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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)

Boy, they mess up the cake, the cookies, the cupcakes, AND sprinkles! All in one cake... There's the priceless bit.

Do not do that to a cake!! Ever!

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake-defiling aside: how many Bumpits does she have in her hair?!?!

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMia

wow.. this gave me shivers watching it.. it should be illegal.

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangela

If someone had brought that to my birthday party I would throw them out and then throw that in their face.

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkholmes

Sandra Lee? Oh sorry I thought it said Sarah Lee!

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

This went from a $40 cake to a terrible abomination.

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At the very end she says "And it's made with love!" If you really loved the person you were making that cake for, you WOULDN'T make it. Hideous.

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

It looks like something you make with little kids to make them not feel left out lol


December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That hurt my soul a little.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDancingphalanges

actually i went to the store and did the math: its more like a $60,$70 cake. lolz

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhosregalz

In addition to all the other insults this video shows:

After putting on the cupcakes, she reaches for the cookies and says "Okay, We have a blue theme here." But there is not one cookie with blue on it in the entire batch! Who bought the batch cookies from which she had to choose? A clueless intern?

But she, undaunted, picks mismatching cookies to stab into the cake...

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is definitely worth 500 dollars - 500 Zimbabwe dollars.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick Gisburne

$500? I don't even see $40. And Mario? Dude, you disappoint me, unless the pricelessness of the cake means is is price-less, no value. That thing is so ugly it's not even funny.

And Ms. Lee goes to show wealth does mean someone knows a good cake. Maybe she's so used to $5,000-cakes that she thinks this is what $500 buys?

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~* Aria *~

This made me so incredibly sad. WHY CAKE GODS WHY!!!

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustWantsSomeCake

Um... Yuck City! If someone placed me behind this cake on my birthday, I would just stare... and sit... and stare... and then cry.

January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my! This is the most incredible way to say to the audiance look how silly you are people!
It looks like a cartoon has throw up on those yucky cakes, goddam it woman, do not add any sprinkle on it or it'll collapse!
Oh and, it definitely looks like a 25dollars cake, not a 500...

January 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah From Paris

No, no, no! LOL!

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTori C.

One word:

(in a voice similar to Dee Dee from Dexter's Laboratory)


February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhizkidforte

The saying goes -

"What has been seen can not be un-seen"

And I suppose it goes without saying -

"What has been wrecked can not be un-wrecked"

But this is one of those times I wish I could take my brain out and wash it.

March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I love how Mario says, "Well, this went from a $40 cake to a priceless cake." A subtle insult packaged to look like a compliment. Niiiice. :-)

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermoses_butterfly

"This is not a Wal-Mart commercial."

No, Sandra, you're right. I could get a more professional-looking cake at Wal-Mart. So in a way, maybe it IS a Wal-Mart commercial.

March 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Why can't the happy face go there? And it might have been ok with better looking cookies.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

I know, i know : SHE WAS ON CRACK !
Or something ...
Or about to be "neutered" ? (hopefully !)
And can someone please stop dear Mario before he steals the ladybug cookie ??
- Naomi

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Semi-Home made"
WTH? Um sure, the way reheating frozen french fries and frozen burgers is *totally* cooking. I mean, come one, you arrange it yourself on your own plate and everything!

Mario, yum!

I did like the way he wouldn't actually say it looked '$500' and instead said 'priceless' haha.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

it still looks like a
9.99$ cake!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbean

Never heard of Sandra Lee until I watched this video. After watching this video I was stricken with morbid curiosity. Is this the worst thing she's ever made? If so, I can forgive and forget. We all make mistakes. As it turns out, however, it's probably the best. It doesn't even compare in hideous-ness to the Frankenstein's Monster abominations she passes off as her own, i.e. the Noel cake, with which, I am sad to say, I share a name, and the much maligned (rightfully so) Kwanzaa cake. I'm all for do-it-yourself, but if the result is going to be anything like these monstrosities, best to save yourself the time, money, and heartache.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicolebutnotreally

The worst part is that she is a repeat offender. Kwanzaa cake anyone?

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamwise.Gamgee

I like how she drew the line at the smiley face. That bit was priceless; it was like she was a child playing with some toys, and Mario was a friend she had over who was playing with them wrong.

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDylan R.

Poor Mario. All he wanted was a smiley cookie. But Sandra ate it behind his back. Wait, I'm British, and have no idea how dollars work, but $500? I wouldn't pay £1 for that horror.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

OMG....I love how she said kids would love it, because all I could think was "wow, that looks like the kind of cake my five year old niece would make".

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnny

NO...NO...NO......Just NOO!!! Sandra needs to go back to making her "cocktails" and just leave cakes alone!

March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShalymar

I think Lee should have started the segment with "buy it...and let your kids decorate their own cake." That is an easier sell than: it will look like you spent $500. I hope that's not U.S. currency.

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter4N6Girl


August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBatlady

I love the way Mario struggles with a way to compliment the cake. "It went from a $40 cake to a ... Priceless cake." It went from a $40 cake to a $45 dollar cake with the 5 bucks worth of tchotchkes.

And come on Sandra! "I've made this for anniversaries..." An anniversary for what??? Shopping at the same grocery store?

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

If you think thats bad, please please please search "sandra lee kwanza cake" on youtube! Just make sure you havent eaten anything before hand! How this woman actually managed to get her own "cooking" show I do not know!

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

That is a hot a** mess. I can make a beautiful cake for $40. I wouldn't pay .99 for that piece of crap.

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshton A.

This is a monster. Who ever thinks this is a BRILLIANT idea should have their brain reconfigured. Its easier (and tastier) to make it at home and it looks 10x better than this.

August 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRando

No. Just no.

August 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTess

ALMOST as bad as her Kwanza cake. :P

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Semi-homemade? Do or do not do. There is no semi-homemade.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I've seen Pinterest fails that looked WAY better than that.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelica

I guess my biggest issue (aside from the tackiness of the cake) is it is still going to taste like a store bought cake. Thawed out cakes baked who knows when and bulk nasty frosting and flavorless "adorable" cookies.

You could spend $40 and some TIME/EFFORT and make a better looking and tasting cake!

September 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

$40 for all that at a grocery store? I don't think so! The half sheet alone is $25 at Walmart and the cake on top is $8. Then you'd have to buy the supports and the sprinkles, and those cookies aren't going to be cheap. So really you're spending about $500 for something that looks like a $40 cake.

September 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Priceless? As in $0? Because that's what I would pay for this cake, Mario. Zero dollars.

September 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I have never commented on this site (mostly just sit back and laugh) but this BEGS for a comment. There are so many things about this that bother me as a decorator. Sure it may be a fun idea to do with the kids, but saying THAT is a $500 cake or even has the possibility of being $500 cake? C'mon! And I feel like she just said that the hard work that we do isn't worth the price. If your getting a, ahem, "fancy" cake then it's going to cost fancy money. She's doing what everyone else does - degrading our art and hard work as being "just cake". How rude! -end rant-

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

The fact that she specifically said, "This is not Walmart.", just made me roll!

September 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Wow, eight pages of comments. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Eye bleach please.

November 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

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