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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

Sunday Sweets: Gingerbread!

I usually try to stick to actual cakes on Sunday Sweets, but I've had so many requests for gingerbread houses that I decided to make an exception this week. Besides, they are covered with icing, right? So we'll call that close enough.

Still, to kick things off let's start with a cake that only looks like gingerbread:

And now, on to the houses!

The Nittany Lion Inn in Penn State. Watch Heather Luse of the PSU bakery making the house here.
(Photo by Jerilyn Brom & found here.)

(Made by Chaz & found here)

(A Better Homes and Gardens photo found here)

How about a gingerbread trolley car streetcar?

(Sent in by Courtney and found in the lobby of Harrah's Hotel in New Orleans)

And now time for some geeky goodness. (You knew I couldn't resist, right?)

(Made by AnnaMaria & found here)

There are a few gingerbread Tardises out there (Q: what IS the proper plural of Tardis?), but this one gets extra points for having K-9 peeking out the door. Speaking of which, anyone remember the gingerbread K-9 I featured a while back?

Next a little Mario love:

(Made by Bade_MD & found here)

And lastly, here are my favorites from the '09 Cincinnati Houses of Hope Gingerbread House Contest. (Check out all the winners here.)


Today's charity, Heifer International, works to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock, training, and related services to communities worldwide.

And, good news: we found a way to make your dollar donations easier! We've created a page at Firstgiving, a secure payment-processing site specifically for charity fund raising. Here you'll only have to enter your information once for the rest of the two weeks, there are no minimums, and you can monitor how much we've raised each day. The fee is lower than most credit card processing charges, too, so more of your dollars will go to each charity.

Click here to donate your dollar, and to see how much we've raised so far!

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Reader Comments (116)

The Nittany Lion Inn cake is awesome! We are Penn Staters here in this house & Heather Luse made our amazing wedding cake!! :) Best cake I ever ate!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Awesome charity, Wreckporters! I facilitate a Heifer Global Village and I KNOW that you've all made a difference with your donations. Don't be afraid to go a step further and tell others about it and get them in the act. Perhaps you can make it a holiday gift - who doesn't like to give someone a goat or beehive for Christmas?

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

We had a Christmas festival last week. Along with Nativities, we displayed quilts, trees, a train and village, and Gingerbread houses. One house which I hope was a joke, was actually a trailer house, with the dog on the doorstep. It had crazy lights on top, and everything. I wish I'd taken a picture! (it wasn't professionally done, but what an idea!)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendyrful

I am such a huge fan of Dr.Who that my bff who loves this site called me at 9pm last night just to tell me about the TARSIS....I LOVE it it's so cute just the kinda house I'd want to have. Can't wait to post a link to this on the Dr.Who FB page. Thanks for making my day!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all amazing! I keep trying to get my sister to do a project like this. I think she'd be great at it. I need to check out the local bakery to see if they have done anything interesting like this. They do all kinds of treats like Indianapolis Specialty Desserts and Cakes. Maybe they got fancy and did some gingerbread houses!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL

Tardis is a name.
Proper plural would be Tardis'.

In Australia we call street cars trams!


December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Indisputably "Tardi", see plural of "octopus". Love the site!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDodie

Goat milk or bush meat? That's a tough one.
your vegetarian friend

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDodie

I love the TARDIS with K9, but one thing could have made it truly spectacular.

Edible ball-bearings.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

That candy cane looks like someones intestinal track.


December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i believe the plural of Tardis would be Tardii!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Made me remember how obsessed I used to be about gingerbread houses. I wish I hadn't been raised by hippies.
Carob just isn't the same. In fact, it's downright nasty.

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKava

I'm a huge cake wrecks fan (obviously, otherwise I wouldn't be bothering to post, right? Unless I was some rather perturbed wrecktress... oooh, I bet they're scary. I'm not one of them.) and I have to say I love what you're doing with the whole charity thing- you know, using your powers for good, not evil. That kind of thing.

And then I saw that Charity for Day 3 was none of than Heifer International. And my heart fell. Several stories, in fact.

While I think the general idea behind what they're doing is commendable I can't help but think that somewhere in the brainstorming process someone fell into a sugar-coma. Perhaps it was some bad cake. When trying to feed people with the least amount of effort, time, and cost- why on earth would anyone think it smart to use the "backwards funnel" system required to grown meat? To cultivate protein in an animal you must feed it protein- much more protein than you end up with as a final result.

The people receiving aid from Heifer are already living on very little land, which is in very poor condition- having been heavily depleted from previous overgrazing.

Frances Moore Lappe described it best, a "protein factory in reverse", and estimated one acre of land (which is more than most of these people have) devoted to grains would produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to growing animal protein. It takes 13 pounds of grain to produce a single pound of beef- and that is using the extremely efficient (and disgusting) modern factory farming methods.

I stumbled (literally, Stumble is awesome! If you don't use it: Go. Enjoy. Waste hours of your life.) on this organizationg: It's grown from the same seed, or maybe cut from the same cloth? Something about bread and kneading and dough? Anyway- same basic idea: give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Except WAY more efficient, environmentally friendly, and nothing has to die in order for said man to eat forever.

So let me re-cap:
1. Brilliant site, one of my favorite blogs.
2. Wins title of number one favorite blog because of the wonderful charity idea.
3. Little sad about choice of one charity, super happy about the rest.
4. Sharing another charity.
5. Happy Festivous!


December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie


I'm guessing you're a vegetarian. I would suggest going to the Heifer site and reading the FAQ which addresses many of your concerns quite eloquently.

On a more personal note, I have realized that even though my incredibly spoiled and privileged first world lifestyle allows me to enjoy a raw vegan diet complete with pharmaceutical supplements, a lot of folks in the rest of the world are starving and dying. They need help and Heifer gives it to them. Maybe not in the way you would like but it's being done and people are alive because of it.

We knew we wouldn't make everybody happy with our choices but we are doing our best. And please, if you don't want to give to Heifer, give to an organization you can get behind. But whatever you do, give. It's important.


December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

These are beautiful!

My little 11 yr old cousin, who is an amazing cook already and want to be a pastry chef made the most beautiful ginger bread house from scratch by herself, fully decorated with little gingerbread santa and everything. It was going to be the centrepiece of my nanas christmas lunch.

They wrapped it up in celophane and went shopping, when they got back their two jack russells had devoured the whole thing.

Poor little girl cried her eyes out.

I usually send her the non m rated cake wrecks, but i don't have the heart to send her these gingerbread cakes :(

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterseekingtruths

Tardises. It's said so in the CIN special "Time Crash". [staring off into space/time vortex] I can't believe I know that.

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

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