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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

Literally Just That

Jill ordered a birthday cake for her daughter Hope, then told the bakery she'd be in around 1pm to pick it up.

Now, I've seen it all, minions, but even I was not prepared for these icing choices:

Why. WHY.


Ryan L. writes, "A theatrical show I had been on tour with was celebrating its millionth audience member. The company manager gave specific instructions on what the baker should write."

Huh. I tried to understand why the baker wrote "musical symbols" while also drawing musical symbols but then my brain started to hurt and I had to stop.


And finally, Kyle B. wanted "Happy Birthday" on a rainbow cake.

Just that.

He watched the baker carefully write it all down on the order sheet, then later.... he got this:

Now, if you're curious what, exactly, the baker wrote on Kyle's order sheet, then GUESS WHAT.

I have that, too.


::head tilt::

Yup, that definitely clears things up.


Thanks to Jill B., Ryan L., & Kyle B. for today's serving of Just iced.

(Ok, that pun didn't really work, but I tried, dangit. I TRIED.)


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Reader Comments (9)

That musical cake is beautifully done. The writing is neat. They spelled 'congratulations' and 'symbols' right. They drew a treble clef right. All but one of the notes has the tail on the proper side of the note, which is unheard-of. All that talent and no common sense! Perhaps they thought it was for a music publisher? All together now: 'I'm gonna wreck this cake whatever I do!' (from South Pacific).

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

It's sad, because these are actually very nice cakes. The decorating is clean, the piping is legible, everything is spelled correctly, the music notes look like music notes, the rainbow looks like a rainbow, etc.

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEA

I was thinking how it was pretty unusual for someone to decorate with a forte symbol. Then I realized those are supposed to be 16th notes (head tilt definitely required).

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Uhhhhhhh O_o

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Regarding the rainbow cake -- recite after me: ROY G BIV! Really, it isn't that hard!

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterdee, just dee

These cakes are so groovy, let's revisit the 70s and a little disco.

Imagine John Travolta dancing to this in bell-bottoms.

Listen to the sound
There's icing all around.
At the bakery in town.
You can eat it.

On the rainbow in air
There's a just sitting there
Cause the form was so bare
You can read it.

And that sweet city baker
Who reads the words you write
She's counting your music notes
When it's your special day
Hope, will you pick up at 1?

You can have a literal, lit'ral LOL
We cannot explain it
It is a mind-bending lit'ral LOL
Logic can't contain it

There they are
Hoping that the clients don't laugh
Thinking of their letters so fine
Were they all drunk
On cheap wine?


February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone New (they know who)

They should have said "Congratulations on one million musical cymbals."

Eh? Eh?

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Well that first cake what the heck is with the clear gel on that? I think wreckerators do this just so I can die laughing but I feel for the customers lol.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Good work, SN(tkw)!

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

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