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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)

i think it is supposed to be a "sacher" torte. a badly done sacher torte.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My first thought was "Loeher", but now that I've read the comments, it's definitely "Sacher".

Mmm... I could go for some Sachertorte right now.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

*squints* Hmm, I think it's... umm... nope, I got nothin'.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I say it's SOEHOE.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Imagine, the little label in the pastry case that reads: "Sachertorte". Next, imagine hundreds of customers pointing at the cake and asking "What kind is that?" [brief interlude with chocolate script] Now, the pastry chef can glare at the cusdumber, smile politely and say "See?? It says the name there on the cake! Can you not read?? Eh??"

- Rev W

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep, it's a Sacher Torte. For some reason, it's traditional to write that on top... Imagine if we did that with ALL desserts!


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know, it says Sookeh!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara/Bunny

Best served with Advanced Tea Substitute.*

*Note: To facilitate categorization, this is an attempt to be witty by including a Hitchhiker's reference.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD

@Monica: truly, a mostly harmless wreck. Nicely done.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

I agree with the "Sacher" vote, although I'm also liking "Sucker" (which I think would be hilarious) and @Lecher. Or @Loehvl.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily

Epcot, definitely epcot...

I'd say this baker succeeded, I don't notice the spelling errors at all...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

That's a Sacher torte!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed as soon as I saw this -- even before all the Hitchhiker's references.

When I was a cake decorator, they hired a lady who came from what she considered an upscale bakery. Everything had to be done like it was done there. One thing she liked to make was a sacher torte, and, yes, she had to write "sacher" on it in big loopy letters. Not because anyone in our little grocery store would know what that is. Just because that's the way they did it at "s" bakery.


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Anon at 11:19 - Forgive my ignorance, but unless the Sachertorte tradition also requires the icing label to be illegible, I'm sticking with considering it a wreck. And a darn good one at that! =0)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

i got the references! so proud of myself! lol

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This hoopy frood is going with 42!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Kudos to you for actually finding words in that...I got nothing.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

It says Sacher, its the traditional way of finishing a Sacher Torte

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure it does say "Slartibartfast", but I told you it wasn't important.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Soho spelled incorrectly as "Soehoe"


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDelight

It's got to be "Twelve" spelled out in cursive.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Gardner

Ummm, chocolate. Good bite, and thanks for all the fishing for references! Dolphinitely!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

im pretty sure its just random squiggles.
i got nothin'

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

Hooray for Hitchhiker references!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaunnette

It says 'Sacher'. It's a Sacher Torte...and that's what they always say on them

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

I think someone threw the icing at the ground and missed.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBekah Tuggy

If you gave an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of piping bags . . .

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

Well, it's definitely NOT 'Sacher' - if the first letter is a fancy S, then the 2nd doesn't look like an 'a'; and if the 'a' is within with 'S', then there's too many letters. Plus, why write just 'Sacher' on a Sachertorte? I like the suggestion that it's Jackie, with the 'J' and 'e' getting a little out of hand :-)

I loved all the Hitchhiker's refs!!! You're a nerd's angel :-)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusanD

It says Sacher ,its a traditional sachertorte, austrian cake and that is how you decorate them.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I think the picture of the cake is upside-down.

If you rotate it, it clearly says "Znjoago."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbreckenridge3

oh and it is gratifying to a middle aged Brit (who actually listened to the radio series when it first came on and watched it on BBC tv etc)that you bolshie ex-colonials are so appreciative of such British humour.Do you get the bits that take the p*** of you?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

No, no, you guys, it's one of those three dimensional cakes, where the letters stack on top of each other! So instead of being a single word, it is indeed a whole phrase, which if you have the proper knowledge and technology to read would say:

Attention Lemmings:

It's clearly from Canada. *firm nod*

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNimras

New category: carpel tunnel syndrone [sic]

A restriction of the humor nerve due to repetitive restatement of corrective "facts"

A good sacher-punch need only be delivered once. Any further constitute cake battery

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Maybe it says: Sacher? As in type of cake Sacher torte?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

And out come the what level EPCOT are we now? ;-D

It's probably Zaphod's 'autograph'.

wv: ductrola: When all else fails...ductrola it!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Oh, GOOD! I'm not the only one without a clue as to what the what that's supposed to say...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I'm going against the (Epcot) flow...

I think it says, "Seder," but I'm not Jewish, so I don't know how likely it is that a Seder cake would be labeled that way.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTA

I have always loved you, but the Hitchiker's references just made me love you even more!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Informer warning (plus highly superior):

When I was in Austria last summer, all the Sachertortes were plain, even those from the Sacher hotel.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

I hate to admit this, but I actually see the "Sacher". The thing that looks like a duck is an S, the thing that looks like a peach is an a, the thing that looks like an e is a c, the thing that looks like someone was testing a pen is an h, the second thing that looks like an e really is an e, and the thing that looks like the gear fell off your spirograph is an r.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBB, Miami

I don't know why fifty million people all gotta tell you the same thing, but then again, even if I squint really hard, turn my monitor upside down & my head sideways, I still can't see "sacher" in that writing. So what do I know?

I love you guys.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustadreamer

I'm thinking this person either loves or hates True Blood, because that cake definitely says "SOOKEH!"

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterConley

YES! Thank you for the HGTTG references!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The mice made that one for Arthur

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie


That's my best guess.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Only one cake?

Where did you get the German from???

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

I agree with the other poster that it looks like" twelve" to me. The First letter is supposed to be a fancy "T", not an "S".

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah

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