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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
Wednesday
Mar302011

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 (273)

It is a Sacher torte. It is a traditional cake, and only true sacher tortes are allowed to have 'sacher' written across the top. Though now everyone does it. Obviously this one was poorly written

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBronwyn

@ diddleymaz

Says the middle-age bolshoi ex-colonial:

Shall I read you some of my poetry?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchaitea

OMG...I ran across a total "The Storyteller" comment as I was reading them...didja see it? Didja, didja? Huh? I thought it spelled "Sober" and we were celebrating someone's 12 Steps. ;) Have no idea what the heck a "Sacher Torte" is, but apparently tens of people say that's what it is.

wv: dineu (French for "no knowledge of") as in, "I dineu what that cake says."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

The more I look at it, the more it looks like "Sacher."

Upside down it sort of kind of looks like "Lopez."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, dontchya know, it's the first ever Word Verification Cake! It spells out a different nonsense word for everyone!

wv: sconitis
While WV tells me this cake says 'sconitis', it's more likely the baker had come down with a bad case of sconitis while making this cake, poor dear!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSlartibarfast42

You guys are some really hoopy froods! Brill post! First though: Seeker, but Slartibartfast is so much better. Then again, it is not important. Now I must hurry to make a brew, or I shall be late. As in the late...

So long, and thanks for all the laughs!

A Yorkshire lass in SCOTLAND!!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll bet if you get drunk and squint, you could be led to believe the cake says "alcohol." Hell, I'm sober now and I believe it. ;)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaxine Dangerous

I see "Seeker" too.

- Samantha

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#1 The message was to have been 'Share and Enjoy', but something happened during the Great EPCOTs of 2011 so that it now reads: 'Go Stick Your Head in a Pig.'

This is why torte reform is needed.

[Gratuitous sequential label for categorization purposes only.]

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I left my Babelfish on Vogsphere, but I think this says Soeber. Maybe someone is celebrating a successful graduation from a twelve-step program.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAA

Ach Du Lieber! It is a sacher-torte that says Loeber!
Now the big question-- is it an Eduard Sacher-Torte or an Original Sacher-Torte? Legal battles have been fought for years over the question.

wv tingshel-- By tomorrow the Epcot will be over and tingshel be better.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

Sailor! Or... Sacher

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvalyn

Having stared long and hard, necessitating a visit to the optician cos that really hurt my eyes, I think that it's supposed to say Sookie.

Ah, Hitchhikers - must read that again soon.....

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

Okay, it's post-because-of-the-wv time again!

Merry at Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

wv: thell - "What thell does that say????"

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Locker?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

I think it says Soehoe!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStaci

I saw right away it says "Sacher". But I have lovely, undecipherable handwriting so I guess I have an unfair advantage.

wv: pardes
Pardes-moi ma 'andwrighteeng, mon petit Loechoe...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really think the word is "Teacher!" I am a fourth grade teacher, and I am therefore exceptionally good at deciphering code-like penmanship.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Lopez". I love it!
And BB Miami, you are the thing that sounds like a very funny person.

It's "sacher". And I'm going to start labeling everything too: "carrot", "cup", "pointless use of food coloring velvet".

wv: photted. What the decorator did as he used the piping bag.

--Blondie's Mom

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

BEEHIVE?

-Lisha

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like Seeker to me.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Where's "The Informer" when you need them?!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Sitting here drinking a Hurricane in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Some of these comments seem like a set-up after yesterday's post. J, J & 1, ya'll must be laughing like mad fools.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLet Them Eat Cake

I see "Sucker" and no one can change my mind!

Except for Loo-E Loo-I @2:45 who said it was Zaphod's autograph, and then I totally saw that on the cake.

But then Slartibartfast42 @5:07 explained that this was the first word verification cake(FTW), bringing me back to my first guess, "Sucker."

Now, MsYendor @2:35 diagnosed the Epcot problem as a "restriction of the humor nerve." Now that we've got the diagnosis, we just need a cure so that posting can continue on a regularly clever basis.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelecblueis

It looks like the @ symbol followed by some squiggles

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Kline

I says Aleive!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRainpelt

Love Hoe??

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrma

"Soeber" because clearly the baker was too drunk to spell properly.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlittlefoot76

Yay for the Hitchikers ref! woot woot!

I am thinking it is in the language of the original settlers of the planet 'Now What'. This may be their substitute for swearing similar to our $#*%%%@
?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Happy Birthday??

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertinypurpleelephant

This was the perfect follow-up post to yesterday's! You guys are the best - Love and kisses, Zaphod.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaspar

It looks to me like something Wonko the Sane's wife made just before going outside to get out of the rain.

But in all fairness, I'm not a hyper-inteligent shade of blue, so what do I know?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizdini

Parakeet?!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharell

Sacher! As in sacher torte. I smell a culinary school in-class assignment that needed to be checked off!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

another vote for "Seeker". Maybe they've seen that SyFy version of a really great fantasy series?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSylph

Love the hitch-hiker's guide references :) Maybe you should try an HHG2theG theme......unless you have already and I missed it lol

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I bet Mike Johnson knows what it says

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

love the Hitchhikers stuff! (I'm a bit of a BBC geek girl - Red Dwarf rules!) but I'd be especially impressed if you do any Dirk Gently references. My embarrassing story on meeting Douglas Adams: he came to California for a book signing. I got to the book store after it was already crowded with fans, so I was sort of in the back trying to see what was going on. A man starts to muscle his way past me to get up to the front. I gave him a dirty look and proceeded to watch him go up to the podium to speak. Yep, it was Mr. Adams himself. Doh! During question time, I kept asking him when he was going to write more Dirk Gently books. He brushed aside my questions (it seemed like he really just wanted to talk about making Hitchhikers into a movie) and gave me dirty looks. Later during the book signing, I noticed he was chatting with every single person who came up to have their book signed. When I came up to him (excited to have the chance to gush about how brilliant he was, how much I loved his writing, etc), he took one look at me, quickly signed my book, gave it back to me and turned to the person after me and started chatting. I guess I deserved it, since I had apparently turned into an annoying possibly stalker fan. {sigh} BTW - his book Last Chance To See - amazing non-fiction tales of endangered species and his travels to see them. Best part of the book: the Australian snake venom expert who kept "fairy cakes" for tea in the venom fridge.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake is obviously from Bill Compton. It clearly says, "Sookeh."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUber Idea Girl

Seeker. Definitely Seeker.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hitchhiker's references on my 42nd birthday! Reason enough to post a comment for the very first time, though I've loved your blog for ages!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin and Chris

I think it just might be a person's name. Oh well, it's probably all gone now and at least we have the cryptogram pic to remember it by...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

okay, that definitely does NOT say "sacher" in any alphabet that I know how to read...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was Twelve. And apparently only one person agreed. Ah well.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterexquisite red

It definitely says seeker. Of course, it probably looks like that to me because I have too much love for harry potter or something.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe speller? Like as if someone won a spelling bee or something? Oh the irony in celebrating a spelling bee win and the baker not spelling speller right! :D

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaine Countryman

Even though I could follow the jist of your post-script, I ran it through Google Translate to be sure. Imagine my surprise to learn that 'Fahrvergnügen' means 'Driving pleasure'. I didn't think it was *that* kind of wreck! Either I have a very dirty mind, or you do.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel V.

seeker?

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo-anne "Blossy"

Note!!! I'm sorry; I am a Sachertorte! Driving pleasure! Neenër neenër!

Driving Pleasure??
I think something is wrong with my babelfish

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Sacher schmacher - it's clearly a freddled gruntbuggly. Unfortunately, the wreckerator's writing is a little hard to read, and has been ever since they were rended in the gobberwarts with a blurglecruncheon, wielded by a mildly irritated Arcturan Megadonkey who had imbibed one too many Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWolverine Girl

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