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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.

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- Jen

It's The "I Of The Tiger"


When CW reader Jamie ordered a birthday cake for her husband Jim Bob, she encountered one of the funniest dilemmas I've seen yet - and that is really saying something.

The problem?

Her baker had never heard of the letter J:

And apparently thinks Birt and Hday are two separate words.

(Give it a minute.)

(Theeeere it is.)



Any guesses?
Anyone? Anyone?


Two of the most misspelled words I see on cakes are "congratulations" and "confirmation." So when someone is foolish enough to order a "Congratulations on your confirmation" cake, HILARITY WILL ENSUE:

Thank goodness the baker made up for it with all those great decorations.


Wrecky minion Tabatha was having a bad day, so she decided to swing by the discount rack at the bakery for a little pick-me-up. Then she asked the baker to write "Eye of the Tiger" on it, since we all know that's the best song for a bad day training montage. (I'm picturing slo-mo clips of rampant toe-stubbing, pink slip shredding, and bad haircut reaction shots.)

Anyway, as it turned out, Tabatha got an even bigger pick-me-up than she bargained for:

Greetings, from We of the Turkeys!


And finally, when it comes to baseball bats, this baker is ALL THUMB:



Thanks to Jamie, Ashley R., Sandi M., Tabitha G., & Amanda F. for knowing something was wrong with that last wreck, but not quite putting her finger on it.


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Reader Comments (28)

That second one is definitely a Truffula tree from the Lorax.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

1) Obviously the baker was going for the Red Dwarf insult, but still messed up.
2) This creature looks like something out of "Yellow Submarine".
3) Maybe this is for a new superhero who checks everyone's facts. Or it was to give kudos to the priest who performs this rite.
4) I'm still trying to figure out why "Baby" was scratched out. Did they decide to give it up for adoption? And what is a "tigen"?
5) This is what happened to Commander Taggart after he said, "Digit-ize me, Fred!"

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

To be fair, that's about the first baseball bat you've ever run that didn't look like a ...uh...uh...portion of human anatomy.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commentertrebuchet

that 2nd cupcake cake looks like the back side of an old fashion hand mirror with a handle

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterlibby

I think the blue and white thing is an inverted bottle.

Confirman: the superhero who checks the facts!

Tabatha, I hope that cake made your day better, not worse.

Without prompting, I saw that "thumb" as a taco shell. Could also be a loaf of bread. But I would handsomely reward the first baker to make a passable bat.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Not only is that last one all thumb, but also looks moldy.... :-p

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

:/ who ever heard of Jamie with a G?!

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Oh dear god, i just spit coke on my keyboard. I needed that .
I of the tiger w a stork.. riiiight.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersuzied

Respect to the last wreck and its creator! It manages perfectly to NOT look like the normal twig & berries baseball bat!

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

In certain church-y circles, there is a word "Confirmand", meaning "person being confirmed". Of course, that still isn't what the baker wrote.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

The second cake is a purple flyswatter. Not sure what is so confusing about that.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSomerhill

For cake #2, I’m going with “Royal Spider Smasher”. =-)

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

#2: Starry Starry Night, but I don't know why it has a handle.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSumo-Mermaid

#2 is the back of a hand mirror, I think, trying (and not particularly succeeding) to look all princess-y and girly. I get that Tabatha’s cake came from the discount rack, but couldn’t they have chosen one a little more suited to the inscription? Surely there was a cake with just flowers on it. Did they have to choose the one where they had to cross out (not very well, I might add) the word “baby” and that didn’t have a tiger’s prey on it, carrying a bundle o’ joy? Today is actually my birthday, and I’m so glad none of these are my cake.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

#2 is clearly the mushroom cloud that was formerly Gamie's head right after she saw cake #1.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCDM

Apparently, the baker of the 4th cake was lazy and used a leftover baby shower cake. "I'll just cross out 'baby'. I'm sure no one will notice." Either that, or he/she didn't care.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR.

In our church, the person being confirmed is a confirmand, so maybe that is what they were trying to spell? Still inaccurate, but closer. Although why is the capital "I" dotted?

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMegamore

Okay, I have a possible reason for the situation in scenario #1: In Polish, J is pronounced differently than in English (more like a Y), and G produces the English "J" sound. My Polish grandmother would occasionally spell my name "Gennifer" because of that. (Note: I don't speak Polish, but I have a J in my last name that is not pronounced as such.)

If the baker of cake #1 isn't Polish or something similar…I got nothin'.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYet another Jen

That blue and purple swirly thing looks like a bouquet of flowers... with a very weird handle.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Tell me that first baker was gust goking...

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

#2 looks like a "sticky hand" toy minus the handle!

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTigriskris

When you can't get Batman or upon CONFIRMAN.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVasilisa

IT'S CONFIRMAN! The Catholic superhero!

A purple tree. A Jacaranda. LOL

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Oh man that first cake has me in stitches lol. I think wreckerators just make up their own alphabet as they go.

June 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Is the purple one supposed to be a glass of wine? And why does Tabitha’s cake say I of the Tlojeu”?

June 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

Yeah, that "confirman" must be an attempt at "confirmand". You can't expect cake bakers to be fluent in ecclesiological terminology though.

I think I'll order a cake saying, "Happy Ecclesiological Terminology" and see what I get.

June 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKOJohnson

@Yet Another Jen, I was going to suggest something similar, but my theory was French, G and J are literally pronounced opposite of the way they are in English. So if someone were unfamiliar with the names and having the spellings dictated to them... Still seems like a stretch, but possible,

June 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

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