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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

The Teacher Tearjerker

Educators of the world, get those hankies out.

Because this...[dramatic pause] your story.

Yes, every year you need some good "louck" as you embark upon that harrowing journey:

Back "toschol."

Here you will continue on for an indeterminate amount of time.

"4" more...years?
Sure, let's go with that.

During this time, you will expand your students' cultural horizons:

Perhaps by "celabrating" the mythical continent of "Afraicia."

You will "suport" your prep times:

(While grading the staff room cakes in your spare time.)

And, of course, you will strive to instill a love of reading into your young charges:

Not to mention their "comunity."

Until one day, the unthinkably terrifying will occur.

Your students will turn 18.

Yes, you've ushered another generation into adulthood!

"Yu dib it!!!"

And your reward?

(One baker, two cakes, two different mistakes.)

Now you can join with your students' families in saying...

"Happy Gracturations!"


And if you're really lucky, one day a former student just might come back to visit, bearing cake:

A cake of "apprication."

Aaron R., Marissa S., Alisha G., Kelly D., Amy S., Kim B., Rebecca N., Kasey, Stacey W., Anony M., Rebekah, & Amy S., have you thanked a teacher today?

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Reader Comments (180)

Normally a lurker, I just had to comment on today's wrecks.

OMG...My sides hurt, and I'm still wiping the tears...holy cow...I can't breathe!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I scrolled to the 'Back "toschol."' cake I quickly read it and my brain told me it said 'Black a-hole' and I am not sure which is worse.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I choked on my oatmeal about halfway through this post from laughing too hard. The journalist in me is crying.


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorie

The teacher(')s must be so proud.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

as a former educator, this post warms my heart, or at least, it tried...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

As a former teacher, I had to say YAEH to today's cakes; I appricate them very much.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

the "Happy Gracturations!" had me laughing out loud.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

While I have no words (Afraicia???), my WV says it all: putww

PS, "thank yu Jonh" for the note about Saturday posts. Yu guys need all the suport and louck you can get.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Note to self...pee BEFORE reading Cake Wrecks!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

One of your best posts ever! As a former teacher, it breaks my heart, but in a funny way....

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

It always drives me nutz when peaple cant spel.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD'Lyn

AWESOMENESS at its finest! There's coffee coming out of my nose I was laughing so hard!


WV: poningl - A ningl without a lot of money.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

LOL! My grandmother was the principal of a very small, gang-riddled high school for a year when I was a teen. She said her greatest accomplishment was that the death threats (by letter) she received at the end of the year had much better grammar than the ones at the beginning of the year! :)
Love today's wrecks!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Moore

These cakes are amazing! Or terrible. Not sure which word to use.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Bug

Nothing like a big crack and black roses to celebrate the "comunity" library.
Mainly, though, I'm curious as to what that nasty black box on the "toschol" cake is covering up.... :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaren

While "appricate" may not be a word, it's closer to "apricate" (which apparently is--thank you!) than "appreciate".
1690s, "to bask in the sun," from L. apricatus, pp. of apricari "to bask in the sun," from apricus "exposed" (to the sun); perhaps contracted from *apericus, from aperire "to open." Trans. sense is recorded from 1851.
Perhaps they are apricating to celebrate "school's out for summer; no more kid's"...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's cakes like these that make me happy I never used my teacher certification. I'm so glad I stayed out of teaching if this is the result.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlmost Taught

Yeah, um, wow. So did anybody else see a umm, well let's just say the sand castle on the 2nd "no more kids" cake looks a little like, gee, stylized people worshipping an idol, a very naughty idol.

Or maybe I should drink some more coffee because my eyes must be blurry.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYota Armai

Should we hold some sort of fundraiser to get a dictionary in to every bakery in the country? Because, wow...

wv- eatickp- If you eatickp, you will have to get your stomach pumped.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

yes.... I am a teacher. This was my actual response.

*close eyes, take a deep breath, slowly shake head side to side.

So hilariously sad.....

I'm so glad I teach music! :)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

The report card on the 'suport' cake makes me think that one was intentional.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCavane

My inner editor just curled up and died. A long, painful, hilarious death. We're doomed...

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

I'm an English teacher, and this makes me want to cry. Not tears of happiness or laughter as usual from this site. Oh, no. These are bitter tears of sorrow for the last, small shreds of Faith in Humanity that had remained in my soul. Those shreds just died.

I sincerely hope the wreckerators of these compositional catastrophes suffered ridiculous amounts of ridicule from those who picked up the cakes. (I also hope the cakes were free afterward, but that's a different issue altogether.)

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The library cake reminds me of hunting in the original Oregon Trail. >.>

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTchann

I think Legale is actually a small town near where my parents live. Did someone just up and buy the whole town, thus warranting the "Your Legale" cake?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gravekeeper

For a second, I thought the one cake said "BACK 10 SCHOOL", which would be binary for BACK 2 SCHOOL. That would have made it pretty legendary in my book. but it was just a smudged "to". :(

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChatterley

Good lord....that was hilarious. Sad but hilarious!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

I viewed this post as my students were taking a test. I laughed out loud! Thanks for the inspiration--Maybe we can have a good grammar/ spelling cake decorating contest?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. DeRaps

Very funny! Oh, my. I'm just shaking my head. I just...I it really possible???

Ok, and I love the grading of the one cake....sooooo funny!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

Note to self: Steal Jen's idea of animal flash cards and add spelling cards. Laminate all cards so they can stick them on the cakes to copy from.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

I just don't get it. Back in the day when I decorated cakes at the ice cream store, we had to go through actual training before we could even write Happy Birthday on a cake. Do bakeries just hire anyone who can breathe now?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a homeschooling mom, I made this part of my son's English/Grammar assignment for the day! Sad, but very funny!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeach Mama

And this is why I want to teach college. So my cakes can come with longer, more obscure misspellings.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Oh, I am DYING of laughter over this guided tour of every teacher's nightmare!

One baker. Two different mistakes with an apostrophe. How "tragic". Yep, that's why you should pay attention in school, kids. You never know when you will "knead the knolege" being passed along to you!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

That's "one baker, two cakes, THREE different mistakes."

Extra apostrophe, missing apostrophe, missing word.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

BEST POST EVER! I love it! yAEh!!

WV: meatent - At least the cake didn't have any meatent.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My last name is Loucks, so when I saw the first one with its convenient space for the "S" I just thought it sounded rather condescending.

Also: gracturations is a wonderful word.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorinda

I'm reminded of a political sign we saw a few years back. The guy running for Sherrif would "appericate" your vote! Now we can't help ourselves, we often say appericate instead of appreciate. My husband let it slip the other day at work and had to explain!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Girl In Her Kitchen

Oh my! As a future teacher, it will be my goal to teach the next generation of bakers about the English language.

Wow, this set of cakes made my day.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaity

As a teacher, I was just laughing that Cake Wrecks is a more popular site on my school computer than my school's website.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Lewis and Clark could not spell, and they were keeping diaries for the President.
Maybe these wreckerators will become professional campers and diarists. :)

I'm still that Nero I hear?

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Classic! One of the best posts yet! I love how you tell a story with the cake atrocities.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*sigh* Then those 18-year olds come enroll in my foreign-language class, and wonder why it's so hard.

I canNOT believe they found yet another way to "spell" congratulations.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Those are hysterical. I just subscribed, and I swear, it seems like every entry is funnier than the last.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

...does the library cake say "Place of Library" in the top corner with the poo-bear??

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRecoveringActor

Oh my goodness this is one of the most hilarious posts I've EVER seen!!!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNadir @ Hodgepodge

Is it just me? or does the back toschol cookie look like 2 decorators had this conversation...

"dude, you spelled scholl wrong, there's only one L."

"dude, you're right, I'll just block out this extra L and make it look like a dicton....dictton...dicion.....a book."

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPoohs Pics

My favorite part is that we're "celabrating Afraicia" in *American* history class.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAwfly Wee Eli

Wow. These make me want to punch decorators way more than the cakes that are just ugly.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

One of your best posts ever!

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

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