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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

Romance is Dead

Look, I don't want to come across as some non-happening, behind-the-times, totally square fuss pot*, but...

Wassup with all the undead wedding cakes?

Creepy-crawly bugs and tongue-kissing skeletons, oh my!

You'd think you'd only see something like this for a Halloween wedding - if ever - but zombie mania is infecting the masses, and like a gnawed off limb, it sure ain't pretty.

Ok, so that was a massive understatement. Bleeeech.

You don't need fancy tier cakes to pull off a "deadly" wedding theme, though. And if you can't afford the tongue-kissing skeleton topper, well hey, that's just what the good Lord invented edible photo paper for!

Yes, I am cheating a little here; this is actually just the groom's cake, not the wedding cake.

This is the wedding cake:

As if the toe tags, "Til Death" inscription and creepy "last embrace" foot positioning weren't enough, I think that's supposed to be ashes sprinkled down the sides. Perhaps this is the happy couples' way of telling their families they prefer cremation?

Guys, I'm telling you, if you want to gross your guests out do it the old fashioned way: by ordering a fruit filling and letting it sit out too long:

Voila! Bleeding cake!

Kathy T., Christine K., Anony M., and Manny & Jennifer S., thanks for the killer finds.

Alright, guys, you tell me: am I coming down too hard on undead wedding cakes? Have you seen a zombie/skeleton/vampire one done well? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com, and maybe I'll feature it this Sunday.

*Particularly since I already did such a good job of that last Thursday.

UPDATE: To all the complainers in the comments: guys, lighten up. You really think I'm hating on goths because I think these cakes are Wrecks? Gimme a break! Wait'll you see this Sunday's selections, and *then* tell me I'm a goth-hater, ok? I'll show you how the undead look should be done.

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Reader Comments (169)

The first one isn't too bad, but the second literally looks like someone puked it up. Yummy. The bleeding cake is kind of cool, but I'm sure it wasn't appreciate at the time.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngel 'Baby' Lovelace

Yes, there is a Goth Cruise, and it sux that I can't afford it! X( Man, I would love to go...*sigh*

However...let me say in my defense, the last wedding cake I made was iced white with various shades of purple roses as requested by the bride. Nowhere did I put any tacky dead anythings! I firmly believe that food should never look gross.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I am damn near positive the second cake is from a wedding I attended last Hallowe'en. If it is the same cake, while it did look tasted damn fine.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

maybe more disturbing than the cakes themselves is the way people blame tim burton for them because that's their only point of reference to the weird. yay.


March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You can NEVER come down too hard on undead wedding cakes. The very concept of edible rotting flesh is wrecky no matter how skillfully you execute it (there's a bad pun there somewhere). I find edible "living" flesh disturbing enough--I guess it might be a good idea to avoid baby showers.

IMHO, you can never come down too hard on goth "culture" in general--perpetual adolescence just oozes wreck.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDistressful Damsel

If I went to the wedding with the putrid oozing muck cake complete with eyeballs, I'd probably take my gift along with me when I walked out.

That's nasty!

(and I don't care if any goth people hate me for saying that...the cake looks like a pile of vomit)

Oh...and I wanna know how skeletons tongue kiss...wouldn't that have rotted away???

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I was craving chocolate ... not so much anymore! Thanks! lol

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBiggest Loser Michelle

First, I have to say, I'm a gothy sort of girl, so I absolutely love non-traditional weddings and cakes-the weirder the better, but I hate to see a good idea executed poorly. That said, I actually like the first one. I think it's pretty overall, but the not-very-spidery spiders weren't really necessary. Maybe roses instead of the spiders, or least *better* spiders would have made it a little less wrecky.
The rest...are definitely wrecks. The toe tag one would have been great if it weren't a photo cake. (Or a wedding cake.) I hatehatehate photo cakes, no matter what the subject matter happens to be. They just make the customer and the decorator look cheap and lazy. That one with the eyeballs looks moldy, and NOT in a good way. Ew.
These are, overall, pretty good examples of how NOT to do a goth wedding cake.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhominivorax

On Ace of Cakes they did a really good one for a halloween wedding. I can't find that particular one on the Charm City Cakes website, but there is this one:

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJake

Actually, what these most remind me of was the warning I gave my daughter when she went through her crazy-hair-colors phase:

People have cameras. And no matter how "cute" and "fun" you think this is now, trust me--in fewer years than you might imagine, you'll be writhing with embarrassment over those pictures!

Can you imagine these couples showing their wedding photos to their children or grandchildren? HA! Heaven help 'em then!

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

Speaking as a gal who got married on Halloween five years ago, there is a right way to do creepy romance and a wrong way. Bleeding cakes and plastic eyeballs is wrong.

Not being able to afford the $700.00 Nightmare Before Christmas dream cake is also wrong, but an honest baker who levelled with me on the cost (prohibitive) and the taste (FONDANT!) is very, very right.

In the end we went with a three tiered carrot cake topped with orange-flavoured (and coloured) chocolate curls and topped the whole thing off with a couple of Jack and Sally figurines I found at a local comic book store. Final cost: $200.00. No plastic body parts necessary.

But I'm very much looking forward to seeing this Sunday's Sweets :)

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandra


i love the Halloween/scary cakes, keep 'em coming!

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Eye roll - READ the sidebar - Jen's rules of Cake Wrecks are there. Please spare us the "these aren't wrecks just because you don't like them blah blah blah" - YES, they ARE 'cause Jen says so.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw a recent Ace of Cakes where Duff and the gang did an awesome zombie wedding cake. I tried to find it, but it doesn't seem to be posted online yet, probably because it's from the current season. You should send Maryanne an email and see if you can use a picture for Sunday Sweets *g*

I tried to Google images of "zombie cakes", they weren't pretty...could do a week of wrecks on those lol

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Lol! They look so sad. I'm getting a Francis Bacon-esque feel out of the kisssing skeleton for some reason.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie


I want to say that as someone who loves Tim Burton, zombies and skulls and bones ... I have to say that these cakes are not good at all. In my opinion.. She isn't bashing the style at all. But they're not good and gross if you ask me. Maybe that's what they wanted.

I've seen a LOT of cakes with skulls, tim burton-esque, vampiro, etc.. styles.. that were very well executed.. and trust me.. i browse a lot. i'm a geek. i totally can sit here for hours looking at cakes.. lol

so.. i agree that these should pass for Wrecks! : /

Can't wait to see this week's Sunday Sweets!!
: ))))

Let's see some GOOD *goth* type cakes.. as they've been named by everyone above. lol

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

Let's face it, people, there are good "creepy" cakes and then there are wrecks. I don't think Jen hates goths, Tim Burton fans, or any people who would like a skeleton themed cake. The second cake looks like it was slopped together. By a blind rat. High on crack. The last cake totally made me LOL, though. Poor wedding couple! Unintentional horror.
WV: monesti, a type of modesty that can by bought by money. "She put the shawl on very monesti after har Great-Aunt slipped her $20."

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Angry Jackalope

Hmmm, weddings are supposed to be about life. Two lives becoming one, starting a new LIFE together. Funeral are about death. Not interchangable. In my opinion this is about class and good taste, which these are not. You can like those dark, death and creepy things but still have a classy event and use good taste. Ever see a "Platinum Wedding" done creepy? No, because it is in bad taste, because a good host and hostess (that is what the Bride/Groom are) think of their guests first. People forget this, just as the Bridezilla's do with their "It's all about me!" attitude. The wedding ceremony is to commit yourself to another, the reception is a party to celebrate and is given by the Bride/Groom for their guests. Chances are there would be guests who have the same creepy likes, but not all. It doesn't have to be lace and fru fru, a classic cake/deco's well done would be better than a funeral service/wedding.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

The one with the eyeballs is so creepy. I'm not sure whether I should run away screaming or sit here and laugh :)

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChastity

The top one is alright. But IMO all photo cakes are wrecks. Especially when the photo is as tacky as those tagged toes.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've seen three really cool Halloween wedding cakes on Ace of Cakes. One recently with a zombie theme, one with a day of the dead theme, and one other one. The latter two are posted on their website but the pictures are SMALL. Boo!

* Julie

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Skeletons, bugs, eyeballs, none of them bother me even on a cake (due, in no small part to living in a male-majority house). Even a cake bleeding cherry filling, I could deal with. But that second cake looks like somebody threw up. Now THAT'S gross.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Did you post the undead cakes because it's zombie apocolypse day, or was it just a coinidence?

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki R.

Ok, at first I thought the first cake was not that bad compared to the others until I zoomed in and saw what everyone meant about the tongues. ARGHHHHHH! Hella creepy.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRose

So... skeletons have tongues? ;)

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Randomly came across this and it reminded me of these cakes:

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

The first one was really scary. Perfect zombie cake, great way to celebrate Halloween.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinita

I actually kinda like the first one. Boyfriend and I are getting married in a goth themed wedding. Though I think I'd like the tongue kissing skeletons off. But the rest are pretty bad.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle

I'm kinda surprised by the vitriol in some of the comments, especially since comment moderation is enabled. I completely agree is it is the author's choice to include cakes whose subject matter she disapproves. And, I know the internet give people a sense of empowerment and entitlement to be completely rude, but reading all this really makes me want to give up this blog which I've read for some time now. I don't really want to be lumped in with the group who cackles and points at things that are offbeat. I enjoy a little giggle looking at cakes which I don't find visually appealing, bu I've never judged myself above the people who like those designs.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

mmmmm, I just love a little blood with my cake!

Sometimes, weird is just creepy.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lady Cakes

I can't wait to see goth done right. :)

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks

I don't know. I think the ashy-looking stuff around the toe-tag cake might be a misguided attempt to make it look like it had begun to mold or something. *shrug*

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

Nice Posting" REL="nofollow">Gay

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSmadraji

The "till death" phone is a photo from Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra's wedding invitation. That worked out well.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercorrin

*I'm* goth and I think those cakes are wrecktastic.

I made our wedding cake so it doesn't count as professional, but I like to think it wasn't wrecky...

(It's impossible to see, but the topper has a lil bat and spider on it...awww...) ;)

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I thought the first one was done pretty well considering the genre, actually. It's just well done enough, with just a few details turned upside down from the "ideal" that makes it pretty good.

It's the second one that's... ugh... errrrggghhh... uhhhhmmm... -worthy.

As for the last one..OOOOOPS!

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I could see some of these skeleton cakes as possible props for an episode of "N.C.I.S.", one where Abby the Goth lab technician marries any other NCIS staff member in Dr. Mallard's morgue. Best would be if she hitched up with old Ducky himself, but she'd be a more likely bride for McGee or Palmer. Except McGee couldn't handle Abby, and Palmer is with Lee...Are my TV shows getting to be too real to me? Yes, Yes, they are.

What? You never saw "Zombie Honeymoon"?

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrixie

These are definitely" REL="nofollow">unique wedding cakes... personally I would want something a little bit more traditional and romantic, but that's just me.


March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTJLoop85

We had Corpse Bride action figures as our cake topper, but we were kind of going for goofy and home-grown with the whole wedding. (And the cake was non-professional, so it's not eligible to be a wreck.) No one said anything about being creeped out ...

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

anonymous said - maybe more disturbing than the cakes themselves is the way people blame tim burton for them because that's their only point of reference to the weird. yay.

Me - Just a joke, dude. Don't be so serious.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris is kind of a focal point for brides and grooms doing the wedding their way. And there are a lot of spooky or just plain bizarre cakes there. Hit their Flickr group and search for "cake".

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was a goth in high school- but then I grew up. That's what's missing from these pictures- the growing up part. The wedding is supposed to be a pleasant experience for everyone who attends. Perpetual adolescents see it as a way to express every gross thought they've ever had.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL. Shepherd

Oh, wow. Those are... special. I had to look at the enlarged photo on the first to see that they were black/dead rose petals going up the side and not the trail of poo I saw at first. And that's the best of the lot, gracious sakes.

I have to say, though, I'm really more appalled by the comments to this post than by the cakes themselves. I'm not goth--I have goth friends of friends, but that's as close to the scene as I get--but I'm seeing just as much "adolescence" from people who want to hang out with the cool kids and sneer at the weirdos as I am from people who would want these cakes.

I'm not going to get into my rant about how I hate the term "classy" as a superlative, but. If you personally wouldn't have something at your wedding, that's fine. I'm casting no judgment there. But just because *you* [the editorial 'you', not Jen or any specific commentor] don't like it, that doesn't mean no one else is allowed to have it at their wedding or to have different ideas than you do about what weddings mean/have/do. It's really okay for people to have opinions and tastes different from yours. I promise the world will not end if it happens.

And besides, I'm seeing far more Ray Harryhausen influence in those skeletons than I am Tim Burton.

March 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Totally disgusting, gross, and inappropriate for a wedding (understatement!) but call me old fashioned. Here I thought a wedding was a celebration of life and love!

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSinging Owl

Well, technically a skeleton wouldn't have a tongue, sure. But he or she wouldn't have any connective tissue holding any bones together into a recognizable shape at all.

Sounds a bit like: "A dog drives to the doctor's office and tells him he's got a bad cough due to his 2 pack a day smoking habit. Doc tells him to take up gum chewing to help him quit" and your reply is: "A dog that chews gum? Preposterous!"

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBatbrat

I LOVE the first one, but what's up with the second? It looks like a melting blob of slime and mud! Blech!

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrain Picker

I love love love the first cake!!! I HAVE to convince my fiance that we need one like that at out wedding. But unfortunately, I'm afraid I don't have much of a chance. He's totally lost for macabre humour (one of our main point of mutual incomprehension). Perhaps using blackmail?...

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTadpole

The toe-tag one was gross, but I thought the first one was pretty cool. Technically, it was fine and the subject matter is one of personal taste.

Not everyone cares for white frosting flowers, silver bells and other wedding frippery. Given a choice between flowery wedding cake and zombie cake, I'd take the zombie cake!

(I plan to have neither - my mother and I are going to cook up three tiers of my famous chocolate truffle cake).

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

This corpse bride cake is pretty cute:

But those other cakes that you featured? Not something I'd really want to dig into, or something that I'd want to help me celebrate anything, really, wedding or otherwise.

Just my 2 cents, though :)

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie

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