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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

Drem Big, Gjrads!

I think the reason I love graduation wreckage so much is all that rich, fortified irony.

C'mon. It doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

As we all know, it's usually the "congratulations" that gets wrecked. Still, there are plenty of other options if a Wreckerator wants to mix it up a little:

In a class all its own.

Uh-oh. Looks like someone forgot to bring their "A" game.

Here's one for a competition between rival labeling companies:

[dramatic announcer voice] "Live! From Hollywood! It's Class off, two thousand ten!'"

One thing you've really got to hand to home-schooling:

The grad ceremonies are quick. I bet they're always first in line at Olive Garden.

And to really go the extra mile, some Wreckerators will throw in a fuzzy green image of someone else's graduation photo:

Yep, this was sitting out for sale with all the other "generic" graduation cakes. Putting aside the "Gjraduates" issue, it really sends a nice message, don't you think?

"Here's your cake. We thought this guy kind of looked like you."

"But...I'm Asian."

"Yes, well..."

"And a girl."

"He has your smile."

Many thanks to Sarah J., Kristin L., Sarah B., Amy S., Travis, & Julie O.:

This isn't them.

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It makes me so happy to know I'll never graduate again, but it makes me sad that I'll never get a graduation cake. I'm torn.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I wonder if they are ever trying to be funny (punny?) with the Con"grad"ulations cakes.

Probably not.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I really like the "Class of Travis" cake as an idea for a home-school graduation. That's hilarious.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClass of Taylor

What's the deal with the puffy blue clouds the caps and diplomas are sitting on? I don't get it.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do I even want to know why the bakery put the cupcake chain cake into a pizza box? You can even see the cut outs for the dipping sauce!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen in Canada

When did cutting a round cake in half and standing it on the cut side become a good idea? Just what does that make? Oh, I know, someone sold half a two layer cake and the other half fell over, so they iced the bottom. Yeah, we'll call it ... a ... no clue.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

What exactly are those blue mounds intended to be? Clouds? Are the graduates catching a wave after the ceremony? Am I missing something obvious?

Even without the glaring spelling mishap, that first blue mound is a disaster.

Great post! Spelling fails never get old for me.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I can understand making a mistake. Yes, even I have made a few. Thank heavens for spell check. But, doesn't anyone else work in these stores? Doesn't anyone take a second look and say, "Oh Delilah! I flubbed up!"?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Did anyone else happen to notice the Floating Cloud of Wreckage in the background of picture #4?

"Congrats Clas 2010"

One cake wreck is hilarious. But TWO? On display in the same CASE? My day has been made.

-Jenn K.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Macy

The "CONGRADULATIONS SPELLERS" cupcakes reminds me of the spelling bee trophy I got for winning the district meet in 6th grade. It said JAYCESS instead of JAYCEES (they were the sponsors of the bee).

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarieC

"...first in line at Olive Garden."
You crack me up, Jen!!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I'm getting so used to the misspelling of Congratulations that when they slip the d in there instead of the t, I forget it's wrong! but what a cute bee...

Class of Travis! that's hysterial! and a BIG cake for a one person class....nice little squiggles....

I had to LOL at the clas cake. that's a class-ic! (and since when is it appropritate to dot a lower case L? just wondering....)

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo

@Kathleen: what cutouts? those things in the corners are the tabs to hold the box together box looks a little deep for pizza, too...

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jenn Macy-

I saw that too, and had a good giggle over it. ; )

WV: oveleded - Maybe these wreckerators were just oveleded with work because of all the gratuations?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercryandwriteasong

Good catch, Jenn! I wonder if there's a letter quota on these cakes. Missing a letter for one cake and an extra on another.

the puffy blue cottonball cloud cake--does anyone else think the red ribbon on the diploma looks like a plane in that picture? soaring through clouds, carrying the diploma...

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And now.... I am deathly afraid of what the cakes will look like when I graduate!

Only the "Class of Travis" idea is really cool!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDisplaced

Am I the only one who reads #4 as "C 1 ASS OFF 2010"? Seems to me that, like at my school today, one senior left, so that took one off the list for 2010. :)

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Oy, vey.
Rarely is the question asked, Is our children learning?

Are dictionaries really so expensive?

When will bakers do their part to hellp stomp out elliterasy?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Umm... Where are that guy's hands at? One in the asian girl's armpit, and the other...???

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, I am so glad I found your blog. I literally LOL everytime you post these ridiculous pictures! But you're gonna get me in trouble - I'm supposed to be working, not blogging. My co-workers know I'm goofing off when they hear me laughing.

Keep up the great work! I love it!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

oh jen. you are priceless

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Bahaha, I wasn't going to comment because the cakes just speak for themselves, but my WV was "gradin." These things are sooo NOT random!!

And we homeschool. One of our projects this year was the creation of cupcake wreckplicas for the book signing. Best. Art. Project. Ever.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

We are a homeschooling family, and I'm shocked and offended that you would dare to suggest that we ever have dumb stuff written on gratuation cakes.

Actually, just kidding. About being shocked and offended, not about being a homeschooling family. And yes, we are always first in line at Olive Garden, thank you.

Love the blog!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheObiBlog

Just *what* are those things hanging from the "drem big" cake on the left?! Maybe that baker was dreaming about something, uhh, else.

Thanks to all of these graduation cakes, one of the primary driving forces to finishing up my masters right now, is the burning urge of mine to get my *own* graduation cake. Oooooooh yeah!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterProcrastinator

To Gary -

I really hope you were being ironic with that question...

And Jenn -

You should send that first one in to Friends of Irony. It's too awesome.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Take your time, Travis. No hurry. Whatever year you get around to it. It's all up to you, buddy...

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've been scouring my supermarket display cases for graduation wrecks, but I'm impressed--everyone is doing a pretty good job.

I think, however, that these folks are making up for any lack just fine. Yikes!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

I wasn't really going to comment, either, until seeing that my WV is "turephic." Now I have to remark that all of today's cakes strike me as having simply turephic spelling!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel M.

"Congeatuiations" on the second cake just might take the prize for the most incomprehensible spelling of the word.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterde Pizan

lmao @ "Class off, 2010." As in, "We've all been looking forward to 2011, so get the hell out of the way already!"

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first cupcake thing could so easily have been rectified by replacing that rogue 'd' cake...

You could have such fun rearranging those cupcakes into anagrams...wish I could be bothered right now.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

LOVED the spelling bee typo! At least the bakery did a cupcake mosaic rather than a CCC.

I guess the Clas of 2009 didn't do well enough to warrant a full, hearty, congratulations? just a half "s"-ed one?

I think the wreckerator was dreaming of something else being big, based on those icing blobs ;)

C1ASS Off: is this some kind of card game? I'll see you 1 "ass" off to university/the work force, and you'll up the ante? Or else, was this only one person graduating, or was there only one ass in the class?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Caroline B.

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Class of Travis...Olive Garden...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! *wipes away tears of mirth*

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

Class of Travis...Olive Garden...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! *wipes away tears of mirth*

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaura

I read it as Ciass of... the Lower-Case-L blog could use it.

wv: stramp. If you don't know how to spell, you could just use a stramp.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

I saw a gift bag at Wal-Greens that said "Congradulations" and I told my boyfriend I refused to buy it because of the spelling. I might be ok with it if they put the "grad" part a different color or put quotes around it to show that they are doing a play on words and are aware of the misspelling.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Welllll, I thank whoever brought it to my attention that one of the clouds on the DREM BIG cake is uh, kind of erect.

WHat is troubling me most is hands in the photo of the grads. THey don't match up to the people. Too many hands in too many weird places. REally handsome though. Lily

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My GOSH you're talented. Just when I thought it couldn't get any funnier...sha-POW!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

..thinnk eye yoused two teech thees bakurs.....

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

apparently "Huk'd on Foniks" didn't work for these wreckerators!

Dear Cake Gods-

Please, please, PLEEEEEASE send me a glorious wreck of cake-y goodness for my grad party next week so I can send Jen the photo!!!!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Whenever I see things like "congradulations" I think of Krissy Snow...."Congraduations" and "Krissy-anthemum"....even SHE did it on purpose, though!



May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi John - well done!
I suppose I'll have to have a go now!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

So glad I went pee before reading today's post, I would have wet myself.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercharli

I work at the store that made the spelling bee one. Considering I didn't take the order or make the cake (I did get to deal w/ the aftermath), I can easily chuckle about showing this off to the rest of the bakery! That, and I have a pic of another cake we gloriously misspelled I keep meaning to send in.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittanica

Caroline B and John:

Lip gloss clouds are tanner.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily michelle

I just want to say that every time i walk into a store that has a cake section im always tempted to walk through now looking for a wreck.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Marie

OK, the irony of that first one is simply hilarious. I'd like to think the decorator did it on purpose, but I don't know...

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

For the 2nd (or 2th - remembering yesterday's postings :P) Not only is it in a Clas by itself, they dotted the 'L' and misspelled their "CongratulaTIANS" At least it looks like a t-i-a-n-s to me....

Linda K.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinking that the comment should have read, "In a class all it's own." Comments should match the cakes for style and grammar and suchlike, right?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

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