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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)

Arizona? Really??? After that whole Christmastime we-are-the-world let's hold hands and solve humanitarian crises plea? Are you from one of the states whose IDs will be honored by the constabulary? Or just hoping that your wealth and good fortune will be so obvious that you don't have to show papers? Maybe the whole selling your soul for the price of a couple of books thing will be OK if you get some funny greencard cakes, or maybe one with a sheriff incarcerating an 'anchor' baby... Or maybe you can get somebody to write this on a big sheet cake:
"The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?" -Pablo Casals, cellist, conductor, and composer (1876-1973)

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

Dear Dianne,

This is one of the few times on the comment board when I am actually angry. You are a troll in the truest sense of the word.

First of all, if you had bothered to look it up, you would see that Changing Hands is part of the Bycott program for those who don't support the law.

Secondly, regardless of our own politics which we are careful never to mention, we wanted the awesome people of Arizona to be able to go to a fun event, enjoy some cake and laugh a little.

Third, with all the millions and millions of books we sold last night, I might be able to cover the breakfast Jen and I just ate. Maybe you don't realize it but with the San Diego snafu, this little tour of ours is costing us a HUGE amount of money.

And finally, how DARE you belittle the efforts of thousands of people last year to raise money for charity? Cake Wrecks raised over a hundred thousand dollars in 14 days because of the kindness of our readers.

I think you should leave an never come back.


The cookie-cake we bought our dad had "you're" spelled correctly.

Needless to say, I was heartbroken. All I want is a wreck!

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustinian

Bwahahahaha. The commentary on the last one had me confused for a minute, then I got it and laughed loud enough for the next few minutes that my daughter asked if I was okay.

WV: matif- These cakes sure do have a nice "matif."

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

I see one of those little blue birds from the pixar short where they pick on the big gangly blue bird until they pluck his last toe off the telephone wire and they end up featherless. The cute little meanie blue birds. hehe

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersikki

I predict a new niche career: cake editing! Thanks, John and Jen!

One of your (*not* you're) loyal fans from evil Arizona,


P.S. I'm sorry I couldn't attend your event at Changing Hands!

June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nothing says "No #1 Dad" like a CCC that looks like another number. (Tell me those aren't mold spots.)

Dear "Dad"... What guy doesn't want to see 'Dad' in quotes on Father's Day? Gets you right here (points to solar plexus). "A home paternity test kit! Er, is there something I should know?"

So Dad's a great catch. I can't help but hear banjos accompanying that 'compliment'. Part of me wants to know the back story, but the sane part says, 'leave it alone'.

Ditto for the next two. Sometimes the omission of a little word like 'the' can radically alter the meaning of a sentence. "Your['e] the best in *the* US" -- OK, even if it leaves Dad open to competition from other countries. Leave out the second 'the', and it's time to call CPS. Along with having the grammar police pick up the wreckerator.

"Your the best day" sounds like a self-help book written by someone who never mastered that whole 'grammar' thing.

I see 'Happy Father's Dad' as being of a piece with 'Congradulations'. It's a new trend. One that needs to stop. Now. If you have time to pick out a cake, you have time to specify a complete message and make sure same gets onto the cake.

Finally, I also see Sam the Eagle in the last wreck.

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

You said it, John. Rock on!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

UGGGH! not one 'your' used correctly! you're! you are! YOU'RE!!!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

...I'm confused. Who put the yes me again part in my name??Ummmm .....

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

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