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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

Keith and What's-Her-Name

How you know your impending wedding is merely an excuse for your co-workers to eat cake:

But really, shouldn't (Bride) be in quotation marks?

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Reader Comments (72)

Wow. There are so many ways to take this that I hope for Keith's sake the bride, assuming she existed and/or knew about her upcoming nuptials, didn't show up at the party.

At least the bouquet is pretty (although not to my taste)...

Word verification = trocut, which sounds like a part of a tuxedo

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The other day they ran a thing in Dear Abby about a lady whose fiancee backed out on her so she asked a friend to marry her instead and "since he wasn't doing anything he said sure." (hence all the wedding guests thought they'd gotten the groom's name wrong).
And somehow I feel like that might be what inspired this cake. Maybe the decorator wanted to have all the bases covered just in case the bride got cold feet.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Oh dear, oh dear . . . If the groom's name were different I'd say that baker had just met my new sister-in-law and thought she was as replaceable as we do.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

Maybe he placed a want ads in the paper and wanted to cover his bases....

"Wanted: Bride. Just show up at the 1st Church of the Desperate at 2pm Saturday. Cake included".

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

Parentheses are the new quotation marks! Didn't you see it during NYC and Paris Grammar Week??

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

i can only hope that a) this party was for keith and the bride will not be attending and b) keith is the typical guy and will forget to mention this to his bride.

why would you host if a wedding show if you don't even know half the couple's name? just so beyond rude. x_X

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Hahaha thats great!!!!
I saw a perfect cake wreck today, and wouldnt you know i didnt have my camera on me!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

Perhaps she was mail order and they hadn't met yet?

Angie (from over at

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

Keith was just waiting for the 'yes' or 'no' unfortunately the cake decorator could not wait any longer.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

What bothers me most are the little pink things! Does this cake have a rash?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

One of my all-time favourites. Thank you for a genuine lol.

Maybe he ordered it before he'd decided on that particular detail?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

@Bibi: Did you really just type that comment into a popular blog on the Internet and not only use your real name but include a link to your own blog? Like, for real? Most of me is hoping you're just kidding, but it really seems genuine every time I read it.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is too funny.
Amy B.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

They should have put "Spouse," just in case Keith is gay. They obviously don't know him very well!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie B.

I'm guessing that whoever ordered the cake knew Keith but not (Bride) and was planning on calling back with the correct name. Still, oh so sad that any decorator would put that on a cake. Why not just write Congratulations and be done with it!!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

ok, that's good stuff. What I find curious is that the cake is clearly for Keith (bride is on her own, it seems). If the cake was for a man, why does it look SO feminine. Come on co-workers, just PRETEND to care about Keith and bride.
Just goes to show that every office has a Milton... "now, Milton, don't be greedy'
name that movie!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreenEggsandSam

Maybe he's a bigamist, or a polygamist...and has a whole bunch of these in the freezer.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

The cake is actually really cute (to me) with that small exception...poor Mrs. Barron.

I have to disagree with Christina on this one because in my world, typical guys ALWAYS tell you the things you absolutely do not need to hear. My boyfriend (and some of those of my friends) has no edit button.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

...unless Barron IS the bride...and whoever ordered the cake thought it necessary to tastelessly specify.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Paige - I'm with you on the pink things, I'm not quite sure what they're supposed to be and they just look sort of icky!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gill

Perhaps that cake is from her mother in law. After all, we wouldn't want to acknowledge the name of the person who is taking away her baaaaaaaaaby. :)

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Could perhaps Barron be a he and therefore the need to identify him as the Bride?

Word verification: "perspac" as in that's my perspactive on this anyway.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

BAHAHAHA The poor Mrs-to-be. Hope she didn't see that or subscribes to this blog.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesleMora

I thought the cake was at least pretty, until Paige said, "...does the cake have a rash?" That's hilarious!

You know, with all the odd names these days...Cocoa, Apple, Police Inspecktor...maybe that's really her name...Bride...

Happy Friday!

~Bonnie B

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

It could have been worse. The decorator could have misspelled the bride's name as "Barren"...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt407

This is seriously one of the more hideous cakes I've seen. Obviously the name error just makes me sad, but on what planet does that dark blue border go with a pink rash?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

It would be funnier if this cake was ordered by the groom's mother.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Wow! Why didn't they just leave the names off?? Looks like a bad omen.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStart To Finish Supplies

I think we are missing the positive here, people. They spelled CONGRATULATIONS correctly! Soooooo close to not being Wrecktastic, and yet so very, very far...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersmarmygal

Maybe the bride's name is Barron and they felt the need to designate it as such to the decorator?

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

At least they spelt congratulations right...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*James*

I think the frosting bag got a little warm because it's not defined in the white diamond, bottom right.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

Paige, I'm glad that the pink zits in the corners bothered someone else besides me!


December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBailey's Leaf

Of course, with some very traditional arranged marriages the bride and the groom do not meet until the wedding day. But, I think they do know each other's names.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Maybe Keith's mother ordered it. My M-I-L would do something like that.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGM

I thought it was odd that they put the last name on a wedding cake. I haven't seen that before. Wouldn't want any confusion, what with the (Bride) and all...Lol

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Seriously? Not one person in the office knew her name or could have descretely found out? That's just soooo sad! I would have been insulted if I was even a tiny bit friends with ANYONE in that office!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTranquility

Perhaps they wanted to clarify that Barron was the bride??

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

I think this is just an example of poor scripting, someone should've used brackets.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertim h

Looks like a hint from bachelor Keith's mom who wants grandchildren.


December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned the horrible color choices here.... Baby Pink and Prince Purple. Blech!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrelllii

obviously he married Uma Thurman's character in "Kill Bill".

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfading in the sun


December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

You would think that is someone went to all that trouble to make and decorate the cake, and then realized "Oh dear, I don't know the bride's name." that they would just say "Congratulations!" and leave it at that.

Chellie (from

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Keith Barron? Hmm. That rings a bell...

Hold on a minute while I google.

Ah!" REL="nofollow">Keith Barron. I think I saw him in panto once.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterros

Perhaps Keith has gotten married so many times his coworkers are tired of learning the brides' names??

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterslycreations

Hmm.. I guess Keith was a little indecisive

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

I'm more worried about Keith, cuz (Bride) is gonna KILL him...

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Not that logic played any part in the design or execution of this cake, but why not just put "Congratulations Keith". He's obviously (hopefully) the honoree at the party.

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The first cake reflects another one of my pet peeves. Whenever you are casually listing a married couple's name (versus a formal listing), the woman's name should always come first. Not the man's. This drives me crazy. (The reasoning is that their shared last name (if they have one) belongs to him and this way it keeps his name together. I also think it is a nice balance to women's names totally disappearing in the formal form). Sorry for the hijack, this just drives me insane!

December 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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