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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

Wedding Wrecks

Pay very close attention to these cake pairs, now; I wouldn't want you to get the Wreck mixed up with the Inspiration Cake. [eye roll]

First up:


Elodie M. asked her baker to do this, only with far fewer rose petals. The baker obliged by providing this:

Ah, nothing symbolizes the beginning of a new life with the one you love quite like shriveled old rose petals. On the plus side, at least they distract the eye away from the poor cake construction. The weird grass sprigs sprouting haphazardly from the side and top help in that arena, too.


Next, Claire G. discovered the hard way how important "pipemanship" (as opposed to penmanship) is.

What she wanted:

(I believe this is from Martha Stewart.)


What she got:

Such delicacy, such grace...

By the by, I don't monogram much, but I think the middle initial is supposed to be larger than the other two. I also think that if "msk" were a word, it would accurately describe the leveling job done on the leaning wonder here.


And lastly, Hannah W. asked for this, only with square tiers instead of round:


She even brought in the brown ribbon and fresh blue hydrangeas for the bakery to use. Pretty simple, right? Just make some white square tiers. But you know how some bakeries are, always complicating things...

Let's see. Misshapen layers, lumpy icing, no ribbon, electric teal icing "flowers"... What seems to be the problem, Hannah?


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Reader Comments (14)

Ahh, yes. I was wondering why my heartburn hadn't kicked in yet....
(Would you LOOK at the time?!)
The Martha Stewart makeover...IS it just me (as usual), OR, does anyone ELSE imagine that cake .....WHISPERING "mskmskmsk"....." All Around the Watchtower"...?

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Use of week old petals, not so good calligraphy, not using the materials that the bride provided...

Please tell me that the brides sued. Please...

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTere

*stares at last cake*

I...... It....... What........HOW?

On a related note, I really should learn to not drink coffee while scrolling through Cake Wrecks.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah H

In re the last cake request...Misshapen layers, lumpy icing, no ribbon, electric teal icing "flowers"....and the layers are still round, not square. but other than that........

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea R

The only way the second wreck could be made "better" would be if the M were a T--then it could provide its own commentary.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJade

" I also think that if "msk" were a word, it would accurately describe the leveling job done on the leaning wonder here."

It's just missing the T3 between the S and the K.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Sly

I also used the photo of the second cake as an example and also ended up with a cake wreck. Mine was featured on this site sometime in 2010.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Msk msk msk, what have we here.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKai Lowell

These cake wrecks do not look like professionals made them. I think they are the result of home cooks trying to copy beautiful professional creations.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Amy, thank you for the MST3K reference! I thought the same thing! And let's face it, isn't that what Cake Wrecks is of the baking world?

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCharisse

Man, that first bride would have been better off asking for a plain , white three tier cake and then asking the florist for some extra roses to be delivered with everything else and done the strewing herself! Or let the flower girl go to town at the beginning of the reception, that would have been better.

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBeth C.

Me, too, Amy Sly & Charisse! I was thinking "If that one cake said MST3K, that would be kind of awesome...especially with robot toppers."

August 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGypsygrrl

Am I the only one reacting to the horizontal poo layers?

August 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpat gann

Oh I can only imagine the bride going bridezilla on the wreckerators. Especially the one that brought them the ribbon and flowers only for them to give her poop layers. Poor bride.

August 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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