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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

Forget Your "P"s and "Q"s...

...some of us need to start minding our "L"s and "F"s.

[Warning: Parents, clear the room of innocents!]

One cake, two drastically different meanings:

Yes, yes, I know it's an "L." Well, kind of an L/F hybrid, really. In fact, you might say if L and F got together, had a few drinks...



Ok, then.

Good juck?

Eh. I got nuthin'.

This, on the other hand, is giving me a little too much:

Go ahead, Wreckerator. Tell us how that's an "L."

Or better yet, why don't we all go over the importance of keeping certain letters separated?

I bet that's one office send-off Janet will never forget.

And btw, I love that the Wreckerator threw in the towel at the "J."

Like, s/he was all, "Let's see, I nailed that capital L, but man, I dunno if I can pull off the J! Huh.

Ah, screw it."

Thanks to Caitlin B., Christopher P., Chrissy G., Robin S., who agree that all performance reviews should be written in frosting.


Giveaway update: Our week of give-aways continues with winners Mamakitty, Mak, Jyl & Morganbard and our Facebook winners are Grace Holewinski and Elizabeth Johnson! Congrats, guys, and please e-mail us your mailing addresses.

Remember to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your choice of an autographed copy of Cake Wrecks or the new Cake Wrecks wall calendar. Also watch our Facebook page for daily chances to win exclusive CW pin packs! All winners will be announced in tomorrow's post.

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Reader Comments (547)

Oh man, I never thought about this risk regarding the dying art of cursive writing!!!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterG

Good luck to me!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoren

Wow...I can't imagine a bakery actually letting those cakes out of their door!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrandmothering

Can I be the official offended commenter today, huh, can I? Please?... What? I have to threaten to never read Cakewrecks again?...I can't do that...Oh, well. Someone else will have to be offended then.

wv: crombs. After we eat these cakes with f-bombs, all that will be left are the crombs.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I just can't imagine that the wreckerator didn't notice the mistake. Maybe they're conspiring and doing it on purpose because they're disgruntled and know that they'll end up on cake wrecks no matter what they do!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg.

Most of those are questionable but the last doubt!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah McNair

These are terrible.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I read you daily to see what is up in the cake world! Also can't walk through the grocery store without a quick look at the cake department in hopes of spying my own Wreck...

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterquiltnmaryf

As someone from the Emerald Isle, I must say you really can't top the luck of the Irish. ;)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

They all forgot to put "in China" after "good luck".

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissy


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura M.

I'm going to wish myself "Good *UCK" on winning the contest today! Either way I'm a winner, see?!

W/V: herfeo - Winning that autographed CW book would sure make herfeo great!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSDLantos

Capital L, Capital F they're all the same... Although in defense some of the capital Ls are a bit crooked and make them look f-like...

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ619

Just what I needed to happily end my worst Lucking day ever.

Thank goodness for cake wrecks or I don't know if I would have survived today.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady of the loch

its amazing how something so trivial can have such an effect... brilliant! i wonder if sometimes they do it on purpose. i know i would, just to mess with people.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Did anyone else get a Rocky Horror Picture Show tune stuck in their head after reading that last cake or am I the only one?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I need you to pick me since I have already bought 2 of your books and let friends "borrow" them and I never get them back cause they let someone else borrow them! I need my book!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

Hey Jen,
You rock! I'm amazed that such a simple concept can keep me laughing out loud EVERY DAY. Amazed.

WV: balar. "Balar! 'Rinna needs you to focus on those tutu twirls."

Wow, I have always wanted a cake commemorating my abilities... Never mind!!!

WV: jugen
These cakes sure are jugen a private part of bedroom lives.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilly W

Gud £uck with your contest, Jen! I hope I whin


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZita

Would it be worse if they really weren't supposed to be L's?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmmie

thank you

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

I can think of some people that I could send these cakes too. :-)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I wish I could use this one in my classroom (I use many, many of your posts to stress the importance of spelling/word choice to my high school English students). And, to be honest, share the laugh!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

Maybe it's like when you read a fortune from a fortune cookie, and you add "in bed" after you read it.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

Ah, but the real question is, which of these "ambiguous" letters is intentionally so?

This reminds me of an AP history teacher in my high school (too many years ago) who got her PhD from a prestigious southern university at a time when "too-educated" women were frowned upon. Her first and middle names were "Shirley Louise." For some reason, right there on the parchment, these were spelled "Shitley Louse."

You be the judge. In my book, that really takes the cake. (Get it? "Takes the cake"... oh, oh, forget it.)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaMaryKen

well thats one way to mark a morning after.....I can see it now. hey it was a good night last night...I had this cake made to commemorate the event.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany S.

I love your blog! I hope I have some good juck and win a calendar so I don't have to look at another golf course calendar all year...again..just like the past few years!!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

I love sharing your posts with my son. Not this one, though.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie B.

Well, if they dont work at the office party, they'll make EXCELLENT bachelor/bachelorette cakes

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn

good #uck indeed!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

If these are good-bye cakes, maybe it's a subtle (?) way of telling the departing soul to "Luck off." (See what I did there?)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

bet your comment load is going through the roof!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura, Ben, and family

Wow, I've written on ALOT of cakes, but I don't think my co-workers would let me live down a Good FLuck.... consider this WalMart Bakery employee fairly warned!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShan

This is my new favorite post. Go Janet ;)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Bwahahahaha! I needed a good laugh, this morning.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIce Queen

Comment for book! Please!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Kristine

If these are congraDulating someone for a good time (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), how do they know to buy the cake in advance? Or is it a "just in case" cake? If you don't have a good *uck, you can console yourself with cake--a win/win situation.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

And THAT is why I never write on a cake in cursive....

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Holy Schnikies, Caped Crusader!

That's some bad frostingship right there.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalannB

How do we know those aren't the perfect way to celebrate a one night stand. Think how many they would (or wouldn't) sell? And people say he's just not that "in" to you, hehehe. I want the book too :)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

Oh, luck it! I'll never win the book or the calendar.

And in some countries, it's standard practice to write your f like those first l's. Maybe they're leaving something tasty on the dresser instead of a $20 on the way out.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

The first one I was definitely seeing an L. By that last one I knew the decorators are pervs just trying to get one by us, kind of like those Disney cartoonist! ;)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleannwoo

Believe me, I'll have all the luck I need. ; )

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Sort of a cursive/print hybrid that has the worst of both. Do kids even learn cursive any more?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnissa

I guess it wasn't bad enough that I was on the phone with my daughter when that first cake came up. Add to that, my daughter's name is Janet. Ruh Roh!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to summon the spirit of my second grade teacher and send her to haunt these wreckers until they complete her penmanship course.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJynxkitty

This is why I don't bother to try to write in cursive anymore. My handwriting is bad enough as is, I don't need any help with miscommunication.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasmin

That first cake has a flat rate mailing box under it. Maybe they are sending it as a 'thank you' or a 'break up' cake? I dunno, just a thought.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

If I were a wreckerator I would say: "L"uck you, Jen. lol

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

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