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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

It's Your Big Day, Deer!

I've always thought hunting-themed cakes were somewhat inappropriate for a groom's cake. In fact, when it comes to distasteful metaphors, I'm pretty sure this has the best shot at killing the mood:

Hey, the only thing missing is a little veil on the dead deer's head! That's right, blushing brides: You've been bagged and tagged...WITH LOVE.

Also, check out the poor little doe standing nearby. You can almost hear her saying, "Henry? HENRY, SPEAK TO ME!!" (Because all male deer are named Henry. Obviously.)

So, in addition to insinuating that the groom has metaphorically killed the bride - who is a male deer (have fun, Freud!) - the metaphor is also saying he broke up another couple in the process?



Ice cream with that?


You know, K.J., my own wedding theme was "The Search is Over," because John and I like 80s ballads. After seeing this, I'm thinking we should have gone with "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" instead. "Fire away!"

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Reader Comments (43)

Good Gravy!!! What I really need to know though, is are the little deer edible?

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I hope the bride gets to change out of her wedding dress before the groom ties her to the hood of his car.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

LOL LOL Oh man, that one hurts!! LOL LOL LOL

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Actually, I think this is the groom's buddies' way of telling him that the bride managed to trap him, and now his life is over. Either way, it's certainly not flattering to the bride!


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJNCL

I submit that the groom's cake was a surprise for the groom. It would make sense that the bride would shoot the buck because in essence, HER hunt is over. You really can't tell the gender of the hunter, you know. Just another perspective...

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

My husband would love this cake especially since he took a weekend away from deer hunting season almost 4 years ago to marry me! Oh and BTW his grooms cake was two giant purple shot gun shells...still don't know who's idea that was!

Love CW! First time commenting hoo-ha!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I think the hunting that the groom was doing is over. Dang.. no more fun, hunt over, go home with doe. Sweet but insipid doe... <sigh>

Glad I didn't marry him.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteracninee

What's a wedding without a little hunter-marrying-a-bloody-dead-buck metaphor? It's up there with doves and the bouquet toss.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

dead bloody animals TOTALLY say "festive celebration" to me. I don't see a problem here...unless it's that the hunter isn't dressed formally enough for the proceedings.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I kinda agree with JNCL. Seems like the "hunter" isn't the groom, it's the grooms friends. In which case, don't let your guy go out with his buddies because who knows what trouble they'll get him into!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

*This* is what opponents to marriage equality are afraid of. Men will realize they're gay and can shoot and mare a buck instead of a doe, and break up some perfectly happy marriage through a hunting "accident."

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

I don't know whether to laugh or cry so I think I'll just laugh until I cry!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P.

This would have been more appropriate for a stag party.

At least his hart is in the right place...

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I hope she can cook game. Because I see venison in her future. A lot of it.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCV

Well the thing is, is that the doe(girl deer) is standing up and the buck (boy deer) is the one who was shot....So does that mean that the wife is the one that bagged and tagged the husband?

Food for though.


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

ya know, someone is gonna choke on one of them plastic trees for pity sake.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeeters

Oh no, it's that he finally beat out all the male bucks and has won his doe.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershirley elizabeth

At last, we know where the buck stops.

[Editor's note- Awesome. Just awesome. (slow clap) -john]

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

As often happens, I can't take my eyes off of the blood. Is there a specific piping bag tip for applying gunshot wounds to a plastic deer? Or can I buy an HO-scale bloodied-deer-in-his-death-throes at my local party supply store? If I turn him over, is there an exit wound?

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I always thought that male deer were called 'Hal', as in 'Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.'

You know, that Larson cartoon.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTinimaus

Wait, aren't male deer supposed to be named Bambi? :p

Oh, and thank you Tinimaus; I still miss The Far Side.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Darn... and I like the way the lettering is done on "The Hunt is Over". But, good point about the male deer. The idea of killing to celebrate your wedding isn't enough, but that's almost like implying your wife is transgender or something. Maybe she was reborn from a male deer and became your female wife. Or something.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Jen, I'm going to email you a pic of a wedding cake that goes with this one. I took it a couple of weeks ago and forgot about it until i saw this one. It's actually a display wedding cake at one of our local grocery stores.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Oh. my. gosh!!! That's too funny. Also, thanks Tinimaeus for the extra guffaw.... I agree - Hal is a better name!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I love it! I'm completely frazzled but an unforeseen pre-engagement that's making my head spin right now. This was a nice counter act. Cracking up over here! Bagged and tagged.. with love.. Henry? HENRY?! Oh man.. I need some food in my system..
Keep up the awesome!!

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Or.... did the hunter take out the competition to win the doe's hoof in marriage? I'm thinking the buck was in the way of his happiness.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Thanks to Elissa for making cake into a political commentary.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen B

This is not badly done, and still so wrong on so many levels....

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMINDY1

Aside from the fact that it looks like the cake was on the floor for the picture (I see grout lines, not a solid countertop)...I can't get over the rocks lined up along the stream...please tell me those aren't real rocks!?!? They look like smooth, tumbled rocks...not jellybeans.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmyTD

I agree, I think it's suggesting the bride has bagged her man and his life is, metaphorically, as good as over... and as a side note, I've got to stick with the rule that a bloody carcass has no business anywhere near a wedding or cake, just sayin...

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBon

I think it's funny. Notice the dead deer is male. Guys love to rib each other , and at a bachelor party the husband-to-be is naturally "fair game" ;-)

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaryjf

FABULOUS job of massively overthinking the MOST INAPPROPRIATE GROOM'S CAKE, EVAR!


September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Sharyn's comment for teh win!

I interpreted the cake as the groom has shot all his competition.

I like that there are so many different interpretations of this cake. It's art, really.

*thoughtfully stroking chin, squinting eyes*

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMay

I believe proper Klingon courtship ritual is to walk into the lady's house, sweep off any and all items on the diniing table, throw the warm, bleeding body of your latest kill thereon, and roar, 'I will now provide all you need now and in the future!"

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

@AmyTD: They probably used these.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

It reminds me of the show "My Big Redneck Wedding" In a bunch of episodes the groom and/or bride kill a couple of deer for the reception. In one wedding the groomsmen wear camouflage, the groom wears camouflage with a dark brown t-shirt, the bride wears a wedding dress made of shiny camouflage and the minister is dressed as a deer (no really. he's in a deer suit with antlers). This would be the perfect grooms cake for that wedding. Although it might make the minister nervous.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

Well, I suppose I could get all philosophical about the many possible meanings of this cake. Or I could just be baffled that someone is actually so tacky that they think "dead" plastic animals are appropriate at a wedding.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLis

Naomi - I think you meant G-Scale - HO-Scale deer would be at most a centimeter high. maybe.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

@ Kimberly - I (falsely) assumed most Wreckies wouldn't know that much about model trains. You do raise an interesting point, though-- if the deer and the hunter are to scale, then the trees, river and hunting blind are tiny, while the bushes, river rocks, and the leaves on the blind are huge.

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Or the other pov here is that he shot the competition and won the doe's heart? Still kinda gross.

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

The buck is obviously named Severus, because the doe is Lily, and we all know who the hunter is. ( Hint: starts with a J, ends with an - Ames)

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex The Loner

Maybe it was for Ted Nugent...

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEirekitten

Ah, City-folk.
Yeah, I’m just about as feminist as they come but even I can see that this is A know, a MALE DEER?! You can tell by the hat-rack on top of his head! The doe (a deer, a female deer) is standing, quite unharmed beside her recently slain deer husband. I’ve definitely seen worse. Most funny cake toppers are plainly sexist where this one relies on someone being unable to tell a male deer from a female one. Besides, I am given to understand that a groom’s cake which isn’t a thing in my part of the US, can and do reflect the interests of groom.

August 20, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Hopper

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