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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.

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- Jen

Initial Discomfort

Monograms can add that perfect crowning touch of elegance to your wedding cake.

Or, they can look like this:

Proof that sometimes it's better to quit before letting your five-year-old write on the cake.

Still, it could be worse.

The monogram could match the rest of the cake:

Hey, it's not easy to make tinfoil look this good.

If you do find a mistake in your cake's monogram, don't panic. There are plenty of seamless ways for your baker to fix the error.

This isn't one of them.

Now, I'm all for sharing new words, broadening folks' horizons, furthering education, etc, but if you have to explain to the baker of your wedding cake what a monogram is - a "T, J, and H" put together, for example - then maybe, just maybe, a few alarm bells should go off.

Or I suppose you could just take your chances.

After all, what could go wrong?




At least the quotes add a little something "extra."

Thanks to today's wedding wreckporters Anony M., Hilary R., Cyndi P., & Cyndee M., who think all bakers should be required to ask, "Can I quote you on that?"

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Reader Comments (79)

I read monogram as mammogram. That created some confusion as I started reading this post....

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

"THC" indeed. You'd have to be high to want to eat that cake.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFerralyn

wow, do my eyes deceive me? is that the first "Literal Lol" on a tiered wedding cake? o_0

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

"What could go wrong?"
Exhibit A: this blog

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Quotation marks on a WEDDING CAKE!? Adios, last remaining shreds of hope for humanity...

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

All of these cake wreckers should've stopped while they were ahead and left the darn cakes alone!!!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Blasé

The first one would be nice... without the monogram.

But the second is an all over mess. Looks like either it was decorated during an earthquake, or the wreckorator was quivering in fear because of taking on a cake she/he couldn'd handle.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C also in SoFla

maybe the first cake is for Canadian rapper K-os,

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I feel especially bad for the bride who ordered the last cake because of the vomit-inducing lime-green-colored icing used to inscribe that monstrous misunderstanding of a monogram.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Horrible. Hilariously horrible but still horrible. And the worst part is the cakes are pretty except for the letters on them.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

LOL Boob Nazi! "Initial Discomfort" + mammogram...*chuckle*

Oh. Dear. Here's a lesson for all...if you have initials/monograms that infer something else - for Pete's sake - don't put it on the cake!

wv: caning: These wreckerators deserve a good caning!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I


February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Had to use my wv for today's post: Recdy. I'm ready to recdy cake now.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy

@Joanna - I know a bride who chose that exact same colour green for her bridesmaids dresses. I swear it was so she'd look better in comparison.

@Boob Nazi - I too read it as mammogram the first time, I guess the "discomfort" already had me thinking in that direction. And thankfully I don't think we've seen any mammogram cakes.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

My brother's fiancee saw a cake topper with a monogram that said FML. Seriously, so now I will probably spend the rest of my day looking for it instead of doing my homework.

Heather J.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Well, it's said that one little flaw amidst such perfection can give character ... what that character is, though ...

wv: Gailyg -- some unknown alphabet and/or speech symbols as demonstrated in these wrecks

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

@ Joanna and Annette The color was WAY wrong!!! That was my sister's wedding and trust me our dresses were not that color!!!:):):) It was a disaster but sooo funny now:)

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Ah, these wedding posts make me once again oh so happy to be past the wedding stage because as trying as some days could be, they aren't near as trying as facing these cakes!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

wow that's a fail for those cake people! who puts quotation marks on a wedding cake!! my 4 year old looked at it said, "mom thats wrong" :-)

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe the first cake is in Afrikaans, in which "kos" means "food" and they expected the guests to be really stupid or had just come from eating the THC cake. It looked kind of nice, otherwise, but the blue roses are kind of freaky, well, blue food in general. Blue roses always remind me of "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I'm not sure that I understand what's awful about the B cake. Will someone share insight?

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm with Anonymous @ 12:53pm. I even zoomed in and couldn't find anything glaringly wrong, either. Weird looking monogram, but not horrible.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercakeburnette

When will we learn? Letters of any sort are trouble! Monograms on wedding cakes? For the love of fondant, why???? I would imagine all the attendees know who's getting married. Why do we need to see their initials?

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

I think the "B" cake has a piece of fondant just stuck on the side of the cake to cover up a mistake. I missed it at first too.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is sad that the cakes can be made so perfectly until the letters were added.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPixie

Thanks Anon. I don't see what's wrong with the "B" cake either ... I'm guessing it's an obvious correction that will make me feel like an idiot when I'm told.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

another "wow" moment on CW... will it never "end"?

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT

@ cakeburnette and Anonymous- It's just obvious that the "B" cake has an edible icing sheet on top, probably covering a past mistake. It's not horrible and at least they fixed the issue.

The lime green is just tragic.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChani W

... p.s.
Did they leave the THC cake out on FOIL!?! OMG!

wv: dismor
Cakes like the second one are dismor tragic.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChani W

nothing wrong with the "B" cake... except that they did the design on a separate sheet of fondant and then stuck it on the side of the cake. and the 'eye of sauron' corrective oval isn't even symmetrical. someone made a booboo and instead of re-doing it, they quick-fixed it. lazy.

and my wv is vasold: the fondant used on the "B" correction vasold-er than the fondant on the layers.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTad

@Shannon - different wedding entirely! I know this cake wasn't at that wedding, but the bridesmaids dresses were a horrible kind of electric lime/snot green. I had to take pictures just to prove that someone could be that cruel to their bridesmaids.

As for the "B" cake, I think the problem is that it's an obvious patch job put on over the cake.

@Heather - love the FML monogram. I think we should be listing monograms that shouldn't be on cakes.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

I think the "B" cake's issue is the 'band-aid' of fondant used to cover the assumed previous attempt. :P

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, but I'm sure *all* of these cakes tasted really REALLY good, right? Right?!?! LOL! :)

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise :)

I think that the problem with the B cake is that they made an error, and just pasted over it with another piece of fondant. I can't imagine they would have done that unless there was a mistake underneath that, or under neat that, depending on who you ask.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the "B" is on a fondant patch or band-aid stuck to the side of the cake.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To Tad @ 1:32... Eye of Sauron!!!! Buwhahahahahaha!!

WV: tonog. There are a tonog cake wrecks out there, huh!?!


February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this website--it makes me laugh every day. And this post makes me so happy that our wedding cake was lovely. Peach icing roses, no initials, and no findant patchwork!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

the flowers on the second cake look like sliced bananas

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Well, knowing that in classic monograms the first and middle initials go to the sides and the last initial is larger and in the middle, I would not advise monograms on cakes for the following brides:
Sara Teasdale Otterly
Belva Gennette Insteed
Paula Gaily Undine
Teresa Tennyson Inge
Donna Garrison Olsen

At the hospital we are frequently called upon to vote on name choices for newborns and the first thing we tell people is to check the initials in standard order and monogram order to see if they spell anything unfortunate. One of my colleagues saved a little guy from being saddled with the initials P.I.G.!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

@Heather - love the FML monogram. I think we should be listing monograms that shouldn't be on cakes.

Um, I don't get it? What does FML stand for in your mind?

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

With no comments... ahahaha, seriously, they never learns.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Gaga

For the love of God, would someone please teach these wreckreators to PUT THE ICING BAG DOWN ALREADY!!!

wv: derlyin - "derlyin when they said they could make a cake"

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm mysteriously got the munchies after seeing that second cake....

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Tad at 1:32...

eye of sauron! Buwahahahahahaha!

Nice one.


wv: inewinge - inewinge with a sense of style would never put a monogram on a wedding cake!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the wreckorator indulged in a bit too much of the THC before adding the monogram to the cake.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatiMomKat

i love that the last one doesn't even use a writing tip to make the monogram..... so it was doomed even if the wreckorator managed to get the monogram correct lol

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrs

Blue roses, icing or silk, are just gross- period.

Did they use guacamole for icing on the last cake? Ew.

wv: reched. 'Nuff said.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't get the whole monogram thing. I'm guessing it's just the initials of one person, rather than the bride and groom together, because otherwise three initials is just kind of disturbing. But why only one person anyway? I'm assuming it's the bride. Does the poor groom get any say at all?

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWolverine Girl

The second one, THC - just flat out reminded me of a tombstone... I didn't even notice the tin foil!

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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