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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.

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- Jen

Initial Discomfort

Monograms can add that perfect crowning touch of elegance to your wedding cake.


Or, they can look like this:

Proof that sometimes it's better to quit before letting your five-year-old write on the cake.


Still, it could be worse.

The monogram could match the rest of the cake:

Hey, it's not easy to make tinfoil look this good.


If you do find a mistake in your cake's monogram, don't panic. There are plenty of seamless ways for your baker to fix the error.

This isn't one of them.


Now, I'm all for sharing new words, broadening folks' horizons, furthering education, etc, but if you have to explain to the baker of your wedding cake what a monogram is - a "T, J, and H" put together, for example - then maybe, just maybe, a few alarm bells should go off.

Or I suppose you could just take your chances.

After all, what could go wrong?




At least the quotes add a little something "extra."


Thanks to today's wedding wreckporters Anony M., Hilary R., Cyndi P., & Cyndee M., who think all bakers should be required to ask, "Can I quote you on that?"


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Reader Comments (19)

I'm not understanding what's wrecked with the "B" monogram cake. It looks very nice. Can some one please explain what I could be missing?

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLori

The flowers on that yellow cake were an unfortunate choice. They resemble nothing so much as sliced bananas!

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Lori- the "B" monogram looks like that ovalish piece-I don't even know what to call it- was added to cover up something wrong underneath it. Maybe it was meant to look like a nameplate, but it just looks like an error was fixed. Otherwise, the B is rather nice!

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Lady Anne -that's just what I thought too. I wondered if it was a munchies cake since their initials THC also stand for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound in pot. A cake with banana flowers would probably just fit the bill. :-P

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJenah

Other than the spacing being off on the "K OS"....... It's fi--- oh, wait...has the decoration turned a "Havisham" mold green, or is it me?

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Lori, the baker stuck a piece of fondant with the fixed monogram over the mistake. Methinks it is more noticeable in person.
Took me a minute to realize it myself.

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Was the B cake supposed to be B& someone? And then someone called off the wedding at the last minute but B said to hell with this I'm still gonna have my cake AND eat it???

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMOT

I would be afraid to eat a cake that said "THC" without a designated ride home. Don't get stoned on wedding cake and drive, people. But, I guess, at least it's clearly labled?

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Glad I'm not the only one who went immediately to the THC cake and thought "hm. Maybe a monogram isn't the best choice in that circumstance?"

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFrankie

The second one resembles a family plot tombstone!

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAA

If you enlarge the picture you can see that is a cut out just stuck on top of the cake.

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaffaele

The tragedy of the first cake is that before the 5-year-old wrote on it, it was lovely.

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw the "THC" cake and thought, "Oh, dear, they didn't think that one all the way through."

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGrumpyGhostOwl

@sendingtheclowns: The term "Havisham mold green" is nothing short of genius. It tickles my old Goth heart, and I plan on appropriating/stealing it as brazenly as I do everything else in life. Cheers!

Your Pal,


July 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

Oh man those quotes add something to that last cake alright lol. Something horrible but maybe just turn the cake the other way and no one will notice?

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

In every case, if the monogram were executed better, they would be very nice amateur cakes. And I think the "B" cake is not that obvious. Practice your lettering bakers, over and over and over...

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhysicsmom

Can I admit that I didn't see too much wrong with the second and third cakes? Especially the third until someone pointed it out? (what's wrong with the second cake? The inscription doesn't match the rest of the cake?)

July 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

Nathan R. -- the second cake has layers that aren't squared off (the top two layers drooped on the edges), the third layer from the top isn't fully frosted, the draping is unevenly draped, the frosting or fondant looks kind of melty all over, and the bottom layer's treatment is unprofessional and strangely pinchy looking and there is at least one bare spot in the third layer. Just my two cents.

October 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Aside from the actual KOS initials, I"d happily have that cake at my wedding. It looks really nice (to me). I also plan to have that kind of blue hydrangeas so that's perfect!

August 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKiwiCath

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