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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

What They Wanted, What They Got: Princess Edition

Ever wonder what you'll really get when you order a princess cake like this?


Well, I have good news!

You're almost certain to get the same toys.


Or maybe you want to spring for the big castle version:

You totally should!


How else will your baker get any airbrush practice?

Mmmm. Spattery.


Not a big princess fan? Never fear, I've got something for you, too!


Now, clap your hands if you believe in fairy wrecks.



Thanks to K.B., Maureen S., & Yesenia for the stellar wreckporting.


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Princess Drecks & Wrecks

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April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Listen well, all of you! The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But...before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall choke on a piece of plastic flotsam and die!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Good thing my personal princesses have long since passed their princess phase & are now into Monster High & Adventure Time. No matter how misshapen the decorators get them, they look on purpose!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Seeing the birthday cake my kids picked for me on cake wrecks has made my whole day!! I still can't believe my husband paid actual money for that cake

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

They're all wrecks sure. I'm trying to figure out what possessed the last baker to put smiling gummy stars on the cake.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermelmac

I LOVE the "river" on the last one!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Fowley

Well, at least on the second cake they TRIED to make it look like the drawing in the kit. Even if they didn't quite succeed. But the first and third cakes -- what were they taking?

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Which one was yours @Maureen?

I read the caption on that second wreck as, "How else will your baker get any AMBUSH practice?" Pretty a propo though.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Seeing these cakes makes me want to cry. Imagine being the parent going to pick up the cake for your child's birthday and then having to actually serve this? I would have yelled at the manager of the "bakery". Then again.....this is why I make my own cakes for the people I love. Bottom line, if you want a good cake, go to a reputable bakery and pay a little more money, or learn to do it yourself.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Well, that last cake should also please Pinocchio fans.
After all, when you wish upon a star,
Cakes will wreck near where you are.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

C'mon Suzanne, if we can laugh at wedding cake wrecks, we can laugh just as loudly at these!

(Look at it this way... the next birthday's cake of these kids can only be better. )

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBea

@Jodie. Mine is the one with the giant pink plastic castle. It doubles as a carrying case for the plastic princesses that came on the cake. It was all I could do to hide my laughter and pretend to be in love with this cake as to not hurt my kids' feelings (they were 4&2). Lol

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Princess Rex Week! where have you been all my life? The first two cakes are like a life lesson: be a good little princess and you'll get to have your sorority tea in the south garden. But if you talk to strangers, wander through forests and experiment with drugs you'll end up at a party college where no one can even make a decent frosting flower!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

@ melmac: Maybe the smiley stars were put on as a there'd be at least some "fake-happy" going on? Poor Tink and whoever that other one is are being very careful not to let their feet touch the "water" --which could be some Evil Toxic, thing. Maybe even an Evil Toxic Blueness Thing... OF DOOM?

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I've actually ordered the first cake from Stop and Shop and they did an excellent job. Looked exactly like the picture. I was very happy. Ordered a Cinderella cake this past year and once again they exceeded my expectations. I have never had an issue ordering from our local stop and shop. Feel bad for anyone who ordered that disaster of a cake.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Oh come on. We all know it's all about the toy!

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Yes, Maureen....which cake was yours?

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

You didn't clap hard enough. Now Tinkerbell's WRECKED.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCantaloupe

@SuBee: I KNEW there was more to the story than that spindle thing.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFM

Most likely the first one was a last minute cake that was picked out from the pre-made cakes on display and toys added to it because someone forgot to order a cake in advance. Happens all the time where I work. "Can you add toys and make it prettier? The whole party is princess themed" Because it's totally my fault that you forgot it was your kid's birthday. But I agree that the second and third cake are pitiful and need some serious help.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

I wonder though if the first wreck was honestly an "ordered" cake or if it had been a cake in the case and they had asked to have the kit slapped on it. I've seen that happen quite a bit(especially since it even looks to be one of the pre-iced cakes that come in for some grocery stores). Though that doesn't excuse the sloppy overall look and terrible hand writing.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCC

I think the stars on the last one are the candles, so it's plausible that the wreckerator didn't put those on. Though that cake is so fantastically wrecky that they fit right in.

I must admit that the year my daughter wanted a Tinkerbell cake out of the catalog at the grocery store, I was secretly disappointed that it turned out lovely and basically identical to the photo.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

@Jodi and @KimS ... There are three cakes. One has Lydia's name on it and one has Yesenia's name on it, Guess which one is Mareen's cake?

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterElla McDonald

The first two cakes actually look decent as standalone cakes. But if they're really supoosed be the ones above, yeah it's disappointing.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCreamsicle Badger

They look amazing.

April 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSBOBET

Wow.. just wow. The pictures of the cakes they want are gorgeous. The cakes they end up with on the other hand are just plain scary lol. I would hope no one would pay for those but alas they do.

April 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Those aren't gummy stars on the fairy cake, they're candles, and put there by the customer.

April 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertiffany p.

To Creamsicle Badger: My comment has nothing to do with the wrecks. I just wanted to say :
What a neat name!

April 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That last cake... the candles just sell it

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSquirtGirlMC

The first cake is obviously one taken from the case that was already made. The customer probably didn't place an order in time, so they had to settle with placing the princess kit on a different cake.

July 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I worked for a Big Box Store bakery. I was given very thorough training by the main cake decorator and by the time she finished my training, I could perfectly replicate those photos. I've done dozens of #1 and #3 and they always looked like the 'what they ordered' pictures. Our supervisor didn't get on well with our cake decorator and essentially drove her away. I took over the cake decorating and started experiencing the same problems with the supervisor and so I put in my notice and took another job elsewhere. Our supervisor didn't bat so much as eyelash and told us anyone could decorate a cake. The cakes they started putting out looked like those 'what they got' cakes.
When choosing a baker, make sure they have a portfolio. If they don't have photographs of their work run the other way. Choose another baker. If you're using a big box store, which I totally understand; they're affordable, look at the cakes they offer in the displays and coolers. If those cakes are ugly, the one you order is going to be ugly.

August 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHailee

When I saw the first picture, I stared at it for a while because the figurines reminded me of a toy I had as a kid that came off of one of my birthday cakes. Imagine my surprise when I see my own name on the "what they got" version of the cake! Pretty freaky o.O

March 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Poor Tinkerbell... while she was out visiting Periwinkle, Pixie Hollow turned into a desert. :(

March 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

As a former cake decorator, whenever Wilton came up with a new batch of cakes, they would bring a bunch of us together and train us how to make these cakes.

Obviously there was absolutely no training to be had.

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKellyMae

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