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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
Friday
Jul082011

When Cakes Need Copy Editors

People often bemoan the fact that we don't have spell check for cakes, but as every writer knows, spell check doesn't catch everything.

After all, this IS spelled correctly:

I once participated in a Rock-A-Thon when I was a teenager: a group of us rocked in rocking chairs for eight hours straight to raise money for charity. Now, if I'd had the option to rock a thong, instead?

Um. Yeah, I would've stuck with the rocking chair.

They wish, baker. They wish.

Calling your boss "sexy" is a risky endeavor at the best of times - but it certainly doesn't help when the baker forgets a letter in "sexiest."


But hey, it's just a tiny mistake. The rest of the spelling is perfect!*

Bakers, take note: there is a difference between "inquire" and "imply." Don't worry, though; mixing the two up would only be a problem when discussing potentially controversial things. You know, like medication or something.

Oops.

And finally, when Steve and Marcus were planning their joint birthday party, they went with a Back to the Future inspired "Enchantment Under the Sea" theme - naturally.

One question, guys: Why wasn't I invited?

They ordered a cake with "Enchantment Under the Sea" written on it - and when the baker misspelled "enchantment" on the order form, Marcus immediately began hoping for a Cake Wreck.

Well, they did get one, but not in the way he expected. See, apparently the baker mistook "the sea" to mean the cake's deco pack, and...well...

You must admit: as wrecks go, this is kinda awesome.

Thanks to Ashli D., Ann Marie P., Erika T., Shea, & Marcus H. for being awl-around grate guise.

*Note: Sarcasm.

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Reader Comments (73)

Chest club! It's like it was made especially for me.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

You have to be young to rock a thong. I wish everyone would just remember that.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I was fully prepared for there to be a giant C and the word Enchantment written under it. LOL.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

Some states have implemented rules that make it illegal to discuss birth control freely. Planned parenthood is now "implying" that they can provide such services. We live in troubled times

BTW, if you require birth control pills, the Starship Contracepto will be sent to your home planet to help guide you.

WV: Toomaxy-If you're toomaxy, you shouldn't try to rock a thong.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy'sMom

On cake Number 3. What does “Dexist” mean? Does it means prejudice againsts Dexes?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDocbanger

I love the Enchantment Under cake.
The sea is implied- and I must say, much more subtly than the birth control on cake two.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

am i the only one to notice that world is spelled wrong? lol

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersaraezzyk

They didn't spell "Planned Parenthood" correctly (left the "ed" off of Planned) and "Imply about Birth Control" was most likely a reference to the type of decoration requested for the cake and not something that was supposed to be written on the cake.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnugbug

WV: hoolamen -- Steve and Marcus were a couple of hooligans who rocked thongs, ogled the chest club, and implied about birth control with their sexist boss. Now that they've grown up, they're hoolamen who have us all under their enchantment.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

@SuBee: But not too young.

Is "Wolds" preceded by an inverted exclamation point like in Spanish, or is the company named iWold(s)?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

I'm a long time lurker...but the sexist spelled "world's" wrong too. I'm so addicted to this site lol.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarley Granny

I have a feeling the Youth Rock-A-Thong and the Chest Club may be the same group-- or at least they should have joint meetings.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

That birth control cake, I mean, I wish there were words to describe it...

Jackie

These are hilarious and the Rock A Thon sounds awesome! And now I would like some cake.....

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBri

Though we often blame mistakes on English not being the baker's first language, I think that must actually be the case for cake number three. Is there a story to go with it? I imagine it was a cake ordered in another country for an American company. Am I close?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

The last cake, whadda we call it? A reverse Underneath That?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bet they would raise a lot if the Youth Rock-a-Thong, the Chest Club and Plan Parenthood all co-sponsored a fundraiser, MC'd by the sexist CEO.

wv-releg: (verb) what table repairers do.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Thank god no Birthday cakes today, just-your-run-of-the-mill promotional cakes;....hummm, chest club (aw,no chest hair on it), is that like hair club for men?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

You gotta give that last cake's decorator a bit of credit for thinking 'outside' the box.
Sort of.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGween

I'm pretty sure that the kit used on that last cake is "Finding Nemo" themed, anybody else getting that vibe?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Enchantment cake isn't FINISHED yet, that's all!
The wreckorator was JUST ABOUT to add the next line/word (lovely script, btw) when her/his way-serious food-additive allergy kicked in, Big Time. Her/his nose began to run (also Big Time). She/he was just about to drop everything and run for her/his allergy meds, but something else was about to drop first...uh-oh...uh-oh...
OH, NO!!!

=^e.e^=

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

LOL - those are great!

I've had to type letters at work and my favorite mistake was "bust" duct (bus). "But boss, I spell-checked..." Good thing he has a great sense of humor!

wv: frablat: 1) A type of horn from a Dr. Seuss book. 2) Noise similar to kersplat.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

"Enchantment Under"!! "Chest Club"!!! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I think the G on Thong seems to be an afterthought--look how it's squeezed in there, and the color sequence of the lettering would call for yellow.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Oh good god, do people not even THINK about these things???

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dory! I see Dory on the last cake!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

"Starship Contracepto" LOVE IT!!! LOL! (thank you Amy's Mom)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLabgoddess

Only good thing about the "thong" mistake is that it's not entirely impossible to fix. Might have a little ding on the white frosting, but at least you can remove the excess letter.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Call me crazy, but I think the birth control one may have started out as a "to do" list. Especially if the word was meant to be enquire/inquire. So the person who took down the order was planning to go to Planned Parenthood, wrote it own so s/he wouldn't forget, then the phone rang with an order and s/he didn't have any other paper to write it down on... And the rest is history!

WV: thrette. A threat made by a French woman,

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeni

Man, if ever there were a better reason to "PLAN PARENTHOOD," that birth control cake is it.

Someone in management at that store/bakery should gather their "help" together and Imply about learning how to read, write, and SPELL.

There's something frankly creepy/perverted about putting the words "youth" and "thong" in the same sentence, just in case that isn't an actual mistake. (Ya never know, these days!)

And who knows? Maybe there really IS a CHEST CLUB. Made up of people who collect chests to put their chess sets in. Because they have a LOT of chess sets. Chess hoarders, maybe? Chest whoreders?
(sigh)
=^@.@^=

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Also, it's "planned parenthood," not "plan parent hood"

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVik

To me, a real wreck is a mistake you didn't even think to mention because it's so unexpected, and the Enchantment one in particular certainly nailed that!

Uh, that pill package sort of "implies" birth control all right...

Sharon

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you had rocked a thong during a Rock-A-Thon, there's a chance you would have stuck TO the rocking chair.

I have a feeling you have to flip over the "Enchantment Under" cake to read the rest.

It could thave been worse:

C
------------
ENCHANTMENT

WVW: cimps. Chimpanzees of low intelligence.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

As a copy editor, it's good to know spell check can't push me out of a job completely.

WV: ingiste - Some cakes are easier to ingiste than to read.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My wv would make a good 80's themed cake wreck: sionse
She blinded me with sionse.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

If I were young enough to "rock a thong", I wouldn't want the grandma-inspired cake decor....

Just sayin'

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany in Topeka

Oh wow. I really hope that Youth Rock-A-Thong cake was for a church youth group... Maybe a little sadistic, I know, but still.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Ah, those were the days when I was still invited to the Chest Club. Now, after breast feeding three kids, I get frequent calls from the Deflated Balloon Club. Ho hum.

WV spebele - The bakers this round had problems when they tried to spebele words on these cakes.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hilarious as usual. Thanks.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoughball

What the heck is iWolds, as in "iWolds sexist CEO"?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Wald

Rock a thong? Chest club? High school sure sounds like a lot more fun now than when I was a kid. Why the high dropout rate?

How do we know iWolds' CEO isn't a sexist, hmmmm? Maybe that cake was to announce a class action suit. It all started when the CEO implied about birth control.

I kind of like the Zen minimalism of the "Enchantment Under" cake.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

The Enchantment Under cake WAS done correctly by the bakery, except just like Marty McFly's picture of his family, part of it is disappearing because someone made some change in the past!
This comment has branded me as a geek.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan B

"Rock a Thong" and "Chest Club" are hilarious enough, but "World's Sexist CEO???" I must have died and gone to irony heaven...

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

Where to begin?

#1. Birth control pills now come in a rectangular package, not a round one. Did a dude do the decorating? Or a post-menopausal woman who hasn't taken birth control in 30-some years?

#2. Frankly, I'm surprised the Enchantment cake didn't look like this:
The Sea
Enchantment

#3. @Amy'sMom: Starship Contracepto sounds like the inspiration for a new hit sci-fi series! Awesome!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

Not to mention that it is Planned Parenthood, not Plan Parenthood. Easy mistake, though.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The WOLD cake is from Harry Chapin's radio retirement home, no? It is to honor of his station's sexist CEO, si? I also noticed the inverted exclamation point at the start of the line so the cake decorator was Latin, tal vez? If so, then possibly Harry's radio station is a Mexican Radio and the cake was run through a wall of voodoo to get to Harry.

I am the morning DJ at W-O-L-D!!!

WV: Pleri - I looked at the dyslexic baker's cake's verbiage and it all began to get pleri and run off the sides.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJWildBill

Back to the Future + Finding Nemo= SO MUCH AWESpoOME :)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why is there a pill between the Sat and Sun pill? This would be a really bad birth control pack!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lol, on the "sexist CEO" cake, "world's" is spelled "wold's". That didn't help things...

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

Savvy

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

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