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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
Saturday
Dec262009

Play 'Em Off, Drummer Boy

Preeeeesenting a sweet moment between Mr. & Mrs. Claus!

Oh, ick! What is going ON here? Hey, Drummer Boy! Could you play them off, please?

Uh. You're not the Drummer Boy.

"Nope. Sorry. But look! I'm on SALE! And if you like, I can play a little ditty on this here carrot-kazoo of a nose."

Yeeeah. Thanks, but no. Ok, let's move on to Santa's right-hand reindeer...

Jumping poo-streaked gingerbread, what is THIS? Drummer Boy, seriously, get in here and play this guy off.

[frantic whispering]

What? A substitute? Well, I guess, if that's all you've got...


What the...seriously? I ask for the little drummer boy, and you give me a "LiltLe Drum Set"? And how are two crossed matchsticks a drum set anyway?

[shaking head in disgust] Ug. Well, we have one more entry today...

Oh.

Oh, dear.

Yes, my friends, I'm afraid Zwarte Piet has reared his ugly, ugly head again this year. However, I think I've more than said my piece on him, so...

Drummer Boy? Are you finally ready? Oh, good. Please, proceed.

YeeAAAAaaaah! Haha! Embrace the irony.

If this post made no sense to you whatsoever, you might want to take a look at this. (Be aware some of the clips in that vid contain unfortunate accidents.) And if that still doesn't help, then I owe John five bucks.

Thanks to David G., Sara K., Adriana B., Kim R., Malorie M., & Sondra D., for snaring these awesome Wrecks.

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Reader Comments (87)

Wow!!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

now i'm too terrified to leave the house in case the second cake ghoul gets me-

no wonder the reindeer-octopus underneath pooped itself in fright

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 4-year-old's description of Zwarte Piet: "It looks like an Indian construction man that looks like a robot with a beard." I think that about covers it.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Soo.... Fat Cat invented Failblog?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD Dub

maybe that reindeer's poo streak came from eating those scambled eggs with sprinles and pine trees.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaya

haha i get it now. the video worked.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

I think that the "little drummer boy" beat on his red skin more than his drum... or his parents are abusive...

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma C.

you may actually owe john $2.50..... or even $1.25. i can't decide just how much of the joke i got from watching the video!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter5feet9

Nope - you owe him $5.00 - even though I loved the video.

I thought Zwarte Piet was supposed to be a football player in a helmet!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercolbysmycat

This could scare a person off cake for a loooong time!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJelliDonut

I got it! AND...I am currently wasting a lot of time watching the rest of the "Know Your Meme" videos on youtube! Thanks!!!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

watching the video made me even more lost then I already was so you owe John not 5 but 10 for getting me extra lost. But I gotta say that last cake well umm lets just say NO MORE CAKE FOR ME!!!! LOL

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~*~Vickie~*~

Maaaybe that's Mrs. Claus on the left in the first one, but it's definitely Rooster Claus on the right!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

Sorry Jen, it didn't really help. :[

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

LDB looks a little too blissed out. What's going on behind that drum of his, hmmm?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Didn't need a link to recognize a spoof of "play him off keyboard cat".

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLissanee

The drummer boy cake would be kinda cute if he didn't look like he was thoroughly sloshed on egg nog.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The video definitely helped! Made much more sense the second time through. ;-)

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I totally get the keyboard cat (and drum) thing! Keep your money, Jen!
-LaserLiza

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't get it.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

I get it but I think maybe you should stick to the sci fi references....

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLe

holy racist cake, batman!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

It's a sad day when the Zwarte Piet is the prettiest cake of the lot.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

You don't owe John $5.00. The video clearly explains the play off.

May I just say eeww to gingerbread poo cakes?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterduffylou

For those who may not get the Zwarte Piet reference, check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet

I got the other jokes after watching the video so keep your money!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why does Santa look like a rooster?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

I <3 Keyboard Cat. And folks who know him (or her, as I discovered from the video). Thanks, Cake Wrecks!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbats

Is that a chocolate palm tree on the right hand bottom of the reindeer's scarf - if it is suppose to be a scarf? Still scratching my head over that one.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDJs Beauty and Beyond

ALL YOUR CAKE WRECK ARE BELONG TO US!
and an Epic Win for Drummer Boy.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdina54

Keep the money :) Your video worked.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZ

Unless I'm missing something, you might want to add a link to the previous Zwarte Piet pics & story for any newcomers.

Me, I'm laughing my chocolate-frosting-swirl dispenser off.

Thanks for another year of joy!

--Nonie

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

What's with the gray beard on the first one? Did the icing go bad?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

uh yeah, Jen, you owe John $5. Sorry.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Suzuki Photography

Zwarte Piet looks like scary pirate Piet. Speaking of interesting European holiday traditions does anyone make a Krampus cake for the holidays? That would be terrifying.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxzr

I've always understood Zwarte Piet to be a impish demon rather than a human being, that is, he's not an African, he's a supernatural being who has jet-black skin.

-- anoniem van Nederland 8)

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi, I've been enjoying Cakewrecks for awhile, but I've never posted a comment. I think the cake that you thought said "Alue" was really meant to say "Awe". Although, I really don't know anyone who would say "Awe my gosh, it's Santa Claus." Anyway, keep up the good work, it's hilarious, and we all need a good laugh these days.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Forget paying John $5. But you could send it to me--just because.
I got the joke (even before the video), but am extra glad I did not get any of those cakes. (Who needs coal in the stocking for bad children--just give them that reindeer cake!)

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrgns4vr

I think that second one might be the Joker.

At least, I can't figure out anything else it might be.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterornith

Any excuse to see Keyboard Cat is fine by me! Although the Zwarte Piet cake would have been more authentic if they had him carrying a sack filled with bad children...

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*gemmifer*

Video worked for me! Does John owe you $5 then?

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

This has got to be one of the scariest posts I've ever read.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

"Jumping poo-streaked gingerbread, what is THIS?" Jen, where do you come up with this stuff? Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Can't say the same about the cakes, though...

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Excellent post-Christmas post!

And my New Year's Resolution is to use Keyboard Cat at our staff meetings when the boss makes that one comment that makes everyone want to cringe as we are begging the powers-that-be for a freak lightning strike! Thanks!

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGracie

Ahem. I recognize that last cake. It's a lifelike depiction of Oskar Matzerath, a very ... special little boy.

Noni

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa

My 7-year-old commented, about the last one, "Ewww! Is that a dead pig or what?!"

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The pirate looking cake is "Black Pete", who is Santa's Helper in the Dutch tradition. It's so funny to see that here in the states.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLovShoez

OK, the little drum set is kind of a cute way to dress up a boring round cake.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

Keyboard Cat!

That first cake will haunt my dreams.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Oh man. A Zwarte Piet cake is traumatizing enough on its own, but a wreck of a Zwarte Piet cake? That's so horrible my brain can't properly process it.

December 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZocktastic

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