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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

This Calls For An Intervention

As we've seen, flotsamizing a cake is hugely popular - particularly around the holidays. However, there comes a time when we, the rational-minded public, must step in.

How do you know when that time has been reached? Here are a few handy hints.

1. When the weight of the flotsam is actually pulling the icing off the cake.

"Right, so now we know seven is too many. Next time, let's stop at the candy cane, 'Believe' sign, clear snowflake, santa hat, santa head, and Christmas tree. The yellow angel creeps me out anyway."

2. When the bakery thinks propping a plastic Santa head on something automatically makes it a Christmas cake.

Wow. You feel that? That's the "magic of the season."
Or possibly indigestion.

3. When there's a plastic hat on top of the icing one.


4. When there are a bunch of small plastic candy canes ON THE GIANT CANDY CANE.

Plus there are sprinkles. WHY are there sprinkles, again? Why?

5. When it's obvious the Wreckerator has no idea what s/he just made.

"It's a...a....a glove! Yeah. And the person wearing it is offering you some decapitated Santa & reindeer heads.
So, you know, happy holidays!"

Karen S., April K., Malisa T., Julia H., Rachel S., life in plastic: it's fantastic.

- Related Wreckage: The Easiest Cake Theme EVER


Today's charity is for you animal lovers, and one very dear to my heart: Puffy Paws Kitty Haven.
Rick and Chris Kingston have dedicated their lives to running this nonprofit, no-kill, and - get this - cage free shelter. John & I visited them earlier this year, and never wanted to leave: it is a fantastically clean, warm, and friendly environment filled with over 200 happy cats.

Puffy Paws is in financial trouble, so every dollar given today will make a huge difference. Go directly to their site to donate yours through Paypal. For those of you who don't like Paypal, you can use the First Giving site we set up.

Note: John & I want to help revamp the Puffy Paws site. Any of you web designers out there have some free time to give? Send us an e-mail.

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Reader Comments (106)

I think #4 is really a question mark, as in "Didn't you say you wanted sprinkles?"

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Owens

A Christmas flotsam avalanche is festive, right?

That's not a Candy Cane CCC -- that's a twisted Zipper. And I don't want to go there.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Dash

Is anyone else getting an error when clicking on the PayPal link?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The PayPal link for the kitties isn't working. Can you post another one?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered

Yes, I'm getting an error when I click on the Paypal link too!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The first one looks like a decorated roll of tp. yikes

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

PayPal link isn't working at this time.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSeana

#3 isn't actually a professional wreck, right? That's a home job. Please tell me that's a home job. Made by a 3 year old. With no arms. (I particularly like how they just stuck Hershey's kisses in spots where they messed up. Chocolate fixes everything!)

Looking at that last one I can't help but wonder why they didn't just go the extra mile and slap a 25th cupcake down there on the bottom left and make it look ALMOST like a stocking. I suppose they couldn't afford to do that w/o dipping into their flotsom account though, huh?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I'm getting an error as well. However, if you go to their main site their Donate button works perfectly.

I also suggest using to update their site. It's really easy to use. They host preloaded templates. You simply pick out which template you want and type in your information (just like Word). Plus it's cheap. Hope that helps!


December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen fix the puffy paws link! Id love to donate again today...

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Thanks for choosing a charity for our little furry friends! I'm a cat person so I was excited to see a cat-specific charity!! I bought kitty litter for a day!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica


Another great animal cause is

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

I donated from their webpage also. I'm happy to hear that it is CLEAN. It must be so much work for them!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisa

Decapitated reindeer heads. I'm remembering what Christmas is really all about....
Actually, for some reason, the three Hershey kisses stuck to the side of the snowman are cracking me up. Afterthought? Or part of the grand design?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaren

For #5, they could have just stuck another cupcake or two at the bottom and had a decent-looking stocking.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, homeless kitties! I love cats! You got my heart.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

Does that snowman have toes?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMzHartz

The link works now! :) I am donating via the 12 (14) Days of Christmas Song...$1 the first day, $2 the second day, so today's was $6!!! Thanks Cake Wrecks!!!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDana W.

You know, I realize that a waterfall isn't exactly the most Christmassy of motifs, but I keep looking and can't see where the frosting is pulling away from the cake in #1.

wv: impers
Good cake decorating really imperses people.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

I donated to the lovely people and kitties of Puffy Paws - what a wonderful facility!

I do HTML coding and graphics, so let me know if I can help with the revamp in any way:

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterustmistress

Why are there sprinkles? I can't believe you had to ask! BECAUSE! I want sprinkles!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I MIGHT have free time to help. (I'm a web developer/designer.) Depends on how much free time is required. I definitely would love to help, I know that much!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I can't donate money because I'm out of work now, but I can do free web design work for them. Please have them email me at amethysta ~at~ comcast ~dot~ net

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlaina

I can't get the Puffy Paws site to load (hope this is due to excessive giving).

This one can't be set up on the Firstgiving page? I dont have a Paypal account. I do not like paypal's terms and conditions and am boycotting them. Also I will not pay a 30% cut to them on my donation.

pet lover,

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

@Jasini -
Its not a waterfall. It is a white cake re-iced with blue/white icing to simulate snow (or sky??) and then stuck with flotsam.

the different consistencies of the old white icing and the softer blueish icing caused a discontinuity between the layers and the clu slid off the front/right side of the cake.

this is pretty clearly what happened. it is not a waterfall. woudn't a waterfall be contained within some kind of creek bank rather than flowing down an icy cylinder?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

I also can't give financially at this time but I would be happy to help Puffy Paws regarding their website content.

I've sent you guys an email via your Comments account. Please let me know if I can contribute!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrosemarie

CALVIN: How do they know the load limit on bridges, Dad?

DAD: They drive bigger and bigger trucks over the bridge until it breaks. Then they weigh the last truck and rebuild the bridge.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

Yes, these definitely call for an intervention. Of course, the CCC's (patooie!) wouldn't really be much improved by the removal of the flotsam...

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Do you think the last one is, maybe, a Christmas stocking and they either ran out of or got tired of cupcakes????

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarji

I love how the "stocking" CCC has fill-in blobs between the cupcakes. Because, you know, there isn't enough frosting on a CCC if some doesn't end up flopping onto the wrapper/hands.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie U

I usually look at CakeWrecks each morning, anxious to see the new and terrible wrecks, but now I read through the post anxious to get down to the new charity we are donating to!

What a great idea for the holiday, I am saving the info for all the charities and doing this again next year! Awesome new holiday tradition; thanks for putting this together!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Thank you for making Puffy Paws today's charity! My cat just died a couple of days ago and it made me feel better to help them.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShellie

I love today's charity! As a cat lover pretty much ever since I could walk, I was glad to see a cat-related one. =D Donated $10 to it -- $2 for me, and for each of my four kitties. ^_^

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Where do these things happen? I'm a little disappointed that my local bakeries have no fuel for this fire - a little left out of the fun. Thank you for bringing this horrific joy to my life!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterML

Santa and the reindeer weren't decapitated, they just sank into the icing quicksand. Their heads are all that's still sticking up - quick, saves them!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

Nothing says "cozy and warm" like a plastic scarf.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

My two year old just sat here on my lap saying, "Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha." If a two year old can identify a cake as a wreck, it must be pretty bad. Though, I must admit she said snow to the snowman...

WV: wispi. We should all just be glad the wreckoraters didn't throw any wispi tinsel on these.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

Oh I love today's charity! I couldn't donate much, but I did donate some! Thanks for the laughs and the opportunity to help the kittehs!!!!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

My 4-year old, upon seeing the candy cane with sprinkles: "Look, a snake!"

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In keeping with the cat-related charity, I'd just like to ask if anyone else here thinks that the frosting bit of the scarf of the snowman looks like cat barf (or maybe doody). Maybe it's just me. *shrugs*

WV: Prettio
"Let's add more flotsam to this cake and make it look REALLY prettio!"

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercryandwriteasong

Another good charity for today - I love cats! (Shhh don't tell my spoiled princess Jack Russell LOL) I donated $10 via paypal directly from the website, so you may add that to the daily total if you wish!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Another designer chiming in; I've always loved the idea of a cage-free shelter, but never knew anything about starting a non-profit. Sending email.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrystalline

You had me at no-kill.... :)

WV: micat!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

It does look like that last wreckorator is a few cupcakes short of a stocking, yes.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSili

I respect that the first wreckerator poo-pooed the idea of drawing a cliche' snowflake or some wimpy icicles and went for a full-on Christmas glacier.
Liz in Seattle

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I gave to them, but didn't see where I could indicate that I found them through you. I wish I could have done that.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna C. Morrison

I would happily volunteer my copwriting skills to Puffy Paws.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

The last one is definitely Santas five fingered fist of doom-- fear him!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

Poor snowman, he looks like he's on his way out ("I'm meltiiiinngg!!"). And the weight of the plastic junk stuck on him isn't helping!

Okay. I have to admit that the candy cane CCC (CCCCC =) ) isn't THAT bad. For a kindergarten holiday party, it would be a big hit. Anything else MIGHT be pushing it.

For the rest, I think that getting a 'Grand Award'--you know, imported from the country of Fragile--might be better than these tacky things. XD (Ooh, speaking of--I wonder if there's any 'leg lamp' cakes out there, wrecks or otherwise??)

Merry Wreckmas!

WV: Caties: I donated my $ to Puffy Paws to help the caties! =D

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

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