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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

Save the Ts AND the Vs

In case you've missed all the pink ribbons, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A few bakeries took this as an opportunity to roll out their "best" (note my restraint in the pun department) designs in celebration of breast cancer survivors everywhere:

Ah, such a labor of love. Nothing says "celebration" and "strength" quite like a pepto-pink cake with "Survivor" misspelled across the top. At first I thought that paper cut-out was actually on the cake, too, but my eagle-eyed hubby assures me it's on the plastic lid - thus blocking our view of the white "ribbon". Which is the wrong color. But hey, one ribbon out of two ain't bad.

Fortunately most cancer survivors I know have an amazing sense of humor, so we can hope this cake went to a Cake Wrecks reader who could appreciate its wrecktastic nature.

And while we're on the subject, John would like to register his vote for this to be put on a cake:

Very nice, dear.

(And in case you're curious; that's a car magnet. I found it over on Amazon here.)

Thanks to Amanda H. for the scoop on the cake, originally uploaded here.

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Reader Comments (72)

That's just awful and not appetizing in the least.

And, you can tell your husband that Save the Tatas is an actual brand and they sell an array of merchandise.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I love 'save the ta tas!' I am also a fan of, 'If you're going to stare at them, at least donate a dollar to save them' (T-shirt)

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValarie

I agree that save the ta tas would be easier to spell than survivor. Which is sad. Haha.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

I've seen "save the ta tas" on t-shirts too. I think thats even better!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I love that magnet! The pink cake, not so much.

But, yannow, if you made a bunch of cupcakes that looked like breasts, wouldnt' that be a better breast cancer cake decoration?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

I totally have that t-shirt!! I love wearing it!! I find it very humorous when people stare. At least it's a good excuse to stare at someone's chesticles - "Honey, I swear, I wasn't staring at her monster boobs, I was reading her t-shirt and I totally support saving the tatas".

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeremyandgirls

Oh look....someone discovered the "Salmon Pink" crayola crayon and decided to create an icing tribute. I actually had to send this cake to my mom and threaten her with it...I think she found the spelling more amusing than the color though.
On a side note, my daughter's old dance coach not only had a "Save the ta-ta's" magnet, but she also had a "Hurray for Boobies!" one with a pink ribbon. I wasn't sure if I admired her sense of humor or was slightly perplexed by it.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I can't stomach the puke-pink. Pastel pink would've been oh-so-much nicer. Looks like someone didn't put enough white in the red frosting for that.
It's too early in the morning for me to have noticed the misspelling without it being pointed out to me.
~Amy B

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That cake gets more disturbing the longer I look at it.

Carnivore, herbivore, omnivore... What would a Suri-vor eat?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna

What's a "surnor"?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRich

Hahahaha!! Who wouldn't want to be a "surivor"?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJillene

As a breast cancer survivor, I prefer the slogan "Saving Second Base". But "Save the Ta Tas" is funny too. As long as it doesn't appear on a realistic Ta Ta cake, complete with my scar.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdixid

My BIL has the best Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt ever. It's from our small family beach, and there is a picture of a flounder with the caption "I Help Save Breast." One out of two ain't bad, I suppose . . . .

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Flax

You can also get "Save the Tah-Tahs" shirts. They have a website floating somewhere on the internet.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle D.

Some more for your husband, and in case you missed the movement:

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Brilliant stuff !! Worthy of a top ten cake wreck perhaps? I think so.I have to second John's vote for "Save the Ta Ta's". I think Survivors would get a kick out of it and the survivors I know have the sickest sense of humor out of anyone I know !!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKing of New York Hacks

I always wonder if the cake decorators fail to notice that they spelled something wrong, or if they decide to sell it anyway and just hope no one else notices!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacki

I personally like "Save Second Base."


October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea*

I'm puzzled by the fact that on Amanda's blog (the link where the cake was originally posted) someone tries to defend the misspelling by saying the final result is more aesthetically pleasing. Can't we have good spelling AND pleasing aesthetics? Is that too much to ask? (Well, maybe of someone who thinks Pepto-Bismal makes a great cake icing...)

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In response to Susanna's question, perhaps a "suri"vor consumes the offspring of Tom Cruise?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Flax that something to do with Suri Cruise?

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLose That Girl

"In response to Susanna's question, perhaps a "suri"vor consumes the offspring of Tom Cruise?"

Mrs. are hilarious!!! Thanks for the laugh!!!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

There's also" REL="nofollow">Support Our Boobs for even more shirts, magnets and other goodies.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridgete

At least it wasn't on a "boob" cake. Small mercies.


P.S. I like "Save the Tatas" or for Animal Activists/Breast Cancer Survivor Supporters: "Save the Puppies".

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

Ah, darn... I almost snapped a cell phone pic of a wrecktastic cupcake cake shaped into a lumpy, pink-ribbon approximation for you at the local grocery which would have gone so beautifully with your 'surivor' cake! But I was afraid of the Atilla the Hun of a baker glaring at me with a look in her eye that told me she knew exactly what was in my mind...

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite breast cancer awareness saying is, well besides 'save the tatas' is 'save second base.' That could turn out to be a wicked sick cake.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterabbybrossette

"Survivor" may be misspelled, but at least it's beautifully centered on the cake! Unlike many of the other cakes here.

My friend recently found a T-shirt that said, "Tell your breasts to stop staring at my eyes!"

Hmmmm, unfortunately have met too many men that this applies to . . .


October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSue KuKu

Something tells me the recipient of this cake is happy to be a survivor, no matter how it's spelled.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Hah, thank you for that link. My mom has breast cancer and has been wanting one of those magnets for ages, but I haven't been able to find them anywhere.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Good grief. That "Save the Ta Tas" thing is from a morning show called The Daily Buzz out of Florida.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

First of all, that's not pink. It's kind of a strep throat red infection color complete with white pustule border. I think breast cancer SURIVORS deserve much better, don't you?

Alixandra Hice

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

My 16 year old daughter (faithful cake wrecks fan) figures it's the BUST they can do.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Empire biscuits/cookies make a good alternative to a cake for Breast Cancer awareness month. It's what I did yesterday.

And yes, the pepto-pink is a little hard to stomach.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

It's possible that their spelling is how Astro, the dog from "The Jetsons", would pronounce the word.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCris Cohen

Theres an entire "save the tatas' store at the mall near my house.I think they also have some peacefrogs stuff.But that might have been moved to a seperate store recently.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter84

My favorite product from Save the Tatas, which I happened upon while covering a beauty product fair, is" REL="nofollow">Boob Lube, a soap for your breast exam each month. Okay, it's probs just regular soap. But I like the idea. And the name.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMovie Maven

I first saw "Save the Ta-Tas" on a baby's onesie, where it made perfect sense!

Oh, and that cake looks like a Petri dish in need of cleaning.

Jenny Islander

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for your restraint in the pun department.

Anytime I see any of the pink ribbon campaigns I am always reminded of the horrible Yoplait campaign from a few years ago, "Together we can Lick Breast Cancer."

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterb

I love it! I fell upon your blog accidentally and am so glad I did. I think the Save the Tatas cake would be pretty easy to make...but then, you just never know! ;)

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

I actually have a "feel your boobies" magnet in my office as the young lady who started the organization is from where I live. I also have a t-shirt but I am always too chicken to wear it out in public!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

There's advertisement on Facebook going around (I think on Flair) that says "Feel Your Boobies."nI think that should be on a cake as well. Perhaps next to "Save the Ta Tas"

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

I'm a cancer sur-i-vor myself and while the thought of a cake is nice, I have to wonder about that Pepto-Bismol pink frosting. It looks like something that might cause cancer itself.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

My favorite breast cancer awareness slogan is still "Save Second Base"

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJade

Perhaps the cake wrecker added the white ribbon (a symbol against violence) instead of the pink one in the hopes that violence would not be taken out on him/herself.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarian Murdoch

I was at Costco the other day without my camera, and there was a big pink cake and on it a Ribbon and some flowers and it said:


I was cracking up and there was a little old lady standing behind me who said "Well, my husband loves mine too but I don't want it on a cake!"

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAccidental housewife

We're wearing t-shirts at work this month that have the restaurant name on the front and a huge pink ribbon and "Save 2nd Base" on the back. You wouldn't believe how many people don't get it.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Why oh why can't people figure out that Breast Cancer Pink is a specific color of pink???

I love the slogans.....but I had the BEST shirts when I walked the 3 Day - they were Co-Ed Naked themed - Co-Ed Naked Breast Exam (complete with hand prints on my boobs), Co-Ed Naked Mammogram (squished boobie picture and all) and Co-Ed Naked 3 Day ("It's long, it's hard, and it made me cry!")

I, too, know plenty of "surivors" who would laugh themselves silly with a pepto-colored cake that was mis-spelled! LMAO!

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

The cake decorator was definitely a boob.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwarren

I keep waiting for a congratulatory cake with the inscription "Weigh to Go!"


PS "Save the tatas" is my new favourite slogan.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. I am over fifty years old, and I have never heard them referred to as ta tas. What area of the country did that get started in??? And it took me a while to get "save second base", too. Oh, my. I have lived a sheltered life.

I am afraid to ask what the "feel your boobies" campaign means. Oh, the monthly exam?? Oh, I am SO slow.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

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