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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)

The "Happy Brithday" had me doubled over in laughter-- I kept thinking it was a mis-spelling of a "bris" (ie when Jewish boys get "snipped" the 8th day after they are born). The kid mightn't be so happy about it, but I guess he's not yet eating cake...

WV: mallitt: someone who vowed taking a mallet to spelling errors, and got that wrong too...

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Thank you for posting so many wrecks on one post. I'm always a little sad to only find one wreck on a post. So this one makes me happy. I hope John's eye-twitching subsides by tomorrow... :D

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

Today is MY birthday (however you spell it) and this was a very nice surprise. :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

As someone who consistently spelled her name "Heater" throughout grades K-2, I don't know if I am one to judge...

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Someone with my name! High-five, fellow Lia.

... That's all I have to say, sorry.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLia

Bear in mind that until rather recently, bathing was a twice-a-year occurance for most people, so perhaps that last cake is a harkening-back to a simpler time, when bathing actually was a celebration-worthy occasion.

Or not. (blinkblink)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Mir said...
"... misspelled cakes make me wonder if they wash their hands or add eggs to the batter, or either, neither, both, something else...
Validation?... Anyone?"
Yeah. OH,YEAH...
Consider yourself validated (while I consider myself flabbergasted). It's sort of like when you have to use a pub-yick bathroom, and THERE THEY ARE (!!!) on the wall: ACTUAL signs suggesting: "EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS AFTER USING THE FACILITIES."
Classy, huh???
I swear, by the looks of some of this swill, it's truly a dazzling wonder that some of these places can manage to stay in business at all.
(WHERE in blazes do they FIND these "decorators," Under rocks???)
The UP side of all of this is that we have Cake Wrecks for our viewing pleasure!!!
Wreck on, indeed!!!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Oh now I really and truly think I should NOT order my birthday cake lol. I still have two more weeks to go so I may be better off baking my own. That butterfly cake looks like one of the butterflies ate the T and the others are circling around the other letters. Happy Bathday.. boy I hope that wasn't a hint to the persons hygiene or lack thereof. Lovely to see the lack of spell checkers at the bakery.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Happy Bathday must have been Saturday. That was bath day in the my family when I was little.


April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjwmeyer

For my son's 2nd birthday I ordered him a cake that was to say "Happy Terrible Twos Christian" and instead it just said "Terrible 2's Christian." Boy was I mad and that damn cake has cursed him and those terrible "2's" have last a year and a half!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhylicia

I think the last one actually spells "Birthday", but the 'r' is very skinny and there's not dot on the 'i'. Otherwise ... dear God!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Linda said...
I think the last one actually spells "Birthday", but the 'r' is very skinny and there's not dot on the 'i'. Otherwise ... dear God!

I came here to point out exactly that and read through all 111 comments thinking "I can't believe nobody has pointed that out"... then the very last comment beat me to it!

It does look a lot like an "a" but if you compare it to the other "a" in "Birthday", you can see that it is actually a cursive "ir" that is squished up.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Maybe "Happy Bithday" means your family and friends hired the Mos Eisley Cantina band for a private gig?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSisterMoon

I cracked up over the sneaky flower-clouds. They stole the show.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, you can see where the "B" has been photoshopped out, if you look close enough :)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I found the B on the "happy irthday" cake. It fell off and is stuck on the yellow rose next to its spot.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

You know, out of all the misspellings I've seen on Cakewrecks, "th20" is probably my favorite. It's simple charm just strikes me as being even better than "Happy Falker Satherhood."

I mean, you HAVE to explain "Falker Satherhood" with drugs. There's just no other way. And drugs are sort of a boring explanation. But "th20" could be caused by anything, and it's fun imagining the possibilities.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQatie

The first cake seems correct. It says "Happy Brithday", as in brith milah, ברית מילה, Jewish circumcision. Isn't it obvious? Little Lia, she's having a circumcision!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

that is soooo funny!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

I found the misssing B in the Happy irthday cake. It is flipped over onto the yellow "balloon" on the left! :D

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoon Bloom

Mikewind: that was my thought too, except for one minor "technicality"... Jewish girls don't get circumcised! So it was either a mis-spelling of "birthday" that gets snickers from Jewish readers, or is even worse than we thought, and poor Liam's losing more than just his foreskin...

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

"or is even worse than we thought, and poor Liam's losing more than just his foreskin..."

When I wrote "Little Liam, she's having a circumcision!", I had in mind what certain other people in the world do.

But apparently, "Liam" is a boy's name, not a girl's. Shucks; that really steals half the fun, doesn't it?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

geez, one of your best posts ever. oh the fun. the pain.
great job you there.
cheers from Hungary.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSzélsőFa

OMG, Jen I have NEVER laughed harder than at your comment that the "th20" was like "the dyslexic cherry on top". BWAHAHAHA! I could not figure it out - I was wondering if it was something to do with water (H2O?) . . . and then I read your comment . . . and burst into uncontrollable laughter. Thanks a million - my abs really needed a workout like that!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, now it's EVEN FUNNIER b/c I just noticed you said "dyslexic cherry top on." BWAHAHAHA! x100

Jen, your hilarity is absolutely BOUNDLESS!!!!!

wv: rallywee

It's hard to stop laughing and rally on with the day, but rallywee will! :)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first cake was mine from last year and yes my name is LIA. The little heart over the I though slayed me. My mother was furious when she picked up the cake but my father said I would love it being misspelled...and he was right!

And high five to the other LIA out there!

And tomorrow is my birthday and we are having ice cream cake with no writing!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLia

Lia: so I was right the first time, when I said you were a woman named "Lia" getting a circumcision. :P Where did I get the "m" from and turn your name into "Liam"? Sorry!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

Nessie said...
"First, the "dyslexic cherry on top," and then the missing "B." I think I just herniated my diaphragm"
Heh heh...
In the original post, it actually reads: "dyslexic cherry top on."
Good luck with your diaphragm, dear.
I hope I didn't just make it worse, but I didn't want you to miss out on the genius afoot there.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I'm sure a gazillion people have pointed that before me, but Arun is a perfectly legit hindi name (it means the color of the rising sun or something of the kind).

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's my birthday today.... I hope that I don't encounter any of these wrecks!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLose That Girl

The B seems to have jumped on the yellow balloon in the missing B cake. It also looks backwards...I wonder how that was achieved?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Poor Judi, they left the C off her cake. One more thing to complain about.

Remember that bi-otch is one letter removed from bio-tech.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJWildBill

Okay, I can see a Happy Brithday cake if 2 conditions are met: 1) the honoree is male and 2) the honoree is exactly 8 days old.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Ur the best Aruw DrBody Bethday"?



April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

If I had to guess, the cake for "Arun" actually is for someone named Arun and it was made in India where "Hinglish" is in common usage.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Small and nitpicky, but "th2o" says "thao", which is a Hmong name :) The A is just wonky. Not that it excuses the rest of the cake...

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sometimes I think these cakes are from foreign lands where English is not their first language and they are trying to spell phonetically and their accent gets in the way. test this theory go back and read the cakes out loud. See?

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I don't agree with that last one being on Cake Wrecks. At first, I couldn't even figure out where the mistake was, and then I saw that it was possible to intrepret it as saying "Happy Bathday" but when I look at that, I can very clearly see the corner of the cursive "r". It looks to me simply that the I and r were piped too close together and the I wasn't dotted. But that's spelled right. Look at how it's piped. That's not how you do an A. That's very clearly an I and an R.

These just rock... unbelievable. I still think "Nappy Blob Blob" is the reigning king, though!!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWillow

I LOL'ed way too hard when you mentioned the th20 the dyslexic cherry on top. Wow.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj-e-k-k-a

You said you didn't have any Earth Day cakes...I beg to differ. Just grab the "Happy irthday" cake for next year. Get it? "irthday!" :o)


May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Design Dreamer

Ha, sorry to ruin your fun, but the B was not left off. It's there on the lid, camouflaged by the yellow icing balloons

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

happy bathday. we should all celebrate that.
use soap :)

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.L.

Poor diane....must have been somone who disliked her that made this hideous creation for her! lol xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

There weren't any missing the A...

Word Verification: scionsim
A ysdlecisc version of scionism, which is either a made-up word/version of the word scion or a bad misspelling of zionism.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaija

bwuahaha XD for the "th20" cake, I didn't realize the joke at first (wth does T H 20 mean?!) but as soon as I did, I almost cried laughing!!

ps- love the comment about the missing 'b' having some hanky panky with the balloon sperm lol

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJellaine

"Ur the best Aron drappy bethday"? WTF?!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLia

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