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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

Ode to Irony

This is poetry in frosting, folks. In fact, I think I feel a Haiku coming on…

Sweet tasting mistakes,
Such standards for our children:
Weep for our future.

Thanks to Monique R., one of my dedicated "Wreckporters", for the pic.

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Reader Comments (53)

Uh, yeah...This is indeed the state of modern public education. Ironically it is the "standards" that have so mutilated the quality of education. Often times a teacher's creativity is squelched by having to adhere to the almighty standards. This begins in preschool. Let us not only weep, but pray for the future...

Oh...hey, where did that soapbox come from??? Sorry folks!

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Ann

I think those mutant starfish looking things are suppose to be hibiscus flowers...

I'm also scared that they couldn't even get graders correct. I assume it should be that anyway instead of 6th Grades.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercaradea

One of the best haiku I have ever read. I would love it on a cake.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddus

scary cupcake cake
ugly airbrush, mithspelled words
hope the cake tastes good

;) Wendy

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just have to say I love your posts! Funnier every day,

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

Maybe this decorator charges by the letter, and although the kids collected dimes to pay for the cake they still came up a few letters short???

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow- poor spelling, not very attractive beach, and what on earth is with the two ginormous flowers? Oh, wait- this must the the alien planet that the teacher is wishing her students were on! What other explanation is there? Where else can you find flowers floating on sand that are the size of palm trees? I keep looking back at the picture, expecting the flowers to have grown even more until they take over the cake!
Carrie B.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, besides the spelling errors, this is a fairly well executed cupcake-cake.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ah, Penis Palms. Brings back such memories of middle school.....

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterexplorer0713

Maybe it was written by one of the fifth graders...

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTheCourteousChihuahua

It used to make me shudder to read the handouts and flyers my kids would bring home from grade school. The grammar and syntax and punctuation errors were abundant, the wrong words that spell checker couldn't catch were many.

Happily, the number of such errors decreased when they progressed to middle and high school.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkmkat

The island of wrecked cakes....

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLutheran Lucciola

i love it! my friend just e-mailed me your blog link and it felt nice to just sit back and have a good laugh this morning. as a mother of two - most of my laughs are at myself as i realize my total inability at doing anything right... but these posts help me realize there are people out there worse than me. and that just makes me smile. :)

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

As a sixth grade teacher, I love this cake! It really reflects a teacher's state of mind on that last day of school.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To think what kind of an education those poor sixth graders went through if their teacher (for I assume authorities ordered this cake) can't even spell 'Farewell' right, or do something if the cake decorator mis-spells it...

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAvoluv

Apparently, it was the last grade that the decorator made it through.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is this the latest trend in cakes - to put a bunch of cupcakes together and frost them as if it were a cake? A way to heap even MORE frosting on a small portion of cake? I haven't seen this in person, and wondered if it was a regional thing.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterspottheblogger

Is this a cake you give to someone when their 6th grade education is somehow revoked?

Or does it mean "Congratulations, now you're smart enough never to work for these cheap idiots!"?

The cake is messed up because the cake shop owner would rather have an automatically opening and closing trunk in his new Mercedes than pay for cake decorators who can actually spell.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG - as a comment to your entire blog, I'll tell you I haven't been laughing this hard for quite a while. Hilarious! Thank you for some great entertainment - if I remember I'll let people know about you on my own blog! :)

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

On the plus side, it's a very pretty cake! And hey, teaching opportunity!

"Write down your corrections for the text on this cake. Whoever fixes all mistakes first gets the first piece."

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaralyn

Yikes! As a teacher, it would take all of my power not to correct the cake somehow...

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, I like the idea of a "teaching opportunity" !!! That is a great idea. Wish I had thought of that when I misspelled stuff on the marquee when my boys were in elementary. I wrote: "Congrations Spelling Bee Champ, Stephen A."

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Oh my, this is all just too funny! I love it!

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Waxman

It could be the grammar question of the day... fix this sentence...

They still let people bring sweets into school? Last I checked, they were banned at my old elementary and middle schools. I'm for it, but I would miss the occasional cupcake in the kid's shoes.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTim

OMG. The future of our country. LOL !!!!!!!!!!

At first I thought it said "Farvel" and what the heck are those green thingies springing up at the base of the penis-palm trees?

Never mind. I like the sky and sand effect.

I think this is one of the scariest cakes you've had.. a vision of the future - be afraid - be very afraid!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

Actually it's not a badly-executed cake. The airbrushing and palm trees are decent. Yellow should've been used under the brown to get a more sandy effect, and the mutant hibiscus should've been a different color (hot pink, for instance), but other than that...

Ye Gods. How do people get away with such basic spelling mistakes? Doesn't a manager notice these things before a cake is given to a customer?

Re the "cupcake cake" -- it's a fairly new trend, the premise being that it's easier for everyone to get his/her own cupcake rather than wrestle with knives and uneven slices. This particular design is one of the nicer ones I've seen.

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterxo-kizzy-xo

YOu are a gifted writer by far- let me know if you publish any books (not even about cakewrecks). You are sooooo funny! Keep it up! (My favorite entry is the dirt/grave cake story).

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErIca

I feel sorry for the parents of the children who got the cupcakes directly underneath the flowers. That is A LOT of sugar!

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAppsNChaps

found your site by chance. hilarious. but isn't it DISCRETION, not DESCRETION?

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfatboybakes

This is the best blog in the world ever. Actually, it might be the best THING in the world ever. My stomach hurts from laughing. Thank you so much for existing.

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaywalker

It took me a minute to figure out where I'd even USED the word "discretion" - lol. You of course are correct, sir: good catch. Thanks!

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Just discovered this site the other night and I still have not stopped laughing. I sent it on to my family and friends. Keep up the fantastic work!

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEdie Dykeman

Cupcakes and cupcake cakes are the new "hot" cake--they're in every food magazine now! I got two last year for my DH's birthday (we are sans a "real" bakery here). They were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman themed, haha--when I went to pick it up, the decorator was like, "Are these for your son?"...and I was like, "No, my 25 year old husband..." :p

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Not only is this an annoying cupcake cake, and a mis-spelled/improper grammar cake - it's a bad color cake, and an over-zealous airbrusher cake! I think this would be called a quad-fecta, yes?

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I make this cake at work!
Of course, I am also capable of spelling basic words, like "farewell."

And yes, I do make the large mutant flowers on it (in yellow), because that's the design template the company gives us to follow. Unless the customer specifies, that's what's in the picture and that's what we have to make.

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkye
August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJami

Did the cake decorator give you a spelling lesson? :p Just kidding! Love the blog, keep it up!!!

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

your haiku is flippin hysterical!

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherPride

I think the cake decorator needs to repeat the 6th grade until they can spell.

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

So the fact that I had to read it three times before I realized the mistakes says a little too much about me, doesn't it? So funny.

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosi

Your haiku is actually pretty wonderful.

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeo

Do the students get extra credit if they point out the mistake?

I'm hungry...I'd settle for a farewel cupcake!

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRonnica

Another FHOTDer - and I'm already hooked! Great stuff!

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*Amber*

JOSI - no, no - you're SMARTER for having a brain that automatically corrected what your eyes saw.....stick with that story! LOL!

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I just don't get the idea behind making cupcakes look like a giant cake. I'd much rather bake one large cake (and wash one single pan) than have to bake with a bunch of little cupcakes (and wash numerous muffin tins).

August 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterslycreations

Sly - I *THINK* it's to make cutting the cake easier. Basically, we're all supposedly so lazy, we just want to pull the cake apart, forget having to bust out the knife! LOL!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Have to comment on the "topper"... You did post a work in progress which is not cake btw but polymer clay. It is not life-size but only 12" tall and it was for a sweet 16 birthday. If you'd like to see the finished product on the cake go to or
~Elizabeth (yes, I did sculpt both of the portraits... out of CLAY) htp://

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Bonura

This is what you present to the kids as proof that you need to stay in school. If you drop out.. you could end up doing something like this!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, that cake was at our church! You can see it here:

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh, I actually LAUGHED at that one! Not that the other cake wrecks aren't funny, but that was the first one scrolling down your first page that make me emit vocalizations. LOL!
I love the way things work.

August 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterzack

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