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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

Err Force

Did you know that September 18th is the United States Air Force's birthday? For real! And to celebrate the good ole' US Air Force (at 63 years young), I've decided to showcase the following cake in all of its fantastical wrecky goodness.


What is the most awesomely wrecky part of this cake, you ask? Lemme a'splain. No... there is too much. Lemme sum up.


Well, there's the migraine-inducing spelling of "Fonteyimbleau High's Miletxery Ball." For starters.


Say that five times fast... (or one time slow).


Then there's the "emblems turned balloons," with each one being held by not one, not two, but THREE balloon strings.

Up, up, and away!


And we can't overlook the glittery sand-scape of frosting, hypnotizing you into overlooking the remarkable penmanship.


It's like a little zen garden of sugar.



It's really all SO awesome. But the most awesomely awesome part of all has got to be this:

The fact that probably everyone at the ball was wearing an official Air Force hat makes this my favourite part of all. Awesome.

Thank you to Josh A. and all the ROTC cadets at Fonteyimbleau High for having a good altitude about this cake. We were kinda wingin' it when we wrote this post, so I hope we passed with flying colours!


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Reader Comments (56)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting up a post for the Air Force's birthday!
My husband is active duty and works long shifts with few breaks and has already been on three deployments in 5 years.
Needless to say, I am so proud of every thing he does and so thankful that we have men and women who are willing to do these hard jobs. And who doesn't love a man in uniform?
Thank you to all who serve, have served, and are going to serve!

-Lisa (proud wife of an airman)

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah for your Princess Bride reference! And what a pathetic way to say thank you to the Air Force! YIKES... that is all.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

i can't believe i'm the second comment. usually there are like thirty at least already. woohoo!!!!!

that being said, i just wanted to add my thanks to any and all military persons who might read this blog.

thank you.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercalissta7

This cake is so, so sparkly, I almost have to shield my eyes.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My birthday is September 17th, so the AF ball usually falls around the same time. My husband used to embarrass me EVERY time by getting someone to announce it. His last year in he got the XO to tell me Happy Birthday during his intro speech.

Could be why I joined the Navy instead... =-D

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Wrench

I think that it's nice that they hired the Parkinson's Foundation people to decorate a cake for them. What? They didn't? bad.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Lisa, please thank your husband for his service to our country for me, OK? And hugs to you for being so supportive. We live about 5 miles from Scott Air Force Base and attended the air show there last weekend. My thanks and love to all the members of the U.S. military!

Happy Birthday to the USAF! As for the cake - what were they thinking? Or were they thinking at all?

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane1611

I've come to the conclusion that the orders at the bakeries responsible for these cakes do not actually have any profession decorators. They just point at someone and say, "Answer the phone and do what the guy says."

You'd think that they'd at least the decorators to pass a spelling test, and prove they understood basic decorating concepts.

Either that or they're all given an Ambien (tm) right before they're handed the order form and the tools. That would explain the results.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Most importantly I need to echo the thanks that people have already expressed to all our military men and women - and their families. You are all my heroes.

But I also need to add my "hooray" for your Princess Bride reference - I <3 your commentary!

Oh, and my best WV ever - "reacken". It's just perfect!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLizWoj

I love that guys in the Air Force read Cake Wrecks. That makes me feel a little less girly about loving this blog.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

The dignity of the Air Force has been severely attacked-thank goodness they are trained to retaliate!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Awesome "Princess Bride" quote, and the puns, as always ---- t-riff!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Haha. Yeah, the Princess Bride reference was most super.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrape

A Saturday wreck and a Princess Bride reference...

...yes, I think today is going to be a good day.


September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Musta been some extra u's hangin' around the office this morning.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Oh! I was ROFL IRL!

A dyslexic decorator...God bless their soul!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Just so long as we all understand that ERR is not a homophone of AIR. It is pronounced URR.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie (Kyriosity)

Note to wreckerator regarding the order form: I do not think it means what you think it means.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne


September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKB

that is hilariously horrible!! my husband just hit 20 years in the air force two days ago, i should have made him one of these myself!!!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEskimoPie

That scribble on the cake, I first thought it said 'Fantastic High'. Anyway, happy B-day to the U.S. Air Force!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL.B.

"My name is US Air Force, You wrecked my cake, Prepare for PIE"

[sound of pie flying through the air]


I kinda like the sugar sand.... all SPARKLEY! oooh... *ahem*

p.s: and to add the cherry on top, my WORD VERIFICATION for this comment was: inkpo

could have been inkpoo... which is how i read it and thought, how appropriate.

bad icing writing/mispelling = inkpoo.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mina

Doesn't it say "All Cops" instead of "all caps"?
So, we have all cops in the Air Force, right?

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Oh my gosh!! What a cake...wreck! My (now grown) children attended Fontainebleau High School and participated in the ROTC program.


September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for your service, Air(wo)men.

It looks like the decorator had bad penmanship with the "Militxary" bit and actually tried to write "militrary" but the first "r" is messed up. Which is still a Wrecky misspelling Military.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

I LOVE the zen sugar garden. I must have to have one.

Thank you to the Air Force! Sorry your cake is so bad, but hopefully it tasted good!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

As someone who is being forced to attend an Air Force Ball (yes, "Ball") tonight, I am now inspired and have a purpose. I will make sure to get pictures of whatever cake is there. I think it's sad that I'm hoping for a cake wreck to liven up the night. I guess I shouldn't complain: after 16 years active duty, this is the first one my husband has HAD to attend. I guess we've gotten off lucky - or unlucky if you think about all the wrecks I've missed!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am also an active duty spouse, and I just attended an Air Force Ball last night here in lovely Grand Forks, ND. This makes me wish I'd gotten a look at the cake before they cut into it! If it had been a wreck, it would've totally made the night!
As a side note, the semi-formal and formal "mess dress" does not require headgear, so there actually weren't any caps in the room, at least not on active duty personnel.
Thanks for spotlighting the Air Force! And thanks for all the wrecks! I love Cakewrecks!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just possible that the last line was supposed to be "All Corps"? Considering how poorly executed everything else on the cake was, it {squint, squint} could be.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

To quote Inigo Montoya, "I do not think it means what you think it means."

Happy Birthday USAF!!!!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Anne at 12:00, that was awesome!

Nobody mentioned it, so I'm guessing it actually belongs there, but what is the 944 for? La for Louisiana 944 is what?

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

@Valerie (Kyriosity) actually mirriam websters shows that pronouncing err is correct whether you say it like "air" or "urr", but thanks for trying to make people feel stupid!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay Indigo!!

Also - well done slipping that altitude in there.... I nearly missed it! My brain read attitude. :)

wv: conal - The conal was not pleased with his cake! (Do they have colonials in the AF?? Probably not...)

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

As I'm reading through the comments, I SO want to give several of them the "thumbs up" symbol of approval... Think I've been looking at Facebook too long.....?????

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

This is one wreck of a wreck.
@valerie -in Canada we pronounce err the same as air, so it is a homophone for us.

All caps off to those serving.

wv hoble: the wreckerators must have been hobling on their last legs when they made this wreck

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

'High' is the word most readily decipherable. A tacit admission, perhaps? A cry for help in icing?! Or perhaps help *with* icing...

Note to wreckerators: decoration *before* celebration.

But where would CW be without errors -- sorry, I mean, 'urrors'.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Valerie, please go to and click on the first speaker icon.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First-to all military personel thanks for serving. Regarding that cake-that is what happens when a Doctor becomes a decorator

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I didn't see those as balloon strings. I thought they were skinny aliens.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay for the Air Force, and all our military! Happy Birthday, USAF! My dad was a proud WWII pilot.

Thanks John and Jen for the bonus Saturday post!

(Hi, Diane 1611! I live just south of Scott AFB. The Blue Angels were flying RIGHT OVER our house - seemed as though they were skimming the tree tops - so cool!)

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

Just remember... To Air is Hymen... Or something...

WV - undin - When it comes to wreckery, what's din can't be undin.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Well, today being the Air Force's birthday almost made me feel bad about my team, the Oklahoma Sooners, beating them on the football field today. Almost... heh, heh.

That being said, my son-in-law is an Airman and he and my daughter are stationed in Sontang, South Korea. Go Air Force!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Parker Chandler

You made my day with the Princess Bride :-D


September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterH. Yackley

I could overlook the sparkly zen garden because I love sparkly anything but I can't forgive the double emblem balloons that they failed on or the hideous blue air-brushing.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfinallygettingfit

" Heather said...

I think that it's nice that they hired the Parkinson's Foundation people to decorate a cake for them. What? They didn't? bad. "

No one else has said it, so I will - that's really not a nice comment. Or funny.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I simply love when you reference Princess Bride. Always makes me smile. :)

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite part is the zen sugar garden...I can forget all my troubles there. I'm always curious if these cake wrecker's stand back and gleam with satisfaction for what they consider a job well done or do they just hope (with fingers, toes and eyes crossed) that the receiver will either a. not notice or b. not be confident enough to speak up?

Anyways ~ as a proud Air Force Mom (hi Nicky!) I echo previous posts and thank the military with a grateful heart for their service & wish the Air Force a happy 63rd birthday!

Lisa - AFWingMom

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAFWingMom

Thank you to my brothers and sisters in arms in every branch. I love you!
Thank God for all of you!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Took me a minute to figure out what the cake was trying to convey for real.

Like, who would NOT spell out that name when ordering? C'mon, it might be 'common' to you, but not most of the world. It was a wreck waiting in the winds to happen.

Yes - winds.

I add my thanks and gratitude to the members of the USAF. My father was Army Air Corps, precursor to the AF. Brave men and women, all.

RE: 'all cops'... egads.

~~Di (proud daughter of airman)

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband is active duty USAF, we're stationed in Japan (although I've never seen a zen garden quite so sparkly), and we love the Princess Bride...I think this just might be my favorite post yet. :oD

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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