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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

The Problem With Phone Orders

[answering phone] "Cakey Cake Bakery, Jill speaking! How can I help you?"

"Hi, I need to order a cake for my boss. We have a photo of him playing golf that we'd like to put on it, though - can you do that?"

"Of course! Just bring the photo in on a USB drive and we'll print it out here."

"Great, I'll bring it by this afternoon."


"Hey, Jill, what am I putting on this cake?"

"Oh, check the counter; I left the jump drive out for you there."

[calling from the back room] "Really? This is what they want on the cake?"

"Yeah, the customer just brought it in."

"Okey dokey!"

Believe it or not, this is a TRUE story: Elisabeth R. worked at the office in question. Besides, how could I ever make up something this good?

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Reader Comments (238)


January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie


I guess computer lessons are going to become the next required qualification of baking jobs. :P

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfpelayo

I actually burst out laughing at work.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Wow. Just... wow.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So ... How many bytes in that?

WV: messer -- yup.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Ekio, you can easily do this cake for your hubby. Unlike the wreckerator, you'll just want to make/find/use stencils for the contour of the jump drive and the lines within so that all the shapes are symmetrical. After the icing sets for half an hour to crust a bit, gently use a high density foam roller to get it perfectly smooth. And then it's, ah, a piece of cake!

I'm now considering doing something similar for my partner. He would probably get a kick out of it.

vw: smiestru. At the end of the smiestru, you take final exams. lol

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I'm amazed the person who ordered it actually paid for it and picked it up! Unless s/he didn't? Maybe they gave her another cake?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraigellachie

Sof said... So I kind of get how that misunderstanding could happen, but there is no explanation for the green border.

My guess is that another decorator had the cake made up ready for the picture of the golfing boss on the assumption that green would go with a golf scene. Unfortunately, nobody shared the plan with the wreckorator.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Ha ha ha ha ha. That sounds like something that would happen to me.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

When did they hire Amelia Bedelia?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Hopefully the boss wasn't being admitted for some kind of amputation surgery that would have made his love for playing golf difficult and now all he has to commemorate the occasion is a cake with Elizabeth's jump drive on it.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

I'm surprised they didn't just stick the actual jump drive on and add a few flowers!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

THAT is classic. I can only imagine when the person who ordered it first looked at it!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rambler

That is so incredibly awesome.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAC

This is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

That's pretty silly, but what I find amazing is that the ad at the end of the post when I looked was for "Diaper Cakes." Do they not read your blog?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArchitect Critic

This blog is so funny, I laugh so hard all the time. What the hell are these people thinking?? I promise that if I do anything like this I will send it to you I swear!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcTasty

i really want to know how the convo went down when the customer came to actually pick up the cake.

"yeah, we've got your cake over here. let's take a look and make sure everything's the way you wanted it..."

"oh, must be mistaken. that's not my cake. it's supposed to have a picture of my boss golfing on it. but that IS a very large, icing version of the USB stick i dropped off with the picture on it..."

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

This one has got to be in the top 10 of wreckiest wrecks- it is awesomely bad in such a magnificent way!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRingleader


I can't believe it's true! ahahahah

It's better to have the pendrive cake that has a cake with the pendrive on it! :P

Let's be positive! :D

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBruno Fontes

Wow. That hurts my brain. uggghhh.

Still, in the decorator's defense, I'd have to say that no one actually mentionned there being a photo put on the cake. If they just said "the jump drive on the counter", then that's just poor instruction.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's actually a fairly nice looking cake. Ridiculous, but the decorator did a good job.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Surely the green border is from a subsequent interaction, where they yell "hey, what color should the border be?" and the other person yells back, thinking of grass on a golf course, "green, of course".

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKAZ

For some reason, this one is making me die of laughter. People are so "der, yup!" sometimes all you can do is laugh.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cat's Creations said...

Hey! Maybe when they cut the cake the boss' picture was on the inside!


January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

that is AWESOME.

I wish something like that would happen to me just to have the story :-D

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

This has got to be one of my all time favorite wrecks now. It's just too good to be true. I love it.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron James Patterson

Wow, that person did a good job replicating it though.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Seriously, there are actually people this stupid in the world? Who knew?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCory

OMG I need to stop giggling before I hurt msyelf. This has to be one of the best literal mistakes yet!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I'm sorry, where did all the common sense in the world go?!?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

That's amazing! Seriously. I would have lost it if that happened to me!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

It would be extra awesome if the office was some kind of IT/technology office, LOL.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNic

wow- that's such an entertaining wreck! I wouldn't even be mad!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScooter

Well, if they work for Lexar, it's perfect.

Really didn't have a comment, but when I saw my word verification, I just had to think something up...because it fits this so well.

WV: bableth "As the wreckorator bableth, so the cake wrecketh"

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Wow. LOL some people are SO literal-minded! I SO would've demanded a refund!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimmygintx

and to think that i thought he just placed the usb drive on the cake.

this is even better!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertalda

That wasn't the bakers fault. It was the arrogance of the person ordering the cake. Like a counter person at a bakery is familiar with a "jump drive". They expect a photo. Well deserved final product.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is like one of those MasterCard commercials, you know:

1 trip to cake store - $5 gas money
1 cake for boss' birthday - $20
Look on face when boss sees the cake - PRICELESS!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter(W)Reckless Decorators

To anonymous at 8:49 p.m.

If you read the post, you will see that they asked the person who ordered the cake to bring in a USB drive and that the picture would be printed out there. Not everyone is a Luddite.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would so...totally pay for it and give it to my boss and I am sure he would laugh when I told him the story behind it...
I swear sometimes people are idiots!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

in all fairness to the decorator, it's spot on...

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

At least it wasn't another photo cake. We all know just how much you love those!!

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbassenav

Really?!! ... I mean .. seriously? .... I mean... someone's got to be screwing with you. Really.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

See, I have no trouble believing this one at all.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

In the words of Peanut the puppet....WTH is wrong with you....FOCUS!!!

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanni

That's sad...why didn't someone go out back to at least look at the picture? I would have.

wvotd mushi: Someones brain was a bit mushi the day that cake was made.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

this is def one of the most mind-blowingly fabulous posts. oh god how could this have happened?

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhessica

The sad thing is, this is something I would do. I'm a bit of a dope. :-)

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

WOW!!! Common sense is not over-rated! lol!

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistedSerenity

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