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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)

Look closely-the groom appears to have met untimely demy at the hands of his wife.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

I kind of like Exhibit C...not that I would ever choose that for my wedding. However, if I saw any of the others while attending a wedding I'd sneak out back and order a pizza.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK now I KNOW I'm a true redneck - I saw that first cake, immediately showed to DH and said "dang why couldn't we have found an awesome cake like that when we got married?!"
Mind you I said that - not him...but he agreed!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKlucky

you gotta admit, though the first one is a little creepy to have as a wedding cake, excellent work! off to find nascar cake...

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I am definitely from an area where most people are 'rednecks', but those are a little... wow. And I've been to a wedding where the groomsmen had camo vests (no joke, you can get them at MW Tux), and the ring-bearer took the flower girl down the aisle in a little kids electric John Deere. (Granted, the flower girl had no way to get down the aisle herself, she was an infant...)

I do think the first & third cakes were great.. the CAKES. The addition to the cakes, however--not so cool. Not my style, at least...Seriously? A Truck?

(Just FYI, at the camo wedding I mentioned, the cake was great--beautiful, with a little mini cowgirl & cowboy bride & groom. No deer hooves.)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

There is a God. I was just paging randomly thru the blogs and came across these cakes. What a gift to me. We have a big party coming up this summer and rather than go for multiple layers of twinkies and chocolate hostess cupcakes glued together with cool whip, I'm thinking I might go for a wildlife theme such as these... Thanks for the inspiration. Is that my cousin's truck on that cake?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRodeo Princess

That second thing, there---the one ("cake"??) with the camo covering and the dead-animal foot accent (party favor??)...and the severed head sprouting out of the top? What IS it???
You know, it's so tacky that I wouldn't be AT ALL surprised to learn that there is an actual person crouched underneath the table with his hand up inside the head--waiting for the signal to operate the mouth like a ventriloquist dummy's! The head could start talking, burping, singing or making lame jokes. Can you picture that?
I CAN, actually...
MAN! I just realized that I must be a lot less mentally stable than I had thought!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I actually think the tree stump cake is kind of cute. Hehe... Also, in its defense, the initials are clearly "DWL", not "DWI."

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjordan

I'm glad you liked your cupcake. Good luck. But I don't think you'll need it. Your site is great! And that hoof is scary!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBakerella

Of course there's a NASCAR wedding cake!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Anonymous said...
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 2:36 PM

Ay-yup! I can attest to that 'specially Vermont stuff, having been a Vermonter for all but three of the earliest of my 58 years. Damn straight.
Vt. is chock-a-block FULL of us huntin rednecks. Way more of us than them there treehuggers an peace-sign wearers...if you go out fur enuff from the big cities like the capital, that is. Bout a mile or so'll do er (cross through Wilter Hanksabob 's pasture and apple yard to find a real good spot).
Problem is, they's too many of them rich outta-staters comin in an huntin in our woods with their fancy-shmantzy car racks an huntin LICENSES an LL Bean coats an such. Think theys so all-fired bettern us locals. Fraid to get a little cow flop on their overhalls.
They can all go ta--
Gotta go, Ma's callin me fer breakist.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That first cake is not bad, but the two male deer make it somewhat odd.

I like the third, as well. Creative.

Not that either of those should be used as wedding cakes.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKriegel

Now, A & C are really quite well done. Hilarious as all swyve, too, but not wrecks.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Actually, most of those cakes are very well made.
Just very redneck-ish as well, lol.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbonnie.

I give credit to the first one for being well made. It's not what I'd pick myself, but if it's what the customer wanted, the decorator got the job done.

I didn't run across any NASCAR cakes, but toppers for them abound. I think I'd go for a checkerboard layer and a tire layer with a nice topper.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oh god, my sister wants her wedding to be like these, she loves that show redneck wedding.. and I will probably have to be in it :(... hahaha

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hee! But I have to admit I kind of like the truck has a lot of personality.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Jane

I ADORE that first cake. I am SOOOOOOOOOOO talking MG (My Guy for those who don't know me) into getting us that for our big day!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

I was at a wedding where instead of a traditional wedding cake with cars on top. They had his and hers nascar cars. I'm so sorry I don't have a picture

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Exhibit A is actually pretty, but I really don't want to be thinking "dried leaves" when eating cake.

The last cake - it looks like the bride shot the groom instead of the deer! Mwahaha...

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually think that first cake is quite exceptionally done, though the theme may not be everyone's favorite, still well done!
I also think it's funny that on the stump cake the first person's initials are DWI...are they telling us something?

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Are we SURE the first one is a wedding cake... two deer, both with antlers? It has to be a father/son event right? No true redneck would marry another man! Long live "antlers in all of your decorating".

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNorse, Jesica, and Boden

I want to lick the stump cake - I imagine it tastes like maple.

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Now someone went to a lot of trouble to make that first cake. It is still awful. The rest? Bless their hearts! (snort)

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan -

I'm confused, it isn't Sunday??? I don't see what is wrecktastic about these cakes (well OK the first one with 2 bucks is a little odd).

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoose Nuggets

The initials on the cake are DWI: Is that how they're getting married? "while intoxicated?"


January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralw_ays

the first cake is a buck and a spike. a spike is a male deer...

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah R

I like them, but I am a redneck so that's to be expected.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen of TheOutpost

Sadly enough, I really kind of liked exhibit c. The baker created a neat effect. Does this make me a redneck?

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMirth

my dad had the armadillo cake (from Steel Magnolias) made for his wedding... I think it was his groom cake. Red Velvet. yummmmmmyyy. And maybe it had a crushed beer can under its chin. Can't quite recall. Blocked it out. Love that guy.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

At least most of them were done by people that can actually decorate cakes. I love the first one with the deer. Does that make me strange? I think it is very well done and I love the colors. That said, I wouldn't want it at a wedding but it is a cool theme cake.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdelaney55

Even if it is in poor taste, at least the first one is executed well.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bahaha, I actually kinda fancy the stump one.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTesa

First one reminds me of paint-by-numbers... and that is the nicest thing I can say. LOL... great post.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Eloise said... More tacky talent, please!

I move to add a "tacky talent" tag for cakes like these.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

well, the theme is... to say the least... a bit of
but all the cakes are very well done, some of them extremely well done...
so I say the wreck is the theme, not the cake...
and the theme is least for a wedding... LOL

I've been reading and visiting the blog for a long time, and this is my first comment, congrats on a very well done blog

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't let my sister see these! She would have them at her wedding.....I worry that she'll end up on that Redneck Wedding's show.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDouble A Training

Great, thank you very much.

Now guess what my OH wants as a wedding cake.

I know it's my fault I showed them to him.

Although apparently the car has to be a range rover and he's got the model version all ready to go.

I can go off websites you know ;)

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPolar_Bear

Its not NASCAR but it is a car racing wedding cake.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

God bless america, we sure need it with people like this!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersolvency ii

I really have no words! If I had to choose the best" REL="nofollow">wedding cake I think it would have to be the tree stump with the initials carved in it (and that's if I HAD to pick) ha-ha.

Great post.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTJLoop85

I didn't have a NASCAR themed cake, but I did have NASCAR limos! It was exciting... but I'm sure if my husband had seen one of those other options he'd have petitioned for some sort of replica... I'm glad I went with a traditional looking cake... I can't call it a wreck except my cake topper was sitting in front of it because the baker had put a bazillion icing flowers on top where the bride and groom were supposed to go.. oh well...

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Though they are all strange, I think the first one is actually very pretty-if you take the heads off the top. LOL!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeadKnitter

I love the shot-gun shells! I hope that they are made out of fondant. I think the first one is actually pretty cool...But I am a redneck at heart...

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercre8ivegirl

Groom's cake:

No idea where it comes from, but:

I found a ton of cake toppers (this being my favorite:, a ton of non-wedding NASCAR cakes, and a ton of people who were talking about having a NASCAR-themed wedding ... but no NASCAR wedding cakes other than these! Weird.

WV: halight. This blog is the halight of ma mornin :)

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMagaidh

Except for the shotgun shells and neon bugs, I think the tree stump cake is cute for a groom's cake.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Actually, I think the top one is quite beautiful if it were for a FALL motif only. Get rid of the scary heads on top and you're good to go.

Sarah 2E

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLPRM

I'm the least redneck person ever, having been raised in Milwaukee, but I kind of love the monster truck cake! It's clever, funny and interesting and fine as a groom's cake.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

All the men wore camoflagued vests under their tuxedo jackets at my cousin's wedding.

Actually, from a distance it looked like a very-tastefully designed ornate pattern.

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAphrodine

I wouldn't have called most of these "wrecks", either. Your wedding cake should be about you. Ever watch "Ace of Cakes"? They do some pretty weird cakes, but, hey, that's what the paying customers want!

January 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy H

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