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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

Patriot Day

Today you're going to see a lot of beautiful and touching 9/11 tributes. That's good. If you're like me, you're going to get a little teary-eyed, and maybe it will be a bit harder to remember all the little things you usually laugh about. Maybe that's why you're here. And you know what? That's good, too. We should celebrate our heroes. We should remember our loved ones. But we should also - and with great pride, I might add - eat patriotic donut holes.



Oh. Well, as long as it's printed on the label, then I guess it's Ok. Remember, if you don't eat your Patriotic Donut Holes, the terrorists win!

Although now that I'm looking at these things, I do see a problem: There are only red and white donut holes. No blue! Don't think I don't see what's going on here, either. That's right, Canada: I'm watching you.

Those are rather generic for Patriot Day, though, don't you think? Can we get something a little more...I dunno, holiday-specific?

Oh yes, they did. The twin towers...on a cupcake cake. (Patooie!) Wow. And...fireworks? Um. Ohhh kaaay. (Let the debate begin, again!)

Right, maybe we should head back into the generic territory:

Uncle Sam wants YOU...
to work out with teensy little dumbbells. Or turn that frown upside down - twice. Or maybe just enroll in an art class. (Uncle Sam can be a little hard to understand sometimes.)

Hm. Look, there has to be a middle ground between donut holes and icing depictions of the towers, right? How about just a nice, uplifting, appropriately-worded sentiment?

"Never Foget"?

Well, that IS pretty memorable.

Thanks to Cari, Megan, & Jolly D., who are all "unfogetable."

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Reader Comments (151)

The murdered donuts are just gross... number 2 is typical wreckiness... number 3??? Um.... I think I'll check back in here later to see what the rest of the class thinks. I am pretty sure I'll be forgetting number 4.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

1. So Canada is opposed to blue balls?
2. I don't think I could eat the twin towers CCC. I wouldn't want to be the guy that pulled the cupcake out and tore up the image. What's next? Twin Towers 9/11 Jenga?!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor (My Older Brothers)

Plus, there are 3 too many needles on the towers. Only one is needed, and only on one tower.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it's just two stove-pipe hats. To represent Lincoln. Yes, that's it - Two Hats for the Two Lincolns (we can't forget Future Robot Lincoln, can we?). That's much better. Right?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStogoe

Thanks for the smile today.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those donut holes are gruesome. No disrespect to the victims and survivors, but they look like they could have been found in the debris, next to an impaled body.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Is a Foget a female Fog? You know like Smurfet.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScottA

"Remember, if you don't eat your Patriotic Donut Holes, the terrorists win!" Yep, that's getting tweeted.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

That is so weird. Why sweets for nine eleven? Why???

Angie (from over at

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Right after September 11th a friend went to New York and I asked him to bring me back something. He brought me a snow globe of the Twin Towers with the world's ugliest confetti swirling around them when you shake it - he said they were on clearance everywhere.
Somehow I think my ugly little snow globe is in the same league with that CCC (patooie).

On a side note, I've had an odd running joke with a friend for years now about bloody donuts. I'll have to direct her to today's post to show her they really do exist.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Those donut holes need some kind of cream to get rid of that rash.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Thank you for the giggle on such a serious day! I always look at the site in the morning at work and make my coworker look at the most heinous...well, I guess that would be pretty much all of them!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Please don't tell me I am the only one to control my scrolling to hide the picture while reading the lead in text! It's like my own private daily mini-reveal of humor. Great job as always.

WV: rociast - Was exluding Blue a rociast act by the doughnut maker?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

The towers CCC isnt too horrible except for the FIREWORKS. Honestly? Let's not joke about explosives near the towers. In that respect, the prevous towers cake was more respectful.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

To add to the gruesomeness of that second cake, the "cloud" above the tower on the right looks eerily like a ghost. That just ain't right.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRB

Nothing says "Never Forget" like bloody donut holes!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Maybe "Never Foget" ("fo-ZHAY") is an exhortation to oppose something that's French, which seems a knee-jerk response for many American nowadays (e.g. "freedom fries").

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEdinaCake-Eater

The patriotic holes make me think of tampons.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChatterley

The doughnut holes make it look like the terrorists already won. Bloody doughnut holes? Mmmmmmm.

Twin towers cake? Tacky. Twin Towers on a CCC? I have no words.


September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK. Fall

1.Only RED donut holes? These must be Republican pastries. I get the red-state, blue-state thing, but I never imagined that donuts could be politically partisan...
2. At first glance, I thought the Twin Towers were being attacked by giant mutant spiders. Thanks for the clarification!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I think it's only fitting that there are awful cakes to commemorate and awful day.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Patriot's Day is in April.

Today is not Patriot's day.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPip

I think the baker cut him/herself, bled on the donuts, repackaged them as "patriotic" and sat back to see who was crazy enough to buy them!!!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

The didn't even do the WTC correctly; it looks like the top of the Sears Tower in Chcago gazing into a mirror. Sigh.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I grew up on a farm, right? And every spring they would castrate the bull calves. The top picture? Gave me flashbacks. Thanks, Cake Wrecks!

Are those fireworks, or giant mutant icing spiders?

I thought they were spiders.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The donut holes are patriotic because they resemble blood spilled for our country? Bleh. Pass.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Wait . . . the twin towers were attacked by giant spiders? I guess I need to pay more attention to current events.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaina

The donut look like they were just cut off of some unwilling patriots, if you catch my drift. No thanks.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Just to clarify...
today is "Patriot Day"

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you look closely at the label on the patriotic donut holes, it says they're best before 7/3/09. Unless Independence Day Eve is a new US holiday, those donut holes really had a bad sense of timing.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Those donut holes look like someone just tried to use them to mop up the results of a mass murder.


September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTindy

oh the towers CCC is in really poor taste... literally?

Thanks for making me a published photographer, Jen.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolly

Cake is supposed to be celebratory. There's nothing about this terrible day to celebrate. It's like bringing a cake to a funeral with a "so sorry for your loss" written in beautiful script. It may be beautiful and well done, but it just seems in poor taste.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kaye

Not only did the last cake forget the R, they also forgot that it's red, white, THEN blue.

What does France have to never "foget"?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

Not only did they forget the R, they also forgot that it's supposed to be red THEN white, THEN blue!

What does France have to "never foget"?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

Hi guys,

If I sent that twice, please disregard one of them... :)


September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

What a great day brightener! I won't "foget" to laugh!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnowcatcher

My first reaction to the second cake:
Oh, no, they didn't. And on a CCC, even. Some people have no shame...

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Twin Towers cupcake wreckery is pretty much the perfect example of someone having an idea and at the same time not an iota of a clue...

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gripes of Wrath

Taylor (My Older Brothers) said...

"1. So Canada is opposed to blue balls?"

Isn't everybody? (sorry, knee jerk response. you should really phrase that differently though.)

Also, the jenga idea is so tactless i'm surprised it hasn't already been done. *googles it* (facepalm) looks like it has been done XP

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Wow! The donut holes actually look like a bloody massacre and all that is left are eyeballs! And who would order a WTC CCC? And I will never foget!!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

the teeny tiny dumbells are abstract art: it's the towers symbolizing the number 11, but they never truly "fell" because they live on in our hearts- hence, they are just bent a little.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Patriotic donut holes. eh? Maybe we Canadians are just miffed that your book tour doesn't bring you our way! :)

Gotta love the strange powdery mould look of the white donuts. Yum.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Shouldn't that be "Nevah Foget" ?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You've got me singing Nat King Cole... "Unfogettable... in evy way."

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Princess

1. Powdered patriotic meatballs. Doesn't work for me.
2. Double ptooi w/lights
3. Yep, double sided, um, yeah, wreckiness.
4. R we fogetting something here?

WV: Jawsh => A shark with no teeth.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

“Attention Wal-Mart shoppers! It appears we, um…now have a sale on Patriotic Donut Holes in the Bakery Department! We have a limited supply, so hurry to get yours! Also, er…we need clean-up in the Bakery Department pronto. And, um…when the ambulance arrives, could someone please direct the EMTs back to the, eh…Bakery Department...thank you.”


September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

i will always remember 9/11. i still have bad nightmares from it.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

The last one with "never foget" on it looks more like "never 7oget." When did a 7 make an F?

That baker gets a big fat 7!!!! I F

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAixelA

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