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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, SOMEBODY's Been Busy...

It's all downhill from here, Laura S.

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Reader Comments (66)

Well, that's just ridiculous.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Well that covers it all, what else is there?

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandee

hahaha! Thanks Jen for posting this, you've made this wreckporters day. :)
Laura S

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Is this what happens when the cake shop uses one bit of paper for all the orders??? And theedge work is simply.... stunning... not!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady of the loch

I you think this is something, you should see the one they're having commissioned for their Wedding/family-reunion/little-league-soccer-champions

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Happy Bar Mitzvah?

Bon Voyage?

...nah, I got nuthin'....

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

I think they could have squeezed "bon voyage" and "happy graduation" in there if they had really tried.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think everybody should come up with a story that would explain this cake and post it in the comments. I want to read people's explanations of this.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

I hope this cake is for multiple people!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

What? No happy birthday, too? Slackers!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, then.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey


March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Borquez

Wow, what? It's not their birthday and anniversary? Lame.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

@ Taylor; My version of what happened:
They family was all impressed that "uncle stingy" said he'd bring the cake for the bbq party for grandpa bob, the grandkids and for cousin sarah and her husband...they should of known.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Wow, uh, congratulations etc!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Well, at least there's no flotsam.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne :-)

It's obviously for a teacher who is pregnant and retiring- in June!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdoula_char

I think they were practicing their writing skills on the cake... other than that I got nothing!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermitushi

Just circle the appropriate occasion.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I'm guessing that cake was made for a school faculty with at least one pregnant person and one retiree. The "Summer Vacation" part was thrown in so the rest of the staff didn't feel left out. And since it's for teachers, they couldn't afford to buy 3 separate cakes!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

A teacher is having a baby over the summer, and is finishing out the school year, but not coming back.


March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdharmamama

At least it looks edible...

Yeah, there's not much one can say about this one. It's just out there, somewhere, in a world that we do not inhabit.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Wahay, a multiple choice cake! Delete as appropriate......

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

I'm just thinking of the poor person having a baby in their retirement years (Surprise! No peace and quiet for you!)

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I think it's for a "Grandma gone wild". She retired in the summer, went to Cabo on her very first vacation, and perhaps drank a little too much tequila, annnnddd menopause baby is born!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As if the color scheme isn't enough...that IS a busy time in ones life. I can't remember anyone ever getting the joy of giving birth on summer vacation just after cashing in on retirement. Go them! Oh decorators....really?

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Isn't retirement a vacation, which would make those two phrases redundant. As for the new baby thing...I'm not sure where that fits in...

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

I like the idea of a multiple-choice cake. I should get one for my aunt and uncle sometime - they like sending out multiple-choice quizes as their annual Christmas letter.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQatie

@ Taylor - How about this. After many childless years, the couple adopted/had a new baby. So mom is retiring from the workforce to raise the little one ... on a boat.

Or maybe this was a sample cake to give clueless customers reasons to buy a cake other than for a birthday. Or ... no clue.


March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love all the theories here. and some grandmas ARE a little on the young side...the ones that were wild in their youth...

"40-year-old virgin" comes to mind....(Trish, the hot grandma)

what else can they do:
Happy Birthday, communion, new puppy?

Welcome Home, Happy Anniversary, Congratulations on the new baby/job

etc. etc.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I kinda have to question why 'summer vacation' comes AFTER 'retirement'. Surely the whole point of retirement is that every day is a summer vacation?

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm going with "circle the appropriate occasion."

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Well, buying three cakes...who could have eaten that many.

And still, the downward slope tells us the decorate was depressed she/he couldn't seal the three cake deal.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

Maybe they just dont feel like buying her multiple cakes through her life time so they just put them all together.

Monique I

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

@Qatie - oooh multiple choice quiz on the Christmas card insert.... at least then it would be interesting/entertaining to read. I think I might have to try that! LOL

Do you think the color scheme was inspired by a package of highlighters??

Being a teacher, I have to vote for the end of the school year teacher party. It seems most probable - even if the other ideas are funnier. :)

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

i would not call this a wereck well maybe the hand writing.. but methinks its for a staff celebrating many occassions...

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looking at this makes me want to utter nonsense noises, such as "Jiggawhat?" and "Bzuh?" and "AMAGAAHHH"

Wrecks: taking the English language down a peg since 19XX.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

ha ha ha!...on a boat!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinking it was an intentional wreck, since the person it was made for loves Cake Wrecks. Just saying.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne A

Due to recent budget cutbacks the office could only afford one cake, therefore forced to celebrate all staff accomplishments in one cake... Obivously :-)

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I tried to come up with an explanation for this..

but I failed.
There are no words.

Maybe they were trying to save money and have a baby shower/retirement party/summer vacation celebration (??) all at once? Is the person retiring also having a baby in time for summer vacation?

We'll never know...

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe mouse

I'd say this is a multi-purpose cake for a family. 1. Mom, who just had a baby 2. Dad (who married a woman 30 yrs his junior) is retiring And 3. Their school age child who is excited about summer vacation!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whatever...and I MEAN what EV-ver!
I don't care WHAT they were trying to do!
There are only two things that I want to know:
ONE: Why bother putting a *fancy* scrolled border all around the edge, if you're only going to splather messy gel squiggles all over it...and
TWO: WHEN, inthenameofallthatisunholy, will they stop saying "NEW baby"??? Ever heard of an OLD one???
#*@!*&%! =^e.e^=

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

With the down economy and all, bakeries have to streamline their operations somehow... Welcome to the era of the "multiple choice" cake. Each one has three to five options pre-set on it, and the baker just circles or underlines the appropriate one prior to presenting it to the customer! It makes perfect business sense. No, really. HOnest. Would I lie to you? (blinkblink)... I think I need a nap now...

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Hey, I got a great idea to increase sales, boss!

*sigh* What is it, Milo?

We just put out plain cakes, ice "Happy" and then put in three different slogans, like "vacation", "new baby" or "retirement"!" It doesn't matter what the occasion is, all the customers have to do is pick out one cake that has a slogan that fits, then scrape out the two slogans that don't fit! Clever, huh?

*heavy sigh* Go back to frosting cakes, Milo.

Sure, boss.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Jean

Way to kill three birds with one stone...

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*G*R*U*N*T*I*L*D*A*

Yeah, it must have been quite a week.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Now I kinda want to make a really big cake and see how many occassions I can cram on it.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gravekeeper

Love it! In fact, was it not for the fact I have to work to pay off our old credit card debt, this could totally be my baby shower cake! Baby's due in May, and I would love to quit work and enjoy my summer. Hahaha!

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie Marx

A lot of these cakes I think of as revenge cakes -- sort of like when the kids in the apartment downstairs have been evicted, but they have 10 days left to party and make everyone else in the place miserable.

Mark my words, between the time this cake was made and the time the boss got to work and found it in the display cooler, the authoress of this cake was out the door and off to her new job at Starbucks, laughing like a loon.

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa

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