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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

The Future's So Brite...

With graduation season over, you might be tempted to revel in the heady hopes of a brighter tomorrow, what with all these freshly educated, newly degreed youngins descending upon our workforce and all.

I'm here to fix all that.

This cake was supposed to say - I kid you not - "It's a girl."

That apostrophe placement will be haunting my dreams tonight.

Of course, it's also possible to get the spelling and punctuation perfect, while still completely missing the point:

Granted, this could be a "he said, she said" issue.

Hey, remember when preschoolers were taught to put the square blocks in the square holes, and the round blocks in the round holes?

Do they not do that anymore?

For some reason I'm getting the feeling this is supposed to be a base"ball." Odd.

And remember that toy with the pull string that told you what the dog says?

Do they not have those anymore, either?

Wait. Is that a cat?

Ok, now I'm really confused.

Still, I guess we can take comfort in knowing that these wreckerators won't always be wreckerators:

Eventually they'll get promoted to management.

Thanks to Becky A., Jane R., Stacey S., Jennifer V., & Alissa P., who want to ask that employee in the background, "Hey, why the long face?"

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Reader Comments (75)

@Gina - i'ts not the British spelling of "morning," i'ts the Canadian spelling.

I think once someone was offended at a reference to differences in some Canadian and US spellings, but no harm was meant. I love Canadians and Canadia. I'm even part Canadian.

wv: goncyc - I've goncyc-o after trying to figure out the orange thing's species.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucky66

Every time I look at it, the orange cat/dog is still on its back. AAARRGH!!! Was it doing a back flip and that's why the paw prints are like that? and it crash landed?

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I LOVE the fact that the now hiring sign is stuck to the glass with some kind of sticker.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The "mourning shift" at this bakery is the shift during which most of the cutomers come in to pick up their cakes...and then, when they see them, mourn the death of their decoration dreams....

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

"Woff Woff" apparently only has three toes on each foot. New breed or bad accident?

Reminds me of how often I see OOPS written "opps" (which makes me wonder what kind of operations they're conducting, anyway).

Also, sometimes it goes the other way across the counter:

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe the "I'ts Giri" decorator knew more than he was letting on. In Japanese, the 'a' article doesn't exist and 'giri' means a social or moral obligation.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last picture totally looks like a Marble Slab Creamery. I worked at one! Believe me, all shifts were mourning shifts. And the boss always misspelled words on signs. Also, not a single guy could write on an ice cream cake without it looking like my dog wrote on it.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel


My sources-- reporting from radio station WWHO(cares)--have revealed to me that our little WoffWoff is actually a second cousin (once removed, but managed to get loose and come back) of the darling pinkish/kittenish thing that was showcased in this very same place on 6/20 ("Making New Friends"-Go on! Go back and look!).
They do look related. Same goggle-eyed, disgruntled expression; same hair stylist (going with the "piped-perm")...Why, they even have the same classic tastes in furnishings ( clear plastic, skylight roof, white flooring)...
Never mind that one is a "cat," and the other a "dog,"--they're both (technically) cake. And too classy to be eaten.
Small world, yah?


June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I have a friend that starts every sentance with "say" maybe he ordered the cake :)

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe

Re: #1
Maybe "Say" is a person's name and it's more like "we're going to miss you" (NOT)!!

Yeah, I was reaching but I've got nothing for the others.

-Barbara Anne

P.S. I am seriously in the need of an Epcot for the party factor. (sigh)

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oops- Monday, Part II, gremilns strike again- I meant the second cake. (double sigh)

-Barbara Anne

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the "mourning shift" is that one that covers the time when the previous wreckarator has died or quit (or been baked into one of those awful cakes?). ;)

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

@Gwenyver… a friend of mine just posted to her facebook wall a restaurant sign about washrooms being only for "costumers"! I immediately thought of your amusing/distressing post. I love those sorts of coincidences.

WV "farva". Farva love of G-d, please learn how to spell before you pick up a bag of icing!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

pssst - it's 'younguns' not 'youngins'


June 28, 2011 | Unregistered,

Technically, it's either young'uns or youngins. It really depends on if you're using old-fashioned slang or new-fangled whippersnapper slang.

I prefer y'ung'ands.


Hmm I would say if I had to work there I would be in mourning too lol. Since no one can spell morning. Wow at that first cake. I honestly hope whoever got that cake at least enjoyed the pretty flowers lol. Sad orange cat thing on the other hand is perfect as a Halloween prank.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

no wreck here, obviously someone named Say was leaving. Hence,
"Say, we will miss you."

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

@Barbara Anne, trying to summon an EPCOT is like telling a pitcher he has a no-hitter going.

The EPCOT will come again. It is inevitable. Unless, that is...people have started reading comments before posting. But I prefer not to think of such things (though I do it myself).

Worse still, civility might have invaded the land of Snark and they could be successfully resisting the urge to correct John and/or Jen. (As if.) The EPCOT will come when it is least expected. Just believe.

Meanwhile, I want to know why the SL has been so uncharacteristically quiet. Perhaps the governor has found ways to keep her usefully occupied. (And angel food cakes throughout the land heaved a collective yet nearly inaudible sigh of relief.)

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

whistling spleen - I snorted out loud!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

"Mourning shift" What a DEPRESSING job!!

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni

I only like it when you're right about the cakes ;P

Besides, J & J (thoJ) could start an Epcot if they wanted to!

-Barbara Anne

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, doesn't everyone have a Chetto -covered "dog" that says "woff woff" to you in the "mourning"?

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Someone else already mentioned this, but I also thought the "I'ts Giri" cake might not be quite so bad if it was Japanese and done as a joke. It's a "giri" cake because someone was pointing out that it was socially/culturally obligatory to give someone at this time, and I could see how a Japanese person might misplace the apostrophe that way since "I'ts" puts it right between the syllables if you're using Japanese kana.

In other words, イツぎりケキ !

Eh, forget it. I think it was indeed done by SCTV's Perini Scleroso. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laugh so hard because I was once (probably still am) a terrible speller myself!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephenie Daily

I'ts Giri? Kirigiri?* You'd think she'd know where to place an apostrophe, at least.
Maybe the Mourning Shift got the best of her.

*Yes I know that approximately 0 other people will get this joke.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDespair

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