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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


To learn the definition of the term "headdesk" you could look it up in the urban dictionary.

Or you could just look at these cakes.

Your spelling's not! Thanks!

(Bonus: Read that line out loud, and every preschooler within earshot will love you.)

It's time to get the hammer.

Roo Hoo? Dangit, now I want a Yoo Hoo.
Do they even still make those?

Basketball fans, the ball's in your court.

So remember: it's "i" before "e" except when you're trying to draw a friggin' peace sign.

Which, incidentally, is supposed to look like this:

[repeated thudding sound]

[rubbing forehead] Thanks to Shawna K., Mary D., Caitlin I., Stacey S., & Angi A. for this awful headache.

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Reader Comments (79)

Ahahahaha the last cake is the Mercedes Benz sign instead of the peace sign. Well maybe whoever made it was dreaming of a new Mercedes

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The baseball players on the basketball court - that's awsome. I want a peace of that cake. (tee hee)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Flux capacitor! Love! Power to the people!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Wright

The last cake looked like a lovely pie chart, so "piece" made sense in that context. A double-wreck sometimes makes a positive (:

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Cullen

*chuckle* The last cake reminds me of the t-shirts the class ahead of me made for our 60s-themed Homecoming one year. Every last one had a huge Mercedes logo on the front because one girl insisted that her mother said that was the correct peace sign.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Baseball/Basketball cake? Classic. That's just awesome.

Last cake? I was thinking that maybe the person was a "Y Man" You know, a more advanced "X man?"

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

That baseball/basketball cake is EXACTLY what happened to a cake I ordered for my daughter's baby shower.

"I want a baseball-themed cake."

"Like this?" the 'baker' said, pointing to a picture in their book.

It was a baseball diamond, complete with players.

"Yes, that's the one." I replied.

The 'baker' grabbed the correctly-numbered package of baseball-themed flotsam to go on top the cake and assured me it would look just like the one in the picture.

Of course, it didn't. I did, however, get it for free...but only after arguing with the 'baker' that a basketball court was not the same as a baseball diamond.

I didn't realize this corn-fusion was a trend.

This is most disturbing.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

MC Hammer one takes the cake (see what I did there?), that's hilarious.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ Brownie Bites

It's okay on the second last one. They're just playing Calvinball. Which is a pretty dangerous concept when applied to cake decorating, hence the entire supply of photos for your site.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

#1: look, it's marked down. I wonder if they realized why? ("Gee, this cookie isn't selling for some reason. Let's discount it before it goes stale....")

#2: a short to-do list gone awry...with a numbering problem. So much for using the # "2" as a shortcut when you stick a # in front of it. I guess "too" legit "to" quit was just too confusing....

#3: This must have been a Chinese bakery. love the telephone coil balloon ribbons.

#4: love the splatter effect of the airbrush. makes it look so dirty. this must be another female baker who is clueless about sports. or a foreigner who isn't too familiar with baseball.or maybe they were trying to recycle a basketball cake as a baseball cake for the new sports season. yay for going green? as long as it's not mold?

#5 speaking of do we know that was supposed to be a peace sign and not a screwed up tennis ball? It's the right color. "Piece" and love could mean they'd love to share a piece of cake, no?

wv. teacker: how a kid with bad handwriting spells the name of the person who TRIES to help him learn, to no avail judging by these cakes.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#1. Cake made during the great "e" shortage of 2008.
#2. Second child, unlike the first, was born in wedlock, after which Dad decided on a vasectomy.
#3. Scooby Doo looks forward to a one-week vaction with the gang.
#4. Shaquille and A-Rod's love child's birthday cake.
#5. We all know what the peace sign looks like. But did you know there's also a piece sign? Piece & love, y'all!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Yoo Hoos are most definitely still made! I have some in my fridge as we still speak. Also, being a teacher, that first cake is like nails on a chalkboard to me!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The batter (on the *baseball* cake) might have a better chance if he were actually FACING the PITCHER.



June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That's not a "peace" sign; they're trying to show where to cut the "pieces" of cake!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis Clipboard

Important fact of the day:
Publix still sells YooHoo.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

I don't care what people say.
I love base-ket ball!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Is "headdesk" anything like "pencileye"? If so, I'm doing it right.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

What really makes cake #5 even more "awesome": it says it's a CCC! The horror!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicha

(Re: green grosstrocity cake)

Yeah, well, if you're in love, I guess getting a piece does go along with that...


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Get real.
That first thing isn't even a cake.
It's a "12 INCH MESSAGE COOKIES" going for $8.99.

But, it's only $7.99 if you use YOU'RE store card.


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Maybe 'Roo Hoo' is for Austin College in Sherman, Texas - home of the mighty, fightin' Kangaroos? Hey, we used any reason to celebrate!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

This is quite a tremendous collection of FAIL today. /headdesk

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

@ Anon.9:44 AM:

Just curious/nosy: Would you be wanting a baseball-themed cake for a baby shower because the mother-to-be was expecting, say, 10 or more babies? Or maybe the paternity was in question...?
(Rude, me!) JUST KIDDING! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Am I realy surprised the baseball figures arn't even placed correctly. The catcher is in front of the batter!

Hey anonymous, why did you get a baseball themed baby shower cake anyway? A little turned off from all the lovely options shown on this site before?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Hellooooooo?!?!? Those players were obviously playing BASEketball (ala the 1998 movie of that name), which EVERYONE knows is a hybrid of baseball and basketball. Sheesh.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Roo Hoo means: "your blue baloon at lower corner is popp' in Gibberese. Peace!

w.v. untseen: some things are better left untseen
Rev W

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah...nothing says "spring break" better than a cake with colorful sperms all over it....

wv - remoo: to restore the voice of a cow with laryngitis

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

That sports cake was for the little-known (except to "South Park" fans) sport of BASEketball. Look it up. So there. Neener, neener...


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Yes, they still make Yoo Hoos! Drink them out of the can; they taste like my childhood that way.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

My husband might divorce me if he knew it took me a minute to "get it" with the Base-ketball cake. Even though we are in Dallas and the Mavs are in the finals.

wv: ressid - Why are there so many ressid cakes in the world?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMomcat

"Roo Hoo!" Is now my new favorite exclamation. Goodbye, "w00t!" See ya later, "Awesomesauce!" Hello, sweet hysterical, "Roo Hoo!"

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

I think the "Roo Hoo" Wreckator is a Scooby Doo Fan....Ruh Roh!

Looks like Scooby is excited for Spring Break! Roo hoo!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTori

Peace out mannnn... that's shocking!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait

I love the juxtaposition of the MC Hammer "too legit to quit" on the cake with roses, which looks more appropriate for your grandmother's 75th birthday than anything to do with hip hop...

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


The great 'e' shortage...was that the year before or after the apostrophe plague?

This gives me a great idea for a wreckerator product: punctuation sprinkles! (pat. pending) It's not like they would make things much worse.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

My nephew just graduated from high school, and his Congratulations cake was horribly misspelled. I thought of you, because your awsome. Thanks!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

@ Anon.,9:46:

"...this must be another female baker who is clueless about sports."

Nuh-UH!!! Can't be. See, FEMALES (unlike their inferiors) aren't afraid to ask for DIRECTIONS.


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

lol at sendingtheclowns!
#1 - You are awww some? Some what? Some kind of awesome?

#2 - An older person who is 2 legit 2 quit should have this cake!

#3 0 Nice detailed tails on those sperm! Did Shaggy or Scooby bake this?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

The cakes (especially the peace symbol screwups) really beg the our bakeries not have access to a computer that has google as the homepage? Can no one take the time to look up "peace sign" before they start drawing it? Better yet...have someone in the grocery chain management hang a paper sign in the bakery of each of their stores with a peace symbol. Or, create a book of symbols for bakers to follow.

I suppose even bad publicity is good publicity...(so they say)...but I don't know how that's even possible in this scenario!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeide

Annnnd they spelled peace wrong!!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Chris at 9:38 AM

Woo hoo! Someone else saw a flux capacitor in the last wreck!

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the baseball players on the basketball court though. Does not compute.

WV: dinash--I could have told them how to draw a peace symbol, but they dinash me.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

Every time I look at that baseball/basketball cake I want to shout: "Pass it to the ump! He's open!"

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Jen:

Do you mean "Spelling SNOT"?



June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Mmmmm.....Yoohoo. Yet another thing to crave now that I'm an ex-pat. *sob*

I couldn't tell if the "piece" cake was being sold in $ or £. If it's the latter, the Mercedes logo is perfectly acceptable as a peace sign in the UK. (And it grates on my nerves EVERY time I see it.)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Today's first wreck is sponsored by the letter 'e', who didn't pay up. Mr. Apostrophe boycotted in protest.

#2 (Oh, the irony.) Can we say, 'phone order'? I knew we could. "Dog, check it: Number two legit, number two quit. And I want that on a really nice cake."

#3 Do they have 'spring break' in Australia?

#4 (Reading left to right): The pitcher is facing the batter; he's winding up. Next, the opposing team decided to diss the batter by having the 3rd base guy come WAY in. Then the batter, then the umpire (who for some reason is not in position), then the catcher, who is looking at 3rd base even though the pitcher is winding up. The other players are over at the baseball field, laughing.

#5 When am I going to learn not to click on the pictures... The innuendo in the upper left corner. The trowel marks in the neon-green frosting. The CCC (patooie!) factor. If it hadn't been for that, I might have said that the yellow lines were a piece-lover's cutting diagram.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Someone in my town once spray-painted a Mercedes symbol on their front door, and as it was definitely NOT a Mercedes type neighborhood, I guessed "Peace" was what they were aiming for.

It happens in a lot of places, apparently!


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one: someone rolled their Mercedes?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

Wow, suddenly I have and urge to commision a tennis match on a soccer field cake. Gotta luv those nets.

New slogan for Mercedes: Piece now or nothing.

wv: disco -- um, no, yesterday's was the 80's. Was there a Sunday for us 70's teens?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

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