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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)

Is it bad that on the first glance I read the "Aunt/Mom" one as "C**t Flash Mom"? I was like, zomg what!? Someone put that on a cake and gave it to their mom? Is "mom" a porn star or something?

Then I read the caption and giggled at my knee-jerk reaction.

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Rot

Love this post...I once got a Cake that read "Happy Birthday Under Neat Sara." It was supposed to be:

Happy Birthday

Go figure!

September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

One more correction, Grammar Nazi:

The AP Stylebook calls for using an apostrophe to pluralize single letters, as in "She got all A's."

But no apostrophe is needed when pluralizing groups of letters, as in "the ABCs."

So there!

Great site, by the way!

September 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLurker

I work for an in store bakery and have seen -so- many weird things that nothing shocks me anymore. That having been said whenever I take an order I make -extra- sure I understand it before I write it down, just to be completely clear with the person ordering what they want and how they want the cake inscribed etc. Considering how parents are naming their kids these days, with the odd spellings of the names that were spelled (I thought) normally 10-20 yrs ago, it just makes sense to be absolutely sure before going ahead to write on a cake or do some sort of decoration that seems a little out of what I consider ordinary.

But some of these (to me) make sense, and I can see how they would have been misconfused and done.

September 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterleathers

LOVE THIS BLOG!!! I think the "in Pink" part of the Welcome Baby cake was photoshopped. It looks weird.

September 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEve

ok... so Aunt/Mom?

does that mean Dad married his sister? must have been an offspring from that pairing who decorated it...

or would it be Dad/Brother married his sister?????

in short... EWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy crap!You know those pictures of the vases that also look like a women's faces? So I looked at the black heel cake and did not see a hill at first. I saw 2 white legs and a crotch!

September 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the blue horse one was supposed to be blue house as in "Bear in the Blue House" and was for a young child. The candles are crayons (I have used them for my kids).

I love the Candace, "Can Dance" story. I wish you had a picture of it to post.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Okay, here is my take on the whole Aunt/Mom thing. I am going with the theory that Mom had a baby very young (say 14 or so) and gave it to her older sister to raise. The child grew up thinking that she was her aunt. When the child grew older, she was told the truth, that her "aunt" was really her mom and her "mom" was really her aunt. Thus Aunt/Mom covers both the names she has know the woman by.

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

October 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I find the 'high heel' especially hilarious. Being from Texas, I can definitely see how that wreck came into being.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

Lauren "Okay, here is my take on the whole Aunt/Mom thing. I am going with the theory that Mom had a baby very young (say 14 or so) and gave it to her older sister to raise. The child grew up thinking that she was her aunt. When the child grew older, she was told the truth, that her "aunt" was really her mom and her "mom" was really her aunt. Thus Aunt/Mom covers both the names she has know the woman by.

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it."

Though that is an interesting theory...I would lean more on the fact that the mother and the aunt are twins so hence a shared birthday.... but yours is more entertaining.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDatachick

is it just me, or do the things above the horse's tail look like syringes without the needles?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I was laughing so hard that that that tears are still running down my face!

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Now now...there's no need to make mountains out of mole-heels!

Courtney B

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This website has made my night. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard!!!

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhouseofestrogen

'Philip that that that WOO-HOO!!'

... all i can say is it could have been worse. For instance:

Philip three periods WOO-HOO!!

Which makes for a vast array of amusing/ disturbing mental imagery.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the horse one but the candles look like crayon darts about to stab the it.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For all you non-Southerners - the "heel" instead of "hill"could have been a reflection of a southern accent - that's my guess. Our drawl could easily be misunderstood.

Just got into your site today - LOVE IT!

Southern Girl

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh wow... I've been perusing the site for hours... The first one to make me really laugh out loud was the "Phillip... woohoo" one. It sounds like some kind of grade-school sexual innuendo. :)

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGirlWhoSangTheBlues

And to think, they walk among us...

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Porter

I am in class and I LOLed at that "that that that woo hoo!!!" cake. People were looking at me, but it was worth it. hahahah

March 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The fourth one is sooooooo funny- just try reading it out to yourself!!!

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

Some people just try to hard...dont you agree? Thanks goodness they do...or it wouldnt be funny! lol xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

So three things I have learned from this blog are:

1) If you are the client, don't order over the phone, order in person. Assume that the person behind the counter is a moron and just write out exactly what you want, and provide a picture if possible. (Just be sure you wrote it out correctly or you will have no one to blame but yourself!)

2) If you are the employee, write out what you think you heard and SHOW it to the customer. Also, use context. If I actually wanted a "black high hill", I would have asked for a black mountain, or a tall, black hill. If you're that worried that the customer will think you're dumb for calling them and asking, just wait to see what their reaction will be when you present them with the cake.

3)Everyone needs to improve their verbal communication and listening skills...and read more books so that a) decorators will stop being so literal, and b) customers will explain what they want correctly.

That is all.

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In defense of the "Aunt slash Mom" cake, I have a friend who I have called "Slash" since we were about thirteen. Her name is Sasha and it came about because of something similar. And if I were to be making her a cake for a fun get together, I'd more than likely write Slash as her name. Just sayin.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I think these are my absolute favourite kinds of wrecks!

June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cupcake Lady

They spelt philip wrong on the woohoo cake

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

"Aunt Flash Mom" dot dot dot. I don't know what's funnier, that they wrote out "flash", that they misspelled "slash", or the incestuous implication in the message. We're the parents of the birthday honoree brother & sister, hence an aunt/mom? I'm laughing so hard right now, I swear to Buddha, if I chugged a pint of cream, I could regurgitate a stick of butter in about 10 minutes.

March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane A.

It seems as though 4 was someone stuttering then cheering

" I want to tell Phillip that that that... woo-hoo!"

Also what do you suppose that cake was FOR? An engagement? A graduation? I think an engagement.

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSquirtGirlMC

That first cake brings back a fond memory of mine from a few years ago. I was in my son's first grade room while the teacher was giving a spelling test. She said, "HEE-uhl, HEE-uhl." And I was thinking, "Does she mean heel or heal?" THEN she said, "Jack and JEE-uhl went up the HEE-uhl; HEE-uhl." I was floored. :P

February 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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