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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

Oops! They Did It Again

Will you guys ever get tired of seeing wedding missed marks? 'Cuz I'm thinking, "no."

Let's test that theory, shall we?


What the bride wanted:

What the bride got:

That'll buff out.


A lovely leaf motif:

And a lovely...oh good grief:

Actually, that leaf design is so popular I have two wedding wrecks based on it:

Whoah. This baker needs to make like a tree, and get out of tree decorations.

(Hm. I feel like that line didn't go quite right. Maybe I should follow it up with something clever.)



(Theeere we go.)

This next one's in reverse order; here's what Anthony L's bakery replaced another bakery's initial wreck with, and with only an hour and a half to do so before the wedding started:

Not bad for less than two hours' work, right?


Especially when you compare what the original cake (again, from another bakery) looked like:

Am I the only one who thinks this looks like Play-Doh? I keep expecting it to spring to life, claymation style. And then maybe turn into a giant demon dog and terrorize a nerdy New York accountant.

Just me?


Here's a fun, modern pattern:

Aaaaand the fun stops HERE:

It's never a good sign when your cake is crying.


Goodness gracious, great balls on wires!

Seriously. They're like shiny little bubbles of joy - totally cute.


These, on the other hand, are just...



Thanks to Krista V., Emily B., Allison I., Anthony L., Tempest J., & Sarah B. for feeding our horrible wedding wreck obsession.


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Reader Comments (18)

Black? On a wedding cake? Yeah, that seems appropriate.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Most of these seem to be a failure to translate fondant to buttercream.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Those awful cakes with leaves on them makes me want to say, "son of a beech...or is it birch?" What makes these wreckorators think they can go out on a limb and branch out into tree decorations? What do these crazy ideas stem from? It's as if someone planted a seed in their minds that they could do this. Someone needs to get to the root of the problem. However this got started, no one is showing them how to do it right, it's as if no one is at the elm to steer this movement in the right direction. Is this oak-ay? I think knot. Willow they ever stop? These are so bad they'll never be poplar. We can only pine fir the days when bakers were truly professionals. Maybe these saps should be stuffed in a trunk until they cedar error of their ways. I know this has me stumped and I'm bushed. I mean, what they do isn't art - it's horrorticulture.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Great post, Punster-Mike!

To answer your original question, Jenn: an emphatic NO -- we will never be tired of these wedding cake wrecks! They are the best -- er, worst?

Would love to know the backstory on these. Did Anthony L. refuse the first altogether? How did the first bakery react? Did they think they made an acceptable cake? How did he find another bakery so fast?

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDee, just Dee

#TeamSavedTheDay for the bakery that helped out that bride. You guys are AWESOME!

Also fondant----->butter cream designs almost never work out. If the decorator has such mad skills to pull that off, you're gonna pay the big bucks anyway.

What's with all the sketchy fug fondant work and nasty piping? The time to learn is not on a client's cake.

Question, how are the leaves done on the original cake? Curious.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFordPrefect313

The "two-fer" wrecks (4th and 5th from the top)...Well, Jen's suggestion was spot ON!
(Not that I'm excited,mind you.....)
That *camo* design .uhhh..anyone else here see a hostage with a camo head wrap covering the face? No? Okay......really. Here they come with my meds...

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I'd be happy with that fourth original. The more (icing) the merrier! 8-d

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBea

Bravo, Mike ^^^

I agree with Becky..........fondant to buttercream never yields the same look. However, it can still be done better than these!!!

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKimS

Did the team that made the beautiful replacement cake get to eat the wreck? I feel like they should have been given it as a reward for pulling that off in so little time. And tts not like you can return a cake.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTifa

And it's Mike for the win!

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterALLEGRA

I wish they'd share the budget also. Like, did they dig in with the picture of the blown sugar ball cake, which is super simple looking but actually probably very labor intensive, with only a 37.48 budget?

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShellie

Mike wrote a regular tree-tise in his post. Very punny!

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I looked at that first leaf wreck and thought "you know... it's not as bad as it could be". Then I scrolled and I was right! LOL Those poor brides.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I agree with Becky. The majority in this post are because the Bakers are doing it in buttercream instead of fondant. You can't get there from here. You can do great things with both but the exactness that can be achieved with fondant blows out buttercream. My question is, when the brides walk in with a photo of what they want, do they LOOK at the samples? If they don't see fondant in the samples... walk away, no, just walk away. Love ALL your posts!!

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLori

The second leaf wreck looks like camouflage.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Ann

So glad the bride got a better cake. Wow to the original I really hope they didn't pay for that one.. ugh.

October 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

No, we will never get tired of them. It's my whole reason for reading.

October 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTracey C

Are the balls on the wreck version strung on twist-ties- the kind that comes with a pack of food storage bags?

October 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercolleenoz

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