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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

Literally Puzzling

Each of the photographs below represent a cake order gone wrong. Can you find the errors? The first puzzle gives you a hint. (Answers below.)

A) [hint] Sara is also a mom.

Well, I guess it *does* beat "Sara, SLASH Mom."


As Number 1 pointed out to me, at least they didn't write "War Eagle" in auburn icing. Although in my mind, that's just wrecking it further. If you're going to go literal, go literal. Am I right?


Something tells me this cake has something to do with CPEN.
Huh. Yeah, I don't know where I'm getting that.

Say something nice about Wade M., Nancy S., & Jessica K. to thank them for the pics.

Answer Key:
A) Wreckerator is a pacifist
Wreckerator hates drawing

Update from John: So, apparently, the Auburn Tigers greet each other by yelling "War Eagle." Yeah. But we Trekkers are the weird ones. Anyhoo, so I suppose if you want to get all technical and correct about it, that cake is not a Wreck. But, it's too late to take it down. And we're tired. And it's Friday. So, we're all moving on. Right? [meaningful look at commenters] Right. We're moving on.

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Reader Comments (132)

I don't think B is a wreck -- War Eagle is a slogan, not a mascot.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick

I'm confused over the wreck in the second one. Auburn is the school, "War Eagle" is one of their sayings (cheers? slogans? chants?)

I mean, it's not the prettiest design or anything, but I'm not really seeing the wreck.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, Wreckerator #2 also doesn't like cleaning up their cake board after piping a border around the cake. It's really sloppy.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Echoing Nick here. Auburn U. has a popular college football team. If you live in AL, it's Auburn (War Eagle) versus Alabama State (Roll Tide). Everyone has to pick a side. lol

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Anyone else find it kind of morbid that the pediatric nurse one is covered in black icing roses?

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Unless the person specifically paid for the decorator to put an eagle on the cake, B's not a wreck. War Eagle! is a rally cry for Auburn.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with Nick. "War Eagle!" is something they say to each other like a special code.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercyndirella107

I'm also not getting the wreck aspect of B. "War Eagle" is a battle cry. However, the sentiment would have been more apropos as "War Eagle! ... and Happy Birthday!" The "Auburn" is superfluous.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermuffinstuffin

Maybe Sara was supposed to "flash" mom..ya know..good old birthday fun!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, ditto Nick. If you live anywhere in Alabama (I grew up there) you're constantly going to hear "War Eagle" and "Roll Tide" over and over and over again.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Why does a CPEN cake have black icing on it? ...umm Black spill?


April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with Nick, "War Eagle" is something that people say. Still a strange juxtaposition, though!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Am I being dense? I don't see what's wrong with the second one. It wouldn't be my cuppa, but I know some Auburn fans who would LOVE it.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

B isn't a wreck. Auburn University's slogan is "war eagle". Auburn alums use it as a greeting.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, After an exciting birthday for Sara the only other thing to really do was flash mom!

As for cake 2?? I am just plain confused (dot dot dot) and happy birthday

Cake 3..hmm..Congrats on becoming a CPEN and we are going to celebrate your success with BLACK FLOWERS!!! nothing says way to go than a big glob of black frosting on your cake

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie of MI


April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterara marie

As a soon to be Auburn grad (May 11th can't come fast enough!) I can tell you that War Eagle is indeed a slogan at the school. The wreck of the cake is that it exists! I may be a soon-to-be Auburn grad, but I'm not an Auburn fan :D

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoon-to-be-PharmD

The second cake is intentional and not a wreck -- Auburn University's cheer is "War Eagle!" and the school's colors are blue and orange.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZhela

Hahaha, I love the Flash mom. Maybe Sara is a fan of leggings, and Flash dance. Or the Wreckerator is, and is trying to place a subliminal message on the cake.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

is it just me or on wreck 1 does it look like we are wishing saraflashmom a Slappy birthday!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjodi

The 'H' on the first one confused me a bit...its like half of an 'L'...

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Being a loyal University of Alabama fan and graduate, the War Eagle cake is a wreck just because it has something to do with state rival, Auburn University. My husband, an Auburn graduate, might beg to differ. Roll Tide!

Thanks for your GREAT blog that makes me laugh everyday!!! Keep up the good work!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi Foster

Um, except for the cake board being a tad sloppy theres nothing wrong with B. Auburn is a university in Southern Alabama, slogan is War Eagle even though their mascot is the Tiger, much like University of Alabama's is Roll Tide where their mascot is the Elephant.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Nick is right. Auburn is a college and "war eagle" is the phrase Auburn fans say to each other instead of "go Tigers." So if you're an Auburn fan, cake #2 makes sense.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

War Eagle is the Auburn Uni. of Alabama's "war cry", just like "War Tide" is the Alabama University's. What makes it even more entertaining is that Auburn's mascot is a Tiger, and that Alabama's is an Elephant. And they are bitter rivals.

Though why didn't they use the orange and blue icing throughout is my question for number two... hmm...

WV: I hope Sara doesn't get ingestra from this cake!

... walking away now.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady J'ssem

Wreck #1 also looks like it says "Flappy Birthday" or "Slappy Birthday"

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love Cake Wrecks and check it every morning to get my day going with a smile. As a huge Auburn fan I thought it was great to see the Orange and Blue represented on your blog. War Eagle Jen and Jon! I'm so happy you've learned how to speak the Tiger Lingo :)

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Hey, did you know War Eagle is one of Auburn's slogans? That cake is not a wreck!!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Hey, did you know that - War Eagle! is a slogan used by Auburn? That cake isn't a wreck!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

its almost like people didnt think you guys would get the hint after a billion people wrote about #2 being not being a wreck before they had to, too...

but i agree it looks like Flappy Birthday!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie and James

To be even more appropriate, it's War DAMN Eagle!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLL

I think B still qualifies as a wreck because A) they gave up on using Auburn colors as if they just didn't care anymore and B) the way they wrote "...Happy Birthday" seems unenthusiastic, like the person ordering the cake didn't care. Oh and C) it's an Auburn cake. Yuck.

I will give Auburn this on the "War Eagle" front, if they said "Go Tigers" everyone would get very confused when they play LSU. I know LSU spells it "Geaux Tigers", but you can't hear that when shouting at your rivals.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

CPEN black ink all over that poor cake. Ewww.

Cake #2...just replace it with a picture of Epcot. That should fix everything.

wv: eketera. Eketera, eketera, eketera.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

Normally I just lurk but since war eagle was a part of the post, and trekkers were part of the update I just thought I should mention that our household includes both Auburn fans and Star Trek fans... it is weird living here!
Also, the frequency of the vulcan mating season was a trivia question last night (and we were the only team that got it right...)

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

yeah, i was also a little confused why "b" was a wreck. but miranda the schools are the university of alabama and auburn univeristy. alabama state university is a whole other school, whose colors are black and yellow, the hornets. but i'd prefer to say "go trojans!"

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy =) "War Eagle" vying to be the new "EPCOT?"

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky


'Nuff said. =P

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Ok, now I understand #2 a bit more, but I still say it's a wreck. Who's bday is it? Auburn? The war eagle? Who knows.

WV: mumme "Mumme, please don't buy me a birthday cake from the store; they will wreck it!"

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

Cake number two is still a wreck, because if "War Eagle" is their battle cry or whatever then it should be in quotes. So the one time that quotes SHOULD have been used on a cake, they weren't. So it's a wreck. So there. If you notice even most of the commenters who pointed out that it is not a wreck because it's a battle cry put the words WAR EAGLE in QUOTES.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Ditto, I'm from AL as well. You decide at birth Alabama or Auburn. It's hard for me to see #2 as a wreck--other than the OBVIOUS--the family chose the wrong side...



April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhsfisher95

War Eagle to Cake Wrecks!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuburnWarEagle

then again, I was a Nebraska alum living in the middle of Alabama, and whenever we'd get 'War Eagle'd', we would reply 'Battle Chicken!' as well, 'Roll Tide' was 'Roll o'paper'
Ah, 'Bama barbecue, I miss you.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM

I like the fact that Jessica is an RV and not an RN. Personally, if my kid were in the hospital, I'd want them taken care of by an RN, not an RV. I mean, what is a recreational vehicle going to do for a sick kid anyway???

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jesus, there are a lot of Auburn Fans/alumni on this blog!

I have never even heard of this college.


Moving on...

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I'm certainly moving on.

I'm AFRAID to NOT move on.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

As an Alabamaian, I don't see a thing wrong with the 2nd cake. Yeah, it could have been a little more polished, but "War Eagle!", much like their rival, Bama ( #1! 13 nat'l championships! Wooooo!), uses "Roll Tide!" as their slogan. If you're not really familiar with SEC school culture, I guess it may not really add up. I'm sure that if someone posted a wreck about a Big10 school, I wouldn't get it.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremilysandlin

YEE-HAW... I think I've GOT IT (And so soon!) that "WAR EAGLES!" is the battle cry of the school.
I'm in goosebumps, sensing that this thing has all the earmarks of becoming the latest incarnation of the dreaded "E-word" for the next few hours...
I shall brew a pot of coffee, pull up a chair, put my feet up, and doze off to await the nightmare that is inevitable...

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I propose a new war cry for the universities: CPEN! CPEN! Goooooooo CPEN!!!!!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNekussa

Today, the people commenting are even funnier than the post. LMAO!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They've also called Jessica an RV instead of an RN.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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