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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

Do You Hear What I Hear?

We all mishear things from time to time. Heck, I still think Elton John just wanted a hug from Tony Danza. However, there are certain levels to auditory misunderstanding, which thanks to today's bakers I can now illustrate and then make snarky comments about. WOOHOO!

Level 1: The Simple Mistake

This is the one anyone can make, since at first blush the bungled interpretation almost makes sense:

Poor Chad. He went from rad to sunburned.


Level Two: The "HUH?"

This is a more convoluted level, and one that requires an explanation to understand. For example, this cake was supposed to read, "Happy 24th Birthday, Ashleigh. YOU ARE OLD!"

"Yes, I'm afraid you DO need to spell it out for me."

(This reminds me of the time in grade school when I had to interview my grandmother about her travels. She kept referring to Mexico as "Old Mexico" [presumably because she lived in New Mexico], but it sounded like she was saying "Oh Mexico." So that's what I wrote - about a billion times in that report. My family all found it quite funny. I did not.)


Level Three: The One You're Never Going To Believe

This is the level of misunderstanding that takes you so far down the wrong road that there's simply no turning back. So, little Seth, you just enjoy your "blue camo" baby shower cake, mkay?

"Watch out, they spit!"


Thanks to Lelia R., Joann R., & Yvonne D. for the "just deserts."

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Reader Comments (68)

I'm seeing "Chaa" on the first cake, too. As if maybe someone really loves roobios tea and wanted to make a cake dedicated to it, but wanted to call it by one of its alternate names.

And the baker STILL misspelled it.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCelidah

@Craig - Do you think Jodee in WA has a crush on you? <grin>

@Jodee - I was *teasing* Craig. We had discussed "improving" you-know-who via genetic manipulation or bioengineering and it sounded like Craig went ahead without me! :-( (And it was all my idea in the first place! Except for testing it on Andrea - definitely *not* my idea. But then, you heard (read) her - she feels like six million dollars now! ;-)

PS to Craig - have you fixed that computer yet? Barbara Anne still needs her daily dose of Earl Grey, doncha know?!

PPS to Andrea - OK, *definitely* the worst possible *blue* thing on a cake. I think Jackwire should give you a medal or something... Maybe a chocolate gold coin medal on a ribbon?!

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Every time I stop giggling, I go back to the head lice line, and start giggling again. Thanks SuBee!

Loved the Aladdin reference too! I think my kids watched Aladdin WAY too much when it came out, as I still have huge chunks of dialogue memorized, without trying. Though some of that could have been Robin Williams.

And if I were decorating a baby room in blue camels, I would totally put "Watch out, they spit!" somewhere in the room.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Jodee in WA!!! That's EXACTLY how I picture Craig, too. And then I pretend he's single... and my age... oh wait... TMI?

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindarella

I am suddenly tempted to make my friend's baby shower alpaca-themed...

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKae

Is it just me, or is the writing on Baby Seth's cake weirdly small?

For the Tony Danza thing, just listen to Phoebe.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

@Andrea, I hope I caused no offense. By 'link!' I was celebrating being able to link more or less smoothly into the 'relevant content' portion of my post. Actually, 'link' in that usage is a Britishism -- 'segue' would probably have been a better word. And what I found bizarre was the idea that Stone Temple Pilots might actually cover Sheriff John's iconic birthday song.

Theardare will devise some suitable penance for me, I'm sure. I hear an orchestra tuning up in the theater...

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Oh man. Just when you think it is safe to go into a bakery.. NO. Lol. Though I think I like the URO instead of being told I am old. So from now on that is what I am going to make people say if they get tempted to say I am old..hehe.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I now look forward to reading the comments as much as I look forward to fresh wrecks!! I just wish I was as entertaining as the rest of you with my comments!! May I ask about "Theardare"?...also true story....we used to listen to Simon and Garfunkel's greatest hits on road trips with my trip we were singing "like a bridge over toilet water" and we hit a be careful about changing song lyrics...hahaha

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

On March 7, 2012, Theadare was born on Cake Wrecks. Fluffy Cow named him, but he belongs to all of us (or we all belong to him - it's hard to tell with Theadare). You can see his origins in the post and comments for the post titled "There's a Moral in Here Somewhere."

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I'm already the Voice of the Computer in our Cake Wrecks casted Star Trek reboot AND playing the cowbell in the band, so if someone else will graciously take on the glorious title of Ninja English Professor . . .

Come to think of it, it might be difficult to take roll in a class full of ninjas. . .

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

@Craig: No offense taken, unless you consider wading through several pages of STP lyrics and a handful of STP song snippets offensive. If so, I wouldn't say it too loudly or risk giving Theardare ideas for a Room 102.

@ Haiku Joy: I'd offer to take roll (I'm very observant, like Shawn Spencer or that Mentalist guy-I'd have to write it down, though, because I have a memory like Dory), but I am not worthy of actually teaching the class.

@ KarateLady: Awwww. I was hoping to win the internet! I suppose chocolate will long as it doesn't resemble humans or poo.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

For some reason, when I read "...almost seven feet tall and built like a wrestler," I went straight to Gossamer. But he's not really a wrestler as such, so then I thought of Crusher. I must have watched more Bugs Bunny as a kid than I thought...

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I came back in yesterday to read the comments, hit SuBee's lice comment and got all queasy again. But I'm feeling much better now. Thanks for all the well wishes.

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

So, Craig, do you have a name for your fan club? <teasing smile> You are *quite* the popular guy! :-) (Are you blushing yet?!) I'm not teeny though (wonder why Jodee in WA thought that?). I'm not big, either - my sister is the blond Amazon of the family. I'm just average <sigh>. I keep reminding myself that several of the best martial artists weren't that tall, either. Then I feel much better! :-) But hey, you never said if you're seven feet tall or not...If not, we can fix that in the lab, right?! ;-)

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Nahh.. Not Gossamer and Crusher isn't tall enough... Kind of awesome that Bugs was your go to guy tho :)

@KarateLady ~ I have no idea why... Maybe average looks teeny when you're taking on a 7 foot tall Craig???

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

@Barbara Anne - glad you're better! Let's hope Sharyn's over her laryngitis, too. Be sure & take it easy the next few days... Lots of vitamin C (2-4g/day) & vitamin D (5k a day). :-)

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

I would quite like to read your 'Ode to Mexico' ;)

August 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElli

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