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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

Oooooh...SO CLOSE

So do bakers still get points if you can at least tell what their cakes were *supposed* to say?




The period is how you know that new hairstyle is really working for you, Raquel. Honest.


Excellent advice for those pesky potty-training years.


Is this like an "I am legion" thing? 'Cuz if so, I'd rather you roar over there, if it's all the same to all of you.


And for bonus points, let's see if you can tell what these last two words were supposed to say:

Not sure? Then here's a hint: it's the same thing the last word on THIS cake was supposed to say:

But hey, who's counting?



Thanks to Shimon M., Raquel, Rebecca D., Jennifer B., Tom M., & Shane A. for the close falls.

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Reader Comments (41)

Missed it by *that* much!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

Logical explanations.......Steve made a really awesome purchase "Good buy!", Raquel just got a makeover "Good look", Rachel is planning a vacation but the boss wants to surprise her with a promotion "Wait to go". The next was from Sybil telling her friends about her multi personality disorder and tendency to think she's a lion in this particular spot. Di just got out of the pokey..."6 days in county", and the famous sub company is celebrating the same CPA for a second year.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M

Labeling these cakes as “wrecks” is just unfair. Steve may have gotten a really good deal on that cake and everyone knows women named Raquel are strikingly beautiful. Rebecca, being an overly impulsive person, really needed the advice scrawled on her cake. The “I am women” cake? Well , I’m not sure. But those last two?? Okay-labeling *some* of these cakes as wrecks is just unfair.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

But there me whinny
and there me warble and quack,
and yonder me hum.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Sung to “Bye Bye Love”

Good Buy, Steve
Raquel’s such a mess
Becky’s in duress
Hear all the women cry

Bye, bye Di
Six days in country
What’s it ‘sposed to be?
Ask that accounting guy - uy
These cakes I will not buy - uy

Looks like my bakery hired someone new
Her frosting’s crappy, her spelling, too
Nothing looks right now, since she stepped in
Goodbye to desserts that might have been.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I think I know where the bakers are coming from-DNA, the national association of dyslexics :P ( I keed I keed)

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Haiku Joy, you're channeling Lewis Carroll, aren't you? That haiku had a distinct Jabberwocky feel to it.

So Di is 6 days old and counting? That's kind of early for a cake, isn't it? And it's kind of early to be shortening her name to two letters.

By the way, Jen, may I commend you on never having video ads on your site? It's hard enough to stifle giggles. Giggles plus random ad soundtracks starting out of nowhere (as on the Jabberwocky site I just checked) would totally give me away.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Now see that second to last one, I was totally thinking it was just missing a word on the end. "Jail" Because really, "Happy birthday, 6 days and counting" doesn't make a lot of sense either. Does she get a birthday cake a day and this is the 6th one? It makes a lot more sense that someone baked a file into that cake and is trying to help get her out of the pokey where she is currently stuck in her 6th of many days.

Maybe it's just me.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Classic wrecks. May cake decorators never get it right so that Jen has to keep this site going.


January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

I work at a law office located conveniently right across the street from the county jail. Literally... I look at the jail all day! o.O I've seen a few people who would totally appreciate the 6 days in County cake!

@Sharyn ~ I'm much better now! Well, that could change again since our county is in the middle of a nasty flu epidemic. Had to take my mom to ER again lastnite (She's ok!) and there was literally a line out the door! No joke! They had a person with a clipboard standing at the door taking names like they were trying to get seated at a freaking restaurant! o.O
p.s. Your "chain smoking drag queen" comment made me start humming "Let's do the time warp agaaaaaain..." :D Now I have 2 songs stuck in my head!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

Not to mention the "women" being plural...that's a lot of roaring around "here"

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnji

I'm glad to hear that Di got out of the slammer in time for her birthday.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna K.

Some people will use any excuse to have cake. Being in the suburbs intead of the city for six days seems like as good a reason to indulge as any, don't you think?

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMamaKaren

There is an easy, believable explanation for most of these, which I must hasten (at about Warp two) to add are indeed wrecks.

#1 This one is rather straightforward; Steve got a great deal on this cake. After all, it's only fair. (See what I did, there?)

#2 The order sheet was written in icing by another wreckerator.

#3 The sender forgot to book Rebecca's flight, and was thoughtful enough to make it up to her with cake.

#4 This was done with the help of the Bad Connection-to-English dictionary, which relies heavily on homophones. As with #1, the wreckerator seems to be used to working with much larger cakes (or cookies).

#5 Di was sent to work in a foreign land that is currently experiencing an 'r' shortage, and she arrived five days before her birthday. The last word is therefore supposed to be 'country'.

#6 Here's what the faxed order said:
Jimmy John's
2 years old. Best wishes from all of us in accounting"
The son of the owner of the company just turned two and the bakery charges by the word, you see. Sure, they might have splurged and spelled out 'is' to avoid confusion with the possessive case, but at least 'congratulations' is spelled correctly (that's justification for cake in itself) and there are sprinkles. Mad props to the wreckerator for realizing that the struck section was not to be written.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The 'I am woman- Hear me roar' cake is a quote from a Helen Reddy song. It was very popular once and I can totally see a woman from that generation getting it on her cake.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterart car heather

I am women kinda reminds me of one of my favourite jokes from my oh-so-long-gone youth: I'm not a schitzofrenic, but I have lots of fun together!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Pretty sure I need a "6 days in County" cake. That's hilarious.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

Hey, maybe Di really did some time in county. 6 days. Getting out would have been worth some cake fanfare and total bonus that it was also her birthday...! Maybe?

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Judging by the pooh-colored border, I'm not sure that Rebecca followed the advice on her cake.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudi

Steeve works in purchasing while young Jimmy John is a recent add to the accounting department. Poor Di is in the county lockup for stealing staplers and such, and Rebecca just delayed her retirement. It all makes perfect sense to me, in an Office Space kind of way.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal331

I used to shake my head at these misspellings and think they were the most horrible examples of how people could mess up spelling something intended for the public to see...and then I happened upon a link from the Ellen Degeneres show about bad tattoos that people have paid to get. Now, a cake is gone in a day (hopefully), but a tattoo is permanent. I'm including a link to see what I mean, but the whole gallery is hysterical. Maybe the tattoo artists changed professions and became cake decorators?

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChenaya

6 days in county wasn't her stay in the local jail?

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlsinger

I don't know where Di is from, but where I grew up 6 days in County is just a sure sign that you had a GREAT birthday!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori

hahaha this is HILARIOUS OMGOSH CRYING I need kleenex!!!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

" 6 days in County" I though she was in the county jail on her birthday.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

You know, one of my children was so resistant to potty training that if I had known they had cakes for this occasion, I would have tried it. God knows we tried all kinds of other bribes. Unfortunately, he couldn't read at the time of his potty training so maybe a message cake wouldn't have worked. I'm hoping that Rebecca is some kind of child prodigy not a late bloomer.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

For Di... 6 days and counting for what? The people want to know! I think I'm getting used to these. That was the only one I found really odd. :-)

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

6:45pm & only 9 comments?! Either the Cake Wrecks staff is sick & can't upload comments...
OR they're having 'technical difficulties' (did you somehow block y'alls computer, John(thoj)?)
OR all the Wrekkies are sick, busy, or on vacation... WHERE THE #%^*$&@ IS EVERYBODY??!!!!

PS @ Sharon - excellent as always

PPS @ Haiku Joy - I agree - *very* Jabberywocky - nice job!

PPPS The 6 days & counting could be for a *very* fragile baby in a life or death duel <cringe - I pray for that poor baby!>... OR it's for a transplant recipient 6 days post-op! :-)

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

@Donna M, I like the way you think!

@SuBee, RUN! Theardare's coming

I read Di's as "6 days in County (lockup)." Yeah. Not what I'd commemerate in cake, myself.*

*Yes, yes, I would, actually. Any excuse for cake!!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Ahhh... 9:03pm and 29 comments, with mine being the 28th...where the heck were you guys?! ;-)

(I bet if I ask The Daughter, she'll come up with a nice *wild* story for ya..."Well, Jen goes out in the backyard to breathe in some of that nice, fresh, Florida air and sees this funny old-fashioned, blue police box..." ;-)

[Editor's note- Gut... EVE ening... So, here's the thing. My sister Anne usually does comments during the day with me. Today, however, I put her on a cruise ship for a few days and promptly forgot about comments. Bwoops. I'll try to do better tomorrow. -john (thoJ)]

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Oh, I get it! Cake #5 was supposed to say "6 days in accounting!" Right? Right? I nailed it, didn't I? Dang, and I thought that MY office would use every possible excuse to eat cake...

(not that there's a problem with this)

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCelidah

Di must have humdinger birthday celebrations if they can tell how many days in county lockup she's going to spend! She's tone it down since her 25th when her cake said, "2 years in State Pen."

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

God bless sister Anne. Thank you for making life better. Have a wonderful cruise.

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

<whew> Glad everyone is ok! @KarateLady isn't the only one that was worried!!! I thought maybe we broke the internet, or we broke Jen and John (thoJ)!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

Lol. Well I did wonder why Di got that six days in county cake. Maybe she wrecked all the above cakes and finally someone put a stop to her evil ways hehe.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

These cakes are all just consequence of living in a small town....the wreckorator is the local busy body of the town....she is justifying her gossip habit by innocently making cakes for the display window...this way she can still update her quilting pals without actually telling them and she doesn't have to make sure to remind them that they didn't hear it from her..."you know the Smiths ol pick up that broke down 'while back? Well hr don want no one knowin', but Steve bought it last week ta help um out....hmmm...I will write good buy Stieve and then I can be honest in saying that I didn't tell no one"

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Am I the only one who noticed that it looks like they also spelled Di wrong? It was easy to fix though, they just scraped the 'e' off and left a little dent in the icing.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Awww, for her birthday Di got 6 days in county jail. How sweet...

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlivi

i think that "i am woman, hear me roar" is (and i kid you not so dont be mean) from A Very Potter Sequel. i mean, Umbridge? i am woman, hear me SMASH!? any who, thats what came to mind.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFunny Girl

Hey Jen!
Simple pop culture solution to your 'I am woman. Hear me ROAR' cake. Check out this youtube link.
Its from A Very Potter Sequel. If you have a few hours to spare take a look, really, it will suck your life and time away. Anyway, here it is.
'Dolores, you put down that cheesecake'

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Hear's Ur sine!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

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