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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

I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream For Icing!

One thing's for sure, Liz O.: when I see yellow snowmen, I think "you're in" trouble.

- Related Wreckage: Whirled Peas


Today's charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is where many doctors send some of their sickest kids and toughest cases. It's a place where cutting-edge research and revolutionary discoveries happen every day. Most importantly, all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay.

So you know: we'll try to have a good variety of charities featured over the next two weeks, but keep in mind this is mostly about encouraging everyday generosity, and remembering those in need. If you don't agree with our choice one day, then please, go give that dollar somewhere else!

Also, I know it's a pain entering your info with each donation - believe me, I do! Unfortunately, almost no one accepts Paypal donations - and John and I are not comfortable collecting your money to give ourselves. So please, don't let the extra minute or two of data entry prevent you from giving. The sites are secure, the companies are reputable, and I'm personally trusting each one with my own info and credit card number.

Finally, many of the charities, including this one, have no immediate tracking ability for donations. We will contact each individual charity at the end of the day to try to get our numbers and will try to post them when we know.

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Reader Comments (127)

Here's a thought: to increase giving, instead of sending everybody to the individual organization website, why not use an online charity-depot-type website? For example, JustGive allows you to make one account and donate to a variety of different charities:

That way, readers could just enter their info once. And I'm pretty sure you can set up projects this way, like the one for Water.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeci

Please DO NOT choose the Humane Society of the United States as a charity. They are deceptive and along the lines of PeTA and other animal rights extemists. They have no contact with any local humane societies and have very few veterinarians that they consult with. Their main goals are to tug at the heartstrings of voters by creating poorly worded bills and using slanderous campaigns to get those bills passed.

If you would like to choose an animal related charity, please choose the ASPCA. They are legit.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

I can't even tell you what a great charity St. Jude's is. God forbid if any of us ever needed to use their facilities or doctors, they would be there for us. Thank you for an excellent choice!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

too bad st. jude's doesnt have an option to calculate group donations like charity: water did! I donted $3

and: seriously? someone made the concious decision to use YELLOW for the snowmen?? I can only hope that this cake was decorated somewhere in the south where they have never needed to know about the dangers of yellow snow!!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

A wonderful charity! I love the idea!

BTW... we just got our first puppy, and we kept stumbling across yellow snow that he was SO curious about on our walk today! Great timing... my hubby & I both thought this was hilarious!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

Since there was no way I could tell to note my donation was CW related, just dropping a comment here to let you know St. Jude got my dollar today.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmie

The Sara RoBards Foundation is a small charity ran by my family. Named for my late sister, we aim to help families with children like Sara - those who are mentally and/or physically disabled. Whether it is something that brings the child joy, or something that helps them for the long run, we aim to help the best we can, such as paying for theraputic equipment, a video game system, food bills, etc.

We do not currently have PayPal options set up. However, if we are choosen, my father (the president of the foundation) would be more than happy to set one up for ease of donation.

-Kaylyn RoBards

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaylyn RoBards

i havent scrolled through the comments very far, but did anyone else notice the halloween stickies still on the display case? like the BLOODY HANDS?!?!? WHAT IS THIS, A HOLIDAY HOUSE OF HORRORS?!?!?

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeanee

I guess I missed the post earlier today, but as one of the people who nominated Share Our Strength, I did make a $25 donation to them. I also donated $6 ($1 for each member of our family) to St. Jude.

Thanks for spreading the word about Share Our Strength!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

You know, I just donated $50 worth of new toys to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, but I would chip in further if you guys pick them. It's a pretty desperate year for so many kids and their families.

Also, think about it, Jen: Marines! With UNIFORMS! *wolf whistle*

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Children's Miracle Network raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America. When you donate a dollar - it all (that's right, all) stays in your local community to help kids treated at your local Children's Miracle Network hospital. Check out to learn more and to see how to donate. I think the cause very worthy of one of your daily mentions.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Hey another good charity is the Elizabeth New Life Center. It is a Pro-life Charity but even Pro-abortion folks should have no trouble giving to it. They give woman who want to have their child but cant afford to an option. Not only do the pay for the birth but they also help the mother take care of the baby after the birth. They also have drug rehab for the mothers that need it and help them to find jobs. They are doing a much needed ministry. Please consider them. Thanks. Good job as always. Love the yellow snowman.


December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would like to suggest Women For Women International. They've been going since 1993. They improve the lives of women in developing nations, matching them with women in other countries. It costs $27 per month to sponsor a woman. This gives the recipient job training, education, rights awareness, and access to real work with fair pay, and sometimes access to business microloans, increasing their ability to support their children and to have better nutrition and housing. The benefits go on long after the sponsorship ends.

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdextrouslefty

Kudos on St. Jude's as a choice! As a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, I have to put in my "ten cents" for the March of Dimes. Premature birth rates are still not going down and United States infant mortality rate in embarrassingly high for a developed nation! (To relate this to cake wrecks, Google "baby mohawk" images and you'll get an idea of how I style my patents' hair after their baths! The patients that have hair, that is...)

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThis Place In Time

I give to St. Jude every year. They are an awesome place!

2 more charities I'd like to mention are:

1) Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving kids from birth to age 21. They also have the burn unit for Arkansas.

2) Ronald McDonald House: Great charity that houses patients and families of patients in hospitals. They provide a room, laundry facilities, showers, and a kitchen to prepare food. They are an awesome charity!

WV: outtede: What you are if you have made a wreck that's featured on cakewrecks, as in "Wow. You were outtede as a wreckerator on Cake Wrecks today!"

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Robbie H.,
This is a great cause! I live outside of Memphis TN , in MS...So I personally see how much of an impact on children St.Jude is making. I'm currently in Nursing School and we actually collect pop top tabs and send them to the Ronald McDonald house that the St.Jude familes stay in so they can recycle them and use it to fund the house. YOU ROCK CAKEWRECKS!

December 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mocha Club is a great organization. I love their idea of $7 a month or the price of two mochas can support so many people in Africa. Also, you can choose what you want to sponsor: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers + Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Health care.
Great idea guys!

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

I love St. Jude's and have given to them regularly for more than 20 years.
I'd like to suggest 2 charities: Mayan Families provides assistance and opportunities to the indigenous people of Guatemala, in particular in the Lake Atitlan area, through education, community programs and construction. They have a student sponsorship program, baby milk program, food programs for the elderly and emergency aid to families in crisis.
Water International - provides water filters to families, schools and orphanages. Thru a matching grant, the Florence Oregon Rotary Club is currently matching each $1 donated with $2.50! A simple water filter costs just $50 and can provide a family of 12 with water in their homes for 2 years.

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, please do the humane society. I already give to them, and I am going to give to all of your listed charities, so I hope you will consider it. Also, there are a few charities that support no kill animal shelters as well... Thank you!

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregorie

"Note: I had to change today's charity because Share Our Strength doesn't accept donations as small as a dollar"

Well, how stupid is that? Charities should accept any donation, however small, that is offered to them.

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCapability Bowes

I know you've probably gotten a zillion suggestions already, but I had to throw in my two cents.
"Whoever said nothing tastes as good as thin feels never tasted chocolate cake!"
As an eating disorder survivor myself, my cause is building self esteem in our young girls and boys, making companies accountable for irresponsible advertising, and putting an end to "starvation imagery" in favor of a more diverse representation of beauty in women.
I'm currently involved in the ATB Action Network to boycott Ralph Lauren for thier accessive use of photo manipulation, perpetuating the unattainable ideal women are inflicted with every day. I do several local events each year, to educate people and seperate the truth from the myths about eating disorders, to advocate for eating disorder patients whose insurance won't pay for the treatment they desperately need, and I participate in self esteem building programs for girls in middle school.
There are several great charitable organizations that I contribute to along this line, but the best one by far is the National Eating Disorders Association

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I'm glad you picked St. Jude's. I donated every chance I can afford & I just sent a check through mail for $20. Cancer is such a horrible thing. I'm glad you're making a difference!

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please do consider donating to Share our Strength, if you're able to donate more than a dollar. It's a wonderful organization!

I'd like to nominate International Bridges to Justice
They work to eliminate the use of (legal!) torture of prisoners, and to train and provide legal aide to people arrested. I've met the founder, Karen Tse, and she's truly amazing!

This is a really wonderful idea, Jen! Rock on!

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSillyMommy

Shoot! I donated to St. Jude's earlier in the day when I purchased my Bon Jovi tickets (yeah, baby!), otherwise I would have donated through you guys.

December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDreamybee

I love the idea of donating a little bit to a charity each day. I have done design work for a company called ( They manage your mini-donations without having to fill out all of your information everytime for all the individual charities. They use paypal, so if you have a paypal account it is super easy to set it up. It is set up more for monthly giving, but it seems like a dollar a month to a good charity is even better than a dollar one time. :-) Happy Givving.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda McGlothlin


No cake for me, thanks. *BLARGHH*

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Just donated $5 to St. Jude if you would like to add it to your totals.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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