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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

Watch a Cake Being Wrecked

Lots of you are sending this in, so I figured I'd share. A few caveats first, though:

1) No, it's not professionally made.
2) Yes, I'm bending the rules by including it here on Wrecks.


A) Like the CCC, this "technique" must be stopped for the greater good.
B) It's really funny.
C) Mario Lopez in an apron! Hellooo, eye candy!

$500?!? Really? I think Wreckporter Gemma L. said it best: "If you'll fall for that then I know a Nigerian Prince who wants to talk to you."

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Reader Comments (398)

and I used to like Sandra Lee..WTF!?! was she thinking that is just nasty. I'd trade her places and decorate that nasty cake any day *wink,wink*

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my goodness. That is so tacky lookin!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

To be fair, pretty much any technique from Sandra Lee needs to be stopped.

Also, is it even possible to spend $400 or $500 on a cake at the grocery store?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Ugh. She makes my eyes twitch.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

omg, that was so funny! The very idea that people all over the country are running out to "discount grocery stores" to stock up on supplies to breed more of these monsters is just way too frightening. Ick.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrifioso

Oh my. The WalMart smiley face would've been right at home on that cake.

Angie (from over at

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

That was horrible. I can't believe that was allowed to be aired.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Sandra Lee is her own special brand of wreck-fabulous. Have you seen the other cakes she's done? I think you may have a new category!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralanna rose

I've had many a fantasy that involved Mario Lopez and frosting.

Sandra Lee must be stopped, put to sleep, deported...whatever!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I dont think I could pay $3 for that. And poor Mario didnt even get to put his smiley face on it!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

I love how she thinks that the smiley face cookie is when the cake gets over the top. I think when I heard "fancy-dancy" I knew it was pretty much over.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

LOL!! Did you see how Sandra Lee snatched that smiley face cookie right out of poor Mario's hand? Geez Louise, and then she says "this isn't a Wal-Mart commercial..." Could have fooled me. I usually like Sandra, but that cake is a disaster. Bleeech.

Alixandra Hice

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Oh, the horror! The horror!

How could the DO that?!? Much less advocate others doing it?!?


November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBraeden

Ew. Ew, ew, ew. I think I'd almost rather talk to the Nigerian Prince.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn

Ummm, I am pretty sure I wouldn't even pay $40 for that cake! lol

What were they thinking?!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeri

Ayyy, I wish I had something funny to say about this one but this is seriously not funny! I like to watch Semi Homemade occasionally and I've always thought she made her sweets looks elegant or cute, fun, whatever. This is just horrible, seriously horrible. To compare that mess to a $500 professional cake is just wrong! Sheesh...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Missy Homemaker

How Sandra Lee. Ugh.

It seems to me, though, that Mario Lopez in an apron would be better if he were also shirtless.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Holy EFF that is one UGLY cake!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I've heard that Sandra Lee has an "excuses everything" poignant life-story, but this takes the cake and tosses it out the window. I DESPISE her show concept. I want to rack up Neilsen anti-points to get it off the air before something terrible hap... oh crud. Too late.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I want to sell cakes to her...I could really make a profit!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Sandra Lee: "It looks fantastic!"

Um, no. And WHY, oh WHY, was Mario Lopez on her show?

*shaking head*

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Renée

she's just awful

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Its made with love!"

Oh. My. Gosh.

Are you suuuuuure?

Its the UGLIEST cake i've ever seen. I'd even prefer to eat that baby cake!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

That's so wrong. So so SO wrong.

I guess the theory is okay, but the execution... oy.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwebbith

This is like a lesson in over-kill! Things never to do with a cake also fits...$500? I wouldn't even pay $40 for that one!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Oh the pain, the pain of it all! My friend is a cake decorator and would never, under any circumstances, sell a cake like this for $500, not even if she'd made the cakes from scratch. And the cookies from scratch.

Well, for all that, she'd never make a cake like this in the first place, much less sell it.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

It could count as "techinically" professionally made. That is Sandra Lee, she does cooking for a living, and that includes cakes, right?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly ~.0

WOW. I think it may have ended up so horribly wrecked because she couldn't stop thinking about how a miniature Mario Lopez cookie may have looked jammed onto one of the cupcakes.

Let me know when the petition to end this alongside CCC's comes out! :)

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Wow. It is so awful, and yet I can't look away. I am stunned.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertkangaroo

Ha! I love "This isn't a WalMart commercial".

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

If I have asked it once, I have asked it a thousand times, but... What the heck is Sandra Lee smoking...and where can I get some?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I think having Sandra Lee do this on a TV show can be called "professional" enough to get by your rules. I really question her sanity if she thinks that is what $500 cakes look like. Still looks like a grocery store cake to me!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeverly hudson green

I love that the smiley face was too tacky for her!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertammy

Really $500...really??? My 3 year old could do better than that and has lol. I have created some major wrecks in my attempts to get my business going but wow oh wow i have never attempted that right there. But yummy on Mario!!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

holy hell. i've never seen anyone so proud of their wreck.

kill it with fire!!

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That, my friends, is one UGLY cake.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Oh wow imagine my shock... Sandra Lee makes a cake wreck! *gasp*

Everything she makes is a big food wreck. I saw her make that awful cake on her Food network show. I also saw her 'teach' us all how to make a boxed mix cake. Thanks, S.L.! The detailed instructions on the back of the box were really throwing me off, glad you cleared it up!

But dude Slater is still totally hot.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

oh-so-ugly indeed. yecch. it looks fairly crappy, and, honestly, i wouldn't want to be the host who then has to disassemble that mess and serve up 30 pieces.

and, jen, i adore you, but Mario Lopez *eye candy*? oh, no no no.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

Wow...I'm speechless...

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

The beauty of Semi-Homemade is all the laughing it provides because it is SO bad.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterseeree, phd (jan 09)

Wow - that is horrible!! Who in their right mind would pay $500 for a cake that looked like that??

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Comet Hunter

I like the parting comment of " 's made with love" kind of reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer rebuilds Flanders house and calls it "the house that love built"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know what's more disturbing: the cake, or the fact that a large percentage of your blog followers watch "Extra."

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

all i can picture in my head by the end of this video is the weekend update segment w/ amy poehler and seth meyers going on and on about the federal bailout; "really? are you serious? really?"

nobody does it like sandra lee.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is an amazing monstrosity - I can't believe this was aired on national TV.

I'll occasionally watch Sandra Lee on FN's "Semi-Homemade Cooking" but this is a real mess. I've actually seen her create halfway decent looking deserts on her show, but this is a whole new breed of disgusting...

And poor Mario, he doesn't know any better, he isn't the professional, TV chef.

At least they didn't try to do anything crazy with fondant :)

~ Arlynn

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

As my daughter said, "She took $40 worth of cake and turned it into $10 worth of CRAP!"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I'm a wedding planner and let me tell you if my client spent $500 on a cake that looked like THAT, I'd tell them to sue. It looks like my 8 month old made it -- she should be embarassed.

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSasha Souza

And that right there is why I can't stand Sandra Lee. My God would someone please tell this woman to stay out of the kitchen?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSmoochiefrog

I don't know...I think my kids would absolutely adore this! And I am a fan of a well-placed sprinkle, myself. (The edible, sugar kind, that is.)

But I liked when she called Mario a big kid..."you've been a naughty boy. Birthday spanks, anyone?"

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrnwannabe

Oh Sandra Lee... is there no food you can't wreck?

November 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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