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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

5 Times It Didn't Pay To Be Polite

Some people think common courtesy is dead. To these people I say, "Hey, do you mind? I CAN'T HEAR THIS PHONE CONVERSATION OVER THE MOVIE WHILE YOU'RE SHUSHING ME."

(Yes, I'm joking.)

(I have exceptionally good hearing.)


And bakers, it seems, are especially bewildered by a simple "please" or "thank you:"

Aww, it's almost sad; the baker missed her own thanking!


I say "almost" sad because after you realize how often this happens...

It gets kinda funny.


Text reads: "Happy Birthday Melissa! Thank you much."


This "thank you" threw the baker SO badly she tried to cope with random question marks:

Happy Birthday Barbara!?

You can almost picture her writing this, sobbing, "What does it mean? WHAT DOES IT MEEEEEAAN???"


And if you use BOTH "please" and "thank you" there's a real chance you could do permanent damage to your baker. So please, be responsible. Don't let this happen:

Then again, that's no excuse to be rude, either.

And trust me, it doesn't help anyway:


Thanks to Nicole P., Stephanie R., Melissa S., Nathan B., Lindsay W., & J.R. for being so easy to please.


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Reader Comments (22)

Ouch! These cakes remind me of the time I was stopped by a mall interviewer. She'd ask me a question, and carefully write my answer. When I stopped speaking, she'd look at me as if she expected me to go on. I'd reply, "that's all", and she'd diligently add "that's all" to what she'd written on the clip board.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

That last one is sort of meta. Because it is kinda funny.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

I was going to write what Elissa wrote!

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentert.e.

Dear Jen and John (thoJ):

I Love you Fovere
always have alway s will
in lime green frosting


May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCommenter

For normal people,
appreciation is good.
Wreckers can't take it.

On another note, what are those weird curly things on the daisy cake? That cookie cake may be rude but it's funny.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBossyHeifer

After years of reading Cakewrecks I have learned to never have food or drink in my mouth when doing so. Needless to say I was ROTFLMAO with these Wrecks. Especially the "lime green frosting please" proving the Wreckorator is both a little dim & color-blind. Go figure !


May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Thesaurus cause me ta start laughing sew hard....!!
(.. ... .and, there's that "meta" again....)

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I was so amused by the "in lime green frosting" I almost didn't notice that forever is misspelled. And the last one was very funny! Rude, but funny. :D

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Not only did the decorator add the please and thank you to the cookie, but the fresting is red instead of lime green. I wonder if the recipient will love the giver fovere and alway too.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCelest

Well, I now have a contender for my favorite of all time ("Nothing") with this last cake. It is, at least, something funny - even if it was completely unintentional on the part of the decorator!

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

@ Lady Anne: I used to work at the mall in my long ago youth, and I would get stopped by the interviewers every time I left my store to go to the food court for lunch or dinner. I eventually started joking with them about how I was skewing their results. And they dutifully wrote down my comments about skewing the results. I think they are trained/required to record every single thing.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterColin

@BossyHeifer: Believe it or not, they are candles. If you look closely, you can see a burnt wick on each of them.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

What type of frosting is on #3? It has a weird shiny, plastic/styrofoam texture. The yellow border looks like spray-on insulation I used to seal some cracks around the water spigot on the outside of my house.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

The balloons on the last one are the best I've ever seen on this site, but the 'not-lime-green one' has to be my fave.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKarmaCat

Honestly, sometimes I wonder if the last cake wreck was intentional and that person though the buyer's comment was the "something funny."

I also wonder when the cookie cake is well iced and written.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMel

"In lime green frosting" is written in blood red frosting.


Then again, that's no excuse to be that stupid, dense, ignorant, distracted, idiotic, brainless etc. either.

May 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

You missed the unwanted apostrophe (Thank's) in Barbara's cake. You may have been wondering why someone who thought half-Oreos would be a great cake decoration, managed to arrange them so badly.

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

I believe many spelling-and-usage wrecks stem from the cake decorator's not speaking/reading/understanding English. Simple as that.

Confession: I cling to this belief because I can't bear even to contemplate other possible reasons for such language butchery as I've seen here over the years.

These cakes are more proof, in a sort of 'aww...that's kinda sad' sort of way.

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

No really, no thanks needed. Just doing my job.

May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Wonder how they got away with that last cake. Lol I would think a firing would happen on that one though it is rather funny.

May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

The wreckerator of the fourth cake, who was confused by the "thanks," unfortunately required hospitalization from the injuries sustained as a result of curiosity after decorating the cake that read, "Happy Birthday John! And try to get it right this time, you nitwit!"

May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

No wonder the world's going to be nuked soon. People can't even get a simple message on a cake right. How did they even get jobs at all? Gonna go cry and stuff my face with potato chips now.

May 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLora

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