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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

Expectation VS Wreck-ality

What They Wanted:


What They Got:

Oh dear. As we say in the South, "GOBRESS their heart."


Christina ordered a really gorgeous Frozen design:


...but unfortunately her own cake fell flat:

Maybe it's just cold?

(Bah dum CHA.)


And finally, you've really got to respect a baker who looks at this cake:


...and then says to their customer, "Not only can I make that exact wine bottle cake, I can even hand pipe the label."



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Reader Comments (18)

… and, resting on a bed of dead worms too!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

1) Is the cross on this wreck an icing creation? It looks like something crocheted and then just dropped on top of the cake. And "Gobless"? Is this a lazy baker making up a new word by trying to combine two? Or does it mean there are no gobs on this cake?
2) Either Olaf needs to go on a diet or the "8" in the star next to him indicates tonnage. What else could flatten the cake like this?
3) I think this one should read "Echo Fails". I bet the baker was imbibing as he made this wreck.

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

We got hit by lightning yesterday so I didn't get a chance to comment on Thursday's cakes. The first one said "mist" instead of "missed". The newspaper obituary used that spelling for a friend of ours. "She will be mist."
Her husband was NOT amused.

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

The last cake, while not great, was at least a decent attempt. That frozen cake on the other hand...

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

At first glance, I thought the first one said "GOBLESS". Then I saw "GODLESS", which seemed even more... on-topic.

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

What the heck happened to Olaf's face; is this his evil twin?

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterShirlk

That wine bottle is actually better than I expected it to be as I scrolled down from the "What They Wanted" picture. It isn't good, but I was expecting to be so much worse LOL

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Gobless you!
Even thought that "l" looks more liks an "r" to me.
In which case, Gobress you!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSue W.

...Does that first one say "GOBLESS"?
And the "Frozen" attempt..? The *stuff* under the *topper* looks lke some little girl's frilly, tulle petticoat!!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns =^-.-^=

Eh... so it's still not illegal to "bait and switch" with cakes?

Every time I view one of these, my IQ drops another point. Pretty soon... I'll qualify as a cakewreck decorator!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDancing With Lasagna

Do you want to build a layer cake?
This really isn't how it's done
For when you stop it should be nice and tall
You had some gall
To make it barely even one (layer, that is)

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterYet another Jen

I was so focused on the wrecky flower cross on the first one, I didn't even notice gobress at first.

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjustme

Omg crazy my
Daughters Olaf cake made the list from 31/2 years ago top pic is what I orders from a professional bakery minus the top tier and bottom pic is what I got paid $100 for the cake but was reimbursed after much arguing/complaining with the owner. It tasted amazing though!!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Robbins

Oh wow that first communion cake words can't even describe the laughing fit.. I feel so bad for the customer lol.

September 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterArlene Marie

Purple poo ribbons
Cradle bismuth colored juice
Subliminal wine.
....and @sendingtheclowns =^-.-^=, the cake is just sporting a rhumba butt.

September 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMedith

Someone needs to talk to some of these "bakers" about edible images. That wine bottle would have been passable if they had used one on fondant and skipped the drowned worms in the box, sheesh! Btw, did anyone else pick up on the original bottle cake that the "shred in the box looked like Big League Chew bubble gum?

September 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJacki

I should have left a special comment here... the day of this post is my birthday. No, I didn't get a wreck, just a cake. It was yummy, though.

1) The wanted cake sure is pretty. The cake they got... uh, looks like... they left it sitting on the counter for about two weeks during summer. And the cockroaches decided to be creative. Also, GOBRESS DIS CAEK!!!

2) Can't say the cake fell flat. I think the "Frozen" cake just melted. (I do wonder about the shiny crystal thingies on the wanted cake... what are they made of? Hope it's something edible!)

3) This one I shall defend. Even if it's not quite like what the customer wanted, at least they actually tried. As far as wrecks go, this one is, by far, not one of the worst. Though the bed of, uh, purple tapeworms... isn't very reassuring.

November 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGutz Grilla

These are pretty awful... I know the Olaf one was ordered from a professional bakery, and if the others were as well, they ought to be ashamed. But as a non-professional decorator, I can tell you many people come to the bakery I used to decorate for (in a retail/grocery store) asking for the cakes they see on pinterest,or showing me a professional cake and asking me to duplicate it. And, once and for all, if the cake you want is done with fondant, doing it in buttercream will NOT look remotely similar!

March 2, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterkiria

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