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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)

HAHA! I wouldn't dare of becoming a decorator since everyone I know thinks my T's and F's look the same.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraudreykesler

Hilarious! after viewing this blog a number of times, oh the snarky thoughts that pop in my head when i walk by cupcake creations in grocery stores... the horror! hope i win some of the fantastic cake snarkiness in book form! :D

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIntermezzo Designs

Do these Wreckerators just not NOTICE what they're writing? Geez! But they make for a great post.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate K.

Can't wait to turn my 2011 calendar every month and laugh everyday! :) Please pick me! :D

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Oh, cursives! Loiled (LOL'd) again.

WV: flocinta = the raft of plastic things that sometimes appears on cakes

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I don't think I've used cursive for school since eighth grade. I used to have one of those tape rolls with all the letters adhered to my desk, though. Clearly we need to install such lettering guides in our local bakeries.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaEnchanted

haha, these are great today! I think I've got to find your book...and one of those calendars!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

Maybe I'll get my husband a cake from one of these tell him Good LUCK on his finals. Jeez, get your mind out of the gutter!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelirish19

I didn't read all of the comments, but I do hope someone's offended. I love when that happens.

Great post as usual!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakeinoz

This post just made my day lol! Love the site : ) -Andrea C.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJCarey258

Wow. That's about all I can say about this. Wow.

*Note to self: take extra care writing on those three birthday cakes you've been commissioned for next week*

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKanga

I will be happy to take a copy of your book or a calendar off your hands. Good "luck" to me, indeed.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.A. Smith

I am SOOOO forwarding this post to my sister (all together now), Janet.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Choo

Ok,that plain just made me pee my pants!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspett

Wouldn't we all prefer to be complimented on our prowess via cake more often? I know I would -- I don't get nearly enough appreciation in that department.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Flamingo

Maybe Janet is a retiring porn star?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

It's okay, they don't believe in f-- .. er, "luck".

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Most of them wouldn't be terribly wrecky if not for the unfortunate penmanship...well, Janet's is a little heavy on the plastic flotsam and has a bewilderingly heavy and ornate border, but for the most part, the decorating part was handled well.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Good Luck. It was the best ever. I mean it.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreda B

Apparently my 3rd graders were hired to decorate cakes after school.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn K.

Wow, that last one really "nailed" it lol

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValGal

Everyone's so distracted by the text that no one has noticed...

Cake #1: don't the rose stems look a little frail? and what's with the blob in the UR corner? does anyone believe lettering and other decor were done by the same person?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn the last one a cake rocky sent to miss know he doesn't talk, maybe he do cake decorations?

(probably not the first one to think of it but...)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVinie

Isn't it crazy what messing up one little letter can do?? hehe I wonder who taught bakers how to spell and write their letters...they sure mess them up a lot...maybe there is a secret school just for future bakers in which they are taught how to mess it up. Then every time they misspell a word or change a letter "accidentally" they laugh evilly at us...

just a conspiratorial thought...hehe

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersparky_writer

My daughter looks forward to seeing the Wrecks everyday. I think today I'll have to tell her you were on a mini vacation. ;)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy M.

I was going to come up with something witty, but my 10-week-old is screaming, so I have to confess that I just want a book so I can go rescue him from his evil swing. (Evil = his opinion.) Jen and John, you guys rock!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephieMama

Maybe a new trend for One Night Stand cakes, and we're just the last to know?

wv: basistra. A slightly dyslexic purveyor of excellent coffee?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarlyNZ

Is it sad that my dream is to find a wreck JUST so I can send it to you one day? It is. I know. But, alas, the dream remains alive. Perhaps I just need a good....luck...

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJingle

Well, now I know how I am frosting MY dear hubbies next birthday cake!

That's right "Hippy Barth Day"--of course--what else could you think of!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrism

I could use a little good win I mean.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Holy Luck, that funny!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

I wish I was Janet. Who doesn't want a sexual harassment settlement in addition to getting a better job?

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer in MN

Only one thing to say about these cakes.


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTsosie and Peterson Bunch

We could all probably use a little good luck now and then....

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoupAddict Karen

Well, I just bought my first house and yep, I'm thinking that nothing would make a better house warming gift than the Cake Wrecks book. I'd proudly display it on my coffee table...if I had one, or could afford to buy one. However, since I am sans table, and furniture in general, I think I'd just take that book, curl up in bed, and read it and bask in the afterglow of my incredible cake wrecky...luck.

Shameless pandering and double entendre for the win!

Great blog as always, and stay in school wreckerators,


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Douglas

I agree with the first comment.... Pick Me, Pick me!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

I'd love to win a book. Pick me!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril

love the blog :) would love the book!

Candice R

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandice R

What cracks me up is how sedate the cakes are. Cute little Granny flowers, very well-behaved balloons--evidently the ladies were all "hair up in bun with glasses" exterior and crazy wildcat inside--so the cakes might have been some crazy flavor under all those flowers.
wv: etylabl--No matter what they say, I hope the cakes were etylabl!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Green, L. Ac.

Those are awesome. I agree that all employee reviews should be on cake. Makes the good AND the bad easier to swallow. ;)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWho do you want to BE?

I went down to our newest "super" center just to see if I could find a wreck. Nothing beats the ones you've posted today & especially "Janet's" response.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Tried to think of something witty to put here, but in the end I just didn't give a luck.

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I completely bypassed the letter malformation in the first one and centered right in on the backhanded hint of irony. As in, "WOW. Her? Phooo... Ok buddy, good luck with that."

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi G.

Looks like lots of people got lucky...

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Geesh, at least, with as bad as my handwriting is, I don't appear to be adding profanity!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGot Appies?

"Yes, that's right, I want it to say Good Luck. And it's for a bachelor party, so can you make it one of those giant cakes where a live girl pops out?"


November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIce Cream You Scream

Goad juck to everyone!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I don't know if I would flattered or offended to get one of those cakes? Maybe both?

Ashley P

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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