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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

Weird Wedding Cakes

You could argue that some of these aren't exactly Wrecks, but they're just too "good" not to share.

Don't you hate it when the cake eavesdrops, Anne L.?

Here's an oldie but a goodie from Kristen R.:

The alien armada, coming in for a landing.

Inmagine is a stock photo site, so here's hoping this is a joke, Emily S. Or maybe an ad for Big Love? (Gorgeous cake, though, huh?)

I can forgive many things, Dawn M., but forgetting to ice the cake is not one of them.

And here's another classic, found by Lynna at World's Ugliest Wedding Cakes, I believe:

Wow. Remember when Beanie Babies were such a great investment, because their value could only increase? Kind of like our houses four years ago? (Oh, SNAP, economy.) Yeah. Those were good times.

Tune in tomorrow for part two, because oh yes, there are more.

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Reader Comments (143)

Wait a minute! Each wife doesn't even get a layer of cake on her own wedding day? Whatever. :)

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Yowza. O.O What is with the 3 brides? O__________o

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYakira

OMG the Armada cake is HUGE (not to mention ugly)! How many people were invited to that wedding? Also, RED ICING!? I have never tasted any that was not bitter, even when made with "no-taste" red food coloring. So why cover the whole cake with bitter, red icing? They probably ended up throwing most of that cake out.

WV:CRALOW - crawled low to the floor as in - I cralowed out of the reception hall when I saw that cake!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha ha ha, the polygamous cake was definitely inspired by Big Love. The cake topper resembles the women from that show.
The first one defies gravity to an extreme extent...what is that thing reinforced with?!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrie

The first wedding cake reminds me of the birthday cake Fauna the Good Fairy tries to make for Briar Rose/Princess Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty".

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i will never forgive them... a cake without icing is like... a cake without icing!!!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNetFreak

I can just see the guy who allowed his wife-to-be free reins for the wedding ("whatever makes you happy, honey") and walks into the reception to find the Beanie Baby cake. One would assume he already knew what he was getting into.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It took me a minute to get what was off about the Inmagine image. Then I figured it out. Poor sap!

The alien armada cake - oh my! Hope there were enough guests to eat all of that. I had a small two tier cake and a sheet cake for 100 guests and I and my mom still had to take a bunch of cake to work (very happy co-workers that day!)

The beehive cake... could be misinterpreted as flies on poo.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiopsideanddiamonds

The first one isn't a wreck, is it? Because I like it. The second and last ones are monstrosities. The rest? Eh.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpyramus

Eesh....that last one makes my eyes bleed! I can only imagine what the bridesmaid dresses looked like *shudder*!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJR*Sikorski

My three year old, who checks this site daily with me, was very concerned about the "naked" cake. Honestly, what is the point of cake without icing. Too funny.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

I kind of like that beehive cake. It definitely needs some bigger bees, though.

Jen, your comments are even better than the pictures. Alien Armada indeed!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennie w.

The third one I'm guessing is a wedding in salt lake city hmmmmm?

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

The first cake looks like the nose off of a Dr. Seuss character...

Genuinely took me a while to find the 'Baby in the last cake - who'd have thought fluorescents could provide such convincing camouflage?

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCiara

I love your blog its so funny and all of the cakes are so hilarious. ♥Darla

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterretroliving

mercy, I can't imagine any of those especially the armada. How in the world would you cut these????

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

World's ugliest wedding cake has a winner. The last one.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy C

Just mailed today´s entry to some friends of mine who asked me to do their wedding cake, asking if I should use any of these as inspiration - can´t wait to read their answer!

Thanks Jen for your hilarious blog!
What a pity we don´t have such a fancy cake tradition here in Germany, in comparison our cakes, although yummy, are mostly boring and un-wreck-able!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those first two are awesomely made if not really my choice for a wedding cake.

The latent hippie in me kind of likes the psychedelic cake at the bottom.

And the latent dirty mind in me thinks the top cake is making subtle commentary about the groom's virility.

The beehive is cute, but a cake without frosting is not a cake.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunrise

too funny! alien armada coming in for a landing, indeed! Right on, Jen!

some brides don't like icing, and we once enjoyed a delicious cake iced with fresh fruit. it might make the ugly list, but it tasted great. kinda like strawberry shortcake.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

C'mon Jen- these are SO not wrecky enough! (Well, except for the beanie baby one and the un-iced bee hive thingie.) What's wrong with the first one? It's not all that different from the recent Sunday Sweets leaning wedding cakes!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

FLMAO!! omg i remember the beanie babies thingie. all my friends were buying SO many of them.. pfft. losers. lol

that first cake is not ugly.. but so lopsided that it looks friggen not nice at all. ew.

and that bee hive cake is disgusting. it doesn't look appealing to eat at all. yeck..

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.

Hey, I like the psychedelic one. Do they have wacky flavors? A dose of "Vitamin A"?

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I know several people who had a cake that resembled the Alien Armada....minus the Armada. It was those aweful cakes with the staricases, and all the wedding party standing on it. My grandma would paint the dress of the girls to match with nail polish every other week for a different wedding. I HATED those cakes!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

i actually kind of like the beehive cake...although it IS weird that it's not frosted at all. Maybe they just don't like frosting? Still, I'd be a little disappointed if someone handed me a piece of cake with zero frosting. :(

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercindy

I hate icing and despise cake, so I am all about that totally cute little beehive. Here's the thing, though. I think it's iced. Look where one layer merges into another, I'm not sure how to do that without icing. Too bad, too, because I would love me some un-iced wedding cake.

Armada cake is hideous. Quite possibly the ugliest thing I've ever seen. More the fault of the cake stand and less the fault of the cake, but still, who does that?!?

wv: misbow - The practice of covering up a mistake with a bow, ie. some of these cakes could have used a couple of misbows.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessi

Ok, so I'm totally intrigued by the beehive cake. Was it baked in a enormous pan and the carved? If so, you gotta admit, they did a pretty good job. Or maybe its layers, with a coat of buttercream covered with some sort of crumbs? I must know how this abomination with created!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiana

i guarantee you the "armada" cake is from a wedding or two good, catholic italian kids who got married in the church then had the reception in the church hall/basement. that is a CLASSIC 70's cake italia. mind you, i am not bashing in any way shape or form italian weddings and/or cakes. why? because if i had that cake at my wedding, my Old Country grandparents and 200 relatives that i've never met would have cried with joy. the more extravagant, indulgent, and complicated the tiers are on a classic east coast italian wedding cake, the better lol. LOVE IT.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Hey, my son had the weirdest wedding cake I ever saw. It was a cake ... without CAKE. It was styrofoam and it's not like they had a sheet cake in the back to serve. No, they served cookies and ice cream. Even weirder is they took a photo of them pretending to cut the styrofoam cake. And weirdest of all is that when I asked the my daughter-in-law's family why they didn't have a real cake, they said they didn't LIKE cake! Beyond comprehension as far as I'm concerned. I love my daughter-in-law and since we are having a real cake for my granddaughter's and her baby's 1st birthday next week, I'm hoping we've converted her to right thinking.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

The leaning one is bizarre but not very wrecky, but WHOA - the armada cake is wreck enough for the rest of the year! Who would want that eyesore at their wedding? And HOW many people were they trying to feed??

Megan @

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

I might be sick, but I looooove that last cake. :) Want!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWildroses

The fact that it's a polygamous cake does not mean it takes place in Salt Lake City. Any legal wedding anywhere in Utah would not have 3 brides...just sayin'.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon & Aimee

Okay just how old is the bride that would order a beanie babies wedding cake anyways?

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

The beehive cake has icing. It's just covered with cake crumbs.

Still makes it look a lot less appetizing, though.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLouie

I love the first cake!!! Seriously, I do.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

I think the bee hive cake IS frosted- perhaps a little too well! Look at the base and layers. No seams. I think someone frosted a cake to look like... an unfrosted cake!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

That cake with no icing is either a beehive or a pile of poo with flies on it. Either way, ewww.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

The first one is pretty cool, but being from Utah (or having lived here long enough to pass as a native), I had to laugh at the 3 brides- 1 groom cake. Hah!!!

Maybe the "no icing" cake has the icing on the INSIDE! Ya...that's's like the HONEY inside the HIVE...yeah...I'm sure that must be it....yeah.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Love the polygamist cake... what a crack up!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim Betts

That first one looks like a severed arm. Huh.

Angie (from over at

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

When my almost-6-year-old saw the alien armada cake, she rolled on the floor and laughed theatrically. Maybe it's time I explained to her that "rolling on the floor laughing" is just a figure of speech.

However, when I left the computer unattended for a moment and she spotted the beanie baby cake, she exclaimed that it was "So pretty! And romantic, with a teddy bear on top!"

I suppose this is why they don't let 6-year-olds decorate cakes (although that's exactly what I'm going to to at her birthday party this weekend).

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Oh, also, I had a Dilbert moment when I read that the first picture was sent in by Anne L. There was a bit character named Anne L. Retentive.

WV: sufferd - I think you have all sufferd my stale wit enough for one day.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

The first cake looks like it had an unfortunate encounter with the headsman.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

I actually think the beehive cake IS frosted, and then covered with brown sugar or crumb topping to make it look like a beehive. In any case, it's different and creative.

The psychedelic one is... interesting. As for the age of the bride, well I have known some women old enough to be grandmothers who were obsessed with beanie babies. Let's just say age =/= maturity.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anyone else have the theme song from the movie "Mars Attacks!" playing in their head when they look at the armada cake?

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I assumed the beehive one was coated in honey!

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it me or does the first one remind anyone else of a Fimble? (

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

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