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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)

Perhaps the last one is an oven mit? For your holiday baking! And that snowman. Man, where do I even start? Madness!!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

I love the Candy Cane CC. Why just have one with you can have many, may more?

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Now that charity I couldn't resist. :-D I don't have a lot to spare so I've been taking stock of my options over the past few days and I'm glad I waited for this one! Fuzzy kitty love.

As for the cakes... uh. Wow. There really are no words.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJael

Jeez. At least use real mini peppermint candy canes to stick in that horrific colectomy extraction (peppermint being very good for digestion).

WV: Serthe -- Serthe pre'e sphinkles (sorry, sucking on a candy cane while typing)

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Or, A BAHAMAvention. Look it up.


December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hurray for Puffy Paws! I have a bunch of cast-off critters myself; a blind, amazingly old silky terrier mix, a fat but sweet cocker, a deaf long-haired girl kitty (sweeetest cat EVAR) and on and on, to a total of eight.

I don't have a lot of money to spare, but I slipped PP a sawbuck.

Wreck on!


December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhope

Seriously? How hard is it to make a candy cane out of cupcakes? I would think that shape would be right up the CCC alley, but no!
And I agree with the others who've said that stocking CCC was just sooo close. I think the snowman's "toes" were my favorite wreck. I almost didn't see the double hat wreckiness because I was too busy trying to figure out those toes!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yikes! How can you mess up a snowman? I guess there is a way.

Great charity today. This crazy cat lady approves! :-)

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

I gave $4.00. One for me, my husband, our son, and our kitty!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Injinji Christmas stockings! Yay!

WV: terinest. Those are the terinest cakes I've ever seen!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I certainly hope that you will also make one of your donation days to a place that helps dogs out...not just cats...

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why sprinkles?

Because putting small plastic candy canes on the CCC candy cane isn't enough - if you look closely, the sprinkles are actually candy cane sprinkles!

So it's really a 3 stage candy cane-ing (like one of those picture in a picture in a picture kind of things).

That, and the wreckerator probably couldn't think of any other way to give the cake a pepperminty taste (the little things do taste good!)

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin G

Does anyone else think the snowman in the 3rd picture looks a bit like an octopus? I mean, I've never a snowman with tentacles before.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I donated 10 dollars to fluffy paws from their webpage. :) Paypal is my friend!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWildroses

The first one looks kinda like a snow globe full of stuff that just floats around. Maybe someone thought that's what it was, and decided to shake it up.

I agree thatthe last one was supposed to be a stocking. But I think the wreckerator got a little hungry.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

Why are there sprinkles? I recognize those from my bakery, they are "candy cane" sprinkles. Just to make it extra redundant.. Ha!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That number 3 about your "big head and little arms". Poor thing. Someone needs to put it out of its misery.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Forget the plastic hat. I'm still trying to figure out the reasoning behind the plastic scarf.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

OH Jen, what a wonderful idea you have had. I love that you are combining two of my favorite things, wrecky cakes and great charities. I wish that I had the ability to donate, but as an unemployed mother we don't have the money at this time. I am keeping track of all the charities and as soon as I am back to work I am donating my dollar (or more) to each. Keep up the fabulous work

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Donation made via paypal... thanks again for doing this. Another rescue I'd love you to consider is Pet Rescue by Judy, which is in the Orlando area.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Christiano-Smith

I donated too. And this is a great wreck day.... gotta love the inedible parts

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the candy cane would have been alright if they had used 2 white cupcake sthen 2 red cupcakes then white then red using the cakes to make the stripes but it just looks well terrible

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthroughraindrops

i donated $15 to the kitties through their webpage!

thanks again for doing this, it's so great.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

You found my soft spot, Jen; and donation was actually easy since I already had a Paypal account. Thanks for linking to a place that helps the kitties...I have two spoiled rotten ones and would have a few more if my living arrangements allowed for it. (I'm not like those crazy people you see on those Animal Planet shows however...I'd never have more than I could spoil!)

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered

As a grocery store decorator all I can say is

2 - I stick christmas cutouts on everything in December. I have SO MANY I could drown in them otherwise. And people like them.

4 - Because sprinkles make everything better.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfiremasterskye

I'm a little late to post about a charity, but I think it is a cause that is SO worthwhile! We raise money for the March of Dimes every year. Last year my family was the ambassador family for the state of Delaware. Our family team was able to raise almost $10,000 for this amazing charity that helps to save premature babies everyday. Please consider donating to the March of Dimes! I'd specifically love it if you would donate to the Delaware chapter because we are in desperate need of funding. We recently lost 3 large corporations in our state that were huge supporters of the March of Dimes. This is going to play a large impact on our fundraising this year.

Please feel free to look at my website to read about our story of premature triplets!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

The last one, the stocking, has such intensely colored frosting. I bet it would stain my teeth for a week.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

I think the snowman is adorable. Well, if you like obese snowmen that contain so much plastic flotsam it is a choking hazard.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I especially like Frosty the Snow least that's what it looked like to!
I plan on donating on Friday when I get paid, it looks wonderful! Yay kitties!

I took a tour of the site and it does need some re-vamping. I wish I knew enough to help out with the site. Ideas for graphics, site map and layout? Yes. Actual implementation of HTML and CSS? Not yet :(

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterorangelollipops

*sniff* Ok, these wrecks crack me up, but watching that video on the Puffy Paws site made me bawl! I just donated (paypal link seems to be working now), and wanted to say thanks so much Jen and John for bringing the Kingstons and their rescue kitties to the attention of the Cake Wrecks audience! Cake Wrecks Rocks!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The candy cane CCC (*ptoeey*) reminded me more of the shape of an ear than a cane. Looks like something I'd give my friend who is an audiologist!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

What? Do you discriminate against dogs? Got something against dogs? Why da kitties ratin' higher? Dogs can has cheezburger too.

(My $$ is being sent as I type..;)

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

I went to the site, clicked "donate" and signed up to give $10 per month for the next year.

Every year on my birthday, my kids give to charity in my name. It's the best gift EVER!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that last cake might be a stocking. maybe. i'm not sure. this gives me hope however. i love to bake and if THIS is what professional cakes look like, i have nothing to worry about..........

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

No kitteh should ever go unwanted. Good luck and Merry Christmas to Puffy Paws. Plus the lame ass Christmas cakes are hilarious.

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalya

GAh!! Day-glo poo! My eyes!!!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

My 6 year old says "sprinkles make everything better!"

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZsa

Flotsam avalanche! It was only a matter of time, I guess...

I am giving some money today in honor of my own rescue two kitties-- I don't know what my family would do without them!

December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the snowman one is very cute! As for the last picture, I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a stocking and they were just one cupcake short down by the toe!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

My hubby and I are both out of work, so I don't have much to give, but the kitties melted my heart. I sent a couple of bucks their way! Yay for PayPal.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchina

I just sent a donation and PayPal worked. Love those kitties!

#2 is fine by me: rip that Santa off and throw him away, then just look at all that chocolate! What's not to like?

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdaisythecat

Coming in late here, but I second Vickie's mention of When you're homeless and have a pet, a dog especially, you can't get into any shelter, not even the emergency winter ones. Some might say the homeless person should just give up the dog, but for many of us, our dogs and cats are *our* children, and no one would suggest a homeless man or woman give up his/her children. You lose so much when you become homeless, including large portions of your sense of humanity; having your dog or cat or bird with you at least keeps you tethered to the world and provides not only much-needed warmth and love, but something much rarer in the world of the homeless: hope. I know it's not an official one, but if anyone looking to catch up wants to add a 15th day of Cake Wrecks Giving, please consider helping a homeless man or woman provide for his/her pet. Short of providing a means of obtaining and retaining permanent shelter, nothing could mean more.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdulcinea

Are people actually decorating the plastic containers?

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

To go along with this theme, I adopted my handsome little guy from Fur the Love of Paws in Owings Mills, MD. They can always use donations and support... they have so many kitties in their foster homes who need loving!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

These are creative and fun. Great post!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdvanced Gourmet

sometimes you don't want sprinkles. or twizzler stripes.

so I think they were going for stocking, but ended up with holes in the toes, or it's now a glove. good calle, Jen. nice flotsam infection on the cuff there, too.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

@ John Dash--"Twisted Zipper" would be a great neame for a band!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

LOL! Frosty the Snow Octopus! Actually, he is kinda cute. But what's with a PLASTIC SCARF?

I thought the candycane looked rather like an ear, too!

wv rofsat: ROFSAT--roll on the floor screaming in agony from tasering. or to sit down roughly.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ick. pardon my awful spelling. I'm typing too fast and not checking today!

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

Niiiiiice. I think that last one is trying to be a stocking... you know, those red "fur" stockings? It's missing a few cc that I believe were eaten by the baker, I mean artist.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

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