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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

Groom's Cake for a Cop

Prepare yourself for the yummiest-looking cliche EVER:

Aaaaand now I'm craving donuts. Thanks a LOT, Anony M.

It's nice to see a member of law enforcement with such a good sense of humor, though. At least, I hope this was his idea: it would have been a tad awkward if the bride's father ordered it. No one wants a parking ticket at their own daughter's wedding, right?

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Reader Comments (64)

What a colossal mess! I get the donut thing, but did it have to look like something the cat just drug it in?

Grapes ARE a nice touch tho.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Now I want Krispy Kreme.

I don't understand why that looks good (tasty at least) to me, but it does.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

dang it, now i've got to go get donuts for breakfast!

what i want to know is why would they put fruit on it? i mean donuts one a cake are one thing but dumping the fruit bowl and flower vase on top was just a bad idea

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

"Krispy" and "Kreme," my two favorite words!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

I agree with Alix.. except what's up with the fruit?????

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

mmmmmmmmmm... donuts!!!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

That's a crack up! Makes me miss Krispy Kreme even more (sadly there are no more KKs in California).


January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyberrblue (Colleen)

The donut thing is cute and all... but who came up with the idea to pretty it up with fruit? They don't seem to fit.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Because nothing says celebration like grapes, donuts and a coffee cup stuck on a cake. 0.o;;

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZorilita

So is the all the fruit an attempt at health or what?

LOL, word verification - ingym - how appropriate.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

There's a cake under there? Barf.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

Why didnt they just get him a stack of donuts? Its just a big mess! and is the fruit to balance out the mass of sugar? if so im thinking they need a whole vineyard to do that!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVashti

i have to agree. not aesthetically pleasing at all.

word verification: prong - my brother's favorite band. (wait that's a real word!)

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMia

I had to figure out if I was seeing something professionally made, or something the decorator just threw together because he/she forgot about the cake.

Also, I'm craving doughnuts now.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMars

Pfft. Amateur. Should have made this:

I made that. Crazy calories. Crazy good. Guy hit. And can give you a headache after the first rush is gone.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGooberfishbowl


This actually makes me not want doughnuts.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Mordecai

At least there's not a little fondant pig on there!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Why are there grapes in with the donuts? And how sugar-y icky is that going to be!
~Amy B.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'll take three Krispy Kremes and a side of icing. How do you request your piece with that thing? I'd be so pissed if I got stuck with the grapes.

Angie (from over at

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

I think probably the fruit is a nod to the traditional chocolate grooms cake garnished with fruit. At least I hope so. Well, at least most of it you can eat, that's a plus.....

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMnemonides

This gives me an idea for a new category of cake wreck. Forget CCCs, how about cakes made of stacks of donuts. Mmm tasty and so easy to tear appart.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It would have been much more aesthetically pleasing if they had just taken a box of donuts and piled them into a pleasantly-shaped, cake-like formation... sort of like those tacky Twinkie cakes you see, with Twinkies just piled up on each other.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUptownHippie

Sometimes cakewrecks is slow to load but that's o.k. because as it loads I try to imagine what the wreck will be based on the title. I can tell you that I missed this one by a mile!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersophanne

Love your site. Keep up the amazing work! The world needs more Cake Wrecks.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Taylor

The mixture of tastes in the mouth, all at the same time would be a bit much. I think all in all though (including the flowers and fruit) it was a very well displayed and thought up cake/doughnut creation. Perhaps the cake needed a little decor and the fruit and flowers was better than adding say a piped rosette or lily, adding to the already sugary confection.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What is that underneath it all? Tulle? Old nylons? Anyway, it's not a very manly-man look for a cop. They could have covered the table with old parking tickets, mayhaps.
I also vote for ditching the fruit--and the ittybitty flowers-- NO reason to be there, as one really cannot pretty-up a thing like that.
Who knows? Maybe that's what the department orders out for lunch delivery every day.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I have to agree with everyone on the fruit - what's up with that? And the fake flowers?

And am I the only one that things, flavor wise, the combo of krispy kremes and cake is just....well, i think I threw up a little.

Surely there is a better way to do a donut cake?

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gill

It needs sprinkles !!!

And Krispy Kreme has doughnuts with sprinkles, too.

And when you click on the picture, it is super big and yummy! And I have Krispy Kremes in my freezer. They taste super good microwaved for a few seconds.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Too funny.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNandi

Now I'm sad...the closest KK to me closed when I was pregnant, how's that for mean?!?

Sigh...I love the cake. I think that I will tell DH I want a cake covered in KK doughnuts for my birthday! :)

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

Are the badge and Krispy Kreme cup made of fondant? :)

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh wow...that's so...umm.
I don't have words.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Rodgers

I love this wreck and as an cops x-wife I think it is even funnier.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Ah such a demonstration of the struggle for a cop's dietary balance...donuts AND produce. Hectic work life/wife nagging to eat better. Really, a huge struggle. Huge.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

I'm glad they put a bit of fruit into the mix. My brother is a police officer and he said they often try to eat healthier nowadays.

Krispy Kreme donuts are disgusting to me! I tried one once and I found it WAY too sweet. Here in Canada we have Tim Horton's....which aren't as good as they used to be. Maybe my tastebuds are changing.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

My favorite part is the completely random fruit. Lol!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCattie

I'm thinking those cute massive donut cakes from the link yesterday would have been a better idea. Is the fruit there to counteract the sugar overload?

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

My husband is a cop, and he would probably love this! Of course, design and aesthetics aren't really his area of expertise. But, as was mentioned by someone else, there's no Krispy Kreme in CA anymore, so none of that for him. (Which I'm okay with - I'd like for him to stay a skinny cop!)

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Cute idea but that is rather messy looking. Hey, if you don't like cake you can have donuts instead.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdelaney55

It just looks like a big mess. I thought the random fruit was the worst part, then the girly flowers was the worst, then I decided the "flung on" donuts were really the worst ... then how can we make it even worse? Throw a badge and a coffee cup to round the whole thing out. It is just a mess.

I win the prize for using the word "worse/worst" the most!

OMG! My WV is "plasma" ...I have never had a real word before!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Oh, and there is NO saving this wreck! None!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Must ... have ... Krispy ... Kreme ...

Fortunately, I have one just a couple of miles away. I hope the Hot light is on ...

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

That is nasty. I made my already queasy tummy worse....

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilitary Crunchy Mama

The KK groom cake here: isn't all that bad, but still wrecky. Any cake made out of doughnuts is just wrong.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

i call fake! anyone can squish some krispy kremes into a pallet of whipped creme. yes, it looks yummy, stomach-ache inducing and bad for you..but not sure i'd call it a wreck.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm actually a little jealous he gets a Krispy Kreme mug. A wedding and a free coffee cup? That's just about everything you could want, right?

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I had to look at the enlarged picture to convince myself that the grapes were real and not plastic (I was having a vivid flashback to my Great-Grandmother's fruit bowl that didn't changed between 1975 and 1998) I'm not sure I understand the fake flowers, ether.

Um, take away all the inedible flotsam (Jen, that's my new favorite word!) and this almost looks tasty--although it will probably look better when all the doughnuts are picked off first.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCori

Are you serious about thinking this looks tasty? Because this is one of the most disgusting-looking things I've ever seen. I'd never want to eat it. If it was served at a wedding, I'd pass--and I never pass on wedding cake.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

oh god. this actually turns my stomach a little bit. First time that has happened. it looks absolutely disgusting.

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cyberrblue: You must be in the wrong part of CA. KK had just opened in Sacramento before we moved a couple of years ago!

January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

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