Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wedding Wrecks

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pay very close attention to these cake pairs, now; I wouldn't want you to get the Wreck mixed up with the Inspiration Cake. [eye roll]

First up:

Elodie M. asked her baker to do this, only with far fewer rose petals. The baker obliged by providing this:

Ah, nothing symbolizes the beginning of a new life with the one you love quite like shriveled old rose petals. On the plus side, at least they distract the eye away from the poor cake construction. The weird grass sprigs sprouting haphazardly from the side and top help in that arena, too.


Next, Claire G. discovered the hard way how important "pipemanship" (as opposed to penmanship) is.

What she wanted:

(I believe this is from Martha Stewart.)

What she got:

Such delicacy, such grace...

By the by, I don't monogram much, but I think the middle initial is supposed to be larger than the other two. I also think that if "msk" were a word, it would accurately describe the leveling job done on the leaning wonder here.

And lastly, Hannah W. asked for this, only with square tiers instead of round:


She even brought in the brown ribbon and fresh blue hydrangeas for the bakery to use. Pretty simple, right? Just make some white square tiers. But you know how some bakeries are, always complicating things...

Let's see. Misshapen layers, lumpy icing, no ribbon, electric teal icing "flowers"... What seems to be the problem, Hannah?
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Alix said...

Oh my. The first one looks like it was left outside on the doorstep just as the broom swept out the remnants from a funeral.

The others are just unfortunate and sad.

Pity the poor brides.

Jessie said...

Oh those poor brides. What a horrible thing to have to deal with during such a stressful time.

Thanks for the comedy, as usual.

Abby Normal said...

"Let's see. Misshapen layers, lumpy icing, no ribbon, electric teal icing "flowers"... What seems to be the problem, Hannah?"

I don't know, maybe the fact that it's round. Unless of course I'm missing some secret meaning in, "only with square tiers instead of round."

Mona said...

GAAAAAA!

Hate to say it, but I think the Wedding Wrex are my FAVORITE! Heeee!

Those poor brides!

Kouun said...

The first one is absolutely pitiful. These cakes always make me feel so terrible for the bride and groom, though! It'd be horrifying to get one of these on your wedding day. D:

Sara said...

Oh...Oh!!...it is too hideous to even look at. What the crap? I would so be crying at my wedding.

The Dutchess of Kickball said...

I would totally cry if this happened to my wedding cake.

Julie said...

Did they all order through The Three Blind Mice Bakery?

All Adither said...

Those brides are so stinkin' picky!

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

Amy said...

I'm quite concerned about the brown layer - brown icing should be banned - it ALWAYS looks wrong!

Chelsea Bass said...

I feel so sad for these poor couples. I hope they are able to laugh about it now, at least. In my experience, you get what you pay for with a wedding cake.

Anonymous said...

I think some of the problem may be "Bargain Hunting Brides". The true professional says, "That will be $700" and the pro-wanna-be says "$150". "Ooooooo" says the BHB "I'll go with that one and save sooooo much money.Then I can get the ice sculpture swan too. How hard can making a cake be anyways? I'm giving them a picture to follow" (crickets chirping)

The old saying still holds true - You get what you pay for!

Deirdrea said...

On that last one you also forgot that it was supposed to be square layers. Yep... nothing square about that. It pains me that BRIDES paid for these cakes. I'd just cry.

Linda said...

it never ceases to amaze me, the quality cakes you find and post on this site. especially the wedding cakes. I can not imagine delivering any of the cakes these people got and expecting money for them. my jaw drops every time I see one. I always wonder what goes on in the creators head as she/he steps back and looks over the "masterpiece"
Thanks for making me feel a little more "Pro" every time you post one of these.

Jen Anderson said...

That first one actually made me groan aloud. And the last one looks like a poorly made volcano with flowers in stead of lava.

I'm so glad we went with plain, undecorated cupcakes for our wedding.

CJ said...

Finally! Decent wrecks. Those princess and frogs ones were not wrecks in the least. These....yes these are wrecks in the truest form.

Anonymous said...

After seeing all these horrendous wrecks I feel extremely lucky that my wedding cake was so beautiful and just what I ordered.
-Cara

Autumn said...

The first one looks like a nightmare to eat as well as just looking like a nightmarish dying garden. Everyone would have to peel off the abundant shriveled petals that are stuck to the frosting to even eat it. Lame.

Liz said...

These are my FAVORITE wrecks! I love the shoulda been compared to the wreck... these made me LOL!

Laura Moffitt said...

These are so bad!! What bakers did these people go to?! I wouldn't be filming those cake cuttings.

Bellesouth said...

OH MY GOD!!! The white trash American Beauty cake. The poor bride! The poor, poor bride.

Weddings are stressful enough without having to deal with cakes like these.

Anonymous said...

This makes me afraid to get married.

I went to one wedding where the bride told us her cake didn't show up and ended up serving the standard sliced sheet cake from the restaurant kitchen where her reception was held. Now, I'm beginning to think her wedding cake was a wreck and she just had to hide it from us all in sheer shame!

Feisty Irish Wench said...

ummm

These make me glad I eloped!

Brandi said...

Scary stuff. I have to say, I agree along the lines with anonymous, and I would be curious how much these cakes cost. Regardless, the 'professional' is still at fault for selling a skill that they obviously don't have, which there is WAY too much of in the wedding-industry. Sad, sad, sad. I hope all the brides are reviewing the cake makers all over the web to save other brides from this misfortune.

Reverend Ramona said...

I understand that (some) people wish for a perfect cake that you see in expensive bridal magazines, but you can't really expect to get a Martha Stewart wedding cake on a WalMart budget.

And no offense intended to the WalMart cake decorators. I shop for cake there all the time since I've found Cake Wrecks. ;)

sues2u2 said...

Wow! I actually have made the first one & it was my first wedding cake. Believe me when I say that it turned out more like the first than the second!

And the last one? My sister made it as her first wedding cake & it looked Better than the original one.

How can you go so wrong? Neither are hard cakes? I'm flabbergasted!

Valerie said...

Hey, now - to all those who are saying "you get what you pay for..." These are embarrassing no matter where they got them. I used to be a cake decorator at a King Soopers grocery store, and we did quite a few wedding cakes and none of them ever looked as hideous as these! Except the one where the bride asked us to decorate it to match the decor of the Johnny Carinos where she had the reception, but I don't think that was our fault...

kerry said...

the first two look positively stunning compared to that last one. bleurgh!

The Tildy Spot said...

This is so sad! But at least the cake arrived. The cake at my best friend's wedding almost didn't. We were halfway through dinner before the cake lady arrived. She was cryin' the blues about having been in a car accident. She even brought picutres. Too bad the accident happened two days before the wedding. So once she arrived, she still had to put the cake together and put the icing on it and decorate it! Needless to say, we got a refund.

D7 said...

This is why I got married in my pajama pants, and made my own wedding cake out of box.

Jules

diopsideanddiamonds said...

I am SO thankful my caterer/baker was able to do a good job on my cake (especially since I'd started reading the site just a few weeks before my wedding). It wasn't quite as ... finely detailed ... as I had imagined, but it was still a zillion miles closer - and a zillion times prettier!! - than these people got.

Sarah said...

If the baker doesn't have the time or talent to replicate a cake, the baker should say "No."

(It seems to me that the main problem is trying to replicate a fondant look with buttercream)

Mari said...

Wow, the dead flowers are starting to look pretty good!

Sandi said...

If those were my wedding cakes, I would cry!

Small Shake said...

That last one. OH.MY. I'm not the greatest at decorating, but I wouldn't even make a hot mess like that. The brown part looks like she got uneven and tried to fix, and then tried again to fix...you know, kind of like when your mom cuts your bangs as a kid, and while evening them up, you end up with no bangs? Anyone? No? Ok. just me. Either way, those are sadly way off from the originals. Bless their cake makin' hearts :(

Flartus said...

First my stomach lurched, and then my heart twisted. All these cakes look like they're sitting on nicely arranged tables, looking even worse than they did in the "decorator's" kitchen.

Really, other than the monogramming, none of these designs was at all difficult. For the first time, I can honestly say I could do better than that.

mrs. q. said...

Ya know, I always think it can't get worse. And then I see this. Are you kidding me? On these people's wedding days? These are so wrecktastic that it's insane.

I have to know-- when the cake is delivered/picked up, do the cake 'decorators' look hesitant ("Oh, they are going to kill me for this crap") or excited ("Oh, they're going to love it!") ?? Do they know how bad it really is?

They say rain on your wedding day, or getting pooped on by a bird, brings good luck. Perhaps a cake wreck does too?

Anonymous said...

Most wedding copy wrecks are wrecks because low-budget bakeries cannot reproduce fancy designs like plaid.

So I have to admit that I'm scratching my head because the bakeries tried to get FANCIER on two of those cakes. Yep, with 1 and 3, you just lay some pre-rolled fondant and add some craft store doo-dads. But they tried to do better.

Why?

Why?

Why?

Adding fake flowers is the fab secret of those who can't decorate cakes. I should know!

Amy said...

Somebody flunked Geometry somewhere along the way. Square vs. Round....not a huge concept. :o)
~Amy B.

Kelli said...

All of these cakes would make any bride cry on her wedding day!!! I think the last one is the worst though. Just how difficult is it to tell a round cake from a square cake? I am pretty sure my four year old could tell the difference!

Allie said...

Oh... dear. Those poor, poor women.

I think I'm most flabbergasted by the first one, though the other two are also quite awesome. How hard is it to sprinkle rose petals onto a cake? I'd imagine it would be less difficult than sticking them to the sides...

JJ Sobey said...

sadly, I think I could have done better - and I don't make cakes. How hard is it for people to follow simple instructions like "square"? There's no excuse for a mistake like that. I would have told them to take some of these back - they're quite embarrassing.

Becky said...

I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and it has provided me with daily comic relief! The wedding wrecks, as funny as they are, however, just make me sad :( Honestly, how do these bakers/decorators sleep at night?!

Julie said...

These are the types of cakewreck posts I love most (plus the "and under neat that"-type ones).

More please... :>

Lady Snark said...

This makes me afraid to get married.

Yes, the insanely high divorce rate isn't at all a deterrent, but the fact that YOU MIGHT GET THE WRONG CAKE-- EGADS!-- THAT is cause for mighty fear.

I have to admit that I would LMAO if I got a wreck at my wedding.

Lori said...

I have made several wedding cakes for friends and family and am by no means a "professional". But I have to say, my cakes NEVER, NEVER, NEVER looked this bad. I can't believe a professional bakery would let trash like this out of their doors! I feel so bad for the brides...it would just ruin their day.

Cottagecheap said...

The sad part is with the "monagram one" you don't even have to pipe 'well' freehand. You could do the script on a computer. Size it right, copy it, do royal icing monograms and let dry. Place AT site and be done.

I am an 'at home' decorator' for just friends and such, but honestly I can do better than all of those. Really the first was easy easy easy, all the baker needed to do is NOT drop his Christmas tree on the damn cake and put the petals on "at the site'. --deep sigh---

I agree with the bargain hunting thing and as a professional (not cakes) I often get mad when people say "i can get it cheaper at XX", but people do figure out you get what you pay for....sadly a wedding you don't get a do-over.

Gooberfishbowl said...

Rule number one of ordering a wedding cake: go with something the baker has already done. They probably have portfolios. Use them.

Linda said...

I have to say you usually do get what you pay for but there are those exceptions. I do cakes from home and have never done a job like these examples. These were not hard cakes to replicate with fondant or buttercream. Someone just should have said "no I am not able to do this scale of cake for you." I think all they saw was $$$ I really wonder how much they asked for in return for these

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Mona, my favorites appear to be the poor wedding cake disasters. I feel mucho sympathy for the brides who had so much anticipation for their beautiful cakes and ended up with hideous-ness, BUT (everything in life has a big but) they are so wrecktastic.

Thanks to the brides for sharing their horrors. Elodie M., such a seemingly simple design...such a wrecktastic execution. And the branch thing out of the top...was that actually on the cake, or behind it? Was that requested or improvised by the wreckerator?

Heather, apparently your wreckerator missed that day in kindergarten where they went over basic shapes...circle, square...so easy to confuse...right?

wreck on everyone!

~Bonnie B~

Jamie said...

I can see the wanna-be pro screwing up plaid or the monograms (I shy away from even writing happy birthday on my kid's cakes but can do just about anything else), but seriously- was this the first time the decorator picked up a pastry bag?

Aviatrix said...

Part of me always tries to defend the bakers, asking, "how could this have been the client's fault?" I look at the first one and say, "well maybe it was about right, except the baker forgot the 'fewer rose petals' thing, and then it got fried in a hot car, or the wedding was delayed two weeks after delivery of the cake.

The second one, wow, um, did the baker believe s/he had recreated the model? The bride could have provided a personal designed monogram, I suppose, or looked more closely at work samples. It's a baker competing out of their league of technical skill and knowing how to build a multi-tiered cake that doesn't fall over. The baker should have said, "it won't look as good as the picture."

And then the final one. I cannot defend it. The person who made this cake saw the picture, but was not given the ribbon or the instructions. "Square" and "round" should be concepts mastered by age five. And the baker knew damn well it was hideous, as they tried to gussy it up with the hideous roses.

I think cake #3 is the best wreck example ever, combining overall incompetence, with blatant lack of instruction following and huge gobs of icing. Now if only one of those flowers looked like a penis, and they'd chosen to pipe "ribon arund egges" on one of the tiers, it would be the perfect cake wreck.

Hyena Overlord said...

I snorked bacon and eggs all over the screen.

Alix said "The first one looks like it was left outside on the doorstep just as the broom swept out the remnants from a funeral."

That cake reminds me of our city after Hurricane Juan. It looked like some giant had chewed all the trees and spit the leaves everywhere. There was green mulch everywhere.

Brides! The simplest fondant cake from the cake bible with bleeding hearts piped on it costs about $70 to bake and hours to assemble correctly. I know, becasue I made one for my tenth wedding anniversary in 1995.

The fondant had to be redone (and replaced) a few times. The piping had to be redone. It was a little lopsided, a bit lumpy and had an "accident" in the car on the way to my Sisters house. I should post a pic. Homemade fondant is a bee-otch for a novice.

Anyone who presents a cake like these to a bride obviously doesn't give a crap about you or your wedding.

That's what makes wedding cake wrecks so spectacular. It's such a big day, so many people are going to see it and no one is going to let you forget. There's so much that can go wrong. I love it.

I agree with the advice to BHB's. Money talks, wrecks walk (or sink and slide in the case of these ones). One thing you can do is arrange to bake your own cake if you have a favorite. Ask a local baker to decorate it for you. Some of them will.

The last one with the stripes. Is that the Cat in the Hat's Easter Bonnet?

wvotd unalin: "the layers and stripes are all unalin compared to the inspiration cakes."

Sugarshock said...

I want to read an interview with brides who have received these wrecks. How explicit were they, what did they pay, how well-known is the bakery in town, how did they react when that hot mess showed up?

I would love an interview with an authentic wreck creator even more! What was the wrecker's training background? Did they worry that the original request was out of their skill level? Did some horrible tragedy occur in the kitchen or in transit? Did they feel the reactions of shock and horror were warranted, or were they blindsided? Did they ever play "One of these things is just not the same" on Sesame Street?

Anonymous said...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. The rose petals are dead dead dead and the grass really is oddly skewering that cake; the one on top looks like a random chin whisker. On an elderly woman. I can at least fathom the wreckitude caused by a lack of skill or language/spelling errors or the ability to discern color or...(ran out of steam)...but that first wreck almost seems deliberate!? Did the decorator once date the groom? That cake is not only a wreck, it's low down and mean. I think it oozes hostility. What kind of frosting tastes good with that?

CageQueen said...

Wow. This made my heart hurt thinking fo the poor brides who had to have this as their wedding cake. Our wedding cake was done by a famous baker, who caters to celebrities and charges a small fortune for her work. Wouldn't ya know, she did our colors wrong and didn't listen to our instructions. Not to mention, when we went to our tasting she informed us that there was nothing to taste, as we should take her notoriety as all the proof she needed. Um, whatever. Were I a nastier person I would've written to all the cable shows that feature her to tell them she is a meanie!

I am soo linking to this post on my blog. Great stuff! Please do MORE weddings!

rrr said...

I'm pretty sure if one of these wrecks showed up at my wedding, it would get thrown.
Preferrably at the baker but the delivery person or the floor would be satisfying too.

Ream O Rama said...

Umm, is that powdered sugar on #1?

It scares me to think they probably paid money for those. although I still think the plaid cake is worse than these.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Sarah. You CANNOT, no matter what anybody says, duplicate the look of a fondant cake with buttercream. It's never going to look the same.

hydrangeasarepretty said...

Clearly these cake decorators aren't watching enough of Duff! Where we all learn from Geoff to put STRAWS in the bottom layers so as to prevent the aforementioned leaning issues.

Sheesh! ;)

Twistie said...

Mr. Twistie says the last wreck looks like the Geico Gekko as roadkill was carefully placed on the cake.

I think he may be right.

Each and every one of these wrecks makes me glad that Mr. Twistie and I had homemade individual fruit tarts instead of cake at our wedding.

Elephantschild said...

A rose by any other name would still look weird stuck to a vertical surface...

reindeerpizza said...

ouch!

those hurt to look at- but i will admit that wedding cake wrecks are my favorite

mothermayi said...

wow this is hilarious...i feel bad for the people, but this is so funnnyy!!! it'll give those couples something to laugh about in the future

esp. the marthastewart attempt HAHA

Stephanie said...

As a florist with 15 years of experience, I have decorated thousands of wedding cakes. Let me say here, that I have never seen it turn out well when the flowers are placed by the decorator. So my tip would be you pay for a florist let them do their part as well, and no frosting bombs/roses will end up on your cake instead of hydrangeas. Ohhh, the wrecks I have tried to hide with a few well placed flowers.

becka said...

woah! im not a decorator, just things for home and 'fun' but the cake i did for my sis' wedding last wknd was a million times better than those wrecks! and here i was concerned because it wasn't exactly what she wanted. i need to direct her to this post just in case she was hiding disappointment, teehee! of course my service was free, so she'd better keep her disappointment to herself and be glad my imperfections were not a wreck

Julianna said...

I agree with SmallShake. Being a victim of one of those terrible bang cuts by a family member - that is definitely what the brown stripe looks like. I can't believe that a bakery would actually take those to a wedding and ruin the bride's day like that. It makes me very thankful for mine - not top of the line, but better than that. #3 was definitely the worst.

Bibi said...

Did you notice on the rose petal cake that there's a fork with a cow horn for a handle stuck in it? Yikes, that just about makes it perfect!

-BB
rantsandcommentswithbibi.blogspot

joyce said...

Our wedding cake was great--we were going for taste more than looks, and it helped getting married on April Fools Day, too ! Gotta laugh.

Anonymous said...

I think the bride who ordered the "MSK" cake was unusually fortunate that her monogram was also "MSK."

Or does "MSK" stand for something else?


---movingfinger

Bride in Exile said...

You know, as a bride planning a wedding, I take strange comfort in the idea that if my cake is a disaster I can submit the photos to Cake Wrecks -- at least a bit of amusement would come out of my misfortune! :-)

Unfortunately a fair number of wedding "professionals" (DJs, florists, and yes, cake bakers) are people with little to no training looking to make a quick buck on the weekends. Some of these people are genuinely talented and will do a great job. Many are not. Ask for portfolios and references before you pay $200 for a wreck!

slack said...

Number 1 & 3 do not look edible. It doesn't matter how much it cost, it should be appetizing. I cannot believe a professional would let these out of their shop! Just gross.

ValGal said...

Nobody has mentioned the really disturbing knife and fork by the first cake with the roses. The handles look like they are big animal teeth or something?! ROFL

Anonymous said...

Monograms: The largest central initial is the last name. So the mSr (or was it a k) in the original photgraph seems to be for Martha R/K Stewart's own initials. (Why someone wanted Martha's initials on their cake eludes me but that's a separate question.)

Miranda said...

Did the decorator apply the icing with his/her fingers??? It sure looks like it.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Ok, these perfectly represent what happens when I take a photo of a gorgeous haircut into an affordable salon. The picture has no bangs and an a line cut in back and somehow I come out with a mullet.

funnycide said...

That first wreck reminds me of ugly mosaics you find in elementary schools. Nobody said anything about mushing plant life into the frosting.

Miranda said...

And...ah...ah...I am not a professional. I am an amateur who has spent several years learning at home. My cakes are way, way better than those by these "professionals!" I've done many wedding cakes and they have all gotten rave reviews. How these dummy decorators can be professional just is beyond belief.

JRM said...

What I just can't understand is how decorators are sending cakes out lopsided! *Maybe* it was hot at the reception site and it started to melt, but how common is that? It happened to my cousin's fondant cake when her North Woods wedding happened in the middle of a freak heat wave and the reception site had no air conditioning. But at least it looked good before the layers started sliding!

And really, if you are provided with materials and don't use them, you're a moron. I used to help do wedding flowers and yeah, there are definitely cheapskates and Bridezillas out there, but honesty goes a long way toward a happy bride. There is no excuse for that last cake. Any of them, really, but especially the last one.

My wedding cake was made by a retired farmer who told me a) he only does butter cream (no problem!) b) he couldn't do the layering the way I wanted but had an acceptable alternative and c) he'd do the frosting design based on whatever he felt like doing that day. Based on his portfolio I didn't see a problem with that. I got a beautiful cake for 200 people for about $175. Granted, it was 10 years ago, but boy do I feel lucky after looking at these pictures!

Anonymous said...

These bakers must have been some awesome salespeople. I just can't think that anyone paid for these without seeing previous work. I am a baker and honest enough to say that I too, have wrecked before but NEVER a wedding cake! On the other hand, I am left to ponder how much was quoted initally for these jobs. I am willing to bet the brides went cheap and got what they paid for.

HorribleLicensePlates said...

This scares me a bit... I'm getting married in May, and the only thing I gave to the baker was a pic...eeek!

Anonymous said...

Bargain brides get wrecked cakes, 'nuff said.

CareBear said...

Honestly, they're hideous. But I can't help but wonder in these situations if the brides "got what they paid for." If they used a less expensive baker, maybe they should have chosen cakes from the baker's portfolio rather than expecting Marth Stewart quality for less. If they paid loads of cash for these cakes then it's a totally different issue. Why not roll with the punches and laugh it off? If we spent more time preparing for our marriages and less time planning for our weddings then maybe things like this wouldn't be such a big deal.

CLD said...

So these cakes were accepted and paid for?! WHY?

Lynn said...

Poor, poor brides... hopefully they tasted better than they looked!

Maral said...

I agree with Sarah - if these bakers don't know how to use fondant, they have no business saying "sure, I can reproduce that".

Fondant =/= buttercream, and as we've seen time and time again trying to replace the former with the latter is doomed to wrecktastic failure.

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Anonymous said...

I am getting married on Saturday, I hope my cake turns out much better than these! God.

Megan said...

mskmskmskmskmsk...hahaha

That last one (inspiraton photo, that is) is actually the photo I took to my baker for my wedding cake. Thankfully, she is awesome and did a beautiful job recreating it!

Scritzy said...

Holy cow. The first cake looks as if the decorator grabbed up the rose petals dropped by the flower girl and plastered them on the cake while the wedding party members were having the pictures made.

The second cake. Um ... no. It reminds me of the E.T. cake.

The third cake: Horrifying. What happened to the embellishments the bride provided? Did the dog eat them? Were the square layers so misshapen that the baker decided to cut them into circles? And why am I hearing Paul Simon's song "Slip-Slidin' Away" in my head right now?

I hope these brides got their money back.

Kasey said...

I wonder if the brides checked the baker's portfolios. Even so, shame on the bakers for supplying such garbage. Especially #3. The bride gave them brown ribbon. Why did they use icing? It sounds like they ignored everything but the picture.

Kasey

ruby42 said...

If someone showed up with a cake like these at my wedding, they would get punched in the face.

No excuse for this kind of "work."

If you don't have cake decorating ability, you should never, ever, ever take on the task of something so important as a wedding cake.

I love this website. It makes me laugh and makes me violently angry at the same time.

No wonder people have resorted to cupcake and doughnut towers these days.

Oh, my blood pressure! That last cake reminds me of why I left the flower business. Incompent workers that are too lazy to read their orders and follow simple directions. I can't count the times we got complaints over simple, careless mistakes. (Wedding mistakes were RARE, I will say.)

I hope the bride shoved those ribbons and flowers down their throats.

Cindy said...

Oh wow... that extra stuff that isn't rose petals that are stuck to the cake just make it for me. .. and was this made on the wedding day or like... a week in advance?

Fluffy Cow said...

Sad, sad, sad... but I agree- You get what you pay for.

(um... Why did they pay for these??)

Michelle said...

I'm bothered by two things, both with the 2nd cake:
1) the girls name is Clair G, so presumably her monogram is going to be cGx (don't know her middle) so how did the bakery get that so wrong? You don't accidentally substitute mSk for cGx. It wasn't a mistake, clue 1 that this is a fake wreck.
2) who takes a cake like this home? It's clearly sitting out on her table, surrounded by party favors. So presumably Claire G got to the bakery and decided that, despite this being a laughable joke, she would to fork over money for this thing. If she was worried about feeding her guest, a 19.99 supermarket plain cake would have looked better. Which makes this clue 2 that this is a fake wreck.

I'm calling it - fake wreck.

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Seaside Prep said...

hahaha. this is hysterical... just got my first laugh at the workplace this morning. Those poor brides!

AMB said...

i don't often comment on the wrecks, but i just can't keep quiet on this one!

these are truly awful and wrecktastic all at the same time.

upon closer inspection of the first 2 pictures - it looks to me like the original may actually be buttercream frosted very smoothly, and the wreck looks like fondant under all that mess. does anyone else think it looks like the wreckerator actually used icing to attach the petals to the fondant? you can kind of see it peeking out from behind some of them. it also looks like the entire thing was dusted with powdered sugar. huh?

the second 2 wrecks have got to either be extreme budget hunting brides or shower cakes or both. who has a stack of paper plates sitting next to their wedding cake? and doesn't it look like the last one is sitting in someones unfinished basement? maybe just small at home receptions?

the awfulness is horrible (and really really funny!) but you do get what you pay for. i design wedding invitations and know what a pain the BHB brides can be. They all want the Martha Stewart invitation at the print it at home kit you get from Office Max price.

word verification - relfo - the bride relfoed all over the floor when she saw her sad sad cake.

Eileen said...

I'm surprised by all the "You get what you pay for" comments on these -- the original cakes are SO SIMPLE! I mean, 3-tiered round white cake with rose petals sprinkled on top? Honestly, that's the kind of thing that you SHOULD be able to get at a WalMart bakery (OK, maybe have your florist provide the petals).

It's Loverly said...

I posted about our very own wedding cake disaster on my blog today... but in all honesty, seeing these wrecks makes me feel a little better about ours- which looked like an earthquake had hit.

Thanks for these!

And to the couples to whom these cakes were delivered: I feel your pain.

Anonymous said...

I will concur with many of the other posters, wedding wrecks are my faves.

I'm getting married in six weeks here, and am getting a very simple cake from a very highly recommended bakery with a website full of gorgeous pictures, so a wreck isn't likely. Thank God. Keeping the price within my budget may be harder, but they also have a reputation for making cakes that taste good, so I think it's worth it. I hope these poor brides have senses of humor, and got their money back...

Adele said...

If I am not mistaken, that grass (???) on the rose petal wreck is actually some kind of parsley or chive tops....both of which make a cake even more tasty as well as lovely to look at!
Adele

Ray said...

I know this is really bad, but I just love the wedding wrecks. I was blessed with a beautiful cake, thanks god!

mary said...

Most days, this site makes me laugh. Today I nearly cried a little.

I have to argue with the "you get what you pay for" comments: Our own wedding cake was made for the cost of materials by non-pro friends who had never made a wedding cake before... and it was beautiful and delicious. How do these "professional" bakeries manage to do such a crappy job? It's amazing.

FreedomFirst said...

Man oh man. Makes me glad my wedding is in the past, so I don't have to risk something like this.

For the record, my cake was small and beautiful; a very talented friend made it for me and did a gorgeously simple job.

Ms Ashley said...

I would CRY if my wedding cake turned out that bad! How horrible!

Another Julia said...

A freelance/home baker made my wedding cake 10 years ago....and it was stunningly gorgeous! Drop-dead beautiful ivory filigree on 3ivory tiers. She outdid herself!
These cakes are inexcusable!
What are these people thinking when they make these disasters??
Thanks for the laughs..I'm horrified for the brides, though!

jackie31337 said...

I guess I got really lucky with my wedding cake. My only requirements were that the top tier be chocolate cake, and that the icing not be sugar paste, and I ended up with a really beautiful cake.

Word verification: paroobe - a recent parolee (parole noob).

Cyndi said...

*pshaw* To all of the "you get what you pay for" haters!

I paid around $300 for my wedding cake three years ago, all buttercream, and received a lovely cake that tasted fantastic.

http://purduepicc.shutterfly.com/245

These wrecks are just poorly done, hands down. I feel so bad for those poor brides!

MaryO said...

With the popularity of CAKEWRECKS today, I think I would threaten -... er... I mean REMIND any bakery doing my wedding cake that it could easily be the focus of a WRECKREPORTER! Especially it doesn't meet expectation!

I suppose this could work for or against you. These are some of the saddest cakes I've seen yet! Something to tell your grandchildren about!

I got married in Vegas; no cake, no reception, no problem!

:-)

Pesky Email Forwards said...

Wow. Those cakes look absolutely wreckalicious.

And worthy of being forwarded around to appreciative friends and family.

Ophelia said...

Of course Murphy's Law is not rescinded for anyone's wedding day, and things are bound to go wrong. But I know a cake decorator--professional, though she's young and has only been in business for a few years--who would never, ever let anything like these out of her shop. She would be ashamed of making a cake that bad. It seems to me that the people who offered up these messes have no such sense of pride (or no ability to realise what they've done).

RE: the second one being a faux-wreck, don't be so sure. It's possible that the bride assumed the decorator would replace the initials with her own, and it's possible that the decorator assumed that she wanted the cake to be identical to the photo and so incorporated the same initials. There are a lot of non-communicative people in the world, and a lot of them are involved in weddings.

Incidentally, wvotd: phoottee. It perfectly mimics the sound I made when I saw today's wrecks :)

Kore said...

Oh, yeah. I want to eat some cake with stuck-on, dried up rose petals. Yum, yum!

Matt said...

"By the by, I don't monogram much, but I think the middle initial is supposed to be larger than the other two."

Sure it is, that's where the last name goes. My mom and dad (let's call them "K" and "D") were married in 1973, and they STILL have a huge collection of cheap cocktail glasses with "KHD" gouged into the side.

AlisonH said...

(Shredding roses), "She loves me, she loves me--not...."

Anonymous said...

Heh, Adele, et.al. - that "grass" is dill. Dill! I mean, honestly, even if greenery was requested (and it wasn't; I read about this cake from the bride on a different site), why not faux greenery that wouldn't potentially leave a pickle-like taste to the frosting? Yikes.

KPP said...

Stephanie said...
As a florist with 15 years of experience, I have decorated thousands of wedding cakes. Let me say here, that I have never seen it turn out well when the flowers are placed by the decorator. So my tip would be you pay for a florist let them do their part as well, and no frosting bombs/roses will end up on your cake instead of hydrangeas. Ohhh, the wrecks I have tried to hide with a few well placed flowers.
----
Interesting, I guess it wouldn't have occurred to me to split that job, but it makes sense now that you've pointed that out. I was going to comment on why when first cake was supposed to have fewer rose petals, that translated into "sick petals to cake, add greenery."

Sunny @ the Library said...

I think, like some others, it actually *isn't* really a case of "you get what you pay for," but make sure you check portfolios and talk to former customers.

As for "you can't really expect to get a Martha Stewart wedding cake on a WalMart budget"

Well, Publix isn't quite Wal*Mart, but I paid just under$200 for this baby and it was exactly what I wanted. (And probably close to what bride #1 wanted.)

Of course, I asked around first and did a lot of talking. Publix did have the best looking cakes at the local bridal show too!

Anonymous said...

The missed marks are my favorite. Cakewrecks at its best!

Anonymous said...

I love that the monogram cake is on a stand covered in elegant tin foil! Totally Chic!!!

Janice said...

Agree with Sugarshock (at 11:20 AM) - this is as much the fault of the brides who entrusted the task to somebody's aunt's cousin's BFF. You get what you pay for. The classy plates, napkins, etc next to the cakes are a dead giveaway: shotgun wedding!

Anonymous said...

Ah, I love the wedding wrecks, too, almost as much as the typos (or is that icing-os?).

Another one who eloped and skipped the cake wreck potential. The roses in my bouquet sadly resembled those stuck on that first cake, so now I'm very glad we didn't get a matching cake...

For those who are arguing that one gets what one pays for, how hard of a bargain would a bride have to be driving to get a cake like that? $19.99? $5?

ROYALTY said...

I notice more times than not, that these wrecks are placed on nicely decorated tables, with the plates and utensils, sitting there in their lumpy horror taunting the bride throughout the reception.... I think that people need to start looking at these people's ACTUAL work first before they agree on a baker.

Poor brides!

ROYALTY said...

OMG I cant believe they actually took these home and showcased them!! I am an amature baker who works out of my small kitchen, and I can honestly say that these three cakes are NOT hard to reproduce! It amazes me that the brides didnt look at the bakers portfolios of cakes they ACTUALLY made.

shakes head

Aviatrix said...

People, look carefully: the monogram on the example cake is MTR and the wreck is MSK. That's not evidence that the baker didn't follow the instructions with respect to the monogram. I don't know about the Claire G part, but I do know many people whose commonly known names, or screen names are not the same as their screen names.

For best results the combination of initials would be designed by a calligrapher, but at minimum it could be elegantly and consistently applied.

Bravo to the decorator who said he only did butter cream and warned the bride that he didn't know how to do what she wanted. I fly airplanes for a living and if the client asks me to do something beyond my or my airplane's abilities I say, "sorry, I can't do that." I certainly don't say "I'll see what I can do" and then make an airplane wreck!

So, uh, just be glad these people are decorating, not flying. I can't imagine an airplane wrecks blog being quite so hlarious.

cpeep said...

Hey, I made that top cake as a pop up card. Well, maybe it looks more like the wreck.

Carol
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting
http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2008/10/wedding-cake-pop-up-card.html

Crazy Raven Productions said...

The wedding wrecks always break my heart a little. I can't imagine having something that horrible happen on my wedding day. (Fortunately, we hired competent people. :) )

TornadoBaby said...

Geez... I'm almost scared to order a wedding cake now, LOL!

Wendy said...

DANG........they're pretty bad!

LOVE the wedding wrecks! The inspiration vs. reality is so fun! Keep 'em coming!

Blalock said...

Those are just too sad to be funny. I almost cried looking at them. What a terrible thing to discover when you go to pick up the cake!

alexlady said...

lord. to think i was upset to have the wrong flavor inside our beautiful cake!! poor girls.

RamblingDreamer said...

The "you get what you pay for" thing is a little off base. My hubby and I were on a VERY limited budget (I'm talking about $1500 for the ENTIRE wedding - luckily we had people helping us and that cut costs a lot). We got our wedding and groom's cakes from Meijer, and they turned out fabulous. They looked just like the pictures and didn't totally break our budget.

I think some people just can't decorate. Doesn't matter if you're paying $7 or $7000.

I hate to say it, but it looks like these brides didn't see examples of the "decorator's" previous work. If they didn't, caveat emptor. Buyer beware. A little more research would've helped, I think. I highly doubt these "professionals" did amazing cakes before only to ruin these.

Ryan said...

"fresh blue hydrangeas for the bakery to use" - Hydrangeas = poison so I wouldn't advise putting them on things you actually want to eat. It's a whole different kind of ER wreck when that happens.

Nate + Callie said...

I feel for these poor brides...I don't have pictures of my cake because it was so bad!!

Kerry said...

I really don't think it's a matter of trying to replicate the look of fondant with buttercream - the first one clearly IS buttercream (you can't get corners that sharp with fondant) and it looks to me like the second one might be as well. Regardless, of course buttercream is never going to be mistaken for fondant, but you can get buttercream to look a LOT smoother and nicer than these wrecktasrophes. I can get buttercream to look better than that, and I'm no professional - I learned it in week ONE of the Wilton I course. You can find tutorials on how to do it on YouTube for Pete's sake! Yes, it's a skill that requires practice to master, but if you can't do it, you shouldn't be making cakes for money. Period.

Anonymous said...

These are my favorite types of wrecks! When I have to wait a full 24 hours in anticipation and see only one picture I feel so teased!! These are the best wrecks! It's hard to believe someone had the audacity to present those as wedding cakes. I'd kill 'em! - Diana

Kimberly Fullton said...

I love your inspiration/flop comparisons! They are my favorite every time.

I bought a small chocolate birthday cake for my husband in a pinch last night and was far more critical of the mediocre pipemanship than i might have been before i started reading CakeWrecks. Thanks!

Suzanne Dargie said...

The rose petal cake looks like it was rolled down the aisle after the flower girl had been by.

The monogrammed cake has no excuse....you can buy stencils of letters that you press into the icing and trace over the imprint with your lettering tip.

And that last one looks like a really bad hat!

I'm going to make my own wedding cake, that way if it's a wreck, I'll have nobody to blame but me!

ehudwill said...

When you consider that she brought in the ribbon and flowers for them to use the last one is just awful. I get sick just looking at it.

ehudwill said...

My 5 year old daughter saw the last cake and she loves both the inspiration cake and the wreck. She thinks they are beautiful. Then again she loves anything with sugar.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

These are like nails on a chalkboard to me. I know plenty of home bakers who do a better job of this who haven't so much as had a single class on cake decorating! I agree if you can't do it don't agree to it!

My condolences to the bride. And I don't believe in the get what you pay for theory. I have done many things for free that have never been this bad. Or even bad at all.

Lindsey said...

Most of the cake wrecks are so funny to me. But the wedding cake ones make me mad! It's beyond me how someone could claim to be competent at this art of decorating and then turn out those cakes and expect to be paid! Do they even realize that they are single-handedly RUINING the most important day of someone's life?! So ignorantly malicious!

But it still makes me chuckle! :P

Valerie said...

I feel so bad for those brides, the cakes really were eyesores the way they turned out. My dream cake is the rose cake in the first photo.

Ever since my my fiance proposed to me with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring from www.idonowidont.com we talked about having a rose petal cake!

I would rather get candy rose petals instead of real ones.

Amy Ruthanne said...

Not only does the rose petal cake not even look like what was asked for, but now they have to pick rose petals off their frosting just to eat the cake? :(

Blue Castle said...

Seeing wedding cake wrecks makes me cringe. I feel so bad for those poor brides. How awful to have your vision of a beautiful cake butchered so badly.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the cakes are terrible, but didn't the brides do any research about their bakeries beforehand?? I wouldn't order a wedding cake without seeing what their work was like first.

Kimberly said...

Oh how horrible for those brides! I imagine there was some mascara running at those receptions... and not on the guests.

Anonymous said...

I knew I'd seen these before. They're all replicas of the Pyramid of Zoser!

http://blogs.fayobserver.com/semesteratsea/files/2008/08/steppyramid.JPG

Elodie M. said...

Hello, I'm the proud bride for the first cake. I've enjoyed reading Jen's and everyone's comments quite a bit. Not to worry, our wreck didn't ruin our wedding day... We hadn't planned on having a cake cutting ceremony anyway, so most guests never even noticed it before it was taken away to get cut up. The camouflage helped, I guess.

But regarding the "you get what you pay for" comments... I'm sad to report we paid nearly $400 for that cake, for 65 portions. The bakery was a professional one, and came highly recommended from our very nice and respectable venue. We asked for a white cake with 3 roses on top, and 5-6 scattered petals. I still don't understand how this happened. Oh well!

Oh, and sympathies to my co-wreck brides!

Anonymous said...

That first one was my wedding cake too! I'm glad my cake actually turned out like the picture.

Anonymous said...

This makes me almost never want to get married.

Carie said...

#1 rule as a cake decorator.....
Never make blue roses. NEVER!!!!! Roses are not blue, end of dicussion!

Carie

kccat said...

Great blog. Those cakes are absolutely horrible. I love seeing the examples before and then the actual cakes. WOW!!! I hope for the sake of future brides and grooms, those bakers are out of business now.

Bailey's Leaf said...

Oh, I'm hoping that they didn't have to pay for those cakes. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are really sad. My mom made my wedding cake and it looked a million times better than any of those. I can't believe how badly they messed up the last one, too. Square white tiers? How hard is that??? I think I could make that.

Amber

Erika said...

Oh this is just sad. I feel bad for those brides. :(

Who the hell are these bakers anyway??? I could do better than that. Seriously.

kalos_eidos said...

Wow! And these are "professionally" done cakes? I hope they all ended up not paying for those disasters.

A good friend did my wedding cake as a gift to us for free. She wasn't a professional cake maker, but the cake was beautiful! Way better than those nightmares.

Auntie Maim said...

I agree with Stephanie -- I don't get why the flowers were assigned to the bakers instead of the florist. My mother is a floral designer for weddings, and as a matter of course asks the bridal couple if they would like any florals for the cake -- she has done cake toppers, arrangements around the cake, etc. I am a baker, and if a bride asked for floral elements on the cake, my bakery would recommend she work with her florist on that.

It's my impression that it is not usually the bakers that work with the floral elements of the cake -- which may be why the hydrangeas provided were (badly) replicated in buttercream on that cake. They probably thought the flowers were models and the ribbon was a color sample.

farmgirl beth said...

You have GOT to be KIDDING ME!

I feel much better about raising the prices on my cakes. Maybe I'm not as much of an amateur as I thought. I don't think I could duplicate any of these wrecks if I tried!

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professional daydreamer said...

i'm really annoyed by the many commenters blaming the brides for their wrecks. you should not have to pay several hundred dollars to get a presentable cake. none of these cakes involves enough artistry to justify such an expense. none of these cakes should have ever left the bakery. that is the fault of the wreckers, not the person who ordered.

Mrs Sea Monster said...

I would have been SO upset if I were one of those brides! How sad! Boy am I grateful for my wedding cake lady - she did a great job.

Wedding wrecks are my favorites though cause they're always extra wrecky.

I was glad to hear from the first bride - it appears that she was just as shocked as us! She only wanted a few petals, not murdered roses from the grocery store!

Lyra said...

Jen, I am shopping for my wedding cake this weekend and now I'm terrified!

I wonder if I should tell the bakers that I love Cake Wrecks... Think that might ensure I get something pretty and simple?

emzeegee & the hungry three said...

Oh me oh my....these are just...oh. I'm speechless. I will say, though, that these kinds of cake decorators give us decent ones a bad name!

The one with the ribbon and hydrangeas is the worst - the very IDEA that a client would provide the detail, and then the detail wouldn't actually be USED...OY!

What I really want to know is, what are these poor brides PAYING for these pathetic cakes?

Anonymous said...

I love the way the blue flowers in the ribbonless ribbon cake have been organised on one side to cover up the fact that the cake isn't straight. The lengths bakers go to hide their fails. And fail in hiding them, too.

Suzanne said...

Do we ever get to find out what the brides say to the bakers who create these things?

Nechama said...

while my heart goes out to those poor brides, what a field day for us CAKEWRECKS fans!

keep up the great work!

Women on the Verge said...

This is why I come here. I have recommended this site to about 50 people this month because I can't get enough.

I LOVE the photos of what folks ordered and what they got! I wonder how many bakeries have fired folks in fear of being featured here!

What you need is a TV show, not a book! I'm thinking an expose - we send the wrecks, you go out and catch their heinous crimes against frosting on tape!

Herbee said...

OMG with that rose petal cake! I stared at it in open-mouthed astonishment for a good minute!

Mary O.K. said...

Oh, dear. All three of these make me sad.

:-{

Shadowsfyre said...

This, right here, is why I will make my own wedding cake.

I have to admit I loathe the idea of spending $700+ on a wedding cake but that's because I loathe the idea of spending 15 grand on a wedding. For a couple hundred dollars I could buy all of the supplies and make a half dozen practice cakes before the big day until I'm happy with a design.

I can see the "you get what you pay for" argument on both sides. I've been to a lot of bakeries that seem to have beautiful cakes on display but you see stuff come out of them and go "Yag! What happened? Did you drop it?" only to find out that the baker that did the lovely cakes in the display quit last year and the bakery has just kept an assortment of decorated styrofoam cakes in storage.

At the same time... if bakeries with good reputations quote you $700 for a cake and another baker quotes $100 you SHOULD be wary. If on the other hand both bakeries quoted $700 and a wreck showed up on your wedding day? Well, I'd refuse to pay them.

It's such a pity for the brides though. I hope none of them were TOO upset about it... but considering the cake is probably the 1 food item to be immortalized in the photos it's a disappointment when it doesn't turn out.

Becca said...

Oh no! I actually gasped out loud at these!

Anonymous said...

This makes me so incredibly grateful that my wedding cake turned out as well as it did. We went with a small local artist (that's how she referred to herself - an artist whose medium is cakes), gave her a sketch, and she delivered a beautiful, delicious cake at a fraction of the other prices we were quoted.

At the time we were just grateful to have gotten such a good price, as we were on an extremely tight budget. Now, looking at these cakes, I'm even more grateful - as others have commented, I'm sure some of this is due to ill-fated bargain hunting. We were lucky to get cheap AND beautiful!

Word verification: calesses. At first glance I thought it said "cakeless," which is what these poor brides were - or wished they were!

that_girl said...

dear god. we paid less than $200 for our wedding cake (which was 3 tiers and served up to 100) and it was beautiful. it was also simple -- we picked a design out of the bakery's book. but i really think if we had asked for any of those they would have been able to pull it off -- especially that first one, that's
simple! how do you screw that up??

(oh. that's how.)

Jolyn - Nuance Occasions said...

As a wedding planner, these 'wrecks' just give me major pains...I feel so bad for those brides that these cakes affected. A great wedding planner can sheild any bride from having to deal with unprofessional vendors such as this. I hope each of them got a full refund, because I would not have expected any of my couples to pay for one of those horrible creations.

Rebecca said...

As a bride-to-be who thought is was safe to just ask for a plain cake with ribbon around the layers; I am now having heart palpitations. I mean, the plaid cake would be hard to do, but how hard is white? Does anyone have an asthma puffer? I think I'll need it...

Sarah said...

The wedding cakes are my very favorites! More please?

Leslie said...

Re: the "you get what you pay for" comments.
We paid $75 for our wedding cake - granted it was a small wedding. But the cake was not only positively gorgeous but also the most delicious cake I've ever had.
My only complaint is that during our one night away at the hotel (our honeymoon per se) our house guests polished off the leftover cake so we only each had one small piece. *sniffle*

Anonymous said...

Okay, there is just NO EXCUSE for that last cake. Anyone who claims to be a professional and comes up with a sorry mess like that needs to just close up shop and move on. I can't believe the bride left stuff for them to use and instead of using it they "created" that cake. Shame, shame, shame!!!

On the other hand, I LOVE this blog--it's hilarious!
--Karen

Anonymous said...

Actually, the last cake really amazes me. I did something similar for my wedding (gave the cake person swatches to match the color and flowers to put on) and mine did a great job--although the color of the icing turned out quite a bit darker than what I'd been expecting, it actually "matched" the wedding colors a lot better! I just don't understand how a cake decorator could receive a picture, the ribbon, and the flowers, and come up with such a mess. The mind is boggled.
--Karen

Anonymous said...

For those who are saying "Why did the brides pay for that?" I know for my wedding, we had a significant deposit put down already. When the baker delivered the cake, I was busy getting my hair done, etc, and I did not actually deal with her myself. I had given the rest of the money to someone I trusted and she made sure the vendors got paid. I think it's fairly common that the cake gets delivered to the reception site and may remain sight unseen by the bride until it is too late to do anything about it.

Luckily, mine was gorgeous. We did it based on the baker's portfolio and the flower topping was provided by the florist, as were the flower petals for the cake table decoration.

GM said...

Re the "you get what you pay for" discussion: When I was about 10-11, I participated in a cake decorating contest that had EXTREMELY low standards. A few Boy Scouts from a local troop -- none of whom had ever iced a cake before in their lives -- submitted an entry that consisted of regular chocolate frosting, with a real camellia flower in one corner. The Boy Scout entry actually looked pretty good.

Since that time, I have always considered it to be a basic rule of life that:
"plain frosting" + "a real flower" = "a 12-year-old kid who has never iced a cake in his life can do it successfully"

Now I see that I was wrong. These poor brides would have been better off hiring a Boy Scout.

KPP said...

Thanks for commenting, Elodie M. I'm glad that this cake didn't ruin the day. I hope that it was at least tasty even if they managed to screw up the look.

Tranquility said...

Seriously? And the purchasers actually took the cakes out of the store and put them in their receptions?

I'm not much of a screamer, but you better believe that if my WEDDING CAKE were to arrive looking like that, somebody would be deaf by the end of the hour!

You know, if a bakery can't make a decent wedding cake, they shouldn't be allowed to advertise that service - it's just too important of an event to get the cake wrong!

ladytwnks said...

SOMETIMES the cake wreck IS the fault of the bride. when i worked in the kroger bakery (hey, the bread always turned out great!) we had a bride come in and order a cake. she wanted pound cake, cause "other cakes are too dry!"

ok. you cannot stack pound cake, it WILL fall. its too heavy. 'oh no, its going to be just fine!' the bakery made her sign a release stating that she HAD been told that the cake would not hold up to being stacked (she wanted 3 tiers separated by the little pillars) and that there was a GREAT chance of it falling.

well...it collapsed. she tried to sue for the bakery ruining her wedding. no dice, we had the signed release that she HAD been warned, and the case was thrown out. some bridezillas want THEIR way no matter what.

kitten

word verification: purrolia. how fitting!

alyca said...

I paid $75 for my wedding cake....3 double layer carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting from QFC. Can you tell from the picture?? (Ignore the horrible lighting and the fact that the top layer somehow was on a gold base rather than silver like the others). I didn't tell them it was for a wedding, just got 10", 12" and 14" cakes. And added the flowers myself. Although I must say--I would have totally cracked up with a stupid cake. Actually the guy marrying us totally mispronounced my first name and my husband's last name several times in our ceremony. We thought it was hysterical. Relax. Something WILL go wrong. Be happy that it is something small, and not the marriage itself.

http://photos1.blogger.com/img/194/2981/1024/wedding11.jpg

Christa said...

You know when I got married I asked for a heart shaped cake with white fondant icing. The decorator quickly let me know she wasn't comfortable working with fondant and that if that's what I truely wanted then I needed to find someone else. But because she was honest about what she could do, I gave her a chance to show me some of her work, I still wanted heart shaped layers, and I found this very detailed rose pattern with vines that I wanted around the egde. When I got my cake it was gorgeous and it was only $110 and it was delicious! Well all except where my husbands grand mother ran he finger through the icing that's another story. If only these bride would've had my luck. I almost cry for them everytime you do one of these post.

Katey said...

The thing is... the cakes get delivered to the catering company at the venue, usually while the wedding is going on elsewhere. So, between the photos, introductions, toasts, dances, and dinner, most brides don't even get a good look at their cakes until it's time for the big cake-cutting photo op.

Melissa Gill said...

How sad! I hope the brides got refunds.

I love this blog, but is there any way you can start NAMING bakeries? To save us all from these awful wrecks?

Lisa said...

HAHAHAHA!!!

I showed my husband the last one...

He said upon seeing it :
"What a cool volcano"

sendingtheclowns said...

"MSK" on the monogrammed mess should have been edited to read, "TSK."
Actually, many, MANY "TSK"'s...
((SIGH))

phillygirl said...

OMG. How depressing that must've been to arrive on your wedding day, expecting everything to be perfect or at very least, as you'd ordered it, and instead find one of those disasters!

Absolutely LOVE this website for providing me with a regular giggle :)

Anonymous said...

Oh lord, those poor brides!
Did these women not look at other examples of the bakers 'work' ??!!

I've seen instances where the bride made her own cake that looked better!

Amanda said...

LOL...oh, sorry to laugh...I really am sorry for these brides!!! I would have absolutely lost it if one of those were my wedding cake!

Anonymous said...

Oh, for the love of...I am a fully amateur baker and I definitely could have successfully reproduced the first cake at least. Do people really not know that you have to stick dowels or straws in to keep them from sliding? That piping ain't just for looks, honey.

Anonymous said...

it is just me, or does the first cake have dill weed sicking out the side of it?

Anonymous said...

Oh no. I just gasped at all three of those. I wasn't a "my day my be PERFECT" bride, but I think all of those would have made me cry.

Andrea said...

I love the blue-green "waterfall" cascading down the side of last cake--don't look much like hydrangeas, however...

Anonymous said...

I'm so perplexed by the 2nd cakewreck. Aside from the fact that anything pictured in a Martha Stewart magazine is probably not to be duplicated by mere mortals, professional or otherwise, I'm really confused about the monogram concept. If Martha's version is a wedding cake, wouldn't that be the first initial of groom, first initial of last name, first initial of bride? As in: Matthew and Rachel Thomas, or whatever. I don't quite know why a bride would have a monogrammed cake for her wedding (with her old initials) and it's even kind of odd for a bridal shower...I'm so perplexed.
I'm pretty sure that middle letter (on Martha's cake) is a fancy "T," so the baker not only just copied whatever initials were on the picture, he/she misread them!

wvotd: sterat, as in "I can't help but sterat these cakes!"

Doodle Whore said...

I absolutely love it when you show the inspiration photo and the actual result. More please!

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