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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

Let Me Count the Ways

Loyal Wreckies, I am positively giddy to share one of my favorite collections of wrecks with you today. You see, with "birthday" arguably being the second most common word written on cakes these days ("happy" being the first) I'm always amazed when Wreckerators spell it wrong. Which means I'm amazed a LOT.

Then I started wondering: Just how many ways can you accidentally misspell "birthday?"

Thus began my journey. And so far, it's had some surprising destinations, lemme tell ya.

First, there's the expected stuff:

Ah, the ol' two letter switcharoo. Probably the most common misspelling out there.

Ok, so they forgot the 'H.' Also extremely common. Next!

They forgot the 'R'? Ok, now I'm curious: Do you think we can find cakes missing every letter in the word "birthday"?


Aw, c'mon, you doubting Thomases. This'll be fun.

Do I hear a missed 'T'?


The "th20" in the upper corner is like the dyslexic cherry top on.

Now how about a missed 'H'?

Even better!

A missed 'D'?

Aww, yeeeeah. Now we're cookin'.

Let's get a little crazy. You think anyone's ever missed the 'Y'?

"Y" not?

Ok, but surely - SURELY - no one has ever forgotten to write the 'B' in 'birthday', right?



(Are you guys as excited about this as I am?)

Drum roll, please!


Now that's what I'm TALKIN' 'bout.
(Also, check out the white roses masquerading as clouds. Impostors!)

Believe it or not, the only letter I've yet to see missed entirely is the 'I.' [UPDATE: Oh, and the 'A'. Oops. Sorry!] HOWEVER, I have seen this:

Poor Aaron.

And this:

That's some good clean fun, right there.

And would you believe we're just getting started? That's right, it's allll downhill from here. You'll have to tune in tomorrow, though, because John starts getting this funny little eye twitch every time I post more than half a dozen Wrecks at a time, and right now they're kind of bulging out in a way that simply can NOT be healthy. (His eyes, that is - not the wrecks. [Although, truth be told, some of them are kind of bulgy.])

So tomorrow, then. Be there, or be without amazingly hilarious misspelling of "birthday." And then where will you be?

Lia F., Lea G., Megan M., Keisha S., Diane C., Lex, Sandy, Erika K., Lauren, & Brian D., if you're keeping score, we're currently up to an imperfect 10. And if not, well, we're still up to 10.

- Related Wreckage: The Cutest Misspellings of "Happy Birthday" I Have Ever Seen

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Reader Comments (147)

Classic. Totally classic. This belongs in the greatest wrecks! One of your best posts ever.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnowcatcher

I thought th20 was maybe Theo with the e backwards and of course missing the capital T.

wv: agited. I tend to get pretty agited when wreckerators misspell a simple word like "birthday".

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The th20 cake looks disgusting - is it a mustard cake?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for another lesson to use with Jr. Hi about the importance of spelling and legible handwriting!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOnyx

Oh, now I've gone and done a spit take all over my desk. How can you pick a favorite amongst these? Thanks for a great post, you guys!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

On the butterfly cake -- is it the 'r' that is missing, or perhaps a 'c'?

Kinda takes you on a different path...

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIslandPearl

Hilarious!! I continue to be amazed as well. I Love It!!!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I rather like Bethday. I think I shall have to start celebrating this... (my name is Beth). Then I also got to thinking, one could add a "C" to the one with the missing R, and end up with Happy Bitchday. Yup, that would be good, too.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizziebeth

I read your blog daily, but don't post often. Just had to say that I laughed out loud today. My co-workers wonder what's so funny about numbers, but it's a welcome break! Keep up the good work!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

On the one with the missing "B", the "B" is actually somehow stuck in the balloons to the not a total wreck I suppose :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMallory

I have to admit, that I have committed the "Bithday" error on a cake I made for my father. In my defense, I was 10 at the time and just starting to learn how to pipe cursive writing.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

Not only were the cakes wrecks - each and every one of them - they also misspelled birthday. It's like the apathy applies to everything.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

On the happy birday diane cake, one of the balloon strings does not even lead to its balloon. That whole cake just screams "I don't. Give. A crap." Try a little harder! Use a capital letter for a proper name!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Anonymous said...
"... I could lay icing better with my, well...any part of me really."

Good! Can I watch?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

i believe the "th20" is a dyslexic version of "20th" ....hence the original comment!

great wrecks!!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermisstj

*Sigh* That's bad. This last Saturday I ran to our local Albertson's bakery to grab a cake for my daughter's 8th birthday. (I know I'm lame, but we've been painting the house, etc..blah blah) So, picked up a premade cake and asked if they'd pipe, "YOU'RE 8!" on it.
I got back YOUR 8...I looked at the cake and then looked at the woman and said "Are YOU sure you want me to take this?" She looked at me as if I was daft. So, I told her she used the wrong YOUR...blank stare. You need a comma and re... OH Light Bulb moment.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercelticmystyc

The cake missing the "y" actually looks photoshopped. I can see a blurry outline of a "y" a the cake.

Or perhaps the decorator spelled it right, then thought "Oh wait, there's no 'y.' The 'a' is long!" and then smudged the "y" out.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany Blais

Looks like the bath day of he last cake recipient does not happen very often, & thus all their long suffering friends are celebrating the great occasion.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OY! Whether that cake was for Aaron or Arun, I think the decorator started out sober(so pretty around the edges, no?)and had repeatedly hit the hard stuff by the time they got to the writing bit. Sheesh!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I can't tell you how many times I've heard it pronounced "birthay" - especially by the host of a local children's show that ran when I was a kid, who every morning would read a list of names and then wish them all a "Happy Birthay!"

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

*LOL* Wow ... although, I will admit to laughing more at the mental image of his eyes bugging out. :O)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnjel76

I also felt the need to point out that there was no missing "A" on any of those cakes..

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

@The Boob Nazi....I just had to laugh at your post. You may have checked it for misspelled words, but you still missed a WRONG word! You didn't "doubled checked" your post, you "double checked" it! Only one D for Double! Thanks for the laugh! :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMellodee

Absolutely unbelievable! The handwriting on poor Alexis' cake is atrocious.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnn

Double Bonus - the missing H cak is missing the T also.

wv: riosses
The riosses are masquerading as clouds.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Happy Bathday" is actually a really good Japanese toiletries brand.

I doubt the wreckreator knew that, but with the roses and everything it'd be perfect!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKo

The butterfly cake would have been a beautiful cake if it hadn't been for the misspelling. Geez!!! I think some of these bakers might want to consider a career change, but then who would mess up cakes for our amusement?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

On the cake with the missing B, it looks as if poor little B jumped onto a nearby balloon...alphabet acrobatics?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaleyB

These are "professional" cakes?
It's a sad, sad world.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Oh. My. Gosh. These are hilarious. As always Cake Wrecks, you have totally made my day. I will NOT be missing tomorrow's post!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Regarding the one missing a "B" - I think they actually misspelled Earth Day :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

I'm really starting to think some of these wrecks are a pro-am collaboration. Some are so beautifully decorated but have truly dreadful writing that I think (I hope) that someone bought them from the case along with a tube of do-it-yourself piping and went at it. I can't believe even Walmart (aka the Angry Bear/Mickey cake of yesterday) would allow someone that untalented behind the bakery counter. I would seriously question their sanitary practices.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Your blog is the best. It's one of the few things I read online that consistently makes me laugh out loud... and a lot. My neighbors probably think I'm schizophrenic. Keep up the good work!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterputasporkinit

I want to commission a cake that just says "HAPPY" on it just for you.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! A whole day just to celebrate me! I''m so honored!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Is it just me, or do misspelled cakes also make me wonder if they forgot... I dunno, to wash their hands or add eggs to the batter, or either, neither, both, something else 'forgotten', etc... Know what I'm saying here? It's seems more than trivial and makes me question the whole thing.
While there are drugs I can take for this sort of paranoia, I choose to come here, instead. ;)
Validation?... Anyone? BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHA!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMir

When you mentioned at the top of the post you would try to find cakes with every letter missing, I thought you certainly couldn't find a missing B! I was pleasantly shocked that you actually did! As always, thanks for the laughs!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

My father is from New York and still has a bit of his accent; thus, each year on Dec. 30, I am treated to the "Happy Birthay" song. That sans-D cake? Shoulda been mine.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWitchy

Just HOW did they manage to forget the B in the last one???
I'd say now I've seen it all, but apparently there's more to come... that's actually kind of frightening when you think about it.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlivingandthriving

Every day is "Bethday" in my house!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth W

First, the "dyslexic cherry on top," and then the missing "B." I think I just herniated my diaphragm.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNessie

To be completely fair the "Happy irthday" one DOES have the "B" it's just flipped over and on top of the yellow balloon on the left of the cake. Though, how they did that I'm just not quite sure.

Yiskah (highly confused but somehow slightly impressed)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYiskah Sarah

Well you know, Bathday is missing an 'I'.... :)=)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbirdy

No way! That's awesome. I had no idea that people had misspelled "birthday" in so many different ways!

I'm confused, though...who's Aaron? All I see is UR THE BESTARUW and then Happy Bethday.

WV: butsess
I hope some decorators got their butsess fired for these awful mistakes!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But irthday is a national holiday! I hear it's on April 22nd.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I don't suppose the one with the B left off was in honor of Earth Day, by any chance.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAislinn

@boob nazi

you spelled 'double' wrong...

"hahaha these are hilarious. I mean, how hard is it to spell such a common word! (I just doubled checked this five times to make sure everything was spelled correctly.("

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuy

So Owl wrote… and this is what he wrote:


Pooh looked on admiringly.

“I’m just saying ‘A Happy Birthday’,” said Owl carelessly.

“It’s a nice long one,” said Pooh, very much impressed by it.

~excerpt from "Eeyore's Birthday" by A.A. Milne.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

I once made a large sign (letters at least 18" tall) for a friend. HAPPY BITHDAY CINDY It's easier to do than you think! Amazingly, I was the only one that noticed.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The missing be is stuck to the balloon to the left of the word.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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