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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

Oh, the Irony

Oh, they're feeling appreciated, alright.

Or at least in need of some red icing.

Thank goodness the Drink Club found a baker who really gets into the spirit(s):

(Hey, so that's where the missing "c" went!)

Double your pleasure, double your pun: Hey, Glendale, your weight is over!

The question is: how do you define, "Bigest Loser?"

Say, does this next cake remind you guys of anything?

Anything at all?

Just curious.

And finally, there are many ways to spell the word "irony." This, however, is probably the best one of all:


Laura B., Audrey C., Nicole V., Katherine C., & Dana A., isn't it ironic? Don'cha think?

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Reader Comments (88)

That gifted cake actually reminded me of the "Underneat That" cake that started it all!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

Re. the Drunk Club cake - he's not just the decorator, he's also a member.

And who gets someone a cake to celebrate losing weight?!

WV word: marmi. I'm getting Little Women flashbacks.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

These are fantastic. Well, fantastically bad. And funny.

That Far Side cartoon is one of my all time favorites.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I've swapped the vowels,
from the telephone call,
I've brought you creepy, bizarre, and everything that goes with it,
I've wrecked it all.

But it's been no bed of roses,
just swirls of poo.
I consider it a challenge,
how do you spell that?
I have no clue!

Congratu, gradu, radu lations!

We are cake wreckers, my friends.
And we'll keep on wrecking to the end.
Flotsam and Star Trek,
Barbie and green Shrek.
No time for grammar,
'cause we are cake wreckers
of the world........

Sharon's Edible Art

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

OMG! Is that third cake from the same bakery as "the cake that started it all"?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

Drunck is probably my new favorite way to spell drunk.
ANd I loooveee that Far Side cartoon.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

When you said "Say, does this next cake remind you guys of anything?", I was hoping you were referring to that Far Side cartoon. Love it!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just had to comment because of the word verification.

dudgi--The spelling on these cakes is a little dudgi.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne :-)

It’s ironic that so many people argue about the definition of irony.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

You sure "drunck" and "Bea" weren't jokes?

WV: aingers -- Inexcusable spelling aingers me.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I'm a big fan of Gary Larson, perhaps even the bigest. My favourite is the one when the little Visible Man, who is transparent with all organs, blood vessels, etc. showing through, breaks out of a toy store feeling free and full of optimism yet has no idea that he is about to repulse the world with his visible innards.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Academy of Richmond County is in my hometown! I'm so proud!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCK

If you like the Far Side, you might like this

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jenniffer said the same thing I was going to!! I think it's the same cake with different writing :D

And does anyone else see the irony in a big chocolate cake for the "biggest loser" anyway?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Me too, Jenniffer!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Don't you realize that this post is highly offensive to all drunck teahers whose gifted students were the bigest losers at a spelling bea? For shame.


September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So I guess we could say about the 'Underneat That' cake "isn't it iconic?" ;)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

What's odd and sad is that I *went* to Richmond Acdemy. (Class of 93)

Imagine my surprise that my high school showed up on Cake Wrecks.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Colorado Knitter

It's gotta be a pun, Jenn.

No doubt young Beatrice (Bea) WON the spelling bee.

I need to believe that.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I love that their celebrating the "bigest loser"- weight loss- with a big freakin' chunk of chocolate cake! Way to support us fatties!!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendyMom

Anyone else think the chocolate one looks like it says "Glendale Digest Loser?"

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Hmmmm, reminds me of the time I misspelled "illiterate" at my college english program spelling bee. Stage fright, nonetheless.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandy Hamblin

a little too ironic, I REALLY do think....

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Petersons

Well, while we're making fun of people's spelling, there's no such word as 'alright'.

It's 'all right'.

There. Feel better?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Halleron

Midvale School for the Gifted has got to be one of the most memorable Far Side comic. It's funny/sad that I immediately thought of it without Jen's prompting.

And with the first cake how ironic that they got "Appreciation" right (and it's a big word).

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Oh my goodness! When I started going to a "dedicated" gifted school, my second oldest sister copied that comic and gave it to me.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterania

As a gifted student, I'm highly offended. Don't you know how hard it is to be gifted, how people break into a "gifted" accent every time you walk into a room?

Actually, I did go to a magnet high school for science and technology and the school did sell a t-shirt with that Far Side comic on it (with our school's name on the sign). Awesome.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kate Halleron,

Alright has been in use since the 19th century. It is the same contraction as altogether and already but, for some reason, it's still frowned upon. But, of course, horrible inconsistencies in the English language are the rule.

It always irks me that we quibble over words like this but our kids are still saying "ain't got no."

john (the guy with four English teachers in his life including his mom)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

One of my all-time favorite Far Side cartoons. And yes, it made me think of that AND the Cake That Started It ALL (Hereafter only referred to as CTSIA).

Bravo! I didn't even know there was a club for alcholics at school!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

these bakers ain't got no excuse for these cakes all right!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think my "gifted" classroom (the room dedicated to the gifted classes, not that the room was gifted) had that cartoon hanging up. We also had a few Calvin and Hobbes. Memories...

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The Midvale School for the Gifted - one of my many favorite Far Side cartoons!!! And Sharon of Sharon's Edible Art - YOU ROCK!!! Great revised lyrics for "We Are The Champions".

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

Sorry. My 2-cents as a *verbatim* transcriptionist

"All right, who's mess is this?" -- off my case! If it's "all right," then it ain't no mess.

"Alright, who's mess is this?" Like, yeah.

And, all together now, when I say I want royal blue, I don't mean baby blue. Because they're altogether as different as a chihuahua is to a bulldog.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Celebrate Litracy!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilrette

@msyendor: That should be "whose," not "who's." :P

WV: bolowig = a combination that I expect a wreck character to wear someday.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

OMG OMG OMG!!! I thought of that exact Far Side cartoon when I read the inscription on the gifted cake. That cartoon has been a running joke in my family since the early 1980's.

Big red A+++ for the day!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Holy hell! How can anybody be THAT bad at spelling?! Oh, yeah - icing pipes don't have spellcheck...

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Malone

Best Far Side cartoon ever. And now, cake to go with it! Hooray!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Good thing we found that errant 'c'.

I love Far Side - and that's even one my husband understood. (I usually had to explain them to him)

We have found copies of the panel taped up in various public places.

The errors on the cakes, however, *ahem*. Are we sure they don't do this on purpose? It seems to happen all too often for it not to be planned.


Why are we dogging on alright/all right again? Just say "allllllrighty then"!

wv - fedef - I believe I am fedef with grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Our daughter goes to the local gifted school, and let me tell you, that Gary Larson cartoon is a FAVORITE among the parents.

I think I need to get drunck.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuniverse

That "Acdemy of Richmond County" one really hits home.

My high school's yearbook for my senior year said, quote, "the acdemy of irving". Yeah. Mmhm.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope

OH WHAAA I'm a gifted student too. Learn to laugh at yourself! I think these are hilarious!

All together we will henceforth be spelling drunk D-R-U-N-C-K because it's altogether too good to pass up. Are we all ready for a good laugh, already? Everything will be alright when the words are spelled all right!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie B. Smith

Yes! Far Side appearances! Also, anytime I see a spelling error I want red ink, icing, anything! I would've been a teacher but it requires more patience than I possess.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbetsybrownie

I second Jenniffer and anyone else who said the "Underneat That" cake that started it all.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephakneeSays

I have that Midvale School For the Gifted cartoon as my phone wallpaper - it's one of my favorites! And you're right, that cake would have fit right in there!!

I'd like to join the Drunk Club... or at least do some quality control... :)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Was hoping you were referring to that Far Side cartoon before I scrolled down to it! One of my favorites of all time. :-)

And, sorry, have to disagree with the argument that "alright" is the same contraction as "altogether" and "already." Altogether is not (at least not anymore) a contraction for all together, in that "all together" and "altogether" are different parts of speech that mean different things. For instance, if I wrote "We are altogether" you would think "altogether what?" -- whereas "we are all together" is a complete sentence in itself. Ditto already, e.g. "We have already finished our exams. We are all ready to graduate." So even if "alright" perhaps *should* be a word in the way that altogether and already are, by analogy, it would actually not mean "all right."

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Great wrecks today! I do have to question the choice of Alanis' lyrics with this fabulous collection ... given that her song was about bad luck, and not irony.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! I submitted our "Spelling Bea" cake and I'm so glad to see it up here, because it cracked me up!

No, it wasn't a pun or done on purpose... sadly, the kid in the bakery obviously wasn't a "bea" winner himself!

Dana A

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD

Quit whining about "alright". It is in both" rel="nofollow">Merriam-Webster and" rel="nofollow"> dictionaries; therefore, it exists. Both sites have a "note" stating that the term is mostly informal but not incorrect. John is 100% correct.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNameless

The Midvale School for the gifted is one of my all time favorite Far Sides - thanks for the giggle!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroutbackgirl

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