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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

Babel Fish Needed

You know that optical illusion that looks like an old woman one way, and a young girl the other?

Well, this cake is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike that.

So far I've assembled a list of 42 different words that this might be, including "@Loehoe," "Soekuc,"and "Slartibartfast." And yes, so far as I know, this is supposed to be "English."

Anyway, I've given up.

In fact, I can't help but be impressed by this individual's cryptography skills. Hey NSA, I've got your next Enigma machine right here! Think about it: for the cost of a piping bag and some chocolate, you'll never have to fear Wikileaks again. Eh?

So long, Jackie W., and thanks for all the fish.

Achtung!!! Es tut mir leid; Ich bin eine Sachertorte! Fahrvergnügen! Neenër neenër!

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Reader Comments (281)

Looks like "sucker" to me. I think we've all been had, staring at this cake for an hour trying to figure out what it says! Sucker, indeed!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

I read it as "Speker". Intended to be "Speaker", but with both the A and the descender of the P missing.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Thaler

I see this: "Hey, which of you pre-schoolers wants to come and squeeze out the last of the icing onto this cake?"

wv- hurthari: She dropped the vase and now hurthari.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

It's Sacher, as in Sachertorte, a Viennese chocolate cake.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Lee

It's likely Sacher. The apricot filled tort. DON'T PANIC!


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Definitely Sacher, but I had to use my Babel Fish to get that one.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSlartibartfast

It says "We apologize for the inconvenience."

Thanks for the Hitchhikers theme!!


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa


Let's run over it with a bulldozer.

wv: corqu: UK swear phrase.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Gotta be "Sacher", Austrian for "very dry chocolate-ish cake that looks like it might be good but isn't." They make so many of these cakes for tourists, looks like they've given up trying to make them readable.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMomcat

I first saw a misspelled "Sleeve". Seelve?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

I am also inclined to see Seeker, although that looks NOTHINg like a snitch!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEniko

I had "teacher" then I saw all the votes for "Sacher" and apparently, it does LOOK like a Sacher torte and they frequently write it on said tortes.

Although I want it to say "daisies" now.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscyllacat

I'm with Amelia, but that may just be because I'm dieting and my first thought upon seeing chocolate cake was "Hello, Lover." And for some reason it sounds like Barry White's voice in my head.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

You just made my morning with the Hitchhiker's references :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Maybe it says "So Long!" (And thanks for all the fish?)

WV: "pelab" - where they should have tested this wreckerator for drugs.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPretzelogic in Phila

That's disgusting! You should remember that children might see this blog, and they don't need to be exposed to words like that.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRogerBW

Pretty sure it says "AloeHoe"
whatever that means..

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathryn

Aloehoe...for someone addicted to aloe?

wv: torfl - because it's as much of a word as the inscription on that cake

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I'm impressed! Four Hitchiker's Guide refernces in such a short post!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrilliantpants

It's been so long since I read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy! Love the reference!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I agree it could be "Jackie", since that's who submitted it. Whoever produced it, they were sure skimpy on the chocolate frosting!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

2 words: Band logo. Slartibartfast is one of my favorite names ever since I read Hitchhikers, but it makes a poor name for one's offspring. Band name is a totally different story.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKSLS Rocks

But why would a sachertorte have to have sacher written on it? And wouldn't it say sachertorte?

And why am I trying to think like a wrecker?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

it's definately, beyond a doubt, Sacher...when I saw this picture I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it until I read the description. Just because you don't know what a sacher torte is doesn't make this cake a cakewrek.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Freddled gruntbuggly?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrankN.Stein

People are commenting it says "sacher" meaning a type of cake.... do people really label their cakes by type? I know carrot cakes often have carrots (with or without the babies) on them, but no one actually spells out "carrot" on them, do they??

No way you're going to find out for sure what it says and end all our wondering is there?? I've already wasted too much of my time today staring... O:-)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRed

What the heck does that say, I refuse to give myself a headache trying to figure that one out...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNo Cake Fo' You!!!

This looks exactly like what preschoolers produce when they pretend to write-- which makes me want to turn in that bakery on suspicion of violating the child labor laws.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Yep. Definitely Belgium.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam Gamgee

I like the Rorschach idea. It is a test designed to make you think about life, the universe and, you know, everything.


Why would a sacher torte have the word "sacher" on it? Really, people.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Could it be "Lecker" (= yummy, in German....)?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh Douglas Adams... So inspirational. I think the word is Vogon for 42.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

So, I hear you have a list of 42 names?


(and look out--sacher is becoming the new EPCOT)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ. R. W.

First time commenter, long time follower. First thing I saw was "Seeker", Harry Potter reference perhaps?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMystyk

I think it's "sochop" - no not "so chop" but "sock hop" only spelled wrong...


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks so much for today's giggles. The mice will be pleased.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

I am turning *42* today and have often had my first name LeeAnn misspelled.. (Really... you'd be SURPRISED at the number of ways there are to modify and otherwise bungle what was designed to be an easy, two syllable name, my favorite thus far being 'Lean'.) So I'm choosing to believe that cake could *possibly* have been meant to have my name on it. After all, starting today, I can begin to enjoy the ULTIMATE ANSWER to life, the universe and everything!

Have a great day everyone! Jen, John, and everyone that make Cake Wrecks possible have just given my birthday a great start, as they do daily. (it's always someone's birthday somewhere, right?) Keep up the great work!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't pronounce it, but I'm pretty sure it's a word that means "something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterH Lynnea

Can't you read? Clearly it says, "@Loeher"

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Beaudoins

It's definitely Salker, they just forgot to add the "Fatherhood."

a wreck upon a wreck thrice removed!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPearljammies

This post made me very happy.

I think it says, "DON'T PANIC", but those are NOT large, friendly letters.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeeky Heather

Hate to disappoint but it's just a Sacher know, that stuff some of us Krauts make.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

following the writing i think it has to be Loehoe? no idea what that means

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whatever it says I'm sure it'd taste better with a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTARA

I'm sure it says Ivanhoe. Well, nearly sure.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneJ

This is the cake served at a psychologists convention....mmmm, rorschach cake.


wv: hellf - hellf I know what that cake says!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like Sucker to me...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

I think it's my name!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

Great post and great comments!

Why is "Aloha Oe" running through my mind?

Perhaps the person decorating that cake was trying to boldly split infinitives that no man has split before.

Perhaps it was decorated by a small furry creature from Alpha Centauri.

In any case, we should not be surprised. The plan for this cake was clearly displayed in the basement of the bakery for months.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

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