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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

Babel Fish Needed

You know that optical illusion that looks like an old woman one way, and a young girl the other?

Well, this cake is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike that.

So far I've assembled a list of 42 different words that this might be, including "@Loehoe," "Soekuc,"and "Slartibartfast." And yes, so far as I know, this is supposed to be "English."

Anyway, I've given up.

In fact, I can't help but be impressed by this individual's cryptography skills. Hey NSA, I've got your next Enigma machine right here! Think about it: for the cost of a piping bag and some chocolate, you'll never have to fear Wikileaks again. Eh?

So long, Jackie W., and thanks for all the fish.

Achtung!!! Es tut mir leid; Ich bin eine Sachertorte! Fahrvergnügen! Neenër neenër!

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Reader Comments (281)


- chante

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I see a few options:
King's Cake

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterweirdmom

Yeah for the Hitchhikers reference!

Don't forget your towel!

No idea what the cake says though.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna from UK

I do like the way the fiddl-y bits look a little like fjords on this cake, though.

And yeah, no idea what it says. Maybe it's Klingon?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFerralyn

I think it says "Sadie"

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWeeSally

I think it's supposed to be "Sacher," as in sacher torte.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterailurophile


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa and Aidan

I'll bet my paycheck that says "SACHER"... of course I'm "self-employed", so really it's not giving up anything...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSDLantos

Aloha. Spelled REALLY poorly.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenters

At first, I thought it said "Lecher."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Alexandra

Seeker to me too

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEspíritu Chancho

i have to agree that it says sacher... very poorly written (and baked for that matter) but its a sachertorte...

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara ezzyk

It is definitely "Sacher" you know, the Austrian chocolate-cake?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After wrestling with the meaning of that cake I'm going to need a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster....

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHPom


Ford Prefect?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

My guess is "sacher" too, but if I didn't know what sacher torte generally looks like, I would have said "Slartibartfast" was the best option.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLitLaur

I think it looks like "twelve."

Maybe it's like one of those inkblot tests, and whatever we think it says says something deep and important about our psyches.

Or maybe the wreckerator was stoned. One or the other.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertogetherforgood

Sacher... that makes sense! I was wondering if it was upside-down or maybe some sort of mirror writing!!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustine looks like "loeber" or "soeber" to me...either way the cake actually looks like it would taste good...anything is better covered in ganache!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

I think it says "Seeker". : D

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks kind of like "Sseko" with an extra swirl or "e" on the end. Sseeko's are a fabulous pair of sandals I just received for my birthday with interchangeable straps... Still, I'm not sure who could read this!

WV: "ilars" the wrecky version of "liars"??

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Amongst the horrors that we've seen on this blog, I hope that we could agree that this one is mostly harmless. However, I would like to see your list of 42 words that you are considering. :)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

My money's on "Locker."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJared

I'm thinking "sister" without the T crossed.

And if it were a king cake, it would look more like a donut. :)

WV: berate. It's so easy and fun to berate these cakes.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Onimous

Don't panic... we'll find the hidden meaning behind this one. Perhaps it's God's second-to-last message to mankind? Or maybe an example of Vogon poetry? Someone dig out the Scrabble pieces; if we draw them randomly out of a bag, I'm sure we'll come up with the answer.

In the end, though, I'm seconding the "EPCOT" suggestion. This post = Epic Win.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Maybe it says

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

I agree with "sacher," although considering the amount of time I just spent studying it, it could also be "Sucker!"

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris McDermott

I keep seeing "Ivanhoe", for some reason.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTuri

I know this is really bad, but I kept seeing the word "alcohol" written... I kept wondering why someone would write that on a cake to begin with, but I've seen enough on this sight to know not to even start to wonder about anything!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

If you trace the lines from start to finish (which I just completely had my 6th grade class do. Put this on the overhead projector in class last 5 minutes... used markers on white board, then turned projector off. Scientific experiment, right?)

We got Loeber. Class of kids all agreed on it. It must be so.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscrapopotamos

My wv was salis. Maybe that's it.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Socker? Maybe they were going for soccar?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPennieK

I saw the word, "sucker". Now I can't un-see it.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It says "sacher". It's a sacher torte..but it's very poorly written for sure.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

It says "Lover."

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

I thought it said aleeve, it sure is giving me a headache trying to figure it out.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStudyaid

I'm dizzy trying to decipher all those loops!

I read "aSeeeher". Maybe it's Huttese for "I see her" ;-)

wv: pututic: A cake or CCC that makes you want to wretch "Patooie!" is pututic.

Heck, even this word could be what is written on that cake for all I know!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I




I'm stuck. What can it be?

A Vogon name in triplicate?

Dolphin for more fish please?

A cake after using the infinite probability drive and it never recovered?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I see "teacher" written really badly with an old-fashioned cursive capital T. If it does say that, I hope the recipient didn't teach penmanship.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanine Goodwin

It's "Belgium" -- used most gratuitously on this cake -- and WOW, am I offended. It was clearly written by a mattress named Zem in the script of Sqornshellous Zeta between willomying and flolloping floopily.

So long, and thanks for all the cakes.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn in Superior

I very distinctly see "Sucker" with an ugly U and a frilly R.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

To me it looks like, saeeheo...maybe they are speeking Klingon.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

I am guessing Jackie since that is who submitted the picture. But still, the writing is very fancy schmancy. ;)

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered

I thought it says "Later", but after reading the comments i might agree with Sacher, but that's no fun at all!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaorin

no idea... but now I want to re-read my Hitchhikers books!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

I've never commented before, but I just had to share this time:

I usually get your nerdy references, because I am a pretty big nerd. But today I am especially proud of myself, because before i had scrolled down enough to see anything but the first 2 sentences and the first cake, I already knew you were doing Hitchhiker's only because of the "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike that" line. I guess the babel fish probably had my brain unconsciously going in that direction anyway, but anyway.

Related story you might be interested in: a while after Douglas Adams died suddenly, they did a related story on BBC World Service News Hour with Owen Bennet Jones, who at the end of the hour would always read a couple of listener e-mails that had come in during that show. I was quite sad about Adams' death, so I dashed off an e-mail about how I'd be re-reading all of Adams' books right now if it weren't for the fact that I had to re-read all the Harry Potter books before the next one came out, and what a loss his death was, and Owen Bennet Jones read my e-mail on the air! I about peed myself with excitement. I'm just a little American nerd, and here was my e-mail on the BBC World Service News Hour! It is one of the nerd highlights of my life.

In conclusion, YAY for HHGTTG. Love.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeaceLoveMath


March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAyre

I'm seeing Soiker or Loiker?

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Argh. All of the Hitchhiker's Guide references I can think of have been used already.

Wait! It says "Stavro." As in "Stavro Mula Beta." Yeah.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I am also going with "sucker." Maybe the cake is full of plastic babies hidden amongst the chocolate, lurking and waiting for their next victim to bite.

wv: bedentic - The condition in which one finds oneself when one's bed is suddenly smashed by a bulldozer.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah B

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