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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

Getting To Know You...

It's Getting To Know Your Customers Day!

So, bakers, I thought I'd introduce you to a few from the CW audience:







That little boy's face = me when I see a Whoopie Pie.


(That's the bride in green.)


Oh, and the next time you decide to cover a cake with black icing, bakers, please:



It's not all bad, though. In fact, Becky's 6-year-old daughter just found the cake she wants for her next birthday, and it's totally do-able.


From the Cake Wrecks book, no less!

Becky, you're clearly raising this kid right. Kudos.

And bakers, don't screw this one up. Or if you do, please remind Becky to send me a picture. :D


Thanks to Dawn S., Larissa S., Susan D., Jan M., Carol Ann, Brianna A., Christiana M., Amanda H., Kim C., & Becky S. for seeing "Dead People."


And now,

Cannot. Handle. Teh cute.


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Reader Comments (33)

That one photo of the one year old birthday girl refusing to accept their cake ala "I DON'T WANT IT!!!!!" Mode and the mom saying to her (with pointed finger) "YOU'RE GOING TO ACCEPT THAT CAKE, EAT IT AND ENJOY IT!!!!!"
Once someone gave a cake to my brother with the Little Green Army Men from Toy Story but somehow ODed on the green food coloring on the cake and beside my tounge turning green I was also 💩💩💩💩 green too! EEEEW!!!! 😩😲😵

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Who IS that cute little boy??

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

So in the first picture, why does the cake-lighter's hand look zombie-ishy? Just been in a fight with the decorator? Prepping for their big break in "The Walking Dead"? What, exactly? Perhaps that's what the little girl is scowling about--"How dare you come to MY party looking like that? Go wash your hand immediately!"

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Oh, too funny!! The expression on the black-tongued "Sporty Girl" in the 10th photo down is killing me!
And the 4th one down (with the towering swarm of what is labeled as a "bumblebeewedding")? The groom looks as if he's either trying to stop a sneeze, stifle a giggle-snort, or keep from being sick! (Frankly, the latter might not even be noticed even if it happened!)
But my favorite is the " BONUS ADORABLENESS! "What a precious photo! "Cute" made my day, today! THANK YOU!!!!! =^~.~^=

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I want to know how bad the wedding cake was to get thrown in the dumpster!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Ha! I say y'all should do a cake wreck reaction post at least once a year.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I love #3 - the little girl's face and the fact that it looks like the cake was dropped from 10 feet right onto Dora the Explorer, slowly suffocating her in melty, melty frosting.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M

fourth one from the top - when she ordered a croquembouche, did she realize that it would have to be cut somehow? She looks like she isn't sure what to do.

Bonus adorableness is soooo precious!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

What on earth does the bride-in-green have in her hair? It looks suspiciously like she used the, er, contents of her cat's litterbox as curlers. Can't. Unsee. HALP!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJules

The face on the child confronted with the poop bear cake. HA!! "Why are you serving me a doody cake??????"
What in the world is the stacked hairy, um, testicles cake comprised of?

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBethClicks

Never mind the cakes - is 'Getting To Know Your Customers Day' an actual factual thing these days?


July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

The "bumblebee wedding" cake looks like a tower of poo with flies. The groom wiping his offended nose is just the frosting on the ... er... cake.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

I'd like to know what kind of cake the brown-looking thing was. At first glance, the decorations looked like dinner rolls or maybe some kind of weed. What in the heck was it supposed to resemble? lol

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Ugh, black icing! I have friends whose wedding cake had black icing on it. They did the face-smash thing, and one of them ended up looking like he was in blackface. I was taking pictures and was like, there is no way I can share this on Facebook. It was already a same-sex wedding, I would offend BOTH ends of the political spectrum.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbriteyes

Jackie, I suspect it was supposed to be either a beehive or a flowering bush, but I'm not entirely sure myself.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGoody

#3 IS MY LITTLE SISTER ERIN! This is a really old photo but ya we ordered a Dora Explorer cake from Albertsons and IT LOOKED NOTHING LIKE THE PICTURE, not to mention it was completely falling over! But the look on her face is priceless!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Cake # 4 (aka "the brown thing") is a pièce montee, a traditional French wedding cake. It's made out of lots of tiny cream puffs stacked into a pyramid and held together with caramel. They're very very god, bi if the baker overdoes the caramel they can be hard to cut.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

In the first photo, I think the girl is upset she didn't get the Spiderman side.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlogtodiffer

My mom made me that carousel cake when I was a kid! I was thrilled. She cut the animals and the top out of wrapping paper, I think. I'm sure we still have the book. As for the others, no thanks!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

C'mon, who IS he????

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Jules, those are curlers. You wind your damp hair around them and let it dry, then remove the little rods and pins for curly or wavy hair (depends on hair weight, texture, length, et cetera). You usually don't see them in use outside of beauty salons or people's home.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

The fourth one really isn't a wreck, aside from poor planning and humorous expressions on the bride & groom's part.

It's a croquembouche - a tower of profiteroles held together by caramel. The pink things are probably almonds or candies. It's traditionally served at weddings & celebrations in France & Italy (although usually without the crooked cake topper). And it's yummy.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy

Oh, the poo in the party hat is my favorite! Seconded only by the felted balls cake, mmmm hairy.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

Jules, the bride in green looks to have curlers in her hair. I'm pretty sure it was taken before she got ready to walk down the aisle.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDNA

The profiteroles look burnt...

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The B&w photo was taken by a photog I know. I'll have to ask who did the cake. It sure wasn't one of mine, but I might be someone I know. Hmmmm??

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngi

Why did they toss the wedding cake? They kept the top half at least lol. Guess the wreckerator ruined it somehow. Loving the poor kid in the second pic who doesn't want the cake. It looked nice too.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

I'll never not laugh at the gothic miss wedding wreck. It's like a perfect time-release photograph-- first you get to see everyone's faces, then BAM. The Bosco-covered monstrosity.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterj.

Number 3's a Dora the Explorer cake?

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQue Sara Lee

@SuBee - The Bonus Adorableness is my brother....many years ago. :) In the first picture he was waiting for my dad to get the camera focused so we could cut the cake. He has a son just a little younger than that now, who, if you can believe it, is even more adorable!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Yes, it's a croquembouche. A pièce montée is a category of desserts under which croquembouche falls, not a dessert in and of itself.

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

I'm sure the croquembouche is delicious (snort) but it's not exactly "decorative" in the tradition of American wedding cakes. But what really makes the pic funny is the newlyweds' faces. She: "I thought it would look reality. How the *&#@ are we supposed to cut it?" He just looks like he is about to fall over laughing. At least, I HOPE that is merriment.

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

@Jennifer--I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that the puffs in the croquembouche looked burnt. Perhaps there is some chocolate ganache on them (one can only hope). And I have NEVER seen a traditional wedding topper on this traditionally French wedding cake. Spun sugar wrapped around--yes, flowers--yes, candied almonds--yes, but not a topper. Many years ago, the croquembouche would be hit by a sabre or sword and the bridesmaids would be holding the corners of the tablecloth to catch the puffs so that the guests could then serve themselves. Having made half of one of these babies, I can tell you that it is not too hard to make them fall down. And if it is humid, they could fall down of their own accord. [And after dealing with blisters on my fingertips in the attempt to rush through finishing my croquembouche for class, I can't say that I wish to have further dealings with them.]

July 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

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