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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

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, 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 (88)

Sorry... I don't get ANY of it. Pay John and I want my 4 minutes back from watching that video.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRideap8nt

Ok, so from reading the comments, I am not the only one who it more lost after seeing the video. That was very random, but had both of my teen boys and me going "huh?"

Sheri in CA

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNate's Mom

Long time reader, first time poster :D. You owe John NOTHING!! Not only did I get your post prior to watching Fatso - AKA Keyboard Cat, I loved the vid!! So much so that I watched more of their series. Now I can't get that tune out of my head... Doot doot do do doo doo do do

x Mel

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

cake no. 1
possibly from the song 'I saw mommy kissing santa claus'

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

And speaking of oH oH oH Santas: might be of interest to you. 'Tis creative-commons music. :D

Captcha: efistr ... is it THAT time again?

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

yep. clueless. I also want 5 bucks.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks, now I'm going to have nightmares. LOL.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I think you were reaching a bit with that. You probably owe John $5.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

In case the sheer gluttony (on my part) of Christmas wasn't nausea inducing enough, that last cake...ugh..heave..choke. ahem.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lady's Lounge

Okay, now I get it. Thanks for the link.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmBee

The video didnt help but I googled keyboard cat and I think I get it now!! hehehe

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I get it thanks to the video. Yeah for me.

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHodgepodge

Turns out Zwarte Piet isn't African after all... I learnt this year that he was black because he went through the chimney! ;)

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

is the little drummer boy having a baby?

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I was familiar with keyboard cat, not so much with Zwarte Piet

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That poor gingerbread man -- what HAPPENED to him?

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterContemporary Troubadour

At this point, I wish I had the Internet skills to to turn that Drummer Boy cake into a new FAIL! meme. It's so meta in being a fail playing off a fail.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I'm not convinced that's a Zwarte Piet cake.

The beard and all that jazz on the hat is making me think that's actually a Caspar of the Three Magi cake.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

You don't owe John a dime!

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNot Quite Right

WOW. Those are ALL SO UGLY. And what the heck is that second one supposed to be? no wonder it's "on sale!"

zwarte piet looks like a scary voodoo doctor!

The French kissing Clauses look completely unappetizing. The drum set is just pitiful. Drummerboy is scary.

and WHAT is the CONCEPT with the poo-streaked flotsam headed gingerbread concoction sitting on yellow icing and sprinkles? WTF?

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

zwarte piet reminds me a little of tar baby caricatures from the south

wv: prairnts: where are the prairnts of that kid running around like a nut?

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That last one is gonna give me nightmares!

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSexy Sadie

The only part I don't "get" is the bit about irony. What's ironic?

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

ummmmmmmmmmmm YOU OWE JOHN $5.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Adam: I think that the irony is the fact that the Little Drummer Boy who is to "play them off" due to their epic fails, is an epic fail, and should actually play himself off.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarvelmandy

Okay, so I read everybody's comments (75 at this point), looked up Zwarte Piet, saw the Fatso video, and I still don't get it. Puhleeze John or Jen, fill me in. I can't take the suspense anymore...

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommy

Ok second cake there... Why so serious?

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

The alleged "Zwarte Piet" pictured in the post is actually from the video game Little Big Planet. It is actally a well done likeness. So not a wreck at all, sorry. It is ugly though, I'll give you that.

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnowCrash

Snow Crash,

Actually it is supposed to be Zwarte Piet. Feather in the cap, gold hoop earrings. And it was sent in from one of our Dutch readers who found it on a site where it claimed to be Zwarte Piet.

Unless you are the baker or the recipient of the cake and say otherwise, we're sticking with Zwarte Piet.



December 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

so, i dont know if anyone has said it or not, but the little drum set wasn't just those 2 odd colored q-tips [drumsticks], but the cake itself was supposed to be the drum. it was ugly, had weird lettering and strange drumsticks... but it might have been sorta cute, maybe, possibly, if they did it right in the first place!

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanee

how on earth is that cat supposed to explain it????

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What if the little drummer boy is waiting for me outside... in the dark....


January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRose

I get it. I just don't get the irony of that real drummer boy.

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlea

The Zwarte Piet one looks like Mr. Popo from Dragon Ball Z!!


January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGazingattheMoon

also go to and in the calssics section of the site there is a vid with 2009 on it at the end it says "PLAY EM' OFF KEYBOARD CAAAAAT!"

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSODAPOP

Drummer Boy nearly scared the living crap out of me. The whole thing is...just wrong.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

sorry jen i think you owe jhon 5 bucks because when i clicked on it it said the video had been removed

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterestelle martin

On the "LitLe Drumset" cake, I saw....... Something else........................................................ Yeah....................

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTokaiyaBMalfoy

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