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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

To Cap It All Off

By now you've no doubt seen the latest hilarious graduation wreck to hit the interwebz. You know, the ol' "mixed up graduation CAP with CAT" routine:

Give it a minute.

Theeeere it is.


Now, while I love the fact that Laura's mom Carol wouldn't let the bakery fix it because it was so darn funny, I still feel kinda bad that Laura didn't get her cakey grad cap. So, Laura? THIS ONE'S FOR YOU:

Oops. Wrong year. Hang on...


That's better. And really, haven't you always wanted a square fez, Laura? Square fezzes are cool.


Or perhaps you've always dreamed of being a melted Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:

All the other kids at Camp Waconda will be so jealous!

("When someone asks if you need refrigeration, you say YES!!")


Or if you're feeling especially presidential:

Reverse top hat? No? C'mon, it even comes with a "Congralutations" and an albino ham hock!


Ok, ok, I guess you want something that actually looks like a grad cap, huh? Alright, um...



Well, we already know what THIS looks like... [evil grin]


And I think this is what Lady Gaga wore to her graduation:


Huh. Well, you know, Laura, it's not like the baker would have gotten it right anyway. I mean, look what happened when this guy wanted a cap drawn on his head:

I think your problem is less zombies and more levitating head wear. And improper spacing.
("Zombies eat me?")


Yep, come to think of it, Laura, you're just never going to win with that cap order. So, here, I got you something even better:


Thanks to Elda P., Gideon M., Kort, Jeanne H., John C., Shara S., Liz S., and Stephanie F. for knowing that's not just a car, it's a CAB. Eh? Eh? I'll be here all week! Tip your bloggers!

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Reader Comments (57)

Channel your inner Tom Jones this morning...

"What's new?" "Pussy hat." "Whoa! Whoa, whoa whoa whoa, w- whoa!!!!"


(Hey, I'm tired and I have to get offspring to the dentist at an ungodly early hour -- I'll try to be brilliant tomorrow...)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Does anyone else find it depressing that "Congradulations" is probably now considered 1. witty or 2. the correct spelling. I'm going to curl up on the couch and suck my thumb for a few decades.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Methinks the cat was a better choice, albeit a funnier one :P

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

It is painfully obvious why cake decorators have such difficulty with traditional Earth graduation paraphernalia; The only educational establishment they ever attended was the Alpha Centori skool of Cak Making. They majored in Alien Art objects and Speeling.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Here in the northern suburbs of NYC, "CONGRADUATION!" seems to have become an intentional thing.
I've seen it more than once when I haven't had time to stop and weep.
I think I'll take care of that now.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

My badness level is not as high as yours, Jen, because all I can see in that cake is the usual poor attempt to make a thing with square edges somehow look right by making it out of round things. I will never understand that idea--but hey, look! San Francisco.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I wear a square fez now, square fezzes are cool!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheDoctor

It can now be revealed that all wreckorators were sent to Earth to vex us from a planet where they don't have graduation, so they can scarcely be expected to have knowledge of our traditions. This explains #1 and maybe #2. However...

#3 I was all set to theorize on why someone would wear a green box on their head when...what is leaking?!

#4 How...why...I just...???

#9 "Zombies eat me" pretty much captures the spirit of the time. However, there should be punctuation added to avoid this being interpreted as a status update.

#10 'Car' works, too. You know, when the deputy assistant order taker copies the email order using a pen that had just started to skip. Hey, it could happen.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The original picture was funny enough, but then this post just make it 10x funnier!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

I like it when you photoshop wrecks to make them "better." It really takes this blog to the next power of awesomeness

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I Googled this a discovered it was a REAL STORY. OMG. The horror of it all. . . . .

I dunno, maybe it's because I've been running a fever since Monday and therefore have been taking many drugs. But these cakes just bring the functions of my brain to a screeching halt. A fez? A blue polygon? A CAT?!?

What are these people thinking? And why don't they get it? And why, oh why, are they trying to make them on CCCs?

Maybe the zombies ate their brains.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

...So would that mean the thing below the square fez is an ugly bow-tie?

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

The itty bitty kitty is soo cuute...I'm gonna love him, and squeeze him and call him George...


June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

26 Thoughts On A Cat For A Hat

It’s where it’s At!
I’m glad it’s not a Bat.
Why, yes, that’s a Cat.
I just love Dat!
People ask where does she Eat at?
Does this make me look Fat?
Glad it’s not a Gnat.
Do you like my new Hat?
I found her at the new Wi-Fi laundry place, the i-mat.
Having a cat hat is nothing to Jest at.
She looks like that cartoon guy Krazy Kat!
At Starbucks I’ll get her a saucer of ‘Lat.
She sleeps on a Mat.
I look funny? It matters Nat.
Sometimes I use her for my Opera hat.
Her name is Pat.
She hunts birds and knows where the Quail’s at.
She likes to eat Rat.
She just came into the house one day and this is where she Sat.
You’ve got a dog hat? Well, tit for Tat.
When she yawns I can see where her Uvula’s at.
She eats out of a Vat.
I want to try two cats, but that’s something to Work at.
This is so sad. My cat is divorced and has an X-cat.
Little kids say, “What’s Yat?”
And that is Zat.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midnight Writer

@Sharyn: very good...or that other Tom Jones song: "You Can Leave Your Cat On".....

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

My imagination just ran away with itself creating a scene where a whole class is assembled at their graduation, cats on their heads. When they reach the end of the ceremony they all simultaneously take of their cats and throw them I the air. Now, I am not really a cruel person, I love animals and would never want to see this happen in reality, but in my head the scene was truly hilarious!
Also, tar donkey butt-peeing!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

"$30,000-brain guy" should've used some of that money to get his teeth fixed. Looks like a mouth full of Chiclets.
That "Laura" show-room model illustrates that one may choose one's digital flotsom, but the sprinkles come "standard".


June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

HAHAHAHA! The melted Stay Puft CCC (patooie!), plus refrigeration caption, needs to be on a t-shirt! I'd buy THAT for a dollar!

On the square, green fez one, what did they use to tie up the diploma? My first thought was ice hammer, that a buckle?

@Sharyn: Don't worry, you've got plenty of brilliance stored up from previous posts! We'll let you slide for a day.

@TLC: Hope you feel better soon.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

The graduation cat is the best thing ever.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

The purple congradulations hat is actually the best one. To bad it was mispelled. (yes, that's irony)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Hey, if not for the unfortunate word placement, I think the $30K brain cake would be pretty clever.

If I didn't know that was supposed to be a mortarboard and tassle on cake #4 i would NEVER have guessed what on earth that was!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Can you post Zombie guy's contact info. I need to know where he went to school. Four years of college for $30,000 is, sadly, a bargain these days!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnonynon

When I saw this story on the Yahoo! newsfeed yesterday I found myself wishing CakeWrecks had gotten to it first. Silly me. You just needed time to make it even better!

@mel - I actually think it was Randy Newman who wrote the "You can leave your (h)(c)at on" line. Just for the record.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusanM

I wonder if you have to pay extra for the nuclear-waste ooze coming out of the green 'hat' CCC. I mean, it WILL turn you into a Ninja Turtle!

Big props to Midnight Writer: that was fun!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal331

My graduation would have been much more fun if I had a cupcake dangling from the tassel on my hat.

On cake 3, why are there 3 carrots on top of the albino Yodel (God, how I miss Yodels!)?

Cake 4 frightens me. But With Card you Save $14.00. I wonder how much it is without Card?

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Note to Wreckerators: "ConGRADulations" is clever(ish).

"Congradulations" or "congradulations" is... Well... NOT.

See the difference?

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

The Doctor posted! Square Fezzes are cool.

I think cupcakes cakes are awful, the more I follow you blog the more convinced I become. I also worry about our education system teaching people how to spell, look at a dictionary, and have some level of critical thinking skills. Seriously,"hmm they ordered a cake with her picture in a graduation gown, a diploma, but a cat on her head, seems legit".

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Just wanted to add in the comment... Everyone knows where "Congraduation" came from right! The wonderful movie Eclipse , Twilight Saga!! It seems like it got popular and then faded... I work in a grocery Bakeshop and have to write/ take orders from customers and if you don't listen carefully enough it can get a bit confusing ! Did anyone know they don't teach cursive writing in school anymore and when I wrote in it on a customers cake, the young birthday girl Moira ( more about that next time ) didn't get the writing and asked mom what the heck is that? What is the world coming to????? Just saying!!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

In defense if cake #1, its not a bad freestyle cat! Just sayin'!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephS

I have much more than $30,000 of student loan debt and I pray that zombies would eat me! I think that is one of the few ways to get out from under federally subsidized student loan debt. Well, only if being eaten results in your death or permanent disability, but you have to prove it. Showing evidence of an eaten brain in a hollowed-out skull cavity may not be enough.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Ok. I don't often have to worry about spitting coffee on my keyboard while reading Cakwerks but large kudos to Mel with "You can leave your cat on".


June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkrunchifrog

TAR DONKEY BUTT PEEING!!! @zoomom ~ I'm so very glad I'm not the only one!

@The Midnight Writer ~ I'm pretty sure I love you! Well, except for the eating rats thing but I'll let it slide just this once... ;-)

I thought #3 was a golf green. Now I notice that it seems to be leaking too? eeewwwwww

Congralutations to my to my second born for passing 7th grade despite all of the turmoil in our lives in the last few months! :-)

Only 79 days until school starts!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Virtually none of these cakes has spelled CONGRATULATIONS correctly...can anyone else see the irony in this?

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

This showed up on my FB news feed yesterday, having been posted by my local NBC station (this happened in my neck of the world haha!) First I shook my head thinking, "I knew that there was wreckiness in my city, but this is just ridiculous." Then I thought of Cake Wrecks and thoroughly hoped it would show up here next. Happy to see my wish granted (evil grin!)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerrrs-uh

Bahahaaa! Gonna to have to read the rest of the posts later. The very first one, Sharyn's "What's new pussy hat", got me laughing so hard & for so long (I'm still in hysterics as I type this!!) that I need to regain composure. I have a strong feeling that there are other posts under hers that are going to get me going again... Man, that sure struck my funny bone! I also have a certain song (with creative new lyrics) stuck in my head. :0)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErika :0)

@mel ~ I just went back and found your comment from a couple days ago.

I think I have something in my eye...

Thank you!

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

The albino ham hock about did me in...

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Jodee, exactly 60 days here.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

@Sharyn short and sweet works for me!

@TLC hope you feel better ((huges)) ;)

@The Midnight Writer sorry, two excellent posts in a row earns you fans here and high expectations (all in a non-stalky kind of way, of course).

@zoomom, I'm trying to make a joke out of your flying cat scene and the phrase "cat calls" but I don't have a $30,000 zombie-bait brain. drat.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

@SusanM -- you are correct about who wrote the song. My comment mentioned Tom Jones as the singer to tie in with Sharyn's TJ reference. Also, my guess would be that the TJ version would be the one people remember as it was used in the final scene of the movie "The Full Monty."
@krunchifrog: first of all , I love your name, and thanks for the kudos. Then, I'm sorry about your near-experience with your keyboard. I learned the hard way that the first rule of reading CW posts and comments is to have nothing in your mouth.
@Jodee: congrats to your second born. But...congratulations to you, too, because while your recent family events caused turmoil, you still created an atmosphere of love, support, understanding and guidance that allowed everyone to continue to move forward with life. Well done, well done! You are Magnum Cum Momma. (I'm hoping that means Great Mom.....)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

@cal331 -- I'm glad you enjoy that bit of whimsy...kinda silly, kinda fun.....
@Jodee -- sorry about the Rat part... whereas Fancy Feast or Meow Mix might have been a tabby more pleasant, Rat seemed to tie in with cats, and it fit the alphabetical rhyme plan....(you did notice that alphabetical rhyme plan....) (smiles) The things we do for art....
Also...ahhh, CW love...thank you, and I can only echo the beginning and the end of what mel wrote to you in his comment on the second page of the comments for the "What A Dad Wants" post. (I'm sure he won't mind.)

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midnight Rider

Lol. I saw that cake in my newsfeed and nearly died laughing. I thought they had gotten that cake from this site. Now it is here yay lol. Boy once a wreck makes the news I have a feeling the wreckerator will try and outdo themselves on the next one.

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

@Barbara Anne: thanks...(galloping off into the night...)

@cal331and Jodee... It's midnight and I was listening to the Allman Brothers "The Midnight Rider"...and typed in the wrong name...the power of music....and the hazards of late night writing...and least I've got one more silver dollar....

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midnight Writer

Zoomom: I just woke my kids up by laughing so hard at your cat throwing scene - I keep seeing it over and over, and I still laugh. Thanks! :D

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Of course the Doctor reads this blog! It's the coolest blog in the universe!

Mel, the phrase you want is 'Magna cum Momma'. That's what Jodee's kid's graduation certificate should say. It means 'with a great Momma', just as 'Magna cum laude' means 'with great praise'. The 'a' ending is because both Momma and 'laude' are female. JUST DON'T EVER TRY TO ORDER THIS ON A CAKE!

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

@Morag -- thanks for the help...and the hint....

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Thanks for the clarification @Morag... Magnum Cum Momma takes that @mel's comment to a whole 'nother level O.O

Much love @mel :-)

@Midnight Writer (We still know who you are!) I DID catch the alphabetical rhyme which is pretty much the only reason I'm giving ya a pass on the whole Rat thing ;-)

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

I have a black cat with white whiskers that usually sleeps on my head, so the first cake is an unintentional depiction of real life.

The purrfect cake for my cat's birthday party, if she was having a party.=^..^=

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatTrampoline

Cake #5 looks like it has a bullet hole. Or am I seeing things?

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersoundsorceress

Alas, Gradudation
Still an epidemic
Among matriculating Americans
Oy vey
Should call a cab

Wrecky Poetry In Motion

June 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPIM

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