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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

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Although the past few days have been fun, I think we're all ready to just let some Wrecks speak for themselves, don't you?

Wow. Very eloquent, Beth H. I never knew that "fithy years plus nine" equaled a "Happle Birthday." Or that random capitalization and periods (the punctuating kind, that is, not the monthly kind) were so in vogue these days. Maybe. i. should. Try. it.!.*

Ok, Monica S., I promise: As soon as I find some "underware", I'll remember to wear them.

Um. What?
Julie S., did this come with a translator?

Or not to cool?
That is the question, Jodee R.

Exclusionary cake really is the best kind:

Unless of course "But-Ringo" is some kind of unfortunate nickname. Which would make you wonder how know...

Yeah, maybe we shouldn't follow that thought train too far down the tracks, eh, Glynis E.? Yeah. Hey kids, just look at that ugly airbrushing! Woo wee, is that ugly! Haha!

*Hey, I just realized that when you combine a ! with two ..s, it looks kind of like a cute little chicken head. See? .!. No? Ok, I've officially been at this computer too long...

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Reader Comments (114)

I really want to know the stories behind the cakes! What did they order for it to come out like that!?!?!?

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlair

I like the chicken head, let me be the first to say it!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I see the cute little chicken head and it is, indeed, cute.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelb

I need that little heart cake.
(Well, I need one that has the rest of the quote that you so thoughtfully provided.)
I hate air conditioning, so it is always a dilemma come summer.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlois

Regardless of the misspelling, I'm wondering who would remind a 17 year old to wear underwear on their birthday cake?!? Wow, that is sad!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClay Doodles

I see the chicken head!
But still...step away from the computer Jen.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBaking and Mistaking

It looks a bit like the first cake was corrected after "Strong". If only they were that careful with the rest of the message.

And the third cake...well, at least they got "anniversary" and "all the best" right...the caps are a bit much, though.

*is trying to look on the bright side today*

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

That is some really ugly airbrushing. And I feel so sorry for but-Ringo.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

Wow. I do love the white ruffles and confetti on the Don't Forget to Wear Underware cake, though.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Yeah, I think most of those cakes need a translator. haha

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie N.

Love em', lol! I get a headache just reading them......LMAO!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJusti

More disturbing than the mispelling is the fact that the don't forget to wear underware cake is for a 17 year old!!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That last one made me seasick!

and I think Captain Kirk did the first with all the 'pauses'. :D

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

.!. clucking insane!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

"equals. Happle Birthday," huh?

You gotta wonder about that. It's almost like a really low rent haiku, done by someone that might not be familiar with the English language. At all.

Or its some fresh-thru-customs Latvian stoner that's found a quick way to clear 7 bucks an hour.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

Cake #3 looks like it was written in some sort of backwoods Nell-speak.

Glad you're back!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

As for the chicken head, keep in mind it can look VERY much like something VERY different--some long "object" attended by two smaller, rounder, "objects," eh? Just warning you before you go posting the little bird's head all about.

As a side note, I think the Ringo cake looks extremely tasty, and is one of the only airbrushed cakes on this site that is actually an appetizing color.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

That last Cakewreck is my submission. I am so proud! (Poor Ringo)

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

Man, who knew that I could read the term 'chicken head' so many times and it would be referring to....not what it usually refers to? As for the cakes, all I can say is what the.....?

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMequet

I like the chicken head .!.
>( )<
/ \

These cakes are clearly signs of self sabotage. They were put together with some time and effort then brutally defiled with bad spelling and tacky airbrushing. It's like doing the dishes, but doing them badly so you won't be asked to help in the kitchen again.

wv..goings...there are some strange goings on in some bakeries.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

but, but, but....I thought it was FROM Cool, not "To Cool...."

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergharkness

I see the chicken head!! Yay! And also, I am snorting with laughter...

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Why leave Ringo out? He's my favorite?!?

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Elizabeth

I totally see the cute little chicken head.

And that 3rd one...that was professional?? Looks like somebody put their own aimless esl ramblings on there.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPink

Maybe the last cake is supposed to say "Best -- Ringo"?

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjessmg7

Yeah Michelle - thanks for THAT image ~~ Oh well, at least it appears to be a "Happle" one.

Poor But-Ringo how sad.

Glad you're back "jEN." (<- just pretend it's on a cake)


I think the last one actually might say "BEST - Ringo" meaning that it came from someone named Ringo. I have poor writing, and somehow I see that there. It could just be me though.

are you SURE the one needing a translator is from a professional bakery? Really? I'm going to cry now.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I think the "everyone but-Ringo" is supposed to be reverse psychology so Ringo can have a happy birthday. Of course, that's unfair to everyone else.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine


That is EPCOT. You can tell by the font!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkarina

Hey, when they cut that "to cool" take, they'll be splitting an infinitive!

eh? eh?

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeci

Love that they need to remind a 17 year old to wear "underware"

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcBee

Michelle saidAs for the chicken head, keep in mind it can look VERY much like something VERY different--some long "object" attended by two smaller, rounder, "objects," eh?
That was my first thought, too. I must have a dirty mind, or spend too much time around people who do.

As a side note, I think the Ringo cake looks extremely tasty, and is one of the only airbrushed cakes on this site that is actually an appetizing color.
I think you might need to adjust the colors on your monitor. The colors look pretty unappetizing to me.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Trust me, it DIDN'T say "Best Ringo". It said "But-Ringo". And now he's famous on Cakewrecks.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlynis

i'm sorry, who needs to remind their 17 year old to wear underwear?? isn't that sending a bit of the wrong message? (besides, of course that it's spelled wrong....)

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrk

That third cake...

I assume the 35th wedding anniversary it is referring to must have involved cousins, with the creator being one of them.'s the only legit explanation for all that mess. *blink* *stare*

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBITTER OLD BITCH

Let me guess: The next cake the person decorated said "All your base are belong to us." ;)

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

What is wrong with me?? I don't see the chicken head?! Help!

I agree with Judy---the underwear reference was definitely a momism. I remember the admonishment to wear clean underwear because this is somehow important to ambulance personnel.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

I have. no words.!*

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTexasLauren77

Joyce, You say you don't see the chicken head. I thin that what you need to do is extremely dangerous, but you will see the chicken, no doubt. All you need to do is stare at the computer screen for way longer than is healthy, and, I can assure you that the chicken will appear before your blood-shot, burning eyes!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

i <3 .!.

I thought of the non-Latin phrase,
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi
(Always Where Under Where)
when I saw the 17 year old's cake. But then something of 3 years of Latin had to stick, right?

Of course it could be a shout-out to the panty-less starlets of Hollywood.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I want a But-Ringo shirt.
--or underware. You decide.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn H

That's not a chicken head. THIS is a chicken head: >:<> And this is a turkey, in case Thanksgiving pops up again any time soon: >:<>~ You're welcome.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I, too, would LOVE to see the order sheet, or know what the customer asked for.....or have a translator....

I see a chicken too, Jen...

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

I'm thinking that I would be glad to be Ringo, since that means I wouldn't have to eat any of that oddly colored frosting and pretend to do anything other than smile :-)

.!. totally chicken.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Gosh, that red/white misspelled cake just made my head hurt. Then I saw the ugly airbrush and have to take some aspirin! Wow! Ouch.

~Amy B.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow, I really, really hate when "too" is misspelled like that, but I hate it more when people write "loose" when they mean lose. Just think of 'loser' people. It's not "looser"!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!


That's the best looking thing here today.
The air brushing looks like camoflauge in Willy Wonka land-quick hide me from an Oompa Loopa!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermilk and cookeez

I do see the chicken head too Jen!


I like this one better though:



Thanks for making my day...everyday!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKlucky

I think that last one belongs in the "Passive Aggressive" Cakes secton. Happy 30th to everyone "except" Ringo... I like the Chicken head as well, and if you do ! and . in a long row...

.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.'s growing grass!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

(hugs Jen)
You're baaaaack!
And what a comeback. My eyes are crossing trying to read the one written in raspberry jam lettering.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

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