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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
Saturday
Dec202008

Ye Olde Yuletide Ax

Prepare your retinas for an assault of Christmas-time proportions:

Jami H. assures me there's actually cake under that mess. A mess, I might add, which is completely inedible - except for the frosting dots on the plastic aquarium sprigs, of course. So let's see: we've got trees, icicle garland, holly berries and leaves, and a shiny gold...ax?

Srsly - who plans this stuff?

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Reader Comments (119)

Says my husband (who now looks forward to me opening Cake Wrecks...LOL), "I don't even know what to say about that!"

I like the ax, though. That's super festive!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

Scary.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterActivities@home

I...I don't know what to say. It's like a Christmas massacre.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT EAT THIS CUPCAKE NEAR AN OPEN FLAME. The shell suit of cupcakes!! I can't believe I didn't realise that the axe was to cut down the tree, making it the best thing on the cake!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrainbowmummy

Maybe you use the axe to chop the traditional Yule Log...?

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterByron

Jami H., the wreck hunter for this amazing piece. To answer any questions: I found it the Kroger's in Little Rock. No known sports association and while a rifle might have been a duck hunting reference, the axe remains a mystery to my fellow Southerners. It is an extra large cupcake (or mini 2-person cake.) It contained: two trees (with stars squashed by the lid), icicle garland, red/green (meshing in brown) airbrushed icing, red/green sprinkles PLUS christmas tree shaped sprinkles, large plastic holly sprig, golden axe (with a small hole on end of handle) and large signboard. This baby made the rounds to several Christmas parties before being consumed and decorating my tree. No idea what the decorator was thinking, but it was the best $3.00 aXe-mas gift ever.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJami Kath Harrison

The axe is either what they used to chop those plastic decorations into bits so they'd fit on the cake, or it is there for the buyer to chop through the plastic decorations to GET TO the cake. Not sure which.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

I do usually buy a buche de noel from a very good French bakery (with French owners) for my family's dinner on Dec 24th, and it does usually have a plastic ax ornament stuck in it.
My mother insists on saving them - we have a few styles now!
But those cakes look like logs, while this one ...
Lisa in Toronto

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a yule log! Right? The axe? Maybe it was left behind in the log when the tin woodsman chopped it down?

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlucymay6

It looks like someone decorated it in the dark. GRab a handful and chuck in all on. Yeck.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

It took me good 5 minutes to even SPOT the ax, with all the other riffraff on there. WOW

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

this is by far one of the most disastrous cakes i've ever seen.

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterK

Holy goodness..... all that shtuff is on a single CUPCAKE1?!?!

That's craziness!!!

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRainbowEclipse

It's possible that the axe is for the pagan legend of the green knight. If I remember correctly, it takes place during the holiday season and the narrator is challenged with beheading the knight using a golden axe.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's alittle...outhere. Just a little xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

A "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" cake, definitely, but based on the Sean Connery version where the Green Knight ends up a pile of greenish sludge.

wvotd = bascuper: The wreckorator should have said "bah!" and scuppered the cake.

Winter Maiden

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*gaakk* "Aw, did you bite your tongue? Ummm... That's a LOT of blood. Are you okay? Hello?": Why people shouldn't put axes on cakes. Also, what is wrong with that tree?

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterG

I know most people these days either have plastic Christmas trees or buy them ready-felled, but traditionally you would go out to find and cut down your tree.

Axes aren't just for murderers.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieVS

You better watch out, or prepare to die! Yeah, you better hide now, I'll tell you why, Santa Claus just got a new axe.
I know that It's nowhere NEAR Christmas now, when I'm typing this comment, but - - Who cares*?

:-) *P.S. I meant that in the most POSSIBLE way POSSIBLE.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTokaiyaBMalfoy

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