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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

Wrecky No More? Decorating Tips & Tricks From The Prefessionals

Sometimes the right fondant choice can mean the difference between this:





(Yes, it's the same cake. And yes, leaving it in a hot car for 6 hours MAY have played a small part...)


So next time, consider Decorator Preferred Fondant®

It protects your cakes from the elements, and looks great doing it!


Ruh-roh, don't look now, but I think this baker may need a support group:


If only she'd used Wilton's Bamboo Dowel Rods.

And at less than $5 for a pack of twelve, how could she afford NOT to?


You know, minions, with all the wrecks we're seeing these days:

Do you ever wonder why we bother with store-bought at all?

Wilton offers convenient decorating classes at both your local JoAnn's *and* Michael's. With just a few short weeks of training, you can guarantee your family wreck-free birthdays from now on.

Also helpful?

Their Deluxe Practice Board!

Just $29.95 on Wilton's website. And don't forget to use the promo code "cakewrecks"!


Oh man! Someone misspelled birthday again?

With Wilton's Message Press Sets, birthday misspellings are a thing of the past!

Guaranteed to be spelled correctly - or your money back. ;)


"But Jen," you're saying, "My kids want a monkey- shaped cake this year - and I'm afraid mine will look like this!"


Never fear, Imaginary Reader With Real-Life Concerns! Wilton's got you covered there, too:

Their shaped cake pans start at just $13.95, and there's a huge variety of fun shapes and characters to choose from.


Remember, you want to see wreckage here on Cake Wrecks:

NOT on your dining room table.


Thanks to Danielle V., Melissa L., Michelle S., Whitney K., Sarah, and Virgipooh for providing us with some much needed inspiration. And please help us welcome our new site sponsor, Wilton!


Thank you for using our Amazon links to shop! USA, UK, Canada.

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Reader Comments (56)

There is no place funner than the internet on April Fool's Day!! Thanks for the giggles.

[Editor's note- We thought it would be funny to make it really believable and link to the actual products. Turns out that was too much for some people. So now, all the links have been changed. -john]

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDonnaC

Please... please pleaseeeeee... tell me that this is an April Fool's joke? Please?

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterConcerned in Canada

Um... are those Peeps wearing dark hats, in the Cake Gift Box Square?

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

I kept expecting an April Fools joke somewhere, like it's sponsored by PanWow or something!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

But John! If everyone uses these products instead of buying cakes, what will happen to the site? You haven't thought this through! Also, I challenge Wilton to ice a cake with their fondant and leave it in a hot car for 6 hours, then let you see the result.

Anyone who asks for an all black wedding cake deserves everything they get. What about their poor guests' teeth?

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

Yay for new sponsor!!!! Congrats guys.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I see what you did there...

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergmh

Congratulations on your new sponsor; that's fantastic!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

*checking calendar date*


April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam B

The product placement was very subtle. I almost didn't notice it. Nice job, guys!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Am I the only one who would buy that last cake???

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSam

We are most amused. Also, we are feeling svelte after losing more than 40 pounds in the last month by NOT eating cake but living entirely on fruit pies.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

**Gets out heart-shaped pan to bake the CW team a heart-shaped wreck.**

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Seems as if we must get out the annual April Fools Wheel! *pulls the lever* Real, fake, real, fake, and it lands on...! (Fill in the blank yourself)

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCook-in-training

Hey! I took a Wilton (tm) Cake Decorating Class, and that last wreck is mine! You should be ashamed for laughing at me!

(See also: Right back atcha, J and J(tHoJ)!!)

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

*watches as any "jokes" fly over her head* I'm not sure I get it, as I have taken Wilton courses and know that many of these products ARE available. That said, I'm still shaking my head over the first two pictures. :P

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

...But WAIT!!! There's MORE!!!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Oh, you TOTALLY got me. I was trying to come up with a kind way to say that while I had no objection to your accepting sponsorship or product placement, that you shouldn't let the sponsors write the posts themselves.

Ack. Well-played, Jen.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Please, PLEASE no. Wilton is a special kind of suck. Please, no Cakewrecks.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFallon Brumback

Wait 'til they see the post sponsored by chocolate Ex-Lax.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Sharyn - Chocolate Ex-Lax: It's what's for dessert... If you really hate your guests...

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Happy AF Day! I'm happy af that you got a sponsor!


April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

While I personally love the idea of a black fondant wedding cake I hope they warn their guests that eating that black Wilton fondant may turn their poop green as well as their teeth. Some people I warn...some I don't. Muhahaha....

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterManda

Love your site always! Happy April Fool's Day and was I the only one that noticed Prefessionals instead of Professionals so far in the title?! Keep up the awesome work!!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Dillon

ahaaaaaaa - LOVED IT! What a throwback to big hair, skinny pants -- and the singer is a Ginger! What a hoot! Thanks for the April Fools Day giggle! I woulda bought that monkey pan, though!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Ahhh...the Wilton cake pan. Such fond memories. I still have several in the far back reaches of a dark closet that were purchased in the 80s when they were way cool (I am not a professional cake decorator guys, give me a break). My husband terrorizes our adult children every year when their birthdays roll around. They groan in fear when he starts talking about baking one of his infamous "Puppy" or "Mario" cakes. And yes, the parentheses are intentional.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

I almost missed out on the fun because I sometimes don't click the links...glad I did today!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Paper

I LIVE by Wilton products! I'm lucky I'm blessed with some talent, or my kid would be getting grocery store cakes with plastic flotsam on them. Instead, she'll be getting some decent fondant My Little Ponies. Wilton is also the only thing really readily available to me without going online. I wish I could post pictures of my ponies on here for you to see Jen!

Am I the only one that's super sad that beautiful black cake melted? Really, why was it in a car so long? Was that really in the car? Who...why...that poor baker! It's bad enough to see someone cut into your creation, but to see it melted. I am heartbroken for them.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShannah

You got me good. Mostly because I've wished for many years that Wilton would sponsor you. Happy fool me day!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

That black cake was made by me! And actually, no fondant was used at all! 'T was all ganache... Hence the melting. The customer (my friend) didn't quite understand the difference between leaving it out of the fridge and leaving it in the car! But luckily we were able to fix it!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle V.

Did someone protest about the links? Because I notice they've been changed from what they were when I first saw the post earlier today.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Kal

Off with yer heads!!

Seriously though. People are a little too intense. It was funny even when it went to Amazon.

"How dare you place advertisements in your post." Really?

Aye Dios mio.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaaren

Read today's post and thought no.....they didn't. And then I remembered what day it was. Thanks for the laughs!
And Manda - thanks for the warming about eating Wilton's black fondant and it turning various body parts and products green. Laughed a lot at your post!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Bahaha! Thanks for the laughs! @Sharyn, I think Chocolate Ex-Lax sponsored the monkey(?) wreck.

@Danielle, thanks for your good-humored courage. It's fascinating to see how you structured the cake, but I can't imagine how you fixed that mess!

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjuice

As a Wilton instructor, that has taught for 18+ year, I approve this message!!!!
PS: I use your Cake Wreck book in class to motivate my students who think they can't do it.

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHeather G.

'Love the classic rickrolls...! I'm never gonna give Rick Astley up! Next April Fools, though, you may want to change up each of the rickroll links. Say, for example, use this: :)

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEmmay

Oh man.. I love April Fool's but now I wonder why would one leave a cake in the car for six hours? I know this has probably happened lol. Wow.

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

If this is indeed genuine and not an April Fool's joke, then congrats on a marriage made in heaven!

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

That black cake was gorgeous (um, before melting anyway). Completely forgot yesterday was april fools, so was thinking congrats and it would be kind of cool to do the occasional how not to cake feature (not that you have to, totally love the posts we get now).

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbelblue

Danielle V - it was gorgeous and WOW you were able to fix that cake?! You must have a magic wand...because, again WOW!!

I never comment, but my kids & I LOL at CW every week (we save up a week's worth & then binge). After reading about the fallout on this post I am shaking my head in confusion. How could regular readers NOT get the joke? Seriously, this site is tongue in cheek magic post after post...this one is SO obviously a bit of fun.
Stay strong Cake Wrecks!!

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCoffeMom

Oh heavens! I just snorted preferred fondant out of my nose right along with my coffee. Awesomesauce!

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMia

I don't "get" the haters. I think it's funny. I'm SO sorry that you had to endure them. :( I also don't understand why they would leave. Hopefully, new people will come because of this and the ones that left will find out the truth and come back. I don't like EVERYTHING that you post, but I like enough of it to keep coming back. :) (I could do without the gore and the nasty ones.)

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarilee

How does someone leave a cake in a car for 6 hours?? Do they not know how cake works?

I don't see any angry comments, but whomever was angry--get over yourselves. This website is one of the best on the Internet, and people who can't take a joke need to eat more cake.

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

So I missed it yesterday but after seeing today's post had to look. funny!

Why do people get their panties in a wad ?

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDenine

“Haters, back off!”
― Miranda Sings

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEmmay

Wow, seriously?!?! People were offended by that?? Geez people, relax, enjoy life, eat cake.

p.s. they may be cake wrecks but they're still edible.

April 2, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkrista

So did the final link Rickroll yesterday? It's the only one I tried today and literally LOLd. Well played. Sorry people have sticks up their butts.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Yes! Please rush me my bucket of double reinforced Idiot-Proof (TM) Fondant with new and improved additive Wreck-O-Stop!


Oh, damn, I just noticed the date of this post. Back to slumping buttercream for me. :-(

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdr handle

Cyndi - I agree. And obviously, those sticks are Wilton Bamboo Dowell Rods!

J & J - We love you, as much as we love really good chocolate butter cream.

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternanalettie

I'm very sorry to hear of the wicked backlash. I didn't read until today & thus missed much of the hoopla. I wish I could say I'm surprised that people are so mean, but I can't be. The world is a crazy place, & the Internet is even crazier. I have been reading you guys for probably over a decade & I know how much work this must be. Please don't let it dishearten you. You guys are awesome & hilarious. Now I just need to feel sheepish about the Wilson piping bag I bought today to try out on my daughters birthday cake soon. I am the opposite of a professional & thought I'd try to teach myself without a big investment. Is it just laughable for professionals to use their products or are they so crappy that no one should use them?? Wondering if I should return my unopened stuff...

Hang in there, CW team!

April 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLongtime Reader

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