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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

I'm Grad, I'm Grad, You Know It, HEEE hee!

Graduation season is upon us, which means you're going to be seeing a lot of stuff like this:

But then, I guess you see guys in sunglasses driving trucks pretty often anyway.

Still, when it comes to celebrating your graduation, not just any cake will do. We're talking years and years of educational accomplishment here! You need something special. Something momentous. Something, dare I say...groundbreaking?


(I dubbeth thee "earthcake.")

Or, for those who like things a little twisted:

The Grad Tornado.

(Get off my lawn!)

You could also go the "Wait...what?" route:

Are You Grad! Are You Grad!



Well, if all else fails, there's always the simple, heart-felt, "Congratulations":

Or, sure, something like that.

Thanks to wreckporters Tracie K., Jessica S., Shelley G., John I., & Heather W. for the education.


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Reader Comments (74)

'Are You Grad?' sounds like the title of a play I probably don't want to see.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WV: "snota"

That snota a cake I'd buy.

p.s. black icing is just yucky.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOL! That last one could be worse- at first i thought i saw, "Cumgratulations"

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Scungratulations"?? Really? Really?

Today's trivia from the Urban Dictionary: "Scun is the 60's LA Hell's Angels term for brown sticky highly potent bath tub methamphetamine. Scun is also a sludge metal(bongzilla/eyehategod-esque) band from Arkansas." Now you know.

WV: "Muffi" All I can think of is dirty things for that.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the odds are fair that the sign invites you to celebrate the city of Gradua, Tennessee-- in cake-- provided such a place actually exists, of course.

There's almost always a minor problem with all my theories, however.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkc

That first cake looks like it's to celebrate a disaster movie...."It was a dark and stormy 2011...There were earthquakes...and tornadoes that look ilke gilded bones or wonky Corinthian columns. But look, life! vines! or are they--dum dum DUM! man eating plants?? look, all they left of the graduate was his cap and diploma!

It must be set in Asia, where they ask, "Are you grad?" (Glad what, the graduate has been engulfed in man eating vines during an earthquake?)

Yeah, Scungratulations to you too.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, at least that last one doesn't say "Scunradulations". Baby steps, right?

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNewb

Scungratulations? * facepalm * I'm so glad my parents didn't order me a fancy graduation cake...

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClara J.

Is that a "S" or a squiggly decoration on the last cake. To me it reads "scungratulations" which is makes it even more of a wreck!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertina

Wow - I think I've figured out a way to hide cracking icing or fondant! Genius!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ Brownie Bites

I think maybe that Grad Tornado was trying to be a marble Greek Grad column, but these days it's kind of hard to tell.


June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

2011 has been a year marked by an incredible amount of natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, the apocolypse. It's only fitting that this years' graduates commemorate their survival with a tasty treat.

I congraduate them all.

wv: rolon: When faced with numerous catastrophes, the youth of today does not waiver. They have learned to rolon.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

WOW. Just WOW.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBP

"Scungratulations" sounds vaguely dirty. And the Scu- makes the whole rest of the word look off, even though it's actually correct.

I don't mind the sign in the first pick. They obviously don't have room for the whole word.

WV: buster. Hey, buster! Fix that cake right now! (or, it might be "louster"--I can't tell.) [It was louster. Dang!]

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

I'm sensing that the "Are You Grad" cake was the result of a phone order for a Rutgers University grad cake.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Actually, "are you graduating" is a phrase many parents hopefully ask their offspring this time of the year (mine did). That one gets a hall pass (if said emphatically enough in a hopeful tone it doesn't need a question mark) but those very, um, voluptuous" swimmers" make me think of technicolor Jabba-the-Huts in the making.

What the heck is the tornado one supposed to be?? I see a big old dinosaur bone (considering the size ratio to the little cap). I suppose dinosaur walker isn't any more scarce as an occupation than most traditional jobs today.

-Barbara Anne

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All I have to say is, it's a good thing the baker of the last cake didn't accidentally add a 't' after the first 'n.' Dirty mind that I have, that was the first thing I thought of.

wv: "didem" I didem cakes real good.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie M

WV: sorshe--Graduation cakes remain a perennial sorshe of amusement for all!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy W.

Given that the Joplin tornado hit right after a high school graduation ceremony and several recent graduates were killed, I think that second cake is pretty inappropriate.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Now, if only that "2011" cake had been "2012"... they could have sold it as a late movie tie-in!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRogerBW

@Barbara Anne - I think the tornado cake is supposed to be a paper scroll, the way some diplomas are depicted. If that isn't it, I got nothin'. Yes, wrecky (graduation) day. I'm guessing there will be several more to come this season...

WV: amodea - I may need some Amodea after eating the black icing.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

"Scungratulations" -- my new favorite buzzword! Although, "Are you grad?" is right up there!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

Silly me, I thought there were no more ways left to misspell "congratulations." Wrong again.

wv: idoustal

Idoustal those wreckerators graduated finished high school themselves!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMomcat

Did Earthcake not remind anyone else of a cracked tombstone? No one else heard those ominous drums and thunder? No? Only me? Crap.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMay

Once again proving you can not make a "cake" out of a bunch of cupcakes.

And I believe that "2011" was created by someone on work-release parole after being convicted of "tagging" buildings with spray paint.

wv: persch
What the label says in the fish market after the wreckerator is transferred out of the bakery.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Scungratulations! Your Awsom!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

oh, so close the cungratulations cake! Got to love the heart dotting the I. It adds a tremendous sense of pride and love to the whole cake. I can just imagine how happy the decorator was with that detail.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm pretty sure that the last cake just says "cungratulations", and what everyone thinks is an S at the beginning is just one of the squiggly decorations placed unfortunately too close to the word itself. There's another one just like it in the top right corner of the cake.

With that said, I like how the i is dotted with BOTH a dot and a heart :)

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Brain...can't...comprehend...the stupid O_o

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know of a school who's mascot is the Golden Tornado....maybe that cake was for them?

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one who wondered why the third one (a dastardly CCC anyway) was in the shape of a Corinthian column??? Anybody else? No, I thought not.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

That last cake. Oh, dear. I need to go scrub my brain.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

@ kayk - my first thought was related to the ole RU Screw also...did they open a bakery?

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Anne-Marie - I thought it was supposed to be a diploma, too, except for the vines on it... Maybe ivy-covered columns? Hey, it's a wreck, so why am I even trying to guess?

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

Stephanie M... Actually I thought of that too, although I guess I should be ashamed! Cakes all look off...

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first one is cracking me up. :) At least it only costs $4.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

That looks like scungratulations. Which seems to turn it from a naughty word for genitalia to a VD.

"Man, I need a shot for my scungratulations."

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

I was alos thinking "Are you grad" could be a cake for a couple with a newborn..."Are you Glad?"

wv: sidedles
I wish I had sidedles on having the last cake look so WRONG!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad I'm not the only one that didn't see that squiggly in front of the "Cun..." cake as an "S." Also glad I'm not the first one that thought of naughty words when I first saw it!!!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandi

I love it how they painted the 2011 on that cake like it was some bad grafitti on wall :D

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDora

As an RU Grad (as in a Rutgers Uni Alumni) all I can think when I see the Are You Grad! cake is that someone mistook school pride with text speak. So not the time to correct it.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Nothing says "We're SO PROUD of you!!!" like a $4.00, single-layer, airbrushed cake that's been dropped on the floor.


June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

If I'd been there, I'd have snuck up on that last cake, snagged a bit of that dopey little heart i-dot with my pinkie, and used the crap to close up the top of the first "u" so it'd look like an "o". Then I'd take a swipe at the superfluous giant "S" swirl, wipe it off on the back of the next person who walked by, and get the hell out of there.
I get uncomfortable at really high-class gatherings.


June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I cannot believe Wreckporters have managed to scrounge up yet another way to misspell Congratulations. Seriously?! At this point surely Jen has enough for a third book just about misspelled Congratulations cakes.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-with-an-e

Grad, Grad - really, really Grad

Niiiiice, Jen.

wv: riedi : Riedi or not, here's our future. (frantically searching cupboards for that last inch of blackberry brandy leftover from New Year's)

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor


June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

May at 11:32,
You're not the only one. I totally thought tombstone for the first cake.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

On seeing the title of today's post, I thought, "that must be a reference to one of the hundreds, nay, thousands of movies I haven't seen. I wonder which one it will be." But it was not so. Dang. Moving on...

#1 (Even though it isn't generally considered edible) "I know there isn't enough room for the whole word. But I'm not hyphenating it, no way! If I put that dash thing in the wrong place, sure as taxes it will wind up on Cake Wrecks!"

#2 Could there be a better metaphor? I know about (hopefully) food-grade airbrushing, but '2011' still looks like it was done by a tagger.

#3 I'm guessing this was the wreckerator's first Corinthian(s) column. Ahem.

Is the parenthetical comment an 'old' reference? Who's old here, youngster? Why, I'll have you know that I used to have to read my computer screen by candlelight. And I counted myself lucky! Consarn kids these days... Where was I? Oh, yes...

#4 Shouldn't this say, 'Aren't you Grad!' Better yet, shouldn't it say something else altogether? Shouldn't we ban swimming balloons -- or in this case, brightly colored figs with squiggly...never mind.

#5 This is like, what happens when you order from the Valley Girl Bakery. OMG!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Ewww........that first one looks as deadly as a Halloween hangover.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrownring

Naughty Randi (I guess you come by it honestly though...your name is a give-away!) Kidding!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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