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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

Total Flakes

It's the little black dress of the holiday season: the snowflake cake. Goes with everything, easy to accessorize, slimming...

Ok, so the analogy breaks down somewhat.

Kind of like snowflake cupcake cakes! Booya!! Haha!

Yep, every snowflake CCC (patooie!) is unique.
Horribly, hilariously unique.

This one is especially aMAZing:

Sure, it looks more like a cracked windshield than a snowflake, but at least it answers the question: how hard CAN you make it to draw a snowflake?

In fact, just for reference I had to go hunt down a photo of a real one:

Check fwwdall's Flickr set for more great snowflake shots.


Now, Wreckerators, sometimes your snowflake will end up looking like a drunkenly assembled dream catcher. When this happens, DON'T PANIC. Just write us a clue before setting it out for sale.


Of course, some of you Wreckerators still can't resist playing tic-tac-toe on the baked goods, can you? How do I know?

Oh, let's just say I have a sixth sense about these things.

Nicole M., E.S., Kit, & Katherine C., you know what they say: there's no business like snow business.

- Related Wreckage: Yes, Let's!


Today's charity, Child's Play, provides children's hospitals with toys and games in several different countries. Imagine being a kid stuck in a hospital at this time of year, and you can see why this is such a great idea. Some of the toys are given to the children to keep. Others, like game console systems, stay with the hospital for all the kids to use.

Child's Play prefers donations via Paypal (woohoo!) but you can also give via our First Giving Fundraising page.

Want to go the extra mile? Child's Play has links to participating hospitals' Amazon wish lists, so you can buy a toy for one near you and have it shipped directly to them. Check their map to find a hospital near you.

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Reader Comments (100)

Yay! I love snowflakes. In fact, I always decorate my place all snowy and blue and silver. *sigh* THESE, however, are not snowflakes. The first one does look like an amoeba and the second one...a computer chip? Or some kind of maze computer game from 1986?

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

I am a total Cakewrecks fan, after discovering your blog through a local company called, and have been buying the books for gifts for friends and family this year. Thank you for your good-natured humor, which lifts my spirits every day. And thank you for bringing the charities to our attention and below are a few more for you to consider.

I work as a professional machine quilter and wish I could donate more to these organizations, who largely through volunteer efforts do an amazing amount of good in their communities, and for our soldiers, every day. I have worked with clients who donated quilts or blankets to all of these charities, and since my cousin was killed while serving in Iraq, I have a special fondness for American Hero Quilts, at:

Quilts of Valor is another wonderful organization, at:

And of course, I have to mention Project Linus, who provides blankets and quilts to critically ill children, at:

Keep up the good work!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth O'Halloran

I'm with Allison... who chose to put a YELLOW sticker on a snow cake? Plus, why wasn't it a white cake anyways!!? or an ice cream cake... mmmm now i'm hungry again :)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

My co-worker looked over my shoulder, saw the cookie wreck and said, "Is that a field of swastikas?!" Hahah...

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

the second one is an autopsy of an alien's brain

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Today is my birthday, and I made my very own cake wreck (boy it's hard to write with icing!), but it's also gratifying to see that wreckorators have gone to such trouble for me. :)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Is it just me, or the zig-zags on the second cake look like swastikas? :))

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStefania

I am not able to get firstgiving to remember my info from yesterday. Am I missing something or should I just re-enter all of it?

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

"drunkenly assembled dream catcher" -- BAHAHAHA! Jen, you are a genius at coming up with these phrases, I just love it.

I love snowflakes, they are so pretty, how dare they ruin them with these cakes!

WV: perse -- "I won't be opening my perse for any of THESE cakes!"

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Oh my goodness. If I knew you could make $7.99 off a pie like that last one, I would have tried harder in home ec class.

Love it.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Daily Ridiculous

I like the fakt that the last sno fake had yellow on it. Was it refering to the cake or the snow?

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow. that maze-flake makes me dizzy.

the one that said "snow" caused a snort.

how unladylike of me. oh well, i was by myself.

great charity choice today!! keep up the good work y'all.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I don't know if you are done accepting charity ideas but I have another that I would highly wreckomend:

The World Wildlife Fund!
IMO the gold standard for wildlife conservation.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimchichi

charity - if you'll still take a nomination -> Admission Possible I have friends who work for them and it's a great organization.

Mission: dedicated to helping promising, low-income young people prepare for and earn admission to college. Our mission is to identify low-income high school students with the potential and motivation for college and then to provide them with four critical services: (1) ACT and SAT test preparation; (2) Intensive guidance in preparing college applications; (3) Help in obtaining financial aid; and (4) Guidance in transition to college.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't think of a more worthwhile cause than Greg Mortenson's Central Asia Institute. His charity builds schools for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The impact is twofold - it improves the lives of children (especially girls) and promotes peace.

If you haven't read the book Three Cups of Tea, I can't recommend it enough. It is a book about how Greg came to know and love the people of this war-torn region, and how he felt compelled to help. It is an inspiring and uplifting book. After going to his website, I learned he also has a new book: Stones to Schools.

Please consider Central Asia Institute for Cake Wrecks Charity Drive.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Yay!! I'm SO SO SO glad that you picked Child's Play!!! I love the chairty and just think of how happy they can make the kids in hospitals. I know it may seem like an almost selfish/pointless thing. "Video games and movies?? really?" but what better way to help brighten up a day stuck in the hospital with something just so fun??

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlitter-Bug

Oh dear lord, those had me cracking UP! Each one just kept getting better and better...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wreck on!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Oh my God, the fact that this charity exists breaks my heart a little, but what wonderful work. For your records, I went ahead and ordered directly off my local children's hospital wish list for $29.91. And I'm definitely going to blog this forward tonight.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I am so thrilled to be a part of this, and I hope that this post doesn't come across as negative.

I agree with giving to an animal organization, and there are tons of great options. However, I am sad to see some of the comments I have read about the HSUS, and I just feel the need to defend them a little. The Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with local shelters, and none of their advertising is meant to suggest that they are. Having said that, they are critical to the well-being of animals in this country and across the world. Money given to the HSUS goes towards rescuing animals from large scale disasters (Katrina, etc.), stepping in to help local shelters and police departments shut down puppy mills, lobbying for better laws against animal cruelty, and spreading awareness about puppy mills, fur hunts, illegal "crush videos (videos depicting animal torture), and dog fighting. And that is just a FEW of the things they do.

Giving to a local Human Society is always a great thing to do. But please don't be upset with the HSUS for not be affiliated with local shelters. That is not what the organization is meant to do, and they do amazing things with the funds they have. For exanple, they have consistently received positive reviews from charity reviewers.

I guess my point is that they shouldn't be punished because of a misunderstanding over what the organization does.

Go here to see what the HSUS does for animales:

And again, I am not against giving to local shelters or the ASPCA or whatever. I just don't want people to be confused about the HSUS.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM

I wouldn't put it past some Wreckerators to play tic-tac-toe on the cakes, honestly...

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

This organization is perhaps a bit specific, but at least in this reader's opinion is very worthy: US FIRST.

FIRST reaches out to K-12 students through robotics, teaching them to be active in their communities and to value science and technology.

From their website: "Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

The pattern (if you will) on the blue "cookie cake" looks frighteningly similar to the blue veins on my mid-western white legs. Ish!

WV- pelisqui - how a Wreckerator would spell Nancy Pelosi's name on a cake.

Pam S.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

CCC's (ptooie!) are Satan's workshop. The tic tac toe one looked like the wreckerator just flicked icing in its general direction, hoping for the best.
They should've hoped harder!

Have donated - and was able to mark it for a children's hospital here in Australia! WOOT!!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermorriganscrow

The second one looks like a round printed circuit card to me.

That first thing doesn't even deserve to called a cake. Perhaps we should call them CupCake Collections or CupCake Collages instead.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

Speaking of total flakes ... Wired included Cake Wrecks into their "LOL Blog Matrix", but assigned it a funniness rating closer to ":-(" than "LOL".


December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A charity that you may want to consider: This foundation creates teen rooms within various hospitals for teenagers with long-term or terminal illnesses.

Check it out! Thanks Jen & John!
Cheryl V

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you, Jen and John, for all you do to bring joy to the world through these silly cakes! It means more than you know on a rough day. And thank you for choosing Child's Play as today's charity! I work at MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, SC and several of our long-term patients have been recipients of toys thanks to their good work. Keep up the good work you're doing, too! Not to disagree with Buddy the Elf, but the best way of spreading Christmas cheer may be displaying wrecky cakes for all to jeer! :)

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay Child's Play! I just sent four or five things to my local hospital thanks to your reminder.

I dunno if others have suggested them: - the gift that keeps on giving (literally!) micro-loans for entrepreneurs in developing countries

Sleeping Children Around the World: a no-overhead NPO that sends full bedkits to children in developing countries.

CAMFED: education funds for African Girls

Berkley Darfur Stoves: help prevent gender based violence, promote a family's economic status and save the environment at the same time. (

One Laptop Per Child: Connect the world's poorest children to one another and the world (

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Stephen here,

Thanks for setting up this opportunity to help. In the spirit of giving every day, I have as my home page. You can click once a day and the sponsors give food to the needy. Probably doesn't fit in for these 14 days as a charity, but though you should know. Blessings!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Thank you for choosing Child's Play! You have just made a lot of sick kids' lives a bit more normal. I posted this when I suggested the charity but here's a link to a great Kotaku article about the impact this charity can have

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

ok that last photo of the tic tac toe snowflake cake is a "yellow" cake, now I may be on pain meds and that migt be why it's funny but there's that old bit of advice:
"Don't eat yellow snow" that I think fits for a caption.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTonichelle

Don't forget that on lots of items, Amazon will do free shipping on orders over $25-- not hard to do! I just sent some movies and art supplies to the local children's hospital. If you order early in the week, they should still get there in time. Hooray!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That cupcake snowflake would've been better (not *great*, but better) had it been in a round or square package.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrandiweed

Thanks to Stephen for reminding me about I lost all my saved favorites, and that was one of them! I'll get back there every day again!

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks, John and Jen, for doing this-- I always want to donate to more than a few places, but have only so much to go around. And it isn't like all these places have bell ringers in front of every store (can you imagine?), so I'm glad you've given me a place where I can chip in a few dollars for a few worth causes.

December 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I bought a Cake wrecks book for my roommate for Christmas today. Yay! She's one of those hard to shop for types, but she likes cake, and she likes books, so it should work. If you're still taking suggestions for charities I'd like to add the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (, Camp Homeward Bound (, or the National Ability Center ( These are all places I've worked and I can attest to their complete and total awesomeness. Thanks!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

I wanted to nominate a 401(c)(3)non-profit that I volunteer for named Pandora's Project. It's the largest online peer-to-peer support resource for survivors of sexual violence, and has helped many thousands of people affected by child sexual abuse and rape worldwide. All of our funding comes from grants and donations; and this year we had our very first healing retreat, which was life changing for many people. There are over thirty forums with sections dedicated to male survivors, relationship violence, secondary survivors (those who have a relationship of any sort with a survivor, as they are touched as well by the trauma), and resources for hotlines around the world. The main site can be found here: , but the bulk of the message board is private. There are public sections, though.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA. Nony Mouse

Donated my $1 via Paypal if you would like to add to your off-line total.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The sun shines across a dark brown background...hmmm. I think the "SNOW" cake actually should say "DUST STORM."

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'd love to see a snowflake cake done well - that would be impressive.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuckInABook

Part of what I am enjoying about this is reading about different charities. As my kids were squabbling (well, two of them) I read charity descriptions to them all. It sort of took the wind out of the squabble, at least the part of it that likes an audience.

I enjoy the cakes, and the chance to be involved in this charity drive! Also, thank you for the info to help us pursue different payment options!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am flabbergasted that anyone could mess up snowflakes. I mean, wow. Those are just....... bad.

Love the commentary! (As always ;).)

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCookieMonster

I looooooooveeeeee Child's Play!! It is such a worthy charity, please give!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanny

Can't believe noone's mentioned this but first glance of the maze cake looked like a buncha.... swastikas!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I think the second cake looks more like some long lost Aztec artifact. The lines are very suggestive of ancient Aztec art.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMooseGirl

I actually saw some "decent" (GASP) CCCs the other day at my local grocery store... i almost took pictures to prove it, but people were staring at my shocked expression and i didn't want to draw any more attention! I'm guessing they secretly hired professionals at that grocery store bakery.

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

A great charity. :-) I sent them Scooooooby Doo. It's *great* to have a "charity registry" where they tell us what they want. Thank you!

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your website says on the right hand corner- Puffy paws kitty haven- today's charity. There is a photo of cats underneath. I wanted to donate, but I was redirected to a page that said my order had not gone through, even though I ordered nothing. Then when looking through your page, I saw no mention of Puffy Paws Kitty Haven as having been a charity. Oh well. I think something is wrong with your website?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOwlJulie

My four yr old said the brown one that said snow had the sun on it

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApenn

I have made snowflake cakes before....but i used a snowflake cut out (stencil) and airbrushed over it leaving the outline of it ...wish i had a pic to send you guys

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralfred

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