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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

Tensed Up

Unfortunately, Bill's time-traveling escapades would continue to haunt him at the most inopportune times.

Eizelle G., you will be doing great work!

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Reader Comments (83)

Perfect. Make it a t-shirt!

Word verification:Hoadami

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJustfrosting

at least the apostrophe is in the right place, and the roses are.. sorta centered

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterky

Looks like it was written in marker.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I guess she's moving up?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydee

Looks like past perfect to me.

I'll laughed at this one :)

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

Really? Don't people know how to speak? What about giving some thought to what they are going to write BEFORE they write? Seriously.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJAMIE'S CREW

Maybe it was supposed to say "We'll mist you" It's just a misspelling.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

We multiplied by LL = missed you.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Too bad they don't have grammar check for cake decorators....hehe

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

The Wrecker MUST have been traveling through time. Look at the way the writing is just taking off!

i've seen worse (MUCH worse, thanks to this blog). but still...i would think that a decorator ought to have a firm grasp on the English language.

also, what's up with the slant?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I think someone is a Douglas Adams fan. 'Restaurant at the End of the Universe' anyone?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrillian

I'll wanted to rotate the flowers and writing 5 degrees clockwise. Otherwise I'll gotten a crick in my neck.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhlj3079


February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Oh, and the roses in that misshapen arc. So unfortunate.

Angie (from over at

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Nice roses, though!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

It's funny how one thing can make or wreck a cake. Those are the most beautiful roses I've ever seen. Totally ruined by the crappy and incorrect writing.

Maybe there should be cake teams.

One to do the roses and one to do the lettering and in some cases about 5 or 6 more for other elements like color selection and spacing and appropriate use of plastic toys, etc

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Or maybe the person who ordered it was giving a warning to Sylvia-"We'll mist you." But the ESL decorator heard, "We'll missed you."

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Gbill

gotta give at least some credit for those roses...

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

I agree Trillian. Either Adams fan or getting WAY to into the LOST plot line.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

This whole blog cracks me up! What joy you bring to my little world!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

I'm with Jenni. This is obviously a cake for their prize rose and this customer's wreckerator just misspelled mist. Now this poor person's rose probably thinks it's an ominous death warning.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassykins

I'll had trouble even reading that. Outloud didn't helped, either.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Actually, there shouldn't be an apostrophe, it's actually "Well missed you." A congratulations on avoiding a terrible accident involving an oil well derrick.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZhoen

"Bill's" time traveling escapades? Do I spy a Bill and Ted reference? *glee*

There needs to be a mandatory English and grammar class for all cake decorators. >.>

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Sylvia is a fern.

I continue to be amazed by the horrible handwriting on these cakes. Do they really not include that in Walmart bakery cake decorator training?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I'm with Jenni...perhaps they had little spray bottles and were going to mist her.
Or perhaps we're back to Doctor Who and the need for constant moisturizing.
At least it doesn't say "You will be mist." Vaporization is a bit more foreboding.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

looks like the roses lean a little to the left as well...

just sad

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

@ Jenni - Of course, a simple typo.

Sylvia was at a spray tan place getting over her bronzer phobia and the staff (sweet dears, awful spellers, though) made her a cake to cheer her on!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeckish

Zhoen - I laughed out loud. Thanks.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlois

Who is Sylvia?
What is she,
That all her swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her

Is that Will or Bill Shakespeare?
(singing PDQ Bach?)

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

@Zhoen - that has got to be one of the funniest posts EVER, which is saying alot on this site. I was doubled over in my chair at work trying to hold in my laugh ....

Ahhh, I love this blog!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Or...maybe the apostrophe shouldn't be there at all...and it's just a half hearted..."Well, missed ya" sort of like "Well, bye".
Poor Sylvia, don't worry girl...they're just jealous that you're moving up in the world.
I agree with the Chihuahua, that's the first thing I though
"Did they use a Sharpie?"

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I imagine the decorator just forgot the "a" - we ALL missed you. But this is just my better nature, taking a peek out at the world before returning to the dark cave in which I keep it.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArtsy Reader

seems logical.
"we want it to say, "we've missed you and will continue to miss you."

decorator:" how about the same meaning with fewer words? save a few dollars?"

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermustdestroyalltraces

At first I thought, 'Be fair, it's a pretty cake, shame about the typo.' And then....well my brain must have been doing some serious matrixing and turning this wreck into something passable.

I mean, the funky scoopy-looking border, wonky lettering, badly formed arc of roses (which *are* at least nicely done)....all of it adds up to - Refund!

I just tell myself the same thing I say about a lot of these unfortunate creations: ten minutes after the picture was taken, it was cut, eaten and no longer an assualt on the senses.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I want that cake, I don't care if it says miss or misses.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They are so broken-hearted, they can't even put their feelings into grammatically correct sentences...rofl

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

Actually, I think it was supposed to be. "Good Luck Sylvia, Will missed you."

Will being a proper noun and a person who missed her while she was gone the first time...

The roses are lovely, if creatively placed, but well made.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelleV

As a fan of Futurama, Douglas Adams AND Lost, I can safely say this cake made me smile. In fact, this whole post did.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Maybe they're a hard-core Doctor Who fan. Or maybe they really like Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

Maybe they're British?

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Leslie, the vaporization comment made me laugh out loud.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

I initially read "Sylvia" as "Saliva". I'm not sure I want to know what that says about me.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would adore sinking my teeth into those beautiful frosting roses.

Even if the arch is crooked.

And as for Sylvia, I could come up with a dozen scenarios, most of them rather Freudian.

Word verification: ovitskin. Not touching that one.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

What, Jen? No commentary on the spacing and pipemanship?

As for the grammar, it's no excuse, but isn't this a mistake that a foreigner would typically make? Maybe the wreckerator just didn't check with anyone. The manager should be blamed for poor supervision, perhaps.

An English-as-second-language wreckerator is my first guess over a native speaker who skipped all of primary school.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Maybe they have a rose maker and a writer at this shop. I can't imagine someone who can whip up such nice flowers screwing up the lettering. Or maybe they didn't get to that lesson at cake decorating class.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

The roses are prettier and centered if you turn your head to the left a little....LOL

Poor Sylvia.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDouble A Training

No one has mentioned/figured out that the writing is done with an airbrush (Jenn's fave!), just extremely close up.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Jenni, it's not what it was supposed to be, it's what it was spost to be!

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I think I seended that somewheres before

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommentercaroLyn

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