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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

Love is in the Air...

It's wedding season, and the spirit of fairy-tale perfection is in the air. So naturally, I must CRUSH that spirit with tales of wedding cakes gone wrong!! Mwuahahahahah!

[patting hair] Ahem.

What Stacey H. wanted:

Nifty modern texture. I like it.

What Stacey got:

Erm, I'm pretty sure dragging a fork through crusted-over icing doesn't count as a "technique".

Anony Bride wanted a cake with tiers similar to this:

But instead she got tiers like this:

Something about the puffy wobbliness of this cake makes it look like a diaper cake to me - you know, those shower gifts made out of actual diapers? Which probably would have been sturdier, come to think of it: the weight of the wedding topper made this cake start to collapse in on itself.

This was Stephanie S.'s inspiration:

Which resulted in...this:

I'm not sure who gets the blame for the ribbon selection, but that neon teal "scroll work" combined with the black icing border is sufficiently Wrecky on its own.

And lastly, Vanessa wanted a single layer version of her wedding cake for her one-year anniversary. Here's her wedding cake:

Oooh, preeeetty.

And here's what she got for her anniversary cake:

Oooh, pretty.

Ah, the mismatched whites, the battle-scarred frosting, the ponderous folds of flabby fondant! Who else is inspired to throw a toga party?

- Related Wreckage: Wedding Wrecks

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Reader Comments (203)

Some of those cakes would have worked better if the actual cake part were made of fruitcake.

It is a British tradition that the top layer of the cake be kept for use as the christening cake of the first child.

With the help of annual doses of brandy and whiskey, added when I was making my Christmas fruitcakes, my daughter's christening cake was luscious.

She arrived eleven years after our wedding.

Didn't hurt the cake at all.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfemmefan1946

Draped satin sweatsock?
Or Barbie-sized waterslide?
Melted marshallow?

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I think this is the first time I have commented. I LOVE this blog! It amazes me that these "decorators" think their creations are remotely close to the picture!!! Wow. The Harry Potter cakes and Lego cakes are awesome.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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