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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

Eh, You Get the Idea

Oh, dear.


He's a real salt-of-the-earth kinda guy.

Technically it was his cake, but Art's a little confused.


They were trying to get right to the heart of the matter.

 (Whaddaya mean, you don't like my puns? Why, aorta...!)


But it's her second Ivy one.


Say again?


And finally, I have no punny one-liner for this, but it's still my favorite:



Thanks to Shawn W., Silex, Christin D., Shauna M., Christina S., Carolyn, & Vickie H. for these shing examples of wreckery.

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Reader Comments (59)

I promise to use the word "Shing" at least once today.

Even thought I don't know what it means.
Or how to use it properly in a sentence.

Or how I will be mocked once I do...

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

How can they spell science correctly and miss history?? These are not professionals... they just happen to work in a bakery.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

If Meatloaf were a wreckorator (and to satisfy Sunshine Mary):

I'll bake cakes,
I'll ice cakes,
But there ain't no way I'll do it without mistakes.
Now don't be sad,
'cause two outta three ain't bad!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Maybe Shauna is having an organ transplant and they want her to fare well?

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S

Shauna's going into music ministry.

"Technically it was his cake..." BWAHAHA!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The "Shing" was my favorite Stephen King novel. Especially when the dear soilder, Art, brought histort to Organ for the Holly Communion -- it was Christmastime. Although there was some question about whether he'd be welcome, he was secure in his reiterment (and the wrongerment of everyone else.)

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Really? No one checked the spelling of history for a *display* cake? Oy.

Also, can someone explain to me the cake decorating theory behind scribbling colored icing over decently piped edges (cake 5)? Yes, it adds color, but does nothing to make the cake look better. There are so many decorated this way at my local bakery; I'm baffled.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

I'll say it again.
Haiku Joy's pen weeps red marks.
Come, reiterment!

True story, bro: For Christmas this year, I received 20 red ink pens. I've already bled 2 dry this semester. You should see the callus on the finger where my pen rests. It's like a muscle.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Well, on the plus side, the wreckorator didn't put an apostrophe in "heart's". That has to count for something.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Abandon all hope, ye who pastry here.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

@zoomom -- great song, but now I'm thinking of meatloaf with buttercream. Yuck. (Note the small "m". I REALLY don't want to think of Meatloaf with buttercream. Ewww.)

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I think these are my favorite kind of wrecks! :D

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremmbeedee

@Fluffy Cow

Harold and Debbie:
Librarian couple have
a shing future.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

aside from the reiterment (?), why couldn't the baker simply lift the silly plastic thing in the corner to finish his word, then set it down again/move it slightly?

just realized the "Enter if you dear" cookie has R.I.P. around the edges - it's supposed to be a tombstone? I love these kind of cakes - they don't make me barf like the ones with pee sticks...

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVJ

It took me an embarrassing amount of time to realize that last one is supposed to say "shining"

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzz

My heart shings a song of joy each time I visit your page.
As long as I've been reading your site, you'd think that I'd stop being shocked that a wreck is a display cake like Art's.
I am a little surprised that you didn't have Seuss wrecks today, but I'm also glad, because it might have crushed the Seuss high I am riding right now.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRixie

@Sharyn XD XD I am loving the punnage today-I aorta sue someone over the distraction cakewrecks gives me.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Kudos for the Meat Loaf references though I don't want to picture him with buttercream either.

Except now I can't stop.

I would do anything for cake but I won't do that!!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

@ Sharyn: thanks for the image of Meatloaf in buttercream. *heads to kitchen for brain bleach*

My first thought was a Holly Hobby Communion.

That last one is an homage to Michael Myers with a mashup of Charlie Mackenzie and Wayne Campbell. "Harriet. Sweet, Harriet. SHING!" No?

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Actual LOL at the "shing" cake!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I want a piece with a rose on it please! I bet the yellow and green ones would taste extra tummy! :d

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBea

I kinda hope that last cake was supposed to say "Shiny", and Harold and Debbie are Browncoats. I'm cool like that.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Ah, Haiku Joy. If only you had a piping bag full of red icing for these wrecks!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

After re-reading that first one a few times, I have come to fear it. No. Really.

It is like the harmless little old lady with purple hair who calls you dear and offers you cookies only to lure you into her house so she can eat you! BEWARE!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Maybe the first one was for Halloween and they didn't have any Orange icing.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBea

The best jokes are the ones you don't get until the second reading. For me today is was "Say again?" Hahaha
Thanks for the Friday funnies!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

I don't know about that, Bea. That green one looks pretty nasty. The yellow might taste okay, if you like trans fat and sugar, but I'm pretty sure the green one would taste like green. As long as you're feeling adventurous, why not go for the black one?!
Oh Sharyn, Meatloaf with buttercream. That got the mental picture of the Birthday Iffer out of my head, but I really don't want anyone to draw it, even if he were wearing striped stockings!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

The retirement cake looks like a baby shower cake. Oh well, at least it doesn't look like a tombstone ;).

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKore

Maybe Art's a law student

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

If only it said "historte."

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

*applauds "Why, aorta"*
excellent work!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbecca

Rixie's post got me to start reading everything in Sean Connery's voice, and now I can't stop. It's... not a bad thing, actually.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I am exhausted and must reiter.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

No, no, no, sillies, that last one - you see, the word "Shing" is Chinese for something. Maybe a last name. Just because the rest of the cake speaks English, you assume EVERYTHING on it is....

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchopstix

A REIT is a Real Estate Investment Trust. I think that must be what the 2nd to last cake was referring to. Hope that was helpful.

Your trusted financial advisor,

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Cake #4 should serve as a lesson; if you can't spell correctly, all your decorating work has been done in vein.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershand

The comments are just as hilarious as the cakes. "Snort". Love this page. Hehehehehe!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The best bit, for me, is the fact that all the decorations on the "Soilder's" cake are... Um... Well... Brown...

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBadKarma

I can never decide what bothers me most about wrecks - the fact that (most of them) they are slightly disturbing, or the fact that many people, having seen them STILL PAY for them and display them for their friends/family to see and eat!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

OT: HaikuJoy, a few years ago when I was a TA at Flat State U, the powers-that-should-know-better said that we should ease off on the red pens and use other colors that would be "less damaging to the self-esteem of students." Papers bled to death in green, purple, turquoise, sparkly-pink, orange, and colors Nature never created. Oddly enough, student self-esteem did not seem to vary with the shade of pen used to correct, chastise, or remonstrate with their carelessness and/or ignorance. (TIP: SpellCheck is not always your friend!)

As to today's cakes: Dude, I'm spelling impaired and I could do better. Yeesh!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

"SHING!" is the sound a sharp, high-quality knife makes when pulled out of the block. Obviously this cake was for a serial killer's wedding!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Coltrane

I thought everyone except people who live here knew it is spelled Orygone

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Wait, was the "Fare Well" cake bought for the person that's being left behind? I guess that's kind of nice. "See you later, Shauna, we're leaving you so we can have fun with our organ, but before we go, here have some cake."

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlen

"Aorta"?! That bit of cleverness snuck up and clobbered me on the head, nicely done Jen!!

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

ZOOMOM!! That was the most awesome. (I have spoken.)

I think we're in a full DOC alert after the past few days.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I'm having the hardest time getting over the DISPLAY cake being misspelled as Histort. Is that an advertisement for that particular bakery's incompetence? Maybe they didn't want to do any more writing on cakes.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKestrelle

I miss that old "Organ Trail" videogame, where you live in the 19th century and have to eat squirrel kidneys to survive. Oh, wait...they meant "Oregon." I think. Great stuff! I love misspellings.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHM Heather

Wow, a diploma and mortar board for our Art Histort. I feel so prowd of our collage garduate.

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKnittedbooties

Hey, Maybe Shauna is in the process of becoming Shaun and they're wishing her well on her final surgery: "Organ here we come!"

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLogicMouse

Lol. Man that soldier cake was so pretty until you realized they can't spell soldier to save their lives. Other than that the cake was pretty. As for the first cake does it have a R I P on the border? Lol if so don't enter there they plan to kill you!

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I like Shing. That just made my day. lol But really they all cracked me up.

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

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