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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

Ok, You Win. I'll Post the Divorce Cakes.

I can't dislike viral photo e-mails too much - after all, one of them inspired this blog - but since there are now several divorce-cake e-mails flying through the interwebs, I'm pretty sure the only way I can get you lovely loyal Wreckporters to STOP SENDING THEM is by posting some. So...


Whoah. Sorry. The bitter vibes must be getting to me. Let's see if I can find something a little sweeter...

Ah, much better. Look how cute! Who knew blood spatters could be that adorable?
(And if you're wondering if the groom ever pushes the bride off, then the answer is yes.)

And by the way, while today's cakes are funny, they're also extremely well-made. I know this. So there's no need to point it out in the comments, Ok? We're laughing with these bakers, not at them.

In fact, Elite Cake Creations even specializes in divorce cakes. They get pretty creative with their designs, too:

Visualized metaphors. Gotta love 'em.

Yes, you really can buy miniature coffins for your wedding ring.

Of course, a good divorce cake doesn't have to be super elaborate:

I think that gets the point across, don't you?

While some divorce cakes can be more biting than funny, this one never fails to make me smile:

I think it's those little feet sticking out, Wicked Witch style. Heh. Plus, I was delighted to learn this was made by a bakery right in central Florida. Kudos, Sprinkles Custom Cakes!

Let's end with what I'm sure was a gag cake, but is still good for a chuckle:

Note to guys: don't get any ideas. We only think it's funny if someone ELSE gets it.

And lastly, I think this is a perfect time to wish my fantabulous hubby, John, a happy 11th wedding anniversary. (Yes, really.) I love you, Sweetie! Here's to growing old and increasingly alarming to our friends together.

Thanks to the many billions of you who sent in the various Divorce Cake e-mails. Over. And over. And over again.

- Related Wreckage: The Anti-Wedding Cake (aka The First Divorce Cake?)

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I have to admit I'm a little put off by people actually celebrating divorce. I can appreciate the relief from getting out, but I don't know....I suppose there are a lot of different factors involved. Having said that, the graveyard cake is cool.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Taylor

I had a friend who got divorced. We got him a 'Happy Divorce, Tom!' cake. It was just a little chocolate cake with writing on it and it was awesome and the bakery had a good laugh.

Also as a dollhouse miniaturist (who blogs about it) I must say I love the miniature coffin though wonder if they 'stole' it from miniaturists and fitted it with a ring box, or if it's approximately 1:12 scale and I could pull the ring box out to use it as a dollhouse miniature?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffybricks

Aw. While well-done, I can"t help but feel that, more than anything, those cakes are really friggin' sad.

What a depressing post.


August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah!

sad, yet funny.

love the bride's maniacal smile on the second cake.

or am i just projecting?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Hey John and Jen, Congrats on your 11th Wedding Anniversary!

Are you going to get a cake? be sure to order it over the phone.... *JK* Have a wonderful anniversary!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Aww! Happy anniversary! May you have many more!

-Lindsey W.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChannie

Is there anything we can't commemorate with a cake?

Having said that, may I have a piece?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

John n' Jen,

Congratulations! You're the most sicky-sweet couple I know! Well, aside from me and my boy :)

Your Wrecksistant

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwrecksistant

From the viewpoint that these weddings couldn't be as happy as some I know (like mine, thankfully), it's sad. But thinking of marriages like my parents', I'd have definitely gotten my mom one of these! And the celebration would have been heartfelt!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather (errantdreams)

these are great, I mean, not great due to the event (well, some divorces are great), but still great!!

And Happy Anniversary!!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Congratulations on 11 years John & Jen! May there be no divorce cakes in your future!

Though I totally wish I would have thought of this when my now husband's divorce finally went through. His ex drug it out two years, then took their kids out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate when she got the final papers.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I can't believe I forgot to say happy anniversary!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather (errantdreams)

These are just too funny! I guess why not celebrate something that is usually a difficult and sad ordeal? Talk about putting a positive spin on things, eh?

Happy 11th anniversary to you and John!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. CH

Is it just a little fitting and funny that "Elizabeth Taylor" commented on the post about divorces? Hmmm?
And I know someone who was told on their anniversary, "Happy Anniversary, I want a divorce." I don't think any cake was involved though!
Happy 11th to you!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Having just finalized a divorce a few months ago, this post totally makes me want one of these cakes!!! Yes, it can be sad when you are the one being divorced, and you didn't want it/deserve it/see it coming...
However, Sometimes a divorce is a blessing in disguise. Seriously, why would you want to keep a lying, abusive, cheating, lazy dead weight around your neck for the rest of your life? Lets not get into why we married them in the first place.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJahzzie

I know some people have said these are said (my fave is the wicked witch style groom-leg cake)but I have to politely differ. I submit to you that these are divorces that went well, so to speak. I mean, any divorce that ends in cake is better than one that ends up in a funeral, custody battle or anything getting lit on fire. Am I right?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrimperspective

Happy Anniversary1 Here is to many more beautiful years of wreckage! :)

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersummur braley

i think the blood trail on the first one is my personal favorite. mainly just because of the visual dynamics it offers.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermustdestroyalltraces

Happy Anniversary, Jen and John!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

today is my sister and brother in law's 11th anniversary too... must have been a good day for weddings. congratulations!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Cool cakes but I dunno about celebrating a divorce. It isnt really something to celebrate.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Princess

Oh, if only I had known about such things when my ex left me for the younger, thinner woman!
Ah, but I'm coming up on a divorce anniversary soon. It's time to celebrate the healing with one of these, I think!
These are wonderful! Thanks for posting them.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

I really wanted to have a divorce party, but I was low on funds at the time! ;-) I think the next big cake theme should be, a la Sex and the City, I'm NOT getting married cakes! :)

P.S. Anyone who thinks these cakes are sad hasn't been in a bad marriage!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica the Garden Faerie

Speaking of chain emails, you have seen the Kuwaiti wedding cakes haven't you? That sets a whole new standard in...something. :)

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAriane

These divorce...are just sad.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

Monica the Garden Faerie : It's not that people think the cakes are sad. It's more that the bad marriages that necessitate funny cakes are sad.

Happy Anniversary Jen and John!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

There need to be ones that are just shaped like a wedding cake carved cleanly down the middle and a bride/groom figure on top with a smug, "glad that's over with" look on its face.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOctan

@Katrina....I'm glad you picked up on that. ;-)

@Monica the Garden Faerie...All joking aside, my 24 year marriage has been in the crapper for the past few years. Just trying to get kids out of high school and finances in order. When the time comes, I might privately celebrate, but can't imagine hosting an event that requires cake. I think Sparky summed it up pretty well.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Taylor

It's your anniversary today, too? We're celebrating our 12th today. :-)
Happy Anniversary, Jen and John!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I'll never understand how they do those upside down tiered cakes! They defy gravity.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirthan

That garbage cake is great. It even has a teeny tiny rat. But my favourite is the Oz cake. Think how much better Miss Havisham's life would've been if she's been able to get a cake like that delivered, instead of hanging on to the old one.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I think it's particularly funny that one of the garbage bags is a "Glad" bag.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

I especially like the graveyard one.

~Amy B.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Happy Anniversary Jen & John ((((HUGS))))

A) I hope I never have to get a divorce from my wonderful hubby

B) If be some bizarre chance that I'd have to....I don't think I'd be ordering a divorce cake :p

C) But for some reason they are still funny. Thanks for posting them.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoof


August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara_in_WA

The best thing about divorce cakes? Your ex is no longer entitled to half!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda

I would laugh if I got that last cake, but only because I don't have a sister.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I have to agree that you might not find the humor in these unless you've been in and gotten out of a bad marriage. Personally, I celebrate everyday that I am no longer married. I was never happily married but I am very happily divorced.

If I had to pick one of these to aid in the celebration, it would have to be the upside down tier cake - brilliant.

Happy anniversary to you and your co-blogger/husband.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed maniacally at all the divorce cakes. Loved the upsidedown cake with the grooms feet sticking out. I had a very amiable divorce but it still hurt. Thanks for lifting my spirits.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZanelle

Am I the only one who doesn't get the icky greenish trail down the second cake?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Aniversary guys. Like many of my blog "friends" it seems like I know you. Enjoy your cake. I'm sure there will be a more cheerful one then the ones you showed today.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarita

Anonymous said...
Am I the only one who doesn't get the icky greenish trail down the second cake?
I see what you think, but look again. It's the inside of the cake- a slice has been removed from each layer.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarypoppins

I can understand someone wanting to celebrate a divorce - as a divorcee myself, I can tell you how thrilled I was when the final papers came through after 3 agonizing months of being in process - but feeling compelled to celebrate it in cake?? Maybe not...then again, cake and a divorce party certainly beats an all day bender, or a weekend in Vegas where you hook up with everything that has a Y chromosome.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlindsay

The last one was more fun than reasonable to me, because all the others had been *women's* cakes.

It took a while to realise that this one might be from the husband.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSili

Totally appropriate to celebrate the dissolution of a sacred union with cake. Totally.

- Maureen -" rel="nofollow">I argue with Darce.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Happy anniversary!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

Happily married, and yet, this totally brought the LOLs! Some of those cakes were really big, though. You would have to have a huge party to celebrate the divorce to eat all that cake...

Thank you for sharing! None of my friends forwarded any of these photos my way. Stinkers!

And a very Happy Anniversary to you!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

Wait a minute.... (takes a second look at the first picture) ... you get presents for a divorce too?! Geez, us single gals REALLY get ripped off!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa V

Happy anniversary!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

These cakes promote violence against men! To even the score, I'm going to bake a "battered woman" cake today. Now, what flavor to make the batter...

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReuven

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