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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


Remember how we all loved the game "Telephone" in kindergarten? Well, add in a cake, and the fun never stops!

This order was for a "black high heel":

(It's a hill, people. Get it?)

Specifying punctuation is always tricky:

Although I suppose if Aunt flashed Mom that would liven up the party, and it's certainly preferable to Aunt slashing Mom.

(Ok, this one is tricky, I know: the order was for Aunt/Mom - a slash, in other words.)

Here we have a beautifully done blue horse. Unfortunately, it was supposed to be a blue house.

If your message is "Philip...Woohoo!", and you actually have to say the words "dot dot dot", be prepared for just about anything.

And of course these never get old:

Although interestingly enough, I think that icing IS light pink. I guess the decorator was covering all her bases.

Which brings me to our new category: "Literal LOLs". These are some of my favorite kinds of Wrecks, so keep an eye out, Wreckporters!

Thanks to Danielle M., Stefanie D., Rachel S., Michael T., and Chandra.

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Reader Comments (130)

These people drive???

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

these had me laughing so loud my boss had to check if I was okay.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarmoset

These are hysterical! My favorite is the "That That That" cake.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So fun to start my day with a giggle. Thanks!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenive

Okay, I'm stumped by "black high heel". I get black, and high, but heel? How do you get "mountain" out of "heel"?

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I love trying to figure out what the miscommunication one... Aunt/Mom took me forever to figure out!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

The Philip THAT THAT THAT is hysterical!!

Hallie :)

On that last one, it looks like "Welcome Baby" was written by one person, and "in Pink" was written by another - or at least by the same person at different times. The styles are just slightly different. Which leads me to believe that they did it correctly, and then thought, "Oh, were we supposed to add 'in Pink,' or was that just an instruction? Better safe than sorry!"

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLola

Hilarious dot dot dot SO funny!

Your blog is hysterical - you people need your own youtube channel (cake wrecks with commentary) - you're like the carrot top of cake wrecks.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

BAHAHAHAH black high HEEL. You know that was here in the South..heel and hill don't sound alike anywhere else!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I don't get the first one. I know it's wrong, but I don't get it. Must be the blonde hairs on my head again.

Aunt flash mom... oh my!

Let's hope Joe isn't in the closet or that cake is really going to liven up the party a bit. Bwahahaha!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I have to wonder what the cake decorators are thinking. Is there someone in the Food Lion bakery going, "They want what? Okay. Aunt Flash Mom it is. Weirdos." Or is there just mental white noise?

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I love the new category! I just found your blog a few days ago and my friends and I are all hooked. So so funny.

Lois Hale

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHaleyuns

lol... why are people so dumb when it comes to proper punctuation for cake writing?!?! people's stupidity never ceases to amaze me...

now I'm gonna be craving all day at work for a piece of cake :(

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeaf Brown Trash Punk

I love the "that that that" and the "big black HILL"....I'm glad that some people cant listen and take directions well...or at least write something down and clarify...

"um...Yes, I would like a cake with "phillip dot dot dot woohoo", "okay, that will be ready to pick up in 2 days"

cake "decorator"(I think I used those right:) to coworker-- "gee, thats funny they want the words "that that that" between phillip and woohoo...guess its an inside joke..oh well"

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That "Aunt Flash" cake is perplexing...but the yellow on the last one just hurts your eyes this early in the morning!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

I'm loving your site! I was puzzled by the one with the blue horse. The candles look rather like syringes, I think.
Poor punctuation and bad spelling are a particular pet peeve of mine, so I think I'm really going to be checking in often. (She says, while proof-reading her own comment, once again.)

Stop by my poetry blog, Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes and see if there's anything that interests you.


August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

These caks are funny but it's the quick witted commentary that makes Cake Wrecks so much fun.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRiley

I bet that last one really had people laughing. Best time to screw it up - AFTER The hugely stressful painful even of childbearing. I bet that Mom didn't give a damn and just laughed. BESIDES the "in Pink" brilliance, The cake is actually kind of fun! No idea if it was on purpose but it has a yummy abstract feel.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Michelle

Plurals never have apostrophes, even if you're making the plural of LOL.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergrammar nazi

Ohhhhh Cake Wrecks....You never disappoint!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

Your blog is so unusual and a delight I have bookmarked you and am going to spot feature on my blog. May I link on? sandy

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteri beati

Thanks so much for that. I will start the weekend crying....

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClair

The "in Pink" is in a different handwriting (or at least done at a different time) than the "Welcome Baby" perhaps they were second guessing themselves for the moment?

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Those are all so wrecktacular!! The Aunt Flash Mom decorator has apparently been to some of our family gatherings.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

The Literal LOLs are definitely my favorites. I got flowers from a friend once that said, "Hope you feel better. Under that. Love (insert name)". Guess it must be hard to take directions over the phone.
I have to admit that it took me awhile to figure out the "big black hill" one though...

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Do these people have to go through any type of schooling??

I wish I had a picture of a cake from long ago which was supposed to read "happy birthday to you Candace" but the decorator put "Happy birthday too, You Can Dance" Good times...

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I had to read the comments in order to figure out the heel/hill mistake. I was staring at the picture for an embarrassingly long time trying to connect "heel" to "mountain"!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRisha

I guess it shouldn't surprise me that there are SO MANY decorators out there that don't think twice about what they're writing. Makes for great laughs! The black high heel is hysterical!!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

Where am I able to get a horse cake? I mean house?

I especially like the swirly hill/cliff with flowers on that one too ;)

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

OMG! ROTFLMAO! Heck, I thought it said, "Aunt FLESH".. but that's just me, I guess. BEYOND HILARIOUS! This blog makes my day! Black HEEEIILLL.. Too much! And.... that..that..that.. OMG, I must stop laughing!! This site is addictive!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

heel=hill guys, not mountains!

i love the literal mistakes the best!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I think this is one of my all-time favorite posts.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeo

just think what Phillip's cake would have looked like if the person ordering said:
Phillip, ellipsis, whoo-hoo
funny stuff

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Ok, if nothing else, I have to say that reading your blog has DEFINITELY taught me how important clear and defined communication with any cake decorator is in the future.

Oh, and of course all the laughs are appreciated as well. ;)

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Agreed w/Grammar Nazi -- take the apostrophe out of the "Literal LOLs" tag and we'll stop cringing. Unless that's the point. ;)

"Black high hill" XD And of course the airbrush went wild over the edge of the "hill"

The baby cake looks great, aside from being, you know. Overly literal. :D

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen shikami

excuse,is't made by your hand?
very nice~!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercolourtheworld

So the Aunt flash Mom cake should have read:
Aunt-Mom ??? I says, "Pardon?"

I guess I am not familiar with the 'flash' punctuation but I am familiar with things like commas, periods, colons, and such.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

These are so so so funny. You know God had a sense of humor when he created some of these people. lol.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*The Young Mother*

lol. that's hilarious

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJourney To Naturality

I love the "black high hill" one the most. I can hear that Southern accent all the way up here in Massachusetts!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClementine

haha wow! those are really entertaining!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatrice Young

I bused out laughing on these - these are fantatically funny!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Jo

I agree with Angela's comment. You know the person who called in on Cake #1 must have had a southern accent. Because "Black High Heel" in a southern accent sounds just like "Black High Hill."

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Well, I have to admit -- there's a part of me that loves the blue horse.


August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaren J. Weyant

Oh wow!! Do I laugh or cry!! These are GREAT!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Inquiring minds want to know - Were Phillip's pink and yellow girlie roses the choice of the "decorator" or whomever ordered the cake?

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Too funny.

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Black high high hill....

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are awesome! Black High Hill..... Aunt Flash Mom... I check in daily for my daily dose of laughter!

August 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

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