My Other Blog

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

Triple Whammy

"Hi there! I'd like to order three cakes for a joint birthday party, please. I'd like the first one to read, 'We're turning fifty!'"

"Hm... I'm not sure all that will fit. Is it ok if I shorten it a little?"

"Sure, whatever you think will work."

"Excellent. And what would you like on the other two?"

"Well, one of the birthday girls is also retiring, so I'd like the second cake to say 'Congratulations Dorothy' in gold icing."

"We don't have gold icing. We have yellow. Light yellow, dark yellow, yellow that's nice with cheese..."

"Oh. Well, that's ok! Then just write 'Congratulations Dorothy' and get as close to gold as possible."

"Nooo problem. And what would you like on the last cake?"

"Ah, that one's for Joe. Could you, aheh...could you draw the Playboy bunny on his cake?"

"The what?"

"The Playboy bunny."

"The bunny?"


"Oh. Ok. Sure, I can do that."







 (Scout's honor, guys: they tell me they really did ask for the Playboy bunny.)


Thanks to wreckporter Rachel V., Gwendolyn J., & Melena S., who knew we shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque.


« From The Baker Formerly Known As "Prince" | Main | Beby "Love" »

Reader Comments (44)

Overture, dim the mind
This is it, a one-of-a-kind
No more baking and icing your cake
It's perfect now, for Joe's sake
Overture, bleeding flowers
This is it, as Bugs' mood sours
And oh Joe will have a fit
On with the cake this is it!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDB

Bugs IS one helluva playboy....

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrankN.Stein

Sung to “Take My Breath Away”

Watching your devotion to denying any blame
Formulate the notion – finally, bakers know no shame
No thought of returning to this bakery any time
Watching the commotion as I turn around and say

Take these cakes away

Watching I keep waiting still anticipating some
Kind of explanation other than you think I’m dumb
Fighting off the yearning to say something really snide
Watching your emotion as I turn to you and say

Take these cakes away

Through the display glass I saw you, before you slipped away
Since the cakes were trash I called you, you turned to hear me say
If only for today, you’ll be unpaid

Take these cakes away

Trying to explain this really shouldn’t be my aim
It takes brain erosion to create three cakes this lame
Maybe you should find a job where you can feel some pride
Causing your demotion as I call your boss to say

Take these cakes away

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

That first cake is too funny. It looks pretty. I love the colors and the piping skills are quite nice, but they certainly don't go with the WTF expression, and just where would a WTF! cake be appropriate? The second cake speaks for itself. The third cake though... Just how old is this decorator that has no clue what Playboy is? Seriously?

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

WTF - it doesn't get much more appropriate than that.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDocbanger

How can they mess up that bad and still spell congratulations correctly? Duh

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

WTF! A wreck that speaks for itself!

I keep trying to get as close to gold as possible, but not at today's prices!

Well, Bugs could be a bit of a playa at times so not too far off.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

WTF about sums this up....

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

There really isn't a lot of thinking going on at these bakeries, is there? (No offense to thinking bakers who might have to work with these people.)

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Love the song, Sharyn.

This is off-topic, but I have to share. I saw a Texas Longhorns logo on the back of car this morning and all I saw was a uterus. I can only thank CakeWrecks for that.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanna

So WTF moments are cake-worthy occasions now. I approve.

(DB wins the thread, incidentally.)

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

@normajean -- you asked "just where would a WTF! cake be appropriate?" Until late in 2009, it was the acronym and logo for the Wisconsin Tourism Federation. Sadly, bloggers started commenting on it, and the state quietly changed it to the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin. As a former Wisconsinite, I was sad they made the change.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I love the "logic" of being able to fit "get as close 2gold as possible" onto a cake, but not "we're turning fifty" ! Hmm...

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRo

Finally! My favorite expression -- What The Frosting! -- actually IN frosting!! I think that's a double Bam... or a Bam-Bam! And what are those little things around it...could they be pebbles.....? Or, maybe...I just can't tell....flintstones....?

@Sharyn -- another hit! Please let me know when the CD comes out!! Awesome!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermel

@Naomi - thanks! but I think Sharyn wins!

@Sharyn - oh how sad! But I guess this wasn't their cake, as wouldn't they want a cheesecake?

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDB

You Might Get a Wreck If.....

An entire sheet cake is not enough room to write "We're Turning Fifty".

You want two words written on your cake, but the baker is writing a paragraph on the Message section of the order form.

The 'baker's' response to your request is, "What?"

Well done, as usual, DB and Sharyn!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm sure "Domothy" appreciated that the icing on her cake was "as close 2gold aspossib(squiggle).

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I'd facepalm over this, except I'd probably wind up hitting myself so hard I'd pass out.

BTW, "We're Turning Fifty" would absolutely have fit on that first cake... although under the circumstances, "WTF" seems perfectly appropriate.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKhymera

I have often shown my kids, or posted on links on FB of, Sunday Sweets with the statement "I want this for my birthday." I have now found the perfect cake for my 50th, which is a little less than 3 years away. Please remind me in 2015 to order the WTF cake. It seems entirely appropriate!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheOneOnTheRight

@DB - Ah, but you got the Looney Tunes connection, so that puts you WAY over the top. I bow to you. I TRIED to do a Bugs theme, got as far as "Oh, Cake Wrecker, they're so ugly." "Yes, I know it, I can't hewp it." and "Unskilled at Wabbit!" but I just couldn't make it gel (to use an icing term.)

Also, it never occurred to me until you mentioned it, but we hardly EVER ate cheesecake when I lived in Wisconsin. How weird is that? (I might even venture so far as to say "WTF?")

(Sorry if this is a repeat -- my network has the hiccups and it looks like the first try didn't post.)

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

#1 This is in the running for the official cake of DOC.

#2 Apart from looking exactly like dried mustard, they did get 'close 2 gold'. They even spelled 'congratulations' correctly. Poor Donothy.

#3 One can only wonder what was on little Joey's birthday cake that was prepared at the same time.

Theardare has been uncharacteristically quiet -- has anyone seen him? His services are needed.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Well, Bugs is holding flowers. Or at least I think they're flowers??

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

So that's what WTF means? Man, all this time I thought it was something MUCH different! glad I learned something new today =)

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Speaking of WTF, WTF is up with Bug's wobbly mutant bunny feet?!? Wowsa :D

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Bwahahahaha....the story that goes along with these cakes is just priceless!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!! WTF indeed!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Great, now I'll have the Looney Tunes theme stuck in my head all day...cept I'm remembering that time Jerry Seinfeld sang it while waiting for the Opera to start. And I don't even like Seinfeld. Double torture!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

I don't know if that first one is so bad. I was pretty "WTF?!?" about turning both 30 and 40. . . .

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhozat

When does Cake Wrecks turn 50? I think you have a new logo...

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisB

When I present a cake to someone that I baked, everyone is probably thinking WTF? So I think the next time I bake a cake I will save them the extra brain cells and just write it on the cake for them.

Cake number 2, I have to agree with someone else. It surprises me that the spelling is correct after seeing the rest of the blunder that was made one the cake.

I think bugs is in a little over his head here. He has been a cross dresser at times, but I can see him being a play boy bunny. lol

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

"Congratulations COMMA Dorothy"!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWordphreak

Bugs Bunny is a playboy--haven't you ever watched his cartoons when he romances the girl bunny.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergabsmom

Has anyone else mentioned that WTF works perfectly for turning 50? (tee hee)

“yellow that’s nice with cheese” made my day

Bugs was a playboy- if in his own mind- but would have have been bringing flowers to a guy?? Also, his toes are bigger than his head. I can’t even do an eyebrow waggle on the “big feet” theory for this one. Fail.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I believe the World Taekwondo Federation is still clinging firmly to their entitlement to that acronym. Last I heard, at least, they were vehemently dismissing suggestions that they change the order of the words and thus improve the letters stitched on each competitor's lapel.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStriderGirl

When writing a program to run a piece of equipment in the lab, I rigged the computer to play the Loony Toons theme when measurement was complete (measurements take time and my professor requested an "attention-grabbing 'measurement complete' sound"). I eventually replaced the song with a gong sound. The main user of the equipment told me he preferred the Loony Toons version.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

What The Fern!!!

@Craig I thought Theardare bunked with you?!!

Bugs is sexy and he knows it!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Oh my gosh.. I can't stop laughing at Bugs being thought of as the Playboy bunny to wreckerators lol. My goodness. They must never watch tv or leave the bakery..sheesh. Wow. Honestly can't think of anything funnier than someone giving me a WTF cake. I would laugh hysterically.

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Alternate theory on #1: maybe there's a new radio station in some town East of the Mississippi.

@Ela, I saw Theardare leaving an empty (I thought) room next to the lab. He may have his own project going -- FedEx has been leaving some big packages down there, recently. Nothing I ordered, I know that much. Guess we'll find out soon enough...

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

What The Frosting was that??!!

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

As someone who turned 50 last year, along with all my friends from high school, we would have LOVED the WTF cake! Perfectly describes how that felt!

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori



I don't think that means what you think it means.

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Well my 50th is next year, and I gotta tell you, "WTF" is a questions that comes to me all the time...

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

When would a WTF cake be appropriate? Anytime during the years between 39 and 60. Not so much at ages 4, 5, 14, and 15. though I guess if some one turned 104 they can have anything on their cake that they want.

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelticat

I made the first cake and it was for a high school class that were all turning fifty and they wanted it to express how they felt thus WTF was on purpose! Blue and gold were their school colors and from what I understand they loved the cake! :)

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>