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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

The Literal Letter of the Law

On the plus side, at least we know these bakeries are taking notes.

Aw, nuts.

Ok, so they have no idea what the notes mean, but they are taking them.

"Bring it in the a.m."

Heh. And I thought *I* wasn't a morning person.

Ah, the mind of a Wreckerator.

"It's a good thing they're buying a big sheet cake; otherwise there's no way this would all fit!"

(Note: those clover-looking things in "40th" are supposed to be hearts.)

Michele K., Sandy S., & Laurisa R., you know what these Wrecks need? More candles. Srsly. Step it up, ladies.

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Reader Comments (120)

Clearly, "stupid is as stupid does."

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL...somebody beat me to the punch on Peter's 'nut allergy'.

Oh, Cake I missed thee!

I think the bakers at my local Wal-Cake are getting suspicious. When they see me, they're overly eager to help me. I can no longer take furtive pictures to decide if they're wreck worthy or not...

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVinca Leaf Quilts

I think cake 1 should be the cover of the next book: well executed decorating, ill-advised writing.

Classic wrecks, Jen!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Is it, perhaps, customary for the chain-food bakers to do several rounds of shots prior to the days' decorating?? I just can't get my head around how someone could miss the instructions versus the message.

Stay in school, kids!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDCBecca

I also thought the second cake said "bang it in the am". Lol. Sooooo lol. Who doesn't like to bang their cake in the am?

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I love how George the Giant's candles stick up at you just like the nails he's laying on in the photo. At least the wreckorator was sharp on that one!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

While they may be taking notes, they aren't following them! The 0 in the 40th cake is SUPPOSED to be a heart and yet it is just a plain '0' least they wrote out the instructions so you can squint your eyes and PRETEND that 0 is a heart! :)

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaye

Heh. I read it as "Bang it in the AM." Probably thanks to Peter and his nuts allergy. Heh.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I too read "Bang it in the AM."

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreakin Loon

I really don't know where they're finding these people to employ. I work in a Jewel-Osco, and the college students who work in our bake shop do WAY better than this. I have yet to find a wreck worthy cake in 3+ years of working there. The closest I've come was a giant cookie with "happy bithday".

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori


February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimplySweeter

Oh. Oh! *Candles!* That's what those things are in the last picture. Gee, and I thought the twirly colorful ones were overkill... Well, we either have some very smart aleck-wise-guys running America's bakeries or a bunch of, well, you get the drift. The cakes say it all...literally. :D sigh

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

These have to be made by someone who doesn't speak English. There can be no other reason why anyone would think that's what the customer wanted.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

i love wrecks like today's posts....
it could happen......

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrerun

Cakes 1 and ckes 2 are sitting on the same counter!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMia

I also thought it was "Bang it in the am" which sounds like a bad come-on line!

WV: gesims: what you have when you bang it in the a.m.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

That is hilarious! Too busy, over worked, tired, or just dumb? oh my.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly's Clay Creations

"Anonymous said...
ok so to me cake #2 looks like it says "Bang it in the morning"....which leads us down an entirely different path altogether..."

I'm so glad I wasn't the only one that read it like that! I laughed hysterically just at that for a good five minutes!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I ordered ur book, Cant wait!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the jeep one. I know it says "Bring it in the a.m." but it looks like it says "BANG it in the a.m." lol and peter...nuts allergy...I've died and gone back to seventh grade.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The 2nd cake looks like 'Bang it in the air' .................haha!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterK

Okay, I'm going to be the first to bring this up.

I see you're started to watermark your photos with your URL.

I have no problem with this.

What I do have a problem with, is that you did it in quite possibly the world's most loathed font, Papyrus. (okay, second most--most loathed is comic sans)

Papyrus is like the cake wreck of the design world.

For examples:

Please, I beg of you, change the font you use to watermark with.

Do not sully the sheer awesomeness of this blog. Because Cake Wrecks is awesome, and papyrus is not.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthisisstar

I thought the heart was a Mickey Mouse head, actually.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersignorafosca

Good grief. Where, oh where!, did these wreckerators leave their brains?
Talk about just "going through the motions" - they obviously aren't THINKING about what they are writing on the cakes.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBentoMakingMelissa

Cake Decorator Vertigo Batterhead Syndrome is very serious...

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shitty Astrologer

Hey, at least #2 got sprinkles

-Lisa F.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bet these make great inside jokes. I can just see these famiy members high fiving each other and saying "Bring it in the a.m.!"

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKore

Wouldn't you at least realize the error halfway though icing the words? How can they seriously sell these cakes with a straight-face?

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

I read that last cake, and your note and the cake and your note and the cake...repeat about ten times before I got it.

I don't think cakes are supposed to be that hard. The hard...alone...should have clued in the decorator.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

ironically they came so close to getting yesterday's train cake right ...

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I looked at wreck #2 and could have sworn it said "Bang it in the morning."

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love your blog, it starts my day out with a laugh - thanks

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicky

hahahaha i thought it said "bang it in the AM"... i was trying to figure out what possible occasion this could mark...

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelissa klyce

These are my favorite type of wreck. It's like they're zombie icers - just writing exactly what they see without any brain activity at all.


February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 40th birthday cake is my favorite wreck of all. Kudos to that wreckorator. They got it so spectacularly wrong it boggles the mind.

That said, I would proudly display that one at my party. What a conversation starter.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

these cakes made me laugh out loud; First time in awhile I haven't relied on the fabulous commentary to make me laugh! love these ones. So hilarious :)

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralvina g(ee)

Mike is 16, after all, so I'm pretty sure "Bang it in the a.m." works.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

The first cake was not wreck until "Nuts Allergy" was so nicely piped over the greeting! What a tragedy!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina

it's amazing to me that the wreckerator on the first cake can have SUCH good writing, and yet, apparently can't actually READ.

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

I read the tractor cake as a challenge: "Bring it in the a.m." Like he's being challenged to tractor pull at dawn.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJonB

I also read cake #2 to say bang it in the a.m. Lol what I can't believe is where did they find these people and why did they hire them to decorate cakes??? My birthday is coming up soon and as I think about ordering a cake I am suddenly very very afraid.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

it has to be someone that doesn't speak english so they are just copying the letters.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangie and tyler

I see I wasn't the only one to see "Bang it in the a.m." - I was wondering for a moment if it was really an appropriate cake for a child.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia The Princess

That one cake looked like "Bang it in the am". And that's what I'd do if I got a cake like that. Bang it right upside someone's head.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMira

I think the morning cake says "Bang it in the morning" which just makes it even funnier!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHandful of Love

Did anyone else see "Flappy Birthday" on the first cake or was that just me? Guess it's better than "flabby" but still...

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm, maybe the people decorating these cakes don't read or write English?

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

If I got the "Bring it in the AM" cake, my mom would just say that she was encouraging me to get up earlier.

That's actually a pretty cool way of saying it, imo. Especially since the monster truck cake makes me read it in a super-manly announcer voice.


February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary T.

Glad I'm not the only one to read "Bang it in the a.m." Although, I suppose it could be a nice little note of encouragement.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersjjannen

Just a quick note -

"Bring it in the am" has become a catch-phrase in my household, just as "Nappy Blob Blob" has... Excellent find!


February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShell

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