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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

Big Day, Big Wrecks

By popular demand, here are a few more Inspiration vs Perspiration Wedding Wrecks. And shame on you all for finding them so funny.

What was ordered:


What was received:

Fortunately Christine C. reports the the bride and family had a great sense of humor about this Wreck, and even dubbed it the "bamPOO" cake. Heheh.




And received:

Uh, since the cake itself leaves me speechless, I'm going to comment on the background. Hey Jessica M., is that Chewbacca through the window? I mean, given the Han Solo & Leia topper, I was wondering if Chewie was the ring-bearer or something.


And lastly, ordered:


Aaaand received:

You have to wonder if that swipe was a result of the bride fainting at the sight of it, don't you? Still, I guess she should count her blessings: imagine if the wreckerator had been asked to write something on it!



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Reader Comments (18)

Maybe bakers should be required to get a license...

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1


I'd be inclined to think the bride took a furious swing at that third one, or banged her fist down on the table refusing to pay for that mess of slop.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

Don't the bakeries have a portfolio of their past works?
Duh, I guess not. The bride just takes the baker's word for the quality of previous cakes.

Do the actually pay the full asking price for the finished product?

(I got a tattoo, but not until I looked through the books of the various artists. Not taking their word for what they could do.)

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGrrly Girl

I swear, some of these "decorators" don't even TRY to get it right. Maybe they figure a wedding cake is a one shot deal, they're not going to get a second order, so they don't even try.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

1) bamPoo is a perfect rendering. Although I wonder how the baker managed to squat down over the cake and get that pattern.
2) A Star Wars topping? Will you Luke at that? This baker's standards are Solo I'd never hire him. In fact, they should have Leia'd him out over this one, maybe even Landoing a good haymaker on his jaw. He should have been Forced out of the business. Nobody should ever say to him, "Yoda man".
3) Hooray for the red, white and green? Actually, I think the big gash is a mouth. You can see his two beady black eyes on the top tier. I think this is the great, great, great, great, (you get the idea), ancestor that the albino piranha from a few days back evolved from.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I’ve seen several “professional” decorators include photos from the internet that were not their own work. I don’t think seeing the portfolio is necessarily going to help...

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnother jenn

As a home based baker myself, I will never understand how some people can deliver these cakes to a wedding, knowing full well that the bride will be upset. If you can't do a cake, don't take the order! I'm not a wedding cake person at all. I prefer the fun, specialty cakes. On occasion I have done some super simple wedding cakes. One or two tiers only, all white. LOL...when brides contact me and send me the photo of what they are thinking, if it's too detailed with piping or intricate, I know my limits and I've told several people over the years that what they want is out of my level of expertise and I'm not the baker for them. I really wish people would do their homework too. Look at the baker's reviews and social media. If you don't see many wedding cakes in their portfolio...then maybe move on to someone else. I would never want to ruin a brides special day.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I just can’t believe these are done by “professional” bakers! Can’t they see how different the end result is from the requested cake?! SMH but love cake wrecks!! Thanks for the laughs!

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

The filigree work on #2 is much better than most. This should only be a partial wreck.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Is the middle wreck leaning against the wall?

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYet another Jen

If I ever get married again (highly unlikely, since my husband and I are coming up on our 40th this fall), I'm going to INSIST that my decorator undergo a brain-scan first to make sure they don't have whatever neurological problem is responsible for most of these wrecks. I mean...if you look at a photo of *any* of Cake Wrecks' original cakes, and render *any* of the corresponding results, you need your head examined.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHairfish

I agree with Sharon. It is surprisingly good, even though it is not at all like the original design, which was much simpler.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

I think that the filigree work on #2 was helped by a stencil and enhanced with piping on top. Good plan. Of course, a bigger differential in diameter from one tier to another would help. But if you cannot make straight sides and keep the sucker from leaning, you shouldn't be doing tiered cakes at all. Yeesh!

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Sometimes on these requested/received wrecks, it would be fun to know the price of the inspiration cake and what was paid for the received cake. The last one was hard to swallow.

April 27, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterzoozoo

Wreckerators must love to live dangerously. Even daring to bring these to the reception makes me wonder if they even care about the work they do lol.

April 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

The sad thing is how achievable these starting cakes are, as long as you know how to cake.
Make 3 square tiers, some ropes out of fondant, or modeling chocolate, or even marzipan, and use the back of a knife to pop in some lines, and boom, there's cake 1.
For cake 2, it's 3 round tiers, circle of fondant on top, then get yourself a stamp for the scrollies (I've seen them on Craftsy, they're NOT that expensive!) and follow the lines with your piping, and a line of frosting to hide the join on the tiers.
Cake 3 is decorated with Wavy strips of fondant, which even a reasonably coordinated middle schooler could help with.

April 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTabbykitten13

I'm impressed by the family that made jokes about the BamPOO cake - sounds like it will be a long and happy marriage!

April 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

And here I was thinking that whoever got that first cake really got bamboozled!

May 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJMixx

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