A friend’s father had a heavy Russian accent, but had little tolerance for those who couldn’t understand him. If questioned about what he said, he’d just get angry and repeat it exactly, but louder, MUCH louder. Sending him on an errand could be dangerous. That was reinforced the time he proudly came home bearing a cake decorated with the words “Happy Boy’s Day.”

If only he’d lived to learn that he’s not alone. The new book Cake Wrecks, based on the inspired blog, shows he could have done worse.


You’re unlikely to get your hands on a copy, since holds are heavy in every library we checked. The NYT recently put together a slide show of prime examples and, of course, there’s also the blog.

If you’re looking for a readalike, try The Gallery of Regrettable Food. Amazingly, libraries are showing copies on the shelf.

The Gallery of Regrettable Food
James Lileks
Retail Price: $22.95
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Crown – (2001-09-11)
ISBN / EAN: 0609607820 / 9780609607824

Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong
Jen Yates
Retail Price: $12.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0740785370 / 9780740785375

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