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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

Spelling Be

Look, spelling can be tricky. All those "words" with their pesky "letters" that have to go in a specific "order" to make some sort of "sense?" It's hard. So, we try not to judge too harshly when a decorator makes a minor mistake.

Like this:

In the baker's defense, how often do you use the word "happy" on a cake, anyway?

And abbreviations can sure be problematic:

Then again, how else would we know a cookie can be ready in five mountains?

And when there are multiple words on a cake, it really makes spelling those simple words that much harder!

Baker: "Whoa! Slow down there, buddy! What do I look like, a word processor?"

And don't get us started on "Huked on Phonics":

I'm guessing they saw "in Mississippi" on the order form and gave up.

Besides, when frustration levels are high it's just human nature to invent new words and letters:

You know, like "Aur" or a dotted "u." You barely have a prayer of getting those right.

And sometimes you need to take a lot of little breaks:

[shrug] Ah, well. "Better luck" next time, Lindsay!

Thanks Terry P., Stefani C., Cindy G., Tyler H., Christine M., & Lindsay W., although after these wrecks I think I need to sit a spell.

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Reader Comments (83)

I think that last one was done with someone with rheumatoid arthritis.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Maybe it's just because 10th-grade vocab words stick with me, but I have to second an earlier poster: My immediate reaction to the "Appy" cake was, "Well, that IS a beehive, and 'apiary' is a beekeeping word." While I usually am as appalled as others at insane mistakes, I can't imagine anyone seriously forgetting the "H" on "Happy." Let's quit buzzing about this one.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWriting at Bates

In the bakers' defense, letters are stupid. Espicially when it takes part of your slacking-off time to write them. And sometimes I like to make new words, too. Like "strinkles". Which is a jacked-up version of sprinkles. Gotta love jacked-up words. :)

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

$20.00 for a cake that says "Gud luck"! These are sad,very sad and make my he'd ake!

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

From Wikipedia
MNT can stand for:

Sodium maleonitriledithiolate, a ligand in chemistry

Molecular nanotechnology

Men's National (Soccer) Team
/mnt, directory including mount points

the ISO 4217 code for the currency of Mongolia, see Mongolian tögrög
myNetworkTV, an television broadcast syndication service

Mononitrotoluene, or meta-nitrotoluene

Medical News Today, a web aggregator for news in the field of medicine

My Neighbour Totoro

Micro Nanotechnology

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus - a serious public health problem in developing countries

Maintenance kits

MnT, the creative team of Matt Stone and Trey Parker best known for the animated sitcom South Park on Comedy Central.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Mutant Ninja Turtles (teenage)

Minna No Tengoku- an online discussion board

MNT, a transcription factor

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMo2

"Order Nor ready 5 mth"

Luckily, my birthday IS in June...

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Perhaps the first one is an attempt by Joe's Diner and Lube to get a shout-out from the snooty restaurant reviewer who only likes fancy restaurants. Unfortunately, it is the line cook's first day, he just out of prison, and he doesn't understand Joe's British accent.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Epic Fail. Every time I look at this, I can’t help but think that this is to big of a coincidence. Me and my friends jacked-up the word sprinkles at least a million times today. Versions included strinkles, strinklies, striles, and sprinklies.
I still want sprinkles. And a cake with correct spelling (for ONCE, please let someone actually spell everything correctly! [ my faith in good cakes is being ruined!]).

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that that last one is supposed to say best of luck. But bed or luck is much funnier. :D

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

whhooked on fonics wurked fur mee

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy Carp!!! (yeah, reverse those 2 middle letters)

$19.99 for Gud Luck?? How much for Good Luck?? And what's a "gud" anyway? I know cows chew cud and I lost a shoe in mud once. "Pud" used to be a rude word to call someone. Bud is on a flower, dud is a good think with a bomb, can you have a single sud??

-Barbara Anne

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I guess that's what you get for ordering now--in 5 minutes, we really don't have time to space it correctly to fit the entire word, so we'll just make do with the key letters so you can figure the rest out yourselves...

And why would you make a 'sign' out of the giant cookie? Is this supposed to be like those homes with signs for their landscaping business stuck in a really pathetic looking yard--where you hope it's just that they are so busy making masterpieces out of everyone else's yards that they don't have the time or energy to do their own, and that their yard is not a true representation of their work??

I think the misspellings on Mathew's dessert distract from the real question--what on earth is that? It looks kind of like a sushi roll, but with foam instead of rice...

Turns out there are at least two people named "Gud Luck" on Facebook, so maybe the cake was for one of them. Not sure what those little shiny balls above the curling ribbon really are--small round candles? (I see wicks??)

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor Lindsey. Whoever wrote that on her cake was either drunk or in a very big hurry to make sure she got her cake. Lol scary wreckerators..maybe I should be one for Halloween and scare the neighborhood.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The chocolate sauce around the cake...

I totally read that as "Sappy Birthday" which then made me come up with a mental list of all other potential options you could put on someone's cake.

Crappy Birthday! - for you toilet trained 2yo.
Sappy Birthday! - for young love
Nappy Birthday! - for great-grandpa
Cappy Birthday! - for your favorite baseball fan!
Fappy....uh....let's not go there...
Flappy Birthday! - for the pet bird
Gappy Birthday! - perfect for the 7yo missing a few teeth
Rappy Birthday - for the 16yo across the street that insists on rattling your windows with his new stereo

My mind must be weird.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

If it's going to take five months to deliver the cake it better be good.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim Lane

Sometimes I can forgive some of the decorators mistakes that show up (especially since I'm pretty sure I just misspelled decorator....twice now). But 'Gud'...there's no excuse for that.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I can understand that, in a low-paying job category, some may have poor literacy skills-- so words like "abysmal" would be a challenge. But words like "good" or "better" or "are" or "happy" are at the Grade 2 level!

#1 I think people's hypothesis of French or Spanish speaker make some sense...

#2 You can have fast or accurate, but not both!

#3 They love his toes to a "t" (but not the rest of him?)

#4 flotsam, no decoration, terribly piped horrendously mis-spelled words, for $20?! How did they get "luck" right and not "good"? And given the shakiness, I think they need a doctor...

#5 It's nicely lettered-- I can see how "with" happened: they were so busy focusing on the lettering they lost count of the bumps. But "aur"?

#6 someone with a bad cold phoned in the order? Notice they couldn't spell either "better" or "luck", but they got "Lindsay" right? Or else Lindsay isn't getting lucky tonight...

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

It wouldn't surprise me if the person who was behind cake number one was a Cockney. "'Ow do ya spell 'appy, any-oo?"

Katie F.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThisWasAWalnut

I think the wreck that says "Mathew" on it is a cookie or some kind of wafer. It looks like a hand behind it, unless that is a foot which would be a wreck of another kind.

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I just asked my Kindergartner son how to spell good. His answer "G-O-O-D" I'm thinking that cake decorating is not in his future- he can spell!

WV: balne- My balne has a first name. It's O-S-K-R. My balne has a second name, it's "What is it? I can't read this order form. I'll just have to make up the rest. The Weinermobile will be here to pick up their Hot Dog cake in 10 minutes."

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I first saw "Our Prampers Aar Wuth You."


January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me or is it really hard to believe sometimes that these are actually made by professionals? The one for Lindsay, for instance, has a frosting flower that looks reasonably well made, but then the lettering looks like it was done by a kindergartener.

Many of them I really do believe, and those are the ones that crack me up and make me love this blog so much!

January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh no. I recognize the cake in picture #1 from the Italian chain restaurant I work at. Yikes. Who let that out of the kitchen???

If it's any consolation the cake itself is very good (that enormous slice is the typical serving size).

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Honestly, one would think that decent literacy and handwriting skills would be non-negotiable in hiring cake decorators who are going to be let loose on the writing part.
I didn't think no 1 was a beehive, looks more like a wedge of cake to me. I agree with Ferralyn, my first thought was it was in a French patisserie :-)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolleenoz

As an intelligent Mississippian, I can predict that you just ticked off all of your Mississippi readers. Not a smooth move.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

If the first one had an apostrophe before the "Appy" I would have accepted some sort of Eliza Doolittle tribute.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinona


You have it wrong. The idea was that the decorator probably saw "Good luck in Mississippi" on the order form and gave up because Mississippi is too hard to spell. And, if you think about it, by default, if the destination was Mississippi, the point of origin for the cake would have to be anywhere but Mississippi.


January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Boo don't hate on Mississippi! - Louren

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it says "Bed or Lick Lindsay". Oh the choices, but I'm not sure where she's been.

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Pssst! "Mtn" stands for "mountain", not "mnt".

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBethanyB

Gud luck... he's texting!!!


--Jane age 10

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Appy birthday? Oh, I know! They made it for an app maker!

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come on now. The one that says "Order Now Ready in 5 Mnt" is obviously referring to the five mint flavors you can put on the wreck - Peppermint, Spearmint, Apple Mint, Orange Mint and Double-mint.

June 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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