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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

You Say "Redneck" Like it's a Bad Thing

I would like to state for the record that I grew up around a bunch of rednecks, and I have nothing but affection for that Nascar-loving, deer-hunting, Coors-ball-cap-wearing crowd. That said, I'm pretty sure they should never be allowed to plan their own weddings.

Exhibit A:

I have no words.

Exhibit B:

I have words, but none that can be repeated in polite company. Egads, man, the hoof! I don't even want to know what that is inside it - just tell me it's not the cake server, please. [shudder]

Exhibit C:

"We are gathered here today to join this man, this woman, and this truck in holy matrimony..."

Exhibit D:

For a "shotgun wedding" perhaps? (Ba-dum-bump!)

And finally, Exhibit E:

Hey, look, an actual bride and groom topper - no deer heads! Oh, but there IS a deer...and the bride's toting a shotgun...and I'm suddenly in the mood for fruit roll-ups. Huh.

I'm actually a bit disappointed that I couldn't find a Nascar-themed wedding cake. Anyone have one to send me? C'mon: it'll be therapeutic!

Thanks to Chris M., Melody H., Jacy D., and both Anony M.s for their expert Wreckporting!

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Reader Comments (312)

The first cake is actually quite attractive, but you will note it has TWO bucks on top. And gay redneck weddings seem rather oxymoronic, so I just don't know what's up with that one!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

Ahhh! You found the way to my husband's heart, cake & antlers! Michelle R - Oklahoma

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, at least most of those are well done. Tacky as all get out, but well done.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. NONONONONONONONONO! These are WEDDING cakes? I mean...NO!

That being said, I totally laughed out loud at the bride and groom toppers on the last cake. So wrong, but oh, so funny... heh heh heh...

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

The one with the deer head toppers is quite good, decoration wise, but totally tacky for a wedding!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Besides the theme, I think some of these cakes are actually done quite well!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

I'm not minding these cakes at all, especially the first one and the one with the truck. Maybe the first one was a tribute to rednecks in ancient Greece?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i girl i work with was talking about her john deere firefighter wedding. can't wait to see that cake!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterutaduta

That made me want to go off-roading in an icing factory.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexlady

These actually show a great deal of talent. Being born & bred Southern & surrounded by rednecks & occasionally partaking in some redneck activities - these are not bad. The worse ones are when the person gets just the deer head or body - you then have to cut it up. Yuck. As for appearance though - the talent here is great. I would love to see what else these decorators can do.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSouthern Princess

That last cake looks rather thin on the icing front.

And why is there a banner ad for "Diaper Cakes" under the post? Wow.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Uh... on the last one, did she shoot the groom? So it's supposed to be a representation of her "bagging" a husband? *shudder*

word verification: coppo. Someone call the coppo.. Janie's got a gun.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

Finally coming out of lurk-dom... OMG, these are BAD!!! Off to email you some links!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlecia Castro

This is a "trend" I don't get, and is becoming alarmingly popular. Girls who wear camoflage. I've seen girls who have had their naisl done, hair and makeup perfect carrying a camo bag. When I talk about camo I'm not talking army print. I'm talking sticks and leaves deer hunting stuff. These cakes just reinforce that.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Okay- does this count for nascar?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkleslie

Classy- Redneck style!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

As ridiculous as it would be for a wedding, I am impressed by the camo fondant on B. And sadly, I know people who would love these for their weddings...

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Sorry, but those don't look wreck-tastic at all.

Better luck next time.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJossie

The tree stump cake would be cute without the shotgun shells.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternewsjunkie

omg those cakes are hilarious. wow I can't believe that people would make such cakes.
here's a nascar wedding cake for you...

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The one of the tree stump caught my eye because the first person's initials are 'DWI'.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMerrie

Well I couldn't find a NASCAR wedding cake, but... I did find a Jeff Gordon wedding topper.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the creepy crawlers on the tree stump cake. "Yes, I'll have a piece, and be sure I get the grasshopper."

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBet

The James Bond cake is from July 24, 2008.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

This just pulled up a repressed memory. My anniversary is Nov. 16. When I chose that as my wedding date 24 years ago, I didn't realize it was the first day of deer hunting season. My brothers were pissed, so my mother asked me after I order the invitations (bear in mind I got engaged in July and married in November so there wasn't a lot of leeway) if I could change my wedding date so they could go deer hunting. I told her, no, they could go hunting if that was their preference. I should have had one of these cakes!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

They may be redneck-y, but you gotta give 'em points for creativity! I'm pretty sure I couldn't pull off that truck climbing up the cake!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky B

Tacky or not I bet those weddings were a hoot to attend.

(And I love the truck cake, that is awesome.)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreeblygreebly

Some of those cakes are cute! *duck*

although...for a wedding...I probably would have to say they could be considered cake wrecks LOL

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia
January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The shotgun shells REALLY make the cake. WOW!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMamaBaker


January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

Nascar groom's cake:

I can't find a wedding cake, though. Lots of toppers, but no cake.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I like that one of the initials on the trunk cake are "DWI"...wonder how many wedding guests will get one of those that night?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMyFrogs

Yeah, the first cake is basically a father and son. Female deer do not have antlers. So, that just takes that cake to a whole new level! LOL

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Amy

I'm not sure these cakes are wrecks at all. Especially the first one. The idea's kind of iffy, but I think the cake itself looks really good.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS.

I'm glad that it was pointed out on A that the "doe" has antlers. I guess I don't typically think of rednecks and same-sex marriage together. Antlers aside, the cake looks great (though perhaps better in another context)

I also thought that I would point out the unfortunate initials found on cake D. Something that I do associate rednecks with DWI's!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKVB

Wow. The one with the truck actually could be a beautiful cake. Take off the truck and add some blue to make a waterfall down the gross mud.

But really, who on earth wants a truck on their wedding cake? Or a shotgun? Or a deer? Honestly, don't these brides have ANY sense of taste?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara E. Bergin

My husband had a Nascar grooms cake. Yep, right beside my beautiful pristine 3 tiered white wedding cake with a beautiful fondant bow, sat a sheet cake with a Dale Earnhardt car on about being mortified, and it was MY wedding! lol... I can thank my mother-in-law for that one!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

the first "shotgun" wedding cake seems to have green roaches and caterpillars walking around the base...[shudder] yecch.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

re: exhibit A

my fiance (who has the same relationship to rednecks as yourself) noted that the "doe" on top of the exhibit A cake is actually a "button buck"....aka there are two male deer atop that cake.

wonder how the couple felt about that...or perhaps it was a homosexual redneck wedding?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela (lala)

Re: the cake with the buck and the spike buck on's possible it was a decorator error. If the bride specified "two deer on top, a buck and a doe", the decorator might not have been aware that female deer do not have antlers, and might have simply googled up images of deer, and while looking for an image of a smaller deer, inadvertently picked an image of a spike buck for the doe.

I think the cake with the truck driving up the side totally rocks. I'm reminded of the James Bond cake with the top tier carefully balanced--how DID they do it? Lotta technical expertise there, subject matter aside. But if I were a Redneck Bride, that's absolutely the cake I'd want.

And the shotgun-toting bride hauling her "kill" away by his collar (presumably to the altar) is quite witty IMO. But you gotta wonder about the subtext--perhaps a bit of tension? ;)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKR from IL

Is it just me, or does that last one read as "Darn it, Lloyd, give me that gun and git your tail to the church. We are gittin' hitched and that's final! I don't care if it IS a twelve-pointer!" I mean...I know some guys who've had this issue....

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertallulah

A horny doe. Please tell me there's no Freudian slip here.

wv: robved
When Robved Bobby Sue, their cake had Budweiser cans for pillars.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I'm kind of in love with cake C.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertragicoptimist

Can't believe no one's mentioned the brown poo bumpy bark on the tree trunk cake! Nauseating! :o

WV: disshe - disshe or disshe not say "I do"?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, I couldn't see the first 2 cakes was there a problem with the-WAIT A MINUTE-camouflage. It gets me every time.

I can only imagine what those couples danced to.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlish

These are wedding cakes? Despite their wreckiness, they would have more potential as groom cakes. The camo design on the first cake isn't too bad, but I cringe at the heads on top. When I saw the last one, though, I thought of Sarah Palin, and that also made me cringe.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I found this site that had a grooms cake with a Nascar theme.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBigMomma

I do like that first one, I have to admit. Of course, I'm a deer hunter...not sure I'd want that for my WEDDING cake, is pretty.

To the nay-sayers: it IS possible for a doe to have antlers. It's quite rare, but it happens. Think of it as the bearded lady of deer-land.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

ok.. the camo cake with the deer head... Think about it. Remember the cakes where the barbie doll was sticking out and the cake was the dress? Well, that camo cake is the camo outfit for the deer! It even has green lace around the collar.. How cute..

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy B.

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