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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

Covering All the Bases

Because you can never be too safe, that's why.

Famous for their Dance Dance Revolution play-offs...offs.

You tech guys know a PEBKAC when you see one, right?

That's "Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Cake."

By the way, here's a tip from a former tech support phone operator*: if you're ever told you have an I.D. ten T. error, get a second opinion. Unless, of course, you're using your CD-ROM tray as a cup holder or mouse as a foot pedal**. Then it's an accurate assessment.

* That would be me.

**Yes, it's happened.

Moving on...

If only this had said "Patti Love heart <3 you"...

then it still wouldn't have made any sense.

"Let's see...I could write 'Amanda' in the Happy Birthday bubble, OR..."

Poor Adamwithblueflowers. Grade school musta been murder.

Ashley R., Tara C., Simon P., Amanda L., & Dana G., I would like to thank Ashley R., Tara C., Simon P., Amanda L., & Dana G. In italics.

- Related Wreckage: The Literal Letter of the Law

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Reader Comments (88)

When my husband worked at a hardware store as a teen 30 years ago, they'd use the PA system, if they had an issue with a customer. "We need a manager on register one please. We have an ID Ten T". It cracked me up when I first heard him tell it, and I still get a kick out of it. :)

You know..that would make a really good cake! :D

I work in tech support now at a law firm. You know why they charge so much? ID10T error comes up a TON!!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've never posted before, but have been a fan of this site for a while now. I couldn't help posting today. Jen, your comments are the best, and they absolutely make the cakes even funnier. "in italics" has me in a fit of giggles at the moment.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I just don't understand how many folks decorating cake would not understand the difference between instructions and the actual words on a cake. I am also scratching my head on how many of these cake claiming to be professionally done look like a child made them. I am scared for humanity...

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoey

I was helping to maintain a password protected website and a user complained that she was receiving an error when creating her new account. It kept saying that her username was taken, but that couldn't be right because she's hadn't created an account for the site before and that was her name on the internet. I love users!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWideAwakeWife

I love this web site. Working in a bakery i know things can go wrong sometimes but damn!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

The Adam one looks fake. The handwriting for Happy Birthday doesn't match the Adam blue flowers part at all. The angle and spacing are entirely different.

It would be about the best cake wreck ever if it were real.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe Adam had pleuroses and needed to feel better.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Allroro

Anon @ 4:26,

It's not. The handwriting is the same. When you decorate a cake and you start running out of room, you start cramming.


In Scotland, a ♥ is not called a heart, it's called a "love heart"... maybe that's what they wanted on Patti's cookie?

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the computer cake. My hubby is a computer programmer and believe it or not, his name is Jim and today is his birthday.
The errors are also called PICNIC - Problem In Chair, Not In Computer (or in this case, "Cake"). I've heard the IDIOT error, but I've heard it called "One D Ten T"...same thing (1D10T).

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are so funny. Who knew you could find so much material from a cake.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShalyce

My boyfriend is a tech support operator! It astounds me the sorts of things people call about.

I've heard the mouse as a foot pedal thing too. And a lot of "help, my tv menu is in spanish and I can't change it back because it's in spanish."

The one that really gets me though, is when he was working as a tech support operator for Cox Communications (cable, internet, phone) and was called by a man claiming his computer didn't work because the screen was black. While he was trying to explain to the man the monitor was off, the customer lost his temper and shot the screen with an actual gun.

"There, now it's really broken," he said, and hung up.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

I am personally disturbed by the twine that seems to be holding Amanda's skull and spine together. Wouldn't a steel rod have been more suitable?

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

The written instruction wrecks are my all time favorites!!! No matter how many of these you post, I will laugh, chortle, and guffaw. Loudly.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiriusSchwartz

I propose a law


Decorating Under the Influence

There can be no other explanation.
You could lose your license to bake.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Good call on the paper towel. Would that help apply in any way? And have you seen Amanda's foot? Small mishappen!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's the black X under Adam's spray? Chocolate...chips? A dead fly on the order form?

WV: scramet. "I can't fit the whole name on."

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 3 yr old saw me reading your blog and now wants a carrot with a baby on top on her next birthday cake!!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

Whomever made the last cake...I'd love to see them do one for "Devil with a Blue Dress."

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlbgriffin

Ok remind me again why people pay for these things?? Is it to die of laughter when they get them home or is it because they fear the decorator may come and hunt them down for hating on their "work"? Dying of laughter just looking at some of those especially the Adam with blue flowers.. man poor guy..

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

"Adam with Blue Flowers"... Haha... Sometimes it just makes me wonder if some cake decorators understand english at all.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatacha

My sister put me onto your blog,I couldn't help myself and had to read all of it in one go!
I'm an icecream cake maker in Australia and see all kind of mistakes from the staff at work... this cracks me up and brightens my day.
I can definitely relate to quite a few of the wrecks...and cover ups, the girls will try anything!
My favourites are definitely the litteral translations of the messages on the cakes!
Keep up the great work and hope I never see any of my cakes on here!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

This is positively fantastic! And I thought I had trouble with my name...

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJolette

LOL the I.D.Ten T error message is officially one of my new favourite things! My husband used to be a software tester, he'll get a real kick out of it too!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I know Adam Withblueflowers. He's a very sweet man. Native American.

That is supposed to read Patti loves Heart, you? - her family sings "Barracuda" instead of "Happy Birthday" to her.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At least Adam got blue flowers on his cake. There have been some wrecks requesting a specific color that, aside from being spelled out in the inscription, was not found anywhere on the cake.

He should consider himself lucky. =)

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercyn

The "Big-A$$ Cake" is actually kind of funny. Almost witty even. Assuming it was intentional, of course...

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

These decorators must have had some I.D. ten T. problems.

my dad works with computers at baosso america and they got a call from a guy wondering why his computer
wouldnt turn on when his electricity shut off.....all i could say was wow.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDestinie

OOOH OOOH I got it! The Bubbles cake is actually a reference to a series of femisteries where the main character is called Bubbles Yablonsky. The silhouette is supposed to look like the cover of the books.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, I read your blog all the time (love it!) and I can totally understand the cakes that are just plain ugly (like the frogs you posted earlier in the week) because of people who just have an irrational perspective of their own talent (like on American Idol).

...But the cakes like this that say things like "Happy Birthday Adam With Blue Flowers"... I still can't figure out how that happens. I really can't. Do you have an answer? Or maybe you ask yourself the same thing every time you post.

Anyway, keep up the good work! You make me giggle every day! :)

♥ xtine

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Every time I read this blog, the people I work with are alarmed. Apparently, it makes me laugh like a crazy person. Thank you!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow... and would ya look at the epic wrinkle in the edible paper on Amanda's cake!

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternoricum

For a glimpse of someone using a paper towel to smooth buttercream (and potentially leaving a paper towel imprint) -

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommy

I'm almost surprised that they actually remembered the blue flowers on Adam's cake. A lot of cakes say something like "Happy Birthday in Red" but there isn't any red on the cake.

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Sadie

Adam With Blue Flowers!!! Ahahahaha! This has to be a joke, right? One that the decorator is in on?

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for reminding me of one of the first mp3 files I ever had - it still makes me laugh: Jeffrey Hitchin's Tech Support (Transcript:; audio file:

I agree that "Adam With Blue Flowers" would be a great shirt if you haven't already done it. :)

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

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