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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

La La Land

WRECK the halls with cows of folly

Fa la la la laa, la la moo moo


'Tis the season to be sorry

Fa la la la laa, la la boo hoo


Con we now our client Darryl

Fa la laa, la la laa, it comes that waaay!


Troll the surly in-law, Carol

Fa la la la laaa, la la cheapskate


SEE the blazing cheeks before us

Fa la la la laaaaa, la UN-I-BROW


Join the creepy penguin chorus

Fa la la la laaa....

"We're on a mission from God."



Thanks to Elizabeth S., Erin L., Gene H., Jami K., Ted S., & Tiffany F. for reminding everyone it's not too late to get your copy of Wreck the Halls for Christmas. Aw, you guys are the BEST.

P.S. Did you donate your dollar today?

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Reader Comments (59)

The one with the ornaments is actually kind of nice until you scroll down and see the giant wedge taken off the side.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Penguins? I thought for sure they were vultures....

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

Thanks for my Monday morning laugh!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

You know, usually... I like cows.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Holy moldy cows, Batman!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMimiheart

OMG!! *whipping away tears* join d creepy penguin chorus!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdriel

I honestly thought those first cakes were mold cultures in petri dishes. I couldn't figure out why you were talking about cows, and suddenly, like a Magic Eye puzzle, it clicked into place and I saw the "cows." I'm a former Wisconsinite. I had a favorite cow at each of my grandparents' farms. We take our cows seriously in Wisconsin. On behalf of cows everywhere, some wreckerator has some serious 'splainin' to do. (There will most certainly be no tipping asscociated with these cows...)

As usual, the song/cake pairing is perfect. Unfortunately, you've caused my husband some uncessesary concern -- I was makng coffee this morning, singing "Fa la la la la, la Unibrow. Join the creepy penguin chorus..." when he walked into the kitchen. Judging from the look he gave me, AND the fact he didn't ask why I was singing that, I think I might be getting a 72 hour psychiatric hold for Christmas. (I wonder if there's a Cake Wrecks defense?)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I just love you guys!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

zomg...I was totally thinking Blues Brothers on those penguins even before the caption!

And it's a real shame about that ornament cake with the corner cut off - it's really very cute otherwise.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

I was gonna say MIB with the penguins, but Blues Brothers is good, too!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTmac

This is one of your BEST POSTS EVER! I was singing right along! Thanks for the morning chuckles!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Poor Darryl.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen B

those "penguins" look like the buzzards in Jungle Book

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterauntie meme

The penquin cake say "traditional" on it. In what country are creepy penquins a tradition? Great post as usual.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvie_M

I read the "This IS your present" on in the voice of Anne Robinson. This cake IS the weakest link. Good bye.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Those first ones look more like pigs to me.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I was given a signed copy of Wreck the Halls at a Xmas party this weekend and literally squealed with delight! I think I weirded some other guests out, but the awesome gal who gave me the gift immediately flipped through the book with me and we laughed until we teared up.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

Singalong posts make me giggle XD XD XD

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The cake with the cut off chunk, that is a fake cake they have at Costco. They have the "missing" chunk so potential customers can see what the cake looks like from under the icing. So I really don't qualify this a wreck in my book.

Otherwise, the penguins are freaking fantastic.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

Todays cakes are like things you'd see on a really bad acid trip.

Not that I would know about such things ...

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

The cake with the ornaments looks like a display cake from Costco. It's to show what kind of filling is in each cake. My kids beg me to buy one every time we go shopping there.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCee

Well clearly, the ornament cake is from a cheap bakery that "cuts corners".

(cue rim shot)

And what is up with those penguins? They look like they've been sent to make you pay up or they're going to bust your kneecaps!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

With the round plastic containers on the cows, they look like something is growing in a petri dish! Oh horrible memories of bio class.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Great captions! Great wrecks!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

"We have a half-pack of Camels, a third of a tank of gas, and we're wearing sunglasses at night... Oh yeah, and we're penguins..."

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I'm pretty sure those penguins are coming for Gary; they heard about last week's "penguins aren't Christmassy" rant.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

You had me at Cows of Folly, but the penguins put the icing on the song. I love you guys.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

I think it's time for another musical post. We've all been really well behaved, and it's been a while since the last one. We would then have a Nightmare Before Christmas one *and* a Christmas one! Yay! Sooooo, please get YouTubing, Jen and John! (And I don't know about other people, but I donated monies. So a video would be nice!)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I'm with Gary.
Stoner penguins out behind the ice floe...fa la la la la- U-ni-brow!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterms. anthrope

I'm so thorough, I've ended up with two copies of Wreck the Halls! I forgot that I put it on my Christmas wish list way back in July and then I bought my own copy when it came out. When I unpacked the (wrapped) packages from my parents, one of them feels suspiciously a future birthday gift for a friend! LOL

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

Great post!!
*am now singing to myself..."join the creepy penguin chorus"...*

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlabgoddess

#1 I see the cows and the culture dishes. These must have come from a dairy QA lab.

#3 Boss: "What's the meaning of this missing corner?!" Wreckerator: [Wiping mouth] "I did it that way so potential customers could see how the cake looks from under the frosting." Boss: "Good job, Bevis. I'm pretty sure they can get the idea from just one or two, though. Stay away from the coffee."

#5 Check the frosting thickness. "Fa la la la la, su-gar co-ma."

#6 "Yo. My associates and I just wanted to remind youse that we're from the south, and we don't appreciate being moved around at will. Polar bears, they got the north. Penguins, south. They don't move in on us, we leave them alone. It's like a tradition. Got it? Good. We don't want to have to insist or anything -- that could get messy." [Others:] "Yeah, real messy. Heh heh. Heh heh heh."

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I sorta liked the creepy penguin chorus. They look like the stereotypical toughs with the hearts of gold.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

This. Is. Hilarious. I giggled and sang along through the whole thing. :D

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Each ornament is
one-third of a frosting can.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

OMG, when I first glanced at the penguins I thought they were ZZ Top...

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarpup

I think those penguins are really supposed to be vultures....

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie P

I thought those were pigs! Anyhow, you guys get an "A" for creativity! LOL!!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

Unibrow or double mustache? That is my question.

The snowman is melting. All that remains is the top of his head. Yummy.

Don't all cool penguins wear shades? The glare off the snow makes sunglasses even more essential than during summer. They're smart. And you're mocking them for it. Well, we'll see who laughs last when you're suffering vision loss and they're still looking sweet. And yummy.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermouse

"We're on a mission from God."

*wipes tears of laughter from her eyes*


December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMafdet

Am I the only one who thinks the penguins looks like gansta chickens in black hoodies??? or perhaps really Really REALLY creepy nuns??? Yep... guess I am ;(

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberj

Hmmm... Traditional Penguins... Maybe South Africa with its Jackass Penguins(real name) that invade people's homes, yards, and roads for nesting purposes? And they live there year-round so no wimpy snow for them in summer!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelticat

Add me to the Blues Brothers group. And, "sir, I knew a cow. And that is not a cow!"

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

Those "cows" look more porcine than bovine to me. Perhaps the rare Olde Molde Spotted breed?

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspel chek

Zoomom said:
"I'm pretty sure those penguins are coming for Gary; they heard about last week's "penguins aren't Christmassy" rant."

Aaaaaagh! They're onto me!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

@Gary I’ve heard that moldy cow icing makes you trip, too. Had you been cow licking?

“Creepy penguin chorus” was funny until I read Craig’s comment.
(Can you imagine them with an old cop car driving around Antarctica? Why didn’t Gary Larson think of that one? Don’t you imagine he’s a Blues Brothers kind of guy?)

Some of the snowman’s teeth are totally rotted and some are just cavity filled.

Instant replay for the alleged display cake- what it says “Mary” and then the dot for the I is over the R in “Christmas.” Official call: “It’s a wreck!”

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

luvin the penguins.
i wonder why part of that cake was cut off.
i would love if someone gave me a giant cookie!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

okay, if the one with the corner cut off is to demonstrate what's underneath the icing ... they didn't need to do that. They didn't bother to ice the sides, so you can see what's inside anyway!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommentertheangelJean

That first one looks like a cell culture I once had to discard...

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimeon

Would you make us one of your songy videos with that? Pretty please?

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

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