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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

My Cake Wreck Is Greater Than Yours

Here at CW we've seen misspellings, random capitalization, improper punctuation, bizarre spacing - you name it.

But this?

This is a first.

Poor Jean/Sean.

"Ooo, sooorry, that is incorrect! We would have accepted '&', '+', or even the word 'and' written out. This, however, is so WTF crazy that the show key grips will now take you out back and shake you vigorously. Thanks for playing! Buh-bye, now!"

Emily W., your wreckporting skills > my expectations.

- Related Wreckage: Say What?

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Reader Comments (72)


January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I agree with John, and I will go one further by saying that I think it's great that families can share a good laugh over CW *MOST OF THE TIME,* but maybe it would be wise to look at it first to make sure the day's content is something you wish to allow your children to see.

It's like not counting on a PG rating to cover everything that offends your senses, and so perhaps you should watch movies before allowing the kids to see them. It's much better than being angry afterward, and it's part of parenting.

Think of the days you'd rather not have the kiddos read Jen's blog (as in, 'the blog belonging to JEN') as being what we in the 1980s might have known as "a very special episode of" CW. Unless/even if you are paying them big money as a sponsor of the blog, it's not your time in the sun.

If it is you, as an adult, who are offended by this mild content, I recommend you look elsewhere for your amusement. The internet is a big place.

P.S. As an American public school teacher, I promise you that your kids already know what WTF stands for, whether you want them to or not. And they'd probably be able to explain even more than that, I'm sorry to report.

wv: sayarosp-- Ooh, I didn't say, "Simon says."

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA PSA, not from CW

I'm imagining Drew Carey saying WTF as he hosts The Price is Right, and probably on a daily basis. Maybe not as they tape the games, but on commercial breaks? Definitely.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Tsk, tsk. I think Vanessa definitely has her knickers in a bunch. I also don't think John has anything to apologize for. It's icing, folks! Loosen up!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

What do the fondant ding dongs look like?
... On second thought, never mind.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The newest addition to the language of texting...

Oooooo, Jimmy is soooo > Bobby!!!!!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

I suppose this could have been based on a note that said "Happy Birthday to Jean from Alexandria." But that would have probably been shorthanded as "Alexandria > Jean"...or something. And that seems like an awkward message to put on a cake, anyway.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo


At least they didn't divide by zero. The last thing we need is some wreckorator tearing a hole in the space-time continuum and opening a portal to a parallel dimension. It's not all badly spelled cakes and afternoon cups-of-tea in those places - I saw 'The Mist,' I know what goes down. I hope next time it's just a misplaced integral or a poorly drawn cosine graph.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey

Angry about the treatment of warped baked goods? Don't come cryin' to me, for one. Who-TF cares?! :P

You guys don't have anything to apologize for. Your blog is consistent, and you do good work. You just did a great charity drive (how soon they forget!) You seem like fun, interesting, and overall decent people. Sometimes clowns happen to play with tinkle toys. And the world just keeps turning, you know? It's not your fault that some people aren't ready to deal with it.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBing

The sad thing is that I still, at 39, still can't remember which way is less than and which is greater than. Does the alligator eat the bigger or smaller number/person?

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrsMalcolmDarcy

I always thought that WTF meant "where's the fudge?"


January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Perhaps S(J)ean and Alexandria are both gamers who share the same birthday and S(J)ean just got pwn3d?

VW: hersor - the wreckerator's hersor wasn't working properly on their computer screen and they accidentally hit shift+comma on the order form.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmm, I believe that IS a Costco cake. I recognize the lil form stuck on the side. I suppose I got lucky the cake I ordered from them recently for my parents' anniversary was spelled correctly.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT

This Girl Scout leader says, yes, that's the Costco rainbow cake which serves 48 little girls for pennies each! And the more frosting the better so bring on the clouds that look like marshmallows!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah ... Where's That Fruitcake, anyway?

Mrs. Malcolm: The alligator/dog/shark/Pacman is very greedy, so he always bites the bigger quantity, and his mouth is always open toward the bigger amount, while he turns his back on the smaller one.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

And now Jason is destined to spend years in therapy for low self-esteem.

"Even my *birthday cake* said Alexandria was 'greater than' me!"

It looks like an out-of-work computer nerd took an 'odd job' as a cake decorator, and can't stop writing code :)

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNewlywed Chef-ette

I'm thinking the decorator didn't want to do an ampersand or maybe their ampersands don't look so great, so he or she just did the < thinking it would look better. But come on, a plus sign would have been a lot better.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Looking at the label it appears the derator wrote exactly what was ordered. I'd blame this mess on the customer. Anyone can be stoopid.

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I might be mistaken but this may be the an "and" symbol from formal logic. If so there's is the last laugh

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It might be a cake for a guy named Sean who is transgendered and changed his name to Alexandria..maybe the < is someone's way of saying they accept the "new" Sean/Alexandria.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Clearly, Alexandria is the favorite child...

February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnaBanana

The use of < to mean 'from' is well-established. Therefore, the order for this cake came through a time tunnel from ancient Greece: "Happy Birthday Jean from Alexandria".

Or put another way, What does it all mean?!

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

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