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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

Initial Discomfort

Monograms can add that perfect crowning touch of elegance to your wedding cake.

Or, they can look like this:

Proof that sometimes it's better to quit before letting your five-year-old write on the cake.

Still, it could be worse.

The monogram could match the rest of the cake:

Hey, it's not easy to make tinfoil look this good.

If you do find a mistake in your cake's monogram, don't panic. There are plenty of seamless ways for your baker to fix the error.

This isn't one of them.

Now, I'm all for sharing new words, broadening folks' horizons, furthering education, etc, but if you have to explain to the baker of your wedding cake what a monogram is - a "T, J, and H" put together, for example - then maybe, just maybe, a few alarm bells should go off.

Or I suppose you could just take your chances.

After all, what could go wrong?




At least the quotes add a little something "extra."

Thanks to today's wedding wreckporters Anony M., Hilary R., Cyndi P., & Cyndee M., who think all bakers should be required to ask, "Can I quote you on that?"

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Reader Comments (79)

The cakes would have actually been very decent if not for those wonky monograms!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Maybe the first cake was supposed to read SOS! As in save me from this inept baker! The rest of number one was kind of pretty!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha! I thought I read mammogram!! I need a nap....boobs.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

KOS = Kill On Sight

... wonder if that is what the bride wanted to do to the person that made her cake.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

@Wolverine Girl -- Traditionally, the "married" monogram is the bride's first name initial, then the married surname large in the middle, then the groom's first name initial. So Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Edna Crumbcatcher's monogram on linens etc. would be E C S. Anyone's guess what to do when the bridge keeps her nasme, uses a midddle name, etc.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

"Hey, it's not easy to make tinfoil look this good."

See, I don't drink coffee so I don't have the problem of spitting it onto my screen. I do, however, have a bladder and this is not the first time you've made me laugh so hard I've wet my pants. Srsly, what's a girl to do- sit on the "throne" with her laptop to read this blog? LMAO

-Barbara Anne

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first cake was decorated by a very talented artist. Unfortunately, he/she did not lock up the piping bags before leaving the kid who washes the pans in charge of handing over this cake when the family came by to pick it up.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

"Um, I don't get it? What does FML stand for in your mind?"

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forbidden monograms:
STD (or STI, if you prefer)

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The only thing that makes less sense on a wedding cake than a monogram is full names and the date. That could be done as a service to people who aren't sure they're at the right reception, but 'not seeing anyone you know' ought to be a sufficient clue.

#1 Given the subtle spacing variation (K OS), it appears that the wreckerator took advantage of the monogram to make an editorial comment. Perhaps there was a dispute about the bill?

#2 The wreckerator finally got tired of being asked about the 'secret ingredient'.

Is that an actual sash? The third tier down looks like that is where the frosting ran out.

#3 Don't you just love subtlety? Don't you just love how this 'B' cake almost turned into an inverse EPCOT? (What would Spaceship Earth look like turned inside out?)

#4 Now *those* are daisies! None of this 'lotus flower' stuff this time. Congrats, "T", "J" and "H". Do the quotes mean the bride and groom were using assumed initials?

Whenever the question, 'what could go wrong?' is uttered, life speedily supplies an answer.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Lol if any one of these brides paid for those cakes.. shame on them. Horrid way to ruin what looked to be a beautiful cake in that first pic. Sheesh. Evil wreckerators strike again.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Hey this is fun! There's always a room for mistakes yeah.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVivienne

this funny but so cutie! A black swan then the cake is white... a total wrecker indeed

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeit schenk

is this for real thing? What could have go wrong with those cakes?

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Withers

Heh... 'kos' is Afrikaans for 'food'. Awesome to have food that's labelled :)

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Is that wedding cake for laughs? I had fun looking at those cakes

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Those are definitely banana slice flowers on cake #2.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersnuzzle

Haha. THC.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

That first one is just a crime against cake.

Although bluey-grey is not a good colour for roses. Why?! Other than that, they're very pretty.

2. Awful doesn't even start to describe it...icing's all cracked, and it looks like it was left in a corner for a month. The ..uh.. "monogram" is an improvement on the rest of it..

3. Think my only comment is "meh"!

4. There are no words.

Except...reckon the wreckerator was checking to see if polygamous marriages were allowed in their region?

WV. cochieve: The moment when these wreckerators achieved a complete ****-up!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Personally I hate monograms on a cake. We get it, you are taking his last name. You're getting married, we understand that's usually how it works!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFromTheHeartsOf

That first cake...what kind of blue IS that?

Assuming that most cake's colors are in keeping with the whole color scheme of the wedding, can we then assume the bridesmaids in that wedding were wearing denim dresses - or mechanic coveralls? I can't imagine what you mix to get that awful color. If depression had a color, that would be it.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

lol, ha ha ha

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXem Phim Online

I feel so sad for that K OS cake. Like getting cut from the team on the last tryout.

wv: messe. Well, there you go.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJay

@snuzzle totally agree! I checked on the comments only to see if anyone else saw the same. :D

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLen

Awe, that first one could have been stunning.

Oh, well.

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Girl In Her Kitchen

Yep, I agree with Ferralyn. And using the THC will also make your cake appear on this blog...


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliz Rug


And to all who mentioned mammograms -- please don't give the wreckorators any ideas! We've seen boob cakes, we've seen flattened cakes, do we really want to see the two combined?

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I blame Wilton (cake decorating supply company) for most of these mistakes. They churn out so called cake decorators in a 4 lesson course and tell them they're great just to get them to buy more stuff. Then, these stay at home moms who paid 25 bucks for a class think they're certified professionals. When, in reality, they churn out crap like this in most cases. It's sad, really.
FYI, I am a professional cake artist, and no, I did not learn though Wilton, but I did teach the classes.

March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDusty

this site is evil... funny but so evil. i found this site this last week. Looking at all these cakes has been making crave cakes (except for a few of them) last time i had cake was my wedding about 2 years ago. I'm on WW and yesterday i ate a 4X4 piece of cake and now i have cupcakes... -.-
But kudos to your site i love it. Always I love the cake, but the cake is a lie!

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternicole

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