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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.

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- Jen

When Brides Have No Budget (Or Taste)

Obviously someone needed to rein in this woman during the wedding planning. What kind of ego does it require to commission a life-sized replica of yourself in cake? But what really baffles me is this: the details are exact right down to the hair clip, so what the heck is UP with that tacky red rick-rack down the skirt of the cake? "Sure, we hand-painted a matching bodice-design, copied the make-up and hairstyle, and have identical veils - but then we thought this giant rick-rack would add just the right extra touch!" ?!?

Obviously Bridezilla shares my opinion: she's eying that red trim with murder in her eyes.

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Reader Comments (231)

Do you think there are little strawberries inside for the ovaries? What do you think they made the uterus out of? Mmm, give me a slice of bladder, please. It's full of yellow buttercream!

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What I find hilarious about this picture is her husband's freakishly looooong arm that stretches clear around her body WHILE, notice, he's standing two feet away from her. !?!

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah T

This is oh-so tacky!...only in America eh?...Dallas too!...ha ha

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the red rickrack was there so that they could tell the cake from the bride.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, it's driving me crazy that people keep asking about the groom's "freakishly long" left arm, and no one has yet pointed out that his right arm is bent at the elbow and that we're viewing the forearm from almost straight on, making it appear Much shorter than it actually is. C'mon people, it's called perspective. =)

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I'm sorry, maybe I'm losing my mind, but the longer I look at this photograph, the more I'm convinced that the groom is not a human being but also a large sugar sculpture himself.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cake effigy or dog? I would have chosen the dog.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPublic Hangings

Maybe Im crazy, but I think this is a beautiful cake for a beautiful bride. I wouldnt want one for myself, but I like it. And I think her dress is one of the most beautiful I have seen!

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This cake was on TV the other day! They explained that there was supposed to be a cake of the groom too but the bakery ran out of time.

I'm still not sure if having a cake of him too would have made it better or wreckier...

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

So when the husband cuts into the cake is that considered murder?

That is way too weird!

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTia

Did anybody else notice that this guy's left arm is either 8 feet long to reach her waist from where he is standing or that he is ridiculously retouched?


May 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertumbledowns

a little self-absorbed are we?

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The weird thing is, aren't they going to keep the top portion of the cake in the freezer for their anniversary? Creeeeeeepy.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The look on her face more says "Ok, so where do I cut this thing" then anything else

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh man.... I just laughed SO HARD. For about 10 minutes straight. Mr.J had to get up from his video game and came and asked me if I was on crack! I showed him the cake, and he said he'd be having nightmares tonight. =)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhroot

what kind of a bride is so masochistic that they'd want to cut into themsleves with a giant, sharp knife? shes stabbing her cake-self!

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Actually, I saw a tv show about this couple, and there was supposed to be a groom cake to match, but if memory serves me, I think the cake maker ran out of time. this couple was awfully weird and mean too.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervendorsmith


this is the height of wastage . the simpler the better the saying goes. this girl must be from naija the headquarter of wastage and vanity.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

My Lord! If ever anyone asks me to make them a cake that looks like that, I will surely throw an immediate temper tantrum. If financial constraints, cause me to say yes, which would be never! I will not take responsibility for that monstrosity, you can't make me do it! LOL

August 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSo Sweet So Saucy

When I first saw this, I was dumbstruck and horrified. THEN, I watched the short TV interview with the bride for a local TV station - she is Nigerian and apparently saw a similar cake as a little girl back home, and having such a cake fulfills a life-long dream of hers. I suspect it's a cultural thing that got lost in translation... rather than a bridezilla's ego fueled creation.

Kudos to the people who made it though.... wow...

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

the gloves are also different! was the necklace and the gloves the (lazy) last thing the decorator did?

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw this couple on one of those wedding shows and she was a total beyotch as I recall, so any news clips of her being nice was for the camera then. It was a vanity issue, and I do believe there was "rickrac" on her dress, like on the train, but the train was removed for the reception. And the necklace and gloves issue was her fault, because she made a last minute change to her ensemble, but was pissed off that they couldn't change the cake at the last minute as well.
Just goes to show that just because you have money doesnt mean you have taste.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ring if the cake is red velvet so when the groom cuts into it it is like a bloddy massacre?

September 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So what part are they going to save for the first anniversary, the head?

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlysha

What part of this cake do you save for your first anniversary? Will they spend that first anniversary feasting on the frozen decapitated head?

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This wedding was on a wedding show. The show that featured this bride more than likely paid for the cake and actually may have been their idea. This cake was pricey but at least she didn't have to come out of pocket for anything.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy Gomez-Duplessis

Slightly narcissistic, and totally absurd!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

According to the video posted in the comments, this was inspired by a cake the bride saw as a little girl in Nigeria.

And you thought this kind of garbage was only from ugly Americans.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it just me, or does the cake bride look much happier than the real bride?

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Jo

This just made my day! I haven't decided if the things on that hillbilly wedding show or this cake is worse. I'm leaning towards this cake being worse. Thanks for this blog it's awesome!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoJo

Omg it's Olivia the blow up doll! And her boobs haven't changed even after the baby...keep pushing!

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYevah

I bet we will see this bride on Judge Judy soon.

October 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs A

Do couples still save the "top layer" for the first anniversary?

If so, this cake will be beheaded. And if the marriage doesnt make it, it can become the Divorce Cake!

October 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"When Brides Have No Budget (Or Taste)"... more like When Brides have TOO MUCH Budget and/or No Taste

must resist urge to make crude remarks about giving someone the head piece... must resist...

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Evil

I did a little google research, and it's just a topper. It's made by an artist, not a decorator, and then placed on top of the cake. Oh, and a life size topper is $5000- cake not included. What do you do with the "topper" after the wedding?!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, I have sat and read every comment. I'm the baker that make the brides dream come true. To answer some unclairities... The cake was not red velvet. The bride was extremely happy. No TV show paid for the cake. If I have to do it all over again, I would. The orange "red rick-rack" was the trimming on the train which was also on the brides actual dress. No the gloves and necklace was not the "last lazy thing the baker did". How could one be so stupid to refer to a baker that carried out such a feat as lazy. Humm go figure. The cake was no more ridiculous than cutting into the dreaded deer head or armadillo. How can you find the deer and armadillo and duck cakes so wonderful and so cute but find this brides dream cake so terrible. Get a life of your own. Oh well I'm only the baker that has gotten so much free advertising I would change anything about it. It doesn't matter to me what you say. It can be good or bad... Just keep saying it. I love it... I love it too much. Nikki J.

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki J.

Yet the cake is still gloriously tacky and in most glorious way. The cake was done very well however this cake only demonstrates a bridezilla and an egotist then sheer cultural love alone.

Cultural references aside, animal cakes aside, bakers needing to say their piece aside... Tacky is as tacky does.

Even if the "money dance" (where the bride and groom dance with as many people as possible to have people put money all over them which devolves into "stuff the money into the naughty bits") is a cultural aspect of my Latin culture it doesn't diminish its tackiness nor does the possibility of people having blunt opinions--both wouldn't cease simply because it's a cultural thing..

,,,and it's ridiculous to assume that because it's "cultural" means that it's not subject to looking tacky or subject to some sort of need of restraint on opinion.

Personally I think there could have been a lot of different ways of getting across the cultural aspects minus the tackiness.. just saying.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amazing...the baker of that cake has a few wrecks on her site..the "Star's of Hollywood" cake, a million copyright infringements and....someone get that woman a level. I can't imagine posting all those leaning cakes (not topsy turvies...just not level layers)as advertisement. Ah well. More fodder for Jen.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Since no one else asked, I'm just wondering why the fabric panel on the bride's bosom has a pink background, but the fabric panel on the cake bride's bosom has a yellow background.

It is actually a gorgeous dress and an amazing cake.

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

Her dad had to let her get what she wanted so she didn't just stop at the cake she got the matching ice sculpture too I bet!!

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNathan and Natalie

I just have to point out that the cake, and the 'Bridezilla attitude' toward the red line on the dress, are matched only by the RIDICULOUSNESS of the size of her RING... :O !!

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

She has to be related to the bride "Operation Repo" last week! Outside scrappin' with the Repo Man 'cause he came to hook up her new hubby's car during the reception. Hubby: We spent so much on the wedding, I couldn't make the payments!

February 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralphasixteen911

I know the lady who made the polymer clay head for this cake. She had the hardest time creating it as the bride was very fussy. She is in my guild and instead of insulting the maker please consider that she was only carrying out what she was asked. She would be so upset if she saw some of these comments. Here she is on flickr

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That is just sooo wrong...

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

They look like a wonderful couple: the husband is in the backround, kinda smiling at the camera, and the wife is standing like, three feet away -totally ignoring her new husband- trying to figure out how to smudge that rick rack off without anyone noticing.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I remember when this was in the news! My friend emailed me this photo over a year ago. It's hard to believe someone could have an ego so big, let alone fine a baker to make this hideous cake. Hats off to the baker/decorator for actually pulling it off!

March 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

I'm a little freaked out by the creepy way too happy look the groom has on his face as he's getting ready to STAB her cake self... could this be foreshadowing? Someone should find out if this lady is still alive...

March 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Scott

They're almost identical apart from three things-
1. The red rick rack
2. Did anyone else notice the difference between the necklaces?
3. The cake has GIGANTIC BOOBS! Totally GIGANTIC!

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

I can't stop imagining a scene where someone comes up and stabs the bride, and then says, "Oh no! I thought you were the cake." (from Tiffany)

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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