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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, the horror!

All the comments about the Kwanzaa cake made me curious. Here you can watch her put together *that* travesty (or, as Food Network says, "most amazingly beautiful cake").

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Chickadee

Poor Mario. How he managed to STAY smiling during that experience with Sandra is the real miracle.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Jenn Danza~

Look at me, I'm Sandra Lee
Making cake monstrosities!

Sprinkles en masse is the height of high-class
Look at me I'm Sandra Lee!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrowly

"and that's the beauty of store-bought cake! you don't do all the work but you get all the credit! and it's made with love!" (paraphrasing) what an idiot.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLibba Roberts

My cakes are a much more palatable cake wreck and I spend about $5. Like my last one, this one may have sounded good in theory but ewww in execution.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbrossettelewis

That is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Stop the insanity! This is like morphing cake decorating with scrapbooking.

And, um, Wow! I don't quite remember Sandra Lee's boobs looking quite like that.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermrs. q.

I would NOT pay $40 for that POS cake, much less $500!!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

as wrecktastic as this is, I agree w/ fraulein flieger, her "Kwanzaa" cake goes one step further and is an insult to Kwanzaa itself.

and thanks for the laugh, helloo - nice "trick" indeed.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershamalamading...

oh lord, a couple of things on this one...

- it is fugly. there's just no way around that. it could POSSIBLY have been salvaged if she had streamlined her decorating ideas and simply put flowers in the cupcakes and maybe piped on a few leaves. even then, though...

- who wears a top with giant butterfly sleeves when they are going to be decorating a cake? although clearly sandra lee does, and frequently, b/c she was quite adept at pulling back her sleeve with one hand while "decorating" with the other.

- "the dog cannot go potty on the cupcake." (did no one else catch this?) why on earth would you ever, ever, ever utter that phrase? on national tv. although i don't think it would have made the cake any worse of a wreck than it was.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermp.

Oh my freaking cake Gods! Pass me the mental floss, please!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLabrys

Bwah! That's almost as awesome as the Kwanzaa cake!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

umm not to be nit picking because I love this site and check it regularly, and though I have no idea who the woman in the video was (dont really care for t.v. much). I find it slightly hypocritical that on the last posting you praised the 'cute as a button' Strawberry Shortcake cake for basicly the same technique this woman showed here. Dont get me wrong the SSC was well executed but its almost the same thing.It had cookies icing and what appeared to be little sugar flowers (instead of candy confetti). I could be wrong but to an untrained eye (thats me) it looked to be dang near the same trick.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSlyRoxy

WOW! seriously!? who would make that? two cakes+6 cupcakes+ plus ugly cookies=$500? yep, makes sense to me.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

it looks like the pastry representation of down's syndrome.

and it's not made with love, it's made with hate.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbuttcake

This woman is not a professional baker is she?

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSilvia

I seriously can't believe she said that "cake" looks like it's worth $500.

It looks like exactly what it is... a bunch of low-end store-bought cakes piled on top of each other.

This is possibly the biggest absurdity I've ever seen posted here. I can't believe a professional actually dreamed this silliness up.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterladraco

Mario Lopez? I thought you were tight with Perez Hilton; queen of gossip! (I'm pretty sure ML is his real name) Don't get me excited like that!!!

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you're a busy mom wouldn't it be easier to just go out and BUY a cake? I mean,seriously, if little kids would be doing this than there would be a HUGE mess to clean up afterwards. *shudder*

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElsie

What the heck? And the comment about the dog not going "potty on the cake" REALLY? REALLY? And she stopped him from putting the smiley on there? It BELONGED on the cake for heavens sake! What a travesty...she now annoys me even more, if that is at all possible.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I went to the link for the Kwanzaa cake.

All I can say is I sat there with my mouth literally open for 20-30 seconds.

It's that bad.

Thanks for posting that link!


November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSue KuKu

"It's made with love". Really? Really?

I'm pretty sure I'd rather have it made with taste & class, but that's just me.

Seriously, she must be stopped before she kills again.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApache726

It's not my choice of cake, but the idea could be expanded on. What is it about Sandra Lee that brings out everyone's viciousness? Some of these comments are just malicious.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele@FineFuriousLife

I have always loathed Sandra Lee. This is the last straw. "500 dollar cake"???? I would pay $500 to never see that again. How unexcusably tacky.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNowa

like a 500 hundred dollar cake? uh...

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The thing is, I think it's possible to pull off some great stuff with the 'modular' approach if you are clever.

She doesn't display that here.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The only reason anyone should watch Sandra Lee is to watch her get drunk on her show..."Now let's add a bottle of booze to this, and take a commercial break, and when I come back, I'll be slopping some more 'food' together but it'll be much more entertaining to watch."

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

does it sound a little like he was mocking her?
I'm not sure I could keep serious when that 'wreck from wreckville' is actually being 'wrecked'!


November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

So the only part I didn't really cringe at was when Mario saw the sprinkles. He got so excited. It was really adorable...unlike that cake...bleh.

Mario Lopez is still eye candy. He is yummmy~

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaperheart

This is defiantly an example of less is more. The concept could be cute for a birthday party if it is tweaked. Keep the 2 cakes, ditch the cupcakes, and edit it to one cookie as a topper, and have candles on the bottom layer.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteroreomaker

HA HA HA! "your girlfriend is so lucky."

oh my god. for $40 you could get 40 fresh cannoli and call it a freaking day.


November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralexlady

Thanks for posting this. It's a great idea for a rainy day craft for my two year old. Sandra's provided a level of expectation even my toddler can reach.

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ew.. Just Ew.

Sandra Lee is just weird.

The best part about that clip was the fact that Mario Lopez was in it..

he is probably scarred for life...

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lampheres

Here is someone who uses the same technique but with far better results.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephaniewolfe

I'm with Craig, Sandra Lee is the last person I would take any direction on cake decorating from... or any manner of cooking. She's the worst.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

To be fair, they were referring to 400 worthless American Dollars. That's like $5 in Canada.

November 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdhis

Wow that was pretty amazing.
I've seen her do some pretty lazy techniques, but they all came out better looking than that. -shudder-

The second she stacked a circle cake on top of a square cake, I saw the wreck comming.

The only thing they missed was piping on a misspelled inscription and a few random quotes.

Seriously... $500? Yeah... no.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate

Sandra Lee ... feel-good cooking for the lazy.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Late to the game here but OMG! That was Sandra Lee! I'm so excited! I'm ALWAYS hearing people, including my ma, bitch about her, but I'd never actually seen her in action. What a great day, to finally be able to share with others in their hatred of Sandra Lee.

I kept watching the time bar at the bottom of the clip, thinking, "Gee, there's only minute left--will they have enough time to finish the cake?" I guess I was expected something a little more. . . professional looking, instead of that cake with crap on it that they made. That just looks totally homemade, and not in a good way.

November 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCedar

I'm going to disregard the actual fug of the cake (which has been thoroughly covered by everyone else already!) to say that I would not want to eat a cake that has another cake and cupcakes plopped on top of it. I'm just picturing myself being forced to peel off stray bits of cardboard and cupcake liner from the frosting.

As for Sandra Lee, yes, it's great when someone overcomes terrible circumstances to become successful, but that doesn't mean I have to like or respect the culinary monstrosities she creates (or the mentality she fosters that shoving a bunch of prepackaged stuff even counts as semi-homemade - that's right up there with Rachael Ray scooping out ice crean and saying she made dessert).

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What exactly are the cupcakes supposed to be adding to that cake? I just do not see the point of randomly scattering cupcakes around the top of the cake. Why?

(I got "podliz" as a word trying to say I'm a 'pod person' or something?)

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

You see if this was a decorating attempt made by a five year old I'd go "awwww" ... I think I'd rather live in denial and pretend I was watching a five year old do this....

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlmost Normal

Wrecktastic! That is the most amazingly horrible cake I've ever seen. I think that may be the absolute worst thing I've ever seen made on TV. If someone made me a cake like that, I might not be able to be their friend anymore.

November 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know I like the concept behind Sandra Lee's work, but the way she goes about it is just horrible. Things don't end up looking profession, they end up looking like they're were thrown together by a crazy lady trying to make party favors for a small army. It's just not right.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitie Miller

waxwing said: "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"."

Waxwing, if Sandra was just suggesting this as a fun activity to do with your child, mocking it would indeed be mean. (I have to admit, I filed this in the back of my head for when I have kids of my own, I bet a 5-year-old would love this.) But when she's throwing off claims like "I've done this cake for weddings" and "this is going to look like a $500 cake" -- she is delusional and must be stopped. The woman either needs Lasik surgery or a lobotomy if she thinks smashing together a bunch of oversugared grossness from Safeway makes something that looks like a $500 cake from a fancy bakery.

November 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBride in Exile

I know this should be focusing on the cake, but her sleeves just cracked me up. I was just waiting for her to dip them in something. Not the most practical outfit for the kitchen.

November 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that Mario will only call it "priceless" and never tries to pass it off as a "$500" cake.

Oh Sandra, you can definitely take all the credit. Go on take it...

November 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

GEEEZ...Sandra's in a new career transition everyone!!! Now you are witnessing it here first. From Semi-Homemade to SEMI-HALF-ASSED. Wow...this is a new all-time low for her. I am shocked.

November 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's in that toilet seat? Candy sprinkles? Oh no... oh no... NOOOOOOOOO! My eyes! My eyes!

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterscottie

My sister in law has always let her kids decorate their own birthday cakes. I have never EVER eaten one of the "birthday childs cakes" because first off they are loaded with slobber kid cooties and two they look like a train wreck and rather gross so we graciously let the birthday child have it all for themselves. My family are all such givers. But seriously folks over the years any one of their cakes looked better than that pathetic thing that mario and company did here.

November 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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