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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

A Series of Unfortunate Monograms

Who thought this was a good idea?

Or this?

(Never in my life have I so fervently hoped that a cake was chocolate.)

Or, Aunt Flo help us, this?

"So, when's the party?"

"At the end of the month."

Amy M., Jenna B., & Kim W., URQTs. At least, I like to think that you are. Not in a creepy way, of course, or like I know firsthand because I secretly stalk you or anything...that would just be weird. I mean, look, I'm just trying to give you a friendly compliment, in a completely platonic, non-stalker-esque kind of way, Ok? Ok. As you were.

- Related Wreckage: Can You Make a Freudian Slip in Icing?

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Reader Comments (107)

No monograms on their towel either, please. What are those things on the side of the other cakes? Maybe chocolate might help.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNellie

The funny/SAD thing about the KKK baby cake is that it's actually quite nicely done!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

The first one looks like a wedding cake and you would hope that the bride realized the monogram, tought it was amusing and went for it. Either that or she was completely ignorant of it and the guests had a good laugh!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife

That triple-K name is unfortunate, but I love the cake! Especially the little blocks and the bottle!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. CH

My dear friend is named Kim and her daughter is Kayla and her son is named Kaden. Kim's mom bought her a necklace with all three of their initials on it for Mother's day. It was lovely, but, alas, Kim had to return it.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Angry Jackalope

That SOB wedding cake is hilarious! The KKK baby though...uh...hopefully seeing that on her cake prompted mommy to realize what a terrible mistake she was making.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Maybe the other side of the blocks on the baby cake say N O T, just to clear up any confusion. I do like the baby footprints on the sides. Maybe they're stamping out racism?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

This makes me feel a lot better that my boyfriend and I are "B & J"... although we'd just go for the single last name monogram.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrigid M

I'm hoping that only the baby's first name begins with K, and the decorator was just being a little too enthusiastic about it?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I had a friend in high school named Kevin K. who told us that his parents were going to give him the middle name Kyle, but then realized his initials would be KKK (and they're Jewish), so they gave him Oliver instead. Because having "KOK" written on your backpack in middle/high school is oh so much better... (Try saying it aloud.)

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersleepsong

Oh dear, those are a bit unfortunate.

I went to HS with a friend who's initials were KKK. Her parents were from the Phillipines and no idea that 3Ks would mean anything here, lol.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbJ

The baby cake is cute, but I am wondering about the perspective of the pacifier (is that what it is?) nipple vs the bottle's.

wv: coitero - ha!
Will someone who is braver than me please define this?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

That baby cake is pretty sucky..what kind of bottle is that..and what is that next to it...what kind of deformed pacifier is the size of a golf ball and poop brown color...or is it suposed to be something else?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuSuseriffic

Woah. Just...Woah. I want to know WHY the baby cake says KKK - Is that really the baby's initials? That's a lot of K's!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

The parents didn't really think those initials through, did they?

Angie (from over at

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

We have both of those sets of initials in my family so I didn't really get offended at either of them. Guess I'm desensitized.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTameson

Gee, I don't know...
Those baby footprints, buldging out of the cake sides as they are, actually look as if a bunch of captive babies are trying to kick their way out of their fondant prison.
Sort of reminiscent of "Sing a Song of Sixpence," which goes like this:
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of steak,
Four and twenty babies baked in a cake.
When the cake was opened the babes began to wail,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to prove itself a fail?


July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

This is so hilarious!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorta Di Fame

The "KKK" cake is cute but I'm torn on the baby footprints. On one hand, they're well done and sweet...on the other hand, it looks like there are alien babies inside the cake trying to muscle their way out.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Maybe it was the decorators fault and the first cake should have read S & B? I'm sorry for the baby if those are really his/her initials. I could see this being the decorators fault, as well, maybe only the baby's first name starts with a K.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeray

I should know better than to eat while reading this blog. I really should.

I like to think SOB stands for Silly Old Bear. The cake is quite pretty though.

wv dises I imagine the bride saying she will smack an SOB who dises her cake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Our son *almost* has the initials ASS. But... we're just not that mean.

Sendingtheclowns, I LOVE your song.

wv: alichsol. Hopefully the guests have enough alichsol...alcmahol...get drunk enough not to notice the wedding cake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalMal

There is a Ramones song "The KKK took my baby away!" I bust out laughing when I saw this post!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLa La

The top one took me a minute to get. It is subtle. The bottom one? Not so much. I also enjoyed the link to the freudian slip cake. I can't believe how much I love this site. Keep up the great work!!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkojak

*snicker* hoping the cake was chocolate! you're bad

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*~*Lis*~*

My last name starts with a K, so when we were considering baby names for my daughter, we were really carefully not to accidentally spell out anything, or end up with KKK initials. You would think these people realized the implications of their initials at some point before seeing them immortalized in cake....

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

My parents intentionally named my brother Kyle instead of Zachary so that their three kids would all have first names that started with K.

Like it never occured to them that might be a bad thing.

Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I'd be SOBbing myself.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

I have a friend who's initials are now KKK, so I guess it doesn't matter what you name your child they'll mess it up when they get married. LOL! But DH & I thought long and hard about our kid's initials hoping they wouldn't spell anything no matter who she marries.

I've never understood the Monogram thing myself.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I am with sendingtheclowns on the baby footprints. Coulda been sweet, but ended up kinda creepy. Reminds me of the old series "V",when the baby lizard thing burst from the woman's stomach. "Happy baby shower, Martha! Hope the kid doesn't do a roundhouse and come flying out your belly button! Let's have some cake!"

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissie

I went to school with a guy whose name was Kajun Klark Kelley. I can't recall what he said when I asked him about it.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteranotherJuli

Sendingintheclowns needs a lil break. o.O

Or plenty of black coffee...

But that's a pretty good suggestion for a deliberate wreck: baby feet sticking out of the sides of a cake

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Maybe the "O" was supposed to be a wedding ring and was really poorly done? So: S -wedding ring- B? One can only hope...haha

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

My own parents almost gave me the initials KKK. They, unlike the unfortunate person with the baby cake, realized their mistake BEFORE putting it on my birth certificate.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersammik

And this is EXACTLY why my wedding cake is having only our last initial monogramed on it. Otherwise it would say ARM. Not as bad as these too but still pretty embarrassing.

Word Verification for ousifin: Ousifin idea was it to put these initials on cakes?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lulz at KKKake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

LOL forever at the SOB cake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

April ~ loved your WV. I am so not even going there ...

My WV is berst. I may berst because I am laughing so hard at these cakes!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

A cake is worth a thousand words!

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRocco Galatioto

What were they thinking ? The cakes are pretty in spite of the monograms !

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

After my mom had to endure the tirades of a sister's friend about how much she hated her initials (WAR - great fun during the Korean and Vietnam era, I'm sure), my parents tried to think through our initials very carefully, but they somehow missed that my sister's spells the name of an animal if you do first name - last name - middle name. Still, an animal is far better than an organization known for racial violence. Or even an less than endearing epithet.

Word verification: shilver. Learning there are babiesh out there with KKK namesh shent a shilver up Sean Connery's shpine.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think two cakes counts as a series.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

I'd completely missed the KKKake. I thought the problem was the babyfeet - if it'd just been that, I'd have said that I hoped it to be red velvet cake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSili

Jen you never cease to crack me up. I'm dying at your strong desire for the KKK cake to be chocolate. Hilarious.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric E.

(Sigh) So many parents overlook the initials a child will have when naming their baby. Though they can have interesting outcomes. From among my friends, there's a SHT, an ACE, and a GOD.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Our daughter almost ended up with the initials KKK. Fortunately, we noticed before in time and changed the middle name from Kathleen to Margaret.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

@ Sharon:
Break? Who, me? Shirley you jest.
Now, coffee--yes, yes, YES--but no blecchhkk coffee for me, thanks. Lots of cream and non-dairy sweetener. Aaaahhhh.
Got some brewing right to join me?
By the by and FYI, it's actually "sendingtheclowns," not "sendingINtheclowns." It's my take on the song, "Send In The Clowns," from the musical "A Little Night Music." No biggie. Keep the change.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I can remember around 1980 there was a local music group with triplet sisters whose names started with K. They called the band "Triple K". Even at a young age, I knew that wasn't the greatest band name to go with.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereeyore19

My initials are BS... may they never end up on a cake.

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethStev

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