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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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

In Which We Try To Come Up With New Ways To Say "Nailed It"

The baker swore she could recreate this Mad Hatter cake:


And yet...

To quote Aimee, "Oh, and the cake was burnt."
Well, somebody got burned, am I right?! HEYO! High five!


Don't leave me hanging...



Amber wanted this Mickey Mouse cake for a second birthday party:

Trouble is, she asked the baker to make it out of buttercream instead of fondant, which we all know would require a magic wardrobe, 3 fairies, and a photo of the Loch Ness Monster doing the Macarena.


Hey, wouldn't it be hilarious if I showed you guys a really amazing cake right now?

Yeah, that would've been funny.

And now, for the first time ever, Cake Wrecks proudly presents:
An In-Depth Analysis of the Wreck®

This has been:
An In-Depth Analysis of the Wreck®


To keep things simple, Cheryl ordered the stock Hello Kitty design off the bakery's website, which looks like this:


You know how they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words?"

Well, in this case, a picture of a picture of a cake on a cake is worth about thirty bucks.



And finally, Angela writes, "This is what I wanted for the groom's cake..."

"...but in the color scheme of his drums, which is a green fade to lighter green with sparkles, like this:"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... coughcoughcough... cough...


Oh. You were being serious? No, yeah, sure. That's tooootally gonna happen.


Well, look on the bright side, Angela; at least the baker didn't jam glow sticks into it like on your wedding cake. (Last one.) (Ahhh, good times.)


Thanks to Aimee R., Amber W., Cheryl S., & Angela for drumming up some new lolz.


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Reader Comments (23)

The cake was BURNT??!! Oh...... burn!
Love the in-depth analysis, John (thoj). We need more of those.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Quite frankly, I don't think the original Mickey cake design was cute. Is it supposed to be the back view of Mickey's body, rounded out and flattened? The wreck looks pretty much the same, except for the unnaturally shiny frosting.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMSTeacher3K

THIS is why I love CW. I happen to think that there is ABSOLUTE, big-time, massive WORTH in anything that makes you laugh your as$ off!! I would take a great wreck over a technically-beautiful cake almost any day. I wouldn't even care if it was intended for a big snoot-fest affair. Laughing is the ultimate cure for almost anything...and it sure beats crying. You can take that to the bank, OR the baker! P.S.: In the "An In-Depth Analysis of the Wreck®" segment...I'm curious enough to want to know what really WAS inside that thing...I mean, for all we know, the ears could've been old, balled-up, dirty gym socks. (Okay; I admit that I was hoping for that, okay?) Maybe next time!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Poor Angela!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Being a buttercream fan, I believe the biggest fail on the Mickey cake was that whomever made the "gunk" did not know what buttercream is. It does not have to be shiney and slimey looking. In my personal opinion, the whole cake could have been frosted in buttercream (real buttercream), with fondant used for the age, name and Mickey's buttons and it could have been just as cute as the "what we want" cake.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermiss paper

Looks like the Cheshire Cat went splat!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I am s relieved that I'm not the only person who didn't think much of the original Mickey cake. The fondant is all bubbled up in the lower right hand corner...I'm still a rookie baker, and I could do that much better myself. But the real treat was john's description of what it would take to get that cake done the same way but in buttercream "magic wardrobe, 3 fairies and a photo of the Loch Ness monster doing the Macarena". I'd swear that I enjoy the commentary as much if not more than the wrecks!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

That Hello Kitty cake tho! It's plastic, no talent required. A pink frosted cake with Kitty flotsam on it would have been better! Yikes.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura D

That first one's not so bad, you know. It's pretty close.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMillie the Moth

Long time listener, first time caller, here ... Most of the supremely awful CWs I see here are the result of someone finding a picture on the Internet of a gorgeous work of art and taking said picture to their local grocery store bakery (or Aunt Susie) and saying, "I want THIS!" For crying out loud, if the baker can't show you a picture of something they have made that is remotely as detailed and complex as your request, keep looking! And this is definitely a category where "You get what you pay for" is a good rule of thumb (you won't get the Taj Mahal if you're only willing to pay for a double-wide). HOWEVER, for #3 where the model was selected from the bakery's own web site ... I got nothin'.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGerVa

Honestly, the drum cake could have been much worse.

I'm mean, sure, it doesn't much resemble a drum apart from being cylindrical. And, true, the color isn't quite what was requested. And that airbrushing - whew! - that is something really special and unique and splotchy.

But, she asked it to be sparkly. The wreckerator that looked at that airbrushing and felt comfortable delivering it to a WEDDING somehow -somehow- resisted the urge to cover it with glitter and/or confetti.

We will never know how close Angela's guests came to sparkly poop and emergency confettectomies. Maybe Hobby Lobby was out of green glitter or Party City only had confetti that said "over the hill", so the drum cake was left unsparkled. I think it's fair to classify this one as a wrecky near miss, Angela could have gotten the cake she asked for.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonnaB

People really REALLY have to stop asking someone to reproduce something in buttercream that originated in fondant. Also, bakers need to really REALLY be unafraid to say "no, I'm afraid I can't do that" to such requests. It's much less embarrassing than biting off too much and creating a Wreck.

I assure you that anyone who can do that is probably charging hundreds of dollars (and are worth it) more than you could ever afford. We've seen some amazing buttercream-only creations on this very site's Sunday Sweets but usually if it's some elaborate fondant thing, it's often impossible from a technical standpoint to replicate it in buttercream. It's like asking someone to make a sculpture out of paint.

Any good baker will frost the cake with enough buttercream that when you take the fondant off, you still have plenty to accompany the cake. The buttercream acts as a kind of glue to adhere the fondant to the cake, so you'd essentially have a pretty cake that you have to disassemble a bit to get to the tasty part.

-trust me, I went to school for this stuff.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commentera pro baker

The green drum reminds me of a nuclear waste plan drum, let's bury that in the back boys!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I am still laughing at the in-depth analysis lol. Oh wow that hello kitty cake I just have no words for what I would have told the baker if that was my cake lol.

June 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

2 Myles is a typo for the distance I'd run to get away from that wreck.

June 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCaro

Is it my imagination or does the Mickey Mouse cake sort of look like a pregnant lady? Where the ears are the breasts and the red part is the belly.....either way it is a mess. But I do love the new In-Depth Analysis of the Wreck®, please do more! Thanks for the laugh today.

June 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Ew! Why would anyone ever ask for BLACK and RED buttercream!?! Even if perfectly executed, that's going to stain your clothes and your teeth and be a huge mess. And for a two year old! Little Myles is going to have a black and red face for a month.

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Honestly? I don't see why the Mickey cake couldn't have been frosted in buttercream and been fine. It wasn't a terribly complex design, or anything that specifically needed fondant to get that effect. I could probably have done that cake in buttercream, and I'm far from a pro. The fact that a pro messed it up so dreadfully just makes it that much worse.

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

Yo dawg, I herd u liek Hello Kitty cakes...

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterK`shandra

I think the Mad Hatter cake wasn't that bad! The top layer was actually pretty well dobe. The teapot hat and flowers on the table all looked pretty good. BUT, come on, how does one take a sharp angled cake and turn it into a hamburger bun shape and think that they are anywhere near the same? Better off putting that top piece on a flat sheet cake! LOL

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoonflwr912

Holy smokes! Angela must be a GLUTTON for punishment. I can only assume she went back to the Wreckorator that did her wedding cake (I had to click the link and read that entry - somehow it got past me)! Seriously, that wedding cake must be on CakeWrecks top 10 Wrecks list - I know I would vote for it! Glow sticks and a REAL stick from a tree?

Truthfully, I don't know the decorating differences between fondant and buttercream but i would expect my baker/decorator/Wreckorator to be well versed in such details.

Another winning, howlingly funny Wreck post. I love the "S/he ordered..." and "S/he GOT.." posts. Too funny.

September 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

I thought that was a pic of Mickey's butt at 1st. And the dayglow green color on the drums is a major eyescream!

October 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Noticed a lot of people commenting on why the Mickey cake is so "shiny". It looks to be due to excessive airbrushing, which does that to buttercream. If you look at the corner where it looks like it got hit by something, you can see that there's white under that coloring. Not that it's any excuse. Also, on one hand, customers really should learn to not ask for certain designs originally done in fondant to be done in buttercream, but this one was simple enough where it could have been pulled off.

April 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCC

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