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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

1,2,3,4 - I Declare A Thumb Drive War!

 It's been over three years since I posted one of my favorite Cake Wrecks of all time, so I think it's high time for a refresher. (You'll see why in a minute - I promise this isn't just a rerun!)



[answering phone] "Cakey Cake Bakery, Jill speaking! How can I help you?"

"Hi, I need to order a cake for my boss. We have a photo of him playing golf that we'd like to put on it, though - can you do that?"

"Of course! Just bring the photo in on a USB drive and we'll print it out here."

"Great, I'll bring it by this afternoon."




  "Hey, Jill, what am I putting on this cake?"

 "Oh, check the counter; I left the jump drive out for you there."

[calling from the back room] "Really? This is what they want on the cake?"

"Yeah, the customer just brought it in."

"Okey dokey!"



I mention this because on Friday Reddit user just_leave_it posted a new and improved version from his friend Maureen C. of this exact same situation, and it's as gloriously ridiculous as you're all hoping it is:

Yep, the baker stuck the thumb drive in the photocopier, and printed an edible version of that.


So next, to complete this trifecta of wrecky awesomeness, I'm going to need one of you pro bakers out there to just jam the thumb drive itself into a mound of icing. I AM SO NOT KIDDING. Consider it my personal challenge the next time you get a photo cake order.

Just remember to set up a hidden camera first, so you can send me video of the customer's reaction when you bring the cake out. That's right: VIDEO OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

Make this happen, bakers. I believe in you!


Thanks again to Elisabeth and the scores of you loyal wreckies who sent in the Reddit wreck this weekend. 


Oh, and for those of you who like to know the epilogue:

Both bakers were apologetic and offered to fix and/or replace the cakes for free. The first group elected to keep the wrecked cake, since it's funnier, and this latest gal got the corrected cake for half off and the wrecked cake for free - not too shabby.

However, it didn't help the baker's case much when this was the apology note tucked inside the replacement cake's box:

(If you're confused, it might help to know that the cake photo was of a guy holding an accordion.) 

Ok, so maybe this baker should just stick to edible photocopies. :D

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Reader Comments (43)

Sung to "Fast Car"

You've got a flash drive
It's got an image to frost somewhere
Maybe you can make a deal
Can't you tell the baker doesn't care?
Anything is better
Than literal copies, you crazy loons
Maybe get some frosting
Stick the drive in and eat it with spoons.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Useful cake flotsam:
flashdrives, batteries, tweezers,
mini-staplers . . .

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Boy - good thing they didn't ask that last baker to spell anything on the cake!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

No, no, NO!!! I say this kind of wreck would be even funnier in the good old days... back when we used CDs, NAY! FLOPPY DISKS to keep data! Just think of the potential 8-B!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGutz Grilla

Somehow, doncha just want to pat the baker on the head (maybe a little harder than a "pat") and say, "Nice try , but no cigar..." and then stand by for the addition of a nice cigar?

acorolion (ah-cor-OH-lee-on, ack-or-OLL-yon): n An automated pan-flute made from acorns.

inconvinience (in-con-VIN-ee-ens): n When something inconvenient happens, but Vin Diesel makes it all better.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Naomi - In that case, I think I actually WANT an "inconvinience"... If you know what I mean... Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say n' more-say n' more...

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma


February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSalannB

OMG have we as a species fallen so low??? Bwahahahaha

Sharyn teehee teehee

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I don't want to be "that guy," but you used "to" when you should have used "too" in the prologue.

Still love you.

[Editor's note- You are absolutely right. Man, I hate missing those! -john (thoJ)]

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I thought that an accordion cake was one that was sort of smushed together and folded like an accordion. Think of Wile E. Coyote after he's had an anvil land on his head.

P.S. "not to shabby" => "not too shabby".

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

At least the baker's note didn't say, "Sorry for the incontinence." It was close.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Dude! This is some funny stuff. And GIANT LOL at Naomi!! People were giving me funny looks in the library for that one. I'm gonna hafta show my husband the Vin Diesel comment - he can't stand him. ;0

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAriela HVM

Nice job Sharyn! Love the song. I would stick a flash drive into frosting for that :-)

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiv

Prologue, epilogue? Spaceship Earth, Epcot Center? Who cares?

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Exactly the reason I got into cake backing 4 years ago. Local grocery store employees not knowing the basics on how to run a copier for an edible image cake. Ruined the entire point of the picture. Then and there I said, I can do this...I can make cakes......the rest is history......

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTherese

Aww, we don't get to use flash drives in our copier! How about if we just stick the photo itself on the cake? Does that count???

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wait, what are they trying to say in the note?!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill

So, not only does the 2nd thumb drive have an edible copy of the drive on it, it's not even flattened out all the way. I'm sure they thought, "Hey, let me just pipe another unnecessary row of frosting around in hopes that no one will see the wrinkle!!"

Oh and that note from the baker, good grief!! There should be a mandatory Webster's dictionary in all bakeries so there is at least some chance for proper spelling. If all else fails, use the Internet for crying out loud!!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterS.A.

ahh Sharyn the Fast car song, yesyesyesyes!!! You hit another home run with this lyric!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathie

And those wreckeries are now being stalked on a daily basis in effort to catch some pics for about taking a pic of one of their soon to come wrecks, give them the flashdrive and tell them you want it on a cake and see if they "get it"

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Great post!

It bugs me when people don't credit where they found pictures like this... Would it hurt that much to say, "I found this on Cake Wrecks."?

P.S. The "Be nice and don't swear." by the comment moderation notice... kind of makes me want to swear a little. But dadgummit, I'm keeping it clean.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarje

Vin Diesel makes *everything* better.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKittynurse

Just when we think they can't screw it up worse... O.O

Thanks @Naomi, I'm so glad I put my coffee down first! @BADKarma, You and me both!!

@Sharyn, thanks for starting another coughing fit. :)

@KarateLady, @Barbara Anne and @Laura ~ Thanks for yesterdays tips. I don't drink milk and really the only dairy I get is my homemade yogurt but I'm even avoiding that for now. @KarateLady I've never heard of Gypsy Cold Care tea but I'm going to look for it for sure! The flu epidemic has hit my area and just about everyone around me is sick or recovering. :(

@SuBee ~ Hope you had a great birthday!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

The USB is my favorite wreck as well... I just can't believe this has happened more than once. I don't know why anything surprises me anymore. *head desk*

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCakeNinja

@Haiku Joy: mini staplers....ouch!

@Naomi: hee!

@Craig: I was just browsing through older posts and discovered yours about your pastor's wife. I am so sorry for you and yours. It is not easy, even with the Hope we have, to be the ones left behind. *hugs*

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This makes me wonder if anyone has ever gotten a flash drive tattooed on their back.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpami

a flash drive tattooed . . . by accident . . .

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Can I just say that I've been giddy all day that Jon acknowledged who I am? Also, your typo has made me think of ways the phrase "not to shabby" could be used.

"Where do you want to go to dinner?" "Not to Shabby! That place is a wreck!"

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I sat here gaping at the second wreck, mouth opening & closing like a guppy's. OoO

Naomi made me LOL!!1 :)

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranony mouse

The baker's 'sorry' note? Has anyone noticed that she didn't draw an actual sad face? It's sideways! It's an emoticon! It's a colon and parenthesis.

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVict

Oh boy lol. I really hope someone does put a flash drive in a cake. Beats a used pregnancy test..bleh. Still haven't recovered from that particular travesty lol.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Wonder how a cake would look with a Bernoulli drive on it. Or maybe one of the magnetic storage disks they used to use @ NASA. Those things had a protective case & came in stacks. Looked sorta like a cylindrical food dehydrator 'cept without the cord.

@Craig - I saw Andrea's post & did the same thing she did. I'm so sorry for your loss, Craig. Prayers and thoughts with you & yours at this time.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

It's nice to know these cake stories turned out okay! There are so many times I wonder what happened to the poor customer (and somewhat less so the poor, confused wreckorator).

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzombiekim

@Andrea and @KarateLady,

Thank you very much. It has been difficult, yes, but is eased by the Hope that lies within. I preached my first sermon this past Sunday to give my pastor a break. But he is strong, the church and community are standing with him, and he and we are committed to continue.

I covet all prayers going forward; I was already scheduled to begin formal pastoral training this month, and my pastor has committed to continue with that. I hope to assist him for at least a few years before any change takes place.

Thanks to Jen and John(thoJ) for posting 'off-topic' notes such as this. It pleases me greatly how much the people on this board support and care for one another.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

A USB drive stuck in the icing would be too easy. What would be appropriately meta would be an edible picture of a cake with a picture of a USB drive on it.
Or, a cake with instructions written on it about how to read the USB drive.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDWS

@Craig - I'm just getting caught up here, too. I want you to know that I will be lifting you up in prayer.
We lost our beloved pastor quite suddenly a few years ago. It was a very sad, very difficult time, but it was beautiful to see how the congregation came together to comfort and support each other. I pray you will find encouragement in your church family at this time and that you, in turn, will be a comfort to them.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

@Craig - I'm so sorry. Of course there aren't words except that you are loved.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I read that as "Enjoy your abortion care" !! :/

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentererica

@Craig ~ I'll piggyback on the others comments and add my prayers and thoughts for peace during this difficult time. And just like we all told @Haiku Joy, remember that you're not alone. You have lots of friends here! Good luck with your training! I, for one, think that's awesome!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

@zoomom, @Haiku Joy and @Jodee, thank you all as well. All of my CW friends are a blessing to me.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Am I the only one who read "Sorry for the inconvenience" and thought that the baker was actually Marvin the robot who revived after seeing the flaming letters of the Final Message, came back to Earth, and became a wrecky android baker?


Oh well.

Hoopy frood out.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmby

Two thoughts:

1) It's the photocopy of the thumb drive that makes it art.

2) I seem to remember that one of the original cake wrecks WAS a floppy disk.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

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