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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)

Oh Sandra, Sandra, Sandra.... *shakes head*.

Although, I do think kids (girls mostly) would have fun doing that. But I wouldn't start with a $40 cake....

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Sandra Lee is sort of technically a professional, since she does get paid to show people how to make hideous, ridiculous cakes on her TV show.

Have you seen her infamous Kwanzaa cake? Now there's a wreck!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna

I am so disappointed. After reading the title for today's post I thought we were going to witness the actual wrecking a.k.a. smashing/destroying/demolishing of a cake. Wait, I got it...can we witness the destruction of the cake you featured? That would be fun! And literally wrecktastic!!


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteroutspokenandunderpaid

And the fourth reason it had to be shared - it's Sandra Lee! The Queen of Cake Wreck Hell.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMom O'Teens

priceless in deed.. :)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Fabulous Ms. Beth

It's Sandra Lee... need we say anymore? Very fitting that she's on a site dedicated to "wrecks." Hahaha!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoody Mac

Love = not bothering to cook, icing, spend money, or spend time.

I do not want your love, sister.

I'm not watching that video again, but did she say she's made this cake for weddings?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGooberfishbowl

Doesn't she know the grocery store stocks ready made flowers and other fun already made icing decorations that would look way better then those cookies?

The cupcakes....I'm still speechless on that one.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKat

that woman is in love with mario "you are a messy little boy, arent you? you are a dirty little boy, yeah! and you need to be punished!"

that cake looks mentally ill...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBriana

Priceless?! Of course, because no one would buy it!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeMira

Wow. It's hard for me to believe they actually aired that. But then again Mario Lopez was nice and distracting (but still not enough for that monster!)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary

That TOTALLY looks like a $500 cake now!..........

Bwahahahahah! Even I can't say it with a straight face.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

That is butt ugly! Are they serious, they HAVE to know that's tacky, right?!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, goodie. Now that there is a video, I can submit it to Brietbart TV !! Whoo-who ! Thanks, Joyce from Texas

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Semi-Homemade (or "Semi-Ho") is one of those trainwreck shows you watch peeking out between your fingers, and feeling faintly dirty afterwards.

So I'm not at all surprised at this cake - it's perfect for the show. I think the basic concept works... but then she kept going. It's like her "tablescapes" - why stop at some nice plates and glasses when you can add flowers AND candles AND glass beads AND fruit AND ribbons AND....

A lot of her stuff also involves far more work and money than making it from scratch would.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRana

Oh, what do you expect from Sandra Lee? Everything she does is f'ing ridiculous.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

I can't stand Sandra Lee as it is....and ewww. Just plain ewwww. Even with Mario in an apron, still ewwwww.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCirrus

"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."

...I agree. I sense a name-that-tune-esque challenge coming up -- I'd like to see fellow wreckporters re-create this disaster, and who can do it the cheapest? "I can wreck that cake in $20..." "I can wreck that cake in $15...." etc. "Wreck that cake!"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Someone posted this on another site recently, and I was appalled I've always hated Sandra Lee, and now I have even more reason to do so. Hell, I"M more deserving a show on Food Network than she is.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Did anyone else see that Christmas special Sandra Lee did a while back where she did the dipsomaniac's Christmas tree entirely decorated in barware with the giant martini glass full of Tidy-Bowl blue cocktail?

I think she's been drinking the tree topper again.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

So I'll agree w/ the priceless part. Who'd want to have a cake that is so bad as to be "priceless"?!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

I amazed she actually did that bit with a straight face. She must be on some serious antidepressants to think anyone would be "lucky" to have that cake. Mario - give this to your girlfriend and mark my words, she won't be for very long.

I'm hoping he and his lady got "busy" in the kitchen and didn't bother to move the cake.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

Funny thing is, it uses some of the ideas of the Strawberry Shortcake cake in yesterday's Sunday Sweets entry... and yet, the Strawberry cake is about 1000 times cuter. Perhaps it comes from knowing that less is more?

For a kids' party, I could see letting the birthday girl or boy do something similar... but just one cake, no extraneous cupcakes, and a small number of cookies (and perhaps sprinkles) that actually look like they belong together, y'know? That could be cute. This is not cute.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

To be fair, at the end of the video she said that this particular cake would be 90 dollars in the grocery store, not 500. The 500 dollars was just to point out that you could spend that much on a cake... even if it wasn't really relevant to the cake she was "making."

Although 90 dollars would still be outrageous for this cake - I wouldn't compare it to saving money like she's doing.. it would be better to only emphasize it as being fun for kids.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

I CAN'T STAND Sandra Lee. Homemade is usually much cheaper, and easier, and more nutricious! Seriously, how much is a cake mix. 88 cents? Really. Somebody stop her!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEthan, Zach, and Emma's Mom

Hurrrrrl. If someone gave me that cake, I'd either cry, or smash it violently, depending on my mood. Possibly both, actually.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

That was hideous! $500 where. I'm moving there and dh can be the stay at home parent. wow!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't think we paid $500 for our wedding cake. So no. I wouldn't pay $500 for that cake. Or any other cake that didn't have to feed 500 guests.

But for something HOMEMADE? That is fun for the kids to make and YEA... it's made with love?

It's fine.

It isn't something that is being sold to others. It's something you do for your kid's birthday party or something. You have to have a bunch of cake and you get two plain cakes and ELIMINATE the possibility of a wreck and it's more than just the frosting flowers and "Happy Birthday" type cake.

My family would love it. My teens would enjoy the making.

And I'll just have a cookie, thanks.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNancy D.

Who in their right mind would pay $40 for that cake, let alone $400?

Did she say she does this for wedding cakes??? If you're going to spend the money to buy all that crap to decorate your own cake...STOP and let a professional do the cake for you.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterI'm Losing It!

Sandra Lee is a wreck in and of itself...most of the stuff she comes up with is out of control and in your words "wrecktastic"!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Barnes Crew

Enough has been said about the wrecktastic looks of this monstrosity. Can we please move on to the taste? Those cookies are nasty and inedible and as hard as a goat's knee...if you served that cake at a kid's birthday party, they'd be flinging those cookies like Chinese stars. You could put an eye out with those things.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can I just point out that by the time you pay for a sheet cake, a round cake, sprinkles, cupcakes, and professionally decorated could buy a NICELY decorated bakery cake for the same price if not less. She's so clueless...she should stick with making cocktails. And quit drinking them before trying to come up with cake decorating ideas...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarey

YES!! Add more to the anti-SL team! One of the best of her wrecks is her "Kwanzaa Celebration Cake." I would say it epitomizes all that Ms. Lee is. I was "lucky" enough to catch that episode - I had a visceral reaction of disbelief. I can't seem to find it on the FN site now...(wonder why) but here's another who can give you a pretty good account of the disaster:

and as previously posted, semi-homemade shouldn't be 90% store-bought and 100% slopped together.



November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All I can say after watching that is Oh. My. God. (!!)

I think the idea was good, the execution - not so much. A cake like that, the rectangle and round only, with fresh flowers on it might be nice. Maybe a figurine on top or something. I think that's the best you could get out of it, though. Anyone wanna prove me wrong? lol

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthephrog

I don't hate it, its what I have planned for my sons 8th birthday. Granted, I figured he and his friends would decorate it, and it would likely look like that.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHuianaSukari

The worst part for me was that the first cupcake on the left (my left their right) never got a flower cookie. It bugged me the whole time and I barely had time to be disturbed by the sprinkles because I kept waiting for the last flower cookie!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhat's Her Face

I love Sandra Lee...but that is the worst cake ever. A great idea if you're going to let your kids decorate it (something for the guests to do at the party maybe?) But never would I make that cake and take credit for it...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I already disliked Sandra Lee - She always finds time to make an elaborate cocktail and 'tablescape', but then throws together meals similar to this cake - Ok, take a rotisserie chicken, cut it up, put it on a pre-made salad. That's an ok meal, but that -isn't- cooking. Sheesh.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I always knew Sandra Lee was the anti-christ...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Owens

That was just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJules Someone

Talk about a tacky cake!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

What the crap?
She made a $10 cake look like a candy factory war, and it made my teeth hurt! How sad for the birthday girl!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

Wow! I may have nightmares.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I... I just...

There are no words for how awful that is.

I haven't been able to stand Sandra Lee ever since I saw her claim that putting frozen berries inside a pre-made pie crust with a cookie cutter "lattice top" (not strips of dough, packaged crust that she stamped with a plastic thing) was in any way "homemade".

I may have an unhealthy loathing for packaged pie crust.

But this "beautiful" cake? No.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

This is the FIRST time I've felt sorry for the CAKE !!!!!!!!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

Never knew who she was until today, never heard of her and probably will never watch her so I can't say I 'hate' her as so many here seem to do. But the concept is skewed, if it's to save time. Driving to the store and buying the cakes alone - by then I could have made even from-scratch cake at home. Never mind what the cake supports & cookies cost.

But were those...Fruity Pebbles...they sprinkled on the cake....?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mario Lopez is like the stale candy corn of eye candy. Only a few people will admit to actually eating it. Oh, snap.

Grocery store cakes being tasty? FAIL.
Grocery store iced cookies? FAIL.

Put them together, DOUBLE FAIL.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If that is the future of cake decorating...heavens help us.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHollee

I think the cake UNdecorated looked better. Sticking tacky cookies (I believe I saw green flowers. wth.) on anything isn't going to make it look fabulous.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFemaleclaws

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