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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

Sadness Takes on Cake Form

Something about the exuberant inscription paired with this pathetic Wrecky mess is totally tickling my funny bone. I'm not sure what Ashley is "Freeeeeee" from, but evidently it's not melting Wrecks with wonky candles and wax drippings.

Thanks to Monique R., Wreckporter extraordinaire.

UPDATE: Aha, we have back story! Thanks to Melissa for providing the original link.

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Reader Comments (50)

How much did she charge when she was 25??

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

That is the UGLIEST thing!! What is up with the boarder? IS it only cool now to have a nice boarder on part of the cake and then let it trail off down one side and who knows where it went in the back--very strange!!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJillene

Ok here's the thing, it's true that this is a cake from a store and should have looked professional, but since the official cake decorator didn't show up, what was the choice? No cake at all, or a valiant, heart-felt stab at it? IMO this should still fall under the made with love kinds of cakes.

Btw I love your blog and it has inspired me to start making home-made frosting for my cake-mix cupcakes for all future birthdays.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternickiferg

Still, you gotta admit, those candles are pretty cool.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternh92

Without that back story, I was going to say that there is no way that was paid for...I wouldn't have left without a refund and a different cake. I feel bad that these businesses have such a lack of common sense.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Oh, man! This happened to AshleyG?? I recognize her from Etsy. Wrecks are just so much sadder when they happen to someone you know (or to someone you stalk on the internet).

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersamann1121

Awesome! I love the backstory too! Poor girl! ;)

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Amy

I was going to say that there is no way this isn't homemade, but reading the back story, I'm actually kind of impressed that the shift manager took a stab at it. No way should they have charged her though! Even at its wreckiest, a Ben & Jerry's cake still tastes delcious!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChiclet

You know, seeing these professional cakes gone wrong makes me glad I have never, ever ordered a custom cake. :D

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

I like how Ashley is so lighthearted about it. At least her other presents were awesome.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVincci

It seems rare that an ice cream cake ends up on the table without any wreckage. Thank goodness it has ice creamy deliciousness to make up for it!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHagan Wagon

O.M.G.... Never mind the cake. I must have that cat dish!!! Best part of the whole story. *grins*

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

OMG, I love how the frosting is just melting off the sides and all.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I'm most impressed by the uniform sheen of glow that appears on the surface of the cake from the candlelight. Yikes.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I love that the kid left in charge took "a stab" at it...and the boyfriend [baby daddy] bought it. Too cool.

It is a complete wreck, but the love is there and the kid at B*J's tried.

Do they deserve their money back? OH yeah, but she seems to love it on her blog, so all was not lost.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So bad it's good!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterR

Without the back story it would be hard to believe this was not homemade. It wasn't made by a professional though, so I'm not sure it counts there. The writing is pretty good IMHO considering its a first attempt.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKMDuff

The cake said, "Helllp....I'm melllting!"

Me, Ben, & favorite menage a trois!!!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonster

Ben and Jerry's ice cream?? Was there a cake in there somewhere?? Yuck. Icing and ice cream. Double yuck. She should have received the "cake" free of charge, in my opinion. Poor Ashley. At first glance, I thought she might be free of a husband or lover or disease?

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I love how the little pink things look like they're trying to flee the scene. AAAHHH! Run awaaaaaaay!

Go little pink things! Be free!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Karen

I know those candles. I wanted something more than just plain candles for my BF's recent birthday and got those at Wal-mart. The first one was unrecognizably melted before we were half done with lighting the rest of the letters :-( They are a cake wreck waiting to happen to some unsuspecting party-planner. Fortunately, I didn't make a cake, though - just un-iced brownies. But seriously, stay AWAY from those candles.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I love the placement of the candles. It's like "oops, we ran out of room! I guess we'll just drop those last few letters down the side."

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

The backtrack totally makes this cake great! Hope that not only did they get their money back but also some extra.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Oh my sad sad looking cake. I can understand that someone who does not do cakes would well not do the best job and hey he did spell everything correctly right? Of course you would have thought the manager would have looked at the end resultes said ummm there's nothing I can do about it and at least offered it reduced or free. Oh well....

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

WreckTACular cake, fabulous birthday story. Definitely one for the scrapbook! :)

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

Why am I suddenly reminded of the Wizard of Oz?

"Look what you've done! I'm melting! melting!"

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

Love the blog, too funny, but seriously what is wrong with people that they buy the cake, take it home, eat the cake! and THEN seek a refund??? If you want a refund get it then and there if you take it you bought it, too bad for you, I hope it tastes better than it looks!

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I'm guessing the white icing is ice cream? Mostly I'm dumbfounded how the border slid off :)

And even if the cake decorator didn't show up, I say take one for the team, call the person who is paying money and say "hey... our cake decorator didn't show up. You don't owe us any money."
And then go to the grocery store and get a pint of B&J and put a candle in it :)

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyhomemaker

Freee! I hope the cake was freee.
~Amy B.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It sorta looks like the Happy Birthday is missing the d or the a at the end.

But if it's ice cream, I can see why icing is sliding off the sides.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

If I wanted a poorly done cake, I could do that myself. For freeeeeeeeeeeee!

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Wow. WOW. I mean, good on the people for making the attempt when they got left in the lurch by their decorator, but it should have been free or severely discounted!

That original post now really makes me want to make a mustache with a mustache cake, though :-D

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

Is that a bra there in the upper right corner of the photo? Maybe that's what she's free from.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKore

This site is great.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhorriblelicenseplates

And my own 26th birthday is on the 20th. I hope my cake fares better.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTB Tabby

My own 26th birthday was last month, my husband bought those same candles for me, and he also could not center them on the cake. Cracks me up.

I try to tell people, start with the center letter and work your way out, but do they listen? Of course not...

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterslythwolf

Beth`s comment has me ROTFLMAO ! Omgosh that is too funny.

I think the cake should read 26 and this cake is free.

Honestly, why would someone leave the store with that? Why would any self respecting employee allow that cake to leave the store?

I honestly think either of my kids could have done a better job.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Aww... I think it's kinda cute.

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentereek

Hello, It seems rare that an ice cream cake ends up on the table without any wreckage. Thank goodness it has ice creamy deliciousness to make up for it!" REL="nofollow">Goji Berries |" REL="nofollow">GoChi

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMurthy

Okay, to be fair, it can be assumed that although the cake decorator obviously did not exactly go all out on the effort of decorating this...oh my gosh, a star border and some plain writing,...must have raken her all of 5 whole minutes... but the rest of the disaster may have occured in a hot car on the way home.

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

BWAHA! The back story is pretty funny, but my naughty mind was DEFINITELY coming up with way more interesting storylines...

October 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

There is an Ashley on a cloud.

I like to go there when she's freeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!11

Nobody dares to laugh out loud

When they see Ashley's horriblecakethatlookslikeas***tycloud

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I used to decorate ice cream cakes. Almost all ice cream places universally use a frosting petrochemical called "Better Cream". You have to whip it for just the right amount of time so that it turns from a gloopy, oily mess into a fake-o whipped cream. If you don't whip it long enough, it comes out like this- Shiny, wet plastic. It's horrible stuff.

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Scott :
One word: Pyrophosphate

One of the ingredients in Betty Crocker Frosting.

I win!


October 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

Love it!

October 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Bartholomew

that looks strikingly similar to the ben and jerry's cake I ordered and was charged for on my 25th bday...I too sought and received a refund....gotta find that photo!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi Fox

The cake is just pathetic, but the backstory behind it is freakin hilarious! And the fact it came from a large establishment. What happened to stores and restaurants being too embarrassed of letting things out of their kitchens looking like that?

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternc

I just want to know if it is a take off on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where Dobby (the house elf) is freed and he says "Dobby is Freeeee" (ok so maybe I'm the only one with Dobby's voice in my head on this one - blame Pottercast having that clip in their intro (or is it the end - well whichever)

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dude, that is just SAD! LOL The back story was pretty hilarious.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

My eyes want to be freeeeee from my head.

November 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

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