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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

Hold On to Your Hats, Sports Fans...

Wreckporter Barry B. gives us the skinny:

My wife went into a cake maker to get a small cake for my birthday. They asked what she’d like on it and she said, "How about the Chicago 'C', like The Chicago Bears’ 'C' logo? Is that possible?"

They said, "The Chicago C? No problem." was the funniest present I’ve ever received.

Let's hope that Justina felt the same way about her University of Michigan cake, which was supposed to look like this:

But ended up looking like this:

Oh! A swing and a miss!

Karen M.'s son asked for the Alabama "A" on his birthday cake. To help the bakery out, his aunt brought in a photocopy of his Alabama hat to use as a reference.

(Can you sense where this is going? If not, then you really haven't been reading this blog long enough. Heh.)


Here's the cake:

Thank goodness they didn't bring the actual hat in; that icing would take forever to clean off.

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Reader Comments (93)

(my spelling's just as bad as the wreckorators'). Teehee

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMemyselfandI

Note to self: Do not ask bakery for a cake with the "Purdue P" on it.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

The Alabama cakes actually looks pretty did I just say that?

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Borquez

Oh gosh, that photocopied hat cake is priceless! I bet he'll never forget it!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

First, HI a "P" alum...I greet you. LOL

Well, good news...the "C" in quotes was an almost correct usage of quotation marks which is improvement on wreckerators part. hard could the A on that hat have been? They made it harder on themselves. They must have had a "MyGrain" or something. :D

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

That Chicago "C" cake gets an "F"...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A*

I love this website. The photocopied hat cake is hilarious.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I bet that 'A' Hat cake tastes terrible...we tried a cake once with red icing and all the kids were gagging, we had to return it. They should warn you when you order bright red icing. Very funny post!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon & Aimee

Whoa, very red icing. Ick.

wv: trosper. "Live long and trosper"

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Morons. I'm starting to think that a lot of cake decorators are morons.
Cake decorators seem to fall into one of two categories --- those that turn out drop dead gorgeous work and those that turn out these monstrosities. However, without the morons and their monstrosities, what would we have to laugh at???

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You see why I'm such a big DIY fan? I may fall short of Sunday Sweets-style perfection, but I'm a damn sight better than this!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Did they write "CHICAGO" with one of those vibrating pens from 20 years ago? I didn't know they made those for icing.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

At least the writing on the red cake is nice...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Before I started reading this blog I probably would be absolutely furious if I got a cake like this. I don't deal well with stupid people. Now, however, I would snap a picture and send it in before demanding my money back ;o)

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia and Justin

That "Chicago C" cake is pathetic. I swear, my 10 year ol grandchild could do a better job! Are you *sure* this was a professional baker? Oh, never mind answering that question.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

They could have at least gotten the COLORS right on the Michigan cake!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteriknow_iknow_iknow

I am a MICHIGAN fan and all I gotta say is... Oh dear. Looks like a cake for a baby shower where the kid's name will start with an M???

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

As an Ohio State graduate, I think that U of M cake perfectly encapsulates that school up north.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Calling the decorators of these 3 cakes "morons" is an insult to morons!

WV: pasmasms: I broke into pasmasms of laughter when I read today's post!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow..... just.... wow.....

*shaking head*

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

The Chicago Baby Bears, right?

Jen, are you sure these wreckerators aren't doing this on purpose?? I just don't want to believe these people are out there among us... We need to open a wreckerator asylum or something.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I am an Alabama fan - and that is NOT an Alabama hat! I think that is the Atlanta Braves 'A'!!! So, Mom must have taken a pic of the wrong hat on top of the bakery's mistake! Double funny!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Wait wait wait..... They put the actual photocopy of the hat on the cake? Please please tell me that they copied the photocopy onto edible paper with edible ink....Please? No?

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

LOL! Being from Chicago I can't tell you how many Bears wrecks we see during football season, but this one "takes the cake"!!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Hm, I was going to suggest that the M baker was someone from Michigan State, but the gauntlet has been dropped by Anonymous at 10:18.

My mistake. It WAS an OSU grad that made the cake.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoblue562

If it was an edible image, that would be lame but I suppose acceptable.

But putting the photocopy on has *got* to be a violation of health code.

WV: mingle: I do not wish to mingle with these "decorators".

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

It's the ABC's of cake wreckery!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten D.

lmao-- Thanks for playing out your college rivalries in cake, everyone! You've made my day! :D

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

all I can say is that is CRAP-TASTIC!! LOL

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Has anyone looked into whether some of these decorators are not native English speakers? That they just can't read the ticket right?

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it's not even the alabama A, it's the brave's A...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first one could have ended up with a "Chicago Sea" cake... that lake's pretty big after all

wv: previty. "Oh, the previty!"

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmapola

You know, it's at times like this when the 'UK Logo not OK' actually looks pretty good. And that's saying something!

And WHOA noxious red icing! D=

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Totally loving the fact that the Chicago Bears cake is in Chicago Cubs colors, too. Nice!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercourtney

LOL to Stacie and the Purdue "P"!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

GAG!! That picture could have touched anything before ending up on that cake! What if she had dropped it on the way in? Gross!!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I was wondering the same thing:

Mike Owens said...

Wait wait wait..... They put the actual photocopy of the hat on the cake? Please please tell me that they copied the photocopy onto edible paper with edible ink....Please? No?

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer R.

I had to look it up, and they are correct: that is NOT an Alabama logo/hat. Wrong "A" and wrong color. Poor mislead Aunt.

The wreckiness of these cakes are just hilarious. I guess sports are not for everyone!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Oh, good thing you said it was a "hat" it looked like something completely different at first.
Not that a photcopy of a hat isn't bad enough, but now I'm thinking it fortunate it wasn't a copy of a...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Chicago is one of my favorite teams. The cake is just too funny! I luf it :)

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara Lynn

(sung to the tune of the Michigan fight song - though that cake isn't quite as bad as the others...)
Hail to the victors valiant, hail to the conquering heroes, hail, hail to wreckorators the leaders of the literal request...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

It totally looks like they just put the paper photocopy on the 'A' cake. FAN-tastic! Their brains just cannot be fully functional. How else can you account for such bizarre miss-communications. I don't understand, but then again, neither did they.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeki

Oddly enough, just this morning I had thought about getting a UofM cake for my grandfather for his birthday. Now, I am not so sure!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLys

Stacie sez:
"Note to self: Do not ask bakery for a cake with the "Purdue P" on it."

Stacie, the letter "P" should be safe enough. But make sure they don't try to illustrate "P."

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

You know, folks, when you think about how the wreckeraters who commit these awful crimes of frosting and how they must be doing things on purpose because they can't possibly be this stupid, just remember. BY DEFINITION half the population of the US has an I.Q. less than 100. Yup. Lots of morons out there to pick from.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Alabama fans everywhere should be offended! Roll Tide!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lisadh is correct. The "A" the aunt asked for is the symbol for the Atlanta Braves, not the University of Alabama.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Somehow, I thing taking icing to the kid's actual hat would have been less painful to see. Wow!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Chicago Bears cake is just wrong!

I'm with a few others here when I make a Note to Self: Never ask for a cake with the University of Illinois "I" on it. Although, that could create some humerous wrecks!!!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

In defense of the cake decorators, all those logos are trademarked, so they really couldn't be correctly reproduced (unless the bakery had a licensing agreement with the NFL or NCAA).

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Jane

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