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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

The "Year" of the "Grad"

The Grad Wreckage is still pouring in, and here I'm rapidly running out of snappy titles. Drat.

In higher education, time loses all meaning.

See? Even the footstool-wearing stomach-cloud knows "that".

Talk about a repeat-offender: we've got you on 19 counts right here, Wreckerator!

And one more for you "unnecessary" quotation marks fans:

Congrats "class" of "09"?

Looks like someone couldn't take the quotation mark abuse anymore and decided to teach that cake a lesson. It kind of worked, too; it's much harder to notice the quotes now.

And speaking of hard-to-read cakes, there oughta be a law against squiggles that look like words:

Elle? Ollie? Edie? Why does the confetti look like writing, and the diploma scroll look like a Seuss hat? Especially when everyone knows you're supposed to make them look like Swiss Rolls, like this?

(Wreckerators, some day you and I need to have a chat about curly ribbon.)

And you thought your senior prom was awkward.

David R., Anony, Judi I., Jenny T., Kristin L., Sarah F., & Steph H., way to "go"!

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Reader Comments (77)

0901 is an actual graduating class for military schools.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Just what did the people of the 4th cakes graduation cake graduate from? The Freddy Kruger School of Horrors?

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Wow, these are just... sad. I almost feel bad for laughing at them.

That said, what's with the footballs on the one graduation cake? It looks like a generic cake at the local grocery store, but surely it has to be for the football team. I mean, I'd hate to think the bakery is discriminating against the newspaper and chess clubs - or the teams for basketball, soccer, baseball, cheerleading...

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The red cross Seuss hat has made my day!

I seem to be worrying less about the upcoming generation... they can't possibly get much worse that the people who made these cakes.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Anyone notice the teeny tiny "congrats" on the Swiss Cake Role Diploma?

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Man- I wish I was a member of the Class of Dave...

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEternal Lizdom

I had a dream about CCCs last night. It's official. Cake Wrecks is infiltrating my dreams.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly C

The second cake is for Casper's graduation;

The fourth cake would make an AWESOME poster for a teen slasher movie;

The sixth cake is celebrating a young girl's transition into womanhood.

I went trolling for wrecks yesterday in the local supermarket. Falker's Day "ties" galore. But apparently they don't do CCCs. That's why I'd never heard of them. Let's hope the decorators stay away from the CakeWrecks site.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Re UMFO 0901....that's not someone's mistake, but rather how the military does class numbers.

UMFO refers to the Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) course, not some "University of..." and 0901 refers to the first class (01) that graduates in [']09.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Frye

I'm thinking the Wreckerator who did the first cake took a little trip in a time machine just prior to decorating said cake... that's the only explanation I can think of.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Wow, those are rich! Love the bloody congrats cake. Nothing says party on like a gruesome blood soaked cake. Or is that just runny red mascara? Either way...

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Hahaha! My favourites would be the 0901 and the one that looks like it's bleeding :P I wonder what education must've been like in the year 0901 :P

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Oh Jen--the curly ribbon discussion is WAYYYYY overdue. I look forward to the complete seminar.

"and you thought your prom was awkward"-I just spewed diet coke all over my how do I explain THAT to the IT guys?

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjustfrosting

Poor, poor "grads" with their sad, sad cakes.

Angie (

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Cake #4 looks like it should be Carrie White's cake "they're all gonna laugh at you!" Happy Graduation what's left of Bate's High '09


June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

i think the fourth one just couldn't take the "quotes" abuse anymore and is weeping for the future of humanity.

and the sixth one... um... please tell me i'm not the only one who's first thought wasn't "swiss roll"? anyone? anyone? bueller? come on, i can't be the only perv... can i?

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Just out of curiousity, does that first cake say "UMFOgettable"? As in unforgettable?

That's just not right.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Brilliant comment on the last cake.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindalou

We hired a decorator at one of the bakeries. The first thing he did was buy a copious supply of curling ribbon. Turns out he was a one trick pony and couldn't produce a cake if his life depended on it without curling ribbon. Since CCC's get a hyuck pitooey each time they are spoken of I think curling ribbon cakes AT LEAST deserve a pbbbbbrrrt! :P

Curling ribbon: the tools of destruction of no-talent cake decorators

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I kinda like the stepstool CCC. :) Call me crazy, but I do!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

Awww, why did people have to ruin our fun and provide an explanation for the 0901 cake? I liked it better when it made no sense.

And yes, discuss the curly ribbon! Every time I see it I think of how the texture must be if a piece broke off and ended up in your mouth...and then I gag.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

hehehe, ok. It took me about four reads of the first cake to figure out what they might be trying to say, and I'm a military wife. People need to leave the puns to the experts(UMFO - military- using it to complete "unforgetable"...). It's still a wreck even if you understand it... at least that's what I'm assuming it's from. And the last one is priceless. hehehe.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Dotson-Thomson

Swiss roll, eh?


June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

Ah yes, the bleeding cake. How appetizing!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Why is the poor cake "crying"? Did it get a boo-boo? Speaking of boo, the CCC looks like a ghost with a hat.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoMama

I like the cake with the hat and the diploma.

Even if it is a cupcake cake.

And even if they've decided quotation marks are the equivalent of punctuation jazz hands.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aww man, I wish *I* got a Sweeney Todd cake for graduation. My CNA instructor just made us get a sheet cake with a grad figurine on it :-P

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdesibarbossa

The fourth cake down looks like someone bled all over it. Good for those graduating vampires! Is it red velvet inside? :-p

The last one sounds like a messed up love triangle.

~Amy B

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"diploma scroll"?? "Suess hat"?? Looks more like a nuclear power plant with steam coming out of it and a red cross on the stack to boot! Go wreck!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

in answer to your snappy title issue, hows about "congruptiations" grualuates!
i love your site, keep up the good work! -freya

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreya

Rocky Horror Picture Cake!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeratoMarty

I thought the Dr. Suess cake said "eww" all over it.

And nope, didn't notice the congrats on the swiss cake*L*

The scrolls look like my dogs rawhide chews.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

OMG ok I am really sitting here LMAO at this one.. it was great especially the stool wearing cloud cake...hahaha

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeputy's Queen

OH these are the best in awhile. I'm laughing out loud. I love the one with an opened tin can (opening a can of whoop-azz?) of Red Cross First Aid. THe best part is the little squiggles all over it, I saw "eeeeeeeee" somebody shreiking in terror. That's one scary "class" there.

And the "class" of "09". Perhaps it's making fun of how the class has no class. Lily

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seuss hat? Looks more like a smokestack to me.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Brown


Even after I read about the diploma roll looking like a Seuss hat, I took about 2 minutes to find it.

I didn't consider the diploma roll itself because I was trying to figure out how the Red Cross fit in.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVB

Well, at least, they probably all tasted good. Hopefully.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan the Muse

Ahhh come on Jen show some love for the curly ribbon. It adds so much class, so much style, and sometimes (if you use it right) so much (one eye brow up and nose wrinkled) ewwwww.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

In regards to the first cake, they should have just left the border alone. For me, the yellow squiggles is the most atrocious aspect of that cake. Oh, and the first thing I noticed about the fifth cake was the red cross. I had no idea what it was supposed to be until I read your remark.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Seriously those were done by pros? Icing that isn't smooth, scribbles in place of decoration, etc... aieeee!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the bleeding cake was a Carrie prop.


WV: ostle - These graduations cakes are simply ostle.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

"... quotation marks are the equivalent of punctuation jazz hands."

OMG! That is The. Best. Line. EVER!!!

Anonymous, may I use that line? That is so stinkin' funny!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

See, even the "class" of "09" cake is crying. Or injuring itself in some manner.

And man, I'd like to be part of the class of Dave.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I love the bleeding "class" of "09" cake. It looks like someone tried to put it out of its misery.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCait

The last one was too funny, of course thats only due to the comments!! Love your humor.


June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

Did any one else think that those diploma's looked a little bit like cigarettes? Especially the first one with all the curly, smokey writing? What kind of message are we trying to send the class of '09 anyway?

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMekoveya

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