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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

Picture Perfect

The Good: You hired a fabulous wedding photographer.

The Bad: Not so much with the baker.

The Ugly:

This has to be the most beautiful photo of a Wreck I've ever seen. The fact that the photographer submitted it - along with tales of watching the baker catch the toppling cake with her bare, unwashed hands before serving it - only adds to the beauty. 

And really, what's a photographer tasked with making a wedding Wreck look good supposed to do? Well, after careful study, I've come up with a few options.


Option 1: Try an action shot in the background.

"Ok, bride, groom? You two stand behind the cake here. Now...reach for that wineglass!"

"Hmm, not quite enough action. Bride's dad? How about a running tackle?"


Option 2: Flowers

"We're gonna need another bunch for the middle tier, stat."


Option 3: Blend it with a busy background.

"Cake? What cake?"


Option 4: More flowers.


No, seriously. MORE FLOWERS.


You: But, Jen, those cakes look great!

Me: Exactly.


Option 5: When all else fails... PhotoShop

Take that Wreck from this... this!

The irony, of course, is they'll pay more for the retouched photo than they did for the cake.

Oh, and to whoever starts a cake photo retouching service after reading this post: I want my cut.


Thanks to Wreckporters D Tyler Photography., Tiffany A., Jen A., Wendy T., Andrew Jordan Photography, Jennifer J., Jacq, Random, & Rebecca Z.


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Reader Comments (9)

DANG! The photographer cropped off the expression on the gentleman's face in picture 2. I want to see what he REALLY thought of the brown spotted cake-lump.

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

You could be on to something, here!! That, or maybe just ON something....That blur effect is making me confused!

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That last photo IS actually better than the one in focus! Wow!

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The room with the “great-looking” cakes appears to be a funeral home, or a venue of some kind dressed up for a funeral. Is there such a thing as a venue wreck?

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

The blue and green blobs look like the frosting in tubes from the grocery store !!

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I really hope these brides got their money back O_o

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

A poem I made up after I saw these cakes:
Polka dots and sloppy frosting,
I wonder how much those cake are costing,
Flowers try to cover up
These disasterous wedding cake flops
When all else fails photo shop is used
And the messy cakes become good as new!

May 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterR.

@ R. -- Terrific poem.

On #1, if the bride has to depend on the baker to cut the cake, you KNOW the cake has got to be in trouble. I've never had to cut any wedding cake I made (venue did it), although the first time, I was concerned about the wooden dowels that I used as supports--I was reassured that they were used to those things. I'm still trying to figure out why there were snakes on the side of that silly ghastly cake!

May 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

Well I would have loved to see the bride's reaction to the cake. Any of those cakes lol.

May 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

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