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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

A Royal Affair

Like all of you, I am simply in a TIZZY waiting to see the royal wedding tomorrow. Or, more accurately, the royal wedding cake.

I mean, think about it: this is the cake that must end all cakes. It has to outshine, outdo, and outhouse every dream of every girl who has ever dreamed of being a princess! [sigh]

Plus, just imagine the unbelievable stress the poor bakers must be under at this very moment. The agony! The suspense! The weighty sense of impending doom, should their one shot at world-wide glory, fame, and adoration fail! BWAHAHAHAAAA!

Er...I mean...

Wishing you the best of luck, guys!

So, what do you think it'll be? Something colorful?

Something modern?


Of course, whatever it is, you know it'll have to be an upstanding specimen...

...with just the right emphasis on the fact that they live in a castle, and you don't:

Hey, maybe it'll be inspired by Kate's wedding dress!

Or maybe it'll just show the couple's deep love and affection for one another:

("Pardon me, your lordship, but would you care for a slice of chocolate thigh?"

"Ruddy good, yes! Tally ho! What what!*")

Well, whatever the outcome tomorrow, I'm sure so long as the bakers don't give the happy couple the cold shoulder, they'll be fine.


Must. Stop. Staring at. Shoulder hock.

Many thanks to wreckporters Christin S., Gary & Brittany J., Melissa B., Kelli B., Amy E., Anna K., and Lou for today's joint efforts.

*Yes, I know all British people do not sound like this. But the really
cool ones do.

Note from john: For some reason, the comment section is acting all wonky today so if you don't have a Google account, you can't leave a comment. With any luck, the Google Overlords will fix the problem soon. Wreck On!

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Reader Comments (68)

Well, that dress looks simply lovely. I will keep "greasy paper machè" in mind for my own dress. And the that a sand castle façade? Where have you ever had the need for a 2D, lumpy, white, sand castle cake?
WV: Rehest: to detest again. "I tried to find something nice to say about these cakes, but I simply rehest them."

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGennyDiggory

The castle "spires" look like they just frosted a couple of wine bottles!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvenSong

I sure hope that last cake doesnt inspire any new shoulder-hacking trends among those who are intent on copying Kate's every fashion move!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmiDawn

I say old bean, that last cake looks like it might eat you rather than the other way round! Just not cricket, what? Toodle-pip......

All right guv'nor, it's a fair cop, I ain't really posh...but I am British and am being forced to join in the wedding frenzy against my better judgement. Got a street party to go to tomorrow, for crying out loud. Cucumber sandwich anyone?

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

I'm pretty sure the Royal Cake will be elegantly . . . boring.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdrumnate

oh my. would it have been THAT hard to have some arms on that last cake? Even if they ended at the least a little shoulder would have been a little better....although I think cakes that look like people are creepy.... who wants a shoulder? who wants a piece of Kate's head? How about some of the prince's nose? yeah.......

I vote for more silly accents :D

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAna V.

Ms. Jen,

It is with regret that I inform you that very few peoples of this Great Britain still possess the fecundity of language to which you refer. Fortunately this richness of vocabulary is celebrated in some circles, so those of us with the capacity to capitulate to our verbosity are at a distinct advantage when it comes to addressing our admiration of such an appropriate article.
As ever, Madam, you have given me cause to smile on an otherwise dreary day. For this you have my eternal thanks.

Yours, in faith
Alex P.

WV: Liers - a perfect description of the tiers in cake three.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllicat

Thank you for making my day.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

Oh dear [deity] how can anyone work so hard to do faces like that and then leave them shoulder-hacked?! There is too much pain there, I must turn away...aieeeeeeeeee...

WV: phery. As in, it's phery, phery wrong to affect this overdone English accent but I'll keep it up if it makes Jen think I'm cool. Huffenhufflehuffyhuff. Quite.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Wedding wrecks always make me a little sad. How could someone do that to a couple on the day that is supposed to kick off their "Happily Ever After?" The silver lining though: at least these couples get their revenge on the bakers on Cake Wrecks.

As an Anglophile with a 4 year old princess of my own, I'll be watching the wedding (later online - I'm so not a morning person), but now I mostly want to see the cake. I hope it's spectacular, though I fear Drumnate's prediction of boring elegance is the most likely scenario.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Nolans

Cake #6 aka "cake erotica" is my vote for the royal wedding cake. Nothing says class like a porn cake for the queen.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

The one with the statue topper is hilarious. I should really know better than to try and drink something while looking at Cake Wrecks. Excuse me while I go clean my monitor. ;)

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheQuietOne

Mmmmmm stump.....

WV Counfea

Counfea of Lockhart is now arriving. She would like a slice of beer bottle turret.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

That last cake is creepy. While the couple on top are going at it who knows what will come out of the cake itself. Zombies might appear wanting to eat brains.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBard Girl

Oh my, those are just atrocious!!!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I feel sorry for the top layer of the wedding dress cake. It might be passable, if it's bottom didn't look like a paper mache nightmare. It sort of reminds me of the bridal shower game where you have to make a "dress" out of toilet paper. As I recall we ended up wrapping our version more like a mummy bride.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Good luck to the royal bakers, indeed! LOL!

The face of Kate was actually rather well done. Not that I would eat it, but it's better than most of this kind.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

It's always sad to see a cake that is JUST good enough to land in the Uncanny Valley. The person who made that last cake clearly has a lot of talent. But oh god how creepy.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam



The last one is going to haunt my sleep for at least the next month.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLey Firewalker

Yeah, that "castle" looks like beer bottles to me!


April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Manke

I know that I'm old I used to dream I could marry a Prince, now I just want to make his cake. (not a euphemism)

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

I think the "Rodin's Lovers" Cake is actually way cool. But then, I also wanted the "Emo Cake Cuts Itself" cake... (blinkblink)... Umm... ANYway...

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Oh, dear... New wv, must post again...

WV: Regragic - Those royal wedding-inspired cakewrecks are just regragic!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Shoulder hock! That's so awesome.

@Ley, even if they haunt your dreams, they can't hurt you. They haven't got any arms!

whoa, most of those cakes look like I made 'em! gaah! The castle lumps? the kiss poo?

The shoulder hocks! What better way to say, welcome to my wedding, care to eat my face? (eek).

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

Just snorted out loud at my desk at that last one. Love your blog; wish I was as bloody clever. :)

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Covington

Perhaps in that last cake she is an amputee and the baker was trying to depict realism? No? Don't think so?

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternikki

yeccch on the last one. who thinks "people cakes" are a good idea?

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

As a recent commercial said (in regard to photo cakes), "It is the gift that literally says, "Happy birthday [or congratulations]. Now let's eat your face."

@Donna - "Cake #6 aka "cake erotica" is my vote for the royal wedding cake. Nothing says class like a porn cake for the queen."

Where is the LIKE button on this thing???

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I guess that's why she's going with the strapless gown.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

I can't help feeling that cake #2 is going to take flight any moment and blast off into space. But maybe they should get that ectoplasm problem checked out before they break atmo.

On cake #6 it's not the topper that gets me, it's the fact that the decorator stuck it on top of a mound of . . . feces? Mud? The fan-like pattern is nice but the color is not okay.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily michelle

Shoulder hocks = the epitome of romance.

wv= winess
These cakes brought to you by a few glasses of winess.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC.

Hilarious! I heard the the royal wedding cake was going to be fruit cake! Seems like a dubious beginning to the ultimate princess cake.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermjfin22

I think if I ever remarry, I'm going to serve pie, or strawberry shortcake, or gingerbread--anything but cake.

WV intin If they think they intin for me to eat one of those wedding cakes they have another think a-comin.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergnatspan

that last one is a bit creepy.

and i don't want to know why that second one is dripping.

WV: drespec. don't know what it means, but i bet is has something to do with that last one.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Ack! Kate's shoulder hock looks like it was freshly amputated!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

I feel so sorry for the royal couple in a way. All this hoopla over every single detail by the press and the public. I mean, think of all the stress you went through getting married and times that by a billion. I bet they'll be very relieved to have it all over with and try to live as normally as possible.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

Can I get a slice of Wills horse teeth?

WV: Whosa

Whosa terrible idea was it to make people shaped cake?

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeosenses

The sad part is that if they go really (English) traditional the cake will actually be a fruit cake and thus practically 'wrecky' by default, right? It will be interesting to see what they end up having. I want to see the cake but I REALLY want to see the dress!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKEI

P.S: The Wills potion of that last cake looks more like Beavis.

WV: Sconap

I've grown tired of the internet, I'm going to sconap now.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeosenses

@mjfin22 wedding cakes are traditionally fruit cake in the UK - looks like they are having two cakes - one made out of chocolate cookies to a secret Royal family recipe -

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

"Modern cake" with antique seaweed: yum.

Atop the chocolate cake, nothing says "wedding cake" quite like a honeymooners' mud-wrestling pile.

And the wedding dress cake has a waist, hips, thighs, more thighs, and knees. Please cut me a slice.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoanna

The representation on the second to last cake of Rodin's "Le Baiser" is pretty amazing! Too bad it's on such an ugly cake.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Big Blog of Crock

I'll probably be chowing down a bunch of cakewrecks and espresso waiting to watch this hoopla and I'll probably get nothing out of it but a bad belly ache.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

Oh, oh, I see! Running away, eh? You cake-eating yellow bas****! Come back here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your legs off!

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

Jen, does it make a difference if the chocolate lovers are actually a really good representation of Rodin's sculpture "The Kiss"" rel="nofollow">WIkipedia's description. The base of weird chocolate fans, definitely puts it on the "wreck" list, though.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Her shoulder reminds me of CSI where they can see how someone was lying after death by how the blood pooled.... Just sayin'....

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMudhooks

"Bust cakes" creep me out! Shoulder hocks,indeed! Just creepy.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprotojew62

That first cake's colours are just - w-o-w. Did they ask for carmine and burgundy to match that (ahem) topper, and the bakers thought that orange and purple were close enough. J made a victorian sponge cake using the favourite recipe of Queen Victoria. It didn't turn out so well (completely fell apart when removing from pan). It is now being turned into trifle, another British favourite.
To see some past royal wedding cakes, check out,,20395222_20481400,00.html" rel="nofollow">here.

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeliecam

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