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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.

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- Jen

Surprise! IT A WRECK!

Brenna P. writes,

"Since it was my husband’s birthday last week, I thought it would be a fun idea to get a birthday cake that would also reveal the gender of our baby due this summer."


[nodding vigorously] Excellent, excellent. WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS PLAN.

[making popcorn]
[pulling up beanbag chair]

Ok, Brenna, please.


"I asked that the bakery put blue frosting in the middle of the cake, with the intention of cutting it open to reveal that it’s a boy."

Good thinking. Solid plan. I like it.


And... ?


Note the lovely schmear of blue frosting right in the "middle" of the cake, just like Brenna asked.

(The whole "It a ..." misspelling was just the metaphorical cherry on top.)


Ah, but I know what you're thinking: what color icing was on the inside?

Silly wreckie; there WAS no icing on the inside, haha!

(C'mon, now, how long have you been reading this blog? I mean, REALLY.)



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Reader Comments (38)

I am so certain that the decorator went home that night shaking their head at the stupid order they had to fulfill that day.
One can only hope that they woke suddenly in the middle of the night with a gasp of realization.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Happy Falkersatherhood! Now gather around for a story . . .

Once upon a this very week, I was grading papers. The student had written a heart-touching essay about holding his infant son for the first time after the baby had been in the hospital following complications at birth. The final line was a moving declaration: "I am a father."

All was well in the rough draft. But in the final draft, mysteriously, the student decided to improve the final line to "I am a farter."

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I once asked a moron to bake
A gender-reveal birthday cake
When I started to stew
At the big schmear of blue
She said, "No. It not a mistake."

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn


Thanks for the laugh on a very bad morning!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I give the baker props for the generous icing on top!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

It a...


February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The stupid, it boggles O_o thanks sharyn and haiku joy for the extra giggles :D

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Happy Birthday Jeff...
"It a... "
[Actually, I'd have guessed boy/girl twins, based on the pink/blue fraternal flotsam.]

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Brenna: Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby schmear! How are you going to decorate the nursery?

And @Jennifer, I am there with you. New dryer is being delivered this afternoon after it broke 11 days ago, and two service calls. :-( thank heavens for interest-free financing!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Hee!! And Haiku Joy, love your story too.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I have increasingly become convinced that some "bakers" need to be quizzed at the end of the order process to make sure they understand what is being asked of them. I would have said something about drawing thema picture, but I'm sure that would have ended up on the cake....smh

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermiss_paper

Hey, you -- cake girl -- I not -- what that word? -- li... lit... -- I just have words of one sy... syl... thing. So I can not tell you that I can not make cake you want. You want cake, then blue, then cake, but you ask for sheet. Sheet is just flat cake. Put blue on sheet? I put blue on sheet, yes?

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie J

"That blue blanket looks awfully sticky. Let's just sleep on the floor."

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

Congratulations, Brenna!!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulianna

@sharyn and @haikujoy --- thanks also for the laughs, ladies

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Blue Frosting (sorry, Bobby Vinton)

She sought blue frosting,
Bluer than velvet would be right,
Softer than satin from the light
On the crib,

She sought blue frosting,
Bluer than velvet for a surprise,
Hoping to elicit happy sighs,
Once revealed.

Hers, a secret held tightly,
(Inside a little boy did grow,)
She cut the cake, nervous slightly,
But deep inside, there was no glow of

Blue frosting,
So in her heart there’ll always be
A sad and sorry memory
Through the years,

And she’ll always see blue frosting
Through her tears….

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I never thought I'd say it, but I am with the wreckorator on this one. If you ask for frosting in the middle, but don't specify inside the cake then this is what you should have expected. Still funny though!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I always know where to go when I need a laugh to brighten my day.. The lead-ins to the cakes are almost as hilarious as the cakes themselves..

You guys are the best..


February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbodynsoil

Flabbergasted. And I don't flabbergast that easily.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

You want blue between layers?
You'd best be a prayer.
"In the middle" sounds great
But it's hard to translate.
No surprise gender here
It's a great blue schmear!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I really just have no words this morning. My brain is still foggy from the plague and I'm giggling uncontrollably over @Haiku Joy's "Once upon a this very week" story. Those are my favorite kind!

In other news, I got to witness the finalizing of an adoption for some family friends. Welcome to the family Dami!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

The baker is a skeleton man with a big, great toque, or so I've heard it said.

"This cake decorating isn't so hard to do. I bet I could improve it, too!"

"Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?"

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andreast Andrea

I love the cake decorators that are so literal they just don't take a moment to think things through...

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Smith

And Sharyn, I'm sorry your beautiful limerick is being referred to as a haiku.
I love it. With sprinkles.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin

To be fair, it is a sheet cake. How often do you see filling in a sheet cake? But then again, how can a baker not know this trend, and take an order without saying something about it?

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I had an eagle put on my nieces graduation cake.... when I picked it up from the award winning bakery, the eagle was gray. I asked why, she stated that she couldn't find the brown tint.... really?? All the chocolate frosting was gone??? Luckily I have a few hidden skills and fixed it myself... but, really.... no brown tint....

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen


Posts like these make me feel better about my own baking abilities! lol 0.o

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

I normally just look at these wrecks and keep on going. This one is too much for me. I'm laughing way too much at this!!!!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrittani

Yeah, if you want layers, then the stuff in the middle is the filling, and the icing is what goes on the outside. Still a pretty funny cake.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPastrychef

I know this design. The smear is supposed to be a baby blanket.....

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachelH

Aww thank you all for the well wishes! My husband and I knew we were having a boy so we knew to look for blue something on the cake! HAHA! I totally get why the baker got confused (kind of..haha!!) and will pay more attention to detail in the future when I order a cake. At least it was good for some laughs! Thanks for posting, I feel like such a proud cake owner!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrenna

Wow! I laughed out loud for this one.

Clearly I haven't been reading this blog long enough; no frosting AT ALL inside? Wow!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Okay... HILARIOUS as this is... in all fairness, the "reveal" portion of this wreck is actually the buyer's fault, not the decorator's misinterpretation of the notes from whoever took the order.

A lot of grocery stores only sell ONE layer cakes that have icing on the OUTSIDE only... she should have verified that she would be getting a TWO layer cake that would accommodate the reveal icing "in the middle" when she placed the order, and/or gone somewhere else (like Publix) that definitely has 2 layer sheet cakes.

The spelling error? That's ALL you, Decorator!! :(

And, yes, Congratulations, Brenna and Jeff! <3

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKami

Well, Little Boy P. (which sounded better in my head, somehow) is going to have to be unbearably cute not to hear THIS story over and over and over....

Thanks, Mommy and apparently-high-on-cake-fumes baker!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Um, @Erin: I don't believe that it IS. Even if it was, wouldn't that be a fairly minor detail? I am genuinely confused here, merely seeking enlightenment. If I am wrong, as I frequently am, please correct me.

With sprinkles. :)

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

HOW... do such people... get HIRED???

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

Well at least he knows he's having a cake. Lol hoping it at least tasted good. Sheesh what on earth are wreckerators doing with the order forms? Throwing them out a window apparently.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Your fault for not saying "inside the cake."

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

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