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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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May312008

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 (229)

This is the funniest (albeit craziest) thing I have seen in a loooonnngggg time. OMG who could agree to make that with a stragiht face!!

April 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Ivy

The rick-rack is so that they don't confuse the two. How embarrassing it would be to stick your fork in the bride by mistake!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Um you do realise that cake would have costed like 5K? much more expensive than most wedding cakes, so yeah, she obviously has a huge budget.

May 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can I just say that the fact that her name is INNOCENCE makes me want to shoot myself. I personally think that she is glaring at the cake because the hand-painted bodice is just a tad darker than her bodice. I can almost hear the fit that came from this.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPersephone

I worked at a bakery for 3 years and had make a comment for this cake. Yes it is a very odd cake, yes she may be dreaming of this for years and is from a different culture however, it is the "cake planner's" job to make sure that the cake is still "tasteful". Trust me some people come into bakeries with wild ideas for cakes but that doesn't mean its the greatest idea to make these cakes. I understand the bride wanting something special however a cake that looks like her is on the egotistical side. Perhaps a cake with the same design as on the dress...

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope the groom enjoyed that moment. It would be the only time he could take a stab at her with a knife and she'd be okay with it.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

So, I am sitting here watching the link to the news story on this cake, still stunned:

http://cbs11tv.com/video/?id=22400@ktvt.dayport.com&cid=7

And I listen to the interview with the bride...and can't help but notice that more than one smoke alarm is chirping in the house because they need batteries. I am guessing she couldn't afford the batteries after paying for a cake that BIG.... :P

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTorrey

I guess I'm behind the times on this one, but here's another angle - on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/storque/etc/life-size-portrait-cake-coming-right-up-701/

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

What is she thinking? How could the husband let their cake be of her.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

You know, from the way she's holding that knife and the look on her face, that cake has about 10 seconds to stand.

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Tame One

Waw. I can appreciate the workmanship..but come on. Seriously, why would some want that for a wedding cake?! Bewildering. x

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Please, oh PLEASE tell me it was red velvet cake!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This makes me sick to my stomach!

October 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

Yeah, that one made me laugh out loud too. I saw an update somewhere, wish I could remember where, that said it took the bride's family something like four months to finish eating all the cake leftover from that reception. My thought was, again, "Ewwww...who keeps eating the same cake for four months? Gross!"

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November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWebZoneMe

Haha, I can just see it saying, "Howdy, folks, welcome to the State Fair of Texas!"

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBig Tex

I wonder how long it took for them to finish doing that cake!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGay Weddings

Whatever Happened To The Normal Wedding Cake
By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
Whatever happened to the normal wedding cake?
That a chosen baker was prepared to make?
The new version being exactly life size of the bride-
By its photos my laughter I couldn’t hide.
The cake really was quite artistically done-
Even if not suitable for everyone.
The baker surely has artistic talent given-
She was told to do these specifications paid ‘by the livin’!
The painstaking hours that it took-
For the cake getting its doppelganger look!
I’d hate to think the high price of it as 5 thousand dollars-
If it was affordable the ‘shoe did fit’ and no one did any hollers!
Below I put my favorite postings together in some lines-
Towards to cementing this commentary of mine.
So ridiculous hard to believe that cake seemed so ‘real’ even to me-
But it made UK news in glorious color for the whole world to see.
Is this a Bridezilla at their worst of all?
Hilarious from all the news photos on call!
Being from Nigeria a tradition was what this was even as a cake-
Miss Manners on mixing cultural traditions don’t always have a positive take.
Be one of their guests walking in the reception hall seeing the cake at first-
This person goes into shock that could almost burst!
This newly wedded couple now at their reception has to eat each other-
The looks on everyone’s faces in this reception should have been recorded… oh brother!
In the photos the bride does really look freaked-
Has the shock of a look a-like cake now really peaked?
Having to cut into her own cake’s skirt is more than the bride can bear-
And the groom does look strange with his ‘abnormal arm’ really even standing there!
Was the replica bridal head saved for the traditional 1st year anniversary?
In their freezer next to something also frozen obviously!
Where is the frozen waffles honey- the groom eventually does say?
The bride says ….on the second shelf next to my head on the right side just over that way!
So for a year this couple will be eating the bridal replica head?
And then have pleasant dreams when their asleep in bed????
This shows the world just because one has money taste you can’t acquire-
Even when spending thousands of dollars on the replica cake you together alone do admire.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Have you heard? The baker of this cake has recently been on a significant Food Network Challenge, "Last Cake Standing."
While most of the competitors on this show have competed in Food Network challenges before, this baker hasn't been.
She said that she's "the baker who's known world wide for making the life size bride cake."

(I couldn't help but chuckle at this because I've only seen this cake here on Cake Wrecks. Ha.)

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLD

I am so glad that someone mentioned that this baker is on Last Cake Standing!! I think my jaw hit the floor last week when I saw that because like LD I've only seen the cake here on Cake Wrecks. I wish I knew what made the Food Network team pick her lol

April 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you check out the baker's gallery of pictures on her website you can see that her cakes are ok but not as artistic as the other competitors cakes on Last Cake Standing. In fact there is a picture of a piano cake that looks just like the one she made on episode two of the show. As for the bride cake, I would have been more impressed with her skills if she had made the face, but she only made the dress.

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe they were covering the seam??

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamwise.Gamgee

I just wonder i they are still married?...happily i mean

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Hahaha aren't you supposed to save the top of the cake for the 1st wedding anniversary! I would feel sorry for the groom but he did have the chance to walk....well RUN away lol

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

c'est affreux.... est lui grandeur nature?


dit en francias

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterepiclibby

I saw this bride and her cake on the show "Whose wedding is it anyway" some years ago,it was hilarious.

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdetoru

I don't know if anyone stated this or not (too many comments to go through for my lazy brain), but this bride MADE THIS CAKE HERSELF. She was on "Last Cake Standing" on Food Network, and it showed her cake. It was the reason she was chosen, and the only reason people knew her.

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO MAKE THAT!?!!?

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I bet that was the first time that the groom had to become defensive with the male guests ogling the cake. "Hey buddy, you get a slice of the plain tiered portion and noting higher! And you over there, the icing isn't that good so stop enjoying it so much."

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPadfoot04

Some people freeze the top layer of their wedding cake for their first anniversary. Wonder if they decapitated her or if they served her eyeballs up to some lucky guest?!

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Katie: The baker, who commented earlier on this thread, is Nikki J. The bride is Chidi O. So..... um, no. Just because the baker is black doesn't mean the cake is of her.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

My apologies. They made it seem that way on the cake show. I wasn't trying to insinuate that every black person is that same. Obviously.

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Where's the Groom's Cake? What flavor is it?

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRUSTY

I'm more concerned with the freakish length of the grooms left arm... Does this picture belong on photoshop disasters also???

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammie

Maybe there was a crack in the fondant.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertweetybirdus

@Tammie

I've seen this before, but I never noticed the left arm...weird.

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaye

I was reading through comments, looking for anyone else who noticed the freakishly long arm on that groom. Thank you, people! I was thinking I spend too much time on awkward family photos and began to seek out weirdness where there was none.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercasual

More importantly, WTF is with the dress?!?!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

What an egomaniac! Maybe they should have just eaten the bouquet and thrown the bride.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQueenBoadicea

I saw her interviewed on a TV show. I think the cake is tacky, but she was SO happy, it's hard to criticise... it's her wedding after all. More a cake OTT than a cake-wreck?

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterima

Yeah, as someone else pointed out, the bust is polymer clay - done by a friend of mine. I'll have to give her a poke to let her know about the post!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSculptor

umm.. the girl has a hand on her butt.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterace e.

I can not tell you how surprised I am that this cake is still showing up years after it was made! I, Elizabeth Bonura, sculpted the head and shoulders out of polymer clay. The rest was created by Nikki J. of Absolutely Editable Cakes in Dallas. When the bride contacted me she said "I would like to order a traditional portrait cake topper but I want it a little larger and I only want the heads." I thought "OK... well my favorite part of sculpting is the head and I love working larger so why not?" Well, I didn't realize until the baker sent me the styrofoam torso that it was going to be lifesize! I had no idea what I was getting into at the time... I usually make 6" portrait cake toppers (WeddingSculptures.com) not 5' ones! It was an interesting process but I don't think I will do it again even though I have been asked many times. As a side note, the couple was celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary and the bride did want a sculpture/cake of her husband too but there was not enough time. For my step by step sculpting process go to LifeSizeCakeTopper

I think she spotted a error with the cake "wait till I speak with the baker!!!!"

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

In my Husbands words...."What's wrong with that? Now everybody gets to say, 'I had a piece o' that!'"

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

on a skill level, its pretty darn good ( even with the rick-a-rack stripe). on another "whatever" ...OHHH EMMM GEEE !!!!!!......gives a whole new meaning to it being "her" day....lol....

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne W.

Anyone else notice how far back the husband looks but yet he still has his hand on her waist... I mean is it just me or does he have a freakishly long left arm.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOliver

I have never seen so many hypocritical comments. What gives you all the right to mock her. Yes maybe it is cultural, yes maybe she has more money than sense...however it is HER wedding day, Her choice not yours. Who says your weddings were not tacky and pathetic. Maybe you had a cheesy entertainer in the corner who still thinks he is god, and your friends laugh at it behind your backs....maybe you looked like a poodle gone out in the rain with some mad hair do...maybe your dad embarrassed you with his daning....oh sorry don't you like these suggestions? Well neither might the bride if she has read this page...Grow up and look at your own lives before you criticise someone else...Personally I think the cake shows talent by the baker.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecci

So last night I couldn't sleep and I was perusing this website after a friend brought it to my attention. I was laughing so hard, I'm surprised I didn't wake up everyone on my street. This morning, I showed this picture to my husband who remarked, "so everyone had a piece of the bride"?

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan Sanchez

How about it's BRICK BRACK, not rick rack..

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSMHAnnonmously

it says here: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/83520-wedding-cake-is-life-size-replica-of-bride

it weighed 180kg (400lb) and contained 200 eggs !!!!!

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Wonder if they're still together??

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorri

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