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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

Happy Canada Day!

No, my northern friends, I didn't forget about you. For some reason your bakeries just aren't churning out the patriotic-themed Wreckage - and for that I'm torn between congratulating you and scolding you.

Fortunately I do have a few specimens to share, though, and I'll also be sure to liberally sprinkle in some "Eh?"s throughout today's post, to demonstrate my impeccable cultural sensitivity. (I know better than to tick off a country of people wearing those hats with the earflaps and hanging out with moose all day, Ok? I mean... eh?)

First, let us non-Canadians take a gander at what your flag is supposed to look like:

Simple, bold, graphic... I have to say, Canada: I like it. Eh?

And then there's this:

Ah, the airbrush...uniting the world in Wreckage. Eh?

And this:

The finger hole was the result of an over-eager guest, but that "leaf" is pure Wreckerator skill at work. Kinda looks like a monster on a Popsicle stick, doesn't it? Eh?

I'm pretty sure this next one must be from Canada, too, because, well... says "I heart flannel". And we all know what country loves flannel! Eh? (Right now the rest of you are jealous of my superior cultural diversity, aren't you? Yeah, I can tell.)

To leave you on a sweet note - Eh? - check out the beautiful Canadian flag-inspired cake Jessica J. found:

So pretty! It looks like this was displayed at a convention in the Philippines, but I don't see the baker's name listed. You can see more pretty cakes at the source page, though. Eh?

Nicole K., Michaelle P., & Lauren K., I would leave you with lovely French phrase, but I don't know any French.

Auf Wiedersehen!


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Reader Comments (99)

Gees, Anonymous from 9:25 p.m.!

If you don't like the commentary, don't visit the blog. The vast majority of us who visit here come and read for the witty, original, and often spit-out-your-coffee funny commentary. Jen rocks!

Try Google Search Images if you want pictures without commentary, and just hush now.

Don't Hate; Decorate!

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

Smarties are Smarties cuz it says so on the box. Rocket are Rockets cuz it says so on the wrapper, eh?.

A toque is a knitted hat, usually topped by a pom pom. Anything with ear flaps usually has a frozen, angry R.C.M.P. officer under it.

Just so's youse knows. I'm from the Maritimes. You know, everything East of Quebec. Add Newfoundland and you have Atlantic Canada. We have our own collection of accents and local sayings. Eh doesn't necessarily figure into the lingo. Mostly it depends on the individual. Roll in some Acadian accent, Cape Breton and Newfoundland. Good luck figuring it all oot.

We have an alternate flag. It has green ends and a large marijuana leaf in the middle. Some use it to celebrate Canabis Day. (not me)

wv: copeaur...if you copeaur you can hear the ocean.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord


Yeah. It was a joke. I'm from Maine where we speak more Canuck that most Canadians do so I know that you don't all say "eh?". And if we Americans have to live with being stereotyped as fat, lazy and unable to vote correctly, ya'll have to deal with the occasional joke about moose.

And Frigglesnitz? Awesome name! Is that Dutch? Oh and I took the Anon comment down. The perils of moderating from an iPhone.


The last one is spectacular!

The rest are just spectacularly wrecky. XD

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)


July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhaslemster

Thanks for remembering us! Oh yeah, and I say 'eh' frequently too. But I also like to lay it on thick when I meet out-of-towners.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Love the cakes and personally, I don't mind the Eh comments. Born and raised here in B.C. and just about everyone subconsciously says it.

We may not all be the loggers, fur trappers, mounties or hockey players that the rest of the world thinks we are, but most of us do say Eh. There are many worse things we could be known for!

Just a bit of random info, Canadians have invented some of the greatest things ever. Poutine, the Blackberry phone, instant mashed potatoes, the pacemaker, the snowmobile, basketball, insulin, Imax movie systems, sonar, the Wonderbra and Java prgramming language to name a few!

Yaaay Canada Day!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

Thanks for tipping your hat to us and white maple leaf cakes, nice touch!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Epoque

Has Kevin travelled ANYWHERE? I thought it was a national requirement for Canadians to have at least three maple leaf flags showing at all times whilst abroad.
That's when we're away, because it ensures we aren't assumed to be Americans. These days that's not such a bad thing, but a few years ago...

Anyhow, thanks for the all-Canada-Day shout-out, CW!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM@

This blog is basically how I hope mine to be someday- I have been quoted as saying so many times. Mine isn't of course so hilarious, it's more amazing/wtf , depending on your point of view on people who make dollhouse miniatures. But I'd love to be as popular and well loved.

I was wondering if you'd ever do a dollhouse miniature cake feature? Though most of those are quite attractive rather than 'wrecks'...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiving

"I thought it was a national requirement for Canadians to have at least three maple leaf flags showing at all times whilst abroad."

Those are usually Americans! Most of the people I've come across with many or obvious Canadian flags on them whilst traveling are Americans. I'm told that they're often treated better by the locals that way. XD

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for the shout out to Canadians! I don't know about the wreckerators, but I remember spending time in grade 3 having a teacher teach us the "trick" to drawing the PERFECT maple leaf. Our classroom was full of Canadian pride, scribbled on everything from our notebooks to our hands for the rest of the year!
Obviously, the wreckerator wasn't in my class, and I now see the importance of sitting down with my kids right now and teaching them the "trick". Obviously, it needs to be taught - why, oh why, did they take it out of the curriculum?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Man, how do you screw up a maple leaf? Do these wreckerators live in the concrete jungle?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Hey danger girl, Give your toque a spin eh! Toques don't have ear flaps!

And as for the'a abit of a tradition for many of us to receive a pair of flannel jammies on Christmas eve.

Now, I too must rush off to get in the inevitably long morning line for a double double and a maple Timmies.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I think I need to go back to bed or something. I looked at this too fast and thought it said Happy Caprica Day...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Rose

At least the air-brushed cake's leaf has the right number of points. That second one though...wrong. Just wrong.

Thanks for wishing us Canucks a happy day - You guys have a great Fourth of July!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn On-Line

That last cake you said was pretty just seemed weird to me. Like all tilty and ball on top-y. No likee.

I'm from Milwaukee, and we say "hey" after things that are questions, so pretty similar!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

That last one makes up for the stomach-churning wreckage of our neighbouring country's flag.

Amy B.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Did you really say "Auf Wiedersehen"? I think I know that language. :D :D

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZweiradler

Because of your post I knew the answer to Regis and Kelly's trivia question! Too bad I wasn't the one they called!!! lol

FYI - The question was: What country celebrates their national holiday on July 1st?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCallie

Canadians, lesbians...who doesn't love flannel?!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

convention in the Philippines. love it! i'm half filipino and think that cake needed was some white lace somewhere and maybe a tacky heart mounted at the very top. lookin gooood...

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriris

I was wondering if you'd do Canadian Wrecks! Truly appreciated by a canadian decorator!!

I really do love flannel.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Thanks for the Canadian shout out! Great site you have here, it's hilarious..

PS: "eh" is not always a question. Sometimes it's just a statement, eh. :)

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilo Bloom

I missed this post yesterday...I was oot and aboot watching the fireworks, eh? Thanks for remembering us, Jen! I tatooed maple leaves on the kiddies' faces freehand. It's not that difficult! But seriously, have they ever heard of a stencil?

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiz Dinah

Oh those Canadians! They're all so FUNNY, eh???

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Thanks for recognizing us Canadians! Yes we do say "eh" a lot, but I think you'll probably find more flannel and ear flapped hats on the moose hunters in North Dakota and Montana, "HUH"?!

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProud Canadian

All these Canada cakes and none shaped like a beer bottle or a hockey puck? Slackers...

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I tried making a maple leaf on a cake once and it wasn't pretty...those stinkers are DIFFICULT!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottie Park

I'm an American who has lived in Vancouver for several years and am rather sorry to say that here, at least, no one says "eh" or wears flannel. Seriously, it would be entertaining if they did, but they don't.

They DO, as other people have pointed out, say "aboat" and "soary". Hee hee.

Thanks for taking the time to make a Canada Day shout-out!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCanaduck

"Oh, Canada..."
My ancestors hail from Canada and I am very proud of that heritage...yeah Nova Scotia... Thanks for my Nana and Pappy !

What a travesty of cakes you have found here...except the last one, which is a beauty !

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

"Has Kevin travelled ANYWHERE? I thought it was a national requirement for Canadians to have at least three maple leaf flags showing at all times whilst abroad."

Lol, when my SO was a foriegn exchange student in Belgium all the American students were told to wear Canadian flags for safety reasons. You were probably seeing Americans in disguise. :)

I love that last cake!

July 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

When traveling abroad, I love finding Americans using Canadian flags as a disguise. Quizzing these impostors on the subtleties of poutine ingredients always exposes them!!

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

how the heck do you do this? I tried making chicken parmesan the other night and it was so horrible I threw it out and insisted my kid and i go out for dinner. Seriously, amazing

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbernthis

Your assumption is remarkably accurate...i took that picture in a grocery store located in Northern Vermont, approximately 1/2 hour from the canadian border crossing.

Was wondering when you'd find an occasion to celebrate flannel. I really wish I could describe neon plaid in words that would justify what this thing really looked like, but you can imagine, I think.

Lauren K.

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersoloudinhere

Ah... so nice to see all the Canadians in the comments using 'eh' correctly, eh?

Thanks for the nod to the wrecks of the great white north!

Oh - and notice the traditional Canadian smack down by anonymous: 'Take off, eh?' Guess anon didn't like your post.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReluctant Housewife

"I'm an American who has lived in Vancouver for several years and am rather sorry to say that here, at least, no one says "eh" or wears flannel. Seriously, it would be entertaining if they did, but they don't."

If you want "ehs" and "flannel" go to Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Living in that area was more steeped in flannel and "ehs" than any place I've lived in Canada could hope to be. Being in Southern Ontario now, this post has more "eh" in it than I will hear for the next several years. (Unless I decide to rent Strange Brew.)

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzigspective

This is hilarious.

But no need to end it with a french sentence, being that only one province in Canada speaks french. Not the whole country contrary to popular belief.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJilly

I live in Canada, the Canadian continent is actually two countries. Canada, and Quebecois. Quebec seceded from Canada some years back.

Yet oddly enough, Canada still has to learn French as a secondary language. The primary language is still English, and some people nicely pronounce it in a British manner. Probably to honour their Queen. She's always honoured on their money, which is a nice change from seeing various Presidents on money. Probably my favourite American coin is the Sacaweja (I know, I can't spell this right) dollar.

My favourite Canadian coin is the "Toonie", which is a $2 coin. It has a copper middle with the rest being silver and its quite a large coin.

I prefer M&M's over Smarties, since M&M's taste better than Smarties does.

July 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSr. Mina, BSP

I think the flannel one might refer to the Canadiens hockey team who where nicknamed Ste-Flanelle in French.

July 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLudivine

Flannel = HEAVEN.
french phrase = La Canada est la pays plus mieux dans la monde !!

July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEriin.

Not many on the east coast (at least where I'm from) say 'eh' all that much, but we sure have the accent to make up for it. :P

Happy (Quite Belated) Canada Day!

July 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

My husband said the shape of this cake (the last one) looks a lot like the Stanley Cup.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSwissMs

wow! thank you very much for the very nice comments on my cake...the last one...
yes! it was displayed during the SOUTH FOOD EXPO (SOUTHFOODEX) here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines together with many other cakes.
please check my website: www.
i've been to Vancouver, Ontario, Alberta, Scarborough and a few other places & i just love CANADA!
really a wonderful & fantastic place! hope to visit again soon!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchef ed dychauco

Well I don't know, I never say "eh" and don't hear it that much either.

About "about": It's not really "aboot" that people say, the vowel sound in "boot" is different. (and the way most other anglophones say "about" includes yet another different vowel).

But don't get me started on anything linguistic because that is my chosen area of study.

And oh well. I am personally more attached to my province/region. Traitor, I know.

Well, anyway. The last cake is pretty.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYénifer

really greman at the end?? meh i <3the last one though it was purrrrrrdy

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerra

I loved it. This is a far too late comment. But I also love that we Canadians are so adept at taking the mick at ourselves, and laughing at the jokes that come our way... Humour provides spice. And warmth. Which we so desperately need, as it snows 372 days a year.

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Put me in jail. But couldn't/shouldn't the maple leaves on the bottom one be RED and not white? I know in the wake of these other monstrosities that I'm nitpicking, but I see a while maple leaf and I don't think of Canada; I think of a white maple leaf. I see a RED maple leaf and I think, Canada. You see white stars on a blue background, you think U.S/50 states/America. You see red stars on a blue background and you think... something else. The red maple is what makes the flag distinctive. You take away the distinctive-ness and have, well, no distinction. Just my opinion.

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeeNadj

ok,im not candian but i am from minnesota-yes minnesota,land of trees,lumber jacks,flannal,coldness and paul bunyan-so kind of like canada

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterestelle martin

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