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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

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.


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 (75)

So that explains it. They had to "imply" about birth control, rather than give it explicitly. That's the reason why they have that wonderful graphic. If the police asks, it's an Inca Calendar. What, Mr. Cop? You thought it was a packet of birth control pills? First, there are 22 "pills" in that packet. Second, ever tried swallowing parallelogram pills?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

Are the extraneous quotes in "Youth" Rock-A-Thong implying some kind of ageist snark?

If only there had been an 'r' in worlds (an apostrophe would have completely exceeded expectations), we could have had a whole new meme: iWorld. That's a virtual world powered by Apple. Where 3rd party software vendors are extremely rare.

The sexist CEO probably founded the Chest Club. (Of course, the CEO could be a woman who likes men's chests. But that wouldn't be sexist in the PC lexicon.)

If the last one had had the single word, 'Enchantment' on it, it would have been perfect.

wv: outrig

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Is that Dori on the Back to the Future cakewreck?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

Hmmm... you know, considering thats airbrushing, it's really okay. You know, besides the plastis Dory and Marlin.


July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's it, I NEED a "chest club" cake for my going away party this weekend. My friends are all quite busty. Plus, we love cake!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel

"Starship Contracepto" is a great name for a band.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

@DJWildBill wins the band geek award.

wv: torick. That's how we roll.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

This reminds me of Taylor Mali:

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ummm, on the third cake I started to think hey, are they coming out with a new iPhone app? or a new episode of iCarly? and i dont remember whick cake, but I think it looks like a ufo. and the Rock.A,Thong, I didn't know rocks wore thongs...

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey D

Under Neat That C
Right "World's Sexiest CEO."
Czech four iSpelling.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

My chess-playing husband was more disturbed by the 5 x 7 chess board than the misspelling. Just sayin'.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDidoCarthage

I read it too fast and thought you wrote that in a thong you would stick to the rocking chair...

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpiggys20

I'm Steve of Steve and Marcus. Thanks for immortalizing our party (in that fleeting kind of immortality that is found on the Internet).

That is indeed Dori on our cake (and Marlin too). We asked for something with fish, to tie in with the "Enchantment under the Sea" theme, and they gave us Finding Nemo. That was the least of our problems.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervacuumboy9

Lol rocking and thong do not belong together. Heck thongs should be burned. Chest club now that is a good one and I am sure that would be a popular club in any high school lol. Ahhh the evils of wreckerators.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

@ anony - that Taylor Mali video was GRRRRREAT.

The Chest Club cake was for racers. Being over 50, there is no chance of us crossing the finish line first. An enhanced Playboy Bunny would win the checkered flag by a "nose".

wv: sathsibl -You would think it was sathsibl to spell correctly.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

I just feel the need to say, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, what do we do we swim, swim la la la la..."

Maybe Dori decorated the last cake.

Who's there?

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimi

A rock-a-thon *in* a thong. Now how about that for discomfort.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

@Anon at 4:01--the space between Saturday and Sunday on the birth control pills is actually the little hole where you pushed the daily pill out, you rotated the dial every day to a new pill and pushed it out the back. However, you ARE right that it's a bad pack of pills--it's missing an entire WEEK's worth of pills! There should be 21 greens and 7 pinks. Not a very good way to plan your parenthood.

WV: reacke. How cake decorators would misspell the word "wreck".

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

In Australia 'rocking a thong'has a different meaning,thongs are that stylish piece of footwear known as a flip flop.Love your blog have spent many hours reading while i should have done other stuff,
love michele from down under

I just had that Finding Nemo cake at my son's 2nd birthday party back in May! It was a pretty nice cake and not Wreck worthy. However, I did print up instructions to attach to the order requesting that the writing be in orange (because it was on a blue background). I even made the font orange. They still did the writing in blue. Sigh...

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

chest club
What's wrong with that?

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronky

Wow, the Wolds sexhtregehrrst. Hmm, is that a compliment?

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Yeah, okay, this is an old post.... but I AM a copy editor. Places should hire me.

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

"wold" is a word, though... It's another term for a high chalk down.

July 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

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