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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

Label Makers

I think these decorators may have watched one episode too many of Clean House. Look, I'm all for having things clearly marked, but this is getting a little ridiculous:

Ah, there's nothing like that personal touch.

Don't you agree, Groom?

(I like to think this was ordered by Keith's bride in revenge. [snicker])

Oh, but it gets better:

In case you don't recognize it, this is a "foalball shape cake."

And this is a "Wedding Cookie," only misspelled. Maybe to go along with Groom's cake?

You know what's better than a misspelled label cake, though?

One with the wrong label, of course:

Dude, the Irish are gonna be piiiissed.

Come to think of it, Jonathan H., Booklet, Suzanne M., Megan T., & Anony M., the French probably won't be too pleased, either. ;)

- Related Wreckage: It Sends a Message, Alright

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Reader Comments (75)

wow... That last one is hilarious. Bad enough Irish hate being associated with Italians up here in Brooklyn, I hope for that baker's sake, they don't operate in NY. guess it could have been worse. Could have been a Union Jack. >_>

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah C.S. Ashworth

Yup, as someone who's quite proud to be Irish, I'm quite pissed! THAT'S NOT AN IRISH FLAG!

Minimalism at its worst!

Groom. Who would've known?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards


Irish Flag... geeze

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I kind of like the Groom cake. So understated.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen



Irish flag.


I love Cake Wrecks, Jen!

Miss Vintage Vixen

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Vintage Vixen

The color in the photo of the "Irish flag" might be off... could well be green/white/orange

It's too bad about the football cake - it otherwise would have been a non-wreck!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfaunablues

If you think the Irish are going to be pissed, imagine how the French will feel.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren S

I love the random capitalization in the baby shower cake. Baby is good, and so is for, but who would have a small b followed by capital OY? And why would the same person who did that have capital S, lower case h and o, then HALF of the W is capital and half is lower case, with the ending of the word capital? It just blows the mind.

Of course nothing says groom like the word groom in semi-fancy capital letters, written in purple in 12 point font on a sheet cake that can only be described as a sea of brown. At least the brown looks like frosting, unlike some of the other brown cakes... (I said sheet cake, S-H-E-E-T!)

The only thing that would be better with the football cake would be if it said "49 in a star" and was on a square cake.

Wedding cooking? What more is there to say?

And I love the "Irish" flag. Too bad the word Irish wasn't in quotes.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

Today's wrecks are all shouting out "I want Sprinkles"!!!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbo

Blog Comment

That is SOOOO funny!

End of blog comment

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

My husband saw the "Groom" cake and was indignant that it wasn't even an option at our wedding.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim in Silver Spring

Yep, that's a foalball, all right, if I ever saw one.


WV: moime--said by Miss Piggy as she comes to terms with the fact that she is not a native French speaker.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Waht do you mean that's not the Irish flag *smirk*

Wow, these are just AWESOME, Jen. Thanks for making my bad morning much better.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I love that the Wilton letter press set was used for the groom cake! I guess they didn't want to run the risk of "ruining" it with sloppy handwriting LOL

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercyn

The "Groom" cake could actually be a mandate from the bride's, um, Godfather. As in, "You're gonna shower and get a haircut and not embarrass us at this 'family' event, aren't you, Mickey? 'Cuz otherwise, Uncle Vito's gonna take care of you."

WV: psychu-- It's Friday the 13th, and I need a day off already.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOh, Mandy

That flag cake says "Irish I was a French flag". LOL.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's not a "foalball", it's a "foolball."

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Don't read Cake Wrecks when bossman is walking by. The snickering, red face and eye tearing is unprofessional for a receptionist!


November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReceptionist Row

Ah, well. The French client would gave probably washed that cake down with wine, anyway. :-)
Go Irish!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

Haha, Oh, SNAP on that last one!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

To me the "Irish" cake looked black, yellow, and red, which would actually be the Belgian flag. But, the lighting could just be really off too.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Word verification: hillappi
These cakes are hillappious!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

I guess French is the new Irish...?

How long does one cook a wedding, and at what temperature?

WV: rearan. Spelling errors keep rearan their ugly heads on Cake Wrecks!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFamous Hat

The baby cake looks like it's for comebody who's expecting quadruplets. But, on the other hand, it says "bOY," not "bOYs."

Could these maybe be samples to display at the bakery rather than cakes people ordered?

Of course, that wouldn't explain the "Irish" flag. Or who would want to buy a "foalball shape cake" (or is that "foolball shape cake"?).

The "groom" cake seems like a real time-saver. In fact, county clerk's offices could save a lot of work if they just pre-printed marriage licenses with "Bride" and "Groom," and skipped filling in the individual names. Especially since then people wouldn't need to get a new license for second or third marriages.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I don't think it's a foalball or a football. I think it's a foul ball because it's not even the right COLOR! who ever heard of a white football? and foalball makes me think of pony poop. and again, it's not brown!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

Maybe the "Groom" cake is someone trying to give a hint to someone with less than ideal personal hygiene?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

If my stepmom had seen that first cake, she would've ordered one for our baby shower. We wouldn't tell her the name we'd picked out before our son was born, and wow, was she MAD!

WV: sibbs--Still won't tell when his sibbs come along!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you trying to say that the Irish have tempers? Well, are you!!?

I'm waiting for the cake that says "cake" - I admire haonesty.

WV: dizentme "'Zat you?" "Nope, dinzentme!" (2 bee red allowed)

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

The last cake was the best.
Although, the labeling was good too. LOL

~Amy B-H

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Man, nobody wins with that last cake, do they?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

Coincidentally the Irish are playing the French is some match (probably soccer) soon. Guess this way the bakeries don't have to pick sides, whoever wins, the cake will be sold :P

Or thats what they like to think

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does anyone know when the Foalball world cup will be? I'm really rooting for the Omaha Bambis.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHailey

Ha ha

Viva La Ireland!

Does this mean that the cake maker is going to surrender?

Well at least it wasn't the Union Jack. The Irish would really be made then.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

Maybe its just a weird picture quality, but the "groom" cake looks photo-shopped. The part where each of the letters meet the cake is a little bit pixelated and looks unnatural. I know this is a mom and pop operation, but perhaps you guys should look into getting some photo authenticating software?
A big part of what makes these cakes funny is reading or imagining the back story. That's tainted by running across the occasional obvious photo shop because it makes me wonder if some other cakes are just better photoshops.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertaggie2b

Perhaps my laptop isn't rendering the colours as they should, but to me, that "Irish" flag doesn't look even remotely French. It's "Black - Yellow - Red" which is the BELGIAN flag, which I would know, being Belgian.

(BTW, I never admitted to that, as they said when King Boudewijn wasn't dead yet: "There are only two real Belgian, and they can't make a third.")

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Perhaps it would be beneficial to click on the picture so you can view it actual size before claiming that it is an "obvious photo shop." And while we're on the subject, who in their right mind would photoshop a cake?

Ah well. This particular cake was photographed during a wedding by a legitimate wedding photographer. He was actually called into the back room by an employee who was too ashamed to bring the cake out to the reception. The employee wanted a record of the cake before it was cut up in the back room and served to the guests.

We spend way too much time verifying these things before they ever make it onto Cake Wrecks.


November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I want that "Irish" cake to leave on the front porch for my neighbour to find. Once he's calmed down, he'll eat it anyway, if I'm any judge of character. Just better not let him see me with it...

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

ooh-la-la! What a barrage of cluelessness today! Not only to do the Irish flag wrong, but then to label it? do you think they realized they screwed up and tried to "fix" it? boy does that look stupid written down on the bottom like that. mais oui! maybe the guests were too drunk to notice the colors were off. hey, it's got stripes, right? pour them a pint and they'll be fine! (the French, however, might be cheesed... ;P )

and wedding cooking? who orders a cookie for a wedding? there should have been a question mark after cooking. like "you seriously wanted to order a cookie for you wedding?" (although "wedding baking?" might have been more appropriate.) wedding cooking? is making me think of hot dogs riding poo waves.

and Mike--maybe the maybe was a large Jewish boy? hard delivery perhaps? Oy! Arguably though, the only lower case letter is "b". The rest are maybe just small capitals my a minimally skilled icing piper who can't seem to make letters of uniform size.

and "s-h-e-e-t cake!" you're funny! seriously, minimalism aside (what, NO decoration?) purple and brown just don't seem to harmonize on cake, do they?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Coincidentally the Irish are playing the French is some match (probably soccer) soon."

What we in Europe know as "Real Football" as opposed to that strange game involving a lot of prima donnas in padding.

And it doesn't come much more real than France playing the ROI.

That said, the French probably wouldn't mind being associated with the Irish because they are dreadfully fond of them and have historically come to the aid of the Irish in their struggles against the wicked English.

And the Americans against the wicked English.

In fact, pretty much anyone against the wicked English.

There's a pattern emerging there.

It could have been worse, you know.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJon in France

Good thinking, Tara! Very somber suggestion on the serious chocolate desert. or dessert. with no-flower minimalism, it could go either way. Maybe it would be a good "breakup" cake--as if hygiene were the reason for the split.

@anon 11:41, that's a great back story! hmm...either a peeved m-i-l who didn't know the name, or a clueless coworker who just ordered a cake in a jiffy. name? who cares? let's have cake and open presents!

and Taggie, zoom in on the cake. you'll see the writing better, and the unevenness of the letters. plus, it's a perfect match for the purple perimeter dots.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

As someone said it is a strange coincidence that this "Irish Flag" shows up just in time for "the soccer game of the year"(there is one nearly every Saturday here...).
As long as it's not the English the French wouldn't probably mind much about this wreck!
I take the opportunity to thank you for your blog,it's a real treat to read it every day!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMevefromFrance

so, Jon in France, what's your take on that foul ball? is it a hybrid between an American football and European football (soccer)? It's just the wrong color for American, but the right shape with the train tracks/stitches down the center. but then it's white. With a star. not that it resembles a soccer ball much either.

Either this decorator ran out of chocolate icing (perish the thought!) or is sports clueless. maybe the same baker of the baseball X?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

OMG, I am laughing so hard right now! These are pathetically hilarious!

Wreck on!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Jen, you should be proud. The French (kings of pastry!) are fans of your blog. Of course, it IS a blog about wrecked cakes *blush on behalf of the US* but a source of endless amusement! Mes amis, bon jour!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just started watching Clean House, and I'm addicted! I have about 20 episodes on my DVR. Whatever happened to that other show, Clean Sweep?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are so funny!
Come visit me at
for some really bad decorating! I am desperate for more photos!

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFestiveFlops

I read that sports cake as "Foolball Cake"....which may be more appropriate, all things considered.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I especially love the bits of crumbs (and let's hope that's what they are) around the word on the GROOM cake. Nice touch. Oi.

Is it wrong that I'm starting to want someone to make me a cake that says, "TEH STOOOOPID, IT BURNNZZ!"?

Exactly like that, I mean every word as typed.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I just don't get it. If you are intelligent enough to make a great little football cake, what happens when it's time to write an inscription? I really want to know! It's clear that this decorator isn't stupid! How does it happen?

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh yes, this Frenchie is highly offended by that last one... OK, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. :P

Oh, I finally got the book today and it was (pardon the pun) the icing on the cake to an already good day. :)

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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