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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 Teacher Tearjerker

Educators of the world, get those hankies out.

Because this...[dramatic pause] your story.

Yes, every year you need some good "louck" as you embark upon that harrowing journey:

Back "toschol."

Here you will continue on for an indeterminate amount of time.

"4" more...years?
Sure, let's go with that.

During this time, you will expand your students' cultural horizons:

Perhaps by "celabrating" the mythical continent of "Afraicia."

You will "suport" your prep times:

(While grading the staff room cakes in your spare time.)

And, of course, you will strive to instill a love of reading into your young charges:

Not to mention their "comunity."

Until one day, the unthinkably terrifying will occur.

Your students will turn 18.

Yes, you've ushered another generation into adulthood!

"Yu dib it!!!"

And your reward?

(One baker, two cakes, two different mistakes.)

Now you can join with your students' families in saying...

"Happy Gracturations!"


And if you're really lucky, one day a former student just might come back to visit, bearing cake:

A cake of "apprication."

Aaron R., Marissa S., Alisha G., Kelly D., Amy S., Kim B., Rebecca N., Kasey, Stacey W., Anony M., Rebekah, & Amy S., have you thanked a teacher today?

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Reader Comments (179)

you really need a disclaimer stating, "Do not attempt to consume liquid while reading this blog".
Oy, that is all :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladybug imagery

Tahnk yu! I needed the laugh today.

wv: pouctem - The wreckerators sure pouctem up this time.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey Scarlett,

Was it the content of the ad that offended you or the fact that we have ads at all? I'm more than willing to contact our advertisers and scream and yell until they take down an offensive ad, believe me. If it's the ads overall that are bothering you though, perhaps you could get the ad blocker on Firefox. It's super effective and you'd never have to see any of them again.


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Came home from teaching this morning and sat down and read the blog. How funny and so sad.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlalock

As a teacher, I just gotta say...
I'm glad I teach preschool. At least MY students have an excuse.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe!

These remind me of my very own cake wreck...
My parents were super proud when I graduated high school as the valedictorian. They ordered half of a sheet cake from our local Kroger (mistake #1) and asked for the words "Congratulations Valedictorian" in our school colors, green and yellow.

When my dad picked the cake up (without checking it), we were horrified to read (in red, off centered, poorly done cursive)
"Condgradation Valedictation"

Yep. Yay me!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSongbirdsara

I've just started teaching a writing class. It is so tempting to send this link to the students!

wv: turbu. I'm having a turbu time keeping a straight face while looking at these wrecks!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbelphebe

My hubby and I both agree that the "Yu dib it!!!" actually says "Yee dib it!!!"

Try saying it with some feeling and a cowboy accent, like you would say "yee-haw" it's kind of fun.

It's what I imagine NMBCJs shouting "Yee dib it!!!".

By the way, did the NMBCJs at the top of the page always have the motion blurs behing them? Maybe I should get my eyes checked.

Thanks for another fab post!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

"Selabraiting Yurup" anyone?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, of course, that it would do no good to provide dictionaries to the bakeries because you have to have SOME clue how to spell a word before you can look it up. And these people just don't have a clue.

For a fun look at the misuse of apostrophes and other punctuation check out the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". It is hilarious while making its point.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Long-time reader but first-time commenter... I just have to ask, what's going on with the library cake? Black roses with an oozing stream of black, a bear, and "place of the...?". I am intrigued...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

@BADKarma! --

--if ya don't but know it,
"Herkimer" and "Vajayjay" jest HAPPENs to be my mostest favoritest names for two twins, no matter how many. In the whole, big, widey-wide WORLD...of any species.
Ah wanned kee-ids but ahm celebrate.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

As a retired educator, I must say that I loved my kid's and I hope that none of there handiwork is apricated on this website! Too hilarious! What exactly are we teaching kids these days? It's certainly not spelling, or proof-reading, or trying a rough draft out first!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pee in your pants material. Awww, yeah. :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

that "toschol" cake had a little black square with a smear of red....I visualized a little graduate cap with blood on it. Yuck. Just what was that supposed to be?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

I don't know what "gracturations" are, but they sound more painful than happy!

Okay, this wasn't on a cake, but did anyone see Biggest Loser last week when Melissa went home? When Victoria showed her voting card with Melissa's name on it, she had written a little side note. I think it was supposed to say "Best @home," meaning Melissa could win the at-home prize for losing the most weight. But poor Victoria accidentally (?) wrote "Beast @home." A freudian slip, or a slip through the cracks of our education system?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aren't "ADS" like, sorta, kinda, pretty much that thing where if they were on TV there'd be somebody yelling,, "And NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSER(S)!" ?
And then, like MAGIC- there's a commercial?
And, hmmm, it seems as if those "sponsers" folks help keep your (let's say) show *on the air*...because, like, they get to sell THEIR stuff to folks who are watching YOUR show. And selling THEIR stuff thanks to YOUR show means that you are helping them, and they are helping you.

M I warm? =^~.-^=

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Um, why is it that the teachers don't want their pay based on student achievement? Oh yeah, they might be getting a pay cut.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Perhaps the "Schools for Summer/ No More Kids" was an ad for summer school, leaving the beaches free of children?

I love this blog! Makes me want to become a profeshonal ceke decoratoror...

Keep it up.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLefty

i'm sure no teacher really cares how the words are spelled ten minutes later so long as the cake tastes better than the backer can spell

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhiana

These cakes make me so sad...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

At 6pm CDT I Googled "Afraicia" just to see if it actually is a word. First off , NO I DON'T MEAN "AFRICA".

However, there were 7 sites with the word, yours and 4 referring to your site. The other 2 are in some foreign language, so somebody will have to translate for us.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

I've never posted before, but I had to for this one. I am a k-5 reading teacher and this just made me actually laugh out loud. That means a lot since I found out last week that I don't have a job next year due to budget cuts. Thank you and keep the funny coming!!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPLB

My inner grammar nazi is raging.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

i feel like maybe the YAEH cake was meant to be pronounced in two syllables: YEAH-UHHH to really emphasize the excitement.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok I've been looking at this while in the quietest part of the library at school and trying to hold back the giggles is hurting. X-D I'm a public school teacher and a stickler for spelling and Our public school systems ladies and gentlemen. X-D

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yAEh, yu dib it!!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My first thought when seeing "yu dib it" was....oh no, that decorator is dyslexic.....confirmed when the submitter said that the phrase had been written on paper. That whole copying from the board/paper to their paper/your cake is not very successful for someone who has dyslexia. Missing & reversed letters are common errors. Poor DQ kid...I don't think s/he could help it. If it's a kid, I hope the school noticed & at least tried to do something about it. If it's an adult who never got diagnosed...I'm so sorry...unfortunately, not everyone believes dyslexia is real.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

what's worse, a comunity library or a pubic library??


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

happy gracturations reminds me of the classic "word journey" cake falker satherhood! lmao

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlie and Aiden

"Yu dib it!" hahaha that one was the best

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG Thees peepul haff terribull spelleeng!
lol jk

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hot, partially chewed cheesy chicken nuggets, dipped in sweet chilli sauce, squirting out the nose is NOT appricated!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermorriganscrow

What's up with the multi-phallus thing on the beach picture? I'm not even sure what that's supposed to be...

As for your main points, I'm sorry, I don't know what any of them were because my peril-sensitive sunglasses kicked in every time I tried to read the writing on the cakes...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

The grammar and spelling nerd in me is totally freaking out!


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Step

I don't usually comment but I laughed so hard that I couldn't talk and I got tears in my eyes.

Best cakes EVER!!

Awesome site, can't wait until tomorrow! :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anonymous said...
"what's worse, a comunity library or a pubic library??"
Possibly, neither.
It could be this:


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

OMG, my stomach hurts! :*) Seriously, how can professional people do stuff like this? Too freaking funny!! :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffiny Felix

Oh my if I had to grade these cakes they would all get an F for complete and utter lack of spelling. Lol I honestly looked at the cake with the poor handwriting that said your legole and nearly died laughing.. I think a cat could spell and write better than that! And someone tell me where exactly is Afraicia? I bet it's between Narnia and Hogwarts..

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The one with the bear on it looks like the worst job of frosting that I've ever seen! Not only is it spelled wrong the frosting is all cracking and uneven. ARGH!!!!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

I'm pretty sure the "4" more years" thing was actually intentional. In Texas (and other states I'm sure) we have yearly tests, one of which is an English exam. Starting in junior high, they tell us to get a "4" on the writing part, because it is the highest score you can get. Every year without fail there are TONS of "4" themed sayings, like "may the "for"ce be with you", etc. It might be "4" the freshman class. If it's not, then I sincerely hope that there is a darn good reason for it.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecka

I love that they gave that one cake a report card with a F for spelling on it!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

1)"The teachers must be so proud"... Yes, because year after year, no matter what horrendous mistakes they see or hear, they tell the kids "You are so bright, we are so proud of you!"
2) What the heck is that thing on the beach on the second 'Summer' cake?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's with the penis castle at the beach?


April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVinca Leaf Quilts

The "Your Legale" cake CANNOT have been made by a professional. Tell me it isn't so...

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdmontag

yAEH! That was AMAYZING!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercc

This thread can inaugurate a new glorious category of "lolcakes".
Yaeh! Teh kayks is grate!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

As a proofreader, I fear for the future! Of cakes at least. I hope the students being "celabrated" and "congractulated" can spell better than these bakers:)

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrascalmom

I had a high school classmate whose last name was Louck. Maybe that first cake was for him.

By the way, how do I put an avatar in these posts?

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOsaka_Mary

Hysterical! I homeschool my kids, and I just used this post as an example to my 8 y/o--about why it's important to learn how to spell and use correct grammar!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Mommy

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