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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

Challenge Accepted, Reddit. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

So you've probably seen the graduation wreck from Reddit that went viral this week. You know, this one:

Everyone's been focusing on the misspellings, but the real unsung "hero" here is that spacing.


This thing has been EVERYWHERE this week, and the way people are reacting - with the ROTFL-ing and the up-voting and re-posting on every major news site and all the OMG THIS IS THE FUNNIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN LOLOLOLOL - well, I might be starting to empathize with a side of chopped liver.

[cuing up violin]

I mean, remember the time we had that "celebiation of learnin"?

And when the Wicssaset Gardautes were Cogngrtaualated?

Or what about my Graduaccion, guys? What about that?

Go d! GO. Bless you.

[sniffling] Five years in, I tell ya, and it's almost like the tossel WASN'T worth the hastle:

And that hurts, guys. IT HURTS.

[staring dramatically out rain-streaked window]

We just never seem to Imagin, Draem, OR Achive together anymore:

And we used to...[lip wobble]...we used to DREM BIG. Remember?

[blowing nose]

Look, I know you have funny cake needs. I do. And I guess sometimes you're going to look at someone ELSE's funny cakes. But you know what? At the end of the day, I'll still be here, serving up your Cograts on Garautions:

 BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, that's why. (There, I said it.)

And also because this Oreo addiction isn't going to pay for itself. 

But mostly that first thing.


Thanks to Sara M., Brooke B., Yvette A., Cynthia, Lizzie & Taylor, Ashlee R., Sarah B., & Susan H. for always loving me unconditionally, and also for knowing better than to challenge me to a baby shower wreck-off. [evil grin]

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Reader Comments (94)

Awww, Jen! And John (THoJ)! And gang!

Yes, I saw that cake somewhere on the interwebz... and thought, "Huh, Jen would do that so much better!" and waited, assured you would, indeed, comment on it. Pay no attention to these Pretenders, my dear - you are our one and only Queen of Cakey Snarky Goodness (and Horrible-ness, too!).

Honestly, I would think that if one couldn't spell "Congratulations" and/or "Graduation/Graduate", one would simply write "2013" or the relevant year. Of course, you have shown us how THAT idea can wander astray....

Um, what is "reddit"? I honestly don't know.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGin

I'm sorry but all that "cake" that is making the Reddit rounds proves is that there are thousands of UNCOOL people on Reddit. All the cool kids are over here and we know that YOU give us the good stuff. They don't know funny because they don't know your site.

BTW I actually hadn't seen that cake until you posted it, so.... Well done, ME! :-)

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Darn You, Fluffy Cow! You stole my song!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusanM

On Pinterest the ol' "Underneat that" cake is just catching on. I have an indescribably strong desire to put a link to Cake Wrecks under each and every one saying: "If you like this, you'll love Cake Wrecks!" But I'm afraid people will start thinking you are spamming Pinterest. And I don't want to get you in trouble.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Don't worry Jen (and John HOJ)! I will never leave you! NEVER.

Too much? Congadrluations.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

I wish I could go to work drunk.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeena

I spend a great deal of time online because that's my job (social media admin for a gaming website) and, if it makes you feel any better, I had not seen that cake until you posted it. So it's not as out there as you might think! I only get my wreck related giggles from you!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Oh heck, just give me that first one, it's chocolate cake. I'll get rid of it for ya.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

Huh. That other cake showed up in my FB newsfeed yesterday, BUT I JUST ASSUMED IT WAS YOU. So, in my mind, you got the credit for it anyway.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercakeburnette

I'm going to take this as my graduation present from you. Thank you. You will always be my funny cake go-to.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTherese

If it helps ease your "pain", I thought of Cake Wrecks when I first spied that viral cake this week. :)

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pear Lady

@I. Dunno, sadly, the Wiscasset cake does have Wiscasset spelled wrong. Even sadder (more sad?) is that it was probably bought in the in-town Shaw's Supermarket bakery or just two towns away at the Hannaford's Supermarket bakery. There really is no excuse for either store not spelling the town's name correctly.

You can count me among those who didn't see this cake before seeing it today on this site. The post commentary along with the comments from the readers make this my favorite blog. All others are number two or lower. :)

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

@Marie: ("... most interesting ways to misspell thingsI ...don't know whether to laugh or cry.")
Holey sheet! These are more than merely "interesting." They're getting top billing at the Tragedy Dome in Vegas. Cry, my all means, cry. Then laugh. Then cry again. I do those, and then top it off with a double shot of Disgusted.But you know what REALLY salts my coffee? The fact that these MORONS are actually earning a paycheck.(!!!) Aye,'tis an unjust world, this.

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I had some possibly funny things to say but then I read Just Andrea's post and my brain exploded. :D

P.S. this rabid Wrecks fan has never even BEEN on Reddit (to her knowledge but some of the blackouts happen in front of the computer and why are my feet muddy again?).

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Your narration is what cracks me up! Sometimes, you just make my day. Thanks

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I love you so much, reading every day, and write down the CW address to all of my friends! But *sniffle* it will never be enough for you, will it?

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Jen (& John) you are the only mohawk-baby-riding-a-carrot for me! Just so ya know. And Sharyn... AWE- SOME!!!! Great song!

May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGroovyGirl

Well the roses on the tassel cake were pretty even if the spelling wasn't lol. Wow. That first cake is not close to as funny as the cake wreck cakes so take that Reddit mwahahahahahahaha. Though when I just glanced at it I thought it said bone and not done it lol.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The first cake was a "wreck" of a cake wreck, not even funny! Jen you are my hero and I understand each and every quip, jab and story that goes along with the cakes. Which makes it even better! Keep up the good work.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Holm

No one gets near the one and only Jen! Cake Wrecks commentators of the world, unit!

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

cake wrecks - frist and bost. Evry tiem.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

With all due appo...apollo...*regrets* for not checking in earlier:

I have heard about Reddit but have never looked at it.

Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

#4 Reminds me of Wonder bread.

#6 Put me in mind of a Danny Kaye routine, but I can't come up with the rest of it: "The tossel with the hostle's on the cake that is fake."

Where are the Cakeoliers when you need them.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

What's so wrong, among so many other things, is that the town is spelled Wiscasett. The only thing they got right on that cake was 2011....and it was probably 2012.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElana

"Congration"? Pffff! Seen a lot worse! It takes a real Wreckerator to whomp up a "Cogngrtaualtons" (which, by the way, is pronounced "cog-en-gert-ow-al-tons.")

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I read Cake Wrecks all the time, and when I first saw that wreck posted on facebook, my only comment was a link to you! I figure if they liked THAT, the only place to be is here! Share the Wrecky goodness!

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Aren't you just sorry for all those people for whom that cake was the funniest thing they have seen?

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

Amie, do you think Gord, along with Homer Simpson's Jeebus (praise Jeebus!), could form part of an alternative Trinity? Now to find the person to complete it...I'm open to suggestions!

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

@Jenn Marie:
I'm sure you're absolutely right and the Cake Decorator 1 DID say "your right"!

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

Hmm...What is a tossel?
It's Finnish for "Tosselilla"
Well, what's a Tosselilla?
It's Swedish for "Tosse Little"
OK, and what is a tosse?
It's Portuguese for "cough"

So your little cough really was worth the - hostle?

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I've never seen that other wreck before. You are my first and only cake wrecks site. ;) And the best, of course.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

My sister-in-law posted on her Facebook "Check out this awesome new site I found!" and linked to that first picture. Meanwhile, I've been silently lurking on here for ages.

And now a comment related to the post:
If every other word is misspelled, is "Wicssaset" spelled correctly?

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAyla

So my daughter graduated today and we ordered a cake with a simple design--the logo of the college she's going to. After my husband ordered it, my daughter and I both said at almost the same time, "If it turns out badly at least we'll be able to send it to Cake Wrecks." While it wasn't Sunday Sweets-worthy, it was not a wreck. In fact, I think I will go have a piece now.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Griselda: You'll not die, you'll not have to fight him. Griswold dies as he drinks the toast.

Hawkins: What?

Griselda: Listen. I have put a pellet of poison in one of the vessels.

Hawkins: Which one?

Griselda: The one with the figure of a pestle.

Hawkins: The vessel with the pestle?

Griselda: Yes. But you don't want the vessel with the pestle, you want the chalice from the palace!

Hawkins: I-I don't want the vessel with the pestle, I want the chalice from the what?

Jean: The chalice from the palace!

Hawkins: Hm?

Griselda: It's a little crystal chalice with a figure of a palace.

Hawkins: Th-the chalice from the palace have the pellet with the poison?

Griselda: No, the pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle.

Hawkins: Oh, oh, the pestle with the vessel.

Jean: The vessel with the pestle.

Hawkins: What about the palace from the chalice?

Griselda: Not the palace from the chalice! The chalice from the palace!

Hawkins: Where's the pellet with the poison?

Griselda: In the vessel with the pestle!

Jean: Don't you see? The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle.

Griselda: The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!

Jean: It's so easy, I can say it!

Hawkins: Well then you fight him!

Griselda: Listen carefully. The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.

Hawkins: Where the pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

@Ayla ("And now a comment related to the post:If every other word is misspelled, is "Wicssaset" spelled correctly?")
Only under The Very Specific Conditions shown below:
#1:You must be looking at its reflection in a mirror.
#2: There must be a full moon (shaken, not stirred).
#4: NO ONE is to EVER MENTION the missing Condition #3.
Finally, and only then, will you be able to spell "Wicssasowhat"... correctably or otherwhys.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@Jen: what is this "Reddit" of which you speak?

You are my source for all the "best" wrecky cakes. :D

@Amie and @Nancy, do you think the Holy Spigot might qualify to complete your wrecky Trinity? (Or perhaps the Holy Goat...)

Rowan Atkinson in Four Weddings and a Funeral

@Alison in Indiana: a Danny Kaye classic!

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

I meant that I couldn't come up with a finish to my version, but thanks for posting that, @Alison in Indiana. Timeless comedy.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I hadn't seen that cake, but if I had, I would have instantly thought "Cake Wrecks." You were the first and will always be the best! Any other site showing cakes with "Congradulayshuns" etc. is just a poor imitation.
We love you!

Sharyn---awesome, again! I laughed out loud and will never be able to hear that song (always one of my favorites) quite the same way again.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

@Alison in Indiana:

Gee, thanks for the visual equivalent of an ice cream headache.


June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I am late in the game today, but it seems like this is the day for songs! So here is my tribute to your awesomeness, Jen. (You know the theme song from Shaft, right?)

Who's the best blogger gal
That everyone wants to call their pal?
You're darn right

Who is the one
Who shows us daily caketastrophies?
Can ya dig it?

Who's the cat who won't cop out
When icing poop is all about?
Right on.

Cakey goddess of most high snark and random sprinkles...
(Shut your mouth)
But I'm talkin' about Jen
(Then we can dig it)

It's not complicated, man
No one can withstand the carrot jockeys.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Wow! As Just Andrea demonstrated, what everyone else said. And I think Alison in Indiana deserves a "special" award for treating us all to that Danny Kaye classic that Craig was too lazy to type up...(just kidding!) Of course, it gets even better when she goes back & tells him that one of the goblets was smashed & so they repeat the routine again...hehehhe....I have to show this post to my hubby now, because that is one of his favorite movies. Now all we need is a link to that scene...(hint, hint...)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

*That* cake led me back to you, so it can't be all that bad. My 8 month old keeps me so busy that I haven't been here for some time.
Note to self: Don't browse Cake Wrecks while baby is sleeping... almost exploded trying to muffle my laughter!!! :D Thank you for cheering me up on a day that started before 5.30am!

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhian

I've never even seen a reddit. Or redditt. Or whatever....

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdoodlebug

Aw, Jen, you'll always be our #1 cake wreck blogger. :)

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRae

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