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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

Inspiration vs Perspiration

I know this post is going to test the limits of my credibility with you, faithful Cake Wrecks readers, so here is the originating site, provided by Summer from TX, to prove I am not making this up.

First, the inspiration:

Which isn't bad, I guess, if you've got a Brave Heart kind of vibe going for your wedding. Certainly it's executed well.

Anyway, here is what the paid, "professional" baker provided:


[glancing between the two photos]

It’s like seeing double, isn’t it? I mean, sure, the second one is collapsed in on itself, slumped over to one side, and channeling a bit more Bob Marley than William Wallace, but besides all that I’d say the decorator was bang on, wouldn’t you? Ok, ok, if you wanted to get picky about it, I guess that crack in the bottom – the one you can see the cake through? – that probably should have been iced over. Oh, and the red stripe might look a little nicer if it were one continuous line – or for that matter, if the line were straight. (Perhaps a little too much Red Stripe was consumed before icing the red stripe, eh? Eh? Come on, that was freakin’ hilarious, people: Bob Marley? Jamaican beer? Booya!)

Come to think of it, maybe that mass of squiggles in the mid section isn’t the best example of plaid I’ve ever seen, either. [tilting head to one side] Huh. Yeah. Ok, Summer, you got me: I can sort of see why the bride sued.

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Reader Comments (205)

I really wish I would have thought of publishing the baker's name and photo in the paper.
Yes, I am the lucky bride for whom this cake was so carefully and thoughtfully prepared.
Our wedding was in Southern California, and believe it or not, this cake was NOT melted, it was ACTUALLY put together this way! I CRIED when I saw it. The worst part was that it had been set up before the guest arrived and of course, that was about 45 minutes before WE arrived. So, that monstrosity was was sitting out for all the guests to admire long before we were able to whisk it off, safely out of site.
The fact that someone I don't even know posted this on a website is hilarious!
As for suing the talented baker, yes, we had to sue. The best part about that was that she stated that "it wasn't that bad when she dropped it off"... UM, YES IT WAS!!! Well, needless to say, she was forced to return our money (duh) and for some reason, the judge wouldn't grant me emotional distress (WHY???). AND, the baker filed BANKRUPTCY and we never got our money back.
Yes, she DID bake us a sample cake and brought it to our house and it was GORGEOUS! I also looked at a photo album of all her work and it was also lovely. I have no idea what kind of crack she was smoking on my wedding day, but it has certainly haunted me for over 6 years now, and I'm sure, for the rest of my life!
Enjoy the cake! If you'd like to see more pictures of this lovely confection, let me know and I can show you different angles and such (if you wanted to replicate it for your own special day!).

August 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

I'm curious as to whether it was still edible. Or did the bride and groom have to save it as evidence for the lawsuit?

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, the cake was edible and actually pretty darn good. We shoved a few pieces into containers and took them with us on our wedding night so that we could eat them the next day. We had PLENTY of pictures to take to court with us, so we didn't need to save the rest.

August 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

I don't want to sound rude, but I would actually like to see more photos of this oh so...beautiful cake. Could you possibly link me Lynda?

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to take this delicious cake and bedazzle it a little.
Why, why would you sue? She should have handed over bonus dollars immediately. That's like having a cake, a pipe band, and a professional interior designer all in one modestly-sized package. It's obvious they sued only because the cake was so stunning, no one was paying attention to the bride. Love this site!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. That's *impressively* bad. Lynda, do you have the name of that baker? I have several friends who're getting married in SoCal, and I want to make sure they avoid that baker at all costs!!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSora

I bet it was delicious!

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really can't see the difference.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteveBIRK

Hmmm... This is the kind of thing that you may expect on say TNA Wrestling, but not in real life. I'd personally hit the baker with a steel chair.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason W. Thompson

1. the baker of the below cake was drunk

2. the above cake was made in 1996, if I were them I think I would get my inspiration from a newer cake

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterI SEE THE TRUTH

I dunno dude, looks pretty good to me! Wow.


August 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdoswheeler

So did the cake not taste good or something? I mean, it only exists for like 5 minutes until that junx gets sliced and devoured, so . . . couldn't the bride just laugh and eat it?

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sora, I would LOVE to give you all the information of this "baker"! Her name is YVETTE AGUIRRE. I will be more than happy to give you her phone number and address (although, I'm SURE she's moved by now) if you would like that additional information for your friends! :)
I will try to dig up the rest of the pictures and post them for you all to enjoy.

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

it's not that bad

August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

my wife said it looks like jaba.. after she freaked out :)


August 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sadly I could make a better cake.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrazd

there is no doubt this is a total goof a spoof of the original and the story is completely fabricated

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The cake is a lie, I swear it!!!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Perhaps the bottom cake tastes better. I actually think I would prefer a "crappy" cake than the stupid plaid one above. You only take a picture by it and then attack it with a knife. I am sure it felt a lot better to serve the bottom one than the top.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It easy dude just sue them for your beautiful cake.


August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i hope the cake tasted delicious

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! How long has the Cake-tanic been submerged in that pic??

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Frank Gehry was here.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAhmed XP

Haha. That's the most beautiful cake I've ever seen.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFree Xbox 360 Elite

I have to say...that 2nd one looks a lot tastier!! The first one looks like it's made from cardboard. The second looks like melty ice cream.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Pash

Your sarcasm came on a little strong. Usually we people stop after the second usage. On another note, that cake looks delicious.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoeyJoJrShabodoo

Sigh. I don't understand you people that believe it's OK to sue for A CAKE.

It's not. It really isn't. If that woman really spent a year over that then she really did deserve that cake.

That takes wasting time + money to a whole new level. And juvenility.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermeekamoo

That would have inspired some interesting conversation at the reception. Wonder how it tasted? Or would that have been destroying evidence?

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthepreppyprincess

the most important question is...

did you eat it?

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I never thought a site about wedding cakes would actually make me have one of the best laughing fits I've had in weeks. It's not just the pictures, it's the thought of the wedding party who PAID for this, and the look on their faces juxtaposed to the poker face the baker must have taken years to perfect before delivering this with a straight face. Fishing outrageous. You can't make this stuff up.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterraleigh seo

seriously? this can't be real.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are you sure a stork didn't crap that out of the sky just happened to land on the original cake?

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

sweet zombie jesus! it's like a teleporter accident!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersushispook

I'm a pretty laid-back person and would just laugh at most wedding disasters, but I think that even I would cry if that cake was delivered. Sure, it probably tasted great, but when you're paying hundreds of dollars for a cake, the baker had better damn well make it look good. This isn't some $30 cake from the supermarket we're talking about.

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

wow thas funny, i cant stop laughing. I hope they gave it to them for free ...(lol)

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

maybe the cake decorator just wanted to let his/her child have a shot!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Good god.

Outdoor summer wedding in Texas? You do not use buttercream, you use fondant (which is what is being used in the original photo) so the cake doesn't melt and collapse... which is what happened to that cake. It probably looked okay when it was originally delivered, but it looks like there were no supports put into the cake layers, so in the heat the whole thing collapsed and melted to the side.

(My mom is a professional cake decorator and she warns people of this very thing.)

I wouldn't be surprised if the bride insisted on buttercream, though, and got... exactly what she asked for.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersundari

I did not insist on buttercream, and no, this wasn't summertime in Texas. It was October in Orange County and it wasn't hot. The "baker" said she could do exactly what we asked with all the tiers and even the hexagon levels. We certainly didn't get exactly what we wanted. Even the colours are TOTALLY wrong.

August 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

Ok the really sad and awful thing is even if this baker had scraped it all off and just done a white cake it would still be a catastrophe the layers arent even wtf I mean really and it looks like it doesnt have the proper support and is cracking under its own wieght

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervv

The bottom cake looks like absolute sh*te, but the top one doesn't look very yummy either imo. In fact, it looks like a bunch of hatboxes stacked together, not like foodstuffs at all!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCDW

It doesn't look like that cake had any interior construction built in. If it had, it wouldn't have collapsed upon itself like that. It's all mooshed together, which would happen to a multi-tiered cake if dowells and cake boards weren't used.

I saw this first years ago and it's still funny. Although my heart goes out to the bride. Jeebus.

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara Bellum

Come on, Lynda, don't leave us handing with those extra pictures. We all want to see!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralan

Oh, my god, this cake actually made me laugh out my co-workers think I'm nuts...but it's just so....BLOATED! LOL LOL LOL!

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShinygrape

I bet this "decorator" saw Sandra Lee (of Semi Homemade atrocity) make a wedding cake - without supports mind you - & said, heck yeah, I CAN DO THAT!! And this, ladies & gentlemen, is the end result. And the proof that God rewards stupidity & ineptitude (is that even a word?) lies in the fact that the poor bride had to SUE to get her money back. WHO would even deliver that & how do you suppose that went? "Well, here's the cake you ordered. I think you can pretty well see that it's virtually identical to the photo you gave me (after it melted in a kitchen fire). Best wishes on your special day!"

August 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApache1228

Lynda, I hate to ask but if you don't mind me asking, what did this decorator try to charge you for this monstrosity?

I just am curious as to why she would show up with such a horrendous.... *THING*..... when you probably paid hundreds of dollars (if not a thousand or more) on the cake.

Also, this thing made me laugh for a good hour. Its hilarious! =D

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You mean someone actually paid for this???????? With REAL money?????????? I think I would have had to smack the "decorator" in the face with it and ask them what they were smokin'

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRiley

This is a hilarious post, and I've been enjoying your site immensely.

I have to question the lack of sense of humor, though. Emotional distress? Come onnn. Clearly everyone thought it was funny. And the cake tasted good. I can certainly understand the money being refunded (and perhaps a credit for a new cake in the future since her skills didn't seem to be the problem judging by her sample and portfolio) but to sue? I just don't understand why someone would waste the mental energy.

If it had been my wedding, I'd've eschewed the usual tradition of the bride and groom smashing cake in each other's faces, let everyone eat as much as they wanted, then changed out of the wedding clothes and just jumped in like a big messy cake trampoline.

Imagine the pictures!

This is something to laugh over, and it makes a great story. I'm a little blown away by the fact that the bride spent a whole year in court trying to dredge up some emotional distress money over a CAKE.

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe it! My experience wasn't as bad but I wanted Snoopy on my son's first birthday cake because the blanket he dragged around was Snoopy and friends. The bakery found some little plastic dog on skis (not Snoopy) and plunked it down in the middle of the cake. After that I made his birthday cakes and drew Snoopy with colored icing. But that's not nearly as bad as the wedding cake shown above. That is awful and unless it's an ice cream cake there's no reason it would collapse like that. Wedding cakes are expensive!

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can only echo what anonymous, august 21 4:25pm said.

It's only a cake! This will haunt you for the rest of your life? Sheez!
Someone with a sense of humor would have laughed at it, would have been looking forward to telling the story to her grandchildren one day.

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTine

that's hilarious. i can't stop laughing. Poor woman.

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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