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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

Literally In A Class All Their Own

It's a good thing graduation season is winding down, guys; I think the nation's Wreckerators need a little break:

I honestly thought this was a tribute cake for a CW fan.

It wasn't.

And if you're skeptical, allow me to show you this next gem:

I know I should be focusing on "where hat would be," but really I just want to know what the squiggle under Connor's name is. A stethoscope? A funky P? Or - for a little irony - is that where the hat should be?

Or how about this one?

I'll give you two guesses what the "junior league logo" looks like.

This last one is a little hard to read, so I'll transcribe it below:

1st line: Help, I'm stuck in a wreckery.

2nd line: No, seriously. Get me out of here.

3rd line: [indecipherable sobbing]

Thanks to Nick L., C.S., Shannon D., & Tanya G., who think that last baker needs to pull herself together; she's gone all to pieces!

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Reader Comments (44)

Teacher said this is
On my permanent record,
so it *must* be good!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

You know... it's getting to where it's not even fun to laugh at these people anymore.


June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I think #3 is the only cake I've ever seen that congratulates a logo.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Way to go, Sogie?
Or should we turn to the left?
Dang, these directions!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

With such amazing decision-making and interpretive skills, these people are clearly just decorating cakes until they can gear up for their congressional campaigns.

WV: bessi -- "Sorry, but it was the bessi could do."

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I found cake #3 very informative. Before this,I didn't know what the Junior League logo looked like.

It might be helpful if more "decorators" labeled the items depicted on their cakes. How many times have we looked at a cake and asked, "Is it a baseball bat or is it a penis? Is that an adorable puppy, or is it a pile of poo?" An artfully piped label would clear up any confusion.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

yah know, the piping skills are good, its the handwriting and spelling that wrecks these cakes

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

red icing on chocolate is not an easy to read combo. does that say "soviet"? "swicl"? I'm so confused. "underneat dat"? they can't spell "that"? is it shorthand bakery slang? but hey, they got "Congratulations" right. for once. I'm trying to decide if that hat looks more like a UFO hovering.

#2: I guess they didn't want a hat. "2011 where hat would be"? so they put a hat where it doesn't belong, as in, on the cake at all, and they write instructions. Then spell "congr2ts?" maybe it's just the reflection...

#3: the cupcake brigade makes it sound like each "line" (as in row of people) is getting praised. Does each "line" get their own row of cupcakes?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hey get ma site n ur cake wrecks are amazin !! kepp it up !!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshish

It's a bad combination in the bakery to have a literal minded decorator with an order taker that can't spell....

And at least the last one's not a CCC! (It's always good to look on the bright side, right?)

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Are you sure they're not doing this on purpose?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

It's cup-cake Boggle! How many words can you make using five cup-cakes or less.....
Didn't the fourth line merit any praise?

I read the first cake in the tones of Bob Marley....and who are the Sogie 7?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

First line thank you second line for this great blog third line it brightens my day!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just want to know what one would say when one picked up one of these wrecks? I mean, I can't think of a single nice thing to say to someone who did this to a cake...and I am an especially nice person.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraceful Moments

The first cake I think has a Germanic name, I know a person whose name is Sigi, a diminutive of his full name. The second cake squiggle is an abstract design representing an artist palette. I always enjoy the morning Rorschach.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJazzbeau

First line: I can't get enough of this site.
Second line: Underneat dat there's more than one cake out there with 'underneat' written on it unintentionally.
Fourth Line: I can't count.
Fifth line: Congradulashins!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimi

The squiggle under Connor's name is obviously the signature of the artist. They are only allowed to sign their work once they finish their apprenticeship and become a master.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

But on the bright side, the word "congratulations" is spelled correctly!!!!!! Progress...of a step forward, two steps back.....

wv-ounes: verb (archaic), to possess -- "Who ounes this cake?"

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Cake Wrecks,

Thank you for bringing joy to my life.

a lil' bit of cake

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentera lil' bit of cake

The handwriting and design on the first cake looks a lot like the "I want Sprinkles" cake. Like almost exactly. Do we have a repeat wrecker?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Many who frequent this site wonder, why is there no end to the wreckery? I've stumbled upon perhaps one of many answers...

I had been visiting a cake decorating supply store in Long Beach (CA) for a while, and noticed that most of the regular patrons speak English but only as a second language, if at all. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a bleeding heart liberal (per my husband) and wish only the best for anyone who desires to make an honest living, but hey, if anyone who isn't fluent in basic English, much less possess basic critical thinking skills, finds him/herself in a line or work that requires a little bit of both, then the product of that person's labors is fair game for us fans of unintentional icing- and fondant-based humor. (I myself speak English as a second language, and hey, I don't hesitate to make fun of gringos who get my language wrong, so there...)

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

Is that a set of stumps in the logo?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

The set of squiggles under Connor's name look like a cocktail to me. I know I'd need one at that point if that were my cake!

a Karen

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My two year old granddaughter could have done a better job on the cupcakes.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthe pink drink ladies

Cake #1 even outdid your (1st line)

original! It also (2nd line)

has "dat" for "that." (3rd line)

Sharon (my name)

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Who gets the "OB" cupcake? I'll fight ya for it.

wv: cempula. A cempula message-a getsa screwed-uppa.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoanna

Are you sure that 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines aren't some sports term like "defensive line" or "front line" or "congo line", and each "line" was getting it's own message? Because that would be a totally cute cake.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

#1 2011, check. 'Way togo'; Togo should be capitalized. 'Sugiel'? 'and underneat dat'; transparent attempt to get on CW. 'Congratulotions'? Er, uh...

#2 looks like a ransom cake. The wreckerator should be Terminated.

#3 At least there were no extraneous quotes.

#4 I'm conflicted here. On the one hand, the person with the bag spelled 'congratulations' correctly (click on the picture) and used the correct ordinals. On the other hand, there is the whole 'line' thing and the general wreckiness.

I'm thinking last-minute phone / fax / email order for a grade-school 'graduation'. Every time I contemplate that concept, I empathize with Mr. Incredible.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


I thought the first one was a CW tribute at first too.


June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Soooo close. Cakes 1-3 were actually quite nicely decorated and lettered. (I'm pretty sure I recognize the source of cake #1).

#1: I'm reading that as "Sugie!" although it really does look like a 7. Can't believe there's another "underneat dat" cake that wasn't deliberate!

#2 Well, "Congrats grad" does avoid notorious spelling difficulties, particularly when it's very hard to read. As for the squiggle, looks to me like they're disgusing that weird sideways "V"

#3 so, so close. But hey, I now know what that logo looks like! (I liked the idea about labelling all cake designs until I realized it'd eliminate half the fun of the design disasters).

#4. OK, it's not a CCC, it's separate cupcakes - check. There's chocolate, so sins can be forgiven - check. There's horrible lettering and then writing in that it's different lines - FAIL.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Those cupcakes are hilarious! I'm having hard time choosing which cupcake I want to eat. It's a toss up between "TUL" and "AR!". But the best part is how they're not even consistent in spelling out "GREAT"! Row 2 has "GR" and "EA". Row 3 has "GRE" and "AT". Ya know, just for variety!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You should make a deal with Hallmark to make graduation cards with Cakewrecks on them. I would definitely give some to my friends and their siblings.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wish morons would stop breeding. They are the reason I don't like to leave my house.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sorry. I'm on a low carb pre-opp diet and all I see are things I want to shove my face into.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

Line 1:dang, choked on my wine.
Line 2: San Francisco wants to do away with homework.
And underneath that.. That bodes well for the future of Cake Wrecks.

WV:- Well "flobaso" my cake!

Corina ;-P

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WV: unteduln - the omnious *Dragnet* theme, spoken... as in, *I'm here to pick up the graduation cake I ordered.* - unteduln, unteduln teduln


Merry from Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was actually really disappointed when I picked up my step-daughter's graduation cake and it was perfect. I was truly hoping for a hideous, cake-wreck worthy cake to add some spice to the party.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

the last one o.O

it's not even a dreaded CCC (patoeey) and yet one of the most horrific things I've ever seen

thanks for the nightmares (insert sarcasm here)

to quote an old Arnie movie: you shouldn't drink and bake

-Barbara Anne

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For reasons I can't quite explain, today's examples kind of just made me angry.

(repeating to self: "it's just a website, I should really just relax...")

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClint

I thought for sure that first one was an homage to CW. It sure reminds me of a certain cake from the first book lol. I hope now that graduations are done these poor tired wreckerators can now focus on something else aka wrecking Halloween cakes lmao.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Ha ha the cupcake translation was great! Where do you get all these cake pictures? They're great!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiss

Srsly. That's just plain dumb.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJGblog

The first one just has to be a CW Tribute Cake.

It just...has to be...?


June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatDeborahGirl

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