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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 Future's So Bright..

If the current state of bakery (il)literacy has you down, then consider this: Right now thousands and thousands of new graduates are flooding the workforce, bringing with them all the knowledge, skill, and personal communications excellence that the American educational system has to offer.


Missy F., once you realize this is a CCC [haaaauuu-patooey!], and that it's depicting an apple being devoured by maggots, suddenly the "daz" thing seems that much more tragic.

I'm sensing some confusion, Stephanie G., and it's coming from this direction:

Ah, I see someone took my "When in doubt, scream it" advice to heart! And I like how s/he covered all the bases with that comma/exclamation mark combo.

Libby B. assures me there's a misspelling in here somewhere...

...but looking at that writing makes my eyes feel like they're careening out of control on an oil slick. Ow.

Mercedes W., I was with you until "proud":

We've already seen congratulations/graduation spelling mix-ups, but here Shelby found a mix-up of the actual words:

As you can see, the "n" is so embarrassed he's making a break for it.

Jess S., don't you just hate letters that look the same upside down as right side up? Like H, I, & O?

If only there were some way to know which way was up when you put them all together! Curse you, you vile deceivers of the alphabet! Curse... you!

Oh, and S! S is another one!

'Course, the school logo COULD have been a tick, right, Jade R.?

Gimmie a 'T'!
Gimmie an "Icks"!
What's that spell?
Say it again!
[flourishing red pom-poms]
Yeah, we ain't yo' momma, ain't yo bud,
All we do is suck yo' blood!
Go Ticks! Woo!! Go Ticks!

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Reader Comments (162)

At least if their school mascot was a tick, they could yell "SPOON!" as their chant!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

hahahahaha....oh the tick thing really got me, wooo

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSar

Well Job Done Jen! I still love this site! I love how the second cake says that- Well Job Done! Do people read what they write? Anyway, I love the tick thing- I probably would have seen that cake and been like, oh, that looks nice... althought, I suppose that person knew the logo. Love the commentary- Gradulations!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnniebananie

Does that OHIO cake have *marijuana leaves* as decoration? Wow, you learn so much about other places from this site.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSquiddy

Am I bland or is there not an original asterisk for your note? Or is that just a note on the whole post? Just a bit confused.

Love, love, love the Graduation on your day! That's awesome!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbttrflybabydoll

I think those might be marijuana leaves on the O H I O cake.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ummm - can someone tell me why there appear to be marijuana leaves on the OIHO cake? Was that intentional? Perhaps they wanted to order a cake celebrating the fact that despite all the pot Jess smoked, she graduated!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmittyChic

Are those pot leaves on the OIHO cake? Even better! Ha!

Dictionary is FRIEND!


VW: inglat

no speak inglat. congladutations.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Actually, I'm pretty sure the only problem with the second cake is the punctuation. Take out the first exclamation mark and add a comma after "Well," and you have a cake that aptly describes the condition of a student with a new Ph.D. (as I assume the recipient of this cake to be).

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

On the OIHO cake, are those um... glaucoma medicine leaves in the corners?

Could explain not realizing which end was up.

WV- exclavol- When one shouts and laughs at the same time.(used in emails)
"Your last post made me exclavol and my coworkers came over to see what I was looked at."

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrigglesnitz

Maybe when the Tick's cake looked like that when he graduated. That is where he got his superhero name idea.

Kris (new here)

Weaug- a very small bug.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Also, re: the plants on the cake, I suspect they're actually supposed to be" rel="nofollow">buckeyes, which for some strange reason are Ohio State's mascot.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I suppose that Dr. Hushkins just finished digging a well.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Yeah, we ain't yo' momma, ain't yo bud,
All we do is suck yo' blood!

You got me. I actually was sitting at my desk laughing. At least no one came in to my office.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Wade

JEN, YOU CRACK ME UP. Your descriptions are frigging hilarious. You should write a cartoon or something.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

I, too, thought that those were marijuana leaves on the OHIO cake. And the tick chant was just fabulous, Jen! :D

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

does anyone else think "Christmas" when they see the OHIO cake?! lol

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amazing! At least, your impromptu cheer is. The cakes? Not so much. Ugh.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

Preschool "commencement?!"
A CCC is fitting.
Patooey on both!

wv: Gwarsh, mister, I'm just plumfush you asked me to dance. Huh-yuk.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Oh dear. That last cake is for a graduate of my alma mater, SHSU. Our mascot is the Bearkat, but I think the Tick might be just as good.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

These are hilarious! And the commentary is, as usual, what really makes the site fun. Love the pot leaves on the OHIO cake. Must be for college... The craze over texting and casual emails where one isn't expected to even consider grammar is making things worse.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Hey, Kindergarten is a very big deal. Do you know what it takes to make it through preschool these days?

Angie (from over at

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

That "tick" cheer was FABULOUS!
I have to visit your site every day to get my laughs in.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmm, maybe the Graduation and Big Day were two events on the same day. Like, she got to walk in the graduation ceremony, and then later was induced to give birth??

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Light Mygatt

That cheer was surprisingly well done. I would imagine that someone, somewhere, is starting a new school and the mascot will be the ticks just so they can use that cheer!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

First of all, my word verification for this post is "illitral" which I think is eerily appropriate.

Secondly, that giant maggot-apple looks like a big nasty tomato to me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

I will never look at a paw print the same again, right side up or not. HA! Well Job Done,! I pick up a graduation cake on Saturday...maybe I'll be unfortunate/lucky enough to get to send it your way.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda had me at swirly chocolate syrup words.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Somehow the OHIO cake got me a bit woozy... As did Libby's cake! As always, wonderful, wonderful blog,! Congrads!!!!!! P.S.- I got an official Cake Wrecks Baker shirt! I can't wait to get it! Woo-hoo! I'll wear it proudly while making my cakes, fo sho!


June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

Yeah, so maybe they're supposed to be buckeyes, but for THIS cake, marijuana makes much more sense. :)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManda

The "Well Job Done,!" one has such pretty writing too...too bad the artist is grammatically impaired.

Are those mary jane leaves on the OHIO (or is it OIHO) cake?

Love the Ticks High they used Brad Paisley's song for the prom theme!!

WV: ingspo: How "Well Job Done,!" decorator spells spoing.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

As a proud Ohioan for most of my life, I'm not sure which is worse, the upside-down "OHIO" or the, ahem, "buckeyes" in the corners!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElleBee

STOP making me laugh out loud at work - my office thinks I'm crazy!

Go ticks, LOL! Srsly :D

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennyKitten76

The Ticks chant got me.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe rambler


Jen, you're going to give me a concussion if you keep these up!!

word verification: berside "I am beside myself with irritation and am going berserk!"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Maybe the pot leaves is a subconcious cry for help. I mean it could explain alot of past "wreckage." Just because you like the Grateful Dead doesn't mean you decorate cakes.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe the Ohio State cake decorator had glaucoma and was smoking medicinal marijuana. That is the only way I can explain what happened there.

I kept trying to read the O H I O cake upside down, you know to go with the rest of the print and all I kept coming up with was Oi! Ho!, as in two separate words because of the odd spacing between the I and the H.

Then I had a face palm moment and got it.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Spoon!!! Hilarious. The Tick would be an excellent mascot, and you already have that rockin' cheer. All we need now is a school with HS for initials.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

So, if you turn the "OIHO" cake over (to read the rest of it correctly) am I mistaken or would it then read, "Jess 01 HO?" (#1 Ho???) Hhmmm... maybe upside down IS better!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZannie

Lisa is right about the leaves - it's an Ohio State thing

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

cracks me up. a tick for a mascot...i wonder what the alma mater would be...a good laugh in the morning is a great way to start my day! so thank you!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriris

You just know that there is a hot-house tot in the city somewhere being wrestled into a cap and gown by Mother, whilst Father holds up a flashcard saying Toutes mes félicitations, mon petit génie!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Kindergarten is also's German so it has a T not a D - it's a common misspelling, but as former K teacher it sticks out to me! :-)

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Maybe Dr. H had to dig wells to put himself through med school. That would explain the well job being done now wouldn't it? The tick cheer? Awesome!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMirth

The upside-down Ohio made me spit-laugh.* Thanks; I needed that.

*Though I didn't think "pot leaves." Heck, I didn't even notice the leaves!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

Why are there marajuana (did I spell that right?) leaves on the OIHO cake? Maybe that was the excuse for the foul up?

WV: CODGE - to cower and dodge at the same time. The baker codged when her cake was viewed by the client.

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm glad there's an extra space in the "OHIO" know, just in case you WEREN'T thinking of reading it as "Oi...Ho"

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

Please don't find out that Dr. Huskins is an English professor!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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