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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)

While a bit, um tacky, I guess, I was actually somewhat impressed with the quality of decorating on some of the redneck cakes. The one with the truck, and the first one with the deer, despite their themes, were actually very nicely done.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

they look kinda cool if you ask me. :D

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

Those are so funny! The first one actually looks nice. And despite the dubious content, the cake with the truck on it doesn't look half bad. And I LOVE that last cake topper. I wouldn't have it on *my* cake, but it's definitely interesting. :)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I like the first one and the one with the truck. But then, I live with a hunter and do spend some time in the woods in the mud on an ATV.

wvotd...bionirk..."Bubba used an old washing machine, busted truck parts and an empty party keg to save Ed's life and create the first bionirk Redneck".

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Yuck; deer and cake don't mix! Wouldn't you just LOVE that cake for your wedding?

Anna Marie

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Marie and Pets

Sure, the concepts are awful, but you have to admit that the first three have been well constructed and crafted! (Hey... you have to be positive in this day and age!)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDr. E.

"Jossie said...

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

Better luck next time."

I suppose there will ALWAYS be someone who doesn't read the wreck disclaimer on the side of what gets posted on cakewrecks, how they are not necessarily poorly executed, how sometimes they are just something funny or different.. and then said person who refuses to read it leaves a snide comment, dampening the fun of the rest of the commentary. I guess I need to learn to ignore such comments ;)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

If your hair hits the ceiling fan on the way in to the wedding...YOU COULD BE A REDNECK...


January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom thats a nascar cake topper, and this is a nascar grooms cake... wait i think i found one, though i dont know if its a wedding cake or not but it looks like it

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlucinda!

I actually thought the first one was quite good. I mean, if you're really into deer, you might as well go with whoever made option A, 'cause at least you know it's gonna be the best damn deer-and-wilderness-themed cake money can buy.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

No wedding cake but here is a NASCAR topper -- its only a matter of time before someone finds it ona cake!! Frankly just the fact that they make a topper is scary enough.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterflourgirl

Not all NASCAR fans are uneducated rednecks. Am I to assume that the author of this blog is a geeky freak with bad teeth, horn-rimmed glasses, and a pocket protector because she is fluent in Klingon? Thanks for perpetuating a stereotype that some of us are trying to kick.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterroachc420

This is not direct comment about the redneck cakes, but about the misuse of quotations. I know how you hate the use of quotations on cakes, especially when they are misued, so when I read this article I thought of you.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer from Hurricane

while they are definately red-neck...they are well made!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, my mom had the tree stump cake at the reception for her wedding earlier this month. No shotgun shells though. I actually think it looked pretty awesome. it was pretty well made too.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Other than the green one, those are actually made pretty well. Maybe the designs requests were weird, but the bakers did their jobs well. Look at the autumn leaves on the top one! And making a deer head topper can't be easy. I think the top cake in particular is a-ok.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I went to a wedding once (in a backyard) where the cake was a huge 4-or-5-tiered thing that was supposed to be a snow-covered mountain with loads of little streams running down it, and WOLVES all over it. Before I discovered this site, it was hands-down the ugliest wedding cake I'd ever seen. Now I'm not so sure. :)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those who see two male deer on the first reminded me that not all New England outdoorsy types are furry animal- and tree-huggers who want world peace and universal health care; there are quite a few hunters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and especially Vermont.

Or perhaps this is a cake for the premiere of Brokeback Mountain 2: Return to the Woods, only this time they're hunters instead of cowboys.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, I'm wondering given the great execution but wrecky idea of today's cakes if
a) these are decorators who take pride in the craft of cake baking and decorating, no matter the given task
b) these decorators knew about the design concepts for the rest of the weddings and figured they'd at least make something as beautiful as they could to save some small part of it
c) these decorators actually enjoyed the concepts behind these assignments
d) these decorators lovingly crafted their cake because these were for relatives

OK, that last one was kind of mean. My apologies to rednecks everywhere!

I'm secretly hoping A applies in all of the cases but suspect it's not so.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Actually, I think the 1st and 3rd ones make really good groom's cakes. A gorgeous wedding cake and then a groom's cake with all the trimmings! And I've seen the first picture before (even linked to it myself!), but didn't realize there were two bucks on it! LOL. Not necessarily wrecks (I think they are pretty well done, to be honest!), but the idea could be a "wreck" depending on your point of view and hobbies!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, Exhibit A looks like a hunting lodge centre-piece
Exhibit B looks like they're getting ready for a Wiccan ceremony
Exhibit C looks like the groom doesn't like weddings
Exhibit D is kinda cute...but not really for a wedding
and lastly,
Exhibit E is Senator Sarah Palin's old Bridal Shower cake isn't it?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

I'm thinking that the ribbons on exhibit B should have been "camouflage orange."

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Rebecca, there's a difference between covering your butt and quoting a pop culture icon. Seinfeld much?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh Jen, you never disappoint. How would I have seen these without you?

My reaction to the first one was honestly "hey, is it Sunday already?" The stag and doe (yes, they can have stubby antlers like that) are a sweet metaphor. The woodsy cake on the actual round of wood is clever. If those are edible leaves, and I think they are, that's some fine artistry. Okay maybe the colours are a bit wrecky, but not everyone must bow to the wedding gods of peach and mauve and teal.

So given that green, brown and black are the wedding colours, I'd be pretty pleased with myself if I got the khaki swirls into the fondant as well as Exhibit B. Ribbons aren't quite straight, but maybe she's going to straighten them out after applying the icing. And maybe the icing around the base of the layers won't look as frightening as the "grass" around the severed deer head. And maybe there's something wrong with the colour on my monitor, and the icing isn't really quite that green. Besides, this isn't a professional cake, right? The pro wouldn't be icing it on the picnic table. She deserves to be well proud of that effort.

Exhibit C is so hilarious! It's beautifully done and just totally subverts the whole wedding cake stereotype. I'd way rather have that one than the equivalent cake without the truck running through the middle of it. You can still take a picture of it from the back and fool Aunt Maude into thinking it's a regular cake.

The last one is the only one I'd be catty about, but hey, if they both like it, then go for it. May they live happily ever after.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

Exhibit E: so the bride shot the groom instead of the deer? Nice message to start your married life with. And with paper plates, natch!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterun-bride

Exibit D- are we sure the second set of initials didn't get a DWI where he hit a tree and then his gun went off??? The initials DWI just can't be a coincidnence. Can't be. I grew up small town Texas and a wedding is NOT what I thought of when I saw that cake. A drunken wreck where a gun went off is...


January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterF

The one with the truck should be moved to Sunday Sweets. Very well done!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I don't think they're wrecks, you just have to account for different tastes. I know some people who would think that a LOTRs wedding cake was a wreck, no matter how artistically rendered (me, I just think they're silly.) And theme aside, these cakes are well made and decorated.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

A, C and D would actually be great groom's cakes.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrammarCop

Actually I am pretty offended not by the cakes but by the way people talk about rednecks. I am a redneck and proud of it. Glad you all think making fun of others makes you bigger than us.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanni

If the cake is camo, what are the bride and groom wearing?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I actally like the first one, minus the deer heads, of course... but the leaves and nice.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, my first time commenting, but I have to say, with the exception of E, I don't think these cake qualify as "wrecks". Sure, they aren't what most people would choose for a wedding cake, but the artistry on them is fabulous (I'd love to see a finished picture of B, because it's obvious that the decorator wasn't finished.)

As for exhibit E: funny, but not nearly as well done as the others. Looks like someone spewed leaves on the cake.

And to answer some questions about the doe with antlers....

I love your blog! It's a great place to gat laughs!


January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkarina

I'm sure more than one person has noted this already, but the nice 10-point buck is obviously a male...however, the little spike on the left? Also male. A gay deer-head wedding cake? Most excellent in my book :]

Also, the tree stump is pretty cute, minus the shells around it.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmbry

I think the deer bust cake topper is the best fitting for a wreck. Not only is it ridiculous but it is also incorrect. I am assuming that it is suppose to represent a male and female deer, but females don't have horns, so its actually 2males... People should do their homework before caking!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergraciepie

Haha, on the shotgun wedding cake, the first initials you see are "DWI." They really should be DWIBTCW- Driving While Intoxicated By This Cake Wreck!
Or should it be Dead While Inhaling (the cake)?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

It could be worse... Anyone who's seen "My Big Redneck Wedding" on Country Music Television will remember the wedding cakes that looked like they'd been done by a blind person with the DT's, as well as the one where the bride and her friends decorated the cake in camo with spray paint. And I mean real spray paint -- the stuff from the hardware department at WalMart.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEliyahu

That first cake would be something I'd consider for my own wedding. You know, if not for the giant deer heads and all.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

You know, for a bunch of tacky concepts, these are actually pulled off pretty well.

I think the truck one is hilarious, but I'm not sure I would let a deer theme anywhere near my wedding. Might these be grooms cakes?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm glad I wasn't the only one to notice the 2 bucks on the first one.....

Other than that I kind of liked 'em. It's official. I are a redneck.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBdubba

I dunno if it has already been said, but I love the initials DWI, they seem so appropriate :0)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

These cakes actually look very well-made, but deer and weddings just don't mix. At all. The deer head cakes sort of make me want to throw-up.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCory

The subject matter of the cakes makes me cringe but the artistry should be applauded!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I do wonder just where "Sandi" lives that apparently the need for hunting camo is gender-restricted. (They manufacture Realtree in women's sizes for a reason, eh?)

I love these cakes. (Antlered does are uncommon, so I had the "...two bucks?" reaction along with everyone else.)

I'm going to go put on my hunting pants and clean my old 16-gauge now....

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oy vey! That looks like the kind of thing our next door neighbor would like... Ha ha! Redneck Jews...

American Jewish Princess

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAJP

My jaw just dropped to the floor, I still dont understand rednecks :(

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpizzacravings

what's really funny about B, is that the deer is actually a hitch cover. I have the same one on my truck.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For a second I thought the deer hoof was a shoe.

Redneck weddings amuse me far too much.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKagutaba

These are simply not wrecks!

The first cake is extremely well done and the second is both well done and, in my opinion, extremely clever!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMako

These are awesome and hilarious. But for background: I'm guessing these are what's known in the south as groom's cakes. I think these get eaten at the rehearsal dinner rather than the wedding reception proper, and are supposed to be a fun reflection of the groom's personality. Often a recipe for a wreck, true, but also often just a deliberately silly cake.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Weber

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