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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)

A similar story:
Customer phones up and says "we would like a cake which says best wishes Suzanne, and underneath that, we will miss you"

The result can be seen here:

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Look at it this way: You could have another forgettable photo cake of some dude golfing, or you could have a story to tell the rest of your life. Which would make your birthday brighter?

And let's be fair here. Not everyone in the world is as tech-saavy as us; a lot of people working in bakeries are just getting by, well below the poverty line, and may well not have access to computers at home or knowledge of them. In that case, how is this person to know that that little device is even data storage? I think we're throwing the word "stupid" around way too readily. Ignorance, perhaps, but we have no definitive evidence of stupidity.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

I once went to a chain bakery and ordered a picture cake. The guy working, who was VERY disorganized and had to borrow a pen from me because he didn't have one, got concerned when I handed him the photo I wanted on the cake. He said to me, why don't you just keep the picture... I wouldn't want it to get lost.

Hmmm... so how's the designer supposed to put the picture on the cake if I have it?


January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Haha, fecking AWESOME.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterraindog71

Actually, I think there could be a real market out there for this type of cake - you'd have to target the seriously geeky, though, like programmers and webmasters and the like. I know I'd love a cake like this! Yum!

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan G

Maybe if they had this flash drive, they wouldn't have had a problem -

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

people can be so literal....

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershinejewelry

On behalf of cake decorators in grocery stores - customers ask for some very strange things on cakes, so a jump drive seems fairly normal ('specially in my town). Now that being said, the order form should have mentioned that it was a edible image cake--as it obviously mentioned the green border. Sadly, good decorators are not the norm for grocery stores as the pay is crappy, the hours are long, and the stress is higher than I've experienced anywhere else (and I'm in tech support now). I've seen lots of cakes go out that I would never pay for, and I wish my phone had had a camera on it while I was there.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersnarkygurl

lmao ..... ohhhhhhhgod. that is good.

January 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Daily Vintage

This one made my 13 year old daughter smack her forehead and say "WHAT was the decorator thinking"!, I have to agree with her!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClarissa

Wow, you people are harsh. I think the story behind the cake is funny but I've seen cakes here with poo, flies, babies (not to mention fetal cookies), bound feet, water births, rancid camo and Olivia pushing. Why would a drive seem so strange?

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

This is a funny incident but pmost of you folks are completely wrong about who the stupid person was. Sorry folks but the person who put the jump drive on the cake was doing the right thing. Why?
Go back and read the dialog again. They were told to put the jump drive on the cake, and they even questioned that, giving the other baker the chance to clarify what they meant. Sadly that baker did not do ANYTHING to be more specific. People PUT EVERYTHING on cakes. Even Genitalia. The baker has no way of knowing what history is going through the head of the person requesting any particular thing, no matter how ridiculous it is. I have seen cakes with brokem html on them because the requesting person's browser was incompatible with the web based "I want this text on my cake" form. 35 years ago my first software job was in a glass manufactuing factory. The standing policy there was: "AVO" "Avoid Verbal Orders" They had little form pads everywhere. name, date, time and order. They never relied on people's memory for things. (it was a harsh, dangerous environment) The IDIOT in this case was the person who provides the jump drive without so much as single scrap of a note specifying what they wanted.

Remember - if anything CAN go wrong, it will.

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! Look at all these comments! To be honest, I had a real great laugh with this one too :)

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January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa@Foodista

hehehehe..i almost tinkled my hanes over this stuff

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterminerva1822

I'm crying my eyes out right now! SO HILARIOUS!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentert h a i t r a i t

Omg, that's funny!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTom

thats too funny!!!

January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonBon

Yeah, I can see where that would be a problem!


January 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarold Fowler

Now that's pretty friggn funny!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTinnInches

Case study for digital illiteracy and for poor guidance in the workplace.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex in Toronto, ON CA

This one immediately goes onto the top ten. It's so amazing, it might even rate a spot in the time capsule.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTom Dougherty

oh no i just wrecked my keyboard as I spluttered coffee all over it! You need warnings on this kinda stuff! Like, dont drink and read as uncontrollable laughter may cause computer malfunction...

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersowing the seeds

As hilarious an example of poor communication this is, all the people deriding the decorator as stupid are being a little unfair. Imagine this alternate scenario.

"Hi, I need to order a cake for my boss. He just oversaw the launch a new style of USB drive and we want to celebrate this"

"Ok, just bring a photo of the drive in and we'll duplicate it."

"I'll do better than that, I'll bring in a sample 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 as they open the drive and stare in horror at the picture on their computer screen] "Really, This is what they want on the cake?"

"Yeah, the customer just brought it in."

"Okey dokey!"

Later, 150 comments on cake wrecks mock the decorator for being so stupid as to print on the cake the picture of the boss picking his nose.

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermkanoap

I don't feel calling the decorator stupid is unfair. I think it's true.



January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

hilarious, sad and pathetic. would have loved to see the look on the people who ordered the cake.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydee

more than at the cake, I am laughing at all of these comments where people think that was the ACTUAL dialogue at the bakery...

um, I'm pretty sure that Jen provides us these scenarios from her own, very funny imagination, folks. Too funny!!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LMAO...really! The jump drive... this cake goes into the hall of fame of stupidity...Love it!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

BWAHAHAHAHA! Oh, heavens. Well...I bet it was an unforgettable birthday!

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

HAHAHAHA. that is amazing, i love this blog.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersolvency ii

Literal lols is write! That just cracked me up something good.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Lockwood

Ok, I didn't "get" it till I read the responses here. I had no idea what a jump drive was. I might have done the same thing. But I would guess it's not the 1st time someone has done that there though? hum..


January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've been randomly laughing out loud for the past half hour because of this. And yes, I'm probably waking up the neighbors.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a crap....but really a nice joke....

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is the picture that was on the key:

I think they have made a pretty good job.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteresuli

I’m actually the person who ordered this cake, that’s my hand in the picture! I had no idea that this picture was making the rounds on the internet! O_O After reading all of the comments I thought I had to post a reply and explain a few things…

What was the cake supposed to be for?

My manager’s birthday two years ago. The original picture is a little too crazy to explain (a Photoshop collage of some inside jokes from work), but it wasn’t a picture of him golfing as I read in the description. The green color around the border matched the green that was in the background on the picture that was supposed to go on the cake. By the way, I did check before I ordered the cake and they told me that I could bring the picture on a USB stick.

Why is the Jump Drive so big?

It’s actually not a flash drive. It’s an old SD card USB adapter. I didn’t want to give the bakery anything I would care about if it got lost. (Obviously a wise decision based on how the cake turned out).

Did I pay for the cake?

No, I got the cake for free! I felt really bad for the old lady at the bakery because when she realized what happened I thought she was going to cry. She said I could have any cake in the store for free. Really though how could I not have taken this cake? I told her it was okay and that I wanted to keep it. I couldn’t quit laughing. I said don’t worry; it turned out to be funnier than what I originally wanted on it! I think she felt much better after that, but was completely confused as to why I still wanted it.

Was the cake good?

Yes it was despite the black icing. ^_^ The cake was pretty tasty! The amount of icing was ridiculous though. Just for kicks I’ve posted another picture of the cake where you can actually see how thick the icing was:" REL="nofollow">Click here for more cake!

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They ask for the image to be on a flash drive, then use the *drive* as the decoration.

To get that much stupid into one day, you have to get up *really* early!

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael J. Austin

Isn't the cake decorating
guy about 12 feet away
from the edible dye inkjet printing machine?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjayessell


February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband would crap himself over a cake like that.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I can't believe all the people who defended the decorator, saying that they didn't get specific instructions. This dialog was made up, people!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChatterley

That's awesome. I would totally have taken the cake too. WAY too funny not to serve up! You just can't beat a good story.

I'm glad to hear the boss and office also liked the joke.

On a related note, this reminds me of the time I went to a Subway and asked for double tomatoes on my sandwich. The kid laid out the usual 4 slices, then after a moment of consideration and shifting of tomatoes, placed one more slice on the end of the sandwich. I corrected him and said I wanted DOUBLE tomatoes, and he protested that there wasn't any more room! I was too stunned to correct him. I wonder if that kid ever did learn the difference between vertical and horizontal...?

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermorrigoon

I love the update!

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPee Gee

haha... What can I say... Nice post

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

hahaha. love it. lol.

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbar0s

are you serious ??? its a really story??? i can't believe that... but its a funny story..

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April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValonia

good one :o)

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDave

all I can say is gave me a good laugh.

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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