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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

Can I Quote You On That?

"Thanks" "to" "Samantha J".

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Reader Comments (38)

So sad..

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbp

That "cake" is so "cheerful," "it" kind of made me "feel" "happy!"
No, "really."

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

"Good Grief"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I'm having flashbacks to "The Eyre Affair" by Jasper Fforde. Isn't the Prose Portal in that book powered by bookworms who eat unused prepositions and fart out apostrophes, which sometimes find their way into the conversations of people around them? This must be the bakery equivalent -- a machine that lets the decorator write failry legibly and spell things correctly, but as a by-product produces "too" "many" "quotation" "marks."

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Some bake just met their quote-a for the week! :)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Cup a Dee Cakes

Even disregarding all the unnecessary quotation marks (a "hard" thing to do), I'd love to know the backstory behind this cake. Do they not know the actual birthday, so they're making the date of adoption the new birthday? Did they adopt ON the birthday and want to acknowledge both? What's was the glorious occasion for which this cake was made?

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT



September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

This cake celebrates new life, adoption, birth...
If we can recognize that what appear to be quotation marks are actually "little swimmers" ( you know, the guys that often get disguised as balloons) it all starts to make sense. Sort of. Well, maybe not, but I bet I made you look at the cake again.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

"Holy cow." "That's a lot of" "quotation marks." "Why?"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel H.

Previous poster, I believe you meant "so" "sad".

You're welcome.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Don't you mean "sad?"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Sometimes I wonder if the bakers don't do things just to get on this blog. Sheesh.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

*chortle* *snort*

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Okay, I'm guessing the grand event, as questioned here, is an adoption congratulations party, the day of the "legal" (yeah, I used quotes) homecoming of the child. Whether it is coincidentally the child's ACTUAL birthday, I haven't a clue. Unless they are considering it a "new" (darn it, sometimes quotes really work for emphasis) birthday, or an "extra" (yeah, again) birthday. Which, if so, is kind of sweet, in a way. But this sure as heck makes for a lot of cake analysis.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody

I've gotten so used to incorrect quotation marks, they don't even bother me most of the time. In this instance, though, they come with the unfortunate implication that the wreckerator doesn't understand how adoption works, on an emotional level.

"And now to congratulate the 'parents' on 'their "new" child.' Oops, the icing cracked. Oh well, it's not like it's a 'real family' getting their day ruined. It's probably not even the kid's 'real birthday.' Stupid kid."

(I then picture the wreckerator twirling his or her mustache and cackling.)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

These were 3 different days for my son-June, February and April, respectively. Is this cake for 3 different people? Were they somehow able to finalize near the kid's birthday? Or is this for a newborn adopted privately? (Still would have a different legal date-but maybe they were optimistic). I too would love to know the back story!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I had a boss who insisted she'd been taught in school that quotation marks were appropriate for indicating emphasis. I told her she must have had very stupid teachers. She didn't like that.

Luckily she needed me more than I needed the job (which was half-volunteer, half-paid anyway).

I bet you can find some misused apostrophes too, then you can link the old Bob the Angry Flower cartoon of pain-easing goodness.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Whenever I see misused quotes, I always have to visit “the blog of unnecessary quotation marks” to see what fun example they've got. This particular entry always cracks me up.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I can only read this with a super sarcastic tone and do air quotes with my fingers. I think I may have issues. :)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermistyd

Thanks for the cake, but...since when was I adopted? Waaaahhhhh!!!! (Sorry, couldn't help myself, today's my real "birthday"!)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

"Hello." "My name is 'Matt Foley' and I'm a 'motivational speaker'."

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

"That's a keeper"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Savory Simple

I am also "loving" the "inedible" "curly ribbon" decorations

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda V.

Oh come on, it simply indicates that four different people are speaking. Which raises a whole other set of questions...

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

my husband's grandfather (who is 98) always uses quotes when he writes cards. It always makes me laugh when i get cards that say 'To "Lindsey" "happy birthday" love "Grandpa".'
At least the 'love' isn't in quotes... but it does always make me wonder who the card is really from...

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinzB


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam from FL

@SaraCVT, I have a cousin who was born in China. She was abandoned in a bus station sometime after she was born and we have no idea as to what her actual birthday is; we can only speculate. She does have a date on legal paperwork, but my family celebrates the day her adoption was legal. This cake makes sense to me, other than the misuse of quotation marks. :)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJax

This cake reminds me of a bit from Demetri Martin: Cake is the only food we write on. It’s always encouraging like, “Happy Birthday, Leo!” “Congratulations, Eric!” I feel like we’re missing an opportunity. I’m talking about negative cakes: “Surprise, You’re Adopted!” ‘Cause that’s when you want cake!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

"WTF" that makes no sense D:

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I suppose two people could be taking turns speaking. That way, the recipient knows that "Mom" and "Dad" are both "involved."


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I'm having flashbacks to Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and his "Tractor Beam"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdamon pond

either way a family somewhere had a very good day "8-)"

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

Little swimmers!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeska


I tried to send an e-mail to you, Jen. but it would not go through.
It was to let you know that September 24rd is Punctuation Day.
This cake would definetly qualify.

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

Perhaps the cake is meant to indicate that there are two different celebrations going on: for the adoptee, their birthday, and for the adoptive parents, the adoption.

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Best comment: TJ

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOMGTexas

It's a cake for my family. The story behind it is not nearly as interesting as all the posts so far. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and my birthday, which are two days apart. We were also celebrating the adoption day of our sons which is one day after my husband's birthday. And, we were also welcoming our exchange student into our home for the year. I am not sure why the quotes, but I guess I confused the poor decorator over the phone!

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha J

i know its good to us:e punctuation but not every where! O_O

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlily0145

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