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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

Easy As Pi

Happy Pi Day, guys!

Yep, 3/14 is the day a bunch of nutty math nerds decided to celebrate the mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle's circumference to its diameter...

...mostly by doing stuff like this:

Mmmm. Pi pie.

And yes, the baker DID put the 5 on backwards so it looks like a 2. I'm sure s/he was just testing you, though.

What's that? You didn't IMMEDIATELY catch that?! Well, that just means you need to learn pi out to seven decimals, then!

And what better way to do so than with Cake Wrecks visual aids?





(Thank you, uh thankyouverramuch.)


(I know, I know; you thought that was number two, but no.)

[rim shot!]


(Yes, I know it's upside down. The question is, why didn't the baker?)


[singing] "I'M lookin' at the NUMBER innn the mirra'! OW! I'M askin' it to MAKE a cha-hange!! HOOO YA! Sha-MOW! Uh-HUH!"


Where were we?

Let's see... 3.141...what's next?

Oh, right:

Five nine two...

No lie, you guys: I'm looking through your submissions for a number five, and I find this random cake someone found in a display case with the number 592 on it, and I check my pi cheat sheet, and the next three digits of pi actually ARE 592!! I mean, WHAT ARE THE ODDS? AND WHY AM I SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS?!

Don't answer that.

We all know why.

Ok, so. 3.141592...


(Yes, really. It's a six.)

So there you have it: you've learned pi to seven places with Cake Wrecks! Great job! Pocket protectors for everyone!

And for those of you whose day just won't be complete until you see some pie wrecks, a gift from John:

You're welcome.


Thanks to wreckporters Rachel W., Nasina G., Grahm, Maggie M., Gin D., Caroline C., Rebecca M., and Mike - and also to John for the most painful pun in the history of crockery. I knew I married that boy for a reason.

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Reader Comments (122)

pi wrecks win


March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMimiheart

Awesome!!! I never felt quite nerdy enough to learn Pi to the seventh digit, but I will so remember them now!! :) So crazy how you found a cake with 529. Or was that 592.. O_o Better go read this post one more time.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFonda

Ahh! Love the pie wrecks on pi day! Maybe its cause I'm a native of Corning, NY, but that made my day!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmilysweetpea

I feel so stupid it took me as long as it did to get "Pi Wrecks". Oy.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymousT

Oh my gosh! I laughed the whole way through, then had to stop at the "pie wrecks". I am ashamed to say it took me a looooooooooooooong while to get it. Then, of course, the laughter came back, even louder.

AWESOME post!!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

pie wrecks. I laugh. I think about it. I laugh even harder... Well done, John, hub of Jen. Day. Made.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhhhoppy

It took me more than a quick moment to get the final photo, too. Sigh. I need to sharpen my pun skills, methinks.

Loved today's post, but I enjoyed it with a sliced of cake from my local grocery store with a shamrock that resembles a piece of broccoli more than a proper shamrock rather than a slice of pie.

Amy, I also noticed the Greek spelling of Sophia. It's sad to see someone pipe so well in two different alphabets on a cake (CCC, patooie!) that can't quite be a properly shaped 3...

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

An upside-down 5 looks a lot like a 2 and an upside-down 2 looks a lot like a 5. I know. I see both all the time.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKindergarten Teacher

Anybody else count the candles on the number 4 cake?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Today is my little math geek's birthday. How perfect is that? He's 13. Sadly he's sick today but your post put a smile on his face. (Oh and I say little because he's still a few inches shorter than me.)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

I really hope that second cake was supposed to be an Idaho cake. If so, I can only imagine how amazing that party was.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

just to really blow your mind... 3.14 backwards is PIE

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S

Looks like a penis made out of poo.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQueina

Surely if we were learning pi to seven decimal places it would be 3.1415927 as the eighth decimal is a 5 and would therefore be rounded up?
And now I'll just go and remove my pedant hat....

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPTD

For the third wreck, no, I was NOT thinking "number 2".

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

AH! PIE WRECKS!! You da man, John.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKJG

One of my favorite posts so far! I LOVE this site. Thanks for the giggles!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

@catplumtree: can you please explain these mnemonics? I am scratching my head so much that my hair's falling out. I've been looking at my cell phone and trying to do A=1, B=2, C=3 etc. but cannot see the link to 3.1415926 etc. Please help me!

Pie wrecks - HA! I think I just woke my mother from her nap, I laughed so hard. :D

I actually made a pi pie myself several years ago - observe...

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLita

For a better approximation of pi to seven places, change that six to a seven. 3.141592652... is closer to 3.1415927 than to 3.1415926.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

Pi wrecks XD XD the pi pie was a cute concept, the rest of them D:

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Pie-wrecks/Pyrex. Hahah...i got it. It took me a minute but I finally got it.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

LOVE IT! I am only glad that I happend to read the post when no one was near to hear me laugh so hard that I snorted at the pi wercks.

Happy Pi Day to all!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTarzanne


March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoelegy

I have been told today is also "National Steak and BJ day". Go ahead, google it.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNewbuffalomom

What is Mole Day, June 2 or 22?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

It was recently pointed out - write 3.14, then hold it up to a mirror..

3.14 becomes PIE.

It's not just geek punnage!!! It is truth - Pi is PIE!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

Honestly, I don't know if it's just me, but I would have thought that 22/7 would have been a better pi day date....

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrinimum

That top pie pi, looks like an open wound. Ick.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn

john in kingston- it is the number of letters in the words

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Maybe the 3.141 is under the sticker of the "592" cake?

Didn't we have the pie wrecks/pyrex joke last pie day? I could swear I saw the picture of John holding the maroon pyrex last year. I remember because I had no clue what the joke was until I went to the comments. But ask me what I had for dinner yesterday, and I will have no clue.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelecblueis

I admit my nerdiness. I did notice that the "2" should have been a 5 lol XD

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternani

And if you need another reason to celebrate, today is also Albert Einstein's birthday.

Personally, I memorized pi to 35 places by using the song "Memory" from Cats. "Memory . . . three point one four one five nine . . . " And just in case you didn't know, that would be:

3. 14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanus

July 2nd (22/7) is a closer approximation, @Trinimum, but that day is celebrated mainly by European geeks.

Finding all the reversed numerals on the Pi pie would be a good admission test for DOC. Those who pass are said to be pirated. Ahem. (Hyphenate it.)

Happy Birthday, Sophia.

#4 Er...uh...

#5 The rare deleted scene from Cars where Lightning McQueen gets stuck in a cow pasture. On a 4th birthday celebrated by the traditional lighting of 11 (12, counting the '4') candles.

#6 Come on, people! Eryanna is one! She'll never notice! (Sorry.)

#7 Karl was able to find meaning in his job, once he started numbering the cakes. Ultimately, it was noticed that the numbers were descending, leading to considerable speculation regarding what might happen after cake #1.

Pyrex! (So glad there isn't an EPCOT about that.)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

spotted the backwards 5 in a flash, but took several seconds to get the pie-wrecks pun - I don't know what that says about me...

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I love the Pie Wrecks/Pyrex pun! It should be a Pi Day tradition! After a day in the trenches, I needed that laugh. Life would not be the same without CakeWrecks.

The guy from Pittsburgh with the nickname you liked -- Spin

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpin

I live next door to a Marie Calendar's and it's been one of those days. Pie for dinner it is!
Thanks for the laughs and the great puns. Never fails to cheer me up!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

pyrex never gets old. I'm glad we also got an actual Pi wreck (sequence) this year though too :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreta

the first one is bleeding the pi sign. unusual day just getting weirder. in math class today we spent the last 20 min talking about pi. Doesn't this day make you want to eat pie for no explainable reason?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

@ Janus, the idea of singing pi to "Memory" has had me smiling for the past ten minutes! I think I'm going to try to follow suit.

Also, I love that this is a place where we can discuss how best to round pi! (The next obvious pun is about squaring pi . . .)

The Words of the Day this week: kangaroo court, K (as in potassium), kakemono, and katzenjammer.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

That "point" cake looks like New Hampshire. Why anyone would want a cake in the shape of New Hampshire, though, I'm not sure.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

Pi cheer:
Sine! Cosine! Cosine! Sine! 3.14159!

Because nothing's cheerier than pi(e)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Someone with a working oven please bake 'a cake in a crust in a purple Py wrex' with a HAND on it next year please please please. You can sing that, too if you're deranged enough - "A cake in a crust in a purple py wrecks, dee doodle-y doodle-y do"

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

See, I told ya pie is a kind of cake. This proves it!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Pie wrecks!!! LOL LOL took me a second!!!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

pi = 3.141592654!!! Happy pi day!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterB

thanks Katie for explaining how the mnemonics worked. I was scratching my head.

I believe the pi wrecks joke should be an annual event. I'd forgotten it and laughed again!

The 592 cake will haunt me until someone comes up with a good explanation for it. Who cares what the truth is- we need something clever!!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I thought the pie wrecks pun was funny! But then again, I listen to third graders tell me knock-knock jokes from a book I've had on my classroom shelf for the past 18 years. ("No, child, I've never heard that one before.")
As long as I'm on the subject of third graders can I add my pitooie to CCC? Especially ones with black icing like that "4"th cake? The birthday child stains his hands black handing them out and then the entire class has zombie teeth for the rest of the afternoon. I'm also confused why this cake has a candle showing this is the 4th birthday celebration, yet it has an additional 11 candles. Huh?

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieB

I showed the "one" cupcake to my husband with no warning and he actually jumped back from the computer and said, "What are you LOOKING at??" with a startled, and then accusing, look. 'Cause it certainly does NOT look like a one. ;)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Ok, this post is genius. I read it this morning, and scared the cats by laughing out loud. (I don't know why they were frightened; they should know just by the fact that I have three of 'em that there's something wrong with me.)

I then had to share with my husband when he got home. But he's a dentist - he's used to seeing things in mirrors. So much so that he didn't notice that the "5" on the pie or the "1" cake were actually backwards!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeafMedievalist

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