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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

Better Late Than Never: Happy New Year!

I guess technically I *did* wish y'all a Wreckalicious new year back on the 1st, but so many late, great New Year's Wrecks have come in that I figured an encore was called for.

Let's kick things off with some of the most creative letter cramming I've seen:

To err is human, and to arr is pirate - but to kill the "r" by stomping on it with a "yea" is allll Wreckerator.

Speaking of creative, I didn't know we could write 2010 as a fraction!

May your 2010 be at least 2% better than 2009.
And may all your zeros have squishy yellow handles.

Something tells me this martini was shaken, not stirred:

And aren't you glad you have me here to tell you that was supposed to be a martini?

This year, let's remember to celebrate all of the punctuation marks:

Yep, here's to you, "!"! Next week we'll raise our glasses to the semicolon.

And, of course, I saved my favorite for last:

It's hard to appreciate a Wreckerator who's this far ahead of his/her time.

Jami R., Berry D., Hannah, Jamie P., Pam S., & Katie C., since the new year has already started, I'm just going to wish you a happy new "yea." So. yeah.

- Related Wreckage: The Elephant in the Room

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Reader Comments (87)

I still think the Martini cake resembles a falling stock chart. you can even see the numbers that fell off on the bottom!

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

maybe the 2% one was at a milk convention? like "happy new year from Hood!"

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Jen, your commentary is always fabulous and lately it has been out of this world--must be those Saturdays "off". I went back to the Poo Post and lost it again. The combo of the wrecks, the commentary and the posted comments just had me laughing outrageously again. Today's post is yet another gem. Thanks so much for all the effort you put into making us have to explain to our bosses why we are requisitioning the third keyboard in as many months because coffee keeps ending up in it.

So here is a toast to you...with a bingo-esque martini glass! May your 20010 be so much more than 2% better than last year...and all your zeros have yellow squiggly handles!


January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie


Is there a hole in the space-time continuum at the bakers, so they can sell cakes in the future?

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HAAAA! :) Amazing...very funny; saturday's off do not hinder the funniness, it seems. :)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

I can't wait to celebrate the semicolon; you rarely see it used properly.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought the martini cake was a pool game, oops! As for the 20010 cake, you have two options, either put the cake in the freezer and you'll be all set for that years celebration, or just eat one of the middle 0 balloons yourself before serving the cake. Um, on second thought, maybe just find a cake that says 2010, or Happy New Yea...that one's timeless :)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that pronounced, "twenty-oh-ten?"

As in, it's no longer, "twenty-oh-nine?"

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

You know, if these early specimens are any indication of what marvels we have to look forward to in this fresh new year...
Anyway, my coffee grounds tell me that it's going to be a stellar year for Cake Wrecks!

(Could there perhaps be another book in the mixing bowl?)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I caught myself saying "oh-10" I don't know how many times a couple weeks ago. genius that I am.

**Heard you on NPR this weekend - squee! My kids were all "hey, is that the funny cake lady?" Great Job!!

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Stop making me laugh - I have a face mask on!!!
(that 20010 was the end of me)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersmauge

That's the smallest olive I've ever seen, or the biggest martini glass...

It never fails to amaze me what people will put on a cake. On each one you can sorta see where the decorator was going, yet they never quite achieved their goal. I should probably step back from my own creations more often and honestly evaluate whether or not my work is saying what I want it to say!

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Based on the size of the "olive" that martini is HUGE!!!! It will be 20010 before the hangover's gone...

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlorida Gator

Here is To! ... the best example of an "infinitive" cake I've ever seen! No hemming, hawing or splitting -- just BANG -- To! Now when someone asks me to explain an infinitive, I'll just point them to this image. Thanks for many laughs and more to......

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I've actually had a few people ask me, "If we wrote '09' before, why don't we write '010' now?"

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

I'm so 20010, you so 2000 and then?

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The last cake was decorated by The Doctor himself, after he landed his TARDIS on New Year's Day 20010.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

What? It's 20010? Where are my flying cars, and space ships, and immortality?! Will someone please think of the children!

Seriously though, these wrekerators need to go back to decorating school. I only took one decorating class and I can probably do better.... once I take the fondant class that is.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

That first cake was probably made in Boston and the wreckerator was just being true to the local dialect.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkt

Wiping tears of laughter from my face! So glad I came across your site.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

the one cake proves that wreckerators will be the end of the universe - a critical mass of cakes with division by zero will obviously cause the implosion of logic of the universe, destroying it completely.

hmm... I suppose that makes this site somewhat dangerous. make sure you keep these cakes in non-critical groupings! you could be the end of us all!

wv - dises: dises the worst set of new year's cakes i've ever seen.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNinjaRaven

I'm so glad the 2% cake got posted! That's almost identical to the one I saw at Walmart on New Year's Eve.

(And if it's 2% milk, what's the other 98%?)

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereeyore19

Right, here's a Happy New Year's holler to all the paper-pushers who now have to clean out the forms containing "Date: ________ __,200_"

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwackplayer

The last one really makes me wonder just HOW stupid the decorator was.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

NOOOooooo! In the second cake it looks like they are trying to divide By ZERO!! Oh THE HUMANITY!!... *ahem*...
you know you are a math nerd when you see that and panic slightly...

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

It's a kind of multipurpose celebratory exclamation:

Happy New YEA!

See, you could use that for anything. Multipurpose cake. New baby? Happy New YEA! Newly married? Happy New YEA! New job? Happy New YEA! New degree? Happy New YEA? (Alright, alright I know I'm pushing it).

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaxon

I need to remember not to read these at work because I always end up laughing out loud and my collegues look at me like I'm nuts.

"2%" had me in tears as it was. And then I got to "20010"...

I might be getting a call from HR soon.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill of Ark

Happy 200010! Yes! I am VERY glad you were here and had the wherewithal to recognize that martini cake. I never would have guessed!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

And here I was thinking that "martini" cake was a Salvador Dali knock off. :-/

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

The 20010 cake is one of many reasons to say TWENTY-TEN.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! How did you get a cake from 20010? Here is To ! Cake Wrecks

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Sadie

The last one had me laughing out loud, so loud I scared my baby. - She's crying now. Thanks :-)

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

that last one made me laugh out loud!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn and Daniel

2% omg. Thank you so much for the belly laugh, I needed that.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

So i think that "martini" cake is supposed to be a billiards table... just saying. I mean its got balls with numbers, and a table with a stick going across it.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"semicolon" what I had after surgery. Let's celebrate with cake!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I used to like A Martini. Not so sure now. Might try something different...for a while. ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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