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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 Princess Bridal Cakes


Mawwiage is wot bwings us"

Plus everyone's favorites: the missed marks!

As always, we start with the inspiration cake:

Oooh, aaahhh.

And follow with what was actually received on The Big Day:

Ewww, awwww...

"Mawwiage: that bwessed awangement...."

"That dweem..."

"Wivin...a... dweem!"

"Stand your ground, men! Stand your ground!"

"So tweasure your wove."

And your airbrush.

Skipping to the end...

The chocolate coating makes it go down easier.
But you shouldn't go swimming after for at least a good hour.

Stephanie M., Anony M., Amanda C., Ann B., & Jennifer, are there Wrecks ahead? If there are, we'll all be fed!

Note from John: Um... just so we're all on the same page, the first cake in the pair is what the customer wanted and the second is what they got. Carry on then, carry on! (mmmm Fruit Newtons)

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Reader Comments (226)

"Man and wife, say man and wife!"

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

Oh wow! Now THOSE are some funny cakes, but I do feel bad for the poor brides that walked into THAT on their wedding day!!


May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

I dunno, a lot of these "wrecks" actually weren't that bad. (Sorry, guys, I know you hate it when people say that.) I think the Cake gone Worst was the White/Blue/Purple circles.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteretiquette bitch

I'm confused, are these all wrecks or non-wrecks or a mix?

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hooray for the Princess Bride! Bye bye boys, have fun storming the castle!

And yeah, those cakes are truly awful.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarina

This is my favorite commentary in a while... absolutely love the Princess Bride.

That second miss? So horrendous.


May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that post has made my entire day...combining my favorite blog with my favorite life is complete! :)

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegRN

Anybody got a Peanut?

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would give full marks to a decorator who said, "I can't do it exactly like that." To have someone say, "Sure, I can replicate that cake," and produce something so far off the mark is just wwong on so many wevels.

But twue wuv is in my heart for CakeWrecks and Princess Bride references!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Love, love, love the Princess Bride commentary. Some of the cakes just slightly missed the mark while others were way off.

Stop that rhyming ... I mean it. Does anybody want a peanut?

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDani

'Then why is there fear behind your eyes?'

Because some of those cakes are terrifying.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boss Bitch

Why would anyone order a black wedding cake! Beyond me...

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereboucher


May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Okay, so I've never commented before, but I LOVE your Princess Bride references this morning! Thanks for making my morning!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I loooove your Princess Bride theme today!

The "stand your ground" bit was particularly apt. Wellllll done.

As an aside, I started off my marriage ceremony quoting "Mawwiage...Mawwiage is what bwings us togevvah, today."

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaladriel

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You wrecked my cake. Prepare to die!"

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Only one word applies here: INCONCEIVABLE!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana


I don't think some people are understanding that these are cakes that were requested, followed by the cake they actually got. The roses on top of that last one seriously scare me!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Mawwiage... Mawwiage is what bwings us togevvah... today.

And the love of Cake Wrecks. Awesome post!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNotAppealing

hi-LARIOUS commentary today, Jen! chocolate coating will go down easier...are there wrecks ahead, we'll all be fed. LOL

some of those inspiration cakes were SO PRETTY. inspires me to send my wreck to you. been meaning to do it....

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Princess Bride? (yeah I got the reference too) Hmmmm...I had Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp...maybe it was just me. ; )

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella

Ohhh... those poor brides.

"He said "to blave""

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeekGirl

I do not think that cake looks like you think it does... (to paraphrase)

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

My god, Jen.
My fave website.
My fave movie.

It's too early in the morning for this kind of glory.

The rest of the day will pale in comparison.
Always remember:
You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXOXO

LOVE the Princess Bride theme!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosie_Kate

I'm not sure what's wrong with the gold cake, other than it's a LOT gold-er than the "inspiration" cake (actually, I think it looks better with more gold... but I don't havea close up so maybe I'm missing something). And at least the two chocolate ganache ones looked tasty. (OK, I confess, I'm of the "if it's chocolate all is good" school of taste-buds!).

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

I really wasn't a bridezilla or anything, but as the inspiration cakes are so lovely and give the statement, "I am not redneck white trash, make my wedding a day to remember" and the actual cakes scream "I HAVE NO TASTE AND THE PBRs ARE IN THE COOLER BY THE DANCE FLOOR"... I think I would have freaked out and possibly spent my wedding night in jail for physically assaulting the person who have the guts to deliver those cakes to my wedding...

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Penny

I think the first 'wreck' wasn't so bad (definitely not as pretty as the model cake, but still), considering some of the wreckier cakes I've seen here. And the airbrush one would have been a beautiful cake if someone had just hidden the decorator's airbrush. Kind of a shame to ruin it like that, but I guess that keeps this site running!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterv

Great, now I'm having ideas for a Princess Bride cake that I don't have time to make...

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

The fact that the "what they wanted" cakes are all so stunning only exacerbates how excruciating the Wrecks are.

I love these 'compare and contrast' posts. :D

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

After seeing the resulting cake I keep hearing that muted trombone go: "Wah wah wahhhhh..."

I cannot get enough of the wedding cake wrecks.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I'm getting married in October, and every time there's a "Missed the Mark" post, I have a small panic attack. :o)

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

man and wife

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

"Man and wife." Although, after I got married, I wouldn't want to share any of those cakes with my guests!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, so I'm with V above me here. The first wreck is slightly more forgivable than the others because at least you can tell what the inspiration was. The others on the other hand? Who knew that a cake could look antiqued? Oh the things I learn on this site!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi

Is it just me or is there a dead angel straddled on the bottom tier of the gold wreck? Kinda broke my heart.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVic

And extending this principle, you can see why I'm divorced. I was promised a marriage like the first cake. I got one like the second.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Even if the thrid Missed Mark had turned out well, I still would consider it a wreck for that dang "Bride dragging the groom to the alter" topper. I HATE those; I think they're the tackist thing ever!!!!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVenkman's DogMom

Oh, what I wouldn't give for a holocaust cloak! To cover those hideous cakes with!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Someone needs to tell the brides: "Get used to disappointment."

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To the the pain means this: that some baker is going be in a lot of trouble once the bride gets a hold of him/her

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdmvgirl

Still not feeling bad for the people who get wedding cake wrecks.

They get what they deserve if they don't do their homework properly and pay a cheap price for something that's (almost by law) always expensive.

But hey, their pain is our pleasure. Schadenfreude!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

my ...GOODNESS...................................................................................................
(Man. There are just some times when you wish you were DRUNK.)
I laughed so hard that our cats and our dog were tilting their heads at me.
The first *replicant* isn't toooo bad, as long as you don't actually see what it's SUPPOSED to look like first. (THEY obviously didn't!)
The second one, though. They have GOT to be kidding! It looks like PLASTIC! The bottoms cut off of black garbage buckets wedged together with.. with..????
More PLASTIC!! That's IT!
That last REAL cake-chocolatey, sprinkled-with-flowers oh-so delicately- is GORGEOUS, period. But the...but the...but the...
Oh, hell.
The random sprinklingness of the tiny "flowers" is the only thing they had even CLOSE to mediocre.
It's all downhill after that,
what with the plastic, tangly vine, and the shiny...leaning...blobs...
Someone dragged that in for ME to look at-?- I'd think it was a big old pile of moose poop, fresh out of the woods.

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


(I'm referring to, of course, "Anybody want a peanut?")

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

I can hear the decorators talking to the freaked out brides now:
"Let me 'splain. ... No, there is too much. Let me sum up..."

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, that second mess is a steaming heap of special. I want to know if the person who created that gem thought it looked good? Or even remotely close to the inspiration?

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

As you wish.
Loved, Loved, LOVED this post. Nothing like a little Princess Bride to start my day! Just watch out for the ROUS

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

You know you've been on Cakewrecks too long if you think that the first one isn't actually all THAT bad!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Best. Post. EVER!

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Pardon but I have a question/soap box... Why do they make such awful wedding toppers and make them in mass? At Walmart last night I noticed the same topper that is on that wreck. AND THERE WERE 12 OF THEM in stock right there! Surely the average bride doesn't want to be dragging her man to the alter on her cake and the average groom doesn't want his sweet bride pushing him around before the reception rice is thrown. Really is this a good idea?

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSG

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