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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

Keep It Stupid, Stupid

When April W.'s mom ordered a Father's Day cake last year, the clerk seemed to think that a name should go on the cake as well. Since there was more than one Dad in the house, though, April's mom insisted that the cake only say Happy Father's Day.

Or maybe her exact words were "Father's Day Only" - it's kind of hard to say...

I realize this is going to seem nit-picky, but I really want to know why the "t" is the only letter not capitalized. Seriously. Does that strike anyone else as odd?

There are perils in the world of random capitalization, though:

See? In addition to being ugly as original sin, this CCC [pthoo!] looks like it says "Worid's Best Dad". Not good.

A simpler way of expressing Dad's superiority might be the ol' standby: "#1 Dad", or "Dad is #1". So let's see how the modern Wreckerator is able to screw even those up, shall we?


Yoda strikes again?

Ok, obviously these inscriptions are just too long and complicated. So let's cut out all the extraneous stuff and get right to the heart of the matter:


Justin F., Kristina B., Mike H., & Erin H., Wreckporters!

- Related Wreckage: Dial-A-Wreck

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Reader Comments (68)

oh, you made me laugh today. the last cw is perfect. thanks. :)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

For the 2nd one: That couldn't possibly be Earth - it's obviously the planet Worid. It's not really a wreck - some little Woridians got that cake for their Daddy. Awww, how sweet.

wv: unces - what the Woridian neces and nephes call their parents' siblings.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'd put that last one on a T-shirt and give it to my dad. :D

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last one is pretty cute, actually. :)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha, I love the first one. "Father Day Only" That's so funny.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstormoftara

1 Dad is Dad?
Dad 1 is one?
I have 1 Dad?
Dad 1 I Have!

Dr Suess, eat your heart out! (or perhaps not...seeing as we have pictures of one here recently)

Karen Francis

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Francis

Yes, but we can forgive the decorator of the third cake since it has a Smurf joystick on it.

or maybe the store was having a "Father's Day only Sale" and the decorator took it literally

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

I like the 1# Dad, with a drawing of a blue "member." I guess it probably weighs about a pound.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Westgard

The capitalization goofs do make you wonder. But, um, what's up with the pitted gray icing on the Yoda cake? Blech!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The 3rd one is quite CLEARLY saying 'One Sharp Dad!'... hence the tie!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertheadmiral

I like the last one also.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana

The lowercase "T" was the first thing I noticed, actually.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHypatia

The last one looks like it's wearing an 80's headband!!! (If we could see it's feet, it would probably be wearing knee-high tube socks with red stripes.) I seriously just had a flashback to my childhood.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha! SO MANY WRECKS!! those GAC workers are really falling off thier wagon!?!
(GAC= Great American Cookie) :)
AND 6th to comment yeah!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHales

at first I thought the "WORiD" cake said Wario...I was like the game huh?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Oh, so Dad's a Smurf, now??

What's so hard about putting the # sign in front of the number? SIGH

~Amy B.
wv: moderets: moderets vs. conservatives.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy's the "L" that isn't capitalized, not the "T." Yes, I'm being nitpicky!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterselaura

I usually just put sprinkles on Father's Day cakes...easier and safer too !

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Oh man. That is so sad.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

My dad only gets a card.

Angie (from over at

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Obviously our little friend Worid has several dads, but he wanted to get a cake for his best one.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I think yoda would have said, "#1 Dad is." (sheepish blush)

The Worid cake is a huge strike against CCCs.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbecca.elpy

Is it just me, or is it the 'L' that isn't capitalized?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeeVeeEll

Yes, I noticed the random lower case letters immediately. They are IRRItATING. I've been inspired once again. I'm off to go frost and wreckorate my cake.

Happy Falker Satherhood to all those dads out there!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Awesome cake this is for Dad; number 1 is he!

Love it!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

Your typo ("lowercase t" instead of "i" had me really confused there for a minute. :-)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Does anyone else notice the weird yellow & brown dots on the 1# DAD cake, below the "tie" (and I use that term loosely)?? What the heck is that?

Also, @selaura & @TeeVeeEll ... Jen's comment about the lowercase 'T' is in reference to the first picture; the lowercase 'L' is in the second picture. :)

wv: pition - Lord have pition the poor 1# dads who get these caKes on Sunday

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLB

The lower case "t" is on the first cake, folks.

wv: messe- these wreckes are very messe

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If it's not the planet Worid, then it's Worid the foster child's best dad. Worid would definitely know WHO his best dad was after being bounced around between so many homes.

Poor Worid.

And "doatable" is a really interesting word verification.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity should be so easy...

Jen...your photo credit for the first Dad cookie cake (Friday) with the falling D should be for Jenny W.

WV: CHANTSKE...Do you think there is a chantske the Wreckorators can every get right?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWM

As I am viewing this entry, there is an add in the left sidebar for Trojan condoms. What a lovely addition for Father's Day!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter2slippers

i alwayss capitalize my Rs. always. but never write in capitals. so i guess i can fprgive that T.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kolleen

I love the last one, it made me smile big time :)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, it's not that the typo by itself. I mean anyone can mistake an i for a t. I guess.

What is totally amazing is how many people agreed, "Oh yeah, hahaha, that lowercase t really stood out!"

And that concludes today's lesson on The Aversive Power of Cognitive Dissonance. Thank you for your attention.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPointlessPedant

Not so much a lesson on The Aversive Power of Cognitive Dissonance, as your simply not realizing Jen was referring to the lowercase t in the "Father's Day Only" cake. The l in the "World's Best Dad" one was supposed to be another example of random capitalization.

Now I want to make an appalling cake. And it's a good thing, is anything better than appalling is beyond my reach!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

"As ugly as original sin" is definitely one of my new favorite sayings.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

The third one... Maybe Dr. Manhattan had a kid?
Who really wanted to convey the message that pants are great items to wear?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterunstoppable.zanmato

The last one cracked me up. I would totally buy it for the humor factor alone!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me who thinks the ties look like diseased willys ?

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I think you meant to say that the "l" isn't capitalized, not the "t", though you did write in the "worids" part

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteveman

what was that blurred spot on #4*???? Plus I have a weird feeling of da-ja-vuo**

*HA someone can do it right
** ok I stink at speeling

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterroni

I noticed the lowercase t immediately as well.

Funny thing, when I visit this blog, I look at the pictures and read the commentary. I wish everyone would do the same.

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKath

My goodness, the amount of icing on the "world" cake make me wanna barf!

- By the way, i LOVE your blog, and have been reading for a long time, but this is the first time i've posted. :)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicki

The lowercase l is a worldwide plague...

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Help! I can't stop laughing at those silly word verification jokes ... :-)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZweiradler

so i think that the last one totally looks like a snood character!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

These's Father's Day cakes are pretty madcap...

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

Umm...that last "Dad" looks like the final scene in an adult film...

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Shrinker

So.. let me get this straight. The decorators weren't confident enough to actually write "Father's Day Only" on the cake itself, they had to write it on some chocolate thing and then plonk it on the cake? Outstanding!!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

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