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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

Here Comes The Snide

I can appreciate couples looking for that one-of-a-kind wedding theme to really blow their guests away, but I still think I'd draw the line at "Tornado Victim Chic."

Unless they're planning to have flying debris over the dance floor while the guests drink Hurricanes and play Twister.

In that case?

I am SO IN.


Blame my city slicker upbringing, but I had no idea corn could grow this way:

I guess the baker got an earful about how the bride wanted her cake to POP, eh, Colonel?


And say what you will about wreckerators, but they know that the show must go on. Even when they forget their spatulas and have to decorate the cake in the back of a moving delivery van, on a slalom course, blind-folded, on fire, and using nothing more than a spork and whatever they can scrounge from the bottom of the florist's trash bin.

Aaaaaand scene.


Thanks to Susie, Anony M., & Pat J., who tells me none of that actually happened, but I choose to believe it anyway so I can sleep at night. 


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Reader Comments (27)

Thank you for making me laugh out loud. So glad that I am not planning any event with cake. I remember how angry I was when my SIL brought a cake with pink flowers to my MIL's 80th birthday bash when I had planned a theme of yellow and white roses. I should have seen cake wrecks then. I would have been grateful for pink flowers.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

There are no words ....

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGayle

I don't... How... I... What the frack is the corny cake even supposed to BE?!?

I need a drink.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMER

Are those yogurt covered raisins? Why, why? I had delicious but very unexciting wedding cakes - they were very pretty but nothing unique - so tempted to have a 3rd wedding (not gonna happen :) so I can have a crazy theme, but I go with my mom's attitude - money should be spent on taste vs looks when it comes to food.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Re: the second one- what is that 5-layer thing!?

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago

WTF? That's "what the frosting" for all of you dirty birds out there. Which brings me to the first cake: I'm hoping that they were going for "cute bird tracks in the snow", not realizing they were creating something that looks like a toddler pushed their chubby little fingers into it repeatedly. There's nothing more to be said for the corn cake, it's aMAIZEing. That last cake renders me speechless. I got nothin.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCBushLite

I see pearls instead of popcorn on the second cake. I cannot begin to imagine the hours and hours of work it took to cover all five layers with such small balls. Too bad the final product just does not look attractive.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterD'Marie

That first cake with the birds in the snow coulda/woulda/shoulda been adorable, alas the wreckorator overdid it with the twig motif and the snowballs.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFairly Ridiculous

That last one looks like it was frosted with a steak knife.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMary D.

Last cake - ruffly!!

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjd

Sorry, I forgot. Are those bird foot prints on the top of that first cake? Twister at the reception = best reception ever!

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjd

Guess I'm in the minority, but I think the corn cake looks cool. I like the fact that they aren't uniform size and I respect the amount of effort it took. I don't know what the client wanted, but I'm not hating it.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

I have done cakes as a side business for about 15 years and am engaged. We've made the decision to forgo having a cake at the wedding due to cakewreck fears. Found a place that does shot glass desserts in like 12 flavors. Win win.

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Wonder how long it took to COBbble together that corn cake? Wedding? Really? But perfect for an FFA conference or a popcorn growers convention.

Twister reception -- extra credit for someone throwing a cow stuffed animal into the dance floor at random times "COW!"

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGoose

It's "end scene".

[Editor's note- Okay. -john (the hubby of Jen)]

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Claire

Because I really enjoying reaching for reasons here's my reason for the corn cake. Every year, in a small town near Buffalo, NY called Eden, they have the Eden Corn Festival. Perhaps this cake would be appropriate there!

Or not.

Now that I really look at it, the corn seems to be covered in candy or fondant. For this - there is no reason however absurd. Ptooie!

August 2, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpat gann

I suddenly have a yearning for a bowl
of Kellogg's Corn Pops!

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Y.

To be fair, I couldn't find an inspiration for the 'pearl' cake that wasn't also wrecky. I mean, this is about as good as it gets: Lumpy Pearl Cake

So really, they got what they asked for.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTracey C

I wondered if the corn cake was actually yogurt-dipped raisins.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMellie

So, just what the heck IS that on the "Corny" cake anyway?

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Laughed waaay too hard at the "tornado victim" cake and associated commentary. Thanks for sharing!

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I really wish there was a "like" button for some of these comments. That being said, I thought the corn cake was covered with pale peas. My bad.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

Did a bunch of Corn Pops cereal randomly come and attack this cake? Lol that's the only explanation I would believe.

August 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

#3: spackle is supposed to be smoother than that.

August 4, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

The angle of the picture of the corn cake with the pool behind it looked like the fountain was spraying out of the top of the cake.

August 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDarah513

The top one looks like it was perfectly fine until someone stuck a bunch of twigs into it to "fancy" it up.

August 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJingle Belle

I actually find the first and last cakes lovely. All these little birds on the twigs got me. Maybe it's also because both cakes got a fine icing and evenly disposed layers, not like the "roughly dumped" usual wrecky look.

January 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLeina

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