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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

3 Wedding Wrecks That Completely Missed The Mark

So many wedding wrecks happen when a bride asks for a fondant design made in buttercream - but what happens when it's the opposite, and they ask for a buttercream design made in fondant? LET'S FIND OUT.

Here's the buttercream design one bride ordered for her wedding:

She had a Fall theme, so her one stipulation: NO ROSES.


Which is kind of ironic, since the store-bought roses ended up being the best part!

Now if only the baker had purchased the whole cake from a store, am I right?

Oh! Hey! I just had a great idea:

1) Take orders
2) Give the orders to a real bakery
3) ???


Moving on....


You've got to love this gorgeous butterfly cake. GOT TO.

Adrianna M. certainly did, and ordered one just like it for her wedding - albeit with a few color changes.


Not sure which colors you asked for, Adrianna, but I'm seeing red.


And finally, Janice H. submitted her daughter's wedding cake with the plea, "Please! Stop laughing. IT STILL HURTS."

Yep, the wedding was just a few months ago, so let's try to be respectful of the lady's pain, ok, guys?
Ok. Here goes:

They ordered this style in purple, with gold ruffles:

So if you're wondering what the dirty spot near the bottom is, that's the "gold" part:


[biting lip]

[eye twitching]

I'm... I'm not laughing, Janice. I'm NOT.

I can't speak for the rest of these yahoos, though. Tch. SO RUDE.


Thanks to Patty S., Adrianna M., & Janice H. for the bridal tiers.


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Reader Comments (20)

On that second cake, maybe the bride and groom are environmentally minded and were trying to call attention to the problem of acid rain, which is why the butterflies have no pigment in their wings. What that doesn't explain is why this cake is leaning to one side. The butterflies can't be that heavy.

Jen, are you sure that's the "gold" part? All that white looks like it might be toilet paper, which could make that off-color spot the "used" part.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMike

As far as wrecks go, the last one has actual tiers. Most of the time the tiers and the decorating are equally horrifying.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterCheezchik32

Wow! That last cake really made me nostalgic. I haven't seen that style of Styrofoam packing peanuts in many years. Used to love peeling them apart.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

Back in my wedding cake baking days, at a private club, I had a bride who brought in a tribal art design cake that had gold leaf accents. When I explained how much it would cost for real gold leaf, she asked if I couldn't just "color the icing gold." With her approval we ended up using nonmetallic "gold" icing. Along with the other color, primarily blue, it looked like a cub scout banquet cake, but that was her choice, not mine.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDominic

I must be getting old and crotchety. (Or possibly having the mother of all bad weeks—kid related), but I keep thinking that there’s no cake that wouldn’t be spoiled by the topper on the butterfly cake, so the bride was screwed as soon as she picked it out. I mean, C’MON, that’s how Prince Charming is always depicted in fairy tales: clearly despondent, but marrying his Barbie-like bride because he can’t physically run away. That’s how I always dreamed my groom would be at our wedding—didn’t you?

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Oh, I am SO with SaraCVT! Ugh.!! The "poor, defenseless" jerk of a groom......I'd like to give him a new tie....
One that dangles from a tree branch.....

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


When my mother got married, she ordered a cake from a local grocery store. They asked if she wanted a topper, but after seeing what they had, declined, saying she'd buy her own. She forgot.

No big deal, I figured. I mean, it was a sheet cake. What was there to 'top'?

She freaked OUT. She was already in high stress mode, and started having a meltdown. She ran to where she had stashed some of the gifts and grabbed a little figurine my uncle had bought her. "Here! Put this on the cake! IT HAS TO HAVE SOMETHING ON IT."

It was two skeletons making out, with "Love never dies" emblazoned beneath them. I threatened to throw it away if she didn't calm down, because seriously, the marriage is still legal even if your cake didn't have a topper. (Also... SHEET. CAKE.)

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Cunningham

From cheerful butterflies to screaming cicadas in .36 seconds

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Seriously are those packing peanuts on the last cake??!! I mean I've heard that you can eat them now (please do not eat packing peanuts) but to stick them on a cake and call the ruffles? SMH

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

Without the "ruffles", the last cake isn't awful ... I mean the tiers are at least even - and standing. Of course the color is dreadful but might do for Halloween?

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSusan W


Those before cakes were made by cake ninja masters. That first one with the oh so tidy edges done in butter cream? Oh my heart swoon.

So...The brides saw the butter cream work, and rolled the dice on the fondant, hoping the fondant skills were at least better.

*insert the more you know meme here*

To be honest, those wrecks were at least passable. Not cracked, broke, or a dead fly topper. Cold comfort when you've spent $$$$ on a cake that looks like amateur night at the state fair bake off.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFordPrefect313

The sad part is how relatively straightforward the inspiration cakes are, and they still miss that badly! I'm not saying I have the skill to make them, by any means, but I would think a generally competent grocery level decorator could manage the job...

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTabbykitten13

That professional butterfly cake is so beautiful! All of the “copies” are just awful.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The purple cake looks like it is decorated with packing peanuts.

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Katie Cunningham, Please say they used the skeletons rattling their bones!

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDilEmma

It looks like on that last cake, they airbrushed the purple on AFTER the ruffles were made. Just....what?

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

I think the last inspiration cake, the one with the ruffles, is nearly as ugly as the purple wreck.

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNobodee Home

that last one would not have improved if the ruffles had been in gold.

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

#2, I can't not see Little Lulu and W.C. Fields as the cake toppers. Is that even legal in the vintage comics world?

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAl the K

JMHO, but anyone who chooses a topper depicting a ball and chained groom gets everything they deserve.

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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