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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

The Most Wonderful Time...

Hi all, Anne-Marie-the-Wrecksistant here!

Some years back, there was this Staples commercial that featured a Dad gleefully stocking up on back-to-school supplies, while his two sullen tots trailed hopelessly along behind him. The jolly little ditty about it being the most wonderful time of the year played merrily in the background, and I, the mother of a teen myself, always felt my heart lift a little as I contemplated the first day of school.

[slapping my own hand] Bad mommy! Bad mommy!

Anyway, whether you're thrilled about the day after Labor Day or not, there are plenty of cakes to celebrate with:

"No, sweety-luvvy-kins, spray painting the bus will NOT get you a day off from school. They'll just send another one."

"And don't let this give you any ideas, either."

[sigh] "Ok, yes, if your bus driver has a big bloody grin, tells you to 'Jump in im back,' and the other kids are screaming warnings from the windows, then we can talk.

"But that's not going to happen! So, out you go. Chop chop. Bus is waiting.

"Look, do you know what happens to little tykes who complain about school? Hm? The Poop Nose Snaggletooth Dog-a-saurus comes after them!"

"He'll eat your homework first...and then YOU for dessert!"

[Screaming child runs toward waiting schoolbus]

Ahhhhhh... silence at last! This really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Wait, that just reminded me of something. Soon I'll have to start my holiday shopping.

Aw, crap.

Thank for the reminder, Tiffany, Allison I., Stephanie P. & Kylie. Really.

- Related Wreckage: Cake Wrecks, World Educator

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Reader Comments (126)

Is it just me, or is the first bus losing its top to the plastic cover?

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

The third one is a horror movie in the making. Anyone?

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

I don't shop at Staples any more, because of that commercial. Not to get too serious, but really? I think kids feel marginalized enough in our world, without making them feel like their own parents don't want them around. And, yes, I'm including teens in that. I don't support anything that promotes that warped view of parenting. Grow up, and learn how to enjoy your kids.

Having said that... love the cakes! Could have done without the commentary.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Angie 9:47 a.m.

Nope. Looks like a repainted piggy to me, too, with cute little pink ears. Hoink! Hoink! Time for feeding at the education trough!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

The. Dog's. Teeth.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

As noted, they are re-running the commerciasl. However I remember the previous commercials with the kids plodding behind the dancing dad, now it seems he drags them on a couch! Wow! Are we getting lazier in this society or what?
Or maybe wonky school bus themed cakes have scared them so much that they now need to be dragged!

Wreck-on! Wreckassistant...wreck on... (meant as a positive comment, such as "Rock on!" not...well...nevermind)

W.V. outst-Let those traumatized kids outst the bus!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

It really is a wonderful time since I work at a movie theater and now all those snotty little kids trying to get into the 18A rated movies won't be bothering me to get in without ID... cuz they're back in school! Oh, and I don't know about anyone else, but here in Ottawa, school is already back in session since labour day is next week. God forbid should school go on for an extra week past the normal date and intrude on the beginning of summer. *gasp*

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

@JennyPenny - what is your problem!!!
(No I don't really want to know.)
Get a clue and write your own blog if you don't think that was funny.
And NO ONE is forcing you to look at this blog or read the writing. Sheesh.

@anonymous without the balls to post your name: you too! Dissing the assitant and the "real blogger" is just plain rude.

This is a humor blog! Laugh! Hahahahaha!!

Great post btw! Even though, yes school here starts rediculously early, and as a working single parent school starting only means shorter, more inconvient schedules and random days off searching for sitters, I still GET it and can laugh at these pathetic works of "craftsmanship".


Wv: unnis - Unnis meanies need to amscray.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gosh, get the heck on you HATERS! I actually did not even notice this was a co author on the comments. Sometimes theyre funny, sometimes theyr hilarious, sometimes theyre too the point. I dont see why you contributed anything at all. Must have been one of your cakes on here.

WV: Hater Kellie wish shed crente something better than a pigbus

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMamaIzy

Awww that last one isn't so bad.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

I agree about not shopiing there because of that portrayal. I have never seen such commericial but I hate stuff that only furthers perpetuate roles that are unfair to both kids and parents, wife and husband, friends and friends.

I use shopping as a learnimg experience. I have a 2 yr old and we practice our colors of fruits and produce and the names and we count items too so when I buy 2 or 5 of the items I pass it to him and he counts and drops it behind him in the buggy

WV: Wilikebu

Me and my son wilikebu together forever

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I thought I only found idiot posters on the news websites, now they are on here trying to repost their same statement under anonymous and different names. Just because you was the only one who was negative and we all disagree with your Hateful comments dont repost and repost them!!

P.S. Most school in the south start in aug and most up north are ater labor day. Im in SC and it always started on wed beginning of August but with kids starting school back early, ppl werent going to the beach in augst so they pushed school back till middle of August to allow more tourism even though It still aint pushed back enough, but then look at our governor here in sc and we rank 49th so I guess they in congress arent smart enough to push it back till sept so we could have more tourism within residents.

Also Ive heard its about the air conditions bills too, dont want them in school with hottest month of the years

WV: pexostat. South Carolina is in such a pexostat because of a philandering governor and cokehead Lt Gov

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

that second one gives a new meaning to "the broken down school bus on the side of the road".

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

Hooray! The dog cake got in! I took this photo with Kylie who sent it in, we couldn't stop laughing. Let me tell you, the alternative school-themed cakes weren't much to look at either. And as a sidenote, the Poop Nose Snaggletooth Dog-a-saurus has been sitting in that display case for at least a month now...

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Badger

Like everyone else, I'm sure, I recognized that the wreckerator meant "I'm back," but since I heard it in Arnold Schwarzenegger's menacing Terminator voice, that didn't really help. Scared the peewadden out of me.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy R.

I love the frosting dog--particularly because of the individual detail given to the teeth. Grrrrrrr! Hilarious. And no fondant in sight!

WV: pidyli--That bus cake is pidyli colored.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

I just saw that ad for Staples last night!!! LOVED it!!!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

My Mom used to tease us that she was going to shoot off fireworks as we got on the bus on the first day of school. We lived in the country and got on in the dark.

I knew she was teasing and didn't really "want to get rid of us". I tease my kids too. But I also tell them I miss them when they are at school, etc.

I think if you raise your children right, they will be secure enough of your love for them, that a little teasing is fun. They tease me too.

I also think that the blog was well written and funny!!

I LOVE Cake Wrecks.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I check your blog frequently; actually have it linked under my "Blogs to Make You Laugh" section ... can I just say my husband always knows when I'm reading your posts because of my hysterical laughter ... thanks for the laughs! "Poop-Nose Snaggletooth Dog-a-saurus" ... I don't know what's funnier, the cakes or your commentary!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

The dog cake was just what I needed to perk up my bleak morning. :-p

Also, great commentary, despite those who would urge to the contrary.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJael

I know the dog eating homework is a gross amount of frosting, and scary looking, but I still think it's awesome! It was a clever and funny concept and I'd totally buy that to cheer my kids up about having to wake up early for school again! But then I'd scrape off the frosting dog and throw it away before serving the cake!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Day after labor day???? My kid has been in school for over a month already..Ahhh sweet silent bliss!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't listen to them Anne-Marie!
You're commentary is awesome and anonymous is jealous!

If Poopnose von Snaggledog was black instead of brown he would look just like one of my dogs, including the mouth full of paper. In fact, I think I might have found her new nickname...

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Day after Labor Day? School has been back in session here for about a month. Thank goodness. Now I don't have to listen to all of the kids in the neighborhood during the day. So glad I don't have any myself.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

loved these!!!! I might have nightmares about that dog chasing me, frosting dripping off of it's rabid body....Yikes.
And one other thing....I can't believe how many rude comments there were today about Anne Marie. Geez people, lighten up! Go eat a frigging cupcake and come back when you can play nice. I thought she did a great job :)

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Teachers rest, Mothers pest. as our Parish Priest always says!!The Dog eating homework doesnt look that wrecky, and once it actually happened in our house! I wrote a note and apparently the class almost fell of their chairs laughing as the teacher just had to share!It was considered "cool"

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

Ha! My mom doesn't get excited about back to school! She's as sad as us! That's what happens when you're a teacher. :P

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

What a bunch of sour poopy people that hate kids/humor sites and life in general it seems. And how extreme can you be, boycotting a store because you disagree with their marketing department? That's just horrible. Love this site, but anytime I read comments from the users, I just end up shaking my head and wondering why people are so crabby.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Anonymous at 2:10

Wow. I paused a great career to stay at home with my kids and feel blessed we were able to get on with one income until they were most of the way through high school. I love my children. I was the quintessential at home mom; activities, enrichment, story time at the library, parks, sports and the oh-so-necessary time spent just for them to experience true boredom.

And weeding.

But when that big yellow bus rolled up in September, (after Labor day, mandated here)I WAS happy to see them go! Happy for them to see the friends they had missed over the summer, happy for them to progress to the next academic level, happy for them to gain new experiences as they progressed through life and transitioned bit by bit out into the world.

It WAS the most wonderful time of the year for all of us. Back to routines, new and old friends, time for me to reclaim some "me time" and recharge my batteries after a summer with full-time kid commitments.

Frankly, both boys are now away at college and were chomping at the bit to get back to school - JUST LIKE THEY DID when in K-12.

But, sheesh, I guess that just makes me a bad mom.

Jen, Jen's Husband, Anne-Marie: Sorry if I hijacked the topic. Anon at 2:10 just touched a nerve. Great post, though - Kudos!

WV: adousn - I would happily spend adousn more years at home with my kids if I could be assured it wouldn't stunt their emotional and intellectual growth.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My son thinks the dog is a Dragon!! I told him no puppy but he tells me No Dragon.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I love the Homework Eater cake! I'd buy it.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

The school bus cake is classic! I think my son has already used the dog ate my hmw excuse this year.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBiteMeCharlotte

I started school again (Teacher) and I have a rough bunch this year. The werewolf destroying all things educational seems to be a metaphor for the year I am having thus far. We have been in school for seven days and I have had two cases of lice, broke up two hitting fights, had one child throw a 45 minute tantrum before someone removed him, and had another show where babies come from. I live and work in an affluent area. Please bring on the rum cake!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey guys,

I have decided to change the rules a bit for the comment section. I will no longer be posting anonymous criticism as I honestly think it is unfair. If you feel strongly enough that you need to comment, and you go through the effort of typing something out, there's no reason you can't scroll down a bit and put your name. This doesn't apply to most of you and, to be honest, we've always welcomed criticism, but I am truly over addressing folks as "Anon @ 9:30".

And before the trolls come out and cry censorship, please note that Jenny Penny's comment, no matter how wrong I think it is, is still up.

Thanks guys and wreck on!


September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

I kinda like the last one. *cough*

But then, I have a twisted sense of humor.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Luxuries

Thanks John, I couldn't agree more!

WV: whatief-Whatief we all try to get along, k?

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

that's one scary-looking dog

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel



John, dear, you have--really and truly~~just made my DAY.

(Bye-bye, birdies! Come back when you can grow a pair and play with the big kids.)


September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Awww... the back to school garbage truck bus is kinda cute :)

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

great post wreckassitant!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlpieters

that commercial is still running!!! it excites me every time I see it and the kids are only going into 1st grade(FULL DAY FINALLY) tomorrow morning here we come!!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

"Sweety-luvvy-kins" =)

I love it! -Sarah

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCardell Family

For cake #2: Actually in the school district I taught in, some kids slashed the tires of buses on the first day of school and we had to have a 2-hour-delay. Ah, memories.

I'll bet these are ordered by schools to serve to teachers to "inspire" them during their break between back-to-school meetings.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristy D

@Rachael: Our schools here in Mississauga in the beautiful province of Ontario start the day after Labour Day. I didn't realize Ottawa schools started earlier than ours, given that we're in the same province.
Isn't that the great thing about wrecktastic cakes; they transcend all national boundaries!!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

'It's the most..wonderful time..of..the..year!!' We've tormented our kids for years with that song from the commercial, the night before school. However, these cakes are too late for us. Schools started here 2 weeks ago.

wv: risabl. The 'im back' cake is risabl.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Hey- I have that dog on my phone and forgot to send it in. Someone else has found the wreckiest grocery store bakery in our parts!

It is truly a frightening glop of frosting.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

Nah, not true that schools in the northern states always start after Labor Day. I remember my cousins up in Maine always having to start school in August while we were on vacation there (because at the time, *we* started after Labor Day). They went earlier because they had off a couple of weeks in Sept or Oct for potato picking.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why would someone come to this fun site that never fails to make me laugh out loud and be critical? If you don't have something nice to say, go to another blog and let us enjoy this one! Lighten up, people! It's just cake!

Thank you Anne-Marie for a great post!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Anon@2:10. Marginalized??? One commercial can make today's kids feel marginalized?? Please, the world tends to revolve around today's kids in the US. Everything is supposed to be 'kid friendly', even adult oriented restaurants at 10pm on a weeknight.

And I say this as a loving mother of two terrific young men (17 & 22). Society seems to be very kid-centric, I doubt one Staples commercial is going to damage self-esteem. And I always sing that song to my kids to tease them because they know I much prefer summer with no homework/schedule/papers to sign/meetings/packed lunches etc etc etc. I don't like it when school starts. But they know how to take being teased lovingly.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

geeze, we've been in school since august 11th. i'd love that late start! but, we do get done mid may...

tomorrow is a baby shower at work. i'll keep my fingers crossed for the cake to be awful :p

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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