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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

Reach for the Skyyyyy!

Graduates, now that you've graduated, a whole new world of possibilities is open to you!

Possibilities like...

...getting arrested in an old-timey Western.

Oh, c'mon, I can't be the only one who hears Woody from Toy Story saying this, can I?

And that's not the only problem. Nope, it seems that some bakers are having trouble understanding what those white things are called:

And they're not doing so great on the "clouds," either.

Now, you might think that nixing the troublesome "sky" component all together would help:

But then, you also might think that's not how you spell "congratulations" OR "banner," so that just shows what you know. [eye roll]

Thanks to Meg K., Katie K., & Lindsey M., who prefer reaching for the stars.

Especially when they're named Johnny Depp or Nathan Fillion. (Mrowr.)

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Reader Comments (70)

Now, I just have to say, I have a horrible spelling handicap - I can truly forgive spelling errors - cakes don't come with spell-check after But inventing completely new words is not a spelling error (though I have come very close myself - with words spell check doesn't even recognize! And why are the clouds on that cake blue? And, prior to printing, does no one actually read what the instructions are for the piping? I they just see letters, so assume they are to be part of the decorations? I love this site...cracks me up ever time. :P

And finally, I'm still on the hunt for a wreck of my very own. ;)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Wish I had one of those cakes at my "gradution"-hey this freedom from spelling rules is fun!

I am surprised that many of these cakes don't have forehead prints in them from the inevitable "Dooh!!!" when the big reveal happened.

Of course, I pulled the digital string for Woody's wonderful voice. Thank-you for including that.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Allworthy

Amazing that these continue to propagate in the wild. I wonder how many places wreck 'em on purpose?

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Ok, I don't usually comment, but I totally heard Woody from Toy Story on the first one, and Nathan Fillion is completely yummy. Mrowr, indeed! You have excellent taste, Jen.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Maybe the cake is for the graduates of Romper Room. OK, everyone sing along now...

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Or maybe there's a grad out there whose name actually IS "Banner"... we can hope...


June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Woody stole it from Yosemite Sam who was parodying somebody I'm too young to remember. Or too old.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

You've finally done it. Cake wrecks has been mean spirited before, but this takes the cake. Imagine how proud the Bonner family is of little Congratution. Probably the first in their family to achieve this mile stone. It's a beautiful cake for the Bonner celebration.

Of course, after making fun of Debbie's love of cats, we can expect this type of thing.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good call on Johnny and Nathan :)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I saw the title, I totally heard it in Woody's voice in my head.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBabsiegirl

So, Jen ..... another closet "Castle" fan! My guilty pleasure. Besides "Cake Wrecks", I mean.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy


I'm beginning to wonder if the "training" to be a cake decorator consists of:

"This is a cake. This is a piping bag. Put the pointy end on the cake. Write whatever it says on the order sheet."

Geez, people!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

The Bonner cake could be referring to the "Bonner Scholar" program which is a public service institution at many college campuses. :)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersole

mmm Nathan Fillion. MMMM Johnny Depp. Mmmmm. Cake. And yeah, all I heard was Woody from Toy Story saying "REACH FOR THE SKY!" Hmmm, I had a crush on Tom Hanks as a kid. And so that rounds out this entry of yumminess. Hanks, Fillion, Depp, Cake, Woody. Sounds dirty. I like.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Uh huh, those make sense D:

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, does anybody NOT know that "Reach for the sky!" is what you say when you point a gun at somebody in a Western?

If that last cake says "Congratulations Donner," I'm not eating the cake.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Actually, I heard Firehouse...

"Reach for the sky, or I will shoot you down in the blink of an eye"

Hmm... Might not be such a bad idea. Step away from the icing tips, wreckerators, and nobody gets hurt.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Mac

Nathan Fillion for sure!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCandi

I forgot about the cakes as soon as you mentioned Nathan Fillion :).

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachelf

Before I even read your commentary, I could hear Woody saying "Reach for the sky!" as I saw that cake. Mostly because my 4 year old is on a crazy Toy Story kick right now and 1 of the 3 movies are on our TV at any given time and she is even known to be saying "Reach for the Sky!" around the house randomly.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie H.

I'm so happy they spelled it Bonner...the WHOLE meaning would have been different without that extra n...

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I have a "gift" for seeing what is *supposed* to be there, so that Bonner cake I had to read twice to see Bonner and a third time to catch the Congratutions.

vw: dessersh "Cake. It's what's for dessersh"

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Congratutions, everyone!

Reach For The Sky Banner!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

It's official. I spend far too much time at Disney World. My eyes were immediately drawn to the center of cake #2 as my brain excitedly registered the not-so-hidden Mickey.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure if you say things like that to Banner, he turns into the Hulk. Bad move, Wreckerator. bad move.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Alexandra

Am I the only one that thought this post was going to be Toy Story wrecks?? V. funny nonetheless!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Just wanted to share something funny with you. Monday was my daughter's birthday. My father-in-law was going to get her a small cake. They didn't have small cakes so he got cupcakes (all glued together in a rectangle...why they were glued together, I know not). He asked them to write her name on them. They said they couldn't because....get this...the cupcake icing would cause the writing icing melt/disintegrate. Riiiight, that's what I want my kid eating. Nothing like toxic sweets!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Lancaster

Another banner day here at Cake Wrecks. ;-)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

As soon as I read your title, I heard Woody's voice. One of my favorite movies. :)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayleen the Violinist

Maybe the graduate's name is Bonner?
Still doesn't excuse the congratuations, though.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Maybe he was congratulating Bonner on graduating with his class? :p

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

Nathan Fillion... yummm... Even better then cake! :-)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I would totally reach for Nathan Fillion. Where is he?

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

What cakes? All I heard was Nathan Fillion. Castle is the best!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJes

*looks at congratutions* *MAKES BIG EYES AT PREVIOUS CAKE* *dies laughing*

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBP

Bonner is the name of a Catholic boys high school in Pennsylvania. But there is no excuse for butchering the first part of that!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I read the title in my RSS feed, I actually thought it was going to be a post of Toy Story Wrecks.

Reach forthe, sky! (Banner)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Glor

"Reach for the sky, Banner!"

"Be careful, Woody. Threatening me might make me angry, and you wouldn't like me if I'm angry."

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

My goodness--I didn't think there was yet ANOTHER way to spell "Congratulations"...but you guys found it! Maybe we should start a drinking game....

(Oh, and good call on Nathan Fillion. I really could care less about Johnny Depp, but the Cap'n will ALWAYS have my undivided attention. But, then, I'm a geek.)

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Yep, yep, yep for Woody, Johnny and Nathan!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRainyday

I asked my kids, if someone told you to 'reach for the sky', what would you do?

Three pairs of hands went up in classic 'stick-em-up' posture.

And then I had to explain what the cakes really meant.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

On that last cake, I'm wondering if maybe "Bonner", the graduate, has gotten a scholarship that pays his/her tuition, thus the "Congrat" on the "(t)uition"?
Well, anyway, nice embed of Woody!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

this is awesome! today is my birthday so i'm going to be thinking "reach for the sky!!!!"
(in woody's voice, no less!) as i
blow out those damn candles! thanks so much for the laughs today!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabsolutahnie

I like that there are whistle blowers in the cake decor industry. If I was involved in a similar debate over semantics and/or taste and lost out to the knucklehead party, I'd have to say something, too. I got the Woody line right away, but the fact that you are in contact with "the industry" is hilarious.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, were there cakes in this post? The only thing I remember seeing is the name NATHAN FILLION. *swoon*

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shenaniganizer

Ah, could the last one be for the graduating class of Bonner Springs, KS?


Ah me.

wv: minsand. Well? Mins and what?

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL, I read it in Woody's voice before you even mentioned it.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

Congratutions, absolutahnie! Happy Berfday, and reach for the sky!

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT


mins and secs of course, adding up to hrs of fun

wv: exhil-- these wreckerators should be sent into exhil

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally heard Woody's voice when I read the first cake.

As for the second cake, maybe it was made for David Banner from The Incredible Hulk, although the message is rather confusing. Are they congratulating him on getting arrested by the sheriff? Maybe it's a sarcastic message, and they "forgot" the quotation marks. At least being arrested via cake means, well, there's cake.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

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