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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
Wednesday
Apr212010

Let Me Continue to Count the Ways

Yesterday I promised you more ridiculous/creative misspellings of the word "birthday."

Which probably has you wondering, "Just how much more ridiculous can it get? It's a simple word! Sure, you might forget a letter, or switch a few up, but that's it, right?"

[shaking head] Oh, ye of little faith.

SHA-POW!!

Does that really say "Happy Birdholq?"

Why yes, yes it does.

And note how the 'q' was added on later, as if that somehow fixed the problem.

Sometimes you can tell just by looking at a cake the exact moment when the decorator got distracted and had to take a break.

Maybe the "p" triggered certain sprinkle cravings, if you catch my drift.

This may not be a huge error, but it's definitely one of the most fun to read out loud. Bipthday. It trips drunkenly off the tongue, don't you think?

Of course, there's the momentary distraction, and then there's this:


I love imagining what happened between the "t" and the "L." Some kind of digestive emergency? A phone order? Or was it just break time?

Speaking of imagination, you'll need yours to decipher this next one:

I'm guessing that's either "Binday" or "Benday."

Regardless, Edgar must be one really colorful character.

This next one isn't so much switching letters around as it is playing word jumble with them:

"Birdthay?" Sounds flighty to me.

Here's one for the 1920's gangster in all of us:

"Boithday" - Now there's an offer you can't refuse.

This is why you don't order a cake when you have a cold:

You know, 'cuz that's how you say it when your nose is stuffed up? Yes? No?

And finally, what could very well be my new favorite (narrowly edging out "epi burf day"):


Happy Barthy.

Not just "Barthy," mind you: it's "Barthy, period." No exclamation points, no dashes: just period. Yeah. Put that little pine branch on your number 4 candle and smoke it.

Bill F., Ashley J., Bev, Teresa V., Cassie P., Hannah W., & Lester H., great job. Period.

- Related Wreckage: Cake Writing 201: Congratulations

Note: For those of you keeping count, that's 18 different misspellings of "birthday" so far. Eighteen. Parents, if you have a new baby in the house, this could even be your yearly checklist. Just sayin'.

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Reader Comments (133)

On Logan's cake...I love how the expression on Mr. Noodle's face looks like he's even surprised with the misspelling on the cake. Too Funny!!!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNora

Perhaps Edgar is going shopping at Bergdorfs.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow, these are nuts, not only is the spelling awful, but the cakes are pretty disgusting as well...

on my birthday cake (which is today, ehem) I shall forget the words and have a cheesecake.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

See, here's the thing. I don't think that all of those mistakes were the cake maker's fault. I think some of the people ordering them MUST have had terrible accents or something. There is no way you can get it THAT wrong on accident.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so glad I am not the only one seeing Hidden Mickey's everywhere...

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronemockingbirdhill

Is Ashley's cake also covered in plastic wrap? If so, I bet a little misspelling was the least of her troubles when they pulled it off.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ashley's cake is going to be a MESS when they take that plastic off. Or did they want to preserve this sucker?

and maybe it's Ashlev....*tilts head sideways* huh.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like "Happy Birdas Edgar" to me!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Franz

Okay, I work in a LIBRARY, and it's almost finals week. Even though I'm in my office, the students totally get pissed at me when I'm rolling with laughter and disturbing their studying. So now I'm crying with giggles and I think I might be getting a headache from trying (unsuccessfully) to stifle the guffaws.

Some of your best work ever, Jen. I know it's been rough over in the Cake Wrecks corner lately, but I want you to know that this loyal wreckie LOVES what you do, and sings praises that you're actually getting paid to do it now. Yay you!

Happy Barthy. Priceless. Going for headache medicine now.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Oh, my sides hurt! Too funny! Great work, Jen!! LMAO!!!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

OMG,I thought yesterdays was HILARIOUS, but then I saw this....!
Happy Barthy? Just try reading it out to yourself. It sounds like some kids cartoon character!
Thanx!!!!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

1st Birt had me cracking up... mainly because there was Elmo... and some other guy who I don't recognize, but it probably the original design for Bert/Birt? or maybe Ernie?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

Wonder if "boithday" was intentional, the way "ya'll" is on southern cakes.

But probably not.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe mouse

Oh I laughed so hard at the "pine branch in your number 4 candle..." that I cried! Beautiful commentary! Thank you for that!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrookesky

I see someone else commented on Paris Baguette. I didn't realize that was in the U.S. Because the French people I know, some of them, have been known to wish people a "eppee birsday".

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeletedprofile

ROFL We get wonky cake orders all the time, misspelling, weird inscriptions, you name it. Regardless of what is written on the cake it is ALWAYS spelled right. This has gotten us in trouble with customers in the past because they wanted it wrong. Go figure.

I LOVE this blog! It reminds me from time to time to tell the bakers who work for me what a great job they do on cakes :)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

@aliciajoy:
"understandable"..maybe.
Inexcusable? Never!
Give ME the freakin'n job--at least I can SPELL!!!
I mean, WHAT--they only want to *pay* people with threats of deportation?
I'll work cheap~~~I've said it before:
I ain't easy but I CAN be had.
This is ridiculosity at its peak.
-
@K.P.:

"Still, a cake should not be illegible."
For some reason that sounds funny to me--but I AGREE.

Looks like we'll have to learn to settle for "edible."
Hey! That could be the name of a song dedicated to crappy cake decorators!
Settle for Edible!
I'll do the lyrics, if anyone wants to write the tune! There's SO much great material here!
=^~.~^=

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Sooo. Is it just me or does that first cake with the yellow flowers look like a graduation cake. An why is poor Cooper getting a cake with yellow flowers on it anyway????

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLowell and Son

in my family we always wish each other both happy barfday, and happy durpbay (from my brother when he was two.) next year i am getting brave enough to order cakes with those on there. with my luck, the baker would probably ruin things by getting birthday right...

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertangeria

The one that you have 'borthday' for isn't a spelling mistake - it looks to me like 'birthday' but is written with an old fashioned scriped r, which has a loop in it and seems to be very close to the i :) :).

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

http://www.etiquettehell.com/?p=361&cpage=1#comment-7827

(singing) a mention..a mention..youve got a mention

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralexis

Happy Boithday is my favourite.

Also - Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all of the other Receptionists, Secretaries, Personal Assistants, etc. I hope you got cake. I didn't. I did however get a gift card (activated at 10am and I was told it wouldn't be active for another 24 hours) even though I sent out a lovely reminder e-mail at the beginning of the week. I also had a few co-workers wish me a happy day, after I printed out signs for my desk that said, "Happy Administrative Professionals' Day to me!" Ah, good times. ;o) My mom did surprise me with flowers and a gift basket and lunch out, which is nice, even though she doesn't work with me. Anywho, Happy Administrative Professionals Day! And a very Happy Brihtady to anyone who is celebrating!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCinzia

Pretty sure the first one in fact says "Hoppy Birdholq",as in jumping like a bunny. Nice.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your commentary gets me every time. I thought I was going to die laughing today from lack of oxygen. Phew! Thanks!!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Hahaha! These last two birthday posts have made me laugh harder than any other CakeWrecks post. Ever.
The stupidity never ceases to amaze me!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I see that one as Happy Birdholy, as in "Holy Crap!", you actually CHARGED someone for this wreck?

wv: strolenm
Definition: I was strolen past the pastry aisle when I saw this disaster and thought "MMMMMMMM".

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know what you're talking about, that fourth cake clearly says 'birdes! :P

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hey, I knew Edgar. He didn't deserve a cake that bad. In fact, he deserved an awesome cake. Alas.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizziebeth

I don't think that says Boithday. It looks more like Bioethday.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFotsland

I'm with Poohs Pics on the Edgar cake

"Marry Birdos (or Birdas? - good thing there weren't two s's!!) Edgar"

-Yiskah

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYiskah Sarah

Happy Barthy should be on a burger-shaped cake, made out of a health inspector. Or Alastair. I always thought he'd end up in the burgers.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeep81

Is the green & white cake for Ashley or "Ashlev"?

Thanks for the daily laugh!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

So funny!!!! love it!

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Pineapple Man

So, what does the Happy Bird thay? Doeth he thay thomething jolly?

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBoy George

BLESS YOU for being so ridiculously funny

period.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterannie leavitt

There's also a Paris Bagette in the San Francisco area. They make delicious cake, but I wouldn't be surprised by some Engrish.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershirokiryuu

See? That's just what I'm talking about...!!!
<< I'm guessing that's either "Binday" or "Benday." >>
It could have just as easily said Ben-Gay, yanno? Accidentally picking up the Ben-Gay instead of the CakeMate Ready-to-Wreck tube o' colored icing glop.
ridiculosity = a classic
Good times! :)

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMir

Just found you, and I'm so glad! I had no idea that cake could be so funny!

I cannot express enough how much I love this site. You have me laughing out loud every day. This is my favorite time of day.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Is cake #4 a cheesecake? I hope not

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

Awwww....
The happy sliver of cheesecake, to ME, looks not only kind of sad, but also...
also...
Oh, okay, here it goes... at the risk of having someone dispatch a team of professional *butterfly nets* to pay me a visit...
That thing looks like the head of a poodle. Long snout...puff on top of head...puff on nose...droopy ears...no eyes...Wait-cancel that last one.
But there it is. There you go.
Poodle.
I wonder if celebrant dared to LICK the gooey lettering off the edge of the plate..what with being in such a highbrow establishment and all...
=^-.-^=

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Number four isn't a wish, it's a command: "Marry Birdsy, Edgar".

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChakolate

I love this site! It gives me a daily smile and hasn't failed me while I have been dealing with 2 deaths in the past month. Everyday I know that I can check in and have a chuckle. Besides the fact that I love cake, I love the commentary for each wreck. Thank you so much!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

brahahahahahaha - you made my week!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersleeplessnights04

I think that it says "Happy Burday Edgar" on that very lovely cheesecake. Poor guy. I cannot believe how many misspellings of Birthday there are. I mean what else could they misspell?? Happy? Oh yes, yes they could.. evil. Where are these wreckerators coming from??? Does one pick up a phone book and pick a name at random then hire them?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I don't know which one I like saying out loud more--"bipthday" or "boithday." Maybe if I sit here muttering both of them and giggling long enough, I'll figure it out before the men in white coats take me away.
Birdholay brings back memories of Falkersatherhood, in that I wonder what the heck happened between starting the word and finishing it. Most of the letters for birthday are in there, but it's like the d pushed out the t, and then the o and l just hopped in for fun. To be fair, the o and the l look like a failed "d," but "Birdhday" isn't much better.

Sheesh, my word verification is "shesloid." I'm going to muttering that in a gangster accent for most of the night, now, too...

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranacsadder

The commentary on the last one made me cry. I had to get a tissue.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks so much for the "Boithday" cakes today-so much more appropriate for me cuz it's my "Birfday"! Keep em' comming, Jen. Can't wait till tommorow's post!

wv: caveacke-could we be looking at the wrong way to spell cupcake next?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersheepmonster

Birsday! Oh Korea...bless. Just...bless.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeoffwah

A lot of young people I know say "birsday" on purpose, my friends even sing the song that way. It has to do with our European parents pronouncing "birthday" incorrectly. I wouldn't be surprised if someone were to order a cake like that for the novelty value.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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