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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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Friday
Jul252008

Freud Would Have a Field Day

Let's take a moment to really absorb the full impact of this wedding "cake". Drink it all in: the stacked strawberries, the bananas, the unfortunately positioned apricots ON the bananas, the rockin' plaid suit in the background...

Don't ask me for details; I have none. I will say, however, that if wedding cakes are meant to be symbolic, this couple is really looking forward to the wedding night. C'mon: banana towers? With apricot rings on the tips? At the epicenter of some kind of icing/oat/fruit explosion? (Ahh, but were they wild oats? Oh!)

"Sure, no, of course we believe you guys when you say you just wanted a 'healthy alternative' to traditional cake. And that 10 minutes you spent feeding each other bananas in front of everyone? Sure, that was kind of awkward, and the kids are asking a lot of questions now, but we know it was just 'cuz you both really like bananas. A lot."

Say, do you suppose this was the bride's going-away cake?

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Reader Comments (79)

Look at the smirk on the little girl's face. Says it all.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShari

WOW! TACKY TACKY red-neck wedding. Even the guest are tacky! I think we need an "Intervention!" Hey, people like that give you good material...Keep it coming!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I hate to admit it, but that... creation... almost looks rather delicious.

But besides that, you KNOW that little girl in blue is the only one in the picture who truly understands the awkwardness and irony of the situation unfolding before her.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

They just keep getting better! Another ROTFLMAO!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryO

Wow, the base of that "cake" looks like a gigantic pile of sick. Ewwwww.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is the funniest blog I have ever seen and I hope nothing I make is ever, ever on it. Ha ha.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternataliecakes

That little girl in the blue looks like she totally gets it!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

Wow..I is that even a cake? haha It looks like someone literally just tossed some fruit and cake chunks on a table and stacked some bananas on top. I am horrified.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLethargic

What I find so deeply disturbing is the sly smirk on the 10-year-old's face in the background...like she knows what's up. Er...no pun intended.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercarly

Aside from the "cake" I bet that guys mullet is......glorious.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKev

Oh my goodness!

If you're still looking for ugly cakes: http://uglyweddingcake.com/

And please keep this site going. I need a good laugh now and then.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

What is with the guy in the madras plaid suit and fez in the background?

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have no idea what these people are thinking -- can you say RED NECK -- LOL -- Look at the way the people are dressed -- Wish I could of seen the wedding itself -- Only can imagine what that was like. Thanks Talk Later

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnissa

If I were the happy groom I might be a little bit nervous about how easily the bride takes a knife to that ... cake.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteranewc2

What are they even cutting? Down the center of one of the bananas? It makes no sense...and looks disgusting.

People are weird.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

I just love your site!!!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Maaaaan...that thing is just a *mess*! It looks like they emptied their garbage disposal onto the table.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbadfae

A friend just sent this to me and I've since been laughing, guffawing, cringing, and crying my way through your entries. Blessings upon you and your house for running this site!!
Also, I'm manager at a custom cake shop (JetCityCakes.com) and while I hope our work wouldn't horrify you too much, I sure feel more confident in our work after seeing what some of the trained monkeys out there are doing.
Thank you thank you!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZ_gal

that cake reminds me rather forcibly of the scene in Galaxy Quest when the pig lizard is digitized on board and arrives inside out.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicki

So I was actually *at* this wedding. It was at a mansion in Sonoma, CA. The couple is a pair of artists, and not even slightly rednecked. But I'm laughing my ass off at this thread!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNetDiva

Symbolism - ok, that's totally coyote ugly.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergiz

A friend of mine just alerted me to your site. All I can say is...I love you. This is one of the most awkward / awesome cake scenes I have ever seen.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I feel less concerned about the phallic symbolism by the fact that that thing looks less like a cake and more like a giant heap of random ingredients. Yeesh!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you so much for this blog. I found it this evening and I don't think that I have ever laughed so hard in my life. I went through and read the entire thing. But not without a couple of breaks to calm down cause I was having difficulty breathing I was laughin so hard. Great work, and keep 'em coming!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Just found your sight and these cakes are hilarious! I do love the creativity on the Bond-style cake though!

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie AZ

Okay the cake is weird I'll give ya that... but the people are actually waaaay over-educated creative folks in California. Red-necks? no.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's not a cake, that's a fruit explosion.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkisekileia

The fact that the groom is wearing a cowboy hat that doesn't even match the tux is just the tip of the icing in this picture. From the groom's hat, to the horrible "cake" to the plaid guy wearing a fez! LOL

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJondi

This blog and accompanying commentary are hysterical. Some of these ummm, masterpieces would defy belief if not for the photos. I so wish my grandmother was still around to see the stuff on this site. She professionally decorated cakes for decades and would have been laughing her ass off just as I have been doing.

July 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

I have scrolled through all of your entries and I'm laughing so hard I'm crying. Thanks for the great blog!

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

I'm guessing raw foodists.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

Thanks to a blogger buddy, I landed on your site and think it's awsome! Keep it up :)

Now about that cake... Wishful thinking??

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCanadianSwiss

Sweet Jesus Marimba! If any one photo would reanimate the corpse of Diane Arbus, it would be this little gem. I never thought I'd live to see the day when you could combine the following words: "John Waters Chicken-Fried Hot Mess."

I don't think I've laughed this hard since that time at Six Flags with way too much caffeine, ephedra, funnel cake, and Dr. Pepper.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSeoul Brother

I was just lead to your site via Craftzine...congratulations - this is one of the most hilarious sites I've ever seen. Case in point - this latest post...it literally takes the cake! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself - like you haven't heard that a million times already?)

Thanks so much for making me laugh so hard - good humor is a very necessary part of staying sane on this planet!

Keep up with all your great postings...

Marie

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm 90% sure I saw the groom riding a bike and drinking a canned beer at the park by our house yesterday. Or maybe it was his twin.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermamafabun

The wedding itself was an affair to remember:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/culturesubculture/sets/72157600690395125/

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Ranger

and what's with the "white drizzle" around the bottom dark cake. beautiful!

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

If you go to the link that danger ranger provided and view pictures of the wedding......you can understand the cake.

Sort of.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Welch

They describe it in the original wedding photo site as a Wedding Cake Installation - does that make it better, or worse?

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMintaka

I think it's supposed to be a group of mushrooms, but I'm not entirely sure.

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

well, the ten year old girl was only 8 at the time. the cake was produced by a bay area artist who has had exhibits from here to NYC. (ever heard of the de young? yes, it's a museum of some notoriety and he's had exhibits there as well as a myriad of other galleries in SF) at the request of the bride who is something of a fruit fanatic.
there were costume changes at the alter, gifts proffered for those who had gone before us, and a myriad of stories made around and about the fortunate folks who attended this most fantabulous event. if you weren't invited it's probably because you weren't connected to this particular group. it's for the best, you would have hated it, especially if you "don't get it," you know what i mean? call it an exclusive affair for the creative forward thinkers of our time and leave it at that, eh?

as a personal aside, i only hope every wedding i go to is this memorable, poignant and stunning. i'm SOOO tired of the ordinary! i can't distinguish one of my cousins weddings from another and i certainly can't recall what their wedding cakes looked like. think about it folks...

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh.... the mushrooms came later. i assure you.

yummmmy! and the cake was super tasty, too. it surely wasn't that "non-descript" "white cake" most folks serve. what is "white cake," anyway? good grief!

i was fortunate enough to attend the wedding and had the time of my life. all you critics should ask the happily married couple how they pulled off such magic at their wedding, and maybe you could try to match it rather than wasting time picking cakes from a book - focus on the overall experience for each other and for your guests.

wish my wedding had been that thought provoking, beautiful and creative.

costume changes at the alter to symbolize their welcome of each other, and comprise to each other as they embrace one another in their "forever." how beautiful is that? AND the cake was yummy! visual and edible art, what could be better? start thinking out of the "cake" box, folks!

i'm publishing as "anonymous" to afford the couple some privacy. there is a reason you weren't all invited, afterall.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hahaha. Oh..please..stop....my side hurts!
It looks like a carcass on the table, bare ribs sticking up!
AND the "anonymous" defense only makes it that much better! "It was an inspirational wedding, I doubt people with such small brains would begin to comprehend."
I've seen gorgeous artistic original non-"white undescript" cakes in my career - this isn't one of them!

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Y'know, Other Anonymous, it's possible to have a "unique" and "interesting" wedding without making a "cake" (I use the term loosely) which looks like a compost heap.

I do think that if it tasted good it doesn't matter a damn what it looked like, but how do you even serve something like that? It'd be impossible to "slice" something that's just a pile of ingredients. Small shovels would be necessary, methinks. Or salad spoons?

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG is that Screech?

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBabylon

wait!!! i think i saw this wedding profiled in a tv show somewhere (probably food network?). is that possible?

at any rate, i KNOW i've seen this elsewhere, and i definitely remember being horrified by "installation."

anonymous one, if you actually have to *call* yourself a "creative forward thinkers [for] our time," um, then you're probably NOT one.

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertejanota

ROFLAO!! I feel terrible for the couple - in a hilariously, sick way! Who knew that hat would make their 'alternatively designed cake' look like road kill?

I seriously thought the bananas were representing the 'rib cage'. Darn hat!

July 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lordy. I actually know the guy in the plaid suit! But the cake... no.

July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Maybe the guy in the hat is a hunter and the cake represents a load of dead elephants and those are suppose to be the tusks sticking out of mess of corpse elephants

August 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbillybob

Oddly, I think that it looks like it'd taste delicious.

But that looks more like the sort of thing you'd have at a bachelorette party than a wedding, I think.

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRubyfruit

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