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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

These Wrecks Have Got Your Number

So there's this hilarious wrecky outbreak happening across our nation's bakeries, but it requires a little explanation before you can truly appreciate how funny it is.

Here's the deal:

See that? That's an edible image sheet. These sheets are supposed to work like individual stickers: you cut them up and only use the numbers & phrases you need.


Instead, bakers just keep plastering the entire sheet on a cake.

At first I figured it HAD to be intentional. Maybe they give you an edible marker with the cake, so you circle the right numbers?


Then I saw this:

You've gotta wonder: what does the baker THINK is happening here?


Or how about this one:

That's right; the baker cut up the sheet so it would all (kind of) fit.

Love the random "th" sticking out of the bottom.


I think most people are too confused to understand what's wrong with these cakes, but enough of you are still sending them in. So, I've just been collecting them:


Biding my time...


Waiting for the right moment to finally ask:

Seriously, bakers?



Thanks to Heather W., Angela F., Heather C., Ashley M., Emily F., Melissa L., & Heather D. for the big pile of sheet... cakes.


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Reader Comments (60)

Guess those wreckers think that 1+1=3!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Wanted; person to work in bakery. No brain function required. Hand us resumes on a blank sheet of paper signed with an X … You will be hired.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

I would just like to point out, that some of us have that many numbers in our

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I notice there isn't a 'rd' for the 3. You know, in case someone wanted to correctly put 'Happy 3rd'.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

The cake next to the bottom has a label with "WF" on it. For some strange reason, my mind automatically put a "T" in between.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Has anyone else noiced that there is no "rd" on the sheet? Poor person turning 3, or 23 or ...

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLindaS

Am I the only one who has noticed that there's no "nd" in addition to the "th" and "st?"

Better hope no one is ordering one to say "Happy 2nd Birthday!"

Maybe it's better to just hope no one is ordering...

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne E Lynch

I think they have just given up. "It's going to appear on Cake Wrecks no matter what I do, to heck with it."

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Are these all from the same bakery or bakery chain? Just curious because it's all pretty much the same font. Extra wreck points if it is!

[Note From Jen: No, I think I spotted 2 or 3 different store labels on these. :)]

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCurious

There's no 'rd', so if a child is turning three, it will be either their 3th or their 3st birthday.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel CrazyMum

@Shirley Fowley: I have to admire your optimism! You're assuming a possibility of actually getting an "X"!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I've got it: YOU'RE supposed to cut the cake and then arrange the pieces! It's a puzzle and cake and you can do so much more with it!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJubles

this is what happens when you want to pay minimum wage and ignore training. The folks who do this are probably told that if there is an image sheet, the whole thing goes on the cake, no matter what. Who knows if they can even read?

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBeckyH

Sadly that last one looks nice... Then they had to do that goof.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelmac

And, even with 99% of the "work" done for him/her, the balloons on the 3th cake are stil just sad. Oy.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

This made me smile 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 * * * * * th st times.....Look Who's! Happy....

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPassing By

Awww- Thanks for posting all these cakes for me.
It is my 0123456789thst birthday today, and I thought NOBODY would remember.


June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJdad

I think that these may be done for people who don't want to admit how old they are and think they're being creative by just putting the whole kitchen sink on there...

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenters.moody

I see the folks who did the 3st cake decided to stay with the whole theme, and put the number "1" candle on backwards.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJan's Sushi Bar

What about when you turn 11? Or 22? Or 33??? No double digits!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKp

Does anyone know if these kinds of wrecks are more frequent in the summer? I have to wonder if a lot of them are done by high school kids who get summer jobs at grocery stores.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Also, the "1" candle on cake number 3 is backwards! We're doomed!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKaralia

Just more proof da hoomans are dooooomed. Just sayin'.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStL Mom

Guess you can't have a birthday ending in 2 or 3 since there is neither a "nd" or "rd."

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterG

I believe that little Ryleigh's "1" candle is backwards, as well. But at least it's not her 2th or 3th birthday.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterT

Shirley Fowley, you know that if anyone in the bakery gets a piece of paper with an X on it, they'll just make an edible image out of it and put it on a cake.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Also poor Ryliegh has a backwards "1" candle.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

There's no "rd" but there is also no "Birthday" - so someone is just going to have a Happy number.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

There must be another sheet that has "Birthday", "nd" and "rd" on it.
And the 1 is backwards on the third cake.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Oh good lord! I now have a bruise on my forehead where it hit my desk. repeatedly. Stop the insanity!!!!!!!!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Even the "1" candle on the third cake is confused at the situation, and spinning around to look. Because surely the baker didn't put it on backward even though it's right above an example "1" on the sheet.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStacey M.

How about the backwards "1" Candle on the little girls cake? And I also noticed there are no "nd" or "rd" options for 2nd or 3rd birthdays.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

There's also no "Birthday"

So you can't use this to actually say "Happy Xth Birthday!"

Happy 4th.... what, exactly?

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

I'm still stuck on the fact that Rileigh's candle is backwards.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhellaide

Those stars are obviously the new spelling of "nd" and "rd", it's one or two stars respectively. Happy 2⭐️, or Happy 3⭐️⭐️ Birthday Everyboddddddy!!!!! There are 5 stars in case they have more than one celebrant turning 3.

I sure hope no one reads this and uses it though, my karma can't take a hit like unleashing an atrocity like stars for suffixes on the English language, sarcastically or not :)

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

This just cries out for a Princess Bride reference: "I do not think this edible image means what you think it means."

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Perhaps, this is like a new art movement, let me explain: For ages people have been trying to reproduce humen figures, landscapes, etc. as accurately as possible. When finally managed to do so in sculpture and painting, we decided all that was too conventional ...and then jackson pollock happened. Perhaps these people is reinventing cake decoration. THINK ABOUT IT!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaria L.

Based on the words included, you would need 2 sets of numbers. Am I correct in assuming it SHOULD say, "Look who's 10! Happy 10th!"? (Insert your own number here.) Otherwise it would say, "Look who's! Happy 10th!" OR "Look who's 10! Happy!" Right??? Or am I overthinking it?

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly R

I work in a bakery and am constantly getting called over to help the cake decorator with her computer, so I can explain about these silly numbers sheets. ;)

There are two ways a store can have these edible images ;
#1) they have the printer to print their own, and can edit and change the images on the computer before printing. They're supposed to use the edit & paste features to move the requested words and numbers into their own image and print just what's wanted. ( we were actually told that we're not supposed to cut the image sheets at all )
and #2) ... they can order the already printed sheets in and put them on their cakes...

So either they haven't figured out how to work that edit feature on the computer yet and just figured they'd slap the entire thing on as a single image.... or they just ordered it in and slapped it on as a single image... Or... they are true wreckers and actually believe it IS one image... I'd suggest anyone ordering this for their cake be very specific with their orders, but hey... we've all seen how that goes ;)

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandra M

You just have to ask yourself... "Look Who's Happy!"

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

I not only noticed there is not a "rd" for the 3, but the pink cake has the 1 candle backwards. Why not add to the wreck-ness?!? LoL

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

The 3rd cake is apparently for Ryleigh's first birthday, and they have the 1 candle backwards...
It's also a strange choice for a first birthday cake, anyway.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBin

Why is there no "birthday" included? These are obviously for birthday cakes and the word "Birthday" isn't even included? There MUST be a service sheet with more info on it, how are they screwing up so badly?!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess

"As long as they pretend to pay me, I'll pretend to work"

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWill

On the cake for Ryleigh...the "1" candle is backwards, too. Yikes....

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterramgrad04

The fact that people complains about just one of two things missing. If you notice that there is no "rd", you should also notice that there is no "nd" - and vice versa. Still, these bakers are lazy af.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertonje marie

I paid 50,000 to go to school. Been a pastry chef for about 10 years now. WHERE DO THEY GIND THESE PEOPLE!! On the other least they're consistent. 😄

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Happythst numbers, everyone!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

If I were a cake decorator, I think I'd read your blog to try to find out if I was making any silly little errors, but I'd read it with fear and trepidation that my own handiwork might appear one day.

However, as I am not, I simply hope beyond hope that somewhere there's a baker looking through an RSS feed and saying, "Oh! THAT'S what that's for?"

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOkay S

I feel like "Happy thst" should be a secret greeting or something.

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBearPerson

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