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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

Inspiration vs Perspiration

I know this post is going to test the limits of my credibility with you, faithful Cake Wrecks readers, so here is the originating site*, provided by Summer from TX, to prove I am not making this up.


First, the inspiration:

Which isn't bad, I guess, if you've got a Brave Heart kind of vibe going for your wedding. Certainly it's executed well.


Anyway, here is what the paid, "professional" baker provided:


[glancing between the two photos]

It’s like seeing double, isn’t it?

I mean, sure, the second one is collapsed in on itself, slumped over to one side, and channeling a bit more Bob Marley than William Wallace, but besides all that I’d say the decorator was bang on, wouldn’t you? Ok, ok, if you wanted to get picky about it, I guess that crack in the bottom – the one you can see the cake through? – that probably should have been iced over. Oh, and the red stripe might look a little nicer if it were one continuous line – or for that matter, if the line were straight. (Perhaps a little too much Red Stripe was consumed before icing the red stripe, eh? Eh? Come on, that was freakin’ hilarious, people: Bob Marley? Jamaican beer? Booya!)

Come to think of it, maybe that mass of squiggles in the mid section isn’t the best example of plaid I’ve ever seen, either. [tilting head to one side] Huh. Yeah. Ok, Summer, you got me: I can sort of see why the bride sued.

*Note from john- I have been told the original site has some NSFW ads. Proceed with caution.


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Reader Comments (20)

Please, please, for the love of Decency, tell me this "cake" didn't cost $100,000.00 as the original site seems to imply. Was that the cost of the whole wedding?

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrancisco

I remember this post! I just sat staring at that cake for the longest time. I laughed because it was so ugly, and wept for the same reason. Yup. I'd had sued, too.

(Are you going to show us the Ruby Slippers cake, too? That was another classic.)

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

wow! Just wow! I'm lost for words on the shockingness of the supplied "cake" (and the apparent $100k price tag for the original inspiration. I think that cake would cost around £6000 currently in the UK).
Just a message that the originator site is NSFW - I got some distinctly unsavoury ads pop up on the bottom and side banners!

[Editor's note- Really? I had no idea. I'll add a tag to the link so people know. Thanks for the heads up! -john (the hubby of Jen)]

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe baking chemist

Wow, talk about something that would make you cry at your own wedding and not because it's supposed to be the happiest day of your life! Not to mention, you HAVE to know the guests were looking at it like "What is that supposed to be???" I'm starting to think these wreckers are severe overachievers who not only lack true talent but the ability to say "no, I can't do that". This poor bride, she certainly has my sympathy.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBossyHeifer

To get the full impact of this, check the original for a comment from a coworker of the groom. Has more info on what the hay happened here.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVerlie

Aye, it's Robert Burns it tis"

This wreck is like a red, red rose
That's stomped and smashed in June:
My god, it's like the melody
Played wildly out of tune.

How bad is this, my wrecked, wrecked cake?
So horrified am I;
And I will hate this horrid mess,
Till all the seas gang dry.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The first cake is beautiful! The second one, so many problems!

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

One of my all-time favorites!

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

The "professional" baker who made the cake in the second picture should be ashamed. I feel so bad for the bride and groom who got this as their wedding cake. I would certainly not have paid for this catastrophe.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

That's a... er... interesting design. You know, half-smushed and uneven...

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRune

Oh man. I remembered this one and criinnnngggged as I scrolled down. It's just as bad as I remembered. Ugh.

June 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdee

Oh come on, y'all are SO picky! That lace on the bottom is so classically retro 80s! No, seriously, weddings give me hives. I literally begged my daughter to elope. She didn't, but the little luncheon afterwards was very, very low-key, very much family and close friends. No announcements, nothing like that. Family friends of the groom, the groom's parents and we all worked together and it got done. And it was wonderful!!! And we just got a simple cake from Albertson's with swirly roses all over it. It was beautiful. Had this cake showed up at the reception, I think I would have cried too.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Well played, SuBee.

I'd never choose the first cake but it's well done and I can see it working for someone else. As for the second one, I hope it tasted really amazing, because that's the only potentially positive thing about it.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Hopefully it tasted better than it looks

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Matava

I believe the $100,000 tag is just a price that page's template forces the user to fill. Clearly, the page is not actually offering the sample cake for sale. That said, I do hope the bride got a fair settlement.

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterViktoria

*Note from john- I have been told the original site has some NSFW ads. Proceed with caution.

NOW you tell me!

June 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Oh man I can't remember if the bride won the lawsuit or not but I sure hope she did. Would love to know what the baker was thinking when they dropped that off at the wedding..looks like it had been dropped a few times already lol.

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

The pitiful attempt at plaid more closely resembles a read-out from an EKG monitor... kinda looks like the "patient" is throwing PVCs LOL

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

This was the cake that made me a Cakewrecks fan! My son, who was only about 12 at the time, also loved it, and sometimes, we'd pull it up online and stare at it, just for the giggles. Not to get all dramatic or anything, but this came about during a pretty "down" period of our lives, and this cake provided some much-needed levity back then. For that reason, I'll forever "love" this cake. Also, it's just about the wreckiest baked thing I've ever seen! Thank you for this wonderful blog. (Long time reader, first time commenter. )

June 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLMT

This Ian the original cake wreck. I followed the site it came from back in the day!

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterElli

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