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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

Great Expectations

There are plenty of ways to tell your friends, family, and significant others that you're pregnant.

I wouldn't recommend any of these.



U R j/k, right?

Yeah, when breaking news this big you should really spell it out:

(You're doing *what* to a baby?)

Especially for your better half:


Sounds serious.

And on her birthday, too.

This one gets a little saucy:

Say it with me now:

"It's in there."

(Ah, Retro commercial slogans for the win!)

Still, when someone has been trying for so long to achieve what comes naturally to others, it's only right that we celebrate such a monumental accomplishment:

See, they managed to squeeze the "m" in.

Thanks to Wreckporters Margo K., Roberto S., Margaret J., Cheri P., & Kristen B., who are all expecting.


Oh! A large piece of cake, I mean. Yeah, they're expecting cake.

Sorry about that pregnant pause there; I was distracted by my own little bun in the oven.

It's cinnamon. It smells delicious.

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Reader Comments (62)

I still consider all of these to be better than a picture of a peed-upon stick!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Bring on the baby bump cakes!!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Jen, are you trying to tell John something with this post??

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

IPregnant - so that's the new super-secret product Apple's been hinting about! I can't wait to see how Steve Jobs will demonstrate this one.

(I guess there really is an app for everything...)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

I love the mystery on that one cake. I are they having or halving a baby? Just what did they mean to spell? (there was that story in the bible about the two mothers with a claim to a baby...the king(?) proposed to cut in in half so they could share it (thus revealing the true mother who wouldn't want her baby harmed and forfeited her rights to it). Wait, this is the 21st century? they can't possibly mean THAT....unless they're in China....

wv: coshe. Halving a baby is really not coshe... (as in kosher...)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Smitch is Pregant. Or &Mitch is Pregant.

WV: welpe All of these women are going to welpe their kids.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

Wow, just wow.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstuckinmypedals

I'm suddenly thinking about that girl from high school named Cinnamon. Oh, the horrible images that come from mixing up food words and people words.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClothDragon

"Prego" is a pretty widely known slang word for "pregnant."

But what kind of name is "Smitch"? It sounds male, in which case I hope "you're pregnant" is meant loosely (i.e., "I'm pregnant by you"), much as I hate ambiguous grammar. And if Smitch is a woman and literally pregnant, then is the cake sender telling her what she already knows or...?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I want to know how "Smitch" didn't know she was "pregant" on her birthday... or do I? Nah, probably not...

But I am with Shanti on the IPregnant... Not sure I WANT to see the app for that though...

WV: inedoin... These wreckarators need some training inedoin their jobs... Just a thought...

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

I suppose there's no chance that the first is from the U.K.? Where "knocking me up" means "visited me"?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

I hope that the illiteracy can be blamed on the cake decorators instead of the parents-to-be.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

And what we know is that those cake wreckers are probably capable of breeding more of the same. This is one of the scariest web sites in America. Can we get the secretary of HEW on your mailing list - or whatever clown is concerned with "education". And yours is the first site I open every morning. Puzzling myself.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*Shanti* LOL good one

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Smitch: "No, really guys. It's just the flu, not morning sickness! Leave me alone."

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSelena

what is that to the left of "pregnant" on the last cake? I'm torn between a fancy "t", a pink cross on a grave covered in pink grass, and prince's "the artist formerly known as prince" symbol.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterali

IPregnant. What happens when you no longer need the iPad.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Missed the chance to say Great Wrexpectations!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrumnate

"Sorry about that pregnant pause there; I was distracted by my own little bun in the oven."

Ummm, WHAT!?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGem

At least nobody has put the pee-stick on a cake. Yet.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

I found this post very hilarious, since I juste find out I was pregnant a week ago!!

Very nice post Jen!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaru

Forget the spelling problem - I'm seeing the Monica cake as a "Nya, nya, nya, nya, nya - Hey, Monica - I'm pregnant - and you aren't" kind of thing.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsty

Classic Steve, most people would spell it "preggo" to avoid confusion with Prego.

I'm with Jenniffer on this one. But Jen wouldn't make such a momentous announcement with a regular daily post.

... would she?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, how tiny is the third cake? That hand looks humongous?

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

Oh my god! My husband and I are done having children but if I ever accidentally get pregnant again that is how I'm going to tell him. And I'm going to make sure it's good and wrecky.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why can't more girls be thankful 4 when a guy knocks them up? Haha.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Pearce

@ Joe Polowin - 'knocking me up' means 'making me pregnant' here in the UK too.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"It's in there".... good one. :)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last one was supposed to say "Impregnate." Too bad we have no way of knowing whether Barry White was playing in the background when that picture was taken.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On a very special episode of iCarly...iPregnant

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Ok all, don't go freaking out. Jen had her lady bits cauterized last year, remember?

If she were trying to tell someone THIS kind of message, it would be to her doc... for malpractice.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mina

ok, why is someone giving Monica a cake saying that they're having a baby? was there an occasion for cake besides this? are they roommates? wtf?

also, I wonder if Smitch's cake was given to her by her doctor. Wouldn't Smitch know she's pregnant? Is Smitch even human? Are we celebrating a canine pregnancy? though I must admit, a cake pregnancy test is a lot more fun than peeing on a stick. what a nice doctor, to do it with cake. Gotta wonder about "Smitch"though. First name? last name? what gives?

love love LOVE the Prego comment, btw! "it's in there!" LOL

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL @Joel. In the US, knocking someone up is to get them pregnant out of wedlock (where DID that expression come from?) But thank you for telling us the UK version of the phrase! THAT makes more sense :)

wv: kegasis. When your sister throws you a party. With lots of beer. and hopefully no one gets knocked up. either that or a flying mythological beast that brings beer to parties. or an affliction I don't want to know about.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Anonymous said...
IPregnant. What happens when you no longer need the iPad.

LOL *wipes eyes* Whew! that was great!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Miss Mina,

Actually, we'd probably be looking for an angel and some shepherds.



August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

@ carolyn said...
At least nobody has put the pee-stick on a cake. Yet.

actually, I think someone did a few months ago.....(April 7th--the chocolate cake...)


August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Eww, he double-dipped his spoon. It's in there, alright.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha, actually it was my sister who was pregnant. Despite the wreck, the baby is ridiculously cute.

- Margaret J.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Soooooooo the 'Monica, I'm haveing a baby' cake is mine.

First of all, Monica is my little sister who has an amazing sense of humor so I figured the best way to tell her I was pregnant was with a Dairy Queen ice cream cake (which is a running joke for us). I flew in from to our hometown and on the way to our house, I stopped to pick up the cake.

Our local Dairy Queen was manned by 4 teenagers who thought I was weird, but told me 10 min for the writing. 40 min later, I had to check on the cake and by then I didn't feel good (middle of the summer and morning sickness) and thought it only added to the charm of how I was going to inform my sister I was having a baby.

When she saw that cake, it was one of the best moments of my life. She thought it was a joke (which we often play on each other) until I pulled out the ultrasound pictures. Thank you for laughing at our cake as we did and feel free to use this method to tell all of your loved ones you're haveing a baby. :)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterherclover

Great use of "you're" on the 'Smitch' cake. If only they had put in a second 'n' and left off the yellow in the border...

Alas, the letter shortage extends to 'g'. Since that spelling of 'preggo' has now been 'mainstreamed', a whole new way to break the news comes to mind: Tie pink and blue ribbons on a jar of spaghetti sauce!

The letter shortage nearly included 'm'. No subliminal message there, no way.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Yeah, I kept making Prego jokes during my pregnancies.

Esp. towards the end, where there was no question about it being "in there".

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeep

Whoa, whoa. Excuse me! Those last sentences were full of tense expectation. Really, don't tease like that; I think I almost sucked in a lung 4 times. Meh, tell us for real (when are you going to have a bun in the oven? Hmm? HMM!? :) Don't worry, we won't get all demanding on you...just sayin': )

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Come on Jen. You have been dropping hints for a while that you are pregnant. When are you going to come on out and say it???

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommySusan1

I'm hoping that "THANX 4 KNOCKING ME UP" is served at a fairly small gathering.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Since I'm having my baby this week, I think I should get the first one for my husband.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Girl In Her Kitchen

In the last one, the writing is cursive so the "m" is a n.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjj1

I usually check out Cakewrecks in the evening so my day doesn't end on a low note. I couldn't resist the Tweet, apparently a comment from Anonymous, "The iPregnant: when you no longer need the iPad."

Took me a few tissues and a new pair of undies before I could check out the post (from LAUGHTER, people!)

I love your work Jen, John, the other Jen & all - and to those who comment - YOU ROCK!

wv: conion: an onion shared by a divorced/separated couple.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Peterson-Smith

What I want to know, is what is a "Smitch"?

a small -ahem- witch, perhaps?

a smidgen of itch, maybe?

Inquiring minds want to know...

WV: ciess... These wreckerators should just ciess and diessist!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

That's hilarious, especially since we are announcing that I am pregnant to our families this week :D I am also wondering how the "Smitch" missed the fact that she was pregnant and needed a cake to find out?? I wish I was symptoms free like that...

"Its in there!": Brilliant!

That's why you're my hero.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheHappyHomemaker

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