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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)

OMG - bet that went down a treat !

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoxmysox

....bahahahahaha! Well you know at least they can make a cake of what they see correctly :P as opposed to the Twilight Cake :P

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Okay, so... I used to work as a packager/cleanup crew for a chain store bakery. Our store didn't have a photo cake machine and I had no clue about photo cakes at all. I took an order for a photo cake thinking there'd be outlining and detailing just like the USB cake. Luckily the decorator set things straight before feelings were hurt and lawsuits threatened.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous may be the geek in me speaking, but I would *LOVE* a cake with a USB flash drive on it. I may request one the next time I have a cake-worthy occasion.

Even if it was a mistake, that cake is AWESOME.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnowFoxCreations

it sounds like something I would do

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Kneeland


June 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKanerou

F-ing classic.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAMYbp

Wow, some people really *are* that stupid.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

At least she labeled it.
"Okay, they might not be able to tell it's a jump drive, because they're as stupid as I am. So I'll just label it! Yay!"

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisabellerogers

Reminds me of a woman I knew who called a bakery and ordered a "scroll cake" for her son's Bar Mitzvah. She got a sheet cake with a very large picture of a squirrel on it.

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob R

At least there weren't any quotation marks!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghann

Wish I had one with an ioDrive on it! Actually. i wish I just had an ioDrive...

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I just did a spit take all over my monitor after reading this story and scrolling to the picture!!! I love it!

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkfod

this is too good!

I'm gonna write up a blog about you guys

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered

I think I would have made him personally deliver it to the boss and said "I don't know how these things work. Sorry the pic came out wrong". ;)

November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, this made my day - I'm sending it to EVERYONE :)

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

All I can say is, it's a good thing she's good at decorating cakes. Otherwise, I fear she would be unemployed! :D

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoves_to_laugh

Oh, don't get mad people... the Baker just JUMPED to the wrong conclusion!!

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee C.

I'm not surprised at all. That actually makes MORE sense than when I handed a stack of CDs to the guys in my office's copy center, asked them to print all the files... and got back 7 pages with photocopies of the physical disks on them.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCKHB

Its really nice. Thanks for sharing. I hope that in my birthday you will make a same cake as u did.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerm paper

lolol! i luv that 1!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter!!Cheese!!

This one had me roaring with laughter for a good fifteen minutes! (I just found your blog, and am in LOVE!) A whole different interpretation to "drive".

I am rather amazed that a bakery that can do photos would have staff that didn't know about flash drives (or equivalent), but I'm assuming the staff specialize-- the person who hand-decorated the cake did do a good job copying the drive-- and so perhaps the decorator in question was a bit old-school.

And I do know quite a few techies who'd love appropriately decorated cakes, so anything's possible.

PS I'd definitely have paid for the cake-- it was sooooo worth it for the laughs. (Most of the bosses I've had would have been distraught at the idea of missing out on a cake like this!)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

That is a REDICULOUS amount of icing up in that jump drive, like, thickkkkkk icing.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

LOL, I love it!

I actually have one of those jump drives(it's a camera memory stick reader, not a regular flash drive), and the cake is quite accurate, non-centered text and all.

As long as the boss has a sense of humor... ;)

August 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

This is my new favorite wreck...EVER! We have a winner. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

The baker wasn't ENTIRELY blind.... He did ask if the customer REALLY wanted a flash drive on his cake. And plus, it is a very accurate USB. Although mine are more blue.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadeline

This is still my favorite post.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I quite like the flash drive cake as an idea for a cake. But in this instance it hasn't really worked! If one eats it, will it improve one's memory?

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPRNTDPRODUCT


May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

The only possible, conceivable way in which this could be any more epic (and literal) would be if the wreckorator had ceased to draw anything at all and instead simply centered the actual, physical USB.

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

To be honest, I half-expected the baker to put the ACTUAL flashdrive sticking out of the cake. This is fairly better (at least for Elizabeth! LOL)

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle D

what's funny now is how ancient that flash drive is.

June 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrenee

I actually quite like the cake! I really would pay for a thumb drive cake. Heck, I'd pay for a thumb drive, period! LOL

March 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

That is the biggest jump drive I've ever seen.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrbrannon

Jump Drive, then you wail away!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKomadori

I looked...and then I looked more closely...and then it took me twice as long as usual to scroll through and read the comments, because I was laughing so hard and so helplessly that my hand was shaking and my eyes were only half-open...

November 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWildaBeast


March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

This is an example of cake decorators being idiots.

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSquirtGirlMC

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