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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

What's That Spell?

For all you football lovers out there, I *think* today's cakes all have football team names on them. (That's my keen deductive reasoning at work again. That, and the teensy plastic footballs.)

PRO TIP: Sometimes "sounding it out" doesn't always work out.

'Course, neither does this:

I especially like the dash. Go - Wreckerators!

"Zoot-a-lo! 'E' is missing!"

(Now try to read that aloud without sounding French. Go on. Eh? Am I right?)

Team Chorger is apparently made up of a single player. Aw. Sad.

This next one isn't so much a spelling error as it is a "Hey-o! Lunchtime!" error:

If the Patriots were from Detroit, this would be perfectly excusable:

What's worse than misspelling your team's name?

How about misspelling the name of your state?


Hey, is there an echo in here?

The NYJ's Jets? Isn't that like saying the ATM machine?
(Oh, see, NOW I'm hitting close to home, huh? Yeah. Don't feel bad; I've said it, too.)

This final one doesn't have a name at all, but I like this decorator's style:

It's simple yet effective, in a poetic kind of way. Which team will win? What's it all mean? Why are we decorating a big chocolate chip cookie with huge gobs of icing? Why?

Michelee U., Robert G., Will H., Rachel B., Lynda B., Molly S., Stacy M., Sarah O., & Elsha H., go! Fight! Win! (And call me when you get back, dahlings; I enjoy our visits.)

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Reader Comments (124)

What really cracks me up is thinking of all the non-football people who could bring these home...

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

The fifth one seems to have more to it. It looks like it says "EAG" and then there's a half-sunken swastika after the "G." If you squint, you can see it.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

Maybe, just maybe, the NYJ's was in reference to the fact that the New York Jets really play in Jersey?

So it would read "Go New York/Jersey's Jets!"

Of course, that's a wreck in itself, since those two states are rivals--growing up, the worst insult we could hurl at a fellow New Yorker was that they were acting like they were from Jersey.

I know better now...unless I watch Jersey Shore ;-)

word verification--vocksati..."vock sat i see on that supermarket cake?"

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first one has opened my eyes! I never realized "viking" is a verb! "Vhere are t'e menvolk? Tey are viking in t'e voods."

The last one says to me, "Do you really think I care?" The answer is, of course, self evident.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

I think that last cake is supposed to be celebrating a specific game between two teams. Hence the large globs of icing in two sets of colors on either side of the cookie cake. The grocery store I used to work for in my hometown made baked goods like that all the time for the Browns vs. Steelers parties because there were lots of fans of both teams in the area.

All that is not to say that decorating a sports cake with a giant question mark is not hilariously weird.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

LOL, Love the incredibles quote at the end!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

Oh my gosh! I might be the first post today (or one of them anyway). As a professional proofreader, these cakes make me kRazee.
But the last one is often my own reaction to some of the pieces I read at work..."HUH? Someone got PAID to write this?"

(Jen, don't forget your PIN number at the ATM machine!)

P.S. I live in "Texes" and really want to send in a wreck...but here's irony: I, the proofer, was deeply distressed when I discovered that my local grocery store cake decorators can spell and write well...bummer! But I shall search elsewhere....

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrascalmom

Haha nice spelling of the French, zut alors! It definitely threw me off for a minute, but then of course, made me giggle.

My word verification is suctuff. That sounds more than vaguely dirty.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

She's my favorite part of that movie!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Zoot-a-lo! Ahahaha! My favorite Disney movie line. Quick, what's it from??? :)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

NYJ Jets-- It's totally like PIN Number too- that and ATM Maching used to drive me crazy (I'm a former bank employee)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tieman Family

This reminds me of a commercial for Snickers bars (I think) where a man was painting the team logo in the endzone while, presumably, distracted by hunger. One of the football players walks by and says something to the effect of, "Looks good, but who are the Chefs?" (For you non-football fans, it should have been Chiefs.)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarre

"GO EAGLC" looks like the wreckorator just ran out of green icing.
At first, I thought the blue-and-gold on white one said, "Go Chorizo" (chorizo is a Mexican sausage). That kind of makes sense.

Maybe the "TEXES" one was trying to condense "Texas Exes," which is the name of the alumni club at the University of Texas at Austin. Naaah, it's just misspelled.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Why put huge gobs of frosting on a cookie cake you ask? Because frosting makes everything taste better! And a sugar rush really takes the edge off the losing team blues.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJedi Knight Ivyan

Today's blog and comments (so far) are so hilarious I could not contain my laughter. (More like muffled snorts because I'm supposed to be listening to the teacher... it's a computer-based class so we all have our computers on.) Well, I am now in trouble. Oh well, it was SO worth it!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

I also think NYJ is referring to NY/NJ Jets.

And PS: The majority of the Jersey Shore cast is NOT from NJ (They're from NY). I grew up in both NY/NJ at various times in my childhood and I can say that the Jersey hate is completely unwarranted.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryse

Love the Edna quote from The Incredibles. I love her character.

WV: aureful ... These wrecks are aureful as usual. Wreck on!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

@Casey: I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw that line and thought instantly of Chef Louie from The Little Mermaid. Quick, look and see if there's a crab hiding under the cake.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKellyK

Yay Edna!

I'm currently living in a football-freak state and I can't STAND it this time of year.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

I don't care much about sports, but I do love a good dumb misspelling. Who buys these monstrosities??

And you made me think of Edna Mode. That's always a good way to start the day, dahling.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne of Wisconsin

Proof that typos are contagious:

"I *think* today's cake all have football team names on them."

It's just a teensy typo, but it amused me nonetheless.

All your cake are belong to us.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoosey

Funny misspellings, fake French and an Incredibles quote... my day has been made. :)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Ha! "The Incredibles" reference at the end is a "wiNner!"

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

If the Patriots were a Detroit football team, they would have no reason to celebrate with a cake... even a misspelled one.

In Wisconsin, people call ATMs TYME machines. No redundancy there, just a lot fo fun hearing people ask where the nearest tiome machine was.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

I snickered until I came to the Texes cake then I snorted Diet Dr. Pepper out my nose. I could totally see that cake in a bakery here, misspelled on purpose.

word verification: Heatio, Coolio's lesser known brother

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I love the 2 random Disney references!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

blahahahaha! Redundancies! ATM machine makes me laugh :-)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig-Jen

@Anony 9:40-

I thought it was a dig at that other NY-Jersey "situation" (football, that is) too! *ahem*

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Coming from the Philly Area, the EAGLS may have just been someone trying to spell it how it's said in city - "IGGLES"
But seriously, the Eagles have enough trouble without that sort of help.


February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Zut alors!" is said by Sebastian in Disney's version of The Little Mermaid (which was set in Random Seagoing European Country?).

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, but AT Machine just sounds dumb. And ATM sounds like you're waaaaaaaaaaaaay to well acquainted with a need for fast cash.

Neither is good. I'm going to keep saying ATM Machine.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Said with various US regional accents, it doesn't sound French at all. (It sounds extra ridiculous, instead...) :D

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha, NYJ's Jets...I'm a member of the TAT at work. What does TAT stand for you ask? Why, we're the Team Activities Team! -That's fancy talk for "party planning committee." People call us the TAT Team -Team Activities Team Team. I work at a science center. Sigh.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh dear lord. where to begin?!

these seem particularly funny to me since i've been a non-fan of football from waaaay back.

also, misspells are my favorite kind o' wreck.

the NYJ's Jets made me think of redundancy as well. my pet peeve (being a medical type) is HIV virus. v is for virus. don't say virus. HIV sufficeth.

try saying that 3 times fast.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Oh dang, time to find the person responsible for the "Texes" cake and kick 'em out of the state.

Casey~ Beauty and the Beast, wonderful movie, doesn't get enough credit. Belle is the forgotten princess most of the time.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRedheaded Mama

Not a football person (haha, I almost typed "foodball"'s that for a wreck?), but I went to college in Delaware and met enough people from NJ to learn that everyone from North Jersey seems to think they're from NY anyway. So maybe it's not all that inaccurate. ;)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Really , REALLY sad is that Eagles fans are known for chanting "E-A-G-L-E-S". I cannot believe that anyone in the area could possibly misspell that word. I don't even like football and that chant has been ingrained in my head since childhood...

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't. I can't even comment. Laughing too hard. Don't know where to start.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

I am very sad that our Cardnials...I mean Cardenals...are not represented this year. =(

However, I believe this explains why each of these teams eventually lost in the playoffs: they wanted these cakes to stop.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

For the Texas one--are you sure they were trying to say Texas? They might have been trying to remind people that, despite all the football hype, they should still be trying to get their taxes done. Perhaps they were trying to combine "Texas" and "Taxes"

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdana

As a huge football fan (NY or NJ Giants - whichever you prefer), I love these.

One point though..the eagle with the NY Giants helmet in it's might be that they were trying to say the Eagles were going to eat the Giants? Since we are huge rivals and play each other at least twice a year.

Love the NYJ's though...that was good.

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The fact that so many other people got the "Zoot-a-lo! (or zut alors, I suppose) thing from The Little Mermaid makes me happy! :D :D :D

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

I particularly like that the "EAGLS" football cake is apparently made from a Easter Egg pan!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yay! for random Disney references!! yay!!!!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara


"Great Googly Moogly!"

(LOVE that commercial)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertaj

Okay, the question mark made me laugh out loud. Brilliant!


February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Beauty and the Beast, wonderful movie, doesn't get enough credit. Belle is the forgotten princess most of the time."
Belle MUST be the forgotten princess, because although living in France, "Zut alors!" made the cut over at The Little Mermaid. Go figure!

And B and the B did get a LOT of credit: first animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and still the only one until Up was announced this week), plus three nominated songs, a nomination for sound, and a Broadway musical that ran for well over a decade!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Random Edna quote, misspelled football cakes, icing globs, can today's Cakewrecks be any better?
BTW, I especially like the unfinished Eagles cake. Did the decorator just get distracted, forget to to take her meds, nod off......
Go Saints!

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

As a New Orleans resident, I can't help but be pleased at the Vikings wrecks...

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfreddy-may

I don't usually read through the comments section, but these are cracking me up! Apparently I missed every Disney reference. Shame, shame. (And then there was the heatio comment - snort!)

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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