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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

How We Made Dad Feel Special. Or Just Uncomfortable.

Yesterday we celebrated dads everywhere.

Some of us better than others.

"You're more like number 12."

"And some day I may even take the quotes off."

FUN FACT: Did you know that Wreckerators are legally prohibited from spelling "you're" correctly on Father's Day cakes? It's true:

LESS FUN FACT: I think I just found the poster cake for Awkward Family Cakes.

Or am I the only one who thinks it's weird to tell your dad he's a great catch?

Or that he's a "hole in one?"

Or...well, this?

"Your the Best in US"

[staring wide-eyed]


[clearing throat] Alrighty, then. Moving on...

Are you keeping tabs on the misspellings? 'Cuz here comes "your" number five!

"Because you're sunny half the time and cold and dark the rest."

See? That analogy TOTALLY works.

Oh, wait! I found the missing "Dad"! See, it obviously swapped places with "Day":

That, or grandpa is a Smurf with a big red nose. Or a Na'vi with a big red nose. Or an Easter Island head. With a big red nose.
Or...well, you get the idea.

Lauren R., Stacy L., Heather G., Nicole J., Ginger P., Chris & Christi E., admit it: "Alkie Smurf" would have been *hilarious.*

TOUR REMINDER: Hey, Arizona, John and I will be at the Tempe Changing Hands bookstore tonight at 7pm! Bring a cupcake version of your favorite Wreck for a chance at fabulous prizes, fame, glory, etc. (Be sure to label the plate with your name.) We'll have a fun slide show, free cake, prizes, and lots of laughs - so BE THERE. Wrecky World Domination awaits!

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Reader Comments (60)

Whenever I see a name in quotes, I see the person using air quotes and rolling their eyes. That makes this one even funnier. If I said to my father, "Okay, Dad," and used air quotes when I said his name, that would be awesome.

Imagine doing that to your father. Or your kid doing that to you. It's like they're saying, "If that's even your real name, liar."

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I see Sam Eagle with a bad cold for that last one.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

You know how they say "It's the thought that counts"? Well, they are wrong if it involves any of these wrecks.

Did break out laughing at your comment about the Easter Island big head, with red tie. That was great.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Your writing was top notch today! Lots of giggles!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Why can no one distinguish between your and you're these days?! So sad...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter:Page

Ok, the last two had me howling! "Your the Best Day" Which day is that? Saturday? Sunday? Won't the other days feel slighted? The poor blue thing looked like it belonged to someone with deformed arms...but maybe Dad is like that....Who knows!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

That last cake is totally a Muppet or a Sesame Street Character just missing the eyes.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I think wreck #5's creator is Russian - at least, I hope so.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

On the fishing-themed cake, I did not see the fish until third pass, as I was so mezmorized by that fishing pole. whoa. such meticulous rings to hold the fishing line, now that I see what it is...

and I hope the kiddos do not choke on the plastic hats on the cupcakes. Nothing says Father's Day like a trip to the emergency room. Our son poked a rock in his ear when he was eight years old. His cousins probably dared him to do it, but we remember that trip on Father's Day sixteen years ago...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Some people need glasses and a dictionary

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow....these are painful. The "yours", the awkward, inappropriate sayings, the ugly decor.

It's an all-time low.

There obviously needs to be some type of cake editor to help with grammar.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterara marie

Actually, the last cake reminds me of a Pokemon called Nosepass.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor Lindsay

The one cake also seemed to say "Dad" your my homo...

This translation lends itself to explaining the quotation marks I guess...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel King

My niece used to use air quotes for her aunt's name. She said, "Okay, "ANNA,"" and it was quite possibly the funniest thing ever.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

The last cake looks like a cartoon character I think I have a vague memory of from Captain Kangaroo.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Like joyce, I didn't see the fish until a later viewing either. I kept looking at the brown swirl and wondering "what's that poo swirl doing on the Father's Day cake."

Now that I saw the fish I know it's a Father's Day cake for Tony Hayward. The brown isn't a fishing line, it's oil heading towards that fish.

It all makes sense now!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechyDad

I could have added to your supply of "Your the Best, Dad!" cakes...
Note to self, never leave cell phone in car when entering a grocery store with a bakery!

WV: comon
Comon, bakers, is that the best you can do??

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Kelly

The Best Day cake has such beautiful penmanship. So sad it lacks everything else!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anyone else read the second one as ' "Dad" your my Homo'?

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

I'm with Page on this one - what really annoys the teacher in me is the baker piping the word 'your' when it should read 'you're'.

The last one resembles baggy, blood stained y-fronts to me (Do you have y-fronts in the US?).

Nothing tells a father he is loved as much as a large streak of poo on a cake.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

for "best day" cake I am reminded of Miss Congeniality:

Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.
Cheryl "Rhode Island": That's a tough one. I would have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.

so apparently that person's dad is April 25?

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersevenmarie

It's You're not your in every case...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just awarded your blog a "Pertinent Posts " Award because a) it is pertinently impertinent and b) I get a guaranteed ROTFLMAO each and every day. Keep rockin'!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarge Loch-Wouters

OMG! "Your the best in us?" Um, wow. Jen, you showed such restraint! I could have said SO much more than that. :)

And no, you AREN'T the only person who thinks that it's a odd thing to think your dad is a great catch. That was the first thing I thought!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

And not a single one of those cakes had "YOU'RE" spelled correctly!!!!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpenny

I didn't see a fishing pole, I saw some gross ugly slug sort of thing leaving a trail of slime across the cake. How appetizing.

wv: Deant. I deant think you could make wrecks this bad, but I was wrong.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm with Page about people not being able to differentiate between You're and Your! Grrrr!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the last cake makes me think of...
a Nosepass! The pokemon. Look it up! xDDD

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhhh that's one of my biggest pet peeves: YOU'RE is you are... YOUR is just your!!!!

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June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

I see "Your my HerD"

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

if "Dad" is such a catch, why is there a poop smear on his cake??? lol

does anyone else find plastic fish flotsam on a cake totally unappetizing?

because when i think of eating cake, i don't think, "YUMMY! Dead Fish!!!"

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I made a pie this year :)

The "Great Catch" cake makes sense if the kids are trying to get their single dad out dating again. It reminds me of that hair dye commercial where the guy's kids say he would " a great catch for someone." if only he dyed his hair and didn't look so old. I guess they took it a step further and got him a cake. Poor dad.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The uhhh... fishing pole one scares me. Just sayin'.
Nothing says "I love you Dad" like a big brown turd.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

If that last one is supposed to be a shirt and tie, then it's like the Gordon Gartrelle shirt on the Cosby Show because that is one wonky collar.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Laughed myself silly over today's post. "Your" the best!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

It's a good thing my "dad" is more of the brunch on fathers day type.

Please, please, please come to Canada to do a book signing so that we wreckie henchpeople north of the border can bask in your glory eh! Did I already say please?

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

AUUUGHHHH! I was all ready and raring to go tonight, but I've got something I can't duck out of! Jen and John, know I'm totally there and caking out in spirit! Welcome to Arizona! (Sorry about the heat.)


June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWillow

those are hilarious!

actually, the last one (grandpa cake) looks a lot like a muppet to me.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo

maybe "your the best day" refers to a custody agreement....and the kid really doesn't like Mom. Or is buttering up Dad for some know, by saying his day with Dad is the best day of the week...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

these cakes suggest some really dysfunctional family situations...

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is the first post in a while to make me laugh til I cried. Excellent.

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterACM

I didn't see the #1 on the first cake until my second or third look at it-- I thought it said "No Dad." I then tried to come up with a backstory for it. "Hey Joe, sorry about the whole parthenogenesis thing, but here's a special Father's Day cake just for you!" Or it's a follow-up for" rel="nofollow">this cake.

(WV enextork, but I think it's more impressive that I spelled "parthenogenesis" correctly on the first try.)

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

May I just say that I once wrote a letter to my boyfriend, who was in Japan for 2 years, explaining the difference between your & you're! (Obviously we are not together anymore) I ABSOLUTELY HATE when people cannot get their homonyms straight!! How hard is it to remember you're= YOU ARE? Think people! Think!! PLEASE!!! For the LOVE of the English language! How do you expect foreigners to learn our language when most of you don't even know it?!?!?!?!

June 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterC-squared

I can see why that your a catch cake was only 5.99.. what exactly is dad a catch of? That thing looks like a poo snake.. bleh. Poor dad. I think those wreckerators need to go back to school to learn your and you're again lol.

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I needed that laugh tonight. Thanks! (And thanks to the wrecker who made that Navi grandpa on Easter Island cake! It's like the Old Woman young woman picture...only in a more cartoony way).

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGale

HAHAHA your blog is awesome.

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Thanks so much for coming out to Tempe (AZ) tonight! Y'all were fantastically funny, and we all had a great time!

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Katie"

What is that supposed to be on the "Dad your a great catch" cake? It sure doesn't look like a fishing rod to me.

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter47of74

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