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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)

592, international country code for Guyana.
592 looks funny because it was written with Flavor Aid.
STOP! Don't eat the cake!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLenia

My daughter started roller derby this year and her "handle" is Pi (symbol) L (her middle initial) Driver!! Math is her favorite subject!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

But was the 592 cake FOR?
It's going to bother me now.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSiddy

I'm sadly only just now reading this.

Pi Day is also my significant other's and my anniversary! I picked it (neither of us could remember the official date, only that it was mid-March) because of Pi Day. I've been obsessed with pi for most of my life. I don't know why, seeing as I've failed pre-calculus like four times in college, but, whatever.

I've recently found out that March 14th is also "Steak and BJ Day." Yes, that BJ. The men's version of Valentine's Day. The more you know!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnemarie

Yes, the 5 is indeed backwards.

BUT did anyone else notice the second mistake?

The 16th digit should be a 2! Right now it looks like it's backwards as well... or maybe it's a 5? They could have just been switched! *shrug*

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Lloy

Could 592 be the number of lap dances "Amber" gave? (If you know the Amber story)

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Ah what a relief. Pi wrecks lol. Now I know wreckerators are out there wrecking just about any cake, pie, donut they can find but pi I didn't even think about this til I read the post lol. Shows how much I loved math in school..

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

If that's your front lawn in the pie wrecks photo, I'm glad to see it looks like our front lawn - mostly brown! And great pun John!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlowerGirl

I know Pi in Greek (I am Greek) and the poem goes like this

Αεί ο Θεός ο Μέγας γεωμετρεί, 3, 1 4 1 5 9
το κύκλου μήκος ίνα ορίση διαμέτρω, 2 6 5 3 5 8
παρήγαγεν αριθμόν απέραντον, 9 7 9
και ον, φεύ, ουδέποτε όλον θνητοί θα εύρωσι. 3 2 3 8 4 6 2 6

And the translation

Forever the allmighty god uses geometry
to justify the diameters length of the circle
He made a number without end
Alas the mortals will never find another number like this

So I know Pi up to 23rd number (am I Geek enough?)

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScifimom

@Jo - I think Mole Day was June 02 (not June 22), but it was almost 989 years ago, so we missed it.
Personally, I prefer Tau Day (June 28) to Pi Day.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariaTeresa

I'm pun challenged because I had to scroll through the comments to decipher the pyrex. I knew your readers would tell me!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

It looks to me like the Greek has an inexplicably capital alpha.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZan

So, then, the mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle's circumference to its diameter... is 3 Idaho Oh My God Huh? Backward Random Cake 6? got it.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvalyn

Did you notice that the 2 all the way across from that first 5 is also backwards?
I'm wondering if they flipped their map upside-down accidentally!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I should have come here to scan the comments immediately, but instead I just stared at that photo of the dish and tried to figure it out. I just didn't get it. I even asked my husband, the pun master (who unfortunately has never heard of Pyrex, lol). I was like, how is that even related to pie? it's a dish...and not even a pie dish. DUHHHHHH. It wasn't until I'd given up and moved on that it suddenly slammed into my thick forehead PYREX! OK< now that I get it, this is the best pun ever! haha. And, as always, excellent post. I love your humor. :)

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica

I think the pie wrecks joke is the best one ever! It might have something to do with what time of the night/morning it is, but thanks John!! :P

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

pie wrecks! Pyrex! pi wrecks! LLLLLLOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE IIIIITTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermc

That 592 cake just might be what it takes to get my pi memory up past 4 digits!! Thank you!!!

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

I know this comment is late. DAYS late. But my 3 year old was just scrolling through and asked me what the last cake was supposed to be. In time-honored mom style, I asked her what she THOUGHT it was. "Um... a seahorse? Maybe?"

That's as good as it gets, people.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKdot

after looking at this post w/ my 6 year old son (who pointed out all the mistakes mind you, lol), and reading the captions to myself... at the end when john is holding the dish... kiddo says "and there's a funny pot." and proceeds to bust up laughing. i don't get it. but, that's the beauty of being 6... he doesn't have to understand Pi and he can find humor in anything. :D thanks for the lovely wrecks!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwendyleigh

No, the reason I didn't notice the thing with the 5 looking like a 2 is cuz I'm also dancing to Digga Tunnah Dance while it's on loop on my Spotify. :D Yup, I am REALLY that nerdy about Disney.

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeagh

Ahahaha So punny! But getting funny looks from my boss-lady at the moment! Laughing out loud while you have laryngitis tends to make you sound like a demon-possessed chihuahua! the way, this post made my day!

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThea

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