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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

Letter VS Spirit

These Wreckerators get points for obeying the customer's instructions to the letter...

Of course, they then LOSE those points for writing the instructions on the cake.

Believe it or not, some folks are starting to ask for Wrecks like these ("Happy Birthday Under Neat That", etc) which adds a whole new level of hilarity when the bakery gets it wrong by getting it right.

For example, Corrie wanted a Wreckplica of the infamous Curious George CCC that said "Cangrtalations Corrie" on it for her graduation cake. She got this:

Granted, I think the decorator captured the true horror of the original Wreck quite well, but she also "corrected" Corrie's intentional misspelling to read "Congrats Carrie!"

Wow, it's like a Wreck to the third power, huh, Corrie? That is so awesome.

And for those of you wondering about the first two: Katelyn W. & Erin M. assure me they're legit. And since they used very sincere fonts, I believe them.

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Reader Comments (63)

Those are so funny.

I recently made up a new cake order form for the girls at work to use. I specifically wrote on the form: Please write EXACTLY as you would like it to appear on the cake - no extra quotation marks, exclamation marks etc. unless it is to appear on the cake. I am amazed at how hard it is for them to break the habit of putting everything in quotation marks or ending everything with an exclamation mark.

Hopefully my attempts to avoid a cake wreck won't end up as a cake wreck....or a triple cake wreck.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

that second one (the gift box) is a pretty cake regardless.

wv: cateri.

cateri: waiters who moonlight as Mafia men

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeautifulmonday

I think that "lovely" pink lipstick on George there is even "better" than in the original.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

What I want to know is if Corrie asked for the loads of curling ribbon?

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

"Sara no H", huh? I once ordered a set of personalized pencils for each of our daughters, and specified "Teresa (no H)" and that was the way the pencils came. "Teresa No H". Maybe they thought she was Oriental? After all, our last name is Rice!

Love your blog! It's one of my first stops in the morning.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Pink-lipped monkey man
bleeds black from his monkey nose.
Ribbons "save" this cake!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Wow...Curious George does drag. Awesome.

And that second cake is like a little piece of cuteness! It'd be so cute if they didn't mess it up.

WV: moldedio -- the species to which Curious George/tte belongs.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

That second cake is adorable but it does appear to have it's own umbilical cord.. eek!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Do you purposefully post before 8am Mountain Time so I can come to work each morning and start my day off right? If you do, then a big THANK YOU!

As an Anne with an E I feel for Sara with no H. Makes me wonder if there's a back history with the bakery, though, that they so explicitly put "no H" on the order form. I have known a few folks who absolutely insist they know the one and only "correct" way to spell a name with multiple possible spellings (even discounting the contemporary alternatives) - perhaps this wreckerator is one such?

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Writing aside...that last cake is seriously Curious George? I mean, sure it's CCC-form, but...WHAT?!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

oh it's all getting too confusing!!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne wardle

Perhaps number 3 knows of this website and didn't want to end up on here for not correcting the misspellings, so to make up for fixing the spelling the decorator added some color to George's lips.

Just a thought. Love this website, it definately makes my days a little brighter!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarahik

This is exactly what George Orwell was warning against in 1984!!!

When we start intentionally creating cake wrecks, thus re-writing history, how will we then spot the real, un-ironic wrecks? It's chaos people!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStunbunny

Love cake decorators who can't bring themselves to make an intentional misspelling. That would be me.

Angie (from over at

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

So if I could intentionally design a cake wreck, it would be one that features a variety of Entirely Useless Items that can be bought at your neighborhood grocery store, like Micro-Yams (already been shrink-wrapped sweet potatoes) and vegetable "shaped" food storage containers:

I can't even begin to imagine how hysterical your commentary on that would be...

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAcadia


Infinite regression of wreckitude?


June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanger girl

The pink one is so beautiful right up until it takes the instructions a little too literally.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Woah, that last cake is scarey. Bleeehhhh.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Top Ender just told me her eyes are bleeding...

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPippaD

What's with the backwards J? Is that actually how the parents are spelling the child's name?
Smart move...

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrantically heidi

wreckplica is very very hard to say out loud.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

I once had a cartoon signed by the artist but he misspelled my name. My name is Kristen and he spelled it with a C. So he fixed by adding a few extra words...
"To Cristen, with a K"

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen S.

The first 2 cakes are decorated so nicely and then some dum-dum wrote the wrong stuff on it. :( Sadness.

Judy, I hope your new form is effective. Please keep us posted.

"George" looks like a Wookiee who has been to the beauty salon.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I whole-heartedly agree with beautifulmonday; the second cake is adorable. As for the intentional wreckage... dick move. Some people need hobbies.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheLeftorium

People are funny. Sometimes, unintentionally so.;o)
~Amy B.
wv: yosod
"Yo sod, what were ye thinkin', writin' the instructions I gave ye on the bloody cake?"

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Why would anyone spell their name with a backwards 'J' anyway?

I think Curious George CCC might now frequent my nightmares.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthingsmymothersaid

the last cake is scary!LOL!

but the second one is sooo lovely!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMac Callister

I absolutely love the pink box with the huge bow!! I wouldn't care if it said "Good luck with the tax audit," I'd ooh and ahh over it.

Hee, I'm always mildly disappointed that when I go to my local bakery, there are no wrecks in sight...or none I can photograph without people thinking I'm looney. XD

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

What's up with the backwards 'j'? Is it an Eastern European letter that I don't know about?

I'm having a hard time understanding the backwards 'j'.

These wrecks I think demonstrate how hard it is to communicate though both words and print.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuliet

I didn't even recognize that the 3rd cake was supposed to be Curious George, let alone Curious George in drag. I thought it was just a big-lipped monster.

I love your blog.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindalou

Do people just not think when they read directions or what!
The second cake is darling and that last one what the heck is that suppose to be!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla: Retro Ways

Curious...If you enlarge the "Backward's J" there is a little sticker that says "Companion". Wonder if there is another cake somewhere with a backwards J.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory

"sara minus h" reminds me of the Ben Folds song Zak and Sara.

"Sara spelled without an H was getting bored on a Peavey amp in 1984"

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Beard

Curious George's fuschia lips frighten me.

Such a shame about that pretty box cake getting wreck-written on!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Stool Pigeon

I ordered a cake today with very specific instructions, including a computer printout of what I wanted the cake to look like. I can't wait to see how it turns out — you might have a new wreck on Friday.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Good Lord, these are terrible! The second one would be a beautiful cake if it weren't for the (backwards J) at the bottom. . . seriously. . .

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

We home bake all of our cakes here in my house but if we ordered them from a store my husband could get me one that says "with one L".

May a plague of locusts rain down upon parents who saddle a child with weird or alternately spelled names.

- Michele

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one looks like a rotten Mr Potato Head!

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenestria


pure wreckiness

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

As a Sara no H, I can sympathize with the subject of that cake. I literally have to say "Sara, no H" every time I say my name to someone writing it down, and even then, sometimes they write like the wind and that damn H ends up there anyway.

Stupid dumb H.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

@stunbunny - I don't think this is quite what Orwell was worried about.

@Michele - I also had that spelling as a middle name, but it may have been to make up for a last name with 2 C's, 2 N's, and 2 L's that despite being perfectly phonetic, no one could spell or pronounce.
And I grew up with Alexandra, before it was cool, and always got an extra "I". Now, about half the time I get the masculine spelling.
I need a cake with "d-r-a!"


June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with Adrienne @ 10:06; I think the pink cake looks like it has an umbilical cord.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

Yet MORE shining examples of how common sense just isn't that common anymore.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

As a Sara without an H, I appreciate that cake. I have to say at least they didn't write Sarah without an H. That would have been funnier!

Thanks for you wonderful blog! I love seeing the genius of people.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I actually put palm to forehead on the first one... Wow...

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "curious George" one has GOT to be a Walmart cake. I think the store by my house pulls bums off the street to decorate.
Being a cake decorator myself, it saddens me to see stuff like this and that people actually pay money for it!! LMAO

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As the proud recipient of the original Curious George Cake...I cannot believe this cake is still ALIVE!

And, on the spelling front...with my name being SHARA, it is always misspelled on my birthday cake. But, on the hideous C.G. Cupcake Wreck - they got it right! Just everything else was wrong, wrong, wrong.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShara

A few weeks ago I ordered an intentional cake wreck for my boyfriend's birthday. They did a terrific job, random quotation marks, under neat that, bright clashing colors, a clown and a shotgun! They were such good sports about the whole thing I promised them I'd never post a photo. At the party, NONE of our friends got it. No-one thought it was funny at all. On a side note, we're currently in the market for new friends. Anyone?

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

A wreck to the third power? I think my head just exploded from awesomeness!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

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