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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

Ho Ho Horrors!

Look, I know sometimes it's only natural to spend your workday fantasizing about the many and colorful ways your boss/customers/coworkers could meet an untimely end - I do.

That said, maybe someone should look into getting these Wreckerators a little group therapy time.

And here I never thought I'd get to use the words "cake" and "bloodbath" in the same sentence. (See? Dogged determination really can pay off!)

It's electric!

Wow. Who knew a cake could have such an open mind?

This Just In: A bakery butcher is on the loose! Suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

P.S. Make that VERY armed:

[Mr. Bill voice] "Ohh Nooo!"

"Oh, oh, oh! As if my merry man-jugs weren't disturbing enough."

[shining flashlight in face all spooky-like] "And aaaall that was left was a Santa-shaped smear on the floor, with the name "Dallas" ominously written beside it - in blood."

Derrelyn P., Tamara Q., Aaron D., Kyle B., Becca S., & Christie M., I gotta admit: after spending yesterday afternoon out in the teeming masses of holiday shoppers, I kind of relate to these Wreckerators. Then I watched Prep and Landing and got my holiday mojo back. :)

- Related Wreckage: Because We Need More Holidays

John's warning: The story below is very sad.

Today's charity is something different, so I hope you'll bear with me. You see, on Tuesday night 27-year-old Amanda Buckland lost her husband, her 4-year-old son, her 8-month-old daughter, and everything they owned in a house fire. (The house they'd recently begun renting had no smoke detectors.) She and her 12-year-old stepdaughter only escaped thanks to a quick-thinking neighbor with a ladder.

Take a second and think about that level of loss. I, for one, cannot even begin to fathom it.

So today, John and I are donating to the Buckland Family Trust, which was set up by Amanda's employer. I hope you'll join us by donating your dollar, too.

Click below to donate via Paypal, and click here and here to read the latest news stories regarding the fire. Also, many thanks to Kristie, who blogged about Amanda here.

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Reader Comments (144)

I have already given to several charities this Christmas and so I haven't given to any of yours - until today. I just can't even imagine going through something like that. I donated and I'm praying for Amanda. Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I'm like Robin - I haven't donated to much this year because of tough times on our own accord. My Dad has to go through weekly chemo therapy and spent almost a month in the hospital - So I'm trying to help them.

But I couldn't turn away from this. I can't stop crying for how sad I am for Amanda. I donated 10 dollars - not much I know, but it will help.

And for those who are saying to sue the landlord. Though it is awfully dirty of him not to have any in that house - sueing him for money won't bring their family back. Lawsuits don't fix heartbreak.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda and her step-daughter.
May her husband and her two little ones rest in piece.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I was just browsing the web today and found out about another charity you might want to include...
they provide professional housecleaning for women going through chemotherapy treatments.

that being said...I only wish I could donate to today's charity. My heart aches for them and their loss. What a horrid thing to happen at all, but especially at this time of year, when family is so important. :(

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanina

On a lighter note, I think I've finally deciphered the pile of brains and/or intestines, for those that have been trying to figure out what it was *meant* to be, but just can't.

It appears to be a top-down view of a Santa Hat (on top of a christmas tree? with eyes facing towards the bottom of the picture?) You can see the little puff ball hanging off to the side.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Absolutely astonishing cakes today.

And an absolutely heart-wrenching story. I'm not just giving $1. Money won't bring back what they've lost, but they'll need time to regroup and start their new, radically changed life, and money will help give them some breathing room while they do that. A friend of mine lost his house and his son in a tornado last year, and just watching what his family has gone through makes me just ache for this family who has lost even more. There is no pain like the loss of a child, and no pain like the loss of a spouse, and no pain like the loss of a parent. All those are here, compounded by sudden homelessness. Bless you for having this family as your charity of the day. I am also resolved to stop just reading Cake Wrecks and actually give to each of the charities. I've been slacking, and the need is great.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalli Arcale

I'm still crying so might have a typo or two. My heart goes out to Amanda and her step-daughter. My God, I can't even imagine what they're going through right now.
Thank you John and Jen for bringing Amanda's story to us. All of the highlighted charities, but this one most of all.

Okay, and I have to add my first thought on the brain/intestine cake was it was a pile of mutant fish poop. But at least I was able to laugh today too.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

wow. the juxtaposition of today's wrecks and today's charity blows my mind.

the cake with innards piled high is particularly hideous. i just sat and stared at the screen for a very long while, trying to process what my eyes were seeing.

as for amanda and her little family, well, i'm heartbroken for them. and thankful that i can, in some small way, help. my thoughts and prayers are also with them.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

decks the halls with boughs of entrails... fa la la la...


December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

wow. This charity today has ripped to my heart. Followed to Kristie's blog post and I am doing all I can to hold back the tears. Many prayers being lifted up on behalf of Amanda and her step-daughter, as well as the rest of their family and friends.

Despite local laws, the is extraordinarily irresponsible of the landlord. Unbelievable.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBek

Wow, this is the first time this site has made my cry. So sad, but thank you for helping that family.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYerdonshawitz

Today's charity convinced me to give. I can't imagine such a loss. While I don't have much to give, if we all give a little, it could make a big difference for this family.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

That is such a sad story. I haven't donated to any of the charities yet, but I had to donate to that cause. So sorry for them.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

That third Wreckerator is lost in the bowels of insanity! And it's chocolate??? Who wants to eat that association?

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I also thought the brains looked more like intestines.

As for the last one, it might be a Santa-skin rug, but I think it might also be Santa sliding onto home plate.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMikewind Dale

Jen, would you consider posting about the lakewood police officers one day?

if you don't know the story already, on November 29th 4 lakewood police officers were shot and killed in a coffee shop while they were preparing for work. they left behind 9 children between the 4 of them.

donations can be made through the lakewood police independent guild.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for the warning about the sad story. I always warn people when I tell my sad baby story! I've always said movies should have a rating called "SB" for pregnant women or other sensitive people. They just spring that on you, like in Benjamin Buttons!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

The brain Santa hat scares me. I don't think I could eat it until I spread out the frosting to make it look more like a hat.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

I remember as a child when smoke detectors were kind of a new thing, and this story was unfortunately more common. But that's been about 25 years ago now-- I am so angry for this young mother and the people of Michigan that this is not a law! It's not an expensive item, and look what it could have prevented.

In honor of her children, I am checking my smoke detector batteries. Today is my son's half birthday, and this also marks the beginning of winter. At the start of summer, when I test them again, you can bet I will think about what just happened to that family. Thanks for selecting their story to highlight today.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last cake sort of has Santa tossing the present under the tree in the *nick* of time. (hohoho!)
Or do you think it's a bomb?

And what the heck's up with "Dallas!"? Is that another thing to say instead of Happy Holidays, along the lines of Winter, underlined?? Hope it made sense to whoever is holding the cake.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the last cake is depicting Santa being robbed. You'll notice the tree appears to have two "stumps," and it is walking away from the scene of the crime.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for posting that so we can send donations to that poor woman (and good heads up on the sad warning). My heartfelt prayers to anyone mourning loss of any kind this time of year. It's the worst.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

Please let anyone who wishes to donate today to fill in the amount, hit the "Update Total" button, and THEN fill in your info. or it won't work!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you, Jen and John, for introducing us to today's charity. As a wife and mother, I cannot even begin to comprehend the pain and loss that Amanda Buckland and her daughter are going through. I donated and put a link to today's post on my Facebook page. I hope that this story will move others to give as well. My thoughts and prayers are with this family.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Moo

Number 3 looks like intestines to me. Yummy! Christmas viscera!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That third one looks like a post mortem on an alien. Blech!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

I too thought it was intestines on that third cake. The piles of green spinach-y icing made it look like guts florentine.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPahavit

That second pic, the one that looks electrified...all I can think when I look at it is "were they trying to make a Wicker Man?!?!?!?"

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Noble Beyer

I like the Santa "moobs" one best. Of course, I'm partial to cookie cakes...

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I was just about to post this as an original thought, but after a last minute check of previous posts, I see that Paja beat me to it: the 3rd cake is a bird's eye view of the Grinch's head. Although why anyone would want to celebrate with a cake depicting the top of anyone's head is beyond me.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterneglectarino

I don't have a paypal account so I will be sending my donation via snail mail to the address provided. Also I am going to paste a link to it on my facebook page so I can help to spread the word. It is the least I can do.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaLanya

I don't have any sway, and I most likely have no readers aside from friends, but I reposted Amanda's story on my blog, Couch It:

Hopefully this helps.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

"It's electric!" I'm still giggling over that one. Thanks, Jen!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersongbird44

My thoughts and prayers are with Amanda Buckland and her stepdaughter. I have posted the link to the original blog on my Facebook, and plan to do so on my Twitter and blog as well.

It's horrible to lose family, and to lose so much, especially during the holidays, is so much harder.

*hugs* to them.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAelwyn

i concur with the first commenter. i was horrified before i read YOUR words, honest to goodness thinking it was somebody's large intestines!!! holy disgusto, batman!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLKP

My friend Dottie lost her home and her husband recently. I know, unfortunately, firsthand, the pain that this lady must be going through. I am so sorry for her. Julie

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheezdoodle

Jen (or John?) said:
"Look, I know sometimes it's only natural to spend your workday fantasizing about the many and colorful ways your boss/customers/coworkers could meet an untimely end - I do."

Er ... I thought you were self-employed ... Maybe you can get some of that group therapy time, too ...

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The 3rd one looks alike a perforated abdomen - although I would expect more necrotic (black) looking guts, but it comes complete with green pus just oooozing out. I can smell it now. (Sorry, that case was that bad.)

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The third one looks like pink poo.

Prayers go out to Amanda and her daughter. I wish I could donate.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Unfortunately, I'm unemployed right now and can only afford to give $1, but I still hope it helps somehow. Amanda and her stepdaughter are definitely in my thoughts.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbpddjeoomon

I can't even begin to imagine the scope of her loss. What worse time of year could there be for something like that to happen?

Thank you John and Jen for bringing attention to her tragedy. We can at least help her replace the replaceable things.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

What a terrible, unimaginable loss for the Bucklands. They are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing the information about donating to the fund... I've done so and posted a link on my Facebook page asking friends and family to do the same.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*gemmifer*

I posted earlier, mistakenly I suppose, about a lack of smoke detectors being illegal.

This would make the perfect case to fight for them to be required in rental homes in that area. Any lobbyists out there?

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

many many prayers for the family! i lost my daughter 4 years ago so i can understand on a small level how heartbroken amanda and her stepdaughter are.
i will pray she is surrounded by supporting family and friends.

and that brain that looks like throwup. who would even think of buying anything like that? sick, sick, sick!

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

as a colon cancer surviver, that last one really freaks me out.

WV: dingste - origin of disgusting

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it possible to make Amanda's story a separate post? When I try to share on FB, it comes up with the wrecks story first.... I live in MI, and would love to share the message with others in the area....

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

My daughter is 8 months old. I can't imagine. I gave what I could and wish I could give more.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

The third cake looks like intestines than those in our head. But I don't know if I am going to eat such. It is not appetizing.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbaby cribs

What a horrible thing to happen to this family. Let that be a reminder to ALWAYS have smoke detectors, that work - in every room in your home. And test them often.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope the little I can give helps. Thank you for letting us know about this tragedy and having a way to help.

I know I am far away and completely unknown to you Amanda, but I am terribly sorry for your loss and I wish I could make it better somehow. Please know you are not all alone in this world.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for such a wonderful cause for donation. My father was almost killed in a fire when I was 6 years old because there were no smoke detectors in the apartment where he was staying.
My heart goes out to this poor young woman.

December 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

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