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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

Seven Hilariously Wrong Wedding Cake Monograms

(I'm hoping to make this a Top Ten list by the end of this wedding season. Fingers crossed!)


Not everyone is fully fluent in text speak and common abbreviations, so let's cut these couples a little slack, mkay?

Right after we finish laughing, I mean.


*Do Not Attempt


Hey, guys! You've just make the most serious vow of either of your lifetimes.

Aw, just kidding. Really. It's no big deal.



Wedding cupcake are the hot new(ish) trend these days. 

Want to know how to make 'em even hotter? 

Just add a little of this:

[Photo removed at baker's request. Please enjoy this lovely picture of Epcot:]

 [And imagine it's a giant pink cupcake.]

At least the center circle wasn't brown.

 (Oh, don't look at me like that; YOU WERE THINKING IT, TOO.)

Some of these could be chalked up to a simple oversight, but this? How could you NOT notice your monogram spells something?

I know it's an old joke, but...

...nope, that's pretty much it.


Hey, you're not superstitious, are you? Because some people might be tempted to take this as a sign:

It's all in the delivery.


And finally, my wedding monogram of the month:

[head in hands]

I can't decide if I'm more delighted or horrified that their accent color was blood red. I'm delorrified.
Or horrighted.

No, wait: I've had time to think about it, and I'm definitely delorrified. Mostly 'cuz that's how I'd describe Marty when he gets stranded in 1955. Right? Delorrified? Eh?

(You're welcome, BttF fans.)


Thanks to Amy M., Bobbi K., Deanna F., Kelly G., Maegan, Ruth H., Kimberly W. for the initial discomfort.

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Reader Comments (107)

*tilting head to the side*

Also, is the new plural of cupcakes cupcake? I kind of like it.

[note from Jen: Boops. Sorry - fixed!]

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Here come the wrecks
for those who text.
Is there still time for
the brides to stop the cheques?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

You got me with "delorrified", Jen. This post's a keeper. (mainly that last part, but good job on the rest of it.)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarmed pacifist

What a shame... the T & A one would have been so pretty otherwise!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsa

Since she took my last name when we got married, my wife's initials are now "R. A. G." But we didn't put that on a cake, sorry.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

My mother grew up in the era when *everything* was monogrammed. Her initials? GAG. :-)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy A.

At least the PMS wasn't in red

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

At least the cakes themselves are well done (though that third monogram is a bit off-center). The monograms, though. Wouldn't you check that sort of thing, and say, gee, maybe I don't want to do a monogram?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

My fiance and I are both JKs. No monograms for us.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I find it unfortunate when people don't think about initials when naming babies (friends whose initials were PIG) or providing monograms. Granted, you can't foresee the joining of names upon marriage, but you can think about the fact that monograms and initials cause OMG moments in this texting age.

I realize the expectation that a baker will ask "Are you sure?" has headed the way of the dodo, but -- yikes!

Thanks for continuing a grand display of giggles and chortles, along with a Sunday full of beauty every week!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDi

I once had a couple that wanted a monogram and it would have been "WAR". I talked them out of it... now I'm thinking I should have let them do it and my cake could have been immortalized here! :(

Hit send too soon, as I am very glad that' Walter and Fiona Trent' never used their monograms.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDi

When I got married, I had to hyphenate my last name, otherwise my initials would have been ASS. I made the right call, I think.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Sung to "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis

The power of cake is a curious thing
Make one guest weep, while the other's laughing
Make you gawk at a symbol of love
Roll your eyes to the ceiling above

Which of the couple is an SOB?
Are they really serious, or Just Kidding me?
This is No Big Deal, did I see that right?
So why did I buy you a gift tonight?

Listen, honey, this is not a game
If you're ambivalent, take off that train
I know this is sudden -- might feel cruel at times
Don't you want to do this right?
That's the power of cake
That's the power of cake

First time you saw him, it was T & A
Now that your love's Aged, is it DOA?
Do you two have a chance for success?
Are those cold feet, or just PMS?

Listen, honey, this is not a game
If you're ambivalent, take off that train
I know this is sudden -- might feel cruel at times
Don't you want to do this right?

They say that all in love is fair
Yeah, but cakes don't care
But you know what to do
If doubt's come over you
End it now, save yourself some heartbreak
You feel the power of cake
You feel the power of cake
Can you feel it?

Listen, honey, this is not a game
If you're ambivalent, take off that train
I know you like diamonds, but don't be a heel
Is it the truth your cake reveals?
You feel the power, just the power of cake
That's the power, that's the power of cake
You feel the power of cake
You feel the power of cake
Feel the power of cake

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

It's a shame, since some (well, ok; one and a half) of these would be quite nice if the couples could catch a clue! I can understand people not getting NBD, but T&A? Really? Even my dad knows that one.

Great post as always, took me a second to see what you were getting at with the cupcake. Now, obviously, I cannot unsee.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrizzy

While the first cake may represent the truth (wedder’s remorse), and yes, I thought the top on the fourth cake looked a little pastie…I believe the second cake is a reference to Queen Marie-Antoinette -- you can tell it’s French by the clever play on the person’s name: J-K (Jacquie). Of course, the reference is to what the Queen said during the hard times in her country. Upon being told the people had no bread, she replied, in a rather unkind way, “Let them eat ka-ka.” This, naturally, was not well received, and quickly the royal court announced that what the Queen really had said was “Let them eat cake.” This didn’t help, and as we know, the Queen lost her head. Consequently, on the anniversary of her beheading, some people make what is called the “Let them eat ka-ka cake.” The cake, as pictured here, is totally covered in brown frosting, to represent you-know-what, and sprinkled with red to symbolize the poor Queen’s blood. (And…a little known fact about her husband, Louis XVI: a lover of rock ‘n’ roll, he had his King’s men write a song about him – a little ditty called “Louie Louie”….)
Me gotta go….

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

Sharyn even tied it back to BttF! Win all around (just not for the wedding parties)!

One thing to consider that when monogramming, it goes, First / Last / Middle. That's a lot of forethought to put into naming kids. I have to say I didn't, but (so far) all our initials are good any which way. ;-)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

I personally am delorrified that people with unfortunate initials don't notice this problem BEFORE it goes on the cake...

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I often wonder if people think when they do this kind of thing. We have a local firm whose initials are indeed, WTF, which they have proudly emblazoned on all their paperwork and vanity licence plates. And in Viet Nam at one ot the airports we saw another plane with "PMT Airlines" painted down the side of it. I told my husband we weren't going to fly with them, ever :-)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercolleenoz

As someone whose monogram would be DOA - & who never wore the shetland wool sweater her mother had monogrammed for her in college (apparently without thinking about it), I shake my head at the 2nd to last cake. I take comfort that my initials, DAO, when sung are fun however (think calypso music). Where are the monogram police when you need them?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna`

Sharyn, does your brilliance know no limits? Great Scott! You amaze me!

Jen, I agree; "delorrified" is the right choice! ("Horrighted" could sound kinda trampy.)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

When we were expecting our second child we picked out Bethany Ann for her first and middle names. Fortunately, before we made that official it occurred to me that her initials (not monogram, just regular ol' initials) spelled B A G. Ahem. Her name promptly became Sara Beth. :D

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBubbe

Sharyn, you shold get a youtube channel, you are up there with weird al in terms of song parodies XD XD as for the cakes, mostly well done, but DON'T PEOPLE LOOK??? D:

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Wow, another great song by @Sharyn, we've really got to copyright these parodies. :)

I think the No Big Deal cake is my favorite, I actually love the colors and the font and total props to the baker of the camo cake, that's the nicest one I've ever seen. Seems like the DOA cake at the very least should have been obvious but I'd say the same about the PMS cake!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrnEyes6

Delorrified. That is the best thing that can possibly come out of this Friday. Might as well go home now.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershmana

My S-I-L's initials before she married were KKK. Mom didn't notice. Her last name now is an L.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNewbuffalomom

Hubby and I are

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJuliettesjules

Some of the cakes would've made for beautiful cakes without the monograms. I love the PMS cake all except for the monogram. The AGE one on the other hand scares me. I hope the decorators at least had a good laugh while making these cakes though.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

@Juliettesjules -- my hubby and are are S & M, which I realized the first time I decided to informally sign a Christmas card to friends. Needless to say, I changed it to M & S.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

My youngest cousin's two children are Sam and Ella.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdrkala

Today is Doughnut Day It seems a shame that y'all refuse to do a Sunday Sweets for Doughnut Day. What's worse is that you failed to even give a tip of the hat to Doughnut Day (which is today) today. Instead you post some wildly inappropriate monograms and think we'll all laugh so much that we'll forget The Doughnuts. Well, I for one, did forget. Until I read the beginning of my post and remembered that Today is Doughnut Day.

So you go ahead and laugh, darlin', cause Doughnut don't care.
Doughnut's got too much class to show how hurt it is.

[Editor's note- SuBee. HOW DARE YOU?! You come onto MY SITE (Jen's site) and tell me how to run MY SITE (Jen's site)?! Well here's some news for you, lady: this is MY SITE! (Jen's site) I don't even like donuts! And who spells it "doughnuts?!" This is America! Speak American! If you want to spell things all correct like, go to Canada or England or something. Whew... Now I'm tired... somebody get me a donut... -john]

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Ok, I understand all of them except NBD ...what does that stand for?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love the DOA cake, because that would be how you would describe most Holloywood weddings. lol

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

Hahahahaha! "Do not attempt". Hee!

1. The bride is sobbing because she married an S.O.B.?

2. Hmmm, why do I have the sudden urge to buy some Preparation H?

3. I'm glad you spelled that one out, although I would have gotten it eventually, I'm sure. Typing texts like that makes me twitch. All my texts are actual words in actual sentences. I'm sorry. : )

4. The groom was tired of answering the question, "So, what first attracted you to your bride?" and just put it on the cupcakes.

5. At first I thought that poor groom's legs were severed.

7. I think this is my favorite. Delorrified, indeed. : - )

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

John and SuBee! Stop it, stop it, stop it! My eyes GLAZED over when I saw you two start to BEAR CLAWS at each other. You're friends, and you mustn't poke HOLES in that and FRITTER it away! You were RAISED better. I'm not going to sit here and let this conversation get KRULLER AND KRULLER. Now, apologize. It's the YEAST you can do.

Don't make me call Theardare! He'll send Ninja Donut and then where will we be?


June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

My monogram would be STD. Delicious!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherron

It's. All. In. The. Delivery. Best. JOKE. Evar!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Sharon-Thank you. I do eclair, I donut know what came over me. I feel crumby and I'll apologize to John as soon as I see him. Maybe I should send him some flours. OH LOOK! There he is now!

John- I'm sorry. The South Brooklyn part of me just took over for a minute. Anyway, I just want to point out that all the classy people spell "donut," "doughnut." Now go get some rest...

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I was going to use our monogram on the wedding invitations until I realized it spelled APE. Reversing it was not much better with EPA.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

My cousin attended PMSS (Port Moody Secondary School). I'm not kidding. You can Google it. Their sports teams were the Port Moody Blues and their slogan was "Don't Mess with PMSS!"

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterarynShay

NBD = No Big Deal

My monogram would be ARM. No monograms for me.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndie

My husband and my initials together are S&M. He wanted so badly to have that all over our wedding. Thankfully, he had no say.

Which makes me wonder how many of those were done full well knowing what they could mean. If any of those couples had a sense of humour like my DH's, I could see it. (Specifically, the T&A seems like it would a good snicker).

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Thanks SuBee, it IS Donut Day! Jen and John, don't you have any cakes for Donut Day? Like, maybe a deep-fried donut cake? Oh wait, wrong holiday...

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen O

"You were thinking it anyway."
No, no I wasn't. But now I can't stop. Arrgh.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

The monogram on my wedding cake would've been CDC... as in Center for Disease Control. We went with flowers on top instead!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCoconut

I could eat that last cake once every month.

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

Okay, maybe I'm just naive, but I have no clue what T & A means. The rest were hilarious!! Well done Jen!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaygoon

I had to google T & A. Oh, my!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriheardthat

That last one is EXACTLY why my husband and I don't have anything with our monogram (his first name begins with a P.)

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandi M.

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