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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

How Do You Spell Success?

Uh, pretty much not like this:

Apparently Abby's last 21st birthday was not legal.

So if the "Good" is by Lucy, who made the rest?

And what do you call someone who makes slippers out of plaited ribbons?

A "braidal shoer", of course!



So in conclusion: Kids, stay in school. Otherwise you, too, may be forced to write lame jokes on the internet someday.

Hey Heather F., Amanda W., Laura, and Diana:


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Reader Comments (122)

Now, I'm as pedantic about spelling as the next person, but I must say that good-by is an acceptable, though outdated, spelling of good-bye.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathalie

My word verification is 'panic.' Enough said.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

I don't think that last cake is a wreck. I think the decorator is trying out a new line of sarcastic, passive aggressive desserts. It says "Thanks" but it really means "Thanks, Jerk."

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLogical Libby

White rose of Lucy
Shoots flying petals of hate
At neon icing.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I take it that the grat year didn't inclood speling lessins.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Re: the "Thunks" cake -- did someone put a CIGARETTE out in it??? Seriously, what IS that THING? (with apologies to Cary Elwes). :D


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Alphabet Gang

I just can't get enough of your blog! It makes me laugh out loud every day. Thanks so much!!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTsquared417

first comment

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL... typo-cakes are my favorite Wrecks!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNDL

No, Jen....

Thunk YOU!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

So Funny! I love the mithspelling cakes.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Aww, wreck #2 is so well done! The lettering is perfectly adorable with the polka dots. Why oh why do people have such trouble with your and you're? Or, their there and they're for that matter.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

That thing on top of the strawberries looks like one of those rawhide chew-things I give to my dog.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter-Sea Nymph-

Abby's cake is such a shame. That's actually really nice writing on it!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Is that Braidal Shoer shower cake a cake at all? It looks like strawberries on a rice cake. Oh wait. I guess rice cake is cake...of some kind. Maybe it's cheesecake? It just looks strange.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCakedreamer

I believe that decorators around the world should have quick access to a dictionary so as not to misspell. Although...English, I assume, would be their native language (in most cases, right?) What's up with the lack of grammar across this nation?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

"braidal shoer"
Thanks for the belly laughs for the day!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, I always wonder: is it the person ordering, the person taking the order, or the cake decorator that can't spell? Poor poor people...


Braidal Shoer. Yes, you see, these are the hippies who make sandals by braiding leather straps.

Also, what's up with all these cakes that have nice decorations, and then the writing is hideously scribbled in a clashing color?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Abby's cake demonstrates how fine is the line between Cake Wreck and Cake Wonder - so pretty and yet so... wrong.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhynotsmile

It destroys my faith in humanity to think that people can spell so poorly. So, I'm going to chose to believe that some Yanks were ribbing Bri, the Scottish/Irish bride, about her accent. Who's with me? Anyone...?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Alligator

At first glance, I thought that last one said "Shunks", not "Thunks".

Well, it's a cake wreck regardless.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterraficus

Of course, the Abby cake should read "you're" not "your". This is such a pet peeve of mine!

And a Braidal Shoer - do people ever THINK?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Can anyone explain to me what those "drinks" are on the Happy 21st cake? Logic says they're drinks, but my eyes say they're pudding cups topped with cookie crumbs and green gummy worms.

And what are those little fish things on Lucy's cake? The ones between the rose and the writing?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

That is too hilarious!!!

And btw - check out my blog (just click on my name) called Personal Development and Growth, Your Guide to Self-Improvement and Personal Growth- it's worth checking out and thought I would share! I'm trying to not just make new friends but also help friends, new and old alike. Take care!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

I've never worked in the field of cake decorating, though I watch Ace of Cakes, watch the food network challenges and visit this blog, so this is a real question.
Question: How come they can't scrape off the icing or remove the fondant and redo the mistake? You can do that right? Is it simply because these yahoos just don't catch their mistakes?
Just wondering, Thanks

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermagolla

Wow........those are just painful.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I thought people turned legal at 18?
And why is it on a cake?
And why, why, why!?
And can I have her phone number?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

That first cake just brings back bad memories of beating old school video games.


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Your Legal. That drives me NUTS!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE LEGAL... Which makes YOU'RE.... ARGH!


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Milton - I'd say the drinks are likely Jell-O shooters, and the 'worms' you're seeing are little candy limes. (The Jell-O shooter is a guess, who doesn't want booze on their 21st B-day cake?!) And the 'fish' bits, are supposed to be rosebuds, though very strangely placed...and apparantly floating.

I love the mithspelling cakes! Although while I'm laughing at the uneducated, I can feel the ire rising in me at the same time.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSlices

Sadly, they're teaching the kids now that it's acceptable to spell the word the way it sounds.
(SIGH of defeat).

What iz now reks will soon beecom normul...(running away screaming)

~Amy B.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

oh goodness, these are bad.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlondeShot Creative

"Thunks" fer nothin', ya bastahds (puts cigarette out in middle of cake)!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Absolutely hilarious!

Okay, even if "bridal shower" had been spelled right...wth kind of message is that? Did they assume Bri wouldn't understand what kind of event she was attending and the cake message would be her first clue?

I can see her next cake now; it's gonna say, "Weding Bri."

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

Is it just me is or is the rest of the braidal shoer picture been swirled? Or maybe I should have had less coffee this morning.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

hee hee, I'm Heather F., and sent in the #2 Abby's Legal cake... it was on this lady's website of simply fantastic cakes and there it was streaming just as pretty as you please. I really hate that it was mispelled to, I mean too. HA! All of her cakes were really nice ones!! Oh well!! I'm NOT perfect by ANY stretch of the imaginashun.


May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhsfisher95

"braidal shoer"
You are literally a genius.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

haha, the "thunks" is my favorite!

i wish i could get a cake wreck for my birthday today. that would be so awesome.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Thunks for more of my favorites, the mithspellings!

Word verification: untis, the misspelling of unties

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's so sad is that the 21st birthday cake had great penmanship! Oh least it looked nice at quick glance. :-)

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Elise

I think "thunks" kind of looks like "Jhunks".

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

The "your" should have been you're or you are.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeedee

DangGina, grammar isn't spelling. English has a difficult system of spelling, with many archaisms. Nevertheless, it would be nice if people whose spelling skills are poor would check before sending out work they're asking money for.

(Homophone typos in published books are my bugaboo.)

If you love language and good blogs, check out Language Log:

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Burlingham

Those are just so wrong.

WV = ousness. Misspelling of ouchness? 'Cos that's what I'm feeling at the sight of these cakes...

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Oy with the "world is ending because people can't spell" complaints, people! Spelling is a talent, not a skill, in my opinion- some can do it, some can't - it doesn't map to intelligence. Also, written language is meant to represent spoken language - both forms change.

Now for some Mark Twain:

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Burlingham

Awww man, that's such a shame that the wreckerator wrecked up that 21st birthday cake, because otherwise, it's really cute!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTig

Thunks...that's what happens when you fall flat on your face after making simple spelling mistakes.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Oh dear. These wrecks just may take the cake.


What is with the humungo strawberries on that little cake? Awful.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

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