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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

"Cleuless" is Right

Although you gotta admit, Laura C, that it was written in blue...

(It's supposed to be a Blue's Clues cake.)

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Reader Comments (77)

Bules Cleuless...NIIIIICE!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersugahtate

*dances* "We are looking for Bules Cleuless we are looking for..." oh heck it just doesn't work.

I don't know which one makes me sadder...this one or the Ghost Busters cake. What's wrong with these people?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Bules Cleuless? Come on, somebody at that bakery is just dying to get on Cake Wrecks.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

OM-freaking-G. These kinds of things make me weep.

Word verification: "nonogyp," as in you get the two-for-one special: a no no and gypped!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Sweet! I bet Steve would have told that decorator off!!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHippie Mama Kelly

Bules Cleuless sounds like an Eastern European winter Olympian.

Poor cake dyslexic cake decorator - wasn't there anyone else you could have asked to check the cake? And was there supposed to be a drawing instead of just the stupid words?

Also, I see it's an oldie - the date stamp on the photo says 1999.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEeeek!!

WOW. Unbelieveable.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

How do they get jobs in the bakeries???

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

I love the smell of obliviously ironic self-referential wreckitude in the morning!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I'm guessing Kylie is a little kid...what a bummer of a birthday cake!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Wow - that misspelling is atrocious. Were they trying?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeremyandgirls

How sad! Blue probably could have done a better job on the spelling.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Where do these cake decorators come from???? Under rocks?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJAMIE'S CREW

Oh My!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hey Alix, I'm sure you -- like the rest of the planet -- have no idea about this, but "gypped" is actually a racial slur against Roma people (more commonly known as "gypsies"). It's my personal pet peeve so I like to call people on it when they use it, precisely BECAUSE most people don't know what it means.

That said: yeah, I'd ask for my money back on this too.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, it DOES have the blue paw prints...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJade

$28.99 for a cake that cost all of $1.75 of ingredients and $4.50 in labor. Unbelievable.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

awwww come on...they spelled happy birthday correctly. Give them a break...that's a lot of letters to write.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpotpourri poets

Bules Clueless..sounds like a dumb bull. Hahaha
Amy B

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow Alix,

You get picked on A LOT!

Ya know, I'm not sure I should publish comments from "Anonymous" anymore, especially if they are critical of one of our faithful readers. It seems to me that if you believe in something enough to comment on it, you should be able to stand behind it by putting your name on it. Something for us to consider.

Oh and Alix? I didn't know either.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)

Good idea, John...

Notice Anon. didn't say he/she felt compelled to educate folks on the word's origin, but that he/she "likes to call people on it." Big difference.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I did know the gypped thing and it bugs me, too. Why not just not use it if people have problems with it? It's not a biggie to you to use a different word, and it's not insulting anybody.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndyPants

I had a long post about anonymous posters who like to "call people on" things they are obviously unaware of rather than "educate" them. Then I decided this site was about cakes and didn't want to belabor the issue.

Then I realized my word verification was "iming" . IMing. Way too good to pass up. So I will just ask which 3rd grader on the field trip they asked to do the decoration on this poor, sad cake. I hope the mom didn't pay for it!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterToni Marie

Wow. Maybe decorators should attend a quick pop culture class before being allowed to touch the shiny tips and colored icings. That might stave off some of these kinds of wrecks.

Wait ! What am I saying ? Then, I wouldn't get my morning crack-up.

Your Honor, I withdraw the suggestion. =D

Ninereil -- when the third rail just isn't quite enough.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTexPatriate

*sigh* And these people are allowed to reproduce...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Why would you pay for this cake and take it home? I would at least demand some plastic toys to stick on.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermallory

Someday, no one will be able to speak any words at all just in case a word has some unknown origin that is offensive to someone else. We will all just smile and nod at each other and live in a perfect PC world. Blogs like this will no longer exist because humor is too dangerous and offensive :(.

Orrrr we could just consider what is being said in the spirit of its expression rather than technicalities and obscurities, searching out a reason to find offense.

I better enjoy the wrecks while I can! ;)

Word verification: buquo. Umm I have no idea, but I bet it's offensive!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

Poor kid! Expecting Blues Clues and getting a wreck instead...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I wonder from what part of the country these wrecks come. That scares me...
What, we can't teach/learn proper English anymore? I understand using the lingo in texting and such but c'mon...that's why other countries laugh at us.

But then again, where would Cake Wrecks be without stupidity?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

Why on earth would they walk out of the store with that? Its clearly at the party, I can't imagine paying for that!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Anonymous at 10:47

Thanks for the cultural history lesson, but actually I am familiar with the word origin. I learned it a year ago in Rome where we were warned about gypsies! Regardless, what's the big deal? You a gypsie with a chip on your shoulder?

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

sort of makes me sad to think that to be able to get a job, I need to be not only illiterate, but also not follow directions...hmmmm...

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterginlyn

And the paw prints look like... well, I don't know what they look like. Not paw prints.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


this is great.

maybe the decorator got the spelling by Blue herself?

lol. =]

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

Bules Cleuless - wasn't he the guy who was convicted of trying to kill his heiress wife, Sunny?

The upside to the cake is that, with any luck, the birthday kiddo is too young to read cursive.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGayle Carline

wow---I am a grannie, and I know about Blues Clues.

word verification was just too tempting: nutlyst: when you are not up on the current little kid shows, you are the nutlyst of them all.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Okay, first of all, I don't use blogger (for a variety of reasons), and I wasn't sure what the whole name deal was about. I don't have anything to link to so I just clicked "anonymous." I'm not afraid to back things up with my name -- especially when they're not offensive, which this totally wasn't. I phrased my "history lesson," if you need to call it that, nicely and respectfully.

Neither is it reasonable to reply with "ZOMG everything is offensive PC OMG!" Some words *are* racial slurs. "Gyp" is. Why would you use it when you know it's a racial slur with its only basis in being awful to a group of people?

I'm sorry, I just assume that people *don't* know, because most people don't. It wouldn't have occurred to me that someone would *know* it was an offensive term and use it anyway. So I respectfully, nicely pointed it out, and I won't do so again, trust me.


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

To Anonymous 10:47 - you said you were sure Alix, like the rest of the planet... -- so you aren't of this planet?? And if you are the only "person" that knows the "real" meaning of gypped - then is that really the real meaning?

About the cake..seriously? That's just pure laziness.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBittersweet

And ALSO also, I didn't understand what Alix meant by "word verification." I thought nonogypped what what s/he was saying about the cake. So it *wasn't* just unconstructive random complaining, in my mind. I heartily apologize for that and I promise I will not post again.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Wow..that's some serious fail. I mean from beginning to end there. Even the paw prints..just wow!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

To Craig,

Your comment was awesome and I accidentally deleted it. I am actually really bummed. Could you please rewrite it so I can post it.

You're the best!


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)


Well now I feel bad. You weren't out of line but I do get weary of the many anonymous comments we get that are critical. Please feel free to post again because, oddly enough, the controversies make it fun.

One final note, however. This is one of my pet peeves. Here we go...

Racist= Loving ones race above all others, kind of like the Nazis.

Bigoted= Hating someone because of their color, religion, sexual orientation etc. Example: the KKK

Prejudiced= Assuming something about a person based on color, religion, sexual orientation etc.

Your pet peeve is most like this one in that it is based on the presupposition that all Gypsies are thieves or ripoff artist which is untrue. It is, I believe, described as a hasty generalization and it isn't fair.

That said, comment away.


December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn (the hubby of Jen)

That is just so wrong!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tildy Spot

To Anonymous:

FYI:Gypsies are not a "race".

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

The Cake Decoration Community need to send scouts to Spelling Bees ... do a little head-hunting.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRo

Hopefully Kaylie (or Kayleigh or Kaylee or Kreeatif, who knows what the original name was supposed to be!) had a happy Kirthday anyway.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

Chances are, a kid who's into Blues Clues won't be able to read cursive, anyway... As long as the parents don't say anything about the fact that it's wrong in front of the kids, it'll be fine.

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandrewxc

Oh, for the love of Pete. I'll just change my name and everyone should quiet down.

Hugs and kisses all around!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Oh, the poor kid!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

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