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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

Let Me Count the Ways

Loyal Wreckies, I am positively giddy to share one of my favorite collections of wrecks with you today. You see, with "birthday" arguably being the second most common word written on cakes these days ("happy" being the first) I'm always amazed when Wreckerators spell it wrong. Which means I'm amazed a LOT.

Then I started wondering: Just how many ways can you accidentally misspell "birthday?"

Thus began my journey. And so far, it's had some surprising destinations, lemme tell ya.

First, there's the expected stuff:

Ah, the ol' two letter switcharoo. Probably the most common misspelling out there.

Ok, so they forgot the 'H.' Also extremely common. Next!

They forgot the 'R'? Ok, now I'm curious: Do you think we can find cakes missing every letter in the word "birthday"?


Aw, c'mon, you doubting Thomases. This'll be fun.

Do I hear a missed 'T'?


The "th20" in the upper corner is like the dyslexic cherry top on.

Now how about a missed 'H'?

Even better!

A missed 'D'?

Aww, yeeeeah. Now we're cookin'.

Let's get a little crazy. You think anyone's ever missed the 'Y'?

"Y" not?

Ok, but surely - SURELY - no one has ever forgotten to write the 'B' in 'birthday', right?



(Are you guys as excited about this as I am?)

Drum roll, please!


Now that's what I'm TALKIN' 'bout.
(Also, check out the white roses masquerading as clouds. Impostors!)

Believe it or not, the only letter I've yet to see missed entirely is the 'I.' [UPDATE: Oh, and the 'A'. Oops. Sorry!] HOWEVER, I have seen this:

Poor Aaron.

And this:

That's some good clean fun, right there.

And would you believe we're just getting started? That's right, it's allll downhill from here. You'll have to tune in tomorrow, though, because John starts getting this funny little eye twitch every time I post more than half a dozen Wrecks at a time, and right now they're kind of bulging out in a way that simply can NOT be healthy. (His eyes, that is - not the wrecks. [Although, truth be told, some of them are kind of bulgy.])

So tomorrow, then. Be there, or be without amazingly hilarious misspelling of "birthday." And then where will you be?

Lia F., Lea G., Megan M., Keisha S., Diane C., Lex, Sandy, Erika K., Lauren, & Brian D., if you're keeping score, we're currently up to an imperfect 10. And if not, well, we're still up to 10.

- Related Wreckage: The Cutest Misspellings of "Happy Birthday" I Have Ever Seen

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Reader Comments (147)

hahaha these are hilarious. I mean, how hard is it to spell such a common word! (I just doubled checked this five times to make sure everything was spelled correctly.(

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi daughter hates taking a bath with a passion. I'm thinking a "Happy Bathday" cake may be the ticket to getting her to comply.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm surprised there isn't one with an "A" missing. I think a "Happy Birthdy" cake would be awesome.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Wow. You know, I've always wanted a holiday named after me. I mean, how cool would it be for cakes to say, 'HAPPY DAWNDAY!!' Beth is one lucky lady.

wv: rediott (oh, come on, this one's too easy!)

What kind of rediott forgets the 'b' on a birthday cake???

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD Dennis

How in the world could you leave off the B especially since there is SPACE for it????

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNanny

Happy Birthsy? That missing "d" made for a double whammy there!

Any with the missing "a"?

WV: hooke . . . by hooke or crook, Jen and John will find every rendition of "birthday" in the book!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

This is wonderful timing. Tomorrow is my daughter's 16th birthday! Would I get the bad mom award if I went looking for a cakewreck for her party? *evil grin*


April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh-oh: Epcot alert! (I hope I'm not the 49th person to make this comment....)

The "B" actually is there - it just flipped over for some fun with the rainbow sperm. Which takes this one to a whole different level - and the whole post started out as such clean fun. LOL

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle P.

I bet the Bathday one was to convince a finicky child to bathe ;)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin G

Are you sure that cake is for "Aaron?" I know someone who's name is "Arun." It's Indian.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

Regarding the cake captioned "Poor Aaron": In the decorator's defense, I HAVE encountered a couple of guys named Arun.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

What about a missing "A"?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergenevra

"Hello. My office wants to get a cake to celebrate Earth Day. Could you do something with a nice blue sky and clouds? Balloons ... sure that would be festive. Just write on it 'Happy Earth Day'. Right, 'Earth Day'. I'll pick it up at 11. Thanks."

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

My mother made me a 'Happy Birday' cake once. Forty years ago, now. Thanks for the memory.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeatherdykeuk

th20 LOL snort* OMG
great post..

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercaferacers66

Well, the "B" was technically there. It had just flipped over on top of the balloon next to it.

WV: immens
Those cakes were immens wrecks!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

The dyslexic cherry on top is probably the best!!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara Lynn

Happy Bathday is such a beautiful cake. Maybe they ARE celebrating the day the get clean, you know, like in the good old days when people got married in June traditionally because that is when they would bathe? or maybe they're water conservationists with friends who really want to encourage baths because of their, um, odor.

meanwhile, I don't see Aaron on that cake. Maybe they say he's the best daddy "around." And it looks like there's secrets messages written in the icing along the edges....

Bethday counts for a missing I. Just because they used a vowel does not give them credit for the WRONG vowel. and the one with the missing h was also missing t. "Birday" maybe they like birdwatching? bird hunting? bird eating?

wv: nogednes. There is nogednes in misspelled cakes.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

I hate to have to point this out to you, but you posted two different "H" cakes and no "A" cakes. I feel lopsided and incomplete now.
And seriously. How do you miss the "B" on a birthday cake??

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeptember

I LOVE this site!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S

....there's so many things wrong with these cakes, I don't even know where to begin.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Arun is a real name... However, who wants to bet that first one was for Lisa?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here I *got up* after a night of not REALLY sleeping at ALL because of hearing odd & scary sounds and feeling spooked and edgy and in a foggy-headed, sleep-deprived mode RIGHT out of the gate
*takes deep breath*
...and now THIS.
All I can say is , So THIS is the kind of DAY it's going to be, RIGHT?
What I see on the last cake is "UR THE BEST ARUW"---which could be taken so many ways, like in a sarcastic tone, as though what they MEANT to say was: ("SO you think)you are the best, are you?"--which isn't even grammatically they couldn't POSSIBLY have meant that!
There are moisture droplets inside the cover of the "Bathday" cake.
Coincidence? I think not. And THAT is a scary thought, right there.
On the "th20" cake, I have been wondering if that might have been intended to be the name "Thao."
Why the heck NOT?!!!
My personal fave:
"dyslexic cherry top on."
And that wasn't even ON a cake!!
THAT is the way YOU spelled
"making my day"! So, thanks!


April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Sorry, Aaron/Arun, but it looks to me that this cake is for Beth, possibly to share with Aruw. And anyway, my money's on it having been ordered for Erin in the first place.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjj

Today is my little girl's birthday. We plan to wreck our own cake later on.

But this spread of birthday themed wrecks is just right to get us in the mood to bake!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I used to think I was pretty computer savvy, but this one has me completely stumped. What the heck is the "wv:" some use at the end of their comments?

When I see WV, I think: West Virginia. Maybe these posters are just proud of their state... :)

Thanks from tx:

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDancingsmartypants

Sarah said...
" daughter hates taking a bath with a passion."
Then why not just let her take it WITHOUT a passion?

(Sorry--it's my inner Groucho Marx coming out.)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

"Arun" is actually an Indian name, so that bit of the cake might be correct ...

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey! *I'M* Beth! They jilted me out of cake! How dare they?

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

th20! lmao!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha. I loved the happy bathday one. That made me laugh so hard.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

I thought the Aaron cake read...
Up the Best Aquw
Drappy Bethday. Thanks for the first laugh of the day, every day!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nanny said...
"How in the world could you leave off the B especially since there is SPACE for it????"
I don't know why, but this really got me giggling uncontrollably (I have my not-enough-sleep excuse, mind you).
So forgive me (chuckle), but doesn't any cake (snort) start out with SPACE first... and, er, the letters put on accordingly?


April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Hee. As someone who has endured a Jewish upbringing, my immediate thought on seeing the first one was "is that a cake celebrating a Brit Milah!??"

For those fortunate enough to not be familiar with that term... well, just be thankful. ;)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

to be fair, maybe Bathday is a holiday in Bath, UK. Mwahaha!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

That's great Wakko, but your A looks like a 2...

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieP

How on earth did that B flip over like that? It's still perfect and has no blue icing that I can see

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I think the "WV" notes are when people read the 'words' generated by the 'word verication' part of their comment (the little nonsense word you have to input to make sure you're not a bot), and come up with clever definitions for them, usually relevant to their comment or to the post.

Hope that clears it up for you. :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How hard is it to spell birthday? Apparently, very hard. For the wreckerator, the person who wrote the order or both.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina M.

@DancingSmartyPants - It stands for word verification. Google's word verification is usually something that's not a real word, but is pronounceable as such, so people like to make up definitions for the fun ones.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridgete

Really? It never ceases to amaze me how some people can actually be so 'unaware' of what they are doing. I guess they just really don't take any pride in their job.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Bennett

Thanks Anonymous and Bridgete for clearing that up! It was driving me crazy...

wv: epandyn

giving up hope on figuring out an acronym.

I had no idea what "wv" meant, so I epandyned the whole idea of trying. :)

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDancingsmartypants

This all reminds me of the text of an old greeting card by Sandra Boynton:

Hippo birdie two ewes,
Hippo birdie two ewes,
Hippo birdie, deer ewe,
Hippo birdie two ewes.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

You know, it might really BE Bathday.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I don't think the "B" cake counts, since the "B" from Birthday is actually floating away on one of the balloons (rather appropriately actually...LOL).

What does "th2o" mean? I haven't tripped across that one yet.

Maybe the "Happy Bathday" recipient usually takes a shower? Baths can be special occasions too!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimM

Are these ones ALL professional? I mean I know it's a rule but seriously? I could lay icing better with my, well...any part of me really.

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Way too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdith

I think the next to the last cake was meant to say: " You are the best around." But who knows.........

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaetchen

Actually, it looks like an "a" --in this particular font/typeface/whatever.
See? "a" not "2"
Anyway, there are bigger fish to be appalled at here, so we can agree 2 disagree, and c2ll it A d2y.


April 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

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