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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
Jan162009

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.)

Ordered:
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 (210)

How did those bakeries think they even came close? wow...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Ya know I had a friend whos wedding cake got so messed up (unfortunately no pictures) they wound up getting a sheet cake from Costco. The baker at Costco felt bad for them and added a little wedding decoration and it looked quite nice. Myself I skiped the whole issue and had a desert table rather tan cake.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

I would imagine the last cake was created by a baker high on out-of-date narcotics and helium.

I also believe that swipe was how the cake was delivered. The baker, his drug induced paranoia kicking in, attacked the cake monster before it could attack him.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

brown icing has to be the most disgusting thing I've ever seen on a cake . And I can't believe how common it is.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

I am, quite simply, aghast...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Mother of God. Okay, seriously, decorators. You cannot pipe buttercream frosting and have it look the same as rolled fondant or royal icing decorations. You can't. You can't you can't you can't stop trying. Lordy... how do these poor women find these bakers??

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Wow, that is all I can say, wow...

I hope no one actually had to pay for any of those cakes, I would be in tears if that happened to me. Did any of them look at any samples of what the bakery had actually produced?

Wow!!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

These are my favorite posts. Though I would love to hear stories from the brides - who was responsible for these crimes against cakery?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika

I feel terrible for the people who got the last cake. :( FAIL.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My sincere apologies to the geek community about the whole "Luke vs Han" snafoo. Really, I DO know that's Han; I guess I must have just been thinking of http://www.geekologie.com/2008/03/omg_grody_star_wars_cake_featu.php" REL="nofollow">this cake when I typed that. :)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Man oh man. Do they get their money back, I wonder?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiamond

wedding cakes, look more like gifts. still better than the cakes I make

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

What so sad is the decorators really spent some time with their... um... creations.

You can't do anything BUT laugh, otherwise you would be crying if you had ordered one of these!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. I'm not sure exactly whose idea it was to change the type of frosting for the first and last cakes, but even I know that the originals were both fondant (and that's why they worked) and that the imitations were buttercream (and that's why they didn't work). Don't mess with what the cakes were topped with if you're going for horizantal detailing!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I need a cake.... Anybody got the number handy for Three Blind Idiots bakery?

WV.. brette.... I brette to inform you that your cake looks like it was wreckorated by a three year old.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I always think about those missed mark cakes... and I was delighted/horrified to see them today. But I am officially freaked out that one day, I will be the bride with the crap cake that I send in to cakewrecks. =/

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa

That first one seemed fine to me, minus the bamboo of course.
Hey, I'd be proud to have made any of them, although I'd resist cutting a chunk out of it.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

I cannot believe that there were more Star Wars faux pas comments than cake comments in response to this post! (NERD ALERT!!! :-p)

I probably would have fainted ON the last cake if it would have been mine... Then at least it wouldn't have made it to the reception. I'd rather serve Wal-Mart mini cupcakes to all of my guests...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I agree with the comments before. The icing colors and the wreckiness of the last one really remind of me of the plaid wreck of http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2008/07/inspiration-vs-perspiration.html" REL="nofollow">this post. It even has the same slumpy look. One just can't help wondering~

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

Thank you Clara Cupcakes! I was thinking the same thing - read the comments before posting a correction. Chances are it has already been said... no need to beat a dead horse into the ground.

As for the cakes - YIKES!!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

My daughter and I looked at the first 2 and gasped at the wrecks, imagining the distress of the brides.
The third cake, well it really....um...took the cake!
In South Africa, our favourite expression of compassion, whether one has scraped a knee or suffered a broken heart, is 'SHAME' or 'Ag Shame'. The last wreck elicited a huge OMG...SHAME! That poor bride.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

All the geekitude is warming my heart on this too cold for school day. I think the inspiration vs perspiration is my favorite cake wreck category.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNykie

Brandi said, "I doubt that any of these really came from real professionals..."

Unfortunately Brandi, as we've seen time and time again in this blog, professionals can and absolutely do screw up cakes this badly. Even wedding cakes. Ughhh...

I'm not saying they DESERVE to be called professionals, but so many of these wrecks come from bakeries (not just "professionals" working from home for $$$)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter7Seas

That last one baffles me... How hard would it be to just roll out some colored fondant and cut ribbons for the stripes? Heck, they could have even used REAL ribbon and it would have looked a thousand times better! I'd rather have to peel fabric ribbon off my cake before eating it then have THAT nasty frosting mess!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

If you can't make/replicate the item that people order, then don't take the order!!! How hard is that for bakers/bakeries to understand?

Jeez.

--Kate

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

All the comments made me laugh, too, Good grief, Star Wars fans. Okay, we got it.

My husband just emailed that they had a lunch at work to honor a co-worker having a baby. And I quote: "And there was a pink cake with brown polka dots – it looked like something from a Dr Seuss book."

So, I asked if it was a Cake Wreck, and he replied: "Close, but it wasn’t a sculpture, the spelling was okay and there weren’t any odd attempts at frosting art. It was just a putrid pink with unevenly spaced half-dollar sized cow droppings."

Too funny.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Were these ordered from grocery store-type bakeries?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Jen - will that cake be coming here? lol

'Bampoo' is my new favorite word...I think it should enter the WV rotation ;)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphillygirl64

Hmm.

Seriously? I mean just look at -

SERIOUSLY???

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkelliebean

OMG...why can't some people just admit they can't do something. Or do a trial run, if you're a self employed baker. Sheesh...

wvotd rewobill..."Fondant decorations cannot, for the most part, be replicated with buttercream. The buttercream cannot hold the intricaties of the required shapes and it will rewobill into a shapeless mound on top of the supporting layer."

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

do people pay for these cake disasters?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

jackie31337- That video is SO HILARIOUS!!!!!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

I'm pretty sure that's an out of focus woman with shoulder length blonde hair in a black dress playing a violin. I sure would hate to appear in someone's picture and be called Chewbaca. :(

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

EEEEEKKKKKK! I would have freaked out seeing these on my big day. Yikes!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChic Runner

I don't think that's a swipe on the last cake.

The designer tried to make it slanty, as in the photo, and the cake fell off the table, resulting in the gash.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTed S. (Just a Cineast)

Bam-poo cake...still laughing about that one!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLildonbro

P.S. why does everyone keep telling you it's Han Solo and Leia on top of the cake as though that's NOT what you said?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLildonbro

I think this (stripe cake) was made by the same bakery that made the plaid disaster the other day. Does anyone else see that? I also think they used the left over icing from it. (or they were drunk)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How awful for those Brides. I can't imagine. Are these bakers colorblind or something? I think as mother-of-the-bride I might have been tempted, no I take that back, I would have taken the top tier, and pushed it in the face of the baker. I'm not as forgiving as these folks were.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Hahn

Someone is going to have to explain what "WV" means to this newbie. I don't quite get it.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

Every one of your posts make me laugh at first then I shake my head thinking what in the world??!!

I posted about your blog on my blog. :)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I'm totally freaked out that the presentation of the Star Wars cake was so beautiful — flower petals and all — for a cake that should have been heaved out the window.

The last one. No. Just no. Run out to the local Piggly Wiggly and get something generic. But I can't blame the gouge — someone must have wanted to see if it tasted as horrible as it looked.

Oh, and Jen: Before you put in a link to a cake such as the one you did, please warn us not to have a mouthful of Coke when we click. Help save a keyboard today.

Word verificaiton: undeffi. These cakes are the undeffi-nition of good.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

These are by far my favorite wrecks. If it damns me to hell, so be it!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpitzer Tales

Please tell us Jen, WHY DO PEOPLE PAY FOR THESE?!?! I don't understand how that would even make it to someone's wedding because I can't believe the person who paid for it or picked it up would stand for that kind of abuse! Honestly, it blows my mind. It's one thing to ruin a birthday cake or a sugar bowl cake, but for a wedding? Inexcusable.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I love these! Keep em coming!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

"bamPOO" Thank goodness I wasn't the only one seeing that!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna!

When I got married the flowers for the cake were provided by the florist so that they would coordinate with the wedding flowers. I notice that all of these wrecks have beautiful flowers.
I'd love to have seen the florists' faces when they (who probably had the same "inspiration" picture) showed up to add the flowers.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

That last one does bear a strong resemblance to the plaid cake.

I wonder if there's any sort of cake paint available...kind of like airbrushing, except it wouldn't have that airbrushed effect, because you'd just paint it on, like you'd paint a wall. You wouldn't be able to apply stand-out strips of it, but at least it seems like you'd be able to get more even, less wrecky stripes.

word verification: ments, a shortened, plural form of mental, which is what the wreckorators of these cakes must have been when they made them.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

@ Kelly:

WV stands for "Word Verification", as in the random sequence of letters you're required to type in before blogger lets you post your comment.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

Okay really. Are these professional renderings, or ones done by "loved" ones trying to saving a buck or two? Holy cow!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelle

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