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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.

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- Jen

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.


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 (132)

i feel like "boithday" actually reads "birthday" but smooshed up thanks to the awkward cursive lettering.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflibbertigibbet.

I believe that it is always the thought that counts!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbaby cribs

The first one made me laugh so I actually snorted. HAPPY BIRDHOLE! bahahaha!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That last one made me think of that episode of the office in which Dwight hangs a sign that says "It is your birthday."

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeccah

Edgar's looks like "Happy Burday" to me.

So... Any misspellings of "Happy" yet?

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For the "Birsday" cake, I heard it in my grandmother's voice. She still has a thick Hungarian accent even after ~60 years in America.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

the picture of the one slice of cheesecake on the plate....thats from The Cheesecake Factory, I used to work there. YOU try making 100 plates a night all with "personal" isn't easy hahah! Although I don't believe I ever wished someone a Happy Birdthay.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

My dad has an old friend who's a cartoonist. I now seriously want to make him a cake with "Happy Benday!" on it, and cover it with" rel="nofollow">Ben-Day dots.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTri

ROFL. So epic! I love the "happy birsday" cake, because it's so fancy looking. Someone obviously took the time to make it gorgeous and just right, with fancy olive branches on the label part and cherries on top. Then either they had some sort of horrible head trauma or they let their five year-old scribble the "happy birthday" on it. Brilliant!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

Happy Barthy.

See, that's really a theology-geek cake celebrating someones conversion to the theological school of Karl Barth.

Obviously, I am such a geek, since Barth (pronounced "bart") was the first thing I thought of when I saw the cake.

And a "Happy Barthy" message is somehow appropriately closed with a period. Not sure why, but it works.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Ellen

My mother pronounces it "birsday" because she's Austrian and can't pronounce "th."

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Any "bitrdays" out there?

'Cause that's what it is, really...

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I loved Boithday. My 5 year old like the Elmo cake (big shocker) It's a Rocketing Elmo Cake! Cool!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

John S.

Heeeeeere's Barthy.

He was the owner of a fictitious greasy-spoon diner on the Canadian born live action variety show on Nickelodian from the mid eighties to the early nineties.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThaumh

I think you spell unadulterated happiness B-I-R-D-H-O-L-Q

...Or the Paris Baguette cake, rather than coming from Koreatown, might possibly have come from Korea. (I've submitted a couple of local wrecks, but none have made the cut so far.) There's another PB every other block. I felt slightly cheated that my own birthday cake had no wrecked writing.

Two further points about Paris Baguette and the nation which birthed it:

1) Korean-infused English is called Konglish. Engrish is Japanese. (Do not EVER make that mistake when talking to a Korean. Also avoid mentioning Dokdo. Can. Of. Worms.)

2) Korean has no "th" sound, so "birsday" is a pretty decent guess. Wrong, and easily correctable if the Wreckerator had looked at any of their party supplies, but hey... they tried.

Korea paiting!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I pronounce the first one, it sounds like I was wishing someone a happy birthday when I was suddenly given an unnecessary Heimlich maneuver. Am I right? Anyone? (crickets chirping)

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If this is how they decorate them, how must they taste?? Just saying!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrmom

To be fair, the Happy Birsday cake came from Paris Baguette, which is a Korean bakery chain. I'm not even sure if there are any in the US, so this could be less of a wreck and more lost in translation.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While the spelling may not be so great on the third one, the treble clef looks beautiful.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraerotatt

My dad's side of the family is Polish and "Birsday" is exactly how they all say it! All the cousins joke about how when we were kids and all the great aunts and uncles would sing the Birthday Song, it would come out as "Happy birsday to you, Happy birsday to you..." So great seeing it on a cake! I think we'll have to custom-order that kind of spelling for my Babcia's next birsday.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Piechnik

When I saw Barthy, I immediately thought of Barth from You Can't Do That on Television, one of the best shows of all time. He'd probably put that wreckerator in the burgers!

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

If "Happy Birsday" is from Korea, it would be very un-Korean-chain-bakery to have any writing that messy on one of their cakes. Those things are all usually so perfect they look like plastic. It looks like they sold the chocolate card and some ooze to write with so the buyer could write their own message, so I have a suspicion a non-professional might have been responsible for this wreck.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "Birsday" cake is from Korea. Paris Baguette is a popular (and delicious) bakery, but they're usually REALLY good about spelling stuff in English.

Cake Wrecks needs to have a post dedicated to the crazy stuff Koreans put on their cakes. Tomatoes, anyone?

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

In "Birdholq", it looks like the "ol" is meant to be a "d" and the "q" is meant to be "ey" squeezed in. Not that "Birdhdey" is much of an improvement. ;)

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteruberregenbogen

Happy Barthy made me laugh so hard I almost peed myself (easy to do anyway, cuz I'm preggo)...however when you pointed out the period, I had ppl stopping by my office wondering what was so funny. (couldn't speak through the laughter and tears!!)

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forgive if someone has already deciphered #1, but I think I've figured it out:
It does say "Birthday", albeit in a very badly written method.
The "t" was started from the top, comes down, comes back up and was going to cross itself, but never made it. So, it ends up looking like a "d".
What we see as "o" & "l" is actually the "d" in "day". The two parts just didn't make it together.
And the "y" just ended up a big mess, because frankly it looks like the decorator just gave up at this point and tried to cram it on the end. (i.e. A "y" with a closed top looks similar to a "q").
As for the others, there's no excuse...
I LOVE "Barthy"!!!

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDean

The "boithday" one makes me think of the Three Stooges -- how Moe or Curly might pronounce it. (Actually, that might not be a bad cake idea, given the right (non-wrecky) decorator.)

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron of Minneapolis

I have seen the Happy Birsday cake! I 'm an American teaching English in Korea, and that is exactly how my students pronounce "birthday!" Paris Baguette stores are all over the place here, and so are horrendous misspellings. :)

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Red Menace

OMG dis swite iz soo funneh dat i P'd mehsef! lol at weesth i cn spell......

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor Edgar. What a gift that is xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

The Happy Birt makes me wonder if they put the Elmo on the cake to try to cover it up...I can see it now "Happy 1st Birt? what's that supposed to mean? Hey, I know, this cake is for a kid, if you pretend Bert is spelled with an 'i' and then stick an elmo on top....there! it's a Sesame Street cake!, it looks a little lopsided at the top, let's just add a few more toys up there aaaand perfect, no-one will know it wasn't intentional!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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