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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

Two Bee Red Allowed

Ah, those pesky homophones. How I love them.

Let this be a lesson to you, kids; a silent candle is a safe candle.


Oh, and whatever animal left those paw prints needs some serious help. Or possibly surgery.

At hour 5, he turns back into a quivering mass of jelly.

Bri M., Stephanie R., & Liz W., ewe shore dew chews grate Wrecks.

- Related Wreckage: I'm This Many

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Reader Comments (77)

That first one has an earthquake hazard as well!

My students struggle with these words as well.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards


At least anyone for whom a "fearless leader" cake would be purchased is probably someone with a sense of humour who might get a laugh out of the wreck.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Oh how I love these; but has someone tried to tear the No Candles Aloud cake in half?

wv: wedio
Your fearless leader is wedio than ours.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDinah Tate

Ok, I'm horrified at the spellings, but on the first one--big crack through the middle plus someone swiped a dallop!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersharalyns

Gotta say, I love the four hour fearless leader one. Maybe I'm just skeptical of anyone who can always hold it together.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Tee hee! It's like Mad Gabs with cake!! Keep up the great work, I love this site!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Perhaps he works as a fearless leader part time...

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are terribly sad.
Amy B-H

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

What was the occasion for that first cake? Why are there pitiful red airbrush "flames" engulfing the words? Why is there a question mark on the cake? Why should a cake decorator care about whether or not anyone puts candles on the cake after they pick it up? WTF?? Whose rule is it about the candles anyway and why did it mess up the cake order?

I think a large part of the blame here lies with the idiot who ordered the cake.

But then the wreckerator should clarify what type of cake the idiot is trying to order. Is it still a birthday cake or what, though candle-less?

Another example of how two wrongs will never make a right--just a wrecked cake.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a shame. They could have gotten the new long-lasting, over-the-counter, 12-hour fearless leader.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Our public education at even desserts need a spellcheck.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStef

Grate Rex?

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

Have I got a cake wreck for you! Last night, while watching the Food Network Challege, one of the cakes caught fire and had to be put out with a fire extinguisher. Let's just say that it's not a good idea to set a flaming container of 151 on top of a cake decorated with sugar paper. If only I had a picture to go along with it.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGunDiva

Their shore are sum grate spellers out they're.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Four hours is about how long I can hold it together too.

I needed that laugh today.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

I think the last cake should come with the disclaimer..."If you have a fearless leader lasting longer than four hours, call your doctor immediately."

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

GunDiva- Jen posted a video of that earlier. That truly was a train wreck! I think it looked better after being extinguished!

Love the fearless leader cake!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

are those OREOS on the last one? YUM!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Ah, phone orders, how we CW fans love thee!

GunDiva, we've already had some good laughs, OMGs, and WT?s over that Challenge cake and its self-proclaimed artist. Not sure if the post is still up, but do a search here for it.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

honestly, these wrecks are my favorite kind.

there's just something innately funny about misspells and miscues and misunderstandings when it comes to writing on a cake.

are we to assume that the "suite paws" cake is for a one year old puppy? just axing.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

These are hysterical. I wonder if "no candles allowed - fire hazard" were the instructions and the wreckerator just got creative with the flames, or if that was always the (misspelled) intention.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcBangle

This is when spell check is not your friend.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I love how the wreckerator didn't leave room for Birthday on the suite paws cake, and had to cram it in there. Such great wrecks, I just hope the cakes still taste good.

Where's your brother? He's ineatin his Wrecked birthday cake!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

If your fearless leader lasts longer than 4 hours please see your physician immediately! Come on...THAT is common knowledge!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl, Wendy, Max, and Lil

Their are just two many words that sownd the same too keep them strate. Your beeing to hard on the pour decorators. Who maid up all thee's spelling and grammar rools? Its hard enuff riding in iciing and working long ours two meak every won suites. You want us too bee dictionairies, to? Four peats sake! Knot like we have spell cheque in the bakery! Know won ever wants easy stough on they're cakes. Its knot fare too use tricky words! Sew their!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

I wonder if the "4 hour" leader is actually a "4H Leader". In either case being fearless is a good thing.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

At least they didn't say "Suite Pause."

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Are the oreos on the last cake supposed to be tires?
Just asking.

wv:maxici There is a maxici of 6 tires on a car.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does the next Fearless Leader also get a cake at the shift change? I mean, it's really hard to be fearless on an empty stomach.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good thing these wreckorators aren't in the tattoo business instead!

"Meh, gud enuf. U no watt eye meen."

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiminycricket

I'm still a little bit disturbed by the placement of those paws. Um... CatDog?

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

There needs to be a spelling test to be a cake decorator. But then this site wouldn't be anywhere near as humorous.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

lol@ Courteous Chihuahua!

The only thing "missing" on these cakes is "quotation" marks!!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if these decorators were ESL - English as Second Language. They get homonyms wrong pretty easily.

or maybe i just give them too much credit.

what dew ewe think?

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are funny - I love the 4hour feerless leader! hahaha

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I like the second one, I think I could eat it. :P

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

ahaha, cakewrecks for English class today. The "no candles aloud" would be funny enough but with the homophone issue it takes the cake...stupid pun intended.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanika

Sometimes I can hardly stand the stupidness. (it says that stupidness is not a word but it so is) haha

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

Is "quivering mass of jelly" an Airplane! reference?

wv: phonev
These wrecks are so phonev I can't stop laughing.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Heh, heh. :-)

'At hour 5 he turns back into a quivering mass of jelly.'

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

"It's a shame. They could have gotten the new long-lasting, over-the-counter, 12-hour fearless leader."

That made me laugh! And so did these wrecks! "Perfect!"

wv: bories - boring stories
At Thanksgiving, we always hear Uncle Bob's bories about his pet snail.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Hmm...could "Suite Paws" possibly be a pet hotel? No? What can I say, I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. ;)

My word verification is "oveyelly," which is the phrase wrecks invoke.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

"4 Hour"

Bwahahahahahaha!! I might just go around saying that all day. That is awesome.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

At least the last one had all the letters there. It could've said "are" instead.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Courteous Chihuahua--OH MY GAWD I about gave myself a stroke trying not to laugh out loud in the office! How many men are thinking now "gee I'd LOVE to have a fearless leader that lasts 4 hours!"

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie



NO words. (heh, that might be good for these cakes--to just have NO WORDS on them!)

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Polydactyl Cake! Those cakes are lucky you know.

wv = bednicat.

Shadrachat, Mesachat and Abednicat.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

"Suite Paws" pawprints definitely came from a polydactyl (Hemingway) cat. I should know since I have five of the furry beasts currently taking over my home. Probably the cutest thing about them are their little "thumbs".

...most of them have their paws on the right way around, though...

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

I think the first cake maybe issues a warning, but here we're all laughing-- is that some kind of ash tray all down the side of the picture? Yuck!

WV: andefaw-- He cawwy decake andefaw andow is awbwoken!

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Four Hour Fearless Leader" would make a great band name. "Suite Paws" sounds like elevator music, though.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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