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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

Watch a Cake Being Wrecked

Lots of you are sending this in, so I figured I'd share. A few caveats first, though:

1) No, it's not professionally made.
2) Yes, I'm bending the rules by including it here on Wrecks.


A) Like the CCC, this "technique" must be stopped for the greater good.
B) It's really funny.
C) Mario Lopez in an apron! Hellooo, eye candy!

$500?!? Really? I think Wreckporter Gemma L. said it best: "If you'll fall for that then I know a Nigerian Prince who wants to talk to you."

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Reader Comments (398)

As scary as the whole wreck is, possibly the scariest thing is that she said she's done this cake for weddings. Did the brides cry?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not that I'm in love with this cake, but $40?? I'm pretty sure I could get all the supplies and do it for $20.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon & Aimee

hahahaha. thank you for sharing this.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSpace Oddities

"you ARE a messy little boy"

OMG, that sounded SO DIRTY!!! haha :-)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Oh. Oh my. Et tu, Mario????

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Oh my...#1: is she drunk? #2: why is this on tv? why is she trying to spread the word of making cheap cakes uglier? and #3: why would WANT to take credit for something that looks like this?? very strange indeed!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

OK, I have to come clean. After watching that, I thought, that attempt wasn't very good, BUT the concept isn't so bad. I am not very good at decorating cakes. Not horrible, good enough for family, but I'm not about to offer my talents to the mass public (except for that castle cake I made, I think I did an awesome job!). But, if I took some time to plan the theme and such, a cake "technique" like that might be pretty cute. IMOHO, of course!

But I would never pay $500 for a cake like that. Heck, I'm not sure my wedding cake cost much more than that! I'm not even sure if I've paid $40 for a birthday cake from the grocery store! Maybe I'm just cheap and need to get out more.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

My favorite line "We don't want the doggy to go POTTY on the cake"

Mmmmm. That is a nice visual.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJustfrosting

Oh man, I am ashamed. Embarrassed. Dude. I totally thought it was a cool idea. Except for the dog. And the ladybug.

And the icing. Maybe if it was green trimmed instead of blue? I don't know. Maybe I'm... oh no. Maybe I'm... tacky.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRufus Opus

Well, I actually like some of the recipes Sandra Lee puts together...but she needs to stay away from cakes...or course she had some help in destroying that cake...wonder what it would have looked like if she did it by herself...oh well! I think she should stick to dinner recipes and stay away from cakes...oh and her "table scapes"--yuck!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Apparently Slater has his own show now called "Extra"...who knew?...and Sandra Lee was the guest. From the Extra Website it looks like she is a regular guest--so now she is sharing her "creations" on 2 networks.

Actually, I like to watch Sandra Lee's show, but mostly because I like her decorating (home NOT cake). I like to see how she coordinates her kitchen with her cooking. :)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterour3qtgirlz

That's craptacular.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryousuckatcraigslist

lol that is one fugly cake! why is she still allowed to show us her evil ways???

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShmoo

omg wtf?! i can't stand sandra lee and that cake looks like a bakery threw up. and the sprinkles at the end just made it worse

check out the cake i just made for my 1year olds birthday on my blog

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ugh. I have a hard time just getting icing smooth sometimes, but that's just wrong. I also have difficulty seeing a circle on a rectangle like that as good to begin with. Not to mention the cupcakes sproutig fro the bottom layer...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertari

oh, that was horrible! i would be so embarrassed to "make" something like that. and forget about getting one of those.... i'd ask for new parents.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I just don't know which was more nauseating...the final product (which was completely nauseating) or her throwing herself at Mario Lopez i.e. "You are a messy little boy!"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryellemama

What frightens me is the idea that there are probably masses of people out there who saw this and thought, "Oh my gosh! What a FABULOUS idea! I'll go get the two cakes RIGHT NOW!"

It's just comforting to know that the poor five year old whose cake massacre this will be will someday be showing birthday photos to their fiancee and saying "Yeah, I know, my mom has this thing for cupcake cakes, so I was just glad to have an actual CAKE under the cupcakes."

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love that Mario couldn't even say "$500" at the end- he just stuck with "priceless". Kudos, Mario. Tell the truth.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjj

Mr. Lopez, please step away from the cake. NOW!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHi Kooky

That cake sure is 'priceless'.


Were they being serious??!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHarry's Wand Hand

I would have rather they put NOTHING on that cake!! OMG how ugly does that turn out!? *puts face in hands* and they were serious which makes it even more scary....

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

Yeah, I've seen her make that exact same cake as a wedding cake on her show.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I'm choosing to believe that AC Slater was in on the joke; knew how horrid that cake couldn't help but be; and suggested the smiley face just to goad awful, awful Aunt Sandy.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJordanBaker

Anything Sandra Lee does MUST BE STOPPED. This was tacky and condescending. At least she didn't say "tablescape"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"This isn't a Wal-mart commercial." --Well, at least she draws the Wreck-fabulous line somewhere albeit a little late!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCakeEater

WoW!! I could not believe that she told that dog cookie not to go potty on the cake!! Seriously?!!

I hope she was lying when she said she has done those cakes for weddings!

Man! I guess I better raise my prices on my cakes!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

In WHAT universe does that cake look like it was made by a professional? It looks like it was made by kids!

And grocery store cakes taste bad to begin with. This was a wreck from the beginning. ugh.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When Cake Wrecks is funny, I love it. When it's just plain mean, it's a little sad. That's far from the ugliest cake ever, and for some people it's probably a great option. Stick to the pro cakes, please! The interaction you'd get from doing it with a child, especially if you had no skills, would indeed be "priceless".


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwaxwing

On a positive note, I'm really liking the cookie-on-the-cupcake idea. Maybe we could promote this instead of the cup of frosting technique that's been in effect for much too long.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersweet_firefly


How drunk does one have to be to believe THAT could be mistaken for a $400 cake?

I'm Australian - so this is first I've heard of this Sandra Lee woman, so I did a bit of googling - and it looks like any cake she's made has the right to end up here! She's insane!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMon

The cookies, in theory, could be ok. But the cupcakes? If they were iced and piped and stuck on the way the round cake is, it might be borderline ok. But as it is... are those... is that... did she LEAVE THE PAPER on them before STICKING THEM ON ANOTHER CAKE? I'm not even gonna say it. I'll just observe that of all the ways cupcakes should not be served with paper on, this is the worst yet.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkansas girl

Now that the cake's finished, isn't it cocktail time?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

I'm so sad. The picture won't show up for me. I'll just have to imagine. {sigh}

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKameron

'Twas a nice cake 'till they added those darn cupcakes.
~Amy B

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I love how Mario didn't dare to say the cake was worth $500 like Sandra tries to claim. It sure is
"priceless"- no one would dare pay money for that.

And did my ears decieve me- does she claim to have made cakes like that for weddings????? The poor bride and groom. :(

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Aw, it's made with love. And crazy.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril

This wasn't semi homemade. It's not even a semi cake. The only "semi" that should be involved is a semi running over.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

Wow, that is horrifying. And I agree with etiquettebitch, eye candy? I don't think so. Mario is the single most annoying (and anti-cute) man on tv for me.

I've never liked the concept of 'semi-homemade'. Either buy it, or take the time to make it! Semi homemade makes me feel sullied somehow.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

The awesome thing is that it's only going to be MORE of a wreck in a few hours. When you just take one soft, spongy grocery-store cake and "plop it right on top" of another with no structural support(no, a cake board by itself will not prevent collapse), guess what?

In a couple of hours you're going to have a cake with bulging sides, a lumpy top and a giant crater where that round cake is sitting... and those cupcakes, tacky cookies and cereal 'sprinkles' will STILL BE THERE to add to the mess.

I too have seen her use this 'technique' on Food Network. This woman must be stopped!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergrey

I see someone else also thinks that Mario in his apron sans shirt would have been better - oh yeah. As for the cake, I wouldn't want it if someone paid ME the $500 - gak!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

At first I thought she said "This is 40-dollar cake and we're going to make it look like a 5-dollar cake!".

I thought she was doing a good job of it, until I read the comments and went back to the beginnig to hear it again! a $500 cake?? WTF?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteriz

It's like a car accident on the highway: So terrible and devastating, but you can't look away.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLandry

Not $500. More like two $10 cakes stuck together with cupcakes, cookies and sprinkles scattered about. I'm sure it tastes about as good as it looks. Yuck!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Angela (mommylawyer)

The thing I hate most about Sandra Lee is how she instructs like her viewers are in kindergarten. She makes the easiest things, like lipton onion soup mix dip and packaged pudding. But she talks down to us like we won't get it unless she talks slowly. Her show is the biggest disappointment from the Food Network. Also, has anyone caught the end of her show? She features a cocktail in ever show, I think she is a big lush. It would explain this cake, thats for sure.

This cake is ridiculous. Made with love? I would never serve that to anyone I love. I guess this is the cake for the raging alcoholic who spent the afternoon boozing and needs to look like she still has it together before the kids' party begins.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not to mention - who that "has so little time" can get the basic icing for the first 2 layers can get them to even remotely look like that? And $500? WTF is she smoking?? Seriously - for $40 I could go to the little bakery down the street, and have a REALLY tasty cake, done nicely, that would feed 15 people....she's spent too much time either on Mars, or in Hollywood....

I think Mario was like, this is so tacky, let's just go ALL the way, let's jump in with both feet and go hog wild with the tacky! LOL!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Holyyy cowwww. That cake is so ugly! Exactly how does that look anything like an expensive or professionally done cake? Very tacky.

I agree with her that it would be a fun project to do with kids. Her cake LOOKS like it was made by children.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHyperbole Girl

1) Drawing the line at the smiley face = awesome.

2) Renaming sprinkles "embellishments" *really* classes it up.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmie

"It's made with love."

That is some ugly love, Sandra Lee.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While it looks like fun for my 2 year old I don't think I'd pay $500 for it! On second thought I don't think I'd pay $5 for it!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter*~*Lis*~*

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