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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)

It's a portrait of Frank Zappa.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBhakti

It says "Sacher". It's an Austrian chocolate raspberry torte.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRex

DON'T PANIC! It's amazing that even with such a simple design/presentation, they can f**k it up with just a piping bag.

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

It's supposed to say 'Sacher'. I admit, it is more than a large jumble of crap.

There are very few cakes that get their names written on them. The German Sacher Torte is one, the other is The Opera cake.


April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlico and Castelle


April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! 30 epcoters on 255 comments.
that's at least 13% informants that dont read previous comments, or orginal post after it's been updated.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManon

I'm going to go out on a limb with the much less popular (but just as possible!) option and say it says "I just rode the Gravitron 14 times in a row. FOURTEEN, dudes!"

(Yes, somehow that all fits)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

It looks like "Soehoe" to me. I think the Wreckerator doesn't know how to spell SoHo.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We're gonna have to go to Magrathea to find out.

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela K

Cake Wrecks dictionary: Sachertorte (n) a confection of Austrian origin with chocolate icing and EPCOT filling. ;)

WV: indstsly - the cake decorating indstsly in Austria is in serious need of help!

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Looks like Soekoe with the last 'O' not being fully closed off. It is a pretty popular surname.


April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The writing on this cake hearkens back to an era when men were real men, women were real women, and chocolate-frosted, illegible cakes from Alpha Centauri were real chocolate-frosted, illegible cakes from Alpha Centauri. Spirits were brave, men boldly split infinitives that no man had split before. Thus was this cake decorated.

PS. my google blog word verification word is "sturabbe". Is that what the cake says!? This is important...This means something.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen Davis

It says "Sacher" it's a sacher torte! though I pretty much only know that because I made one before.

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarty

Sacher! It's supposed to be a Sacher torte, on which they do write "Sacher" in your fancier bakeries... Only usually they have someone with legible handwriting do it.

April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDew

That thing says "aloe vera"!


April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZekrom10

I think it might be the Austrian chocolate cake?

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercakefaerie

Never forget a towel.

You can wipe the letters off bad cakes.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think it says "Looker", but I cant tell. It's loopy.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruce S.

I says "Sacher" because it is an almond sacher-torte. Made famous in Vienna, it is delicious!

I am a pastry chef ;)

Amy H.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm the kind of nerd who gets all excited when I see someone reference a "Babel fish" in a totally unrelated manner, then I simply have to see what it is. Thank you for doing so.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJiinx

i believe it is suppose to say Sacher as in a Sacher Tort but thats just my guess :P

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy G

It CLEARLY ( ok not sooo clearly) says Soeber.

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDinah R

I see 'soehoe' or 'soehue'.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

It's a sache torte so says 'sache' with a bit of a squiggle at the end

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLornamower

Is it possibly sacher
As in sacher torte??

April 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbexp

that's a Sacher torte. they traditionally say "Sacher" on them. delicious though!

April 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpastry chef

I believe it "says" Sacher! As in Sacher torte? But holy dump. I only know that because I make them daily at work! (Except they're legible, I swear!)

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManree1

I think it's almost certainly "Sacher" (not done very well, but in the spirit of the genuine article) because the classic Sachertorte actually often has "Sacher" written on top. There's a picture on Wikipedia of one such:

The writing there is more legible (even if not quite as pretty). One imagines that the decorator of this cake wasn't really familiar with what he or she was writing, and not entirely clear on what the point was anyway, and so produced something that looked kind of like "Sacher".

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBruce McMenomy

It distinctly says "To blave" and as we all know, to blave means to bluff...

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I also see "twelve".

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

My first thought was "seeker".

Then I thought that if you squint, and tilt your head a certain way, you might get "beehive" out of it. But I don't think that will create much buzz. (See what I did there?)

But then when I looked again I saw "soeker", like in "there's a soeker born every minute, and one just bought this cake".

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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