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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

Fade To Wreck

Just when you thought Fridays couldn't get any better, along comes...



Molly S. ordered this lovely ombré design for her wedding cake:

But instead, she got this:

Molly paid $500 for it.
It was still frozen solid in the middle.
And it left a giant puddle on the tablecloth.



Stephanie R. tells us the bride wanted a combo of these two cakes:

Oooh. Aaah.

So, a blue ombré fade on a smooth tiered cake with a monogram?






And finally, not a wedding cake, but Michelle tells me they wanted this for Madisyn's birthday:


I guess the baker didn't feel like making all those strands of fondant, though - which would probably be ok, provided the aforementioned baker can pipe even lines of oh who are we kidding.

Mmm. Finger-y.


Thanks to Molly, Stephanie, & Michelle for reminding us maybe it's time for a new trend. I'm thinking... chevrons. Eh? What could go wrong?


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Reader Comments (16)

Obviously it's true...there are some bad ombrés out there....

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjust passing through

Hey, at least they spelled the kid's name right. . . 🙄

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I will never understand how any baker could let wrecks such as these out of their shops. can anyone look at these monstrosities and think 'Yeah, that looks great! They'll love it!'?

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Bratzel

Looks like we have some ... bad ombrés.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter3Davideo

Wow. I think the only reason that pink leaning tower of pitiful cost so much was that they had to pay PER TON. Maybe they enjoyed it with Pepto shots..
Might as well live it up! Yah?

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Some people just don't even TRY to do a decent job. What can be easier than fondant 'snakes'?

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Half the issues the I keep seeing with cakes, is that the baker never uses fondant but always buttercream. Sorry, that doesn't work that way.

$500 for that wedding cake? Nope, I would have send it back right away and not pay.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea MacLeod

The last one, at least they spelled birthday correctly

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe One who remains nameless

Well, I guess Madisyn should be happy she got severed fingers instead of severed...dangly bits.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLCL

Tell me, please tell me, that people didn't just accept these wrecks calmly. I would've been all over the so-called bakers, demanding a refund and getting some massive apologies...not to mention spreading word as far as I could about the awful work.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChrisPV

Given that fondant strings can be made with a play-do press, that is really inexcusable. And I would have recommended non-payment on the rest. Simply not what was contracted for.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Poor Madisyn will be scarred for life with nightmares of cake fingers reaching out from a pink grave to take her.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlaw

Madisyn? Seriously?

September 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia Leigh McLendon

Oh man well at least they got the name spelled correctly. Now who won't have nightmares about pepto pink fingers coming to get you?

September 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

What is that monogram supposed to be: Z F よ ?

September 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJamoche

The most enraging one for me is the Madysin cake. The others were also quitters tries, but this cake makes me stabby.

Got the name spelled right, so there is a hint of functioning neurons.
Color is close enough for horse shoes and hand grenades.
Actually USED fondant, but for whatever reason (ran out of fondant?) decided to use butter cream smears instead of snakes.

My local 24 hour big box store sells tub fondant and food coloring. Call up the customer and ask for a modification (no snakes as opposed to smears)?

Also the fondant looking like a clay pinch pot before smoothed out it is maddening.

True wrecks are don't enrage me as bad as that birthday cake. I'd rather see a total fail, than a person who probably could pull off a cake, phone it in.

September 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFordPrefect313

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