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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
Thursday
Jul012010

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 (178)

Danger Will Robinson, Danger! We have an Epcot code RED - commenter failure to understand sarcasm and differentiate theme park songs from national anthems!
Abort! Abort!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

LOL to all the people hating. Can't you detect sarcasm?

Love the "maxiflag" wreck, though the other one's pretty good (except for the botched maple leaf, but really, who can draw those!). : D

Thanks John/Jen -- don't feel bad!

(the other Jenn)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anonymous @ 11:38 pm:

It's a humor site. Of *course* posts that mention Canada will be making fun of Canada - just like posts about America will always be making fun of America. Just take a look at the Plastic Flag [tm] post. Or any of the posts bewailing the state of our educational system (there's one devoted to poorly-spelled cakes "honoring" teachers!).

I also seem to recall an absolutely stunning Canadian-flag themed cake in one of the Sunday Sweets posts - no fun-poking there.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

Hey Canadians settle down and take a joke. One of the reason us american's like you is your laid back and don't take yourselves too serious.

HaHa just kidding we don't think about you at all.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappyNat

Q: How do you get 50 Canadians out of your swimming pool?
A: You say, "Please get out of the pool."

Happy Canada Day!

wv: sovenoz These cakes aren't very good sovenoz of my trip to Canada.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkayak

My only experience with "Canada Day" was finding it to also be "Mass Exodus" day for Canadians. We ended up there for our honeymoon (long story - our original plans fell through...but we still had a great time), and got stuck in so much traffic trying to get OUT on July 1...a 2 hour trip took almost 5 - all backed up at the border. Go figure.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Seriously? SERIOUSLY!?!??!?

"It's a good thing we Canadians don't talk about Americans that way."

Ummmmm.....if you've been reading the blog for the past few days you'd notice that the AMERICANS have been talking about Americans that way (and now that they're all getting their bloomers in a knot, I'm guessing the Canadians and other nationality readers were as well) as the American Independence Day cakes got the exact same treatment.

My mama always said "Don't dish it if you can't take it!" (Glad to see some Canadians that can take it too. You all get gold stars...I mean proper red Maple leaf stickers in my book! :))

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

Maybe Canada should take that as a national anthem. Right after the US adopts "America F- Yeah!" from Team America as its new national anthem.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Packrat

As a Canadian, this post cracked me up. I'm afraid I won't be able to keep a straight face during the national anthem now, thanks to you lot! I'll just be hearing "Canada... CANADAAAAA!" I didn't think I was going to be laughing much today, so thanks!

wv: coldric- a qunitessential Canadian name!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSong

For anyone that said we would be offended, just ignore them. Most Canadians have a wonderful sense of humour and love Canada jokes and songs.

Those who may have been offended by you simply wish we had Target stores in Canada, that's all.

Wreck on! And thanks for acknowledging us "up north"!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

Happy Nat

I laughed and laughed at your comment. If you had listed a blog, I'd be your newest Canadian follower.

Thanks for the chuckle!

Rebecca F.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

I like how nice Canadians actually are when complaining. :) Ah, if only more of the world could be a bit more like Canada....

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, that song from Epcot is PRICELESS!!! Let me just say that Canada was one of the early stops of the "Beers of the World" tour my hubby to be and his brother took that day, and even now, nearly 10 years later, we STILL sing "CANADAAAA" and laugh...thanks for the laughs today!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Just to take everyone's mind off the Canada song from Epcot...

*ahem* *mi mi mi mi*

*ahem*

It's a world of laughter
A world of tear...

(Runs away to South America -- FAST)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love Kat's very polite, very Canadian "Haha, you are so funny but actually NO" comment. Sharalyns I loved your Arrogant Worms contribution - I think we should really lobby for the Arrogant Worms to give us Canucks a new, more better national anthem, with more beaver references.
Don't worry Jon and Jen, as an official online Canadian, I can say that you offended no one except a few silly people with sticks up their bums and they'd get offended if they came from Azerbaijan or the South Pole.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChloé

Oh my god, my fellow Canadians, please lighten up and enjoy the blog - if you've been to this site regularly you'd know that it's full of sarcasm and making fun of really, really silly cakes.

I LOVED the post. Awesome. But surely there are more Canadian flag-themed wracks out there? And the second cake looks really disgusting...

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear me, that Epcot song is awful (I tried the link). On the other hand, it's nice to know that there are some Americans who have heard of us. I lived in Oklahoma for two years, and most people didn't even know there was a country above the US! Clearly, that one small town was not representative of the entire country. Now, everyone join in:

"We stand out from other countries 'cause Canada's rea-lly biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig!"

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Canada Day on July 1st is the equivalent of Independence Day on July 4th (For Americans)..it is not the equivalent of Hamburger Day

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

From north of the border -- It really isn't our independence day, as shown by the fact that Queen Lizzie is over here right now doing a tour of her colony.

Love your site, check in at least twice a week, and didn't really take offense at your comments. As I see it, you offend everyone equally.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm amazed that some people are offended. I found it rather amusing. The fireworks display in my city were very sadly lacking, but it's small city Saskatchewan, I can't blame them if I've seen some in Ottawa and Calgary.

Anyway, when will people learn that maple leaves are extremely hard to draw free-hand? I drew one like that when I was ten and learned that I should never attempt it again. XD

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly K

They are showing THE SAME Canada video (y'know, the one with the Mounties) at Disney World as they did when I went AS A KID! And I'm FIFTY frickin' years old!! Show a new movie, Disney People!! It's a frickin' embarrassment!!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

LOL this Canadian thought that was pretty Hill-arry. I am now following your blog.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter♥ Bonnie ♥

Thank you....you do not celebrate us it is our celebration!! How very american of you to think we only have a day to celebrate independence because the great U.S.A made it so...

also fyi..

"O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, I have been finding Cake Wrecks less and less funny over the past few months, and now with this lame and offensive post about Canada Day (apology notwithstanding) I've decided to stop reading.

Goodbye.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In a fit of patriotism, I feel compelled to sing:

Give us a place to staaaaaand
And a place to groooooow
And call this land Ontariooooo.
A place to liiiiiive
For you and meeeee
With hopes as hiiiiigh
As the tallest treeeeee.
Give us a land of laaaakes
and a land of snooooow
And we will buiiiiiiild
Ontarioooooo
A place to stand, a place to grow
Ontari-ari-ari-o-ooo!

(Yes, this is actually http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Place_to_Stand,_A_Place_to_Grow" rel="nofollow">a real song. See, we're weirder on our own than you manage to make us when you're trying to make fun of us!)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInterrobang

That 'cake'... oh my... ooooh my... I think I might be sick.

And um, Epcot? Can we change that song? Please? I vote you now you this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWQf13B8epw

Thanks for the laugh,
JJ in Canada, eh!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ Sobey

My dad always thought the EPCOT Canada song was rhyming "Canada" with "planet-a".

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No offense taken! I'm Canadian, and I laughed through that post, especially you guys "singing" the Canada song.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I’m one of those people who just silently reads and enjoys Cake Wrecks’ posts and comments every day, without participating, but this time I just HAD TO comment on this. My guess is that the majority of Canadians who read this post, like me, were very honoured and pleased by your special Canadian ‘edition’. And the majority of us got it. I was not offended in the slightest and thought it was hilarious. Some people just like to feel offended and as you know, complainers like to be heard and unfortunately it sometimes seems like they are speaking for everyone. NOT SO! I love your site. Apologies not necessary for Pete's Sake! Shine on Jen and John.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappy Moose

To all the Canadians who were offended:

Take the hockey sticks out of your butts, and get a sense of humor, if you can find it.

I'm sure if this post wasn't up, you'd get offended that too much time was spent on American cakes.

*Starts humming "Canadian Idiot" by Weird Al"

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I am Canadian and I wasn't in the least offended.

Many Canadians can't even sing their own anthem and it is a running joke up here. It was nice to be thought of on our special day.

As for "the maple leaf not being a Canadian symbol"... Yes... it is. and the first cake is a not terribly awful replication of the Canadian flag. The average person can't replicate a maple leaf. They could, at least, have copied it from any number of places. However, it is a lot better than the cakes you featured for the 4th of July!

It was certainly WAAAAYYYYyyyyyy better than the hideous one below it.

At least they didn't attempt a beaver or a loon.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

PS, In an effort to give Canadians a bit of variety and Americans an little taste of Canada, my friend, Mike Plume, wrote "8:30 Newfoundland (This Is Our Home)" which I think should be the new Canadian anthem.

Love the song. Please pass it along. The song deserves to be heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpMdwDL6xrY

Several favourite lines?
"And when you cross the border and see a caribou on the quarter, then and only then will you be home".

"I've been snowed in for days on the Trans Canada Highway... and that was in the month of June."

And "the little place I love in the Gatineaus with a swimming hole and a covered bridge" was the town I was born in, Wakefield, Quebec.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Ok, I had to laugh at the EPCOT song. While on hold with Disney on Canada Day they were playing that song and I was humming along

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thanks for actknowledging that 'Canada is far superior at hockey'.. LOL it is apreciated ;) Happy coming US day!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaya

Here's the song Jen was talking about, which is used in the Canada Pavillion at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

CANADA (YOU'RE A LIFETIME JOURNEY)
Words and music by Robert Moline
French lyrics by Guy Bonnardot
Vocals by John Zov and Juanice Charmaine

Canada (Canada),
My Canada (mon Canada).
You're a lifetime journey for the traveler (le voyageur).

Canada (Canada),
My Canada (mon Canada).
You're a lifeline of wonder on this planet Earth (planète terre).

Canada,
You are far too vast and beautiful for words to ever really tell.
Canada,
Ten thosand dawn and sunsets I could see
And still not know you well.

J'ai suivi la trace de tes oiseaux de neiges dans les forêts.
J'atteins peu à peu ton coeur et jevois
Comme si comme l'enfant.

Canada (Canada),
My Canada (mon Canada).
A Boutissement d'un rêve pour tous les voyageurs.

Canada (Canada),
My Canada (mon Canada).
Sur ta lingne de vie se tracent les miracles de la terre.

Canada comme une odyssée à travers les temps.
Tu es la fleur et la semence.
Canada.
Tes montagnes tes villes et tes mers
Sont tout ce que j'aime.

People from around the world have settled in your land.
For their heritage and Canda they stand
Side by side and hand in hand.

Canada (Canada),
My Canada (mon Canada).
You're a lifeline of wonder on this planet Earth

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

After reading all the posts, I did not, as a canadian, found the cakes offensive or the candadians offended. Please Americans, why are we supposed to be offended?! We are not!

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaya

K, I'd just like to point out that we're NOT independent of England. Queen Elizabeth II is the queen of Canada. In fact, she's touring Canada now and joined in yesterday's celebrations from Parliament Hill (that's in Ottawa, our nation's capital, which is in Ontario).

@Bree Not nice. And on our country's birthday.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

That French is....awkward. Doesn't sound right to me.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

What does America export besides soldiers?

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Brilliant rendition of the Canada Pavillion song! You made my night!

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I heart you for making that painfully lame song about my homeland funny. You rock.

And it's really, really, really sad how many people thought you were serious. Because, y'know, this is always the SeriousBlogofSeriousness. Seriously.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I'm a Canadian and was not offended at all by that post...I find it funny that the cake decorators can't seem to get the maple leaf shaped properly...but hey, at least they spelled "Canada" right, eh?

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

anonymous @1:27...we export MARINES. want one? i can send you a few. right to your doorway. you just let me know. :)

oh canada. don't you know we of the great USA are snobs? it is our main goal in life to piss off the rest of the planet. for real.

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwiff

OMG! I can't believe you'd make fun of Canada! And their national anthem! That's crazy! I mean...it's not like you spent a whole week making fun of your OWN country's Independence Day cakes..........ummm...I mean...oh wait.....

My husband is from Canada so we always celebrate Canada Day and Canadian Thanksgiving. I made a Canada Day cake this week...if I was a professional I would have submitted it to you myself. Maple leafs are a pain to make on cake! Next time I'll go with something easier...maybe polite phrases all over the cake. :-D

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

with 144 comments ahead of me I doubt you'll see this:
I just wanted to thank you Americans for giving us Canadians a day to celebrate. Up here in the far north, we only sit around in our igloos & munch on seal blubber. It takes a more sophisticated country like you to the south of us to think about holidays.
Oh BTW, please do come up & see us this summer & don't forget to bring your skis.

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarin F.

@Happy Moose- Ditto Ditto Ditto!!Great Blog!

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Can I just say I'm greatly amused that the EPCOT reference actaully caused an "EPCOT incident"? (As a side note, the phrase "See, you can tell by the Disney Font" has become a running gag in our household.)

As for the readers you "lost", don't worry about it, they obviously didn't get the blog and will not be missed. They can troll elsewhere.

As always, your sarcasm, commentary, and Disney references, remain my favorite part of the blog, truly. It was great to meet you at the signing last Saturday and I hope you enjoyed Disneyland!

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica W

Love that Canada song. When we first heard it at EPCOT, my mom thought they were saying "Canadaaaaa...you're a life time of wonder on this planata..." (or something like that.). Good times. :)

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelliebean

yeah! my cake was posted! Maxipad(TM)cake! long time fan, first time cake submitter. and, as a canadian, i am not offended at all.

jill p

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Oh. Wow. It's really unfortunate that some of our neighbors to the north were offended by this post. It's even more unfortunate that some of the offended took it upon themselves to post hurtful comments targeting Americans. Lighten up, folks. There's just too much seriousness in our world to take something fun and lighthearted and turn it into a name-calling contest. Grow up. Really.

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

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