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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

My Cake Wreck Is Greater Than Yours

Here at CW we've seen misspellings, random capitalization, improper punctuation, bizarre spacing - you name it.

But this?

This is a first.

Poor Jean/Sean.

"Ooo, sooorry, that is incorrect! We would have accepted '&', '+', or even the word 'and' written out. This, however, is so WTF crazy that the show key grips will now take you out back and shake you vigorously. Thanks for playing! Buh-bye, now!"

Emily W., your wreckporting skills > my expectations.

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Reader Comments (72)

Pity, 'cause the rainbow was nice

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPink Toads

Maybe Alexandria is older than Jean, so she's celebrating a larger quantity of birthdays ...

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I had to print this out and draw a pacman out of the "less than" sign to figure out which one was the bigger one. Stupid College Remedial Math!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

WOW. That is one "lesser-than" good cake decorator!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea Lynn

Nanny, nanny, boo, boo! My kid's name is greater than yours!

::sticking out tongue::

WV -- sheemen -- It's the sheemen names that are honored! (I thought the first name was Sean.)

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

Let me guess, was this ordered online? Less than is shift-comma.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Would the book "Eats,Shoots and Leaves" helped this wreck?


January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it was a comment on the length of the names?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Perhaps Alexandria really IS greater than S/Jean.

It's kind of mean to point that out on his/her birthday, though.

This is a wreck? A minor mishap perhaps, but a pretty cake otherwise and I am sure Sean &, +, < Alexandria didn't even notice.

Nice rainbow.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSkippyMom

some people make their "and" symbols almost like a greek alpha. if you're going fast, i can see it resembling a <. on the other hand... dude, you're decorating a birthday cake! take your freakin' time.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~m

this looks like the costco cakes! and I thought it was Sean so you've missed a joke somewhere - is it Jean or Sean?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill D.

I'll admit, form a distance, the cake didn't look that bad, albeit I can't read the (assumed) last name. Upon enlarging the picture, I work it that the cake is to a Sean (I used to do my capital 's' that way, just neater) but I have to ask what is used to make the clouds on the cake? Either they are deformed Mentos mints, or weird sea-life eggs, I am not sure. Either way, the cake is now off the menu of my mind.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

Maybe Jean(/Sean) is a librarian? And the cake is just a gentle but firm reminder that her(/his) library is never going to be as good as the Library of... ...yea, I got nothin'.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i feel so sad for j/sean. it just doesn't seem right to be so judgmental ... and on a birthday cake at that!


January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee


January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Perhaps "Jean<Alexandria" was supposed to be hyphenated, like "Anne-Marie" or "Mary-Kate". That is, ASSUMING that is "Jean" and not "Sean".

You're right, Jen -- this IS a first!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterryglights

Maybe J(S)ean middle initial is L and they just couldn't quite get it to stand up straight (lazy L).

wv: trated - I think the cake decorator should be trated in for a new one.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorgiLvr

< could be an arrow head, leading us to understand that there is a name and/or gender change going on here... "Alexandria" is becoming "Sean." Not necessarily a birthday celebrating an actual day of birth, so much as an announcement of the new you, but we know by now that there really is no occasion left that hasn't been spelled out for family and friends on a cake. Nothing new under the sun. Or the rainbow.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

'Jean, Alexandria' wouldn't be much better, as some are suggesting as the real intention of the decorator. Unless the list continues on the back?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have twins. the < child would be PISSED if we had a cake like this (and she understood what < meant)!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is what happens when two competing moms have to share birthday party time, and one of them offers to order the cake.

Remember "I Love Lucy" when the Ricardos got Superman to come by? This stuff gets ugly, man.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Less than" is bad enough, but the cake looks like it's covered in marshmallows... YUCK!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise396

I just wanted to share a quick Cake Wrecks story that made my day yesterday.

I'm a college student supporting myself by working for a computer repair/retail company which can be a very stressful job. Yesterday, the cutest little elderly woman came in with a computer problem that was a very simple fix, but had her very upset.

In my attempt to calm her down and show her how simple it was and that she would be just fine, she mentioned that she wanted to get home so she could see the Sunday Sweets section of Cake Wrecks!

No less than 10 minutes later, we were laughing and exchanging our favorite wrecks and sweets while I sent her on her way with a fully-functional computer.

So, thanks for making my typically stressful job less stressful, Jen and John!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKacie Galyon

SkippyMom said This is a wreck? A minor mishap perhaps, but a pretty cake otherwise

If anything, I'd argue that this makes it even more of a wreck. It's like doing a perfect balance beam routine and then tripping over your own feet as you take a bow.

I'm pretty sure this is an example of a cake that comes to the store pre-decorated and someone in the bakery department writes on it. So as pretty as the cake is, the inscriber is probably not the one who decorated it.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337 got nothin'...BUT, my word verification is 'oupst' which just about sums up the reaction to this cake..

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Nothing like giving Sean/Jean an inferiority complex on his or her birthday!

And may I suggest to Taylor@MyOlderBrothers that he try the hungry alligator teeth next time (it takes up less space).

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I don't mean to be to critical, but I was surprised to see your choice of abbreviation. I love your blog because it's hilarious and clean. I would rather see naked clown cupcakes than naughty word abbreviations. Just my opinion. I really do love the blog.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdouberlyfamily

@Taylor@MyOlderBrothers-- we always drew a shark. :)

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh... hmm... nope, I got nothing. I am well and truly stumped.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Maybe they meant <3 ?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

If you enlarge the picture and check out the top right corner, you can see the order form with the instructions for personalization. It looks like the first name is supposed to be "Sean" but it is hard to make out what the symbol in between the names is supposed to be.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had to look up hungry alligator teeth.
We just did little end litle big end big back in the dark ages.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

I support WTF as a minced oath no more scandalous than Gosh, Darn or @$*! It stands for What the Firetruck?

I do not support the less than sign as a substitute ampersand. I do think the customer filled out the form with a quickly-written α-like plus sign and the wreckerator didn't magically know what was intended.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Is it sad when I recognize that the cake is from Costco because I have bought the same one?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Looks like Jean is less than Abxandria to me.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdenestria

Oh, the high-tech industry is in such shambles that programmers are becoming cake wreckerators these days?

In Unix, and IIRC old DOS as well, "<" means "from". E.g. "sort < scrambled.txt > sorted.txt" means "Sort the text from scrambled.txt and put the result in sorted.txt".

WV: resque - Some people think that "WTF" is too resque.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

To Taylor@MyOlderBrothers:

I always remember because the bigger side is the...well, bigger side

Big>small = greater than, small<big = less than. If you see what I'm saying.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

I think Jean/Sean & Alexandria broke up. And it's a cake celebrating the fact that Jean/Sean can expect a rainbow a day now that Alexandria is history.

Jean/Sean < Alexandria = reason to celebrate with rainbow goodness

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Is Alexandria Sean's mother? That MIGHT make know, "Sean, son of Alexandria" or something like that.

Otherwise, I got nuthin' except *facepalm*

WV: Persean--1. a wreckorator's version of 'person'. 2. By the word of Sean. "Persean, this cake stinks."

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

The blog has officially changed my life. I spent time in a grocery store bakery today ordering a birthday cake for my beloved and beautiful granddaughter who will be ONE on Wednesday. Did I spend my time being creative? quizzing the cake decorating? Carefully explaining what I wanted?

No, there was a very unfortunate clown cupcake cake (I know CCC) and I spent my time wishing for my camera.

So, for good or ill, Cake Wrecks has changed my life.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I agree with ryglights that it looks like maybe it was supposed to be a hyphenated name, Jean-Alexandria.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNetanya

I have always felt I was "more than" Jean. Or Sean.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandria

Am I the only one to see that there is a blue ink-dot above the n in the second name, like the cake decorator started to spell it incorrectly and then removed it? Jenn, another missed opportunity for teasing!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie


Huh? I think you just erased every useful thing my third grade teacher ever taught me with that explanation! lol

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's obvious that S/Jean and Alexandria are twins. And that Alexandria ordered the cake. Trust me, I'm the mother of twins...the sibling rivalry NEVER dies.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterplanetnomad

Wow, so I like this blog a lot less since I became a cake decorator at a big box store. At least when it's nit-picky things like this.

It looks like the person who took the order used the 'and' that looks like a plus sign with the left and bottom points connected, and the decorator did their best to interpret.

People want some weird stuff on their cakes, so the decorators follow the orders as closely as they can. You never know.

Also, in response to " ...on the other hand... dude, you're decorating a birthday cake! take your freakin' time."

Maybe 1 in 10 orders that we get *isn't* a birthday cake. When you have a huge pile of orders (anywhere from 1 to 50) to get through in 8 hours (amongst other things), you don't really have time to slow down.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I agree with Doubleryfamily in that WTF is inappropriate. I also was surprised at the clown porn since the rules for submission clearly state that obscene cakes are not allowed. It's one thing to have an anything goes policy, and it's another to have a rather strict policy in writing then push at that boundary like a middle school kid.
-- Vanessa

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

To those of you offended by the WTF,

When did Cake Wrecks become a children's site?

Okay folks, here's the deal. There will be sexual innuendo on cake wrecks. Occasionally, icing looks unintentionally naughty and we joke about it. You'll never see fondant ding dongs or anything else blatantly obscene but there will be suggestive cakes. Sorry.

And there will be the occasional strong language if you consider words like ass and abbreviations like WTF to be strong language. Again I am sorry.

We go to a lot of trouble to make sure the content we publish is safe for work and I seriously doubt that any child would ever see any of our cakes as anything but cake. We aim for a pg rating on all of our posts so plan accordingly.



January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

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