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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

An Indecent Proposal

Wrecks reader Mark B. decided to propose to his girlfriend while they were on a Caribbean cruise last August. Like all good guys, he wanted to do it in a way that was both memorable and a little unique. So, after much thought, he decided to use a cake. (Told you he was a good guy.) With that settled, all that was left to do was choose the perfect words to form his request.

Well, the night before he planned to propose arrived, and Mark still hadn't decided on an inscription. As he and his girlfriend went for a walk on the beach, though, they came across the very inspiration he'd been looking for. There, written in the sand, illuminated by moonlight, was the word "dork".

Ok, so that might not seem like the most romantic of inspirations to you or me, but for Mark it was "a sign". He tells me his girlfriend was always calling him a dork at the time (with much affection, I'm sure), and so standing there that night, he knew exactly what his proposal cake should say.

Now, let's set the scene:

The meal is over, the dessert orders have been given, and Mark is sitting on pins and needles, awaiting the arrival of his proposal cake. The waiter approaches and, with a smile at Mark, places a covered tray before his unsuspecting girlfriend. Then, with a flick of the wrist, the waiter removes the lid to reveal....



Well, on the bright side, Mark, this IS quite memorable. In an incomprehensible, what-exactly-did-the-baker-think-s/he-was-writing? kind of way. Still, here's hoping your lovely lady had "many" reasons to agree to "marry" the dork in question. ;)

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Reader Comments (124)

I love the blind faith these decorators have in piping whatever-the-heck comes to their minds without any thought of "that can't be right?" :)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaro

Oh, that's funny. I hope she said yes, despite the uhh....goofy inscription. lol

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Oh, that poor guy!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanica

But did she say yes? *g*

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaaike

Wow... and an ugly cake at that.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Aw, and that would have been really cute if they'd gotten the words right. The cake design itself was really nice. Too bad they messed it up.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

So, did she say she would 'many' the dork?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm guessing he wrote the word "marry" on a sheet of paper and the two "r's" ran together to look like "many" . Still the cake decorator must have wondered what the heck it meant but with the word "dork" in the inscription perhaps she thought that "Many this Dork" was in it's entirety an inside joke between the two of them.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I'm the kind of person that tries to figure out where the translation was lost. What I'm thinking is maybe the person taking the order wrote in quick cursive, so the two "r"s side by side without any definition looked like a cursive "n".

But that's just my opinion.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I think the baker was nipping too heavily at the whipped cream.

Angie (from over at

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

What an adorable guy (and the cake should have been!!!)!!! Please tell us she said yes anyway!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

After laughing to the point of tears, snot and drool...I would have said yes to you Mark. Yes!
Just for the novel thought and for having a sense of humour!
You have most definitely won!

This is toooo good. Too, too awfully perfect.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

How sweet! Even if it was messed up, it is the thought that counts. That's too cute/funny. :D

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah :)

Aw. Poor dork.
What happened next?!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Oh man that's brutal. I'm sure 50 other people will say it, but the cake decorator is the dork. Maybe there are many of them who work there and it was a Freudian slip.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

I literally laughed out loud about this one. She must have been on the floor....

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendyB

Well - in my opinion it is probably the way he WROTE the message! I have seen my own children's writing (or printing) and all of the letters are jumbled and not sized correctly (i.e., a "d" might look similar to an "a" or an "r" might look more like an "n". At least the cake was nice - hope she said YES!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Methinks the poor guy needs to work on his penmanship!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

As messed up as the cake it is makes for a good AND cute story!

- Amy

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

...can't....stop....(snort) laughing! A super magical moment, the waiting, the butterflies, the moment, the CLIMAX, AND.....MANY???

I can only imagine the "what the...?" that was going through her head :)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Poor Dork!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT-

Kind of fitting... proof positive that this guy IS a bit of a dork!

In a sweet chocolaty kind of way....

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I don't understand why so many people don't TYPE the message out on paper before handing it over to people to decorate. Would seem a no brainer to me. You want it right? Give it to the decorator so there is no question what you want written. Geesh.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPuzzled

I just wish a picture of her reaction would have been included with the cake! Poor guy... What a dork for thinking up such a dorky proposal. ;o) Kidding... I thought it was sweet!


May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Pretty cake, bad mistake. But funny, nonetheless. I hope the lady in question thought so too.

Thanks for the morning laugh!
~Amy B.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm going to have to agree with those who think that he wrote it this way. And since he was on a cruise it's likely English was not the decorator's first language, so I'm going to give them a pass.

But it's a good memory.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkittl1321

I was thinking that "I'm your dork might have been the safer option, but that too has its pitfalls: I'm you're dork. I nothing safe or sacred anymore?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersrunge

sometimes i think the person who orders the cake should get the basic design and write in their own words! :)


May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura r

Maybe the decorator looked at the written inscription and thought, "It sounds like it should say 'marry'... but if I put that, and it's NOT, I could be causing a real problem!!! Maybe I shoud go with how it looks instead..."

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

And then later on down the road when she gets annoyed at him for something, he can protest,
"But honey, you agreed to many me!"

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Poor, poor Mark! Hoping there is a dorky wedding coming up soon!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandee


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May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

That is adorable! Or would have been if it hadn't needed an interpreter.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJS

Poor guy! It's no good if you have to explain the cake. I bet he felt like a dork when he saw what the decorator did.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I see a funny groom's cake at their wedding!

What a cute story though.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

ha! That would have been kind of cute with the right words :)

And a little off-topic...I was sitting on the bus the other day and caught part of a cell phone conversation. A guy saying something like " I ordered the cake to say 'Sorry I punched you in the face'" I almost wanted to follow him to pick it up so I could snap a picture ;)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

hahahahha. Come on...that's WAY more fun than the actual Marry...That's a tale they'll tall at their wedding. In fact...I would run with it...put it on the invitation..."mr & mrs soandso are proud to announce the maniage of their daughter..." Or Hey! We're getting manied!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeewee

Could this be the reason that good supermarkets & bakeries will have order forms that have you put your inscription in block boxes so the lettering is clear?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Sweet stuff like this is why I love dorks. Really, Hubby and I are such saps.

The goof up just makes it memorable.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA. B. England

And... what did she say?

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not that i am defending the wreck in any way, but most of the employees on cruise ships are foreign. I'm sure if he just asked the inscription to read "will you marry me?" it wouldn't have been the first time they had seen it. It is a good story to tell though.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Not quite as awesome as "Marry Christnos", but I hope she did choose to "many" that dork! :)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I worked at a Baskin Robbins in HS as a cake decorator and there were occasions where I would call and verify the writing if I could because it would make no sense what-so ever! Not always an option but would certainly help :)

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Ooh, that is just so mean. Poor Marc!! Seriously, would a simple "marry" have been so outrageously difficult to write?

Actually, a part of me thinks that having a wrecked proposal cake is much, much worse than having a wrecked wedding cake (I immeadiately thought of the should've-been-a-Sylar-cake cake). I'm sure she still said yes but really, if I had been in his shoes, I think I might have cried.

Some things just aren't supposed to be wrecked, damn it!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

^_^ I hope when my guy proposes, it's as memorable as that.

Hopefully in a more positive way, though.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRonnie

But, did she say "Yes" ???

We need to know!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I actually called my (now) husband a dork right after he proposed to me. Well, I said yes first, then I called him a dork. It really is a term of endearment. :D

This cake cracks me up. I'm sure she loved it and said yes. how could you say no to that?????

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

Ooooh, a proposal it!

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

THIS should be the cover to your book!!! Seriously would grab a lot of attention.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, he's upfront dork...and it's the thought that counts.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

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