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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

Fails To Meet Expectations

They asked for this:


Got this:

("... and this was after he tried to fix the creeper face with frosting all over his finger tips - see the squares where it looks messed up?")


...then went to another bakery, which whipped this up in only 20 minutes:

See, folks? It CAN be done!


From "Wonderful" "Wonder What They Were Drinking"


They asked for this pink camouflage:


And got something that SHOULD be shot:

Pretty sure I've seen popped balloons that looked more appetizing.


And finally, here's a surprisingly clever use of photo paper:

Even so, my first thought? "Uh-oh."


Because I knew - I knew! - this was coming:


Hey, Elsa.
Let it fro.


Thanks to Deanna W., Julia C., Courtney G., & Kendra C. for the Elizabethan tragedy.


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Reader Comments (45)

America, a question: Where does one hide when wearing pink camouflage? It seems to be an inappropriate choice when attempting to remain out of sight. I'll take your answer off the air.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

"Let it fro" That was my LOL this morning. You guys really are clever -- hilarious..

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercathy

I swear to Glob I read that as "I've pooped balloons." And I had so many questions.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Baudelaire

SuBee: In a cherry blossom orchard?

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

"Fails To Meet Expectations" are my favorite on Cake Wrecks. On my annual employment review, not so much.
Thanks Jen and John (thoJ) and your helpers for the wonderful blog.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

"Let it fro!" Bwah hahahahaha!

Is it wrong that I think the hair on the last Elsa wreck looks super yummy? Like it's full of whipped creamy goodness?

@SuBee, pink camo is appropriate when hunting pink squirrels, of course! (You just have to watch out for flying pink pigs and pink elephants when you're on that hunt!)

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

@SuBee - a) in the Barbie section of your local Toys R Us, or b) at a Mary Kay party

Regarding the Wonder Woman cake, why WHY why would they substitute a flesh tone for the gold?

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDB

Is that Wonder Woman tiara made out of a pancake? It looks like a pancake.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Tree

What's with the words on the words on the Frozen cake? That terrible hair and all I can see are cut out words! Did they just print out, and cut, fondant? What's so hard about piping "Happy Birthday"? Oh... never mind... we see what's hard about it daily!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Chuck Baudelaire - you need to read The Blogess' current post! It totally should be linked with that pink camo cake. :)

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy2

I love these kinds of posts, they're my fave and never fail to brighten my day as well as make me go Dafuq???
Love the let if fro comment. And how awesome is the original cake there?
Classic Steve lol (literally) at your comment.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnony

SueBee- Pink cammo is for when you are in Candyland, hunting flamingos.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

Let it fro :P.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

SuBee, people wearing pink camouflage are keeping the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas safe from marauding cake wrecks. Really! I read it on the internet!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

@SuBee, you wear pink camo when shopping at Angelic Pretty. Look it up.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

On the successful re-do of the Minecraft (green) cake, what is the technique they used to get it done in 20 minutes? Did they use airbrushing with masking? It's not quite as elegant as the original, but definitely acceptable.

This bakery and the "good Elsa" bakery should publish something on "time saving techniques that work."

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I think that second green cake only took 20 minutes because that's an edible paper printout.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBin

I'm going to presume that snowflake in Elsa's hair is plastic.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBon

I so appreciate that the person who ordered the Minecraft wreck rejected it and went to a different bakery. I always wonder what happens when you are presented with and embarrassing cake. I always hope they walk away or maybe throw it across the counter at the baker. It's nice to know that this person stuff them with that piece of

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

@SuBee I'm surprised to hear this is just an American thing. Trust me, most of us think it's just as silly as you do.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

@DB: Ditto. (Not the Patrick-Swayze-Ghost-I-Love-You ditto, just the regular, that's-what-I-was-going-to-say ditto)

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

..... how can you mess up a bunch of squares so badly?! Seriously, cut out a bunch of same-size squares, put them on in the same order, voila! That takes no artistic talent whatsoever. Clearly this baker never had a Paint by Numbers or graphing teacher growing up.... just wow, that's all.

PS - love the Frozen Takes Texas cake. Everyone can have hair, I want HAIR!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNaughty Nautilus

Pink camo is only warn during Flamingo season. 😒

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMel

That third Minecraft cake also looks like a good usage for edible paper!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie

The Elsa wreck almost made me choke on my lunch with laughter! Best wreck ever! I would probably even pay for it because it's so funny. :)

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

You wear pink Camo when hunting in Candy Land.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

The edible paper creeper (#3) is indeed far better than the second one. Of course there's no way they'd manage the fondant assemblage of the original in anything near twenty minutes. Which is better? I guess that's left to personal preference.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterR3test

Pink Camo is the perfect outfit for hunting in cotton candy fields for rainbow farting unicorns!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCurlyRedd

The buyer's first clue on that camo cake should've come when the baker hadn't licensed the Browning logo ....

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Actually, that 'Let it Fro' cake isn't as bad as I feared it would be when I saw the original. Still missing the mark by a mile, but you could see that they had a clue about the destination. But the lettering....ugh!

But really, that original Elsa cake is the best use of edible paper I've ever seen. It's awesome!

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAwesomeAud

Pink camo or Silly Putty?

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Powell

To all questioning pink camo...deer are color blind. That is for other hunters to see. Keep baking.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterr1

Jen, I love this site (and therefore, by extension, you), but it's kinda hard to go through the archives when that video ad in your right sidebar does NOT want me to scroll away from it. The page keeps jumping back to it, and after 60 pages, I'm about to scream because it's ruining my wrecky cake buzz.

<3, Rachel

[Editor's note- Hi Rachel. I'm so sorry about that. We actually don't have any control over the ads but I'm going to go yell at someone now and get this fixed. If you get a moment, would you email me? I'd really appreciate it. -john (the hubby of Jen) (]

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hey, lay off that last cake. A girl can only live in an ice castle so long before all the moisture gives her some frizz.

October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Why is Wonder Woman's umbilical cord still attached???

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTracey S.

Well I liked the first Elsa cake at least her hair looked realistic but eeeeeeeeeeeeek to what they got. Did she fry her hair from too much hairstyling? Lol poor girl. I hope they didn't pay for that first Minecraft cake. Fingerprints aside what the heck was the wreckerator thinking? Bleh.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I usually just sigh when folks bring but the "trying to do in buttercream what can only be done in fondant", but the green cake mess is perhaps the most classic example of that. However, looking at the exemplar made me want to replicate it despite the fact that I know nothing about, what is it, Minecraft?

Also, anybody who thinks that a "standard" bakery can replicate the Wonder Woman cake are on drugs. Wonder where I could get some...LOL

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Im also curious why Elsa on cake 2 is frost bitten.
Edible paper on blue background is a poor choice. I do agree her hair looks delicous though.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrneyzz

I tried ordering a Minecraft cake for my son last year, but all the local grocery store bakeries said they didn't do them any more because it required fondant and a lot of time and skill (at least they were honest about their limitations, right?). The bakeries that could do it wanted way too much money. So I bought a square cake pan and a Wilton grass tip and the kid got a grass block cake that he loved. Now he wants to be Minecraft Steve for Halloween and I don't think my grass tip is going to be much help. :/

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjnell

Mel, is that you?

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

I find it funny how little effort that the baker put into that first creeper cake(it isn't even a square just a standard rectangle). I've made a better creeper than that. Admittedly, it wasn't perfect(no block detailing) but I think it turned out really well.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Ps you don't have to only use fondant to get that kind of effect. You can get it using Buttercream transfer(that's where you make the image like a paint by numbers painting on a piece of wax/parchment paper and freeze it and apply that onto the lightly frosted surface of the cake. We've seen several cakes made this way featured on sweets. ;-)

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I made an Elsa cake like that recently, and put her on a blue background. The Elsa was printed on pressed frosting/sugar sheet instead of rice paper, though, so she didn't end up looking like the cold did start bothering her, anyway.

BTW, I love this blog. As a newbie decorator, I aspire to Sunday Sweets, and giggle-cringe at the rest.

October 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJades

jnell! My son and I saw a "Minecraft Steve" trick or treating a couple years back, and it was the greatest costume ever!! So recognizable!! Go through Jen's link and look up "Minecraft Box Head, Steve" and pair that with a teal shirt, blue jeans, and maybe a foam sword or axe (available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, etc), and your son will be good to go! :D

October 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterK Michelle

I didn't know Elsa suffered from frostbite and cynosis!

October 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

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