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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


Here's a little wrecky behind-the-scenes trivia for you: while I see and tag every photo submission that's sent in each week, I don't always see the e-mails they come in with. That's because my friend and wrecky minion Julianne downloads and names all the files for me beforehand.

The upshot of this is that I see photos with no context, unless Julianne sees fit to squeeze a short explanation into the file name. ("JohnS.sneeezed-while-ordering.jpg") It also means if you ever see a file name like ", you can blame/thank Julianne.

Most wrecks are pretty self-explanatory, of course, but then there are the ones like this:

Did the baker lapse into a hypnotic trance there at the end? Was s/he receiving coded messages from ET? In short, WHAT...[Shatner flail]...the heck?


Ok, I've just looked up the e-mail, and now that I know the answer I can totally see it. Take a minute and see if you can puzzle it out, too. If not, I'll spell it out for you at the end. [hint]


Sometimes bakers are kind enough to give us visual clues:  

Hang on, I'm getting something here...[putting hand to forehead]...yep....yep... ok, I got it! It was supposed to say, "CAMERON ON SHIRT." No need to thank me; I'm here to help.

(So...I guess Cameron may need a New Jersey. EH? EH??)


'Course, sometimes puzzling out a confusing cake can lead to all the wrong places:


I bet that's the last time Trin asks for "Cake, Cake, Cake!" on her cake. 



Thanks to Christy J., Michelle R., & Wade C. for finishing what you started. [And to John for the Van Halen reference. Hee.]


(So, did you guess that Christy spelled out Corinne's name on the bakery order form? You know "2 N's, 1 R?" With a star/asterisk to draw attention to it? You DID? Good, good. I've trained you well.)

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Reader Comments (57)

Actually, the KKK cake is an ice cream cake with cookies and cream ice cream....with Oreo's on top! Can't explain the inscription though.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjerseygirl

On the name-spelling problem... I heard of someone who named her daughter "Heather-Noelle", and had to explain to people, "No, there's isn't usually an L in Heather".

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAA

That first one is just... *facepalm* They did manage to spell Corinne correctly, but adding that at the end and '2st'... What is '2st'?! Geez, people... 2nd!

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDionaea

I was getting way too technical with the first one, trying to think of file extensions, abbreviations, etc. I didn't figure it out until you "spelled it out" for me. D'oh! Too funny!

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Im hearing K K Katering. It's not a great business name.

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharelle

The KKK cake could be Kookies and Kream Kake ?

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobbie Jo

Dear Ela,

Alas, no, I was not in on the rescue. At the time of your post, I was rushing about like a headless chicken in preparation for picking up my daughter from camp, which is why we missed the FAB Wrecks contest, Dang it! The ONE time I'm busy & Jen throws her contest. Rats! Oh, and my son had a major allergic reaction during the trip & threw up all night. The deli had MIS-Labeled their roast chicken as plain! (It most certainly was NOT, as my poor boy found out.) :-/

And I will *not* forego CakeWrecks during the next road trip, sick kid or not! (Hey, I can hold a bucket w/one hand just as good as I can with two!)

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

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