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Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,485 ratings  ·  379 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 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eats, for-laughter
if it weren't for that table on the ground floor of my store, i don't think i would ever laugh. and certainly not as much as this book has made me laugh. i'm very backwards—i don't just naturally know about any of those 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 jerry's during college and i made some cakes in my day, so i am fam ...more
Jason Koivu
Jun 17, 2013 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.
Jun 22, 2010 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
May 28, 2013 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
Oct 04, 2009 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 most
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
What some of these cake decorators lack in penmanship, they make up for in spelling errors. And they seem to think that anything can be fixed by adding more icing. Gobs of icing. Author and collector of wrecked cake pictures, Jen Yates adds her comments with somewhat sarcastic and often quizzical captions. There are definitely humorous cakes in this collection, some intentional and some not, and this book may have you switching to ice cream for dessert. But it’s all in good, or maybe gooey, fun.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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. ...more
Dec 19, 2013 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
Apr 30, 2011 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
Dec 27, 2012 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
Apr 28, 2011 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)!! ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This was on a free giveaway shelf, and it's easy to see why. There are some hilarious pictures, but the photos are very poor quality (I was amazed that this book was published in the 2000s), and the author's commentary is some of most mind-numbingly inane writing I've ever read. ...more
Oct 28, 2010 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 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
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
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
Crystal Starr Light
Dec 29, 2013 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
Jan Polep
Dec 06, 2011 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... ...more
Jul 18, 2015 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. ...more
May 22, 2009 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"
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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. ...more
Jul 19, 2012 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! ...more
Jun 07, 2015 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. ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
Fun, silly book, not a must-read, but makes a good humor break.
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
May 12, 2009 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
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, funny
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
Stephanie Griffin
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Debbie J
Cake Wrecks: yet another blog or website republished as a book, in an attempt to cash in on its online popularity. Reader bonus: a surprising amount of three- and four-syllable words, perhaps intended to make it seem more erudite and worth the price

While the cakes shown are funny, I think the author's condescending commentary is off-putting, especially her snarks on grammar and spelling. The majority of the cake decorators likely have unskilled, minimum wage jobs--at best--and educations on the
Sep 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Call me old fashioned, but I like a book you can get lost in and has rereadability value. These blogs turned books drive me crazy. Good for them for finding a way to cash in even further on their great ideas. However, down the road when someone is looking to trim their bookshelf down to manageable sizes, this is going to be one of the first to go, with good reason.

With that said, these are good for a very quick laugh before moving on.
Melissa Bond
Mar 29, 2012 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. ...more
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