My Other Blog

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

Friday Favs, 6/27/14

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


When CW reader Jamie ordered a birthday cake for her husband Jim Bob, she encountered one of the funniest dilemmas I've seen yet - and that is really saying something.

The problem?

Her baker had never heard of the letter J:

And apparently thinks Birt and Hday are two separate words.

(Give it a minute.)

(Theeeere it is.)



Any guesses?
Anyone? Anyone?


Two of the most misspelled words I see on cakes are "congratulations" and "confirmation." So when someone is foolish enough to order a "Congratulations on your confirmation" cake, HILARITY WILL ENSUE:

Thank goodness the baker made up for it with all those great decorations.


Wrecky minion Tabatha was having a bad day, so she decided to swing by the discount rack at the bakery for a little pick-me-up. Then she asked the baker to write "Eye of the Tiger" on it, since we all know that's the best song for a bad day training montage. (I'm picturing slo-mo clips of rampant toe-stubbing, pink slip shredding, and bad haircut reaction shots.)

Anyway, as it turned out, Tabatha got an even bigger pick-me-up than she bargained for:

Greetings, from We of the Turkeys!


And finally, when it comes to baseball bats, this baker is ALL THUMB:



Thanks to Jamie, Ashley R., Sandi M., Tabitha G., & Amanda F. for knowing something was wrong with that last wreck, but not quite putting her finger on it.


Thank you for using our Amazon links to shop! USA, UK, Canada.

« Sunday Sweets: Favorite Movie Villains! | Main | Happy Womb Expulsion Day! »

Reader Comments (58)

Bonus on the I Of The Tiger cake-nobody puts baby in a corner!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDre

I think the second cake is supposed to be the Giving Tree. Only you probably need to get vaccinated for whatever it's giving.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMy Goodness

By Jove, I think you've discovered the giant Purple Chalice of Despair, hidden for generations. It is reputed to cause the deepest darkest depression in anyone that sups from it - even glancing at it made me pretty sad. As did the thought that anyone found it acceptable to cross out the word 'baby' with a couple of fat blue squirts of icing, as if that makes it invisible.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Sung to "Purple People Eater"

Well, she saw this thing comin' out of the box
She took one good look and it put her in shock
She commenced to shakin' and she said, "Oh, G."
"Looks like you never learned a letter to me!"

I see a one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper
(One-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper)
A one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper
Sure looks strange to me.

Well, the man confirred, and it's plain to see
He's anti-gradulation, pro hilarity
She's one of the tigers, baby that's so dumb
It only happens when your baker's all thumbs

it's still a one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper
(One-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper)
A one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper
Sure looks strange to me.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I like the one baker's stylistic choice of writing "Congradulation Confirman" in all capital letters except for the i's, which, although printed in lowercase, were bigger than the capital letters.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

Hmmm...could it be that the 2nd cake is supposed to be a tennis racket?

The only other thing that springs to mind are the old "funeral fans" they used to give mourners before air conditioning was common. My mother still has (and uses) a few of those that she got back in the 60's.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

The second one looks like a mushroom cloud.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

The "tiger" cake is mysterious on so many levels. Did Tabatha have a bad day because she thought she might be expecting and wasn't? That would explain the stork's obvious dismay at seeing the crossed-out "baby." (No deliveries here, move along!) Is the "tigen" (that's how I read it) perhaps planning to eat the baby? And maybe the stork, too? Those wings look like they're ready for takeoff. And lastly, are those two little, er, piles possibly tigen poop? Is I of the Tigen a new, villainous superhero? Inquiring minds want to know.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzeldabird

@Sharyn -- You have outdone yourself today. Bravo! I will have that song with its new words in my head all day.

I think I saw the purple thing in a Dr. Seuss book once upon a time.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAJB

I'm guessing #2 is the backside of a peacock. Well, not literally. Because it looks nothing like the backside of a peacock. But that's what I think they were going for. Or maybe a turkey . . . (head-tilt) . . . Let's just call it a day and say it's a fan.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

#2--a blueberry bush?

My daughter is getting confirmed this fall, I think I'm going to make the cake myself to spare making some poor baker have to spell those words. Besides, she will be a ConfirWOMAN, not a ConfirMAN.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

In all fairness, those going through the confirmation process are confirmands. Maybe the wreckerator merely left off a letter? And 'congratulations' is so uniformly botched by wreckerators that I fear there is a list of "acceptable" variations presented during "training".

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

CONFIRMAN! The newest superhero who has amazing superpowers that enable him to Confirm anything! His archnemesis is DENIALMAN.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

From the note that Tabatha got the cake from the discount rack, I'm assuming it was originally supposed to be a baby shower cake that no one bought. Although one wonders why they didn't keep the stork plastic flotsam for their next wreck!

@Dre - I totally almost snorted chai all over my keyboard at "Nobody puts baby in the corner." GREAT catch!

I also second the second one as a mushroom cloud... as painted by Bob Ross. "Happy little nuclear swirls!" *snort!*

Ya know, the longer I am a reader of this blog, the more convinced I am that, like tattoos, one should just nix the words on cakes! Thus avoiding a large opportunity for wreckiness... Of course, I don't necessarily trust the bakers to use appropriate symbolism to make up for the lack of words either. So baby carrot jockeys, sperm balloons, and poo swirls it is! :D

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLadybugFaerie

Ummm. Maybe it's a bouquet? Or a radioactive balloon?

Also, clever misspelling of "Bueller" there. ;)

[Editor's note- Ugh. I even double checked because I thought it looked wrong. Thanks for the heads up. -john (thoJ)]

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

My choices for interpretations of cake #2 is either mushroom cloud or psychedelic tree.

*Small respectful voice* Isn't it "Bueller" rather than "Buellor?"

And finally, @Dre wins the internets for me today!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Sharyn that is perfect :D as for these mistakes, it proves my theory that we are de-evolving as a species O_o

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I wonder if the baker of the first cake is an old Italian dude/dudette. The letter J is barely used in Italian if at all and I know my husband's Italian grandparents often write his name as Gimi (for Jimmy). I'm going to guess that the second cake was a failed attempt at a baby rattle.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterakgreentea

That second cake is very clearly a Dr. Seuss style tree. Think, Horton Hears a Who...

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Confirman, Confirman,
Doing the things a Confir can...

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Since cake no. 2 is purple, I'm going to guess it's supposed to be a bunch of grapes. I hope no one puts those grapes in MY wine.

And a baker that doesn't know the letter J. Let's put that baker in charge of making all the cakes for Duggars!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Perhaps the decorator of #1 was French, and Jamie, er, Gamie, spelled "Jim Bob" over the phone? Because in French, the letter "J" is pronounced "zhee" and the letter "G" is pronounced "zhay". Yeah, that'll be it.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDidoCarthage

@Dre- Oh my goodness! I truly laughed out loud!

Perhaps the cake in #2 should be turned around.
I'm seeing an ad for Viagra...? It is blue, after all...

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

Is that "baseball bat" a moldy hot dog bun???

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I put the I in TIGER!!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMochaKitty

@LadybugFaerie - Okay, you had me at "Happy little nuclear swirls". In all honesty, I kind of like the color.

That's not a thumb...that's a delicious loaf of Jimmy John's bread. ;9

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

The baker most likely didn't misspell "Confirmation" because "Congratulations Confirmation" is grammatically wrong. I am betting the phrase was supposed to be "Congratulations Confirmand" which is the singular form of the person being confirmed.

As a previous cake decorator, I still say in my head con GRAT ulations each time I write out the word because most people don't even say the word phonetically and thus are prone to misspelling it.

Regardless, they could have spared a few roses in the shape of a cross or *something* to jazz up that cake.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNetfrog

These are hilarious, but for the record, Confirman was likely supposed to be Confirmand. A confirmand is a person going through confirmation. It's still all wrong, though.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShelli B

The No.2 cake is Van Gogh's Starry Night! Can't you see it?

So it is a masterpiece after all!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I'd bet that Jamie (aka Gamie) suspected something would be amiss from the spelling on the box. Reminds me of a visit to an auto tire store where the Hispanic gentleman in front of me was named Jaime (pronounced Haime). Try explaining that to a Deep South mechanic.

Anyway, ccc #2 is definitely a Royal Paulownia tree. Or possibly part of a chenille bedspread.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Coming from South Carolina, I'm guessing the tennis-racket-blueberry-bush-mourning-fan-chalice thing is a new, creative interpretation of the palmetto tree on our state flag. Assuming, of course, that the decorator is from or operates in South Carolina and that the purple is supposed to be navy.

That's a lot to assume.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJareth

I am stunned, simply stunned, that nobody recognises what that last cake is depicting! It's Cricket! That is most clearly a cricket bat. I imagine the baker is a recent emigree from somewhere British and just doesn't understand what all this fuss about a dressed-up game of rounders is all about. Clearly these odd American types simply haven't been properly educated, thus his subtlety in showing them the "proper" way to play with a bat and ball.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmaya

My guess for #2 (appropriately placed, may I just say) is that it's a key...? For a door that many a wreckorator dare not go....ever.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I think the second cake is a horribly poor attempt at a wine glass.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

The Baseball Bat looks like a moldy sub sandwich!!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

I have no guess as to what the purple thing is but it's purple so really, it doesn't matter. Because, purple! (I TOLD you guys I used to live in a purple house! )

@Dre ~ Simply awesome!
@Sharyn ~ Now I want to find that old cheesy movie and watch it again!
@Julie ~ "CONFIRMAN! The newest superhero who has amazing superpowers that enable him to Confirm anything! His archnemesis is DENIALMAN." I love it!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Wow...I tried to read the post, and I got a 30 second pop up spam ad *word from our sponser* crap.

[Editor's note- I'm so sorry about that, Kelly. I just screamed at those responsible and it should never happen again. Thanks for the heads up. -john]

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I think cake 2 is a hand mirror.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

Why, why why, do people insist on putting a tittle over an upper case I - or using a lower case i in the middle of an otherwise all caps word? Yeesh! This is where a one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper would really come in handy. A good whomp upside the head would set 'em all straight.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I think Cake Number 2 is some sort of misguided attempt at a banjo.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Jood Gob!!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterI of the Bee

I would personally like to thank these wreckerators for setting the bar
Extraordinarily LOW, and making me look FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!
Thank you!!!!! LOL 😋

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRachel D.

At first glance I thought the last one was a meal for a picnic or something -- a giant sub to share and some cookies for dessert. If that were the case, it still wouldn't be a winner, but it wouldn't be a wreck either.

If you are sure, however, that the thing in the center is cake and not a sandwich, then it is pathetic.

And I hope Gim Bob had a very, very happy birthday.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

My guess for cake #2 is that it is a mattenklopper, which is Dutch for "carpet beater." Why one would make a purple carpet beater out of cake is beyond me, but hey! let's all celebrate! Oh, and the plural for "confirmand" is "confirmandi" -- so maybe TWO letters are missing at the end of that word...! And I think "GimBob" is the secret identity of the new superhero, "Confirman!" -- and vice versa. 'Can't wait to read the comic books!

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteremmay

I think that #2 may be a magic mirror. That's the first thing that came to my mind.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKMDB

i think that second one is supposed to be bouquet of flowers.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Maybe that cake is a giant grape stalk. Lol I even recognize the bakery it came from. If they think that thing is grapes they need to get out more. I would hate to think if that wreckerator can't do J what they would do to my name lol.

June 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

#2 is a lollipop tree. But only if you like grape.

June 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

Amaya, the bat in that last post could be a cricket bat without a handle, but then the balls would be all wrong. Cricket balls are red. When I look at it I see a bunch of ants carrying away a crust someone threw away because it was mouldy (see the bluish bit)? Yum, yum!

June 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

OMG Sharyn, that was perfection. Here I was all unsuspectingly appreciating the subtle humor of "Oh, G" when along comes a "one-pawed, long-armed, purple-suckered people slapper". Got me laughing to tears. Then I went back and read it again and laughed even more. Very glad I waited until today to read this. Thank you!

June 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam B

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>