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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

They're All Mad There

Right, minions, let's do this one by the numbers.

Here's what Michael B. asked for:


Aaaaand here's what he got:

So something here clearly doesn't add up.


And if you thought numbers were hard - which, let's be honest, you did not - imagine the issues a wreckerator might have trying to recreate THIS:

Yep, someone wanted a cake Mason jar.
(I blame Pinterest.)

In fact, not just one someone, TWO someones!

Here's Someone #1's version:

I am raising a single eyebrow SO HARD right now.


Aaaaand Someone #2's:

Which is appropriate, since it's definitely bringing to mind #2.


And finally, Trevia ordered this lovely Alice in Wonderland cake:

...minus the teapot and epic "ONEderland" pun.


Even if you believe six impossible things before breakfast, this one's a little hard to swallow:

Though it definitely made someone mad. o.0


Thanks to Michael B., Crystal B., Stephanie H., & Trevia M. for taking the fall down that rabbit hole for us.


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Reader Comments (37)

That Ball cake #2. They so nailed it.
And the Alice cake copy is the stuff of nightmares.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercolleenoz

Why would she be mad? The teapot's not there and the Onederland's not there.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Re: that last cake. Off with their heads!

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy Random

It appears Purple Schmoo has been killed instantly by having a grist wheel with hearts on it dropped on him.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

That's the second time this morning I've seen someone joke about Pinterest and mason jars. What's the deal here?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

That #2 'Mason jar' . . . Aside from the wreck itself, I'm struggling with the scale of the photo. Is that a normal sized coffee table? If so, that cake is huge. Or is it a coffee table shaped cake stand?

As for the Alice cake, Cheshire's grin is so much creepier when he's melting

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChiaroScuro

I guess these cakes might be better for unbirthdays. No, probably not.

A very messy
Bad cakewreck for you
For you
A very messy
Bad cakewreck for you
For you
You made it past you sixties
I would think that that would do
A very messy
Bad cakewreck for you

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The Ball jar cakes!!! Oh, I'm laughing too hard! First off- why?? Why would you want a cake that looks like a...jar? Damn you, Pinterest! Salads in jars are bad enough but cake AS a jar??? Second, if you really, really want a cake that looks like a jar, you deserve what you get, especially when executed (truly) in tinted buttercream!! Why is this so funny?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSmarie

The biggest problem with these recreation cakes is that the wreckerators are thinking they can get fondant sleekness with buttercream. And while there are some amazing (AMAZING) buttercream sweets out there, they aren't easy to get perfect.

When will they learn that there are some things mere frosting just can't handle?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

The wrecked 70 looks like a CCC (ptoooie!)

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermiss paper

Does anyone know how the bakers of these wreckers have been dealt with by the clients?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Ugh--when are people going to learn that fondant and frosting are not the same thing, and that you cannot do fondant designs with frosting? Or perhaps they should learn that the cake should COOL DOWN before frosting it...

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

There is no way that I believe anyone ordered that Alice in Wonderland cake, and got that..... monstrosity.... without knowing in advance that their decorator was not up to the task. Don't people ask to see previous work? Did the people who order it set a budget of $50? Or did they pay the going rate for a cake of the Alice cake's caliber, which is more like $500? (or do we not ask these questions anymore?)

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJannaM

The first one looks good, and the first jar cake looks fine, and the second last one looks great. Are you sure you meant to put them there?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

That Cheshire cat cake has me thinking about O-nee-ders and humming "That Thing You Do."

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

Marcia, the ones that were good were the "inspiration" cakes.The others were the "perspiration" cakes.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterIronguts

@ChiaroScuro it's a coffee table shaped cake stand, I could only tell because the wreckorator chose to cut the square cake board down to fit the weird cake stand, leaving corners of exposed corrugated cardboard in their wake. Tsk tsk tsk, that's what ribbon is for, and they call themselves Pinterestors.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

My boyfriend is obsessed with Mason Jars. (Don't ask me why, I have no idea.) But now I feel like I need to get him a Mason Jar cake for his 40th - because he would love it. Wish me luck.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Chessies Melting!

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEagle

Having not ordered an elaborate, fondant-covered cake, I'm curious how much it would be to order the inspiration vs. the wreck from a qualified baker. Do those submitting the cakes ever give a hint or the inspiration websites, for that matter? My only frame of reference is my wedding cake, which was a lot smaller than the typical order and included a buttercream design.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

Horrific cakes, but I bet the customer for the last cake said something like "oh, but I hate fondant so can you do it with icing (and make it look exactly the same) for $50?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

See, these cakes are why I would never offer to made a decorated cake for anyone. I KNOW I cannot do it. Why do these wreckerators think they can?

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

Whomever made that last cake should be banned from baking for life /

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The "7" in the second seventy cake looks something like a sick,spotted seahorse about to spew out several swimming spawn ....Sweet! =^-.-^=

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The "7" in the second seventy cake looks something like a sick,spotted seahorse about to spew out several swimming spawn ....Sweet! =^-.-^=

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

An Oh-knee-der cake. Awesome!

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer S

That last one looks like someone vomited all over it. >-O` ``

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterewwww

You had better order the Ball Jar cake directly from the decorator who made the original, Carly, otherwise you will get examples #1 or #2.
Onederland - pfft!

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Fondant cakes.

I splurge for my birthday.

I live in the Midwest.

My last cake was a 10 inch, two layer cake with fondant only. It was $95 at a higher end bakery. It was more because I'd wanted orange cake (extra), chocolate ganache between the two layers (extra), and a Mudkip on the top. The Mudkip was a flat design.

It was tasty and beautiful and just perfect. Worth every single penny.

The bakery I use will flat out tell you no can do if the original is fondant, you want buttercream and the design doesn't really work with butter cream. There are lot of pissed off parents who want a Pinterest show piece birthday cake for $45 dollars. I've been at the bakery buying tasties, when I hear them arguing the budget is $50 max and the quote price for the Pinterest cake is $400.

It takes skill to work butter cream to look crisp like fondant. Not many people can do it well.

I think it's cute that each of the bakers let their six-year-old children take a shot at cake design.

Good thing they gave those cakes to the customers for free.

They did... right? Please tell me they did.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDances With Lasagna

I blame the Cake Boss for the melty looking cakes (i.e. Alice in Wonderland). Because his are always beautiful, everyone thinks it is the magic wand that can turn the worst of cakes into Cinderella. He put the rather dangerous tool called the drapery steamer in the hands of children (or wannabe cake decorators) which in turn creates a heinous melty blob of a cake that...well you know how it all turns out.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

So a customer showed a baker the Bell jar pic and the baker looked her in the eye and said, "Sure, no problem. What flavour of cake do you want?" And then the baker made a blue cake and a white cake, plonked one on top of the other, piped a 70, and thought "nailed it!" There HAS to be a step missing here. I order services from professionals all the time, and this is the equivalent of me asking for an oil change and the shop draining all the oil out and putting shampoo in my crankcase, which isn't a thing that happens. Or is there an oil change wrecks blog?

Also, I would love it if professional bakers would tune in on these threads and say how much the inspiration cakes ought to cost.

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

"Of course you're mad, otherwise you wouldn't be here!"
"The wreckers and customers are all mad here darling!"

October 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Let's see: Foil-covered cardboard base? Check. Lumpy, uneven layers? Check. Crumb coat? Check. Nailed it!

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

Oh I can only imagine the customers reaction to that Alice cake. I would be wondering how many drugs they took before baking it lol and also wonder if they even know what Alice in Wonderland is..

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

It's pronounced "oh-nehder-land" (... Bonus points if you get the movie reference.)

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVioletRose

Holy moley Batman! These cakes! OMG! Especially the Alice in..wherever land. That Wreck looks like a squashed kreepy klown.... Hopefully the child who got this cake didn't have nightmares - or need therapy for the next 10 years!

Another tip o' the hat to SuBee for her rhymin' ! Hilarious. MaryO1230

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

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