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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 you see... NOT what you get.


(Change the "ride" to "wreck," and you've got a deal.)


From wedding tiers of roses...

Ooooooh. Drippy.


To rows of wedding tears:

Hershey's Syrup:
You're doing it wrong.


Here's a little Disney magic for you:


Bippity, Boppity...



Ah, but that's nothing. Want to see something REALLY wild?


This is what happens when animal print cakes feel blue:

And also kind of intestine-y.


Thanks to Jessica W., Diana B., Gina L., & Leighanne G. for the excuse to use "intestine-y." I've been holding on to that one for YEARS.


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Reader Comments (28)

That last one looks like playdough... ick.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCruithne

I would be soo ashamed to admit that the after cakes were my work... these bakers have no shame.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

What kind of name is "Alipaige"? Sounds like conjoined twins.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

That last one looks like it would have been a better idea for the wreck-orator to have cut the pink designs out of the same craft foam sheet as the crown. Just sayin'. All in all, those inspiration cakes are Sunday Sweets worthy pieces. :-)

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

I'm going to try to work the word "intestine-y" into conversation today!

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

That last one hurts... and it looks like a lot more work to be filling the whole thing with fondant worms instead of just adding cut outs...

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

@Cruithne, That was my first thought!!! Wow!! How NOT to work in fondant... LOL

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPenny M

I can't even!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for; the kids and their "birthday cakes" or the bride and groom and their "wedding cakes"........ What a surprise!

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO1230

Is that a "boo" of scaring or of disapproval?

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I think Cakewrecks should share some the blame for these cakes, showing such exceptional cakes on Sunday Sweets encourages brides to expect the same level of execution from other bakers.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnonyMe

You know you've been reading Cake Wrecks too long when you think these wrecks aren't that bad of attempts (there are no sticks jammed in anywhere, for instance). Luckily for these bakers others have set the standard even lower.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Some of these wrecks look as if the decorators glanced at the original picture, tossed it away, and tried to recreate the cake from memory - a week later.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I'm only an amateur baker, but almost all of these are failures to level the cake before crumb coating and putting on fondant. Also failures to roll your fondant evenly and thinly. And in the last one a failure to understand how fondant works entirely (seriously, what the heck? The first photo in that one shows very clearly that the animal print is laid on top of the white layer...)

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterValanice

How do these bakers not say no?!

The Mickey's look like paw prints.On a half iced cake.

As a baker why would you ever let someone these out into the world? Do they not know about this blog?!

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGrrl

It looks like one of the big problems was trying to do in buttercream what was originally done in fondant. but still....I can't imagine the horror of the recipients of those 'afters'. What a let-down!!

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Schreiber

The Mickey cake is more of a "Boo hoo" than a "Boo".

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

I kind of feel like these are bakery school cakes. The words are all well drawn, so obviously the teacher did those. Then problems arose when the teacher asked her students to complete the decorating.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I'm so glad you got that "intestine-y" out. Wait...that sounded wrong...

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

I Miss Disney. That Ride with Me wreck - the dot on the I looks like a Mickey head logo- most likely they were trying to make a heart. but it looks like they slipped in some subtle Disney.
The fondant worms on the last one are sooooo nasty.

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

It doesn't look like innards to me so much as it looks like bacteria cultures in a petri dish

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterccrow

Watch out for that Disney's got the crack in the universe from Series 5 of Doctor Who!

February 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Ha! The intestine-y one isn't fondant at all, that's (part of) the problem! It's definitely piped buttercream that wasn't smoothed all the way. I pipe a lot of larger designs on cake (with a large round tip), and they look that way until you smooth them out - I use an angled spatula followed by some viva paper towels, and this is EXACTLY what it looks like about halfway through the process! I'm not entirely sure why you would stop halfway through the process, but I'm also not sure who produces cakes like these, looks at them, and says "eh, I bet someone would pay for this."

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Bippity, Boppity...euww!

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

I balk at the idea of blaming Cake Wrecks for these bakers' ineptitude. Anyone who would agree to make these cakes and be willing to present such awful work is a fool.

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Cake number three looks more like a "Bibbity Bobbity, Oops."

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Oh man what is in the water these wreckerators are drinking before they decide to make a cake? Cannot believe they actually try and sell these lol. Or have sold them in some cases.. yikes.

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

The red bits on the top tier of that last one look like the little bits of brain that Liv eats on her salads in any given episode of iZombie!

February 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Wrecky Replay messes with my head so much, I think I'm having craaazy levels of deja vu until I see the little tag at the bottom!

March 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

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