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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

Big Day, Big Wrecks

By popular demand, here are a few more Inspiration vs Perspiration Wedding Wrecks. And shame on you all for finding them so funny.

What was ordered:

What was received:
(Fortunately Christine C. reports the the bride and family had a great sense of humor about this Wreck, and even dubbed it the "bamPOO" cake. Heheh.)

And received:

Uh, since the cake itself leaves me speechless, I'm going to comment on the background. Hey Jessica M., is that Chewbacca through the window? I mean, given the Han Solo & Leia topper, I was wondering if Chewie was the ring-bearer or something.

And lastly, ordered:
Aaaand received:

You have to wonder if that swipe was a result of the bride fainting at the sight of it, don't you? Still, I guess she should count her blessings: imagine if the wreckerator had been asked to write something on it!

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Reader Comments (211)

Geek that I am I feel obligated to point out that the Star Wars cake topper is Han Solo and Leia, not Luke and Leia. Which is good, since Luke and Leia are siblings...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Okay, I've never decorated cake in my life, and yet even I can tell that the good cakes pictured had fondant instead of icing from a tube/bag/whatever. What in the world would a decorator try to replicate the cake using a totally different technique???

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkjl

Um, that would be Hans Solo! Maybe you should rent Star Wars this weekend ;)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 11 yr old insists I point out that the cake topper in pic#2 is Han Solo & Leia, not Luke & Leia- cause that would be just gross.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisaN

Sad when the results look nothing like the original idea. The second one looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
~Amy B

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

When I got married, the baker 'forgot' to make the cake. We marched in at 10 am (wedding at noon) to pick up the cake, and there was no frickin' cake. I thought that was stressful as all heck, but looking at some of these (ok, all of them), I'd rather have had my goof up than have to deal with one of these wrecks!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternissarella

Oops! Hate to be an armchair "Star Wars" nerd, but I think that's Han Solo as the groom on top of the wedding cake. "Luke" was a good guess, but a) it was Han who ended up marrying Leia, and b) Luke turned out to be Leia's twin brother, which would mean the cake would be the least of the happy couple's problems, what with incest being illegal and all.

The commentary, though, is as hilarious as always.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinking the gash in last one is the bride grabbing the ugliest thing available to chuck at the baker in outrage.

And that's Han up there, not Luke. Though having Luke would've made it a particularly squick-worthy wreck, as Luke and Lea were siblings...

wv: menewead - what I think some of these cake decorators were saying about a half-hour before they started working.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMai

Now that eleventy-billion people have pointed out WHO is actually on the cake topper, lets discuss how the faux top layer doesn't even come close to matching the color of the cake. Classy says I.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMammaDucky

So I just want to make sure...

Is it Han Solo? Cause I'm not sure.

Okay, I changed it. In Jen's defense, she's more of a Trekker.


January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Katie P.
I'm so glad you started your blog AFTER I got married, or I'm not so sure I would have been so calm about the whole cake thing...had I only known. Luckily, our cake was far from wreckish.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ouch - the last one is awful.

My wedding cake was more beautiful than expected on the outside, but on the inside was a marble cake with grape jelly between the layers - like for a little kid's bday party. I imagine some disappointed kiddo got mine.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda, Western MA

Hei, congrats! I just saw your blog on the winners list of the Weblog Awards.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

I thought it was Osama in the back ground.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

My god....on that last cake, the pink and green alone are enough to make you hurl! I certainly hope no one had to pay for these cakes.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrishgirl

I LOVE the inspiration vs persperation cake posts, and you do one on my birthday! Best unintentional gift ever!

I feel so bad for the people who got these wrecks...I can only imagine the "WTF?!" feeling they got when they first saw them.

Keep up the awesome blog, Jen. ^^

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Even though I am an amature, at best, I have watched Ace of Cakes enough to know that the bamboo was fondant, and that horizontal stripes are a b**ch to make. LOL Those things are horrible. My husband's aunt made our cake, something she just did for fun, by no means a professional, and our cake looked awesome, especially compared to these disasters!
I love this site, and HAD to add it to my google reader. It's a high point in my day when I see some of these disasters. I don't think I would be too forgiving if my wedding cake would have turned out like these wrecks!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPngwn

The ones with the "it was SUPPOSED to be" pictures are my absolute favorite. SO funny! You should do more of them!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

This is definently my favourite category!

Keep em' coming!

Word verification - Allycho - how my brother sounds when he sneezes

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Sadly, that last one was a pretty simple design to copy. The second one wouldn't have been HORRID, had it not been cake pans that were 1/2" apart in diameter? WTH? Minimum TWO INCHES people. To allow for decoration and tier effect! SHEESH!
I only did level 2 Wilton for dummies and I know that!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCottagecheap

I don't think it's even a grocery store, it's totally craigslist or a friend of a friend who made these. I doubt that any of these really came from real professionals, though there are plenty of amateurs who THINK they are professionals. Obviously, because they're charging people money for this crap. But, I wouldn't be surprised if at least one of these is a friend of a friend cake :)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

I want to know if the people who receive these wrecks have to pay for them. Do the delusional wreckerators know how horribly wrong it went?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! And to think that I ordered my wedding cake online in 1999 (when ordering online was still new and exciting) without even meeting the creator, it showed up without incident, was pretty and had the right flavours... and she even sprinkled some flowers around it that matched our theme without me asking... I feel so incredibily fortunate!!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I wish people would read other comments before leaving their own. I think we are all aware now that it is HAN and incest is gross.

These cakes are pretty horrifying. I can't choose which is worse. The colours on the first one make me want to vomit. What kind of back alley bakeries are these guys ordering from?? Oh the hilarity!!!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClara Cupcakes

LMAO...this post made me realize my wedding cake turned out as a wreck. It's too bad I dont have the before photo to compare it too.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersugahtate

I really want these brides to explain how this happened.....because I'm speechless! How does something go oh so wrong?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gill

To me, the star wars cake is the saddest because it looks like they really tried and just didn't have the skills. So sad. That scrollwork looks exactly, and I mean EXACTLY like what my one year old did on the wall with the contents of her diaper last week.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

Well hell, on the last one, what was ordered is verging on wreck-tastic with that sloppy fondant application. Crooked stripes make me weep in the corner.

P.S. My verification word is "tiatoses." Sounds like something perfect for the last post. :D

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

Seriously?!? The last cake isn't even square like the inspiration photo!

I need to turn in my geek card as well because for some odd reason I thought it was Hans, no Han. . .do! When I looked this factoid up I found this cake of Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Cake - funny!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I was so busy paying attention the horribleness of the last cake that I didn't even notice the swipe.

I just can't understand how a "professional" could be happy with their work and send it out.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBakingBliss

ROFL the Inspiration vs Perspirations are my faves! The last one is, of course, horrible but what on EARTH were they trying to do with the second one? Why is the faux top layer a completely different color?

Oh, and who was it on top of the cake again? I don't think I remember :P

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStarchasm

SO everyone has pointed out that it wasn't Luke on the cake topper, and you have actually aready corrected it in the post....BUT wouldn't it have been an even bigger WRECK if it really was Luke!! That would have been hilarious! And that last cake is horrible and almost looks like the round twin of another wedding wreck in a previous post!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

Wow! What would make me the maddest if I were these brides is that I'm sure they asked the baker/decorator if they could handle that kind of design. They give them the picture, say I want that, Can You Do THAT??? I'd assume the answer would be yes when the decorator knows they can't handle that kind of construction. ARG!

I so hope after some screams and tears (all very valid), they were able to have a good laugh.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

may i ask WHY people keep thinking their local bakery will be able to duplicate what is obviously an extraordinary cake?
it's almost like walking into the salon asking to look like angelina jolie when you obviously look more like angela lansbury.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermere9

why, why, WHYYYYYY would you deliver a cake that looked like a drunken psychotic monkey decorated it and then fell face-first into it? (I'm referring here to the last cake, btw.) Don't people have quality control? Or know about word of mouth? I'm speechless, and kind of angry, about that last cake. ARGH!

I will only feel better about that cake if I know that the baker/decorator did not accept or ask for payment.

I don't know why I'm so emotionally invested, actually.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

The "Inspiration vs Perspiration Wedding Wrecks" are my favorite!!! But so scary!

I'd LOVE to know what people paid for these (or at least where quoted originally because I certainly hope they didn't end up paying anything).

I can't help but wonder if they went to wal-mart or a grocerty store to get these. Yikes!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, I can understand people trying to get a "champagne" cake on a "beer" budget and going to the local grocery store chain kind of possibly 'getting what they deserve' BUT for all that's holy MOST grocery store chains have samples up indicating that they know how to do a decent looking tiered cake at least! Proper tiered cakes do not lean!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStressfactor

And the less oft' heard from Cake wrecks fans come out of the woodwork in droves to correct the egregious Star Wars misnomer... THAT to me was the funniest part of this post.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShe

How can someone, who claims to be professional, consciously deliver a cake that looks so bad - especially in comparison with the 'asked for' cake?! Maybe my work ethics are a little higher than most. If those cakes were done by professionals - I should start advertising to do wedding cakes, because I too can be a professional wrecker, I mean decorator...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVR

Everyone thought DH and I were nuts for going to a high-end bakery and paying top dollar for our wedding cake (the cake cost more than my dress). After seeing the cakes on here, I am so glad we did. I took a magazine picture cake into our baker and the cake we received turned out better than the example! They even replicated my bridal bouquet in gumpaste for the cake topper. Honestly, you get what you pay for and if I'd paid for any of these wrecks, you can bet I'd be getting my money back! I hope they at least tasted good.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes upset me. Usually I laugh and laugh here, but truly, do people get their money back? It is so sad to see something so ugly show up.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

This looks a lot like the plaid weeding cake . . . . same decorator?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

The "how" part is interesting enough to contemplate, but . . . THEY PAID FOR THESE CAKES????

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I think the blue cake with the lime flowers and the melon striped cake were both ugly to start with. But the wrecks are hilarious. And omg at all the christmas green frosting on the damaged cake. And what are those dark accents on it suppose to be?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Have you ever done one of those child psychology experiments in college where you ask kids to draw a tilted glass of water but they draw the water level wrong because their undeveloped brains can't understand gravity's effect on the level of liquid?

Anyway, that's cake #3.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStunbunny

Anonymous said...Um, that would be Hans Solo! Maybe you should rent Star Wars this weekend ;)

Hans? Solo. Hans? Hans Solo. Han. Solo. Han Solo. Han'se Han S. H-A-N.

(From this video, which if you haven't seen it yet, you should: )

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

you know what, let it be luke and leia. a little "flowers in the attic" never hurt anyone... other then their offspring.

there isn't enough poop at weddings if you ask me. i am hoping for a bampoo cake one day. (giggle)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOxen Cox

Ok, these cannot be professional cakes. Tell me someone's neighbor offered to make the cake for the wedding. What human could possibly create these and say, "yeah, awesome the bride will love it! It's just like the picture." I refuse to believe these are professionals..I just can't wrap my head around this. I really need to know who made these things

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that last one is contending with the Jamaican wedding cake pretending to be a Scottish wedding cake as my favorite wreck :)

If the decorator doesn't know how to use fondant, regular buttercream is not the same thing :)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen H

All I could think while reading these (well, besides laughing at your Chewbacca joke) was "those poor brides." I'm glad the first one had a sense of humor about it - I don't know what I would have done if I had received a cake like the last one. Probably would have cried. :)

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