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Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,352 Ratings  ·  346 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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Sep 16, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-laughter, eats
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
Jason Koivu
Dec 19, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
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.
Oct 02, 2010 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 09, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 03, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it liked it
Shelves: laugh-out-loud, wtf
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
Mar 05, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
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
May 28, 2013 Gerry rated it it was amazing
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
Crystal Starr Light
Dec 29, 2013 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2012 Melissa Bond rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 27, 2009 VegasGal rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009, cooking
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.
Jan 09, 2010 Lesley rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
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
Sep 02, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
My daughter and I were practically causing a scene in the bookstore, laughing quite hard at the photos (they hardly need the text). The mistakes - a cake that has "I want sprinkles" or "Happy Birthday Hannah Lg Font / Cole & Alli Small Font" iced onto its surface - are so ridiculous that you can't believe they made it out of the bakery.
Jan 02, 2010 Tressa rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, 2010
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
Cathy Cramer
I originally looked at this book in the bookstore because I have a Facebook friend who likes to share funny cakes from the blog from time to time.

But, after a few minutes, I felt like I needed to buy this book because the kids giggled so much over it in the bookstore and nearly all of them had read so much of it. I was glad I did. It brought much-needed laughter and they loved sharing it with others, particularly family, on our Easter travels. My mid-teen said that it was a new favorite book and
Jan Polep
Dec 09, 2011 Jan Polep rated it really liked it
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...
Oct 13, 2009 Eliece rated it it was amazing
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"
Apr 01, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This is another blog-turned-book that I find hilarious. Does it need to be a book? No. But, it is funny and will be a nice gag-gift for my pastry-chef sister. I bought it for $2 a library sale.

I laugh out loud and bloopers and things like Damn You, Autocorrect! So, if you like those things, this book is likely for you.

My only problem with these blog-turned-photo books is that they are often too self-referential. The author talks about internet trolls like she cornered the market on them. She pat
May 23, 2016 Kris rated it liked it
Some funny stuff in here. Some were hilarious, others mildly amusing. It's a quick read, so worth it for the laughs.
Aug 21, 2012 Alana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
hilarious cakes, but have to say, 'may the fourth' is a real saying! so the r2d2 cake was correct and awesome!
Mar 21, 2011 LGMF rated it really liked it
I can't think of a better way to kill half an hour.
Dec 07, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Just like the blog, really. Pictures of hideous or well-executed but inappropriate cakes. Snarky comments. Lots of examples of how brown icing can look like piles of poo. The ever popular Naked Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockeys. Because I've been following the blog for a long time, and I was reading the book in black and white on my Kindle, I thought it might not be as much fun. I was wrong. It was every bit as happy-making as a good cake.
Jun 15, 2014 Bookadventurer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Hysterical. I ask it everyday, but what is wrong with people?! The cake for Edna's 100th Birthday looked like someone amputated a finger, and then wrote on the cake. The Sexual Harassment cake literally had me in tears. Honestly, though, if the people making the cakes didn't see anything wrong with the decorations/spelling, then it makes me wonder if the cake itself was okay to eat. No telling what was baked in there.
Feb 18, 2015 C rated it really liked it
I don't often invest in books of websites (why buy the cow...) but I was given this one as a gift from someone who knows I'm a fan. It was a lot of fun, and made it a little easier to share the joy that is cakewrecks with those around me. I liked the stories and there were a whole lot of wrecks that are not featured on the site. I might not have bought it for myself, but I had a really good time reading it.
Inge (Inge1990)
Oct 20, 2014 Inge (Inge1990) rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Hilarious! Didn't know the blog and got this book at a bookcrossing meeting. What are some people stupid! What a mistakes! Just fun to see. Some of the cakes are beautiful but others are just strange or ugly. A lot of misspelling in the icing.

anyway fun to go through. Wouldn't have bought the book myself but it would make a fun present.
I will release it at a bakkery lets see what they think about it ;)
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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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