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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

Dental Training

Hi, I'm here to pick up a cake? It's the "Happy Birthday Brittany" one.

Ah, no, see, that second "Birthday" should be "Brittany."


 No no, this has Brittany twice. I need "Happy Birthday" on it.

Ok, now you've just combined them into one word. There should be three.


 You don't mind if I bang my head on this counter here, do you?


 Look, forget the name. Could you just give me a cake that says "Happy Birthday," with sprinkles on it? Yes? Great. Thanks.





Thanks to Anony M., Bethany C., Angela A., Margo R., Brian R., & Kasha D.  for the dental training. (Because it's like pulling teeth? Eh?)

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Reader Comments (45)

Brain...dying...can't comprehend the stupid

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Sung to "Happy Birthday"

Happy Birthday times two
Happy Birthday two yous
Happy Brithday
Happy. Brith. Day.
Happy Birthday Day, you.

How mad are you?
How mad are you?
For someone named Sprinkles
You're huffy, aren't you?

Happy Birthday, Sprinkles! (See, that wasn't so hard.)

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

How. How can even six people be this stupid. How.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo

While the wording mishaps are unfortunate, most of the cakes look fairly appetizing. Not so #3. There is a lot of bad going on there. And was the decorator chewing on a hamburger with his or her mouth open while leaning over the cake? That dark matter in the center looks horrible.

The wreckiest thing about #3? Riderless carrots. But even mohawk babies could not save it.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHerakleios

I'm not sure which is funnier, "Happy Birthday Sprinkles" or the classic "I Want Sprinkles" cake.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I can maybe see just forgetting what I've written and absentmindedly writing the same thing twice, but I think I'd notice eventually, especially if I had to go over the letters again in black, as in the first cake!!!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Personally, I'd like to party with Sprinkles. She sounds like fun.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdutchgirl

Most likely not done by the cake decorator. A lot of people who work in a bakery who don't really write on cakes well. Also could have been late and had someone in the store do it for them.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara

It's the fact that these things are still presented to the customer that boggles my mind. I mean, WHO thinks that's OK???

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

"Happy Birthday Sprinkles" is pretty funny, but the irony of the "I Want Sprinkles" with NO sprinkles is a clear winner. At least most of them have nice handwriting. I'm a little suspicious that someone took a reasonable cake from a store, and wrote the 3rd and 4th inscriptions themselves. Either that, or the decorator was out, and the janitor did the inscriptions (no offense to janitors with impeccable piping skills intended).

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

I have to wonder if the "Brithday" cakes are for 8-day-old boys...

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

Hey, Sprinkles deserve birthday cakes, too!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Surely I can't be the first one to suggest that the "Happy Brith Day" is clearly a cake celebrating a baby's circumcision, done by a decorator with a lisp. Totally obvious to me!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Well, one of these can be saved, if you're near enough your Aunt Day's birthday.
And she isn't allergic.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

I wanna party with Sprinkles too! We can all gather around and sing Sharyn's song to her. I'm SURE she would love it since her special day usually isn't celebrated.
The 3rd one just looks nasty. Blech....

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

The birthday of my birthday is my birthday.
Is it not?

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

SuBee - If you ice me, do I not smear?

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

That's it. We're gonna name the new cat Sprinkles.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Being nicknamed "Sprinkles" for my birthday would open up a world of celebration possibilities with my besties. And two of us will be celebrating our birthdays (which are 3 days apart) at her daughter's wedding in September. Hmmmmmm. . . . . We'd better start planning!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Naming a cat Sprinkles would be asking for it, if he is an unsnipped tom. As a kid we had one, and he sure wasn't getting any slice of cake for his birthday. Though he did eventually get a cone - around his neck. He shredded all the furniture on revenge. Not one of our better cats, and our last male.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarkinSF

#1 & #2: Cookie and cake for twins? Served at Little Ceasar's?

#3: Chainsmoking baker. The ash coating helps it go down easier.

#5: That is breakfast cake, eaten in the morning when we celebrate Day's birth.

#6: But, there doesn't appear to be a comma...they are Happy Birthday sprinkles, as opposed to Ho-hum Wednesday sprinkles. No one is speaking to Sprinkles (I don't blame them either. She's such a diva. I hear she didn't even show up for her last gig).

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

The birthday day cake must be for Betty Bunny.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSsouth

Growing up with and learning to spell the name "Brittany" resulted in quite a few near misses in terms of almost writing "birthday," so it's not as impossible of a mistake as you would think. Granted, I was in elementary school at the time. :)

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

To be fair, my brother's middle name, and the name he still goes by, is Day. No, really. So, there were many "Happy birthday, Day" birthday cakes at my house.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSugarandsass1

You have to wonder if now there is somewhere a middle-aged man with a very unfortunate new nickname. "Hey Sprinkles!"

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I can't believe you now have so many cake wreck photos as to make that dialogue work.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Herakleios, the dark matter in the center of that cake is not hamburger meat, it's pesto.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaxmom

When I was working at the grocery store chain that starts with an 'A' while in college, a bunch of us made up stripper names and put them on the back of our name tags...mine was Sprinkles - I thank you for the cake! LOL

And now I shall go drink more coffee in the hopes the caffeine will make me forget the stupidity of these peoples! =D

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenBen

Looks like they had trouble understanding the order or something.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Saxon

I just came looking for have a cake made for my son's cub scout ceremony. the store bakeries are not allowed to do any free hand decorating. They can only do deco that is approved by corporate. I blame Cake Wrecks... you have corporate shaking that someone is going to screw up. LOL!!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

These are waay too funny!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTanya M

I don't care, I would eat the "Happy Birthday Day" cake since it looks like a scrumptious carrot cake (and with coconut, too!) Plus, given the message, I would know to expect to get a "Happy Birthday Night" cake that evening, as well, maybe in red velvet or midnight chocolate or something appropriate to go along with evening attire.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

So my name is Day, so that one cake is for me. Been wanting cake. Do you deliver?

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDay

Does decorating cakes for too long make you stupid or do only stupid people go in for cake decorating as a profession?

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

kept waiting to see how the title fit today. (sigh)

back when my friends and I used to do things like make up "stripper" names I was always Bubbles. wish I'd thought of Sprinkles back then but it's probably because I don't like sprinkles...

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Oh man lol. Now once I can see screwing up but wow. Still I would eat the cakes. Especially the one with all the yummy sprinkles. Unless of course they broke my teeth then I might possibly get a bit upset lol. Cannot fathom for the life of me if these wreckerators just drank too much coffee or can't understand the order.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Wait a minute, my name is Day! Maybe that birthday cake was for me!!

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDayspring

I had a great-aunt Day, so it's possible 'Happy Birthday Day' is correct, though on the evidence of this post the odds are heavily stacked against this. However, does anyone else think the greenery on that cake looks suspiciously like real plant matter?

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Can I be "Sprinkles"? As a teen, I insisted on having blue flowers on my cakes; no cake was ever complete without blue flowers. And those are good blue flowers. Ah, memories.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Terrific job of pulling these together into a narrative! Very funny!

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarold

@ Allison
I take it that the new cat's not litter-trained yet.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrocketride

The name so nice, ya say it twice!

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkie Pie

Cake #2 would have been perfect on The Fairly Oddparents. They have the character on it named Britney Britney. LOL

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBethDB

This is probably my favorite post. I feel for them, though. Sometimes when I'm typing Happy Birthday to my friends I almost type Happy Brittany. It's a pretty great name, so I can see why it sneaks in there so well! :D

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany Rodgers

You clearly don't know how to distinguish a cookie from a cake.

May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIma Cookie

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