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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

In Honor of the 2008 Olympic Games

Such skill.

Such dignity.


And quotation marks - can't forget the quotation marks:

(Three guesses what the customer asked for on the cake!)

Julie S., this one most definitely deserves a gold medal.

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Reader Comments (140)

Obviously, the decorator was boycotting in protest of China's hosting...

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Wow, Talk about following directions!!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShell

MIGHT BE my most favorite cake wreck EVER.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherPride

"Here ya go. That'll be $49.99."

"But I thought it was $39.99?!"

"Yes ma'am, but we charge extra for when you order parenthesis AND quotation marks."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermickiecake

I didn't know that I had been spelling "Olympics" wrong all these years. I will have to practise saying it and spelling it with the "N". :-P

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanetK

This whole blog of yours has me crying I'm laughing so hard.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I just love how dang adorably literal some of these decorators are. No wonder the local grocery is forever advertising "help wanted" in the bakery for a decorator....

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

OMGosh, that's hilarious...I think if I walked up to buy that I would still pay for it and take it home otherwise no one would believe me that it really was like that!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUrban Farmhouse

The fact that it says "Olynpics" only makes it better.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBinx

Whoops! Someone needed their morning coffee.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Link this one to the under-achievers, 'cause that's just plain lazy. Or stupid, but I really hope nobody's quite that dumb.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterphilologia

Oh, my. I just...there are no words.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternonsoccermom

What decorator (I am using that term SO loosely) thought that the folks ordering might actually want their cake to look like THAT? Didn't he/she think it looked a little...sparse? Or bad?

And how hard would it have been to draw 5 circles in different colors? Even uneven circles of incorrect colors would have been an improvement over this.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLyz

Hahaha! I actually snorted with laughter. Oh, dear. That really is very very very bad.


August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Olynpics?? Puh-leeze! The extra punctuation does help to, uh, fill in the space a little, I guess.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiz C

It's like some of these cake decorators just don't turn on their brain when they read the instructions. Just ... sad.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I hope this wasn't for an athlete... I am going to stand over the cake decorator next time and make sure everything is done correctly.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManders


August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterxq

I now know that even with my total lack of artistic ability, I too can be a cake decorator. Sign me up (and just so ya know, I'm licking the batter spoon).

P.S. I ALWAYS get those word verifications wrong at least once. Ugh.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Amber*

And this is what happens when you take your cake order to the grocery store.


August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaire

I think this is the saddest cake of them all.

Not only did the baker not understand the actual request of the customer, the 'M' in "Olympics" is handwritten like an 'N.' Not to mention that the word "Olympics" shouldn't be pluralized in the first place (but that may be the customers fault...hard to say!) I could be wrong, but in my opinion the pathetic-ness of this cake would have gone down a point or two if it at least said "Olympic Rings."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKyla Springall

There are no words. Well, actually, there are, but they wouldn't all fit in this text field. Oy.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Oh that is too funny!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhooper

Wow. I think it actually takes extra talent to so blatantly disregard someone's directions. Rather commendable, I'd say!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaytee

My guess is they wanted the symbol of the 5 interlocking rings, and no words at all!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

SO funny!! You know that preson felt BAD when they realized... :)

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAzaiez

omg, don't these people even think?

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I think the cake decorator was up partying way too late the night before, and may have very well been wasted because, really, how could you not have a clue?!!? I got such a good laugh from this one!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

I have to tell you, I am not sure where people are finding these so called "decorators" but I am glad I have yet to find one. I am glad though that you are posting them (With your hilarious commentary) because this just made my morning! Indeed this is an epic olympic FAILURE!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tantrum

"please decorate cake with something that represents the olympic games (olympic rings)."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterelisha

I've stopped being surprised by cake blunders, thanks to following your blog, but I tell ya, I don't think I'll ever stop laughing about them.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeo

And nothing can be done about that "n" in "Olynpics", once that baby's boxed up!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSassy Frass

So they wrote the "Olympic Rings" in quotes, then thought "No, that's probably not what they wanted," then added the parenthesis for safe measure.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStampest

You didn't even mention that it's "Olympics Rings" and not "Olympic Rings."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

I just want to tell you how much I love your blog. I laugh uproariously every day. My three year old has been telling people about the "baby butt cake" since he saw it. Even to strangers at the post office or the grocery store. We can't get enough!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSoccer Milf

What a masterful effort, and wow, how about that going the extra mile with the creative portion of the program - "Olynpics Rings". Simply breathtaking.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlisalisa

not to mention the fact that it spells olympics with an "N" instead of an "M".....

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetta

Note to self: next time, draw them a diagram!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The customer was looking forward to a nice simple yet elegant cake with the 5 Olympic rings. This was most likely for an Olympics party to celebrate another Phelps gold medal.

At some point the customer probably thought..."Drat, I should have specified I wanted the rings in color. Oh well, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised..."

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGonzalo Solis

They can't spell Olympics either.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

No words... LOL!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuria

And if we're being picky, it says "Olynpic Rings" Don't they teach people how to write in cursive anymore?

Monique in TX

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This Olynpian effort wins the ("Gold Medal")!!!!

haha... I have this new appreciation for parentheses after reading your site the last couple weeks :)

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamieM

Aaand the delay on the posting of the comments suddenly becomes the issue. GAH! I was all, "Why is everyone mentioning the same thing, over and over and OVER...Oh yeah. They can't see the ones that already posted that comment."

So, what exactly counts as profanity? I'm almost interested in testing it after reading 10 people putting in their two cents on what you should have posted! (For what it's worth, I read it as being an "m" in the word "Olympics." But clearly, I was in the minority there.)

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Geez... and after all these years I thought it was OLYnPIC RINGS.. NOW I discover it's a double pleural "OLYnPICS RINGS". So wrong. So so wrong. But hilarious!
Like ordering "30 shrimps please"
O.M.G. !!!!!!!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

A postmodern cakewreck. I'm telling you, failed cakes are evolving as an art form, and they deserve our respect.

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim

gonzalo solis, here you go:

("Olynpics Rings in color (Blue Yellov Black Green Red)")

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterefisher

And the text isn't even centered on the cake! Too funny!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwhywouldyouknitthat



this one ranks up there as one of my faves now. :D

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

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