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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)

That last cake looks like one of those two-headed Frankenstein Teddy Grams to me.

High of 32 here in Austin, Texas, not counting wind chill. And we had rolling blackouts to help save power on the state-wide grid. Not cool at all. *badum-ching*

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianna Mills, Jr

As usual, a funny funny post! I wanted to stop by and wish you luck at the Bloggies!

I am linking to your site tomorrow, hope you don't mind. :)

I know in Florida, its warm and sunny, but I know those of us in the midwest were hoping for a "snowpocalypse" wreck blog today! In SW Missouri we had between 10 and 20 inches depending on the county. I personally spent 3 hours clearing the driveway and only got half it cleared off. And its sunny here today, so I guess the groundhog saw his shadow and we are in for more of this oh so lovely whiteness. blukky! Schools are called off for tomorrow so now we are looking at 3 Snow Days so far!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

@Aliza: I bet all the "snow birds" that are wintering here in Austin, Texas, are pretty peeved about the highs in the mid 30s and lows in the low 20s and teens we are having this week.

As for the "cheeky little fella" with the "crappy back end", Come on wreckerator,even Sandra Lee knows how to keep her cake plate clean...and that's saying a lot for her.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatiMomKat

I love how that weather map assumes the storm stops at the Canadian border. We're supposed to get 45 cm (that's a foot and a half to you Americans) of snow in Nova Scotia by tomorrow morning.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJC3

I'm Canadian.. we can always expect more winter. I don't think we take groundhog day as seriously as Americans. Today a bunch of universities got a snow day here in Ontario.. I think the groundhog stayed in his hole.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Actually there are such things as "blue crabs." LOL

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Bayne

this cake looks good :P

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdamen

that one looking good

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjams

The 2nd to last cake looks like something Captain Kirk and his crew battled!


February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue KuKu

ROFL, I *love* that movie, especially that scene!! Makes me smile on this cold day! (And in case you were wondering...yes, we were among those that were slammed with the tons of snow!)

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Remember, the snow isn't the only indication of a hard winter...We just had our first days since well before Christmas that were over 20 degrees and NOT crazy windy in Fargo last week. ACK! We'll take snow, but the crazy cold weather can be done anytime soon!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

It's still spelled wrong, but I think the "Groad hogs" is actually "Groud Hogs" The chocolate chip makes it look like an a!

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i gotta tell you... i had a pretty crap-tastic day today and reading today's post made me laugh and i REALLY needed to laugh. i especially liked the footnote re: beaver jokes. after a hard day at work, i always look forward to visiting your site for a little pick-me-up.

alyson b.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertat2kitten

but where are the Chinese New Year cakes? :(

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I think that the squashed octopodes is actually a Cylon basestar! The invasion is nigh.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary G

"Happy Grounn Dhog Day!" needs to be a t-shirt. I'm just sayin'...

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

The blue crab "snowflake" made me think of Ariel's seashell top. Just sayin.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I'm kind of amazed, actually..."Punxutawney" is spelled correctly. No, I'm blown away. That's unheard of.

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValentine

the Blue crabs have jazz hands?? wtf is definitely appropriate here.

-Barbara Anne

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

People from Punxsutawney PA may know about Phil the Groundhog.

But those from the Philadelphia area know that beaver jokes are now Arcadia jokes:

And, in the spirit of the movie Groundhog Day, I thank you for Cake Wrecks, since I never want you yelling after me "You little brat! You have NEVER thanked me!"


February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

The cheeks of that groundhog in the second picture look like poos.

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersungyim

Ugh if I decorated these I would hide under ground with that poor groundhog and not show myself until all the angry mobs of customers ran off lol.

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I thought the "blue crabs" was some sort of bikini cake :)

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

So happy I live in South Florida... you guys are getting hammered, and not in a good way!!!!

Yeah, once again those are some pathetic looking cakes, and I think people just make cakes to be making them,,, seriously Groundhog Day cakes... *sighing*

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNo Cake Fo You!!!

Others noticed it, but since I live near the town, I have to mention the misspelling of Punxsutawney.

Poor Phil gets no respect whatsoever...

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

wv: panic

I got a real word for wv! And now, a state of panic sets in, as I try desperately to think of something hilarious to say, combining "panic" and "Ground Hog Day"... ummmm.... nope. Although I will say it's a panic that people actually believe a woodchuck can predict the weather. *G* *shrug* But then, why not? Weathermen are wrong 50% of the time, and they have to go to college to know how to misinterpret the weather maps, right?

Merry at Annie's Book Stop

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The second set of snowflakes looked like pieces of candy! :p

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

how many pork chops can you get out of that "ground hog"? too funny!" rel="nofollow">mark thuesen

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Thuesen

For the love of God can someone tell me how the bakery managed to spell Punxsutawney right but can't manage, er, well, ANY OTHER WORD?!

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Upon further review, no they didn't spell punxsutawney correct but it was closer than most words...minus air quotes.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I'm gonna give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you the rest of your life.

February 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLydia


Yeah, how 'bout" rel="nofollow">that!

Usually," rel="nofollow">Hawaii is the only holdout but this time it's your turn.

I've never been there (or anywhere) when it was actually snowing, but I have been up near the" rel="nofollow">observatory on the Big Island and seen/touched the snow for myself. :)

Everybody else having winter: stay warm.

February 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

The correct spelling is Punxsutawney. And it is Groundhog Day there is only one Punxsutawney Phil not many. :)

Born and Raised in Groundhog Town.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here in Austin, TX we have an armadillo named Bee Cave Bob who comes out to see his shadow (or not). It would be nice if he wore a little cowboy hat but I don't think he does.

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennie w.

Maybe winter will end by my birthday... in April. Best not to count on it. We got a load of snow and ice in Hardin County, KY. I'm out of school 'cause of it today.
(Yay, no algebra!)

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Womb with a View" is the most interesting shower cake I've seen! I just discovered your site and Cake Wrecks book. They are both great. Lots of laughs and giggles. Keep up the great work.
-- Teddi

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the second cake looks like a beaver stuck in a dog door.

hard to believe the 1st cake was a professional cake. i have a hard time spelling but man...

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterali

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