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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

The Trouble With Scribbles

Cakes, the final affront here.

These are the continuing ravages of the Bakeshop Wrecksurprise.

Cakeman's Log: The shop is back to normal now, after a mysterious ailment afflicted my crew.

It started when we were accidentally exposed to corigrAtUIAt ions.

Maybe the big sign should have tipped us off.


Anyway, we didn't realize the danger until our handwriting started to devolve.

I mean, what do you call this?!

"It's red, Tim."

"That was a rhetorical question, Leonard."

"Oh. Sorry, boss."


I thought the crew just needed time to warm up, but the more cake I gave them, the more the handwriting problem seemed to multiply.


Spatial skills also began to deteriorate:


Pretty soon, this was the best we could do:

(Tilting your head doesn't help. I tried.)


Suddenly, I remembered the corigrAtUIAt ions!

It. Was right. THERE. In. Front of our. EYES!


I ordered the crew to our decontamination facilities.

The loy quickly neutralized all the corigrAtUIAt - and even better, gave me an excuse to rip off my uniform.

(Hellooooo, ladies!)


The crisis averted, I'm happy to report the crew is back to our normal standards.

"How's this, Boss?"

"Perfect. And I LOVE your new red shirt."


Official commendations to Jill P., Beth F., Carrie B., Break'er Bikes, Carrisa, Shelby P., Laura A., and Alicia S. for doing the yeoman's work of finding these cakes. You made us positively beam by sharing these examples of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Imperfect Cakes.)


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Reader Comments (26)

A loy is an early Irish spade with a long heavy handle made of ash, a narrow steel plate on the face and a single footrest. The word loy comes from the Irish word láí, which means spade. It was used for manual ploughing prior to and during the Irish Potato Famine.

I think that might hurt.
thanks Wiki

ooh, maybe it's a potato cake: latke with sour cream or apple sauce

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGrrly Girl

"NEW babies make me"?!?!? What does that even mean??

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

Ah Sharyn you never fail to make me laugh! So funny! And the cakes were hilarious, too!

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen S

Bravo, Sharyn! I bet you did this with a Kirky smile the whole time. This Star Trek parody was just Spock on. It was certainly the real McCoy. If doing one of these was on your bucket list, you can Chekov that box now. It was certainly an Enterprising endeavor.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Sharyn, this made me truly laugh out loud!

On a positive note (for the bakers, anyway), I love the idea of using M&Ms for Xmas lights on a cake! Just...not on a BIRTHDAY cake!!

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

The horror...the unspeakable do they get people to BUY those things?!?!?!?! How????

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I started snickering at the 4th one, giggling at the 5th—what even IS that??—and laughing out loud at Showers of Loy. By the time I got to the last one fellow diners where I was having lunch were trying to avert their eyes, trying to pretend I didn’t exist. A much needed laugh for the day. Genius!
Oh, and the one cake reads “New babies make me melt”. Which is appropriate because the word “melt” seems to have slid onto the side of the cake.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJansville

This post raises so, so many questions, but the one that stands out is: Why should Rick “get” Lowel? And on his birthday yet? What did Lowel ever do to him?
@Trista: If you look on the side, there’s a barely legible “melt”. So apparently the entire sentiment is “New babies make me melt”. But I confess, even on Cakewrecks, I’ve never seen someone use the SIDE of the cake as inscription space before.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

That "new babies" one threw me off, too, until I realized it also says "melt" way down on the side of the cake. Granted, that didn't make the cake any less of a wreck, but at least I could figure out their thought process a little more.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Great fun, as always! Thanks! @Trista: I think it says, "New babies make me melt." "Melt" is on the front side of the cake. Perhaps it's an ice cream cake?

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbirder girl

@ Trista: It's "New babies make me melt." (That final word, melt, is on the side of the cake.)

It means she squeals for joy when she sees a new baby.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTina

"New babies make me

Obviously written by someone being exposed to a rapid stream of newborns.

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

New babies make me … melt ?
That took me a while, but it seems appropriate that the letters are sort of melting off the side there ...

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersandra

TRISTA: Look at the side of the cake --

"New babies make me MELT"

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

#3 is "New babies make me melt", the famous quote from the Wicked Witch of Wizard of Oz</> (I think?). Since we can't see two sides and the bottom of the cake board, there may be more to the message. Don't you love a mystery?

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

Trista, there wasn't enough room on top of that cake, so the writing is continued on the side:
New babies make me melt.
Just as icky.
It might be an ice cream cake...

I am so impressed by the creativity it took to put all these cakes into a cohesive, and hilarious, story line.
Brava, Sharyn!

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBin

Since some school systems are choosing to not teach cursive writing nowadays, I am afraid that this sort of thing will become more common in the future. (Heavy sigh)

October 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTexas Gal

I really hope that one cake said new babies make me melt otherwise I read it that way and will wonder why lol. I am sick so maybe that's why. I will blame the cold meds and the wreckerators will just blame themselves lol.

October 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

For all those scratching their heads: it's 'new babies make me melt' with the requisite melting font. It's just that the font seems to be less melting and more avalanche.

October 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterZeenia

As I am reading this, hubby is watching DS9 on Netflix. Maybe we really ARE in an altered universe! Or am I in an episode of Twilight Zone?! I can hear the music.

October 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

For a December birthday I can totally see using M&Ms for Xmas lights on a birthday cake.

October 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBea

These are the kind of jobs im ok with giving to robots, smh. The potential for human error is just too great!!

October 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGrape Whistle

“the final affront here”....ahhh, so brilliant, sharyn. how did i miss that pun possibility for fifty years? bless you...

October 21, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterharold

I must've missed something. Who is this Sharyn of which you speak?

Corrugated alternate ions. The cake got the abbreviated version.

October 21, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpat gann

To be honest, if you order a cake and tell the baker to "write something pretty for my wife", but can't be bothered to come up with it yourself, then you deserve everything you get.

October 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Pat gann: if you look at the foot of the post, just below the pictures of other wrecks and just above the invitation to share on Facebook, you will see the name of the person who actually wrote the post: in this case Sharyn, who is a member of the CW team.

October 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

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