Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong
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Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  3,224 ratings  ·  302 reviews
From Jen, the creator of the hit blog, comes the "best" of the worst cakey creations out there: the grammar goof-ups, the unintentionally creepy, the accidentally suggestive, the ugly, the sad, and the just plain funny, all served up with Jen's unique blend of wit, sarcasm, and punny patter. Combining all-new material along with fan favorites and behind-the-...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published September 4th 2009 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Jason Koivu
You've seen them online! Now see them in book form!

Godawful cake disasters!

Glorious confectionary monstrosities!

Revel in gasps and giggles to mishaps like...



Some of my favorite are the ones that include inadvertently snarky quotes:


Maybe this isn't a true 5 star book from cover to cover - some of the commentary and attempts to yuck it up fall flat - however, if you can make me laugh so hard that I cry, you deserve an extra star or two. This had me in tears two or three times before I finished....more
if it werent for that table on the ground floor of my store, i dont think i would ever laugh. and certainly not as much as this book has made me laugh. im very backwards - i dont just naturally know about blogs or websites that you people take for granted. i just see books. now that i know this exists on this computer thing i am going to check it out. because this book made me cry with laughter. i worked at ben and jerrys during college and i have made some cakes in my day. so i know the kind of...more
Oct 02, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Readers looking for a quick hysterical read
This book is a total laugh-out-loud-tears-streaming-down-the-face riot ! The combination of disastrous cakes and the author’s totally hilarious, smart musings/quips/captions makes for a hell of a great read. The blurbs are never mean-spirited or that annoying teenage toilet humor which makes it even funnier.

Nearly every page has a picture of a horrifying cake with some text alongside. Sometimes it’s just one sentence, maybe some internal dialog, a conversation or a few lines of “explanation”. Ra...more
Even if you're already a rabid CakeWrecks fan, get this book! There are tons of brand new delicious, hysterical wrecks that will have you laughing until you cry. There are also some behind the scenes stories - both from the website and the stories behind the wrecked cakes. Don't skip over Jen's witty commentary! You'll be snorting frosting out your nostrils in no time!

My favorites are "Welcome little Swetty!", "Happy 35th, Ann, Dave & Philis" and the whole Baby Bottoms Up chapter.

One of the...more
This is one of those books that regularly winds up in our breakroom at work, with a few of us crying over it because of how hilarious some of these wrecks are. I'd never heard of the website before I'd read this, and now it's one of my favorites to read daily to cheer myself up.
May 04, 2011 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol by: Goodreads friend
Shelves: non-fiction
Last night our library held a program on how to salvage cooking disasters. Cake wrecks fit in so well with the topic that I had to take it home and read it all last night. Author, Jen Yates conceived her idea for the book from an email message sent by a friend; you know one of those that get forwarded to everyone in your address book. The picture of the cake with its wacky message was the impetus for a blog Blog to book seemed a natural.

If you need a laugh and have a few hou...more
I bought this book for my daughter, who makes cakes professionally, so that she could see what not to do! I got it home and could not resist having a browse but once into it, I could not put it down and must confess it is without doubt one of the funniest books I have read.

Jen Yates pickes out misspellings, poor design, wedding disasters, meaningless remarks, holiday horrors, new baby cakes plus some random wreckage. All of it makes for great fun and plenty of belly laughs, even if one cannot be...more
This book is hysterical and frightening...a train wreck of sugar and flour....sort of like Honey BooBoo!
What's really sad is that any one of these cakes could have been made by "yours truly" ME!
I have a confession or two.
I kill plants...I'm so sorry...I know they are living things.
I also kill cakes...I don't know how it just does... They are afraid of me I think?
They never stand up straight, they fall over, or sink in the middle, they melt their own frosting, or the frosting goes h...more
How do you rate a humorous book like this?

I rate them as follows:

How hard did I laugh?

Did my husband laugh? I consider this the boy/girl test- do both sexes think its funny. I should probably worry that I think two data points (my husband and myself) are enough for me to answer this… Oh well, that’s why I majored in History and not statistics.

Distractibility( from real life)- can it make me forget about the fact that I’m probably supposed to be working on?

Pass-around-ability- can I pass it aroun...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Yeah, I'm kinda reading these books to make my original yearly goal of 130 books - so what's it to ya?!

I found the website when hanging with some friends. We spent hours pouring over the site and dying with laughter. When she mentioned it was a book, I knew I had to buy it.

It was a delightfully funny read. The cakes themselves would be only moderately funny, but it's really Yates' commentary that brings out the real fun. And it's nice to be laughing at something inanimate with no f...more
This book is guaranteed to make you laugh! Jen Yates has compiled a book showing photos of professionally decorated cakes which have had mishaps, misspellings, and misinterpretations! And Jen's observations are almost as funny as the cakes themselves. Everyone has had baking disasters, but it's nice to know that even professionals have had some things go terribly wrong! I found myself laughing out loud at some of these cakes (lol)!!
Melissa Bond
A quick read for a chuckle or two. Though I could have done without the author's ranting over readers/trolls who don't share her passion for crappy cakes. That much focus on the subject matter that has nothing to do with the overall theme wrecked the book for me.
This is a funny book, not so much for the writings contained therein, but the pictures are a riot. From silly, to stupid and quite dumb to absolutely ridiculous, check out cake wrecks, you won't be disappointed and you may even laugh a little.
Well, I had a copy of this floating around for a few months before Christmas and never got around to reading it, then gave it to my Brother and Sister-in-law as originally planned. So then my sister-in-law LOVED it and told my mom all about it, so my mom asked me to get it for her for her mother's day present, which was originally supposed to be a trip to Buffalo Exchange (which we STILL haven't gotten around to). So, through circumstance I wound up with another copy, and this time no drama in m...more
I actually looked through this book a few months ago, yet decided to wait to post it so I could check the site out. I've always looked up bad cake design on the internet, yet somehow I always missed the site CakeWrecks. It wasn't until a customer showed me this book that I ended up visiting the site. I almost wish that I'd posted the review sooner- while the book has a lot of great pictures, there's better on the site itself.

As you would expect, this book is full of various funny cakes- many of...more
In some ways, this is a picture book for grown-ups -- a picture book filled with images of disastrous professional cakes. Add the commentary of Cake Wrecks blogger Jen Yates, and the result is a hilarious compilation of goofs, gaffes, and gastro-tastrophes. The book is perhaps funniest for those with a reasonably competent grasp of grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling, as these folks will most readily recognize the egregious errors on many of these cakes. But some of the most offensive cak...more
May 01, 2010 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on a blog
It has been a long, long time since I have laughed this much. A long, long time. Snorting, crying, waking up the baby kind of laughing. No, I don't have a baby at home, but if I did, I'd have woken her up for sure. The cakes were pretty darn funny, but Jen Yates' commentary made them absolutely hilarious. You have GOT to read this book; preferably in one sitting. I just went back and tried to find my favorite to direct you to. I couldn't. Part of the charm of this book is the cumulative hilarity...more
I have never had the pleasure to glimpse cakes like these in my grocery store's display case or the displeasure to pick up an ordered cake wreck of my own. But I'm glad Jen Yates compiled all these wrecks into one book. Her captions and text are hilarious accompaniments.

Icing carrots and balloons shaped like penises.
A baby shower cake with an exploding custard stomach and a plastic baby inside.
Road kill cakes.
Misspellings galore.
Maniacal Santa cakes.
And too many cakes to count with...more
Jan Polep
This book tickles me no end. As the victim of a cake wreck, I can empathize yet laugh like hell over some of these misspelled wonders. Years ago, I tried to get a cake from the Cary Bakery on Main Street that was supposed to say, "Happy Lake Forest Day", an annual event on the first Wednesday of August every year. So I pick it up, take it to LF, and when we open the box, it says, "Happy Last Fourth Day". My relatives are still laughing...
By giving this book 5 stars, I do not mean to put it into the same category as say, The Book Thief or The Poisonwood Bible; BUT for what it is (let's call it a "coffee table book") it is great. I started laughing on page one and am still laughing. "May the fourth be with you"
I can't think of a better way to kill half an hour.
Dec 07, 2009 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Have you seen Cake Wrecks? If you haven't -- click on post haste. Take a break from my review and hang out there for a while, and if you're at work, grab a towel or sweater to muffle your laughter. Then, forward the site to your friends and recommend the same.

Cake Wrecks the book is very clearly a book born of a blog, but I was fairly prepared for that to be the case. I imagine most readers enjoyed the blog first, so I'm not sure how necessary the education on Cupcake Cakes (C...more
Love the CakeWrecks blog, and have wanted to see how it translated into a book, so when the chance to borrow it came up, I jumped! I snuggled into my chair, with a hot toddy in hand, and chuckled through the book last evening. While I had seen many of these on the blog, there still were a fair number I'd missed, and some that were definitely worth the repeat. The editor in me loved the frosting equivalent of typos. Some of the others were really funny, too, though I don't know that if it was a c...more
I don't know what I like better, the pictures or Jen's comments about the cakes. I stood looking at this book at the library laughing out loud and I decided I better get the book before I got ushered out of the library for making too much noise. As another reviewer mentioned, I haven't laughed this much in a long time and I was really glad that I took this book home. I went further and looked up the website and made it a shortcut on the desktop so I could get a daily dose of laughter each day if...more
Nov 07, 2010 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who like to laugh!
Recommended to Lisa by: Brian
Shelves: humor, picture-book
This book contains pictures of cakes gone wrong and a funny narrative that will give you a good laugh. It is hard to believe what is printed on some cakes and how awful others look.
Lessons learned from this book:
With all this talk of social justice and equity, when you read this book you will know that some people are lucky to have a job where they barely make minimum wage. I know that may sound heartless, but just be glad the decorators of some of these cakes are not scrubbing up to perform su...more
I read this one at Borders - didn't wanna buy it - no need or occasion for purchase. It was okay. Liked it because it made me laugh every 10 seconds. And I needed a good laugh to unblock my laugh sinuses.
Not all of them were funny, though. Alot were just plain disgusting, especially the shit parts. Sooo.. I read it from cover to cover. As good as you can get. I will definitely visit the cake site, Aand, this will serve as precations for the future.

When you want a wedding cake, don't go to baker...more
Jun 06, 2010 Eve rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who love cake and terrible mistakes
I picked this up at the Cake Wrecks book signing at Legacy Books in Plano, Texas. I didn't get it signed, and I left before the cake was handed out. I enjoyed myself immensely, however, and took photos of all the awesome cake creations of the day.

This book is hilarious. It's just basically photos of cake decorations that have been screwed up, from misspelled words to disgusting-looking works of icing. The writing is funny and flip, but the photos are allowed to be the stars of the show, and the...more
Stephanie Griffin
Oct 03, 2009 Stephanie Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people buying bridal shower gifts.
CAKE WRECKS: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, by Jen Yates, grew out of her website The website won the 2009 Bloggies awards for Best writing on a Blog, Best New Blog, and Best Food Blog. People from all over the world send Yates pictures of cakes with unfortunate errors, disgustingly oily frostings, or just plain weird messes, etc., to which Yates adds her snarky comments. Chapters have titles such as “Literal LOLs”, “Beyond Bizarre”, “Wedding Wrecks”, and “Holiday...more
Just - The romance reader
I was on the fence about whether to read this book or not, but it was recommended to me by a fellow baker/cake decorator, so I decided to give it a go. I was not a follower of the Cake Wrecks blog, nor had I even heard of it before hand actually. The book is pretty amusing, and there are quite a few cakes that make you go "Wow, what were they thinking??" The photos definitely show some total wrecks, and just overall, poor excuses for cake. The commentary was witty.

It's not a book I would want t...more
It was like reading the book form.

I laughed (a lot), but I also spent quite a bit of time with a "what the hell have I just seen" look on my face. Needless to say, it was not the greatest book I have ever read, but I was certainly not expecting it to be. Sure, it gave me a few good laughs, but that was it.

The commentary style reminded me very much of Mary Roach (of Stiff and Gulp fame, so that was an amusing bonus.

Needless to say, even though I'm not a huge fan of cake (too much f...more
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Jen has been a clown, a cash office accountant, a Jungle Cruise skipper, a business owner, a children's book inventory expeditor, and a house painter. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their two cats. Despite the daily cake carnage she chronicles, she really does like cake.
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