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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

National Canada Day

So apparently today is Canada Day. Now in our defense, we didn't even realize that the US celebrated Canada with its own day, but then, we do have Hamburger Day so I guess it's not that much of a stretch.

So, um, here's a cake:

And another one:

And now, in your honor, Canada, John & I will sing "Canada" from Epcot.

Jen: Canadaaaa...

John: CanadAAAA!

Jen: My Canada!

John: Dadadaaaa.

Jen: Blah blah blah bla doo dee doo dee doo dee planet earth.

John: Dadadaaa.

Jen: Um. Canadaaaa?

John: Canada.

Jen: My Canada!

John: Dadadaa. I think that's good.

Jen: Yeah. Totally.

Happy Canada Day, Shaunna & Jill P.

Oh, and to everyone else, too. Especially Canada.

Important note from john: Dear Canada,
It has come to our attention that nearly all of you were offended by today's post. It seems that Canada Day is apparently not an American holiday. Also, and correct me if I'm wrong here, the song from the Canada pavilion in Epcot is not actually your national anthem. Huh. Go figure. Also, it should be noted that Canada is far superior at hockey.

Please accept our deepest apologies,
john (the hubby of Jen)

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Reader Comments (179)

wikiHow has instructions... although I'm not sure if it's a better outcome:

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a good thing we Canadians don't talk about Americans that way. It would be war if you could actually afford it.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermomy

Is the center, um, section, I guess, even frosted?

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Martinez

At least the first one is a respectable, tasty-looking cake. The second one has hardly any icing, and on the right side, there is only one strawberry in all that red goo-Eeeeewwww!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimHasCancer

OMG.... Jen you have me in tears. I had a very brief marriage to a Canadian, ay? And that EPCOT song will be in my head the rest of the day, ay? Now I'm going to have to go home and have some fries with vinegar, ay?

Happy Canada Day, all, ay?


July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy/gscout73

I thought that song was from Space Mountain.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReba

I bet there are a lot of crappy Canadian flag cakes out there. It's exceptionally tricky to draw maple leaves off the top of your head.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

I'd never heard this song before, but upon "hearing" you and John sing it, I knew it was going to be one of those instant favorites that was going to get stuck in my head and drive me to desperate acts as soon as the music actually entered my ears.

Thanks for the YouTube link. I wasn't wrong about the desperate acts. Let's do this together, hand in hand.

wv: guestio, as in, I am now singing with lots of guestio. Wees a Franch accent, a la Clouseau, no? Quite fitting for Danada, I mean Canada Day.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClever Fingers

my favorite part of the song is the "side by side and hand in haaaaand"

like the rest said, won't get it out of my head all day.

apparently, the song's been rerecorded, who knew? without as many echoes.. so not as fun!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstaxia

UUmm YUMMY !!! happy Canada Day to all. Love the cake, hope my wife just made one just like this. Thanks" rel="nofollow">lanyards

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercustom Lanyards

Um, I think Jen knows that Canada Day is not a US holiday. I think she also knows it's their independence day. I think she probably even knows that "Candadaaa! Canadadada!" is not their anthem. Jus' sayin'...

wv: tastater
Mmm... I'm gonna have me some of them tastaters with mah hot dawg on Sunday!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSquidley

Today's WikiHow ( shows you how to make a homemade Canadian Flag Cake with strawberries or Jello powder!!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlljfoster

You're a lifetime of wonder on this Planet Earth ;-)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffani

Canada Day is Canada's National holiday, not a U.S. holiday ...! Sheesh.

Today is the 143rd anniversary of our Confederation. July 1st is always a holiday here, just like your 4th.

Just sayin'. I'm thinking you're needing to expand your "World Tour".

Wreck On!

Carrie from Canada

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


The Constitution was repatriated to Canada and the holiday name changed to Canada Day in 1982, not "in the 90s" as some poor, unsuspecting grade 5 students tragically now believe.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You do NOT want to know what the 2nd one looks like. Let's just say it should be banned for "inappropriate placement of strawberries" and let's leave it at that.

Yee-ikes. Sorry bout that, Canada.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Sandy- Ay looks more like the Scottish aye, than the Canadian EH. ;) Don't ya know, eh?!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"How do I get out of here? I've got FastPasses for Soarin'...."

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaralyn

LOL, the comments are funnier than the cakes. I've never been to Epcot so I don't know the song. I can't afford to dedicate brain cells to a song that will never leave so I'm not going to Youtube it. Wouldn't it be great if the US did celebrate Canada Day? It could be a holiday like Grandparent's day when we could send sappy or humorous Hallmark cards to each other celebrating Canada and all it (she?) has given us, like Martin Short, Jim Carrey, over-the-hill hockey players, Neil Young, Dudley Do Right, and other stuff like the basketball, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, the electric car heater (obviously!), the zipper and the pacemaker (you could look this stuff up, I did).

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersusie-q

Hey remember when we kicked your @$$ at hockey at the Olympics?

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanika


yeah about that...first of all, it's ''eh''. And we eat POUTINE, not fries with vinegar.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What, I'm afraid to ask, are the two long, red, phallic thingies on either side of cake #2? Did someone say, "Hmmmm, I think for Canada Day, I'll make a cake with two bloody male organs. That's what I think of when I think of Canada!" And what does the writing in the center say? Cana-mmmph? Maybe the wreckerator was writing as s/he spoke and wrote down what happened when the buyer got a look at this vile cake. "Here ya go; one cake complete with violent sexual images for Cana -mmmmph" (word cut off by cake being thrown in wreckerator's face).

wv: novest - Thou novest thee art going straight to the devil for thy sin of wreckeration.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScubaLiz

Ew, that second cake was absolutely disgusting. Took my appetite away that was for sure.

Happy Canada day, though!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOzu

Epcot? Don't you mean Spaceship Earth?

The second cake is a beautiful demonstration on how to overwhip your frosting and expose the lovely air bubbles you have so carefully created. It also is a perfect example of creative ways to use up those jars of blood clots you have laying around the house.

Mag Ruffman is my favorite Canadian. If you don't know who she is, your life is not yet complete. I love her.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear People Who Obviously Don't Read This Blog Often:

Calm. Down. Seriously. Before you get snarky in the comments, please realize a few things.

1)They KNOW it's a real holiday. Sarcasm. Learn it.

2)They've done Canada Day wrecks before better. I'm willing to forget they forgot this year with all the craziness of the book tour.

3)They KNOW that's not Canada's national anthem. Disney is something of an institution on this site. Jen loves it and it get's referenced regularly.

4)They were making fun of how schloky the Epcot song about Canada is not the acutal athem.

5)They have only love for Canada. I have only love for Canada. I very much hope to visit one day.

6)Jen and John are the sweetest people ever. If you take some time to read past posts, you'll see what I mean.

Happy Independance Day to our northern neighbors!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

I totally sing that song with my family all the time. Ah, Epcot--thank you for your circle vision songs that are stuck in our heads for the rest of our lives.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCami

Yeah! An American website that included something Canadian. Not only are we fantastic hockey players but clearly we possess mad cake decorating skills!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Could a Canadian please explain how this post is offensive? It's not like Jen made the cakes . . . and the song is Disney's fault (the company - not the man).

I did not know that Canadian Independence and US Independence fell so close together on the calendar. If the two countries were siblings, they probably would have had to share a birthday cake and party on either the 2nd or 3rd. Happy Birthday Canada . . . and lighten up a little.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Canada Day! Have a safe drive home! Please take Steve Nash with you when you go. Thanks!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, Canada.......oh my gosh the maple tree is on fire!!!!!

Hurry get the fire extinguisher!!!!!

The Canadian flag is so easy how do they get it so wrong?

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Thank you for the wrecks celebrating your northern neighbour's national day! Love it. (And yes, I'm Canadian and just spent the day celebrating). In fact, I was inspired to dye part of the cake batter bright red thanks to your website (and several guests "got" it) after that MoMA Mondrian Sweet!

That second cake is shameful! At least the first one being nice but "mis-spelled".

Anon @12:31: don't worry, this didn't offend. Even though I'm not familiar with the song in question, I know that this post was all in friendly, affectionate humour.

@Sarah... love your "plus applicable taxes" addendum!! And Anon at 1:36: I live in Ontario.

WildHeather: It was Upper and Lower Canadas (not east and west), and the Constitution was repatriated in 1982, at the same time that we got the Charter. Early 1990s was the Meech Lake Accord, which didn't pass all provincial legislatures. PS The Canadian Flag as we know it only dates back to the 1960s-- it was a huge debate, which is amazing given how well the flag is identified with the country today.

At Anon@207: "stand on cars and freeze?" love it!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

As much as I enjoy CWs and the humor & joking about that goes with, the joke ceases to be funny when you decide to dis another countries official anthem.

If I or any other Canadian dared to make fun of the US anthem, most of you would be instantly trashing us for being so disrepectful. It goes both ways..

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would pay extra for the cake with phonetic spelling:
C, eh
N, eh
D, eh

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's a national holiday because it's Canada's Birthday. We became our own country 143 years ago.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, that second cake totally scares me... the first glance put something totally obscene in my head - the second glance gave me the Maxipad thing, like Natalie - I'm afraid if I go there again I'll need therapy!

Happy Canada Day, Canadians!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexDreamz

the usa doesn't celebrate "canada day". that's the stupid name politicians changed confederation day to. july 1, 1867 was when canada became a country, semi-separate from england. the full separation didn't happen until 1982 when pierre trudeau (then prime minister) brought the british north america act back to canada.

love the cakes. it's a pleasure to know (and i've seen them too, just didn't have a digital camera to immortalize them) that canada isn't immune to bad patriotic displays on cakes.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdykewife

We love this site.
Happy Canada Day to our fellow Canadians!

You really have to check out the link that Cindi@12:38 listed.

It's a song video a couple of young Ontarians made.

Here's the link again

Now I have THAT song stuck in my brain.

Jean & Laurie from Red Deer

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

1) Happy Canada Day!

2) The Maple Leaf is a pain in the you-know-what to draw out. They almost always look like some 5 year old drew it!

3) I don't think I've ever seen a Cake Wrecks post that contained some Canadian content NOT be part of some joke. I'm not overly sensitive, and can take a few jabs at my country, but it gets a little repetitive when that's ALL that happens. Just sayin.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If a Canadian, or anyone from another country made fun of your national anthem, you'd be pretty offended. Why make fun of ours? Shame on you. Also, get your facts straight about Canada day.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the second one - the Maxipad(TM)cake - wold benefit from some poutine....

....if it was tipped over it.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermorriganscrow

Wow. Jen, I haven't even seen the first Cake Wrecks book, but I just read your blogger profile and finding out that you're working on a -second- book gave me goosebumps!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeedleFishy

Thanks to those who caught my typo when I said 90s instead of 80s for the repatriation of the BNA Act. I knew it wasn't the 90s because I was in high school at the time!

Further: the terms Upper Canada and Lower Canada fell out of use after 1841, and at the actual time of Confederation were known as Canada East and Canada West. Don't make me cite it for you! ;-D

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWildHeather

Wow, as a Canadian, I'm going to apologize for all my moronic countrymen that can't take a joke. (see, we really do apologize for everything. :p)
We used to have humour here but it moved away. Apparently inferiority complexes are more fun.
I do agree with the posters that are pointing out that a maple leaf is really pissy to draw though. Never looks right, ever. Not that that wasn't a spectacularly bad one.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeekgirl

LMAO As a Canadian I <3 you guys for making a post for Canada Day :)

Proud to Be Canadian Eh!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSomething Special

People that can't comprehend sarcasm really shouldn't comment on blogs that are meant to be funny. But I think the large number of Americans who know NOTHING about Canada is starting to rub some of us the wrong way. Just check out Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans

(Jen, I think you'd like Rick Mercer)

-Pst... other Canucks, we know they can dish it but they can't take it! ;)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Sheesh, folks. Really? If you had actually read the post it's pretty clear that John and Jen are not making fun of your national anthem- they used the Canada song from Epcot- and this was clearly stated. If anything they're making fun of Disney. I am glad to see there are some Canadians with a sense of humor.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

We Canadians definitely have a sense of humour (anyone see the Olympics closing ceremony?).

In fact, we have learned to laugh at ourselves along with the rest of the world - and usually don't mind because we know exactly how lucky we are to live in such an incredible country with such nice neighbours.

Here's a great video to explain the differences between the US and Canadians. Check it out:

And, to show that we have a sense of humour - check out this video:

It's all in good fun. :)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Epcot song is part of the reason why I love you guys. Not only do you like horribly awesome cakes, but you're Disney nuts as well. I often get the Canada song stuck in my head randomly but don't know all the words. That and the America song (I don't know all the words to that either).

Americaaaa. Spread your golden winggssss.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

As a Canadian, this amuses me. Greatly. The wrecks were... well, they were interesting. Especially the second one. Um?

And as for all my fellow Canucks who clearly cannot take a joke, well, bugger off. Seriously. The Epcot song fails miserably, but hey, so does the entire Canada section of Epcot. Shocker.

American misinterpretations of Canada are HILARIOUS. They're so ridiculous, you just have to laugh at them.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.G

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