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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)

I am all for expression and I get it that I might not relate to why a morbid cake is the way to celebrate going on to live "happily ever after", but the toe tag cake is bizarre: That original image was used in advertising to communicate the need to know your partner's sexual history or use condoms... so I don't think that the re-appropriation is an odd one for such a cake/event.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i got married on halloween, and my friend gave us the same statuette used as a topper on the first one as a gift. i thought the tongues were hilarious. i'd like to be able to find the one shown on the second cake too, it's really sweet and touching. i don't think the first cake is that bad, actually, it just doesn't look like it was quite finished.
and i agree with the people who are appalled at the nastiness shown against people who like creepy stuff (though i agree that most of these cakes are wrecky.)
what's wrong with goths (or anyone who likes spooky stuff, they are not ALL goth y'know) having a wedding that reflects their life and likes? and what makes them more "adolescent" or less "grown up" than someone who has, say, a deer-hunting cake or one of the really "kid" type ones that so many people here gush all over when they are on the sunday sweets? is a woman who collects dolls or a man who's hobby is model trains considered immature or someone you "can't come down too hard on"? no? what makes them different than someone who likes skulls, bones, and halloween?
my husband and i got married on october 31st because it our favorite holiday, and we wanted our wedding to be on a day that actually meant something to us rather than "whenever".
oh, and sunlizzard? i am forty two years old and still going through my crazy hair colors "phase". and i'm not any more embarrassed about photos taken of me 25 years ago than i am now, nor am i ashamed to show my day of the dead themed wedding photos to anybody.

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbutcherbaby

Butcherbaby, you tell 'em! I'm forty-SIX, & I still wear glitter nail polish!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIron Chef Kosher!

I LOVE IT!!! I am 40 years old...NOT GOTH in the least, I am married for 17 years and counting, we have 2 cars hold down good jobs and are both absolutely HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE with halloween. To the extent that my family and I have been involved in a all out spook house in South Mississippi for the past 3 years!!! ( check us out....if you dare!!) I would ADORE any of these cakes! As a matter of fact, I may just make one of my own for our opening night this season! As far as having one of these as my wedding cake...DAMN RIGHT I WOULD!!! I am all for freedom of expression. Just as I applaude the opposition of these cakes as a wedding cake. But, passing judgement on a day that is not only sacred to each couple but so very personal that having a personalized cake is a necessity, well that is just not nice!!! People please....think before you blog ok!

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterflikinudbird

I don't see what's wrong with the undead ones, and after reading the updates, I'll say I'm not goth - I just like zombies, skeletons, etc.

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLYDIA

Allow me to say that the bleeding cake is from my wedding, and given it was my wedding, I was FAR FAR more appalled than anyone else could be.

I was gifted a cake from an acquaintance who thought she should make cakes professionally. THAT is how I ended up with that mess.

I'm not sure how a picture of my wedding cake got here, but it was deserving. I just wish it wasn't presented as a wreck that I asked for or did something to to make it look like that...

It was a surprise cake wreck that I try very very hard not to think about when I remember my wedding.

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHostile in Ohio

The bleeding cake looks like a Soprano's special LOL

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeccA's Buzz

*squints at the last one* It looks oddly as if the cake is menstruating.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

actually that first one isn't half bad

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertroyin17331

I had to laugh when i saw the first cake.... Its the same cake topper we had at our wedding almost 10 years ago but i must say our cake looked way better. No we are not goths it was just a little joke on our behalf as our theme was gold cherubs.(babies with wings)it was very funny to see peoples faces!!! :)

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersheree

Thats just alittle...different. Not my taste, but im sure somebody out there appreciates it. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Ahhh....nothing says "Love" and "Romance" like the morgue toe tags cake...unless it's romantic tour of State Penetentaries!!! (sp?) Geez, NO Nightmare before Christmas cakes??? Phoooey.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprotojew62

So I don't know why it has become a recent trend, but those of us that are a little "different" see much appeal in the undead cakes. Especially us that fall in the punk or goth category. :)
Those are pretty bad though. My friend had these really awesome Day of the Dead style ones at their wedding. I would really love to see a well done Nightmare Before Christmas cake too.
-Heather C.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Folks, the toe tag cake is a PHOTO CAKE! Get a mental image of the two kiddos getting ready for THIS pic!

Sick and funny at the same time!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The top one is adorable. The others would be best for Halloween. The toe tag one is... uhm... different.

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIndia

The photo cakes were mine. Went with the photo option because I planned my wedding in a week. I rushed it up to be able to get married at the Lantern and Carriage Tour in Old Gray Cemetery. Yes, I got married in a cemetery. It was actually very tasteful and turned out beautiful. Horse drawn carriages and history told of some famous people buried there. I am not goth! I am a PTA vice president and Girl Scout leader. I just love cemeteries, black roses and forensics. It was called our "Til Death Do Us Part" ceremony. Plenty of love involved!

October 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShalet

To everyone hating on these cakes for being bizarre, morbid and gross: that's the point. Do you really think the couples who ordered them were aiming to please people who don't share their love of spooky things? Personally, I find a lot of treacly, sentimental weddings as gag-worthy as many might find these cakes. They're not outstanding, but, considering they were MEANT to be disturbing and disgusting, they're far from being wrecks.

If the goth/punk/horror/zombie culture isn't for you, that's fine--chacun à son goût--but being into that sort of thing isn't a mark of immaturity. The only people who need to grow up are those who still need to mock "the weird kids" who act on offbeat interests and passions.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRusalka

Just wondering where you find your pics of of these has been taken from my Facebook without my knowledge...

[Editor's note- All of our cakes are submitted by readers. Perhaps someone who follows you one Facebook saw your cake and sent it to us. Please feel free to email me with any other questions. -john]

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

From dirt cake ye came;
to dirt cake ye shall return,
ashes to ashes.

February 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

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