A lot of things can go wrong right before a wedding or during the reception. Whether it’s something small like a slight wardrobe malfunction, or something a bit more ridiculous — such as a bride accidentally throwing her bouquet into a fan — weddings are a notorious setting for unexpected disasters. One of the most dreaded disasters of all? The wedding cake fail. Can you imagine ordering the cake design of your dreams, only to end up with something completely different on your wedding day? Talk about a bride’s worst nightmare!
Unfortunately for people tying the knot, these wedding cake fails happen quite a bit — and sadly, most couples have no choice but to tough it out and stick with whatever dessert monstrosity shows up on their special day. Take Celia Gustard, for example. She ordered a three-tiered cake that was supposed to resemble three motorcycle tires, as she and her groom enjoy riding motorcycles together and thought it would make a unique treat for their reception. But instead of what she requested, Gustard ended up with a purple and gray blob of melting fondant. Once you see the photo, you’ll see why we can’t help but feel bad for the newlyweds — though her story does remind us how important it is for couples to do their homework when finding a reputable baker. After all, the cake is the star of the show (aside from the bride, that is!).
Check out these hilarious wedding cake fails people have shared online.
Scroll through our gallery of the most cringe-worthy wedding cake fails on the internet.
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A Fondant Fiasco
Note to future brides: Get a baker who has experience with fondant! This lopsided three-tier cake belonged to Instagram user @saylahvie, who didn’t let a little cake fail ruin her special day. In fact, the cake mess may have made the entire wedding just right.
“Our wedding was a train wreck from start to finish, and in a way, [it] couldn’t possibly have been more us.”
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A Floral Failure
Bride-to-be Genevieve Myles was unpleasantly surprised on her big day by an unsightly wedding cake that needed a makeover. Thankfully, Myles was optimistic enough to fix her sorry-looking wedding cake into the Pinterest-inspired cake she wanted.
“On the day of the wedding, they had called to see if we were able to pick up the cake at a later time, which gave me that gut feeling that something was wrong,” Myles said. “When I went to pick up the cake my mouth dropped. I was in complete denial that that was my cake.”
“I took it because I need something to put on my cake table, but decided to fix it the best I could,” she said. We think she did a good job!
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It’s the Taste That Counts, Right?
Baking is hard! Fortunately, Instagram user @theysing_ruby was more than understanding about this underwhelming wedding cake, which showed up on her big day.
Two more tiers and a few flowers could have made all the difference. At least she enjoyed eating the cake!
“Tasted good though.”
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Celia Gustard and her husband-to-be were hoping to receive a black and beautiful tire wedding cake — the couple enjoy biking together, and thought the tire design would be a nice way to display that. Unfortunately, her baker was a fraud.
“We are bikers and thought the tire cake would be fantastic for our wedding day. We were so disappointed at the cake she brought to us that we refused to pay,” Gustard said. “The person stole photos of other peoples’ cakes, which were so wonderful, but she couldn't make!” Yikes — we’re just glad they didn’t have to pay for this mess.
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A Delivery Disaster
What do you do when your wedding cake is delivered in a jumbled-up mess? Fix it! At least that’s what wedding cake rescuer Rina Careri did. What a transformation!
“With a little magic, I was able to give the bride and groom something to cut!”
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Congrats Jess and Anthong!
Spelling mistakes are the worst, especially when it’s written in icing on a wedding cake. "Congvatulations Jess & Anthong” the cake said — but we’re pretty sure that’s not how you spell “congratulations.” Even so, Jessica Peachman was happier than ever to be marrying her husband.
“The most important thing about my wedding wasn’t the cake, it was that I married the love of my life,” she said. “So even if things go wrong, don’t sweat it; just remember what the day is really about.”
Does she have the right attitude, or what?
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A Melting Masterpiece?
This just in: The sun is hot. Don’t let your cake sit out in the summer heat like one forgetful couple did. Just look at those melted chocolate-covered strawberries. What a waste!
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Practice Makes Perfect
Kathy Dixon was asked to bake a cake for her friend’s daughter’s wedding. It’s a good thing she had a practice run.
“I agreed to make the wedding cake for a friend's daughter, and I know it'll taste great, but this first practice cake looks like poo.”
She’s pretty accurate!
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We’re sure this baker had good intentions, but maybe they should have thought about a the placement of the heart on this somewhat creepy cake topper. What do you think?
“You heart… what?”
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Looks like this groom changed his mind — or maybe he just lost it? Either way, the bride doesn’t seem to care.
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Another Runaway Groom
Where’s the groom? Oh wait — that looks like him lying down on the table to the right of this interesting confection. At least the lace fondant work looks pretty.
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Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Something Old, Something New
Molly Sanchez’s attempt at a blueberry wedding cake looks pretty solid to us. But, she’s convinced her culinary skills are ready to make a debut on Netflix’s show Nailed It, which highlights hilarious baking and cooking fails.
“The colors are exactly what I wanted, but I think I could be a solid competitor for that Netflix show Nailed It.”
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So, this should go without saying, but just in case — don’t order your wedding cake by phone. If you do, you might end up with a pink-and-red birthday cake like Jason and Gyan did. Oops!
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DIY Gone Wrong
This wedding cake made by Instagram user @weekatieweets definitely looks chocolatey. Maybe it just wasn’t what she had envisioned. Even so, we sure wouldn’t mind taking a bite!
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Can’t Take the Heat
This poor cake decorator delivered a melted disaster to one steamy reception. We’re sure the buttercream frosting was beautiful at first, but it didn’t stand a chance against those high Haiti temps.
“These Port au Prince streets and Haiti heat just melted and shook my frosting and roses right off the cake,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank God I've learned the hard way and now bring extra frosting to redecorate my cakes on site.”
We hope more cake decorators take her advice!