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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)

Anony @ 2:02pm, you get the gold star for spotting what thousands of others missed! I'll be sure to chide John, my official proof-reader, for missing my "simply" mistake. :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

New idea: before a student graduates (or, 'gradulates'), they must first be able to point out the errors on these graduation cakes. And if they fail: they get cake #5.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterACM


awesomely bad.

also, 3rd from the bottom says 'ConGradulationo', i think.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryobokitty


the sad thing is... if they had just left the airbrushed poo circles off of the cake (and spelled the inscription right) it would have been a really nice cake....



May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYiskah Sarah

I am graduating with my Masters of Education degree this month.

I'm having a huge party.

.......I think I will serve cookies instead of cake. o_0

Or make the cake myself! LOL

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Just absurd.
I can't believe they think it's cool.
Just disgustable.
No one's trustable.


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

In the wrecker's defence... If you spell something wrong in your order, they will spell it that way even if they know it's wrong. (I mayyy know this because I had a typo on my order *whistles innocently*)

After re-reading these comments (especially Julie319's), I get a very large and scary feeling that going "back to school" isn't the answer.
Even the spell check things can be a joke; I use mine when I want a good laugh. The one on Yahoo mail gives you crazy options, and some of them aren't even actual WORDS!
It may sound awful, but when I see consistently terrible spelling, I "see" :
a. laziness
b. not caring
c. sloppiness
d. all of the above

Why don't people want to CARE?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

the last one looks like it has a bong and a blunt on it.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPorter

I thought it was a bong...that would explain the yellow-ish water.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The last cake (Congrads Ashley) is on a board that has "congratulations" printed on it. All they had to do was copy it!!!

wv: virst
These cakes have the virst spelling I've seen in a week.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

On that mysteriously misspelled one, I see "ConGradulaliona!"

What was that saying about crossing your Ts and dotting your Is...?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy

Ashley deserves a cake worthy of her brand new degree in urine chemistry. Congraduation, Ashley!

-Liz in Seattle

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

these are funny! they look really good though! (besides the mistakes on the cakes) :)

please check out my blog? i just started

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBubbles

I have a feeling that the "beer/piss" bottle is actually a bong.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

It's heartwarming how many of my fellow readers are apparently terribly familiar with drug paraphernalia (had to look that spelling up!).

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I wish I had known of your website three years ago! I throw a yearly Awards ceremony for my Medical School, The Medical College of Wisconsin. It's called the Standing Ovation Awards. You can imagine the troubles the local bakery had with putting that on the cakes..... Standing Aviation Awards was my favorite. So this year we just asked for Congratulations! - and they also miss-spelled that!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabipolz

Bottle of urine ROFL

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Getting worried by the common usage of 'Gradulations'. I can just see Websters adding it because it is now in popular usage.... *buries head in hands*

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFortytwo

Thanks for the laugh... love your site!

I'm sure you've already seen... but had a contest for Steam Punk cakes. There were some AMAZING entries! The winning cake was particularly cool :)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

We continue to use pissed for drunk in Canada.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyNapper

I think the last one has chemistry beakers on it... presumably for a chem major? But when I first looked at it, it looked more like drug paraphernalia! Maybe a subtle hint that someone thought that the grad was expanding their mind with more than just classes? Doesn't seem like that belongs on a cake...

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

A *hand*?
I must be more violent minded than I thought. I see a flower launching bud-missiles on cake#2. PWWWOOOSH! >boom!< (petals fall)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuats

This makes me glad my graduation cake was spelled properly. My brother's cake was spelled right too but they screwed up the school colors. Our colors are the same as the last cake, maroon, white and gold and the bakery did yellow and green, which are school colors for another local high school. Luckily the bakers were able to fix it, and this was the day before my brother's party too.

Cake #2 has some of the ugliest writing I've ever seen. Was the baker drunk or suffering from Parkinson's?

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I had that same problem with wanting to spell it "congradulations." Then I graduated 2nd grade. Congratulations to me.

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeabee

*clutches dictionary*

The horror! The absolute horror! I know I've seen worse, but the fact people order it that way intentionally is just- *shudders*

Seriously, people? Are we so lazy that we can't write "Congratulations on Graduating". Ok, so it's bit long, but the fact that someone actually misspelled "congrats" astounds me. I'm starting to prepare a eulogy.

"We are gathered here today to honor the deceased English language..."

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer Knightly

I think the brown one says "This is not a graduation cake; this is a cake celebrating mud puddles." I mean, seriously, what ELSE can the brown center mean?!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreddie

obviously SOME PEOPLE didn't graduate or is it gradulate? Seriously, some ppl. (my google chrome tells me gradulate is not a proper word, maybe they need chrome.)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn

Congradulations to Congraduates everywhere!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Years ago one of my high school classmates worked part-time in a bakery. As graduation day approached, she iced many, many cakes with "Congradulations" ... and when called on it, said, of course that's right, it's ConGRADulations as in GRADuate. Made perfect sense, to her anyway!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPirate Queen

Hmm that last cake didn't look like a bottle of beer to me.. looked a bit more like ahem some misshapen male anatomy lol. These wreckerators should just give up on the congratulations graduates it seems too hard for them to even try to spell correctly..sends them all back to school.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Okay, am I the only person that thought the items on the last cake were a black cigar and a yellow bong? :/

WV: Hensa - The wreckarators cannot spell, hensa lot of cakes are open to interpretation.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStillapill

different languages...HA! too funny, lol!!! XD

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

"Congraduations" is definitely an intentional portmanteau. The others...not so much.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

I have to say, the mash up of Graduation and Congratulations is a legit pop culture reference.
On Three's Company, Chrissy hung a sign up that said "Congraduations Jack" when she and Janet held a party to celebrate his graduation from culinary school.
Still, this does not excuse the horrible cakes out there :)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Is it just me or is the bouquet on cake number 2 reminiscent of a bloody handprint? And if so, what kind of school did Angie "gratulate" from?

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLale

The last cake really looks like it has a police baton and a bong on it. Now try making THOSE three themes come together??

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGhost Rider

I just like how, on the 2nd cake, the roses make a pattern as though someone laid a bloody hand on the cake.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust A Midwife

HAHAHA Your last paragraph reminded me of So I Married an Axe Murderer where the dad says, "Let's get PISSED!" (That is, drunk...) So, yes, even in other languages (or cultures, really, since English is English) you're funny. Besides, "pissed" is just a funny word to begin with. It's entire underutilized in my book. I'm kinda pissed about that. **giggle**

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkyalamode


May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristie & Doug

Okay, I know it's a little besides the point, but seeing as how I am still a person who feels the urge to double check the spelling of "congratulations," I feel slightly irked at the harsh criticisms about how "idiotic" our English-speaking society is becoming. So, I wanted to offer a little linguistical explanation for why it is so easy to get confused about this word (and nevermind how confusing it is in close proximity to the word "graDuation.")
The sounds /t/ and /d/ are synonymous: they are pronounced the same way, except /d/ has "voice" and /t/ is considered "voiceless." ( How we pronounce /t/ or /d/ depends upon the context of the sounds surrounding it. For example, we say walked "walk-t" because the proceeding k is voiceless, but we say paired "pair-d." With all the voiced vowel sounds surrounding that poor "t" in "congratulations" it's nearly impossible for us to pronounce it like it's spelt in rapid/normal speech!
Whether or not people should be responsible and double check these things is another issue, but I've learned from experience that laptops or books don't mix well with flour. :)

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Davies

When my mom graduated, we actually wanted a cake that said, "Congraduations." I think we saw it on a Hallmark card. Yes, we learned our lesson. The bakery folks were stumped and tried to tell us we were misspelling it. I wrote it in block letters and explained the word. The bakery gave us a cake that said, "Congradualations."

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh these are so precious. They never, never get old.

PS Love the site guys! And now that I've finally gone and bought 3G I no longer have to limit my viewing to a few rushed minutes at work. I can giggle and sniggle and choke from the comfort of my home.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri DC

I feel like the 5th one says "Gradulaliona." Whatever that might mean.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheesy Ninja

Is it just me or do those roses on cake #2 resemble a very creepy hand?

"CongraDulations" is a major pet peeve of mine. MAJOR. These, as usual, are hilarious.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen L.

Anon@12:25 -
"Congraduations" is less a malamanteau than it is a half-witted Hallmarkism. "ConGsadulaliona," however, meets all the criteria for malamanteaux.

@Tigerwolf- spot on with "sucking vortex of death." I was remarking yesterday that what I really need to get my baby brother, who is graduating from high school this month, is a card that says outside, "Welcome to adulthood!" and, when opened, plays a recording of my own derisively maniacal laughter.

And I too would like to congradulate the decorator of the Michelle cake for her lovely penmanship (icing-bagmanship?). It's too bad one must concoct an elaborate backstory for "Happy Graduations" to make sense, because the cake is otherwise lovely.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabi

That last cake with it's personal "massager" on it kills me.

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

When my mom graduated from college, she had two wrecky cakes. One was ordered from a bakery. My grandmother requested it to say "Congratulations, Peggie!" and have an image of a girl graduate. The cake she received said, "Congratulations, Peggie, Girl Graduate."

The other cake was made by my uncle and aunt who consulted the dictionary for the proper spelling of "congratulations." The text they came up with was "Congregations Peggie."

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

"Congradulations" I can accept as a pun- sometimes. All the others are just plain fails.

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So British people using an English word to mean drunk is somehow a completely new language? Slang, maybe. Language? Not so much. =p

May 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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