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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

Jen GraduRants

It's getting about that time again. You know the one, don't you?

Thaaat's right! The one where Wreckerators wrestle with the seemingly simple "Congratulations."

For some reason, various unholy alliances of the words "graduation" and "congratulations" keep popping up:




(Your soul dies a little more with each one of these, doesn't it?)

"Whatever this says."

"Happy Graduations"?!?

Oh. Wait. Actually, that's almost correct. I wonder if someone forgot the "L."

There's a theory floating around that some of these word mash-ups are intentional; a "cute" misspelling to save the decorator from writing out the overly long and excessively complicated "congratulations graduate."

To this I say: [rude noise].

Good grief, people, you're celebrating an educational achievement! This is not the time for "cutesy" misspellings! So just write out "Congrats" and be done with it! That's not so hard, is it?!?

Excuse me. [sound of head hitting desk repeatedly] This may be a while.

In the meantime, enjoy your cake with the bottle of urine/beer on it.
(Either way,
someone's getting pissed.) (Because in Britain "pissed" = "drunk." See? I'm even funny in different languages.*)

Shelby, Angie M., Briana G., D.H., Pam G., & Anony M., Gradu...Congalu...Gradcon...Uh. Good job!

* Yes. We know.

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Reader Comments (162)

Every year I see these and hang my head in shame for the spring I worked in a bakery when I was about 20. I must have wrote "Congradulations!" on about a dozen cakes before someone pointed it out. I just pretended it was intentional and underlined the "grad", so everyone thought it was cute.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I'm sorry, funny as this post was, the funniest thing about it was the ad for the South Beach Diet Cookbook next to the pictures of all the cakes.

WV: projdser - better than am amateur jdser!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Halleron


*giggles* Wow.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if Michelle is graduating from multiple things??? Thus the "Happy Graduations". :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara

"Gratulation" is German, but I doubt anyone would ever write something like "Fröhliche Gratulation" on a cake. (^v^)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiandra

Hey, on that last cake, that's not a container of urine or beer, it's an Epcot and a Spaceship Earth. Or maybe a couple of bongs.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Maybe Michelle is graduating from more than one place? Then it would be right, right? sigh. no, probably not.

#5. Poor pretty blue and white flowers, and nice scroll work. You never realized that you were being applied to the dirtiest toilet in Scotland did you. It must be Scotland, 'cause that looks like Gaelic to me.

WV: kinde. Are these cakes for graduation parties? kinde.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

But is "congraduations" a malamanteau?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wondered if graduations meant multiple people graduating. But wouldn't it be graduates Then again, Congraduates would be a terrible pun.

What I find vexing is people say "Congrats", which is the abbreviated form of congratulations, but people spell out the full word as congradulations. Weird eh?

Google Chrome has spell-check now, so what excuse remains for the chronic non-spell checker asides from indifference?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

Maybe "Michelle" is the mother of multiples that are graduating? heh

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh.My.Goodness. I am trying to figure out if lions are "congratulated" in cake #5. On another note, I was so proud to see your book featured in the May's Reader's Digest! *Congradulations* for the well-deserved recognition!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

Oh gor blimey, missus - a bottle of beer ain't wot I saw, nudge nudge wink wink ;-)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well at least they make good roses! I'm sadly a bit out of practice on that skill.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

It looks like someone with a bad case of mudbutt sat on #5.

Also...Gigi is my kid's name. Sad face.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

nearly pissed meself larfin'

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I work at a college. Not too many can spell congratulations right here either.

And all you party poopers! Quit telling us that the last cake is for a chemistry major. We'd much rather think it was a bong and a beaker of urine!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Judy

OH wow! Thanks Jen! I will be graduating from college on Saturday and I couldn't be more happier! To keep away from wrecks like this I'm making cupcakes! YUM lol

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstep0nmi2

On the last one, I thought it was a women's bedroom friend and, well, a bong. I guess it's chemistry stuff? I think the former is more accurate in most cases.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPenguin

Am I the only one that thinks Ashley's cake looks like it has a "marital aid" on it? Albeit one with an antenna for a remote control.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoudlife

Er......Why is there a black hole on cake #5? If you eat a piece, where will you end up? I'm thankful I will never find out!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

that looks like a bong! how'd she gradulate?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ. P.

Except for the questionable green oil slicks on the first one and the plastic happy face flotsam on the other (well, and the 'chem major'? cake), these are actually your standard "oh that's a nice cake" cakes. Simple, tasty, thoughtful.

It's when someone with a less than hearty grasp on spelling and/or grammar (and also maybe a bit of a shaky grip) takes up a piping bag that these become wrecks. It's like magic.

I think we should have a telethon. "Don't let innocent cakes become wrecks. Donate today to the 'Training for Cake Decorators' fund and eliminate these wrecks for good."

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp


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May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm with one or two people who've already said it: I've seen the word spelled incorrectly so many times that I'm beginning to second guess myself every time I have to write it out!

And we've established that the last one is a pair of flasks (with obviously some sort of urine-like substance), but as for the 'rising vapors' why does it rise up the tube in harsh, diagonal lines? Wouldn't they be wispy, wavy, or swirly lines to indicate some sort of air?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

I kinda feel like some of these could have happened purposefully in an effort to humorously combine the two words that sound alike, you know, kinda like "frenemy" -- "congraduation." I think it works.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The decoration on no#6 looks like half melted vitamin e capsules plonked on icing swirls. It's probably not, but damn...

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElla

I was thinking the gold thing was a bong because the top word looks like smoke coming out the top.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

The second cake, "Gratulation"? At first glance I thought the flowers were a bloody hand print. YIKES!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

It's nice to know the decorators got "A"s in Penmanship, even though they got "Fs" in Spelling.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Jean

Whaddaya mean, "Whatever this is"? It's a Spanish saint's name: San Geadulaleona. ;)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

Yeah, people's spelling would be bad enough without the unfortunate combination of similar words in "Congratulations, Graduates!"

Best spelling test I ever saw was one that deliberately threw together words with confusable spelling just to make it harder: "Which of the following words is incorrect? Succeed/Recede/Proceed/Concede/None of the Above."

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

My daughter is anxiously awaiting to see her graduation cake in hopes that it IS a wreck.subc

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeb a grad student in chemistry, my thoughts with that last cake were as follows:

"What are those things?!?! Oh crap! I think it's supposed to be lab glassware. Maybe?"

I'm still not sure what they are!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterravenkatt

The last cake with "CONGRADS" comes from how horribly people mispronounce "congraTulations" by saying "congraDulations." I think we have Bob Sackett to thank for that.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchiffonade

That last one with the pee beer on it...ewww. lol

Seriously, how many times have they had to spell out congrats, or graduation? You would think after a few hundred times they would get it right.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I'm hitting my head on the desk over here too... some of these are really unbelievable.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Hm.. I'll take a crack at it: ConGradulaliono or Con(Guiness harp)radulaliono.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter@CaseyCannolis


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

British slang does not constitute as a different language. LOL. just sayin'.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanessa

Are there any ProGaadulalions? Do they get a cake?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarole and Keith

Wow, humour that crosses oceans. I thank you! xxx

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

The one where Wreckerators wrestle with the seemingly simply "Congratulations."

Seemingly simply?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, another addition to your idea of flash cards.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I always laugh at these cakes and descriptions, but "I'm even funny in different languages" actually made me cry tears of laughter. Tears.

Wow, thanks. And ConGaadulalions on your multilingual hilariousness.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

HILARIOUS! It's called spell check or grab a dictionary. It would have taken 2 minutes to look up the spellings and make sure they are correct.... or at least go with the oh-so-easy slang way of: CONGRATS!!!!

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May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

LOL THis is okay my friend went to Bandanas the other day and of all the parts to screw up she wrote Bandanaise? WHy!?!?

(P.S. Gibbly, I still love you!BUt your spelling sucks. YOu should do cakes.)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

The cynic in me wonders how many of the recipients realized there was an error (other than the person who sent the photos to CW)?

I'm with Anonymous @ 11:25-- while "getting the message across" is nice, if someone wants to be taken seriously, they have to be able to look intelligent on paper (ie good grammar, spelling, etc). While grammar modules in school are not fun, the consequences are even worse. When I hired students for their first career type job, I had them do a written exam-- I could train them on the topic, but I needed basic skills. It was scary how many couldn't get their resume right, let alone the timed exam .

PS I saw a hand in the flowers on the second cake too. And I agree with others about the lovely scrollwork on the Vortex cake (ConGaadululions? really??), and the script on Michelle's cake.

WV Midas: Jen has a midas touch with her photo captions!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

The icing on the second cake is so ashamed of its bad spelling that it's trying to run away!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

The "beer" reminded me...
When my daughter graduated from high school last year, the principal gave the 400 graduates an engraved 16 oz "drinking" glass (with a handle) as a gift.
A BEER mug!! Hahahaha! Apparently he was pretty embarrassed after the kids pointed it out, and made sure to stress that they were for sodas! Everyone I polled agreed it was clearly a beer mug.


Wv: forphoty - That gift would be appropriate forphoty year olds.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Also, I have volunteered for a blog (wetwebmedia) that answers questions for aquarists (usually fairly well educated geeks if I might stereotype - hang around in ana aquarium store).
Anyway, the only price for the free advice was that their question had to be spelled and structured in proper English. (Exceptions for those in non-English countries and the handicapped or under 10 groups)
If not well composed, we answered to please resubmit. If minor, we corrected before publishing (with a reprimand). Those of us who know better HAVE to take a stand.
Alex Again. :)
Wv: emeni - I don't care if I make an emeni by correcting their spelling and grammar.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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