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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

Chasing Shadows

Well, it's Groundhog Day. Or, as Brenda here knows it:

"Groad Hogs Day"

Today is the day that we celebrate having this cheeky little fella:

aka "the guy with the crappy back end": around town with Bill Murray looking for a weather forecaster who has no shadow. Which I think makes the weather forecaster a vampire.

Ah, American holidays*.

Today is also the day when we find out if winter will end soon or not.


[clickety click click click]

via 12 hours ago

Yeah. Good luck with that, every-state-but-Florida.

So, unless shadowless weather forecasters are run over by rodent and celebrity driven automobiles, I'd say most of you are due to see a lot more of this:

"Squashed octopodes?"

Er, no. I mean this:

"Blue crabs?"

No, no, no!


[crickets chirping]

Oh, never mind.

Happy Grounn Dhog Day, y'all.

Thanks to Brenda M., M.Z., Melissa B., Saundra, Karen C., Jamie, & Kevin H., who would like to remind you to never drive angry. Especially with a quadruped.

*Actually, I hear Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day, too. Except their vampire weather forecasters use beavers to raise the stakes. [insert beaver joke here] [insert 'BWAHAHAHA!' here] [insert apology for beaver joke here]

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Reader Comments (89)

I can only hope many, many TV stations are playing this movie today.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

We're supposed to have a high of 45 in in Phoenix today. That's just not right. I blame the Gruhndawdg.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimiheart

So many puns so little time... but WTF is u[ with those cakes??? How dare they call themselves pros >:(

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Never apologize for a beaver joke!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristyn

"Groad Hogs" would be an excellent name for a band. Just sayin'.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ Franklin Evans

2nd to last cake:
Head tilt left, it's a frozen teddy bear.
Head tilt right, it's a frozen butterfly.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

C'mon people! Use a clean cardboard circle. Jeesh.

Otherwise, it's actually a cute cake.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

look at that, no snow in Canada, it's like the weather stops at the border

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you for using the correct (or at least snootiest) plural of "octopus".

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarensb

I own that flic.... Yes, it will be on tonite. It would be fitting to have AMC playing 24hrs back to back, just like the Christmas Story on Christmas day!. That would be sooo awesome...

That map is awesome.. it's in the 70's here... :-) Others should not hate because tey're not smart enough to move out of the snow belt!

BTW, I especially liked those snowflake wrecks.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy C also in So Fla

@J Franklin Evans: Or a motorcycle gang! Or should they hyphenate? G-road Hogs...?

wv. astend. Astend it will be given unto you!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimmery

Considering how much of the stuff the country's been seeing, you'd think they could do a better job on the snowflake cakes.

(On one e-mail list I'm on, suggestions for Groundhog Day are including sniper rifles trained on Punxsutawney Phil's burrow.)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergamingkitty

Give Wreckerator #3 a giant cookie slathered in mounds of brightly colored icing! He/she/it almost spelled Punxsutawney correctly!

wv: derst (v); I derst not look at those wrecks- the horror is too much!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy McGill

Octopodes FTW! I love Greek plurals.

Also, two beavers are better than one; they're twice the fun. Ask anyone!

WV: subract - This Texan is not happy when he has to subract from zero to get the current wind chill.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoeurdechoeur

that teddy bear snow monster looks like it's made out of styrofoam.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, in Ontario, "Wiarton Willie" is our (albino) groundhog forecaster extraordinaire. (Imagine the possibilities for wrecks there!!!) Considering that we just got majorly dumped on with snow, no shadows were to be seen.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Today, I am grateful that we live in Florida.

Next month when it's already 95 degrees out and everyone and his brother is here at Disney for Spring Break, maybe not so much.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

@Sandy C -- and that's why retired Canadians are snowbirds and descend en masse to South Florida each winter :)

I never would have thought that "groundhogs" was so difficult to spell. Then again, I'm not a wreckerator!

Cake #2 is almost cute, if they had properly cleaned the cake circle or had protected it while decorating.

Cake #3 is-- groundhogs should hire a lawyer and launch a class action suit for defamation. But... I think they actually spelled that right?! (wait, they're missing an "s". Soooo close!)

Trust me, it's snowing north of the border too. Toronto's hit worse thus us, but we're getting 15-20cm today in Ottawa plus high wind (OK, that's just a usual storm for us, but "no snow" would imply no shovelling ;;sigh;; ). However, we are lucky to not be getting what Chicago got (two years ago, we got a record 54cm in one day, so we know how miserable they feel!)

Those CCC wanna-be snowflakes ought to join the groundhogs in that lawsuit...

A Groundhogs Day cake decorated with roses-- isn't that just a wee bit off season???

Yup, Canadians have "Groad Hog" day too...but since spring never comes mid-March this far north the miserable rodents are unlikely to be right with their prediction of an early spring this year :( Shall we call it "groad-kill hogs"?

PS those of us with a sense of humour always welcome a good beaver joke!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

wv: defise

Why someone might buy these cakes defise explanation.

swidt - the wv actually is like how a wreckerator would spell it. Hee hee.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

One of those days when I'm so, so happy to live in Florida. :0)

Can't wait for our annual viewing of Groundhog Day! "Don't drive angry!"

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

ah the majestic beaver with it's strong tail and chompy teeth.. how we love him. oh hey - don't apologize for the beaver jokes - I'm Canadian and I think they're very funny :) actually I think the whole thing is very funny, the website I mean not the concept of a beaver. Although I suppose that's funny too.

The mighty beav. I need coffee, and a strong westerly moving front, I'm not sure what that means, but you get my drift.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmaimz

It's only Groundhog Day 'cause we don't have native hedgehogs in the Americas. Really.

I have a strange urge to find out what a hedgehog would look like in true Wreckorator style... You probably have a really bad Sonic in your archives somewhere, huh?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

As always, your post never fails to entertain me and make the start of the work day begin with a smile.

Thanks Cake Wrecks!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

[Insert witty comment about laughter and spit takes]

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

I don't want to see a
lot more of this!!
I don't want to see a
lot more of this!!!!

The snow's okay, but not this!!!!

BTW-No "Groundhog's Day" on Verizon in the northern suburbs of NYC. Very disappointed as we are trapped in the house.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Lot of, er, beaver humor this week, eh? But what else can you do with a blue teddy bear giving birth?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonu Ge

You have a blog award waiting for you over on my blog! I enjoy reading your blog for the comedic relief!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlyingHorse2

How is it possible that the wreckerator came so close to spelling "punxsutawney phil" correctly, yet they can't spell "Grounn Dhog Day"?!?!?!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelliesue

Today is also known as Candlemas, The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, La FĂȘte de la Chandeleur, and The Meeting of the Lord. So, yeah, not sure how a groundhog got mixed up in all of THAT.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

"insert beaver joke"

*blink blink*


I kinda like the chubby cheeky one, if he'd only cleaned up his platfrom a bit.

"jillb-ilslp" - I agree. My first thought was a recycled Wilton teddybear or gingerbread man pan.

I have never seen the movie clear through, for some reason, I just keep catching the beginning... over and over... (for real).

How is it that wreckers can spell Punxatawny but not groundhog... or BIRTHDAY???? Yeesh.


wv -- pardow -- pardow me, but your poop is showing. Do you have any brown poopon?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermladybright

Thanks for posting a link to Groundhog Day! You guys are awesome (but you already knew that).

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Cullen

The groad hog made me think of the line in the Beatles song 'Dig A Pony' that says "do a road hog" What were those freaky snowflake cakes? It's snowing here in Arkansas and I know what a snowflake looks like. I think...

I thought that the one with the crickets chirping looked a bit like a faceless blue teddy bear(maybe I'm losing it...)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeighanne

The second-to-last one looks like a tardigrade!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

I live in British Columbia Can.( California of Canada),in a small town nestled in the mountains. We get winter but compared to other places it is quite mild, though we do look forward to spring. To-day is cloudy so if we had our own groadhog he would stay out and play and let us know spring is on the way. Yeah!! Wreakenators live on so this site can be here forever.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

@mimiheart, good luck with that 45! I'm in Peoria and its 41 that feels like 31 because of the wind. But at least we don't have any of that stuff that inspired those weird blue cakes.
I love a good beaver joke, you can really sink your teeth into them!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's an American (& Canadian?) holiday, but according to the article I read this morning it comes from Germany:
"The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early."
Candlemas?...blink, blink.... hmmmmmm.... Just sounds like another holiday for cake wreckers out there to butcher. I say we need a collection of Candlemas cakes! Whatddya say Jen? ;-)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

One of those snowflake cakes was clearly made in a teddy-bear shaped pan. Because teddy bears, like snowflakes, are six-sided and pointy.

We got over 18 inches of snow here in Chicago. The local high school has a snow day for the first time since 1979. And THE GROUNDHOG SAW HIS SHADOW. Yeah. I'm having a ball with the snow, though. Ooh, snowball fight! I should go have one.

WV: fraggess. Jim Henson's Fraggess Rock is not as well known as Sesame Street, but is just as clever.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Is it too early for flapjacks?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome wrecks. Seriously people pay other people to do that? sad face. Anyway your post are hilarious thank for the great birthday laughs. - Victoria

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Now you know why I live in FLorida!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrunningbetty

Can't. Stop. Laughing.... :D

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer MacNeill-Traylor

I have never been so happy about Groad Hogs Day as I am today! Mmmmm...groad hogs...i bet groad hog bacon is good...

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBren-duh from Cana-duh

There's an even better weather photo making the rounds on Facebook, featuring a ... colloquial-language version ... of the New England weather forecast. I can't repeat its contents because this is a family site!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

This post is made all the more sad by the fact that I got the *cutest* groundhog cupcakes from my cupcake lady. A little sugar cookie groundhog peering out of a cupcake, complete with oreo cookie "dirt" and piped frosting grass! Not a hint of chocolate poo in sight. :D

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOdie

"You want a prediction about the weather, you're asking the wrong Phil. I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."

Groad Hog? Maybe while they were piping that, their mind wondered and thought of road kill?

lol Sandy C.! We all could be watching, and when the movie starts over again it'll be like deja-vu!

wv: chroat: Last year I wanted to strangle that little rodent's chroat for predicting 6 more weeks of winter. All is forgiven this year.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

I'm not really sure "In the line of fire" is the correct sentiment for that weather bulletin! I am sooo glad I live in Florida!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber Rice

Is that a CCC (patoooie) trying to be a snowflake or is that a new use for a teddy bear cake pan?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

Those "blue crabs" look like a blue bra!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMicalah

#1 Maybe the wreckerator had to battle through heavy traffic to get to work.

#2 Oh the irony of ordinal placement. What is 'groundhog plaza'? I think when the manager said to recycle cake boards, this is not what he or she had in mind. Didn't Sandra Lee teach this wreckerator anything about the importance of cleaning as you work?

#3 I see a brown hovercraft with a face. Let's hope it isn't full of eels.

#4 Ok, I'm pretty sure this is a weather map, not a cake. (Fighting to restrain urge to say something snarky about 'global warming'...)

#5 Aerial view of a snowbound airport terminal? An 8-way intersection before the plows come through? (Based on some of the things the state Department of Transportation comes up with, it could happen.)

#6 What is underneath all that blue -- giant marshmallows?. I hope it matches the decor, at least. Something is missing on top, though.

#7 "The manager is out today -- I can use the airbrush! Yess!"

#8 What's the deal on the borders? Was a Grounn Dhog operating the turntable?

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

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