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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

The Bride and Groan

In case you missed it yesterday, something HUGE happened here on CW: we had our very first Sunday Sweets proposal!! (And even better, she said yes!)

So today's post is dedicated to the happy couple, Zach and Savannah. That's right, you two: while you're basking in the bliss of the newly engaged, I figured we should take this opportunity to consider the next most important cake in your lives: your weddding cake.

Now, I know I feature a lot of wedding wrecks, and I know a lot of folks will point out that asking for a fondant design recreated in buttercream is asking for disaster, but don't you worry. I'm here to help. After all, this is what Leah D. ordered for HER wedding cake:



And look what she got!

It's the tinfoil-covered cookie sheet that really sells it.

Ok, yes, it's a wreck. BUT - did you notice how the inspiration cake was all buttercream, and the wreck itself is fondant? I'm just sayin'. It works both ways.

Now, don't you feel better?


Ok, then how about what Susan A. ordered for her wedding? 


 Not a great picture (you don't see mimeographs much these days), but I think you get the general idea.

 And here's what Susan got:

Granted, I'm not sure how this is supposed to make you feel better, but trust me, guys: the REST of us are feeling grrrrr-REAT. (John! Go make some popcorn! These are gettin' GOOD.)


Sara M. wanted her wedding cake to be a hunk a' hunk a' burnin' love:


The cake! The cake! The cake is on FI-YUR!


But instead, her cake just suffered from a mild burning sensation and performance issues:



(That was my attempt at a slide-rule trombone effect. I know: I'm a veritable foley artist with words.)


And finally, Elizabeth P. dreamed a dream of ribbon-wrapped sweetness for her big day:


...but ended up with something only a mummy could love:

 Ouch. Uh...that's a wrap!


Thanks to all of today's brides, and congrats again to Zach and Savannah! Just remember, guys: wreck or Sweet, we're gonna need to see your wedding cake! (Oh, and we're all invited, right? RIGHT?!)

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Reader Comments (59)

My little koala will always be Ackbar to me . . .

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

It's hard to believe that these "professional" bakers don't know that you need to completely ice the cake first before doing the decorative stuff. It's like putting primer on the walls before doing your final coat of paint. Ca-RAAAAAAAY-zee!

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren O

Thanks to @Haiku Joy for pointing out the Admiral.

@KarateLady, I was going over the entire post, looking for anything at all Ackbar-like, when I thought maybe I saw something in the first wreck. I clicked to enlarge & still wasn't sure, so I used 'ctrl +' to enlarge still further, until...

I realized I had just spent an hour looking for Admiral Ackbar in photos of wrecky cakes, and thought perhaps it was time to go see the nice people in that special place. But before I did that, I just threw out the suggestion to see if Haiku Joy would confirm.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I actually prefer the cake Sara M. got to the one she ordered. Looks much less threatening than the spiky one.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Kathleen, I'm stealing this:
(Which isn't very nice of me, but misery is setting out the appetizer tray, 'cause we got company!)

Thank you!!

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Now I'm tempted to pretend I see visages where I see none, just to further reduce productivity and thus the economy . . .

Grover Cleveland, is that you?

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

If you want Martha Stewart Weddings quality work, don't walk in with a Sandra Lee budget.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterH

As a person who makes cakes professionally (NONE of which have ended up on your site, thank goodness!)... I can say that the last wreak was mostly the brides fault. She wanted a certain look, but was too cheap to pay for it. The inspiration is fondant... you can't get ruffle cakes like that without it. She didn't want to pay... and then it was part cake professional inexperience that led to the baker saying "Oh yeah, of course I can do that in buttercream" but not really.

I pretty much have a disclaimer: If you bring me a photo of a cake in fondant and want your cake to look like that, then pay for fondant! Hahaha.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

To Leslie...That is buttercream icing. Bakers should know this and should be able to replicate. Totally not the brides fault. Not in the least. This was clearly an inexperienced baker.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

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