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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

A Grave Situation

Q: What do Wreckerators do when they lose their bakery jobs?

It pays better, and there are a lot fewer complaints.

Elissa R., does Tomb Wrecks know about this?

Update from John: For those of you crying "Photoshop:"

This is clearly cut in the stone; look carefully at the S in both words. We also have Elissa as our eyewitness, who took this pic with her own camera while standing in the graveyard.

Besides, after the amount of Wreckage we've documented, does this really surprise you that much? ;)

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Reader Comments (65)

There's a "Tomb Wrecks"?!?!

I guess, "If you wreck it, they will blog" eh?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabethB

Are you kidding me?!? It's so much worse in stone, and more permanent.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

A. I can't believe someone actually KEPT this.

B. Truly sad for a veteran's final resting place.

C. A cake will disappear after time, at least. Written in stone - hard to dispose of, gloss over, or scrape off.

Thanks for an interesting site link... amazing what's on the 'net!


wv - bitted --- I bitted my tongue when I read this one!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ooooh! It's going to take more than a rubber spatula to get THAT one out.

It could only be more awesome if someone tried to chisel flowers over the last two words or something.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrau

That is terrible!

Still trying to get my jaw off the floor. Don't you think that would have gone through a review by someone before it was placed?

I sure hope the family (and the soldier) has/had a good sense of humor!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Just curious, Jenn, if you saw their shout out to cakewrecks?

It's a classic. But, you know, engraved in stone and to be kept for all time for people to remember you by.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanDyks

Please tell me this was photoshopped.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I don't know.

I kind of like it. I've always said that I want my gravestone to say something ridiculous. With glitter." rel="nofollow">

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate


Maybe you could use the "sprinkles" trick with flowers in this case?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBITTER OLD BITCH

I was going to say something about how long wreckage has been going on until it occurred to me that the marker is fairly new. Thus, I can continue to cherish the thought that common sense hasn't always been an oxymoron, along with the secret doctrine that 2+2=4.

What else lurks in the blogosphere -- Cave Wrecks?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Where exactly is "script" and how mmany soldiers served there?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That does look 'shopped to me. And you would think that Iron Man wouuld do something to fix his great-great-great-grandfather's tombstone.

WVW: ativzn. Describes natives who are both dyslexic and poor spellers.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I cannot believe this. This is both the most tragic and most amazingly awesome thing I have ever seen.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz-a-nator

Awesome site, and mentions CW more than once!!

Those who haven't, should check out the Tomb Wrecks. They're not all new 'flubs'.

Jen, are you and Steph twin sisters of different mothers ?


October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Craig says it looks like a new stone, but having spent way too much time in cemeteries, I say is is original to 1875. The style and lettering is of that period. If they bought a new stone, I'm sure it would not have the time consuming reverse lettering. Which is why the error is so ... so ... very wrong.

How about we make some concrete roses and glue them in the corner?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Looks photoshopped to me (that really isn't "script", more like italics) but still funny!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Elkins

So wrong, and yet.. lol

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I detect more than a whiff of Photoshop....

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it bad that I didn't get it right away!? :( I guess I wouldn't EVER think that someone would actually accept it like that!

BUT boy did I laugh when I did get it....if that makes up for my blond moment.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Crap. I have to say it. There are fewer complaints. Glad I got that out.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

Is it possible they were referring not to the font, but to 'conscript'? . That would make a lot more sense.


Hate to say it... please don't make fun... but, I don't understand the wreck here. Help me out?

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'll go along with the stone itself being authentic, but the line in question is what I was keying on.

I used the browser's zoom function to enlarge the image to the resolution limit and the 'engraving' on the bottom line shows no weathering defects such as are seen in the engraving above.

I scarcely think someone would have added the last line to an existing stone, so that leaves Photoshop as the likely explanation. Nice try, though.

In the end, the joke is the thing -- I didn't intend to analyze this to 'death'. (I oppose stronger pun control laws.)

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I thought the same as Steph and Mike-- a colloquialism for conscripted, i.e. "He was a good soldier even though he was compelled to serve". Anyway, that's more interesting than crying "shopped!".

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjrbhartford

I don't know why I'm not getting it.. please someone explain

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The original directions to the headstone maker were to write the word "soldier" in script, as in, make the word "soldier" look pretty. Instead, they wrote "soldier in script." The words 'in script' were the directions...

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If it said "He was a good soldier in pink" would it make sense?

Verification word: ratreal

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh boy.. now they add tombstone evilness to their wrecking ways.. way to go tomb wreckers lol.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Ah Private Stark, I remember him well, his bravery in the face of adverse calligraphy was legendary - he fought off many an Itallic whilst crying out 'The pen is mightier than the sword!' which is probably what killed him........

WV - dedjar - it's a cheap urn.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Get a life, Craig!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What if he was a writer?

He could have done his service to the country by writing, and maybe that's what it means.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercvirtue

no no no no no no no no no!!!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne wardle

Hate to ruin everyones fun here, but the term "soldier in script" is a perfectly acceptable term used in the 1800's. In modern terms he would be called an "enlisted" soldier.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Heil

Ok, I just got home from a 12 hour shift and honestly had to look at this three times before I got it. That may be even more sad than the stone itself..... Maybe they can cover it with curling ribbon??

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I wonder if his family wanted sprinkles as well? Now that I get the issue with this stone, I can't stop giggling.
Still, it is a horrible thing to do to a soldier's memory and to his family.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL.B.

No matter the original intent, it's funny. You have to admit it's funny.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe other lion

This is so much worse than a cake wreck. At least a cake (and its wreckage) can disappear in an afternoon. This stupidity has been around for 135 years so far, and is looking like it will last another couple of hundred years. It is still hilarious, though! :)

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

is it true??are you serious???

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDer Spielmacher

Joyce, I'm with you. It's the grammar mistake I see most often on this site.

Which, honestly, because there are so few, makes it really stand out.

So, good job?

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Dear Photoshop Epcotters: it is insulting to Jen and John when you accuse them of not doing their job well. A big part of their job is screening fakes. They work hard to bring us funny but sad true stories of incompetence. No need to try to spoil it.
Of course, don't believe everything you see on the internet. but this isn't the forum for crying "fake".

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hate to be a killjoy, but my Dad owned several "monument' firms and I sort of grew up in the business. Cemetery markers go through so many appovals before they are set, that someone would have spotted this before it was engraved. Also, the line is question is not centered properly and that just wouldn't happen.
So Elissa is really just messing with you.

I must add that when I was
young, my father did business with a company called Dynamic Monument Setters in Queens, NY. On the side of their crane, in beautiful script, was their motto:
"Dynamic Erections"

I wish I had a photo of that truck...

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Dear Cake Wrecks,

I come from a long line of Cake Decorators and they all double and triple checked their work. Therefore, no cake decorator will ever make a mistake. Therefore, all the cakes on this site are fake!


October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I doubt this is a real cakewreck-style mistake. Could be a real marker documenting a colloquialism, or it could be a photoshop, but I doubt it's a mistake.

The wife of author James Fennimore Cooper is buried under a large slab bearing a poem, on the last line of which appears the word "grteful", with a "^a" squeezed in. I'm sure the marker probably took days to carve, so I can understand the carver's desire not to redo the whole thing. Still, I found it curious that the carver did a crude correction which drew attention to the mistake, rather than simply leaving the word as "grteful".

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My very favorite tombstone (yes, I collect them) is one from about 1812 commemorating the resting place of Miss Lucinda Laird, daughter of Sam'l Laird. Sadly, the engraver forgot the I in Laird, rendering it as "Miss Lucinda Lard." And later went in and carefully inserted a tiny-wee caret pointing to a tiny-wee I in between the A and the R. That's a hell of a way to spend eternity.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermadrobins

The old gaol in Nottingham has the wording "County Goal" inscribed over the door

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Have to comment, just because of my wv today.

wv: "duedy"

This stonecarver did not properly perform his duedy.

Merry at Annie's Book Stop

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After reading through Tomb Wrecks, it worries me how similar mistakes crop up on both cake AND gravestones. Oy Vey!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm having to agree with the posters who have pointed out that "in script" is probably a colloquialism or short for "conscripted". Though, if viewed as a tomb wreck, it is also quite funny. Not buying the photoshop theory.
Erin G. :)

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I didn't get it either until someone explained it.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mom

Awwww...I'll bake a cake in his honor for that oops! LOL...

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

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