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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

How to Make a Wreck, Double Time

"Hey, Bob, what do you think of my writing on this cake?"

"Lemme see.
Hm. I dunno, Jackie, I'd try making it a little bigger. Here, let me try."


"Gosh, Bob, you really think that's any better?"

"'s...[alarm sounding] Hey-o! Break time!"


(Later that day, at a Chuck E. Cheese)


"Happy Birthday, Kristy!!"

Excellent wreckporting, Kim C. KIM C.

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Reader Comments (35)

And that one's actually in a bakery box, not your standard grocery store/mega-mart plastic. WOW!

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August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

Do you think the decorators who do the lovely borders and flowers ever see what happens to their great work when amateurs write on their cakes? I guess not since I've not seen any news headlines like "Bakery worker beaten and bludgeoned with sheet pan and offset spatula by irate co-worker". Film at 11.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

It's too bad that the writing ruined it, because it's otherwise a really pretty cake!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you sure this wasn't for a Greek Easter celebration? (honestly, that would STILL be a wreck) Just sayin'


lol @ 'film at 11'!!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha! And it doesn't even have any sort of greeting, either...

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Ugh. My name is Christie, and if I had a dollar for every time my name's been misspelt....this cake is the stuff of my nightmares!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

Ok, I'll say it.
If I mix my old family's vulger words of {ahem} exasperation, with any cake decorating... voila!

I say leave the decorating to experts.


August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*closes eyes, shakes head*

No words. Well, except maybe "CHRISTI".

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Thanks! Actually my birthday was on the 2nd but I can celebrate all month.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

Maybe the decorator wasn't sure if the birthday girl could read cursive yet???

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Julian XIII

To Tricia... Oh if only.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja Yount

I know--it's Christi's mom calling--you know how when you don't answer right away, mom will call you in a louder voice, and it sounds like capital letters? They could have written one more call, going from the nice gentle italics, to the CAPITALS, to CAPITALS with exclamation points!!!! Hey, Christi, it's your BIRTHDAY!!!! ANSWER ME YOUNG LADY!!!!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

There is just NO excuse for this at a bakery unless you do not order your cake in advance. If the decorator isn't in and a clerk says "sure lady, I'l try 'an write it... WRECK!
If you order in advance and ya get that, I'd make them scrape it off and fix it! Or give it to you free or 1/2 price!! with a follow up to the owner asap!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentery

I like to try and think up rational explanations for these things.

Customer: Hi, I'd like a 'happy birthday' cake, please. And can you put my daughter's name on it?

Counterperson: Certainly, just fill out this form showing exactly what you want on the cake, and be sure to write clearly so the decorator can read it.

Customer assumes a "Happy Birthday" cake says happy birthday on it when it comes from the magic cake factory, and she doesn't want it to say "Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Christi" so just writes her daughter's name. She frowns at her handwriting and then prints it again underneath to be sure they can read it.

It's actually a hard problem to figure out what you should write on the form to achieve the cake results you want. I mean you have to assume the decorators are alien robots with no common sense.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

What on earth?!! The first Christi is spelled differently than the "underneat that" one - or did they also forget to dot the "i"? It makes me sad for the future of the planet - these people are being paid for these! Clearly they need some of - " this cake may be monitored for quality assurance purposes"!! Hey, that's a great job idea...

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterofsageandsepia

Hahahaha!!! I love the story with this one!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAylah

It's funny to see people try to explain this and come up with interesting stories. I submitted this cake. I was a high school English teacher and one of my coworkers was getting married. Someone in our department held a work wedding shower and called to order this cake. She told the person she wanted it to say "Congratulations Christy"....and this is what we got. A cursive and a print Christi....

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim C

Maybe she's like "Lisa Lisa" of cult jam.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter2nd Cup of Coffee

Oh just friggin DUH! How do these people manage to do this?

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

I don't know about Christy/Kristy, but Kim C. has an awesome name, whomever she is!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

It kind of reminds me of Brick on "The Middle". Every now and then he will whisper the last word that he says!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela


August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm a cashier at a grocery store. The cake on today's post bears a striking resemblance to a cake I saw today from the grocery store's bakery. Beautiful flowers and colors, fantastic borders, the works. And the inscription?


The lady purchasing it informed me that it was supposed to read: "Happy Birthday, Ryan and Brian!"

Maybe the Christie cake is a similar situation?
Regardless, poor Kristy doubtless has the same problem I do: the commonly misspelled name.

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArly


August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah learning to spell on a cake.. I would say the roses at least look nice if not the writing. Wonder who allowed this to go out of the bakery lol. And why did they buy it? I can only hope that it tasted good. It just screams EAT ME CHRISTI! I couldn't resist lol.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The best you could have hoped for here is probably a cake with

and spell it
K r i s t y"

on it.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Was this a cake for Christ? That sounds like a charity. I love this site.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKay Richardson

Hey! At least they spelled my name right :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristi

Double Christi... all the way across the top... what does it mean?

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

Kim C., that's so funny. And they didn't spell it correctly either time! Now I'm guessing that the person started with the C in congratulations and then skipped down to write hristi instead of ongratulations, then looks back at the form to write the second word. It doesn't explain what happened to proofreading, the Y or common sense, though.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

It was my birthday on the 19th and my name is Kristy. I was a little weirded out by this. :) This cake wasn't for me though... I had creme brulee. :)

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

i think that the beaver is supposed to be a wombat...

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeanieofoz

I feel bad the cake is yelling at her.

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiobhan


September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is only 1 cake big whoop

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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