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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

Maybe He Likes Feet?

When you run a restaurant in Asia, and you want to put some fancy English script on one of your display cakes, maybe you shouldn't ask the waiter you just fired to help translate.

Just a thought.

Don't worry, Rebecca M.; I'm sure he was only kidding.

Note: Yes, this photo really was taken in a restaurant in Asia. Beyond that, I don't have any details - so let's just hope a vengeful waiter really was the culprit.

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Reader Comments (79)

Maybe there was a mis-communication and it was meant to say "Happy Birthday Peter File"

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarcia

I would not be surprised that someone really named themselves Pedophile. I am Asian, so I can criticize. I have seen some really weird names that my Asian brothas and sistas have chosen. In a magazine ad for a fitness/weight loss center, the client's first name was Creamy. The last name was Ho. They also like to name themselves after fruit, like Apple, Banana, or Lemon.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwilightTwins2


Maybe it was supposed to be Loverboy?

Loverboy - boylover - pedophile?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

I know that we all wear different hats, so a cake might say "Happy Birthday, Mom" or "Happy Birthday, Teacher"... but really?!?! I think this went a little too far.

It reminds me of a story I heard about a man who walked in to a local bakery in New Orleans and said, "Hey, you got any of those pedaphiles here?" when he meant to say "Hey, you got any of those petit fours here?"

Sorry, we are fresh out! :-)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertechimom

I guess that's the nicest possible way to call somebody a pedophile ...

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Yes, I want to believe that the cake was meant to honor some teacher or coach or Den Mother for doing great work with children, and the maker just didn't know that "pedophile" implies another kind of love of children ...

Yes, I'm going to will myself to believe that.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I once saw a children's clothing store in Saudi Arabia that was called "Fondled Child."

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSquidley

I cannot even conceive of what they were attempting to translate that got them to "pedophile"... O_o

WV: calinsub... Our old translator was big doofus... calinsub!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

OMG! Slight error! That had to be intentional. The only name I can think of that comes remotely close to Pedophile is 'Phoebe' and there isn't even an 'l' in there. And no offense to any Phoebe's reading this.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

I hope they don't call them Lady TOES in China....

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jane

Oh. My. Gawd.

WV: ambal. An ambush that takes serious balls. It's what should've been done to the Wreckerator.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabriel

i hope it was a cranky waiter-otherewise someone should be in jail

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hahaha! okay, so i read this blog all the time but i never comment. of all the cakes i've seen here, somehow this is the one that really makes me say WHO WOULD MAKE THAT?!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

I love how it's spelled correctly, it's just not the word they were probably going for.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy C.

Ooooohhhhh my gosh.
This is both hilarious and incredibly suspect at the same time.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEliza. A.

Wow.. not much I can say about this one. That cake looks nice until you read what it says. Ugh if it was a fired waiter boy was it ever a mistake to ask them for help lol. If not someone there will soon be fired once they realize what was written on that cake. I honestly hope that wasn't done for a customer otherwise..uh oh trouble would be comin lol.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

LOL! This brings back memories of the months I lived in Bolivia, South America. The missionaries I lived with told me that the Quechua people love to give their children long names. They knew of one couple who decided to use a biblical name and searched the bible for a nice, long one. They named their son "Circumcision".

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Piechnik

Now, now, pedophiles are people too, and even though they deserve to rot in prison and be beat to death by the other inmates doesn't mean that they should never get to have their cake and eat it too.

Single Dad Laughing

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Pearce

By the way, can't believe I'm just discovering your blog. LOVE it. Definitely will follow it.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Pearce

You're really left wondering what this could have been mis-translated as.

"Well, the American Exchange student loves to play with the kids. What is the English word for 'child-lover'?"

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah


August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Oh, Craig! You wouldn't believe how old I was before I discovered a pediatrician wasn't a foot doctor. There was enough Latin floating around in our house that I knew "ped" meant foot - pedals on bikes, etc. - and I simply couldn't understand how so many of my friends had bad feet and needed to visit pediatricians. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Anybody submit this to an Engrish website yet? XD

wv: parym: If you find the guy this cake was for, you definitely don't want to parym with your kid!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I've been living in Thailand for a few years and I am not surprised by this at all. I wouldn't be surprised if this was an actual Thai person's name. I've heard names like Porn or Titty Porn often. Of course knowing this doesn't take away from the funniness of the cake.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisamla

"Did I leave a sign on the cake I just delivered to the prison? I did? Oh, I'm terribly sorry -- how careless of me. You say the guys saw it before anyone on staff thought to remove it? Never mind, then..." [hangs up and walks away, whistling]

Gives a whole new meaning to 'just desserts'.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I think that every clown post should have a pedophile post directly below it. Just sayin'...

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

Surely that was a joke because that was just... just... just disturbing.

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKahla

The translation error for "someone who loves children" seems like the most likely explanation. I could easily see a blunder like that happening to someone trying to decorate a cake in a language the decorator doesn't speak or read well.

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Boyd

I like the possibilities of this being a humourous translation error (reminds me of the Gerber marketing glitch I was taught in B-school: in some countries with high levels of illiteracy, they put a picture of what's inside the product on the packaging. Gerber's logo is of a baby.... they were wondering why they weren't selling much baby food).

Or, perhaps the cake was for "Peter and Phil"? Depending upon which country it was ("Asia" could be anything from Turkey to Fiji), the accent of the speaker and familiarity with a bit of English could explain this.

Those scenarios are funny... and leave me feeling sorry for the undoubtedly fired employees involved.

The other explanation I can think of -- that it was in a sex tourism district -- is just too depressing. Unless the cake's filled with glass shards, barbed wire and painful, slow-acting, irreversible and fatal poison??? That idea makes me smile :)

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

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