed out loud at this one.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins


August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLyi

When I scrolled down I said out loud, "No... don't tell me..."
And sure enough, it was!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

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