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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)

that's supposed to end up like a $500 cake? they have low standards where she's from then, because that weird little "trick" made the cake looker cheaper than it did starting out.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhelloo

Oh my god.
Does she really have her own show on the Food Network still?!
This is horrendous, to say the least.
If I had to pay "$500" for THAT I think I'd go into conniptions.
No thank you, Sandra Lee, I can ask my four year old nephew to make that for me.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJitters

As Kitty & FemaleClaws said--that cake looked a whole lot better before anything was put on it. While I was watching the video, I saw the stacked cakes and thought "well that's an interesting idea". Then I saw the cupcakes and cookies and knew it was all over.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJesise

I like Kevin's daughter's comment!
crap is right!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEstir_BunE

bahahah this is the best comment on here so far!

Anonymous said...
holy hell. i've never seen anyone so proud of their wreck.

i was thinking the same thing anonymous.

also, i watched the " less then flattering / intoxicated sandra lee" video and seriously laughed out loud. the best comment was, " I drank one of these before the camera started rolling"

so....who wants to carpool down to the local grocery store and make hundreds of little kids cry in shame?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWakeGrace

"Lovely, eh? If you say so. :)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hee hee, did anyone else catch her saying, "the dog can't go to the bathroom on the cupcakes". Priceless, indeed!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessamyn Harris

But Jen, it's made with LOVE! :P

That cake looks absolutely shocking xD

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClaire


fo' really?

That's worse than a Walmart cake!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Wrong.... wrong wrong wrong.

Messy little kid...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Really Sandra, you use this technique for WEDDINGS? Whose wedding? Barbie's? Your 8 year old niece? Isn't it illegal for 8 year old's to marry?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Yikes! She said she made this type of cake for weddings, too?!? That is wreck-a-licious!

Oh and I was intrigued by the warning and watched one of the mean-spritied clips. Man, I think Sandra Lee is annoying, but someone out there must really hate her to be so cruel. *cringe*

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercomagirl

For the amount she spent on the cakes, cookies, and "embellishments" she could have had a professionally decorated cake from the same bakery. No guarantees on how it would turn out but at least it would not be as bad as that!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne/kq

That is one ugly cake. I would not have the nerve to show up with that for any occasion. Unless I really hated the person. But you know, even then, I wouldn't want to be remembered as the mean person with the tacky cake....

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLori

When she had the round cake on the rectangular cake and placed the first two cupcakes, I thought she was making a kind of cool-looking giant camera cake. I got a little confused when she added more cupcakes and then just watched in horror.

Someone else came over to watch, someone who I don't think has ever made a decorated cake and his firt question was "how did she get the round cake on top without breaking it or wrecking the icing?"

Thank you Jen for making every trip to the grocery store a prelude to peeking in the bakery section for wrecks.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Whoa. That was one wicked cake. I thought the "cake" looked so much better before she "decorated" it. Whoops, I think I used up my allotment of "quotation marks" there. Luckily I think most of us were too busy looking at Mario *sigh* than looking at that train wreck of a "cake" ...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

I mean, I agree. Mario Lopez. Yeah. If he ONLY had on the apron, I wouldn't complain TOO much. But, really, that cake? Let's put some cookies on a cake, and call it fancy. Not so much.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLinz

Sandra Lee is the bride of Satan. Seriously. She needs to be stopped. Her whole "I went to culinary school and here's how you do it better" thing is horsepucky - she attended one week of a three week workshop at Le Cordon Bleu. Some of her tips are good for a busy family, but when she says "this is just as good as" or "this is even better than" actually cooking, it makes me die a little on the inside.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJena the yarn harpy

I don't usually comment.

Euw mah gawd.


I'm with everyone else, I liked her Thanksgiving ideas... but this...

Ohhh... it hurts.

I think I've gone blind. Yup, can't see. It's dark.

And I've lost all my taste buds.

Yup. I suck now. Just from watching that video.

that cake is on crack

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi Fox

Sandra Lee, what are you thinking?? You just need to stop.

Forget Semi Homemade, get it done professionally............much happier, no work, and it will look great............Come see me. I wont' charge you 500.00!!!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarie

omg, I wouldn't even pay 40 bucks for that...can you say tacky..right up there with my gramma's orange shag carpet...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

I understand her not shilling for Wal-Mart. She apparently is paid by the sprinkle.

Good Lord, that cake is a hot mess.

I could almost overlook the cupcakes STILL IN THE PAPER being stuck on those two stacked cakes, but. . . a) all sprinkles are not created alike, b) pick a theme and stick with it, and c) if you use ALL the colors, it's just going to look like somebody threw up Fruity Pebbles on it.

None of these are good.


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTexPatriate

I just kept waiting for the canned laughter, but it never came. So so sad.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

That's even tackier than the Hostess cakes made of HoHos, Twinkies and Zingers. Ech.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is one very good reason I happily go to my local bakery and pay for someone else's good taste. Sorry I couldn't resist the pun. Even I wouldn't do this to someone I love. Support your local bakers!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReam O Rama

I have a lot more respect for Sandra Lee after I learned about her very difficult earlier life. And I'm not too proud to use a box or a can in my cooking every now and then.

Having said that, however, this clip is like the car wreck aftermath you drive by not wanting to look at but unable to help yourself. I had to lean in closer to my computer screen and turn up the volume just to make sure I was seeing and hearing all that right. Gahhh! I probably put myself at risk for a permanent facial tic.

Her show is for the set who would think 'plop' is a valid culinary term.

But really, ladies, don't YOU do your best work in the kitchen with a plunging neckline and drapey drag-all-over-the-work-area sleeves??

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

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


Have to admit that cookie/cupcake building projects could be fun for a kids' party, though.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Has anyone noticed that on Sandra Lee's show, her outfit ALWAYS matches her kitchen color scheme, which changes based on the theme of her cooking? There's a princess birthday party episode that is unwatchable.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAbby


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStop and smell the Daisies

Oh. my. word. I'm speechless. I had to leave a comment simply because that was so hideous.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKarisse

Oh man! What is wrong with her? I swear she thinks she's Martha with her 'fentastics' and her cutesy little ideas. You are no Martha and please, for all our sakes, drop off the face of the earth before you throw us into a diabetic coma with your $400 cake. I might pay that outlandish price if Mario came with it? I don't know.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristi

The cake is pretty ugly.

But I think kids would love it! How fun would that be for the kids to put their own cookies and sprinkles on their bday cake?

Just please don't make me that cake on my day~

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Bobbi~

Ummm...Sorry Sandra, but yes, this IS a commercial for Wal-mart...

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Five Nomads

Oh man! Did she actually talk to the dog cookie & tell it not to "go potty" on the cake? What is it, a 2-year old? Creepy. Almost as bad is her Kwanzaa cake. It's almost an insult to Kwanzaa, when you are supposed to use the most beautiful objects to celebrate. This cake definitely does not make the grade.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFraulein Flieger

Semi home-made?


November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Looks professionally-made and worth $500 = no
Wedding-worthy = no
Cute for a little kid's birthday, though I genuinely think it NEEDS some dowels to be structurally sounds = I vote yes. I would use some actually edible cookies, though.

If you think that's the worst cake you've ever seen and would refuse it on sight, I'm really glad you didn't grow up in my family. My mama made us some pretty spectacularly not-awesome birthday cakes, and we ate them up! Sometimes it really is the thought that counts.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

The worst cake I have EVER seen.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As an idea for a kid to make....its not bad. The kids would quite enjoy making something like this. Though I would stick to one layer and maybe just the cookies. The cupcakes are just awful.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They should have just left it with the frosting.....That was horrible and tacky. 500 dollar cake my butt.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Uh... yea... $500.00 - NOT! I don't think I would pay the initial $40.00 for that cake.

I agree, Sandra Lee is her very own special brand of "wreck."

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is the dumbest thing I have ever seen! I love how she tells us to just plop the top cake on, the cardboard will support it! Wow I never have to use dowels again! Everything about that cake is horrible, even down to the ugly cookies! Can't wait to see how many of these cakes show up on here now...

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNikki V

what the heck is happening?! are you serious? there is no one in their right mind who thinks that is a good idea.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

This segment had to have been after the drink of the day segment.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

How much cake does one person need? "Look, a big rectangular cake! I'll put a big circular one on it too! NEED MORE CAKE! I shall put cupcakes on there as well. NEED MORE CALORIES!!!! Oh, hello, "embellished cookies"!" Good god, I put on a stone just looking at that.

But I'm with you on the fit man. Swit-swoo!!!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Highwater

I like how he wouldn't say that that cake was transformed into a $400 or $500 cake. Rather he used the word "priceless." mm hmm

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Cornatsulations your "Pastard"! It's gorgeous! finally, now we can decorate cakes just like the pros! My "friend's" birthday is tomorrow and I forgot to order a cake. but now i have faith that i can make one myself, with love, and no one will be able to tell the difference! They'll think I spent $500 on it!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNedda

Oh...dear... Lord....!!! Is she serious about thinking that hideous (poor) cake could be worth $500...??? Has to be one of the ugliest, cheap-looking cakes ever! Wal-Mart would be insulted...!!! dayum!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi

Two cakes, 6 cupcakes, a dozen stale frosted cookies, and junky looking sprinkles...what is this Willy Wonka on crack?

And really...the cost of all those parts DOES NOT equal the value of the outcome.


If this chick spends $500 on anything that isn't a mulit-tiered wedding cake, she is a LOON!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

If they had left it with the two cakes and maybe some sprinkles, it would have been fine. It would have been a $40 cake (not a $500) but it wouldn't have looked like a goofy 5th grade last minute project.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJubilee

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