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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 my god...
That was the worst semi-homemade creation I've ever seen

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

OMG this is by far one of the most ugly monstrosities to ever hit cake wrecks, not to mention it was aired on National TV? Do they not screen the content before airing these shows? Mario or no Mario, you can't make this cake look any better than the mess it is. An the "embellishments"?! YIKES.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMissie

"It's made with love."

Er, no. It's made with awful, crappy plastic-looking edibles.

If anyone wants to copy this cake, I suggest you take your money and spend it on anti-depressants instead -- you know, something that will alter your mood so you won't be completely hyperactive about a pathetic cake.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj. applebee

OK..This is something I might have my Girl Scout Daisies do for themselves, but to serve it to guests...I'd rather serve one of my sloppy looking homemade wrecks. At least it would taste better then discount store cake and those icky frosted cookies.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJHE

This is so disturbing for so many reasons. Thanks for making me smile and convulse in the same post...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

okay, my kids would LOVE that cake and have so much fun making it but there's no way that I would ever spend $500 on it (heck, I wouldn't spend $50 on it). I only spent $350 on my {very yummy} 3 tier wedding cake that was personalized and delivered and I thought that was extravagant.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Which technique needs to go away- the stacking cupcakes onto cakes, or the using cookies to decorate cakes? Because the cake in the Sunday post as a "good" example- used cookies to decorate it (though it was truly "good" while this was a wreck, without a doubt)

As for professional- Sandra Lee bills herself as one, though not a professional baker- but it's most definetly not a "made at home" cake- so I don't think you are breaking your own rules at all

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkittl1321

Wha???? I am almost as confused as Mario looked. Poor guy. Can you imagine having to endorse an idea like that?

Either buy a cake or make your own. Do not buy cheap cakes and then take the time to make a huge mess of them and then? When you're done? Have an ugly cake wreck to show for it.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

That's craptastic.

Can't stand Sandra Lee! If THAT looks like a $500 cake, I need to go into the cake biz.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

I love this site, not only for the horrors on display, but for the witty commenters.

Totally entertaining.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThreeundertwo

we call her semi-half assed. and you dont even get to see Mario with his shirt off. just a bunch of fail

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDotC

The bf and I played Guess The Drug. We're betting on Xanax or some other prescription blackjack. And seriously, she didn't want to shill for Walmart, but didn't mind paraphrasing a Mastercard advert? Yecch.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

@yellemama - Glad I wasn't the only one that was creeped out by her obvious attempts at flirtation.
And she should've let the poor guy put that smiley face cookie on there! It think it may have improved on things.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

That as a wedding cake?! You've got to be kidding me.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

While I don't find the cake at all attractive, I don't understand the hateful remarks about Sandra Lee. If you don't like her, don't watch her show. For people who have no idea how to put a meal together, and there are plenty today who eat predominantly from drive through fast food or pizza delivery, she shows them a way of putting meals together that aren't intimidating.

I'd love to know how many of the holier-than-thou foodies on some of the food forums really cook from scratch and how many only turn up the heat on their hateful posts.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKnitty

okay, I've never heard of Sandra Lee before so this was new. I have to admit that *I* do 80% of my meals "semi-homemade" (parties are closer to 100%) but that's just me doing it. If I knew I could make money out of it, I would have pitched it to Food Network 7 years ago when I quit my job to stay at home with my daughter (today is actually the anniversary of my first jobless day - my daughter was born Monday, Nov 12, 2001 and my last day was Nov 9 - so this is timely).

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

lol @ the sandra lee cake wreck category!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralicia

Klassy! No, this isn't a Wal-Mart ad...Wal-Mart is too high-end for that monstrosity.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Findlay-Lampkin

Oh, God...that was just painful to watch, all around. And I wouldn't spend a cent on that cake, let alone the $40 that Sandra thinks necessary to make it.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy

That cake does NOT look fantastic.. and I would not even pay $40 for it!! What are they thinking?!?

But Mario Lopez IS great eye candy..

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I don't know if anyone has said this already (there are too many comments to read), but if you type &rel=0 twice in the embed code (after the number 1, before the quotation marks) from YouTube videos, those thumbnails won't come up. Just an FYI. You can look it up on YouTube help if you want.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Because of course, the SMILEY FACE would have wrecked it.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim in saratoga

Okay, really?? Meep.

Admittedly, the Sunday Sweets from this week does feature cookies on a cake, but they look CLASSY.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Okay A#1 - Mario Lopez is not a busy mom

B#2 - He is HOT eye candy.

C#3 - Mario will NEVER be making a cake for me or any party I am throwing (but he can show up in an apron... only an apron...)

and finally

D#4 - EEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW! That is the tackiest, ugliest cake. I would rather have the x-rated mom birthing a body-less baby cake... At least people wouldn't think you were uber tacky, just an exhibitionist.

Cake Wrecks makes my day compelete

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTalia Davis - PR Director

I feel dumber

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy

It looks like the sprinkle fairy threw up on it. Yikes.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Mmm, tackylicious.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJolly Johnstons

Scary scary scary....
Especially hooted at her comment to the little cookie dog: "Now, don't you go potty on my cake."

I don't see how she could have stopped him.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

that has to be one of the ugliest cakes ever

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

I wonder - do you give out "worst cake" awards? This one would be the very worst I've ever ever seen.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That was pretty painful to watch....

I need to go flush my eyes now, I think.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Ok that cake has to be the ugliest thing I have seen in a long time. I do think it could be turned in to a fun idea for a kids party. But not just plopping a round cake in the middle of a sheet cake. I am thinking like my girls make their own cake so the wreck would be kid-made and fun. Not a grownup with no taste disaster.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

As soon as I saw the still I knew it was Sandra Lee of Semi-Ho infamy. I don't understand how this is cheap in anything but concept: two store-bought cakes, a bunch of store-bought cupcakes and a case of store-bought cookies? That adds up.

And would you believe she's made several incarnations of this travesty--including one she tried to pass off as a wedding cake?! That's classy with a capital K.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

Semi-Homemade is the reason I left America.

Kind of.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterros

If I spent $500 and the cake ended up looking like that, i'd be PISSED! My beautiful 4-tiered wedding cake was delicious and came from a reputable baker and I didn't even spend $250 on it. This woman must be on meds...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTara MacDonald

semi-homemade! simply horrid

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChandler

Okay, if you're making this for your 5-year old's birthday, then fine. This could be a good option.

However, to compare this to a $500 professionally made cake is just wrong.

I absolutely LOVE though how she goes on about how you can buy the cakes/cupcakes at a discount supermarket and then tells Mario when he picks up the smiley face cookie that "this isn't a Wal-Mart commercial."

And please...the smiley-face cookie is where you draw the line? Before bringing out the huge plate of multi-colored sprinkles?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Poor Sandra was drunk-again. Mario knew it wasn't worth $500, too. He kept saying "priceless". LOL He knew that cake was a burning hot MESS!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HILARIOUS!! If you thought this sandra lee wreck was the worst, three words:
Kwanzaa Celebration Cake.
Imagine: angel food cake + taupe brown icing + *apple pie filling!!* in the center (wait, there's more) + corn nuts(yes, corn nuts!) + pumpkin seeds (yes, angel food cake, corn nuts, *and* pumpkin seeds!) + finally, HUGE taper candles. No, not normal sized candles that would fit in or on a cake, but HUGE candles that need real candlestick holders to stand up for safety sake!
Google for pics!


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh Sandra Lee you are so letting me down! You do these beautiful tablescapes and make dinners so fast and easy. Plus your from WA state so I totally loved you. But today is the day that I think we must part ways, this is just too much for me to handle. I'm sorry Sandra today you get a Dear Jane letter :).

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

If I made that cake, I don't think I'd "take the credit". I'd let everyone think my 3 year old did it because it looks like it was done by a preschooler.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAchillies' mom

This lends to the theory that Sandra Lee is an alcoholic.

That, and how her eyes light up like it's Christmas morning when she says that it's "cocktail time!"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrhymeswithcori

OMW, she said she does this for weddings?

As my pastor says...."Hyelp us!" (yes, include the 'y' in pronouncing help)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I love how she's trying to do her best to stick to a "theme" cake and is sort of rolling with the first couple of "garden" choices, and he's all "a dog! a smiley-face!"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love your blog. This is the iceing on the cake. Help that there a nice guy next to her.

Keep up the great work


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLe chat bleue

Technique? Travesty, more like.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

That really was "priceless."

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Alarming yes, but I feel bad to see everyone dissing Sandra Lee. I don't like her show, I find it pretty boring, but if you ever watch her biography that they played on Food Network, she is a very inspiring person. I have the utmost respect for her because she has worked hard to literally come from nothing in life to make herself a well known personality. So, while I think that is horrible, and definitely a self made wreck, don't diss Sandra Lee.. she appeals to a certain demographic and she's worked hard to have the success she has. :(

It's okay, I still like you Sandra Lee!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

It looks to me like the icing on the cupcakes is a different color than the icing on the other cakes.
This was hilarious, thanks!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlawnajo

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