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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

Kids These Days

I bet she doesn't look a day over seven, Michelle S.

- Related Wreckage: Gee, Thanks, "Kids"

UPDATE: No, she wasn't a leap year baby. They just forgot the zero. ;)

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Reader Comments (117)

OK, I can see, if I were a cake decorator, accidentally piping that on there. That I can understand. However, how could ANYONE not read what they just wrote, and then actually SELL the cake without realizing how rediculous it is? How?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

Betcha Mom is a Leap Year baby.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra She Who Seeks

*snickers* Hahahahaha...a sure winner!

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBri

Maybe someone already submitted this possibility but...could she have been born on leap day and this is a running gag?

If not, I want that place to make my next birthday cake. Although, knowing my luck they'll error the other way, Happy 80th!

VW kyriest - Kyriest, you look good for 80! Hmmm, maybe that works after all....

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel

My mom's cakes always had fewer candles than mine, too. She was born on February 29th!

-- Pam

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter-- Pam


You know there's actually only one way that could really work as a non-wreck... if "Mom" was born on February 29th and that happened to be the 8th time she actually had a cake on her real birthday.

But that's probably just me putting waaaay to much thought into it. ;-)

Wreck on!

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiniKat

Maybe Mom is an Oocampa?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBluefunk

The only thought that comes to mind is that maybe she was born on Feb. 29th. I at least hope that is the case. Eight is kinda young to start a family.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

I'm guessing that's not a wreck, but for someone whose birthday is on February 29.

Okay, I feel like a spoilsport.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarybindc

I said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm sometimes shocked at the young age at which girls become mothers these days.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

This post seriously made me spit my OJ! HAHAHA!!!! I don't know if I should keep laughing or cry!


January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLalis

Leap day birthday? My mom always used to send my twin uncles cards for their "seventh" or "eighth" birthday, etc. :)

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaia Iulia

sure it seems silly, but not if Mom was born on leap year! Then she'd have 32 years under her belt, but still have only 8 birthdays.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Maybe Mom was born on Feb. 29? I had a friend in grade school whose mom celebrated her "10th birthday" when she was actually 40 years old. That would make this Mom 32, which is reasonable.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I looked at the cake. Everything's spelled right, script is well-done, flowers look good, spacing is nice... what's wrong with this cake? Why is it a wreck?

Duh. *facepalm* I'm going back to bed.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

That's just a little scary. I mean, surely they meant 8th anniversary? Or 28th birthday? I don't know what to think about that.

wv: sancip. Do you have your sancip drive with you, I left my flash drive at home.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

To be fair, she could be a Leap Year baby - I had a roommate born on leap year, and we celebrated her sixth birthday in much the same fashion, as it were :)

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rainbow Jen

Wow. I'm trying to find good explanations for that - maybe she started counting backwards after 40? Maybe someone missed the eight-ty-eth over the phone? I'm going to stop thinking about it before my brain short circuits.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Ohh I don't really think this is a wreck. Is it possible "Mom" is a leap year baby and is actually 32...but 8 only because her birthday comes once every 4 years?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Is her birthday on February 29, by chance?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Well, she COULD be one of those 'Feb 29' people, who enjoy celebrating weird numbered birthdays.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBreccia

Babies having babies. *shakes head*

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblessedmommy

I wonder if she was born on a leap year....

~ Kristen

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Talk about teen pregnancy...

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my goodness. Does NO one read any comments at all before they post??

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This can be fixed- just insert "Love," before Mom!
Oh, but there isn't really space to put it on the cake...

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercatchat105

This is true wreck!

Im guessing it was supposed to be 80th!

I will bet it made the 80 year old smile!!!

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh dear, what confusion one missed comma can cause....
'Happy 8th Birthday,
I'm going to go and lie down now......

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Definitely a case of babies having babies...


January 5, 2010 | Unregistered

aside from a leap year birth although uncommon its not entirely impossible for a mother to be 8.
look at lina medina who was pregnant and had a baby at 5 years old

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


That out of my system, I do so love a cake that comes with a riddle. I like the interpretation by Anony 11:10, but even so, please don't ever think it's too early to have "The Talk" with your kids! :D

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

Hey All!

It's my fault that there are so many repeated comments this morning - I usually get to them by 10 am, but didn't today until 12:30! By then, 80+ people had left comments for me to look at!

Sorry for the confusion! :(


January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wrecksistant


@ Anne-Marie-- And it's not even Leap Year! I guess that's what happens when you try to take a coffee break. I couldn't believe these were the same people who were trying to get CW to take time off every week! :P

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

Hey, my Mum's birthday's the 29th of February too! My brother and I used to think it was hilarious to get her cards saying 'Happy 9th Birthday' and so on. Interestingly, her 10th birthday was in the same year as my little brother's 10th birthday... We grew out of it for a little while, but last leap year it was her 13th birthday and we couldn't resist getting her really cheesy 'Now you're a teenager!' cards. It's a shame I never thought of getting a cake that said that, it could have made a pretty good wreck.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuniper

maybe the problem is a missing comma & this belongs with bad punctuation: Happy 8th Birthday, Mom

maybe that is giving someone too much credit.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermb.

lol the story could be that the family has an in-joke of some sort. I mean...the writing is nice, what we can see of the decoration is great.

When I worked in a mall kiosk decorating gift items, one woman asked me to decorate a piggy bank simply with the word "Large." I double checked as I wrote out the ticket: "You want it to say Large." As in, size Large." "Yes," she says. No explanation. So I did it. *shakes head*

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

"Kids these days"

... Babies Having Babies?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve the Pocket

A previous commenter suggests that the cake is missing a comma--that somehow "Happy 8th Birthday, Mom" would make it better.

It wouldn't.

Adding a comma before "Mom" simply sets "Mom" aside as the person being addressed.

If you wanted to indicate that the cake was from Mom, you'd have to write something like "Happy 8th Birthday! Love, Mom"

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Baby-Mama preserved forever in cake.

Or at least preserved forever...until the cake gets eaten. :)

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Whether you're eight or eighty, you always have a right to a happy birthday! Not necessarily the right to an exciting or properly spelled birthday cake, but....

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

Maybe it's for a dog who just had puppies...

wv: shiss. the sound made by a dog blowing out eight candles.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Maybe it's just a misplaced comma.
"Happy 8th birthday, Mom (as in love, mom)???

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTima Murrell

Oh, I know this mom. She is a Martian.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

It's like a mensa puzzle and b-day cake all in ONE! Gee, what else could a birthday mom ask for; does she want to have her cake and eat it, too?! :) Great post!

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Gaawd, I luv this site!
::wiping tear::

Well, the youngest mother on record WAS only five years old at the time *shudder*

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Did they miss a number or get the name wrong?

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

Thank you to Anonymous for pointing out that inserting a comma would not correct the mistake.

"Happy 8th Birthday Mom" and "Happy 8th Birthday, Mom" are the same thing.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

i am a leap baby and i didn't even think of it that way! although i will turn 8 the same year as my daughter and 9 a day after my son who is feb 28! now how many moms can claim that!?!

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Well, at least 'Mom' can take heart that her kids think she is young and pretty.
But methinks that something beyond dislexia is responsible for this one. Just a sheer lack of logic.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

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