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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

Time to Par-Tay

'Cuz it a gril!

This cake takes itself not only for the spelling and grammar errors, but for its cringe-inducing color choices and script execution. Bravo!

Thanks to Erin A. for the photo!

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Reader Comments (56)

Can't believe they misspelled GRIL!

That's brilliant that is. Well done!

June 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTora


July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There's an old Laurie Anderson comment, "I saw a sign in the bathroom at the library. It was in red magic marker and it read 'I LIKE GRILS' in messy longhand. Underneath, in neatly penciled caps was, 'YOU MEAN GIRLS, DON'T YOU?' Below that in the same red magic marker was, "NO, I MEAN GRILS!"

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEeyore

great blog, but you should avoid making grammatical mistakes in a post about grammatical mistakes (it's?!). just sayin'.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

DANG IT!! [sigh]

Thanks, David - you found my weak point. Seriously, you readers have me quaking in my boots every time I hit "post". Still, you're keepin' me honest, so it's a good thing.

(I did just use "it's" correctly, this time, right?)

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen


I think you owe me a keyboard and some coffee for posting this.

Also, that hurt coming out of my nose like that, so I may ask for additional compensation for pain and suffering.

And more pain and suffering for having to look at that cake.

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSunny Lea

FWIW, this cake almost certainly came from an asian bakery. The fruit is the giveaway. So the decorater most likely spoke little english. You found Engrish on a cake!

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSam

"There's an old Laurie Anderson comment, "I saw a sign in the bathroom at the library. It was in red magic marker and it read 'I LIKE GRILS' in messy longhand. Underneath, in neatly penciled caps was, 'YOU MEAN GIRLS, DON'T YOU?' Below that in the same red magic marker was, "NO, I MEAN GRILS!""

I heard the punchline as "What's wrong with us grils?" (written by someone not the original author).

I'd be quite worried if I found out I was having a "gril", though....

July 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

The shadowing on the letters of this one makes me thing that it's photoshopped. Icing doesn't make that big of a shadow, does it?

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCelestial Soldier

haha,i actually first thought those were sushi around the edge of the cake ^^ hiromix

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And they missed putting a piece of fruit on that lonely dollop of frosting.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My brother could have ordered that cake. He called me and my sisters GRILS for years!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTicia

It looks like a bunch of penises around the edge.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterviolet-fade

At first I thought it said Ha Gril, like: "Ha!, I told you it was going to be a girl!" That would have been amusing.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

It looks like someone bought a cake, some icing in a tube, and a pack of those sugar decoration thingies.

Also, Jen, your use of "its" in the original post was correct. :)

Yikes. That's about all I can write about that cake.

Jen, as an English teacher I can assure you that you did use "its" correctly. "It's" = "it is".

Yes, I'm a grammar geek.

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdie Frau

Just to clear things up, folks: I actually went back and corrected my initial spelling error after David pointed it out. So it was wrong, but now it's not. (Note correct usage of "it's".)


July 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I just hope that the person who ordered this cake didn't write "It a Gril" in the first place!

Great blog!

August 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersomeguyanth

You know they named their little bundle of joy after some cheap bottle/box of wine they drank before she was conceived.

Par-tay + cheap wine = It a Gril named "Riunite" (do they still make that wine?) pronounced "Ree-u-nee-tee"

Par-tay on Cake Wrecker!

August 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkimjohannes

I envision free flowing Hpnotiq and lots of 40s at that baby party.

Also,I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Totally hilarious. Well done!

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelliferous Pants

Such a pity, too — if not for the terrible writing, I'd have been drooling over a cake like that. Yum.

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, I remember what it was like when we had dad's first grill party. Of course, we got the cake from a Vietnamese Bakery, so boy does this bring back the memories! ^_~

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Thankfully I wasn't drinking anything when I got to this picture. Why am I picturing Ollie Williams from Family Guy working at a bakery?

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

"This cake takes itself" is brilliant.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my god, hahaha. I'm surpised you didn't write down in your blog post the awkward way the cherry-like and banana-like things at the edges are arranged.

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I have laughed so hard at the "Engrish" comment, that there is no longer any makeup on my right eye. I consider that a good day!

Thanks for this site

August 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm going to waste the rest of my afternoon on this site, so thank you for that. =P :)

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

You have an AMAZING blog!

I doubled over reading your opening to this post. Super blog!

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna McCarthy

This cake is for the Webbers!! Proud parents of a baby grill...c'mon. We forget, we are not the only ones here people!!

so, yea IT A GRIL!!!

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFree-D Media



That's all.

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAly

Wow!!! LOL

Some of these cakes are obviously NOT professionally made...unless bakers are hiring those with a 4th grade edumacation these days.


September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVLM

Nope, not photoshopped. I love it!

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCha

That brings back memories. My baby shower cake read,


They forgot to cross their "T's"

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMommaHolly

Did they mean for the boarder to look like sushi?!?

October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I keep coming back here :) Even on Facebook.
This wreck wins so throughly.

--Brianna McCarthy @ Passion.Fruit

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

No photoshop on this puppy - I can testify to that! This was the cake for my friend's baby shower. I just about died laughing when I saw the cake - the family didn't even notice it! The bakers are from San Salvador - the English language isn't their specialty, but their cakes are delicious. This cake had vanilla and chocolate layers separated by strawberry and pineapple fillings, wrapped in whipped cream and a layer of chocolate and decorated with glazed strawberries and pineapples. It was delicious - bad spelling and all. By the way, the new parents named their little girl "Philomena". Can you imagine them trying to put that on the cake?

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

My wife and I have been reading this blog daily since July. To this day, I can't mention grilling anything without hearing "IT A GRIL!" happily yelled at me.

Thanks for that.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yep I know this is six months later and you'll never see it, but heck yeah Eeyore! Nice Laurie Anderson reference! : )

Tabio: Fabio's cat.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDuhChief

Just wanted to clear something up with grammar. It's is a contraction of it is. (it's in the garage) Its is a plural form. (its colors were poorly chosen) So, when I read the original post, you did use the correct form the first time. Try this site:

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey Anonymous (1/19/09),

If you'd taken the time to read through *all* the comments (rather than just the first four), you'd have discovered that Jen made her own comment (7/30/08) explaining that she had accidentally used "it's" instead of "its" originally, and then went back and corrected it after David alerted her.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenixM

They seem to have run out of fruits for that one spot near the top there, see where there's an empty spot between those strawberries?
Either that, or they just forgot about it. -shrug-

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I would love to say I cant believe someone misspelled "girl" but my aunt did it on a sign when my sister came home from the hospital. lol.

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dyslexia has no place in the cake business.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaked

God - this still makes me laugh a year later. I know what is coming, but I can't help getting giggly. I really think it is the exclamation point.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

IT a gril. Love this blog, gets funnier every day.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, your grammar was perfectly fine! "Its" was used correctly in the caption. David, you need to double check the grammar rules before you chastise people for breaking them. ;)

Its = possessive. It's = It is.

And I just love these pictures. I'm a cake decorator too, although not for a living, and I just can't imagine how the bakers could live with themselves after turning these things in! I've had one disaster (road construction on the way to the reception made the bottom layer rip in two) but thankfully the bride was very young and didn't notice the imperfections! :) Besides, she'd asked for a bright pink cake with white trim & cinderella decorations; I still don't know how you're supposed to make something like that look attractive!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

We moved several years ago and had a moving company come in and do all the packing for us. When we got to our new home and they movers started unloading the boxes to our children's rooms, we had to designate to them which room was the "The Boy Room" and which was the "The Gril Room". We still to this day jokingly call our son "The Boy" and our daughter is "The Gril".

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla Hogaboom

Doesn't this remind any of you of the hot-dog-on-a-poo wave cake? except the icing's darker and instead of hotdogs its fruit

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear David,
Maybe you should make sure you know your grammar before trying to teach it to someone else and looking like a bigger ass.
ITS is a possessive pronoun usually meaning ownership
IT'S means it is as in a compound word
Write that down.

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why does it have to be from an asian shop? You can get cakes with fruit on them anywhere. that looks like it could've come form my local Safeway. It just looks like a store-bought cake that someone wrote on at home, or someone, not a cake decorator, wrote on it at the store.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

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