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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

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 (82)

I think they're obviously supposed to look like shrooms.

August 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiza Kummer

my apologies if someone already said this, but is that K Fed-meets-Snoop in the background?

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHumbuckerChapell

Oh God. The most disturbing thing in my opinion is the background.

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As I read in one of the other comments, these two are artists... Yikes. I'm an artist and I'm sure glad I didn't go with a cake like that. It does look more like a fruit explosion and mess than anything else.

(though I'm sure that whole banana feeding was totally awkward for everyone else)

August 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

you critics should ask the happily married couple how they pulled off such magic at their wedding

I'm guessing because they had their wedding overseen by the Magician's Alliance, judging by the guys in the backgrouynd.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentero4tom

Oh Anonymous One, it's pretentious "artsy" people like you that give artists a bad name. Weird or eccentric doesn't always = artist.

That cake is a monstrosity.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay how could you post this without commenting on the uh... white splatters that appear to have been um... liberated from the bananas? I meant that is the best part of all!!

As for miss forward thinking artist and the rest of her clan... yuppie fakes do not artists make! I'm not getting this from the photo only from your entries. Giver yourself another pat on the back for being so creative! Way to go you!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Rogers

C'mon. Y'all have never been to a redneck wedding in the south? You're looking at a "groom's" cake. Yes, that's right - the bride gets her traditional demure white wedding cake. The groom, however, gets a chocolate cake decorated voluptuously with fruit (though I gotta say, I've never, ever, EVER seen anything go quite as far as this).

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To me it looks like the "artist" woke up the morning of and said "OH CRAP! I forgot to make the wedding cake they asked for! Hmmm let see... Its suppose to be art right???...Hey if those guys with the buckets of paint thrown on the canvas can do it so can I!! It will be considered a masterpiece! No one will ever know, I forgot. I can throw it all on a table in heaps and call it ART! Now off to the store to see what they have.

September 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, so easy to mock people and their creations out of context. I was enjoying the site until I saw my friends being mocked. This situation leads me to question the culture of ridicule exemplified by many of the comments above.

Both the bride and groom are wonderfully nice people, as well as creative, driven and productive artists. They will accomplish more meaningful things in the next year than the rest of us will in our entire lives. I would gladly exchange their talents for mine.

This entire site is about belittling the artistic sense of others, and still manage hypocrisy of the righteous in their condemnation of the couple's defenders.

Art is simple, you like it or you don't. There is nothing wrong in saying, "I do not like this artwork." It is reprehensible, condemnable ignorance to say this is not art and the people who make it are not artists.

Perhaps you should consider not including photos of people for your ridicule. Stick to the cakes.


September 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first I didn't realize it was fruit and thought they were cutting into something that was supposed look like a half-eaten animal carcass.

I like the look of concentration on the groom's face! "Careful how we dissect the ribs, honey!"

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMudhooks

So I just have to say that I know these people too- while they may be amazing artists.. from an outsiders perspective it is downright funny. from an insiders perspective it is still funny- for all of the "artists" that are so offended by others opinions such is life and the blight of the "artist" - laugh at your self- these people may be at museums and get funded art projects in deserts but they have a ridiculous cake and look like redneck fruit eating mullet heads-

this sight is awesome I LOVE that you have this picture!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is obvious that this picture was sent via a guest of this wedding. So I think it only fair that we get to laugh at it-as they seemed to be laughing too.

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Fruit Explosion Wedding Cake"
Bringing a whole new meaning to "cherry bomb"
The girl looks like she totally gets it! Either that or she's thinking:"HAHA! They paid $230 for that thing!"
And what on earth is up with the plaid suit?

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Even being from an artsy community and majoring in painting, there is both high and low brow art. It doesn't matter whether or not you were born in upscale California, either, because rednecks are everywhere.

As long as they enjoyed the cake, allow me the privilege to laugh and remind myself that art 'doesn't always have to be pretty to be art.'

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersugarapplesweet

To shed some light, I was actually looking at this pic because I recognized the guy in the plaid...then my roommate came in and new the bride and groom, and the designer of the cake(figures). Not quite rednecks, try san francisco artsy folk (ie Burning Man). You could try an intervention, but they wouldn't care, these are folks who are happy and comfortable being who they are...which is decidedly bizarre.

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

"I was enjoying the site until I saw my friends being mocked."
So it's OK too mock the rest of the world, but not your freinds? Wow that's nice of you.

Anyway, if they mind the cake being made fun of, I'm sure they can speak for themselves.

If their happy with their wedding as it was, cake and all, then what makes you think they'd care that much?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm so very late to the party here, but all I ave to say is that the gentleman in the plaid suit is totally rockin' that fez.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Profanity, mean-spirited remarks, anonymous criticism & blatant advertising will not be published".


I may even privately agree with some of the sentiments proffered here, but I find many comments here to be very mean-spirited indeed. The cake is one thing, but it seems commentators are really out of bounds in making some rather nasty personal assumptions about the people in the photo and their lifestyle. I find this dismaying and distasteful. I think a line's been crossed and I wish that 'Jen' had as much reaction to comments like these (as well as blatantly racist comments I've seen attached to other cakes since I found this site recently) as she does defending her grammatical and orthographical mistakes that are gently pointed out to her.

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIchigo

Hi Ichigo,

Now I get to be defensive. whoopie...

First off, Jen doesn't tend to defend her errors. We pretty much just fix them, say whoops and move on.

Secondly, admittedly, some not always nice comments do slip through. But censorship is a slippery slope. If someone were to say, "What an ugly cake," shouldn't we reject it since the baker might find it hurtful? I assume that you take issue with the phrase "Red Neck," maybe even ascribing it "racist" or "bigoted" connotations. Though it may not sooth you, I can tell you that many of my friends here in the south are proud of the term Red Neck and would gladly describe themselves as such.

And lastly, please point out anything you see that would be considered "racist." (The most overused and least understood word in the English language.) Please feel free to e-mail me directly at info (at) with anything you find.



ps. The folks in the picture have seen this post and are fine with it. Is it possible you're taking up offenses where it isn't warranted? Just a thought...

pss. With all the bigoted, racist, prejudiced, mean and vulgar blogs and websites out there, why pick on us? I don't know...

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I just finished reading this whole thread and I gave John a standing ovation!!! You tell 'em, John!!

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Lol...yeh the smirk says it all. lol xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Cake installation:
Slide Apricot A onto
Banana B. Glue.

wv: desses

Desses lots of fun to look at.

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

What are they supposed to be slicing there? I mean, seriously, the knife is separating the bananas... but... it looks like someone just threw a bunch of random general dessert items together on a big slab and called it a ....cake?

It's hard to proclaim a "healthy alternative to wedding cake" because all the bananas, apricots, strawberries and what looks like sliced almonds are dumped on a pile of brownies? Chocolate cake? And the cake part is dripping with white icing or glaze (maybe this really is a dirty-theme).

This leads me to one of those life-pondering questions. Like "If a tree falls in a forest"... I cannot make sense of it.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I swear that is Howie Mandel to the left of the plaid suit with fez.

Looks like a really fun, interesting!!! wedding!! Not so much of a cake wreck, as an intentional difference. I think most cakewrecks are VERY UNintentional.

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDi

Fez guy looks like some weird TimeLord mash-up...

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIslandPearl

IT'S A GIANT FRUIT EXPLOSION!!!!! And cake, but mostly, FRUIT!!!!!!!!!!

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChocogirl

the bananas topped by the apricots look like mushrooms in a way. almost like the stinkhorns that invaded where I live.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSangelia

"Welcome to Compost Pile 'Quality' Wedding Bakery! How may I help you?"

"Well hello there! Ah, I would like your unidentifiable-number-of-layers layered compost cake, with suggestive fruit rocket ships, please."

"Of course! That'll be, ah, $0.99, please."

The bride must have had a reeeeeeeally low budget. Or no, it wasn't the bride who ordered the cake. It was Mr. Goodwill-Uglysuit, because he clearly can't spend more than $0.50 on his clothing, not even considering wedding "cakes." And that's why the couple is CUTTING the cake, not FILING A POLICE REPORT for the baker. They don't want to hurt his feelings.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWreckophile #1

It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool

May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Pretentious Anonymous, David, Ichigo: get over yourselves. People like you are why people like me need migraine medicine. I know I'm late to the party but I still feel like boinking their heads together Three Stooges style for being so uppity on a HUMOR WEBSITE but mostly for the misuse of the words "racist," and "bigoted." Try consulting a dictionary before you use words you don't understand. Speaking of definitions, do you know the definition of "artsy?" Because I do. Artsy: making a strong, affected, or pretentious display of being artistic or interested in the arts. I believe that just about sums you guys up perfectly. Affected, pretentious... but they left out annoying. Artsy-fartsy pseudo-intellectuals are the epitome of annoying. /Rant over/ Wreck on.

October 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

My dad said, "Is that even a cake?"

February 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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