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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

More! More!! More!!!

The cake-inscription industry would be lost without the exclamation point. See?

Even when you triple the amount of periods, it's just not the same.

Here we have your basic punctuation sampler platter. For those of you who like to mix it up, we've got your period, your exclamation point, and your extraneous quotation marks.

That's not to say you can't make a good Wreck even with a correct exclamation point, of course:

Of course, by "correct" I mean "a gloppily crooked boomerang." And check out that inscription:
"Bon Voy...meh... I'm sure Zeb'll get the idea.
Besides, these ketchup packets are really hard to write with."

We all know the classically over-enthusiastic Wreckerator:

Which submitter Michelle A. would like us all to know she did NOT order:


If those exclamation points are a little over-the-top, though, then these are more after-the-fact:

Don't you love it when a good plan comes together? And check out the pickled ginger accents - mmmm. Appetizing.

Angela K.!, Angie S.!, Nicole D.!, & Jenn M.!,* Thanks!!!

*Not sure what a .!, looks like, exactly. Maybe a chicken with a tiny tear? Awww.
So sad.

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Reader Comments (77)

I assume that Monica's age being given as "20 years" is a euphemism. If so, then the quotes are justified.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Weird, two of the cakes have the same design. I wonder if they were actually done at the same place, or if it's a chain that advertises that.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

At least the handwriting is nice on the Thank You!! cake.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

Ahhh...!!! Hilariosity, as usual!!! Who teaches grammar today!!!

(notice all of my excitement?!?!)

: - )

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

Do you think that maybe the wreckerator is just so thrilled to have completed a line of text without having to scrape it off and try over that they feel they must punctuate that line as emphasis of their triumph?
That's my theory anyway.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Writing with ketchup packets...LOL!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMags

Aw, we love our punctuation.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

.!, The chicken with the tiny tear...
maybe because he's ordered a cake from one of these wreckerators.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

At least Stacey's cake has nice -- if a tad overzealous -- penmanship.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

My inner grammar-Nazi always feels so vindicated when I read things like this.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSolid

What! Horrible, "cakes" these turned out. To be!!!


May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Punctuation errors aside, those red roses are gorgeous! I wish mine looked that good.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey! Jen! Why! Do! You! Have! It! Out! For! The! Harmless! Exclamation! Mark!?

Don't! Like! Enthusiasm!?

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Awe!Some. we teach "grammar" well in these parts'.

I always want cake after I read a post...hmmmmm...."!"

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCALpumper

Oddly enough the first one is my favorite this go-around. Maybe it's because you usually find cakes with way! too!! much!!! excitement!!!! I don't believe I ever seen one with periods! LOL.... hmm for some strange reason I get the feeling the "monica" is a lot older than she says...

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

ROFL @ ketchip packets

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne wardle

Great post. I really have nothing more to add... I just love the WF today.

tangly- I get all tangly inside when I see a new Cake Wreck post.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I confess that I am guilty of an excessive use of the exclamation point button!!!

Scott may have preferred another color than pink for his lettering.

And why did both Monica's and Stacey's cakes have the egg shaped circle thingy? What is the purpose of this ring---to tie the flowers together in some ribbon for depth?

Zeb's cake looks more like strawberry or raspberry jelly than katsup, in my opinion. Reminds me of the stuff they jazz up cheesecake pieces served on a plate.

And lastly, pickled ginger?? Raw salmon, maybe or sushi. Isn't ginger yellow?? Thanks!!!

WV: foolle no fooling!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Usually I just laugh and laugh at these posts, but today I wanted to eat them. Maybe because the cakes actually looked edible? um...except for Zeb's. Poor guy....girl?

word verification: trubs. That is the EXACT word I would use to describe that gooey yellow cake thing.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

At least they only go up to three at most. According to Terry Pratchett, it's five exclamation points that's the official sign of insanity.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwordsmith101

I've been visiting and adoring your blog for a couple of months now, but just started sharing the posts with my 12 and 13 year olds. They love it!

Our hands-down favorite? The Kentucky Wildcat on 3/30/09. We laughed until we cried.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennie w.

These cakes are exciting!! You just can't help it with all the exclamation marks!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

@Stacie: I'm with you. Bad as the punctuation is, most of these cakes look delicious, especially Stacey's. Of course, I doubt that ginger goes well with a typical cake.

I wouldn't have noticed the periods on the first cake if no one had said anything. I first assumed they were just specks. Now that I know better, I think William Shatner dictated that cake.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

lol funny!

Zeb's dead baby, Zeb's dead.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoondog

I'm a little disappointed that the "at" sign, colon, question mark and parenthesis got jilted in Le Tour de Punctuation. What cake couldn't use an explanatory parenthetical statement? These suuuure do.

And I'm with Joyce on this one, the alleged "pickled ginger" is smoked coho salmon. Mmmmmmm....fishy....

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEl Comodoro

All pretty cakes messed up by decorators who didn't take English class.

Raychel from

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaychel

Thank you!!


aren't I clever?

Brianna M.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Zeb's dead baby, Zeb's dead.I beg to differ ... but I'd rather be dead than eat that cake!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZeb

Moondog: =D I had to laugh because I read your post as "Zeb's dead baby" and not "Zeb's dead, baby." I'm not sure if the punctuation was intentionally ironic, but it was very well-placed! And dig the Pulp Fiction reference.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think I lost my appetite at the mention of ketchup on a cake >.<

Oh, and gues who preordered the Cake Wrecks book?!?

Did you guess me?

Cause I did! :D

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Pickled ginger on a cake? Good grief.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

Oh my, all other wrecks aside, that pickled ginger is just too weird!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMari

As a cake decorator who holds a degree in English language, your site is perfect.

Sorry, I "meant" th@ it>s perfect!!!!!!!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think on Scott's cake, the periods are actually those round sprinkle-thingies you see elsewhere on the cake.

Monica's was pretty, even with the punctuation errors.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelixAndAva

What we have here is a gross!! overuse! of exclamation points!!!!!!!!

That third cake looks like it's frosted in mustard and the words written in the ketchup. Ugh.

~Amy B.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Hooray, excessive. punctuation!!

I know someone who insists there's a space between the end of the word and the exclamation mark; the good news is this person only uses one at a time.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

!LoL! @ Zeb's cake!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

Euwww...ketchup, yuck! How funny! And these people get paid!

Anna Marie, Rusty, and Bandit

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty and Bandit

i'm pretty sure 2 of those cakewrecks were Costco cakes--which, are actually super yummy--but I guess all that yumminess just couldn't be contained and exploded onto the cake in the form of unneccessary exclammation points...

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLT

So many crazy people employed at bakeries- Terry Pratchett does tell us that multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind (!!!)!

Also, as this is the first post I've commented on, having only found this blog a day or two ago (I finished reading the backlogs this morning... too much time on my hands now that school's over o_O) I would like to say that you are awesome, both in your chiding ridicule of terrible cakes and in your manifest geekery. :)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterevalilith


I originally thought that too, so I studied it more closely. There are NO pink dots other than the periods. And what's the chance of getting only pink dots after the words? It's definitely purposeful.

Most of these cakes aren't really badly done, just the script is off. (Except for Bon Voy.)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ L. K.

I think on Scott's cake they were going for dripping sarcasm. That or he's being wished happy birthday by Captain James T. Kirk...

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

Highly suspicious!!!!! Suspicious that you indeed CAN get a job without a high school diploma!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Ok...I recovered from the laughing fit and I'm back because cake number 3 is seriously bumming me out.

I mean, seriously, couldn't someone not half ass it? It's like missing literally half the word and they compensated with a non descript squiggle!

Let's hope Zeb really did get the point and didn't think "what the heck's a Bon Voy?".

Brianna M.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit


WV: "spermis"?? Okay, I'm so not going there...

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

for all!!
the great!!
postings & stories!!
your' putting!!
on your'e!!

hahahahaha Man these folks are a trip aren't they? It's a shame the Stacey cake was messed up, they did a great job on the piping.


May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterROYALTY

You made me laugh out Loud. Ha! Ha! Ha!

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

"Aw, Ma, I ain't gonna need no more of that anglish schoolin'! I'm gonna get me a job down at the supermarket in the bakery, deckeratin' cakes!"

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaysha

So I ordered a cake for my daughters birthday. And what I asked for was this: A cake with a field of flowers, and several bees flying around it, and the words Happy Birthday to Bee!

The decorating was gorgeous. The flowers looked like you could smell them. The bees were adorable. And the writing was yellow with black piping over it. Absolutely delightful.

The writing? Happy brthday to "our" "Bee" Those last two on separate lines.

The cake was fabulous. And I took a picture but it was too dark to submit. But it was truly, truly memorable.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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