My Other Blog

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

Big Day, Big Wrecks

By popular demand, here are a few more Inspiration vs Perspiration Wedding Wrecks. And shame on you all for finding them so funny.

What was ordered:

What was received:
(Fortunately Christine C. reports the the bride and family had a great sense of humor about this Wreck, and even dubbed it the "bamPOO" cake. Heheh.)

And received:

Uh, since the cake itself leaves me speechless, I'm going to comment on the background. Hey Jessica M., is that Chewbacca through the window? I mean, given the Han Solo & Leia topper, I was wondering if Chewie was the ring-bearer or something.

And lastly, ordered:
Aaaand received:

You have to wonder if that swipe was a result of the bride fainting at the sight of it, don't you? Still, I guess she should count her blessings: imagine if the wreckerator had been asked to write something on it!

« What Do You Mean, "Last Minute"? | Main | Think They're Organic? [smirk] »

Reader Comments (211)

What a mess!! It's like they can't even see what they are supposed to be making.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

I think that's Han and Leia, not Luke. Unless they felt incest was best. :D

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love these kind of posts. I can't believe how that bamboo cake turned out. The original cake clearly used fondant for the bamboo to mold it to look realistic. Did they REALLY think a line of brown icing would cut it? Man!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

I think the last wreck here would make any bride take a swipe at the cake to put it out of its misery.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Where are these people ordering their wedding cakes from, anyway? Don't they see look at photos of cakes that the bakery has actually done? Don't they see samples? I just don't get how this can happen...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sure someone has already mentioned this by now (I'm rarely first to anything!) but that's not Luke and Leia, it's Han and Leia. Luke and Leia are twins, I think it would be weird to have them as a wedding cake topper ^^;;

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

That's Han and Leia on the cake... Luke never wore a vest.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPurplewalls

I'm sure you realize you meant "HAN and Leia" cake topper - if Luke and Leia were up there, it would be a whole different kind of party...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchickwithmonkey

I knew I should be afraid of scrolling to the last one!!!! Hilarious!!

WV- Micise... you should be more micise when you order your cake.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Actually it's a Han & Leia topper "o) and that last one? WTF?

WV: inessee. Inessee how dem wreckerators thot those were anything close!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterricalynn

Well, technically, it's Han Solo and Leia. Luke and Leia would have been too gross. My daughter just called me a geek. ;)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeide

That last one? Yikes. Not. Even. Close.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

I just kept yelling Shut Up!, wreck after wreck. Whoa. Can't imagine The Wedding Cake wrecked.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWillow Tree

Buttercream vs. Fondant...hmmm.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

And you call yourself a sci-fi fan??!! That's not *Luke* and Leia, it's *Han* and Leia. Brother and sister on a wedding cake would NOT be good! Thanks for (unintentional) extra laugh. Best wishes!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! All I can think is wow...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarri

Hey, Jen, I love you and I think you are awesome, but that is Han and Leia, not Luke and Leia. Luke and Leia are brother and sister!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDesichan

Psst...that's Han Solo, not Luke. A Luke and Leia cake topper would be incestuous and kinda creepy.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Um, wow. the last one is certainly the worst. WHen I saw the original I thought "never ask for horizontal things." Sure enough, I was right. I'll admit, they're hard to do, and most people don't realize it, but the decorator.... argh.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Wow. Those are horrible. I think I would've cried to see my wedding cake turn out so badly.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

That's actually a Han Solo and Leia topper.

Also, a Luke and Leia topper would be very creepy given that they're brother and sister.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFortMax

Now now... Give the decorator on the second version of the second one some credit. It's not a Luke and Leia topper. It's Han Solo.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiovanni Schwartz

Hilarious entries. One correction, though - that's Han Solo and Leia on the cake, not Luke and Leia - the latter would be quite disturbing.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRodrigo

I've been reading this blog for a while now and each wreck I see pertaining to a wedding adds one more wrinkle to my forehead -- being that I am getting married in a year and a half, is there any way that you would be able to list the bakeries responsible for these supremely wrecky cakes? I unfortunately wouldn't have enough sense of humor to laugh at my abomination of a cake, should I be a bride unfortunate enough to receive some hideous creation.


January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Oh, that woman in the background is not going to appreciate the Chewie comment. I, however, do.

Angie (from over at

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

The topper on the second cake is Han Solo and Princess Leia. :)
Loved the comment about Chewie!

The last cake - Woah, that's bad.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hehehe. Luke and Leia are brother and sister, so that would be some message with the wedding topper. It's Han Solo and Leia.

Come on...somebody had to say it!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFantastic Muppet


And sorry to be a stickler, but I'm pretty sure that's a Han and Leia topper. They weren't brother and sister (eek!)

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

ummm... That action fig is Han Solo.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

That is Han, not Luke.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

I think some people want a fancy "magazine worthy" cake, but don't want to pay the price, so they take their magazine cut-out over to Wal-Mart or some other grocery store bakery and actually BELIEVE the decorators who say, Yes...I can do that! And then, are somehow surprised that it doesn't look just like the picture. Sort of like when people go in for plastic surgery to get Brooke Sheild's nose, only to come out with Michael Jacksons!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Inspiration/Perspiration Wrecks are my FAVE! Yippee!! And these did not disappoint!!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Very interesting that it's a Luke and Leia caketopper given their sibling relationship. That'd be an interesting wedding. :)


January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

On the fondanted and painted cake...what is between the layers? Lentils and M&M's? Is it tasty Vietnamese red bean filling? I looks like a goat and a guinea pig got together and made it. Sorry.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheidi michelle

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. These are BAD. The inspiration ones are stunning but it looks like my blind dog wrecked the other ones!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDouble A Training

Oh, no - geek foul. That's Han, not Luke. Nerd cred dropping...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTuri

Oh my....

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

I think these have to be my favorite posts!! LOl

At least the flowers on the "bampoo" cake were pretty... That's about the most positive thing I can say about that one. No words for the others....

I can't believe that people actually get paid for producing such terrible cakes!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheadle Chick

it's the poo logs on the first one that had me in fits...but they're all heinous crimes against sugar.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErika

OHHH....that last looks as though the exact same wreckerator did it as for the plaid wedding cake. Same from-the-tube colored icing, same horrid execution, everything. You see what I'm saying? Is that person still actually in business?

I hope these ladies all got their money back.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

HAN and Leia. Luke and Leia were brother and sister.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenni L

That is definitely han solo and leia.. since you know, luke and leia are brother and sister... awk-ward

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTom

What amazes me is the wreckerators who think that the fondant in the originals is actually icing...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

I think you mean Han Solo and Leia. Luke and Leia would be gross on top of a wedding cake...

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Star Wars Topper is Han & Leia. Luke and Leia were siblings, so eeww. Chewy would probably be the best man and R2D2 could be the ring bearer.

One wonders what kind of display cakes these decorators have. They must inspire false confidence to have the purchased cakes turn out so bad.


January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen, it a good thing you’ve built up so much geek cred, because you just spent a bucket of it. That’s obviously Han and Leia topping the leaning tower of bad scrollwork. Luke and Leia would have been even more inappropriate as wedding cake topper, being siblings.

Anyway, I’m going to have to go scrub my brain with kittens to get the image of Chewbacca in a little black dress out of it. [shudder]

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

Hilarious as always but I think that's Han Solo and Leia. Luke and Leia would be really creepy.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Gibson

looks like the first wreck was made with hot dogs!

WV: perio, as in "perrito" (little dog in spanish). ha!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wagner Fam

Do these brides take pictures to their local baker and say "hey, can you do this?" How exactly does getting a wreck like these work?

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

That's a Han and Leia topper. A Luke and Leia wedding cake topper would be creepy.

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Moore

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>