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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 American Way, Replayed

Technically Veterans Day was yesterday here in the U.S., but since a lot of us get today off to celebrate, CELEBRATE WE SHALL.

Veterans Day is all about honoring those who have and are serving in our country's military. There are lots of great ways to do this:

This is not one of them.

Now, I happen to know that a fair number of military personnel read this blog - a fact I find both humbling and just a teensy bit alarming, since I'm not sure those who share my twisted sense of humor should have access to heavy artillery. (Holy Hand Grenade, anyone?) 

On the other hand, I do so enjoy all the e-mails with the giant "DECLASSIFIED" stamps on them.  Makes me feel all James Bond-ish, only in an American, hermit-girl-blogger kind of way.

So in your honor, my dear veterans, here are some patriotic cake designs that will surely bring a tear to your eyes.


The underline is what really sells it.


Of course today is about you, the troops:

And as "Owl Troops" you deserve "Supott."

Because you are all "Hero's."


 And so we "honer" you, our "vetr ans."


Kind of like how we honor the flag, the symbol of this great nation:


 No wait, I take that back: this Wreck leaves me shaken, not stirred. [ba dum bump!]

Some bakeries pipe their greetings on clear plastic sheets, which they then lay on top of the finished cakes. It's cheating, sure, but this way bakers can trace their messages or start over if they make a mistake.

Or just slap the plastic on anyway and call it a "Vetrans" day.

So remember, everyone: it is thanks to our veterans that we have the freedom to live in this great country, the United States...

 ...of Amercia?


Hang on, that doesn't sound right. Can we try that one again?

Muuuch better. 

(But who stole the corner piece?!)


Thanks to Eric H., Dave K., Sara B., Nikki G., Adria P., Tory L., Michael H., Christina R., Tara L., & Allyson H. for fully vetting today's wrecks.

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Reader Comments (36)

Support our hero's
what? And with the patented
cross-your-heart design?

CCCs on Ice!
Extend limbs, lead with the arm . . .
Hey look, I'm a star!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

is the 'holy hand grenade' a Worms reference or a Monty Python one.. or both?! awesome as always Jen :)

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Sung to “America the Beautiful”

Oh beautiful for chocolate smears
For random star cupcakes
For underlines that sell it all
Supott owl troops today!
Oh Veterans, oh Veterans, we wreck our cakes for thee
Applaud our Hero’s, as we should
On this, our Vetr ans Day!

Oh beautiful for knobbly flags
So stirring every way
For plastic sheets laid on just so
We’ll buy them all today!
Amercia, Amercia, looks better spelled this way
Amrica honors veterans
With its 5-sided cakes!

Heartfelt thanks to all our troops, past and present, and their families.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Did anyone turn these over to see if they were Made In China? (I've got my fingers crossed on that one, I really do)

With all due love, respect and honor to those who have served- and their families. Home of the free because of the brave, indeed. Many of us are grateful year round, too.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Thank you, veterans. Because you did that, I can do this.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

Nononono... NO... That last cake actually IS for "Amrica". A country which is almost a perfect square, and includes a substantial portion of Canada and Mexico, but not California. No, really. The voices told me so! (And they're never wrong... Well, except for that one time...).

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Scrolled down,saw green icing/frosting,not bad....
Scrolled more,cute little hat.....
Scrolled a bit more....
AUUUUUGGGGHHHHHH!!! Someone used that cookie as a toilet!!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

@Sharyn, that song is really good. I can't hear the anthem without think of your version.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrigham

Yeah, and they put "U S A (something I can't tell)" on the part that looks like fecal matter.

If nothing else, I'm kind of impressed with the last one for actually having the current correct number of stars and stripes. Unlike ol' 33 and 5 up there (the one above "Stirring.").

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

I think they had to just slap that plastic sheet with the misspelled Veteran's Day on it since they ran out of time doing those 21+ stripes on the flag...we don't know how many total stripes since we can't see the edges of the cake, but clearly they got carried away! I guess they could have shared a few stripes with the wreckerator of the previous cake. We could probably also make ourselves crazy counting the inaccurate number of stars on most of these flags too!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMom

The star cake rocks... I drew a star like that in kindergarten and my teacher started laughing a lot. At the time I thought it was because my star was so fancy. Now I know that between dealing with vomit and pee on the floor, kindergarten teachers have to take what humor they can get.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl With The Most Cake

That corner piece might have gone the way of THIS corner piece

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

I Supott Owl Hero's Vet rans!

Seriously, thank you to all who are currently or were previously in the military and to all the military families.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Am I showing my "age" if I think this is a repost? Or are bakeries really not learning from their mistakes and making the same wrecks over and over and over.....?

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I cannot tell you the number of times in my life I have heard people pronounce veterans as vetrans. I always just thought it was a Southern thing - perhaps not.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterb

Thanks to all the veterans and their families!
@Sharyn ~ My 12 yr old sang that on Friday at her school assembly. I'm teaching her your version now!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

Ummm...the cookie cake (IS that a cookie cake??) with the turd on least they spelled 'USA' correctly...

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersheilah

"Amercia" - wasn't that a typo from a pre-election ad or something? So many people just re-write things the way they've seen them spelled and never check to find out if it was accurate. I've done the same thing, and learned the hard way.

Hero's - everyone knows that you use an apostrophe when you add an "S" to the end of a word. There was a pet store in our town that sold hamster's and bird's. Always good for a chuckle.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermouse

Being unaccustomed to the particular kind of cursive on the last few, I'm left wondering why anyone would want "Sod" to bless Amrica. I guess if one is having a hard time of late, one might refer to Jehovah as "a bit of a sod".

(I bet that last cake was for an Indian family. Many of them immigrate to "Amrica".)

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

While owl heros deserve sunday sweets everyday, I get the feeling that most of them would get a good laugh out of these cakes XD. Sharyn and Haiku joy, thanks as always for the giggles :D

OT, I GOT MY ELECTRICITY BACK YESTERDAY!!! Is there a cake for that?

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The cakes are a disaster... thankfully our veterans are amazing!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

@mindy1 -- Yay!! I hope things are getting back to normal.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Happy Veterans day and thank you to all who have served our country! You deserve better cakes than these!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

A-Lawd A-have Amercia!!!!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlaxmom

mindy1, if there is one thing Cake Wrecks has taught me, it is that there is a cake for *everything.* If you can swing it, please have a cake to celebrate your electricity!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Zod bless Amricia!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanS

What about Remembrance Day up in Canada? Don't forget your northern neighbours. (look! a teenager with okay grammar!)

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandomTeenager

"Supott Owl troops"?

I don't know for sure what the verb "supott" means, but I have a strong suspicion that the owls would not appreciate being supotted.

As my hubby said: "Hoo means no!"

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLogicMouse

So... I have one of those hats with an owl face on it, only mine's particularly cute and fluffy. I almost feel obliged to dress up as an owl troop now.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGristle McNerd

A Romney iPhone app spelled it Amercia.

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD.F. Manno

AAHHHHH! My life is now complete! I submitted a wreck that was used on Cake Wrecks! So proud! *sniff* By the way, that cake came from [censored grocery store]. :)

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKippie (aka Christina R)

Ahhh that lovely state of Amrica. Now if only I knew where that was lol. At least USA was spelled properly I mean how many ways can they screw that up? I am almost afraid to find out now that I said that..sheesh wreckerators!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I'm thinking of creating a 'suppository' app for my so-called smart phone, and sending app and phone to the manufacturer to celebrate the seemingly permanent loss of 'data connectivity' I just experienced today. Meanwhile, I re-upped my slower-than-snail-mail '3G' modem while I contemplate my options.

So I can get on here fairly regularly for the next month or so; just in time, I see.

#2 Since they're trying to make a pointy object out of round cupcakes, I'm surprised it turned out as well as it did. But I can't quite get past the irony of this creation being surrounded by examples of what a star ought to look like.

#10 I think this picture was snapped just as the Cakeoliers began their work.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for the number of times you've made me laugh! Thank you!!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarenJ

Welcome back mindy1 and Craig

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Well done on the holy hand grenade reference.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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