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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

What's Wrong With This Picture?


Or ...don't.

('Course, given the alternative, you're WAY better off with this, moms-to-be. Trust me.)


...And that's how "Big 2" got his name, kids!


Aw, that crazy No Name always was the office favorite.

(And have you met her cousins What'ser and Whats'is? Those two are just unforgettable.)


In this case, I'd say "All Caps" finished a bit lower than expected.


Come to laugh at the misunderstanding. Stay to laugh at the ridiculous spacing.


Thanks to Anne B., Emily B., Wendy M., Holly H., Ed & Delena, and Mary P. for always understanding.

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Reader Comments (37)

1st photo: *Buyer-beware* notification: This particular store (And Man! Is it particular!) is instituting a "ratings" system as to cake-quality. The sounder the cake is, the more it costs. The first one there is obviously top-of-the-line in soundness, and you will pay accordingly. Just a friendly tip! Keep the change!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I'm drawing a blank. ;)

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I hope Larry's cake tasted good. Because other than the fact that they spelled his name and "Happy Birthday" correctly, there's not much else about this cake that's attractive. And who are those "people" on either side of him?

And why are pine trees put with a tractor? Isn't a tractor supposed to be in a field -- where there usually are no trees?

Too many question for this early in the morning!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Maybe the first one is one of those cakes you cut into to see if it's pink or blue?...Or maybe somebody lost the edible image? (Maybe through discretion? An ultrasound image on a cake could be its own class of Cake Wreck! *shudder* And now I'm having mental images of one of those horrid pregnant-lady cakes -- with a wand!) In other words, there are so many ways cake #1 could be worse!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

@TLC: That is a Christmas tree farm, and the tractor is on standby.You know, so that when they start harvesting the trees, they can haul them to the "X-mass Treas 4 sail" area. (There's at least one in every town.) =^-.-^=

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

...and I just saw the post from last November 29th. So, yeah, that's been covered.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

...No-Name has a crack in his cake...poor guy...

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Ahahhaa-some people are too dense to breathe :D

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Kudos to the nation's bakeries for promoting equal opportunity employment; "Bring me your uneducated, logic-deprived, and shaky-handed huddled masses! We'll HIRE them!"

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

I can at least get how the other mistakes could be made, but how on earth does a cake get "no-name" on it?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

It looks to me like the last cake says, "Getting ta kanaw you" . You'd better have a musical note before you get anywhere near my kanaw!!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

*head-tilt to one side....head-tilt to the other...* I have no idea what Cake #3 is supposed to say, aside from "Happy Birthday"

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda H.

Does that third one say Genghis?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeidre

No no, icake #3 supposed to say @no name, instead of & no name. There is a place in Colorado that is called No Name, Colorado (google it!) Obviously these people are from No Name

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKalendi

@Cathy: It could be worse; at least it doesn't read "Getting to gnaw you" (with or without a musical note)!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The best thing is when they do the instruction and write it anyway.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

"Does that third one say Genghis?"
"No! It just Khan't!"

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Captain Literal takes the cake again. Literally.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

One way that last one could be "saved" (maybe) would be to plant a veritable "cornfield" of birthday candles all over the blank acres. But why bother even suggesting that? It's already been eaten, digested, and...well, it's too late, anyway. These people should ask for our "help" BEFORE they get in so deep!
=^o.0^= (...I'm hearing that "Twilight Zone" music again...)

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Cake #4: made by idjits.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I wonder what was on the cake #2 that was covered up with that big birthday candle.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

I wonder what was on the cake #2 that was covered up with that big birthday candle.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

Well, most people wait until 30 or 40 to say they've reached "The Big 3-0" or whatever, but if Seth feels old at The Big 2, more power to him!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

#1 This is one of those optical illusion things. "Ok, they just ran the 'U' together with a spurious capital 'L'. No, wait, there's another 'l'. 'ULltrasound'? Could be Welsh, except Welsh doesn't have extra capitalization. Maybe it's ultrasound that has been approved by Underwriter's Laboratories."

#2 Seth is the 'Big 2'. Kind of like the 'big 4-0', only 38 years earlier. It's all a tractor ride in the forest from here, Seth -- if you decode that metaphor, be sure to let me know what it means. (Be sure to remove all traces of frosting from the tractor's wheels, or it will be used on the Ant Farm.)

#3 Joe San Andreas strikes again. 'No name' represents anyone they inadvertently left out. Like the rest of the office, who just happen to have a birthday on the same day. Right.

#4 W1: "What does 'All Caps' mean?"
W2: "I dunno. Maybe it's like a slogan, or something. Better write it, just in case."

#5 There is an extra letter. "Getting to Kanow you!" Maybe it's a pun -- this is for Fred & Ethel Kanow, who just joined the community theater troupe for their production of "The King and I", and the offset spacing is for a graphic that didn't show up in time (probably waiting on copyright). I'm pretty sure Theardare has an extensive selection of Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes. Not that they're bad, but they make really compelling earworms.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Classic Wreckery!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFran

@Craig: Well, we're -if not *on the same page*, at least in the same library--in a way. Look, let's just say "the same planet" and leave it at that.You're thinking that a graphic is missing from the blank spot on the cake; I was thinking that it could be planted with a veggie. Let's go ask Old MacDonald what he'd do if it were HIS cake/field. (Maybe it is!?) Then we can ask Theardare if he'd rather plant a musical. I can't suggest one off the top of his head because I don't know if he prefers Rogers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein or Mr. Rogers. Me? No preference as long as the seats are comfortable.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

#1 Umm....
#2 Uhh...
#3 Yowza...
#4 Eeek...
#5 (sigh)

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne


August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

#4 - Geoff Peterson? :)

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlissafaith

Lol wow. At least the first cake had some decent roses on it. I would hate to have seen what they did to the ultrasound picture. At least that last cake had two cute musical notes on it. Not much else going for it but hey at least they put those on lol.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

@Sending, if you plant corn, that would provide a convenient place to wish the clown cakes into.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That's IT! Geoff Peterson. Of course! That basketball cake looks totally like an Mohawk-sporting, animatronic skeleton. I don't know how I could have missed that.
(Love the reference; big, here.)

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@Craig: Bite your virtual tongue! I wouldn't DREAM of putting those atrocious clown cakes in any cornfield of mine! I LOVE crows, and wouldn't WANT to offend them! (I still say that the cakes aren't scary, just offensively UGLY.) I'm not entirely sure that even Theardare should be allowed there...although, I'm inclined to believe that he has way too much class to eat a common bird...

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Is it sad that my first instinct was "Hey, at least the basketball looks like a basketball"? Because that was the one comment that came out of my mouth when looking at these sad cakes. :D

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabs

Ahahahahahha the last cake! Amazing! When I read the first line, I automatically sang it in my best Marni Nixon voice (Getting to knooooow you/Getting to know alllllllll abouuuuut you!)... and then I read the next line and it totally killed the mood. xD

August 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Obviously the ultrasound one is Harry Potter. Don't you see the lightning bolt above the S?

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTink

Anyone who understands what the Larry cake was meant to say? To me, it looks like "Jing, Larry, Jinghua". Does Larry share his birthday with two Asian people?

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranthony

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