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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

Deep Fried Thoughts

Today I thought we might celebrate "Marti Gras"

Or maybe even "Mardi Gra"

Whichever it is, I'm just psyched to know that both cakes are deep-fried.

Yessir, and that means it's time to PAPTY!!

With a deep-fried PAPTY cake!

Now, to enjoy your "papty" you're also going to need a bunch of deep-fried donuts cleverly disguised as deep-fried cupcakes disguised as...uh...whatever this is:

Mmmm. Deep-fried goodness.

Next you'll need to clarify that when you say something with Mardi Gras colors on it is ugly...

NOTE: This is ugly.

In a deep-fried kind of way. are, indeed, "dissing" the Mardi Gras colors in general. In fact, you're dissing Mardi Gras, and its cultural origins, and every single person who has, does, or ever will celebrate it. Because, frankly - and I only tell you this because I care - you're kind of a bastard.

You'll also need a small plastic baby on the OUTSIDE of the pastry, because NO ONE bakes a small plastic baby INSIDE the cake, and only an IDIOT would say that anyone ever has.

Check it out: this donut still has its center!

Btw, I'm going to show you a funny cake now...

Tee-hee! Funny!

...but we're going to ignore that and focus instead on the cultural, economic, and quantum mechanical differences between "Cajuns" and "people who live in Louisiana." Because this is a humor blog, gosh dang it, and that is very, VERY relevant.

And finally, my friends, we're really going to need an Avatar cake with Mardi Gras masks on it.

Just 'cuz.

Theeeere we go.

Let the deep-fried PAPTY begin!

Many sprinkle-covered thanks to Amy S., Kathlyne B., Linda, Dora L., Berny B., Auntie N., Georgia F., & Samantha G., who all know better than to ever assume a humor blogger might be a) joking, b) sarcastic, and/or c) fully aware of the fact that most King Cakes are not deep-fried OR donuts and just thought it was funny and had no idea cake was suddenly such a serious business and don't mind this facial tic I just need to have a bit of a lie-down now if that's alright with you.

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Reader Comments (213)


(that's how it's spelled, right?)

Hey, what do I have to do to get someone to throw me some cheap beads? Oh, yeah. Here ya go:

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Where's my beads?

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March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Great Cajun daisies on them thar deep-fried sprinkled cakes!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I don't even want to see what comments I missed doesn't sound like I really "missed" anything...

It's cake people! Cake is supposed to be fun and and Cakewrecks celebrates the funnicity of all cakes, no matter how good or bad they may be.

Kudos to Jen and John for taking this bull by the horns and whipping it around.

And thanks to Let Them Eat Cake for the hurricane recipe...I LOVE those things!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

For some reason, I read this hearing the voice of the "Old Spice" man (you know - - THAT guy!) It just made it even funnier!!

wv: deuse - Deuse Marti Gra cakes are berry oogly.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Wait, this is a HUMOR blog?

I thought I signed up for a tour of Epcot.

Keep up the hilarity, cultural insensitivity (as if), and deep-fried humorous sarcastic commentary.

BTW, I googled "King Cakes" yesterday, and out of hundreds of google image results, there were maybe a dozen that didn't look like Leprechaun vomit (I am not being culturally insensitive to Leprechauns here, because I am a direct descendant of Hobbits, and EVERYONE knows Hobbits and Leprechauns share a common ancestry). I submit that perhaps King Cakes are the Croquembouche of Louisiana.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

So I was just a little bit confused by the commentary on todays post (not that I didn't find it amusing anyway...)
Then I went back and looked at the comments on yesterdays post....
Now as I'm sure you are absolutely never a) joking, b) sarcastic, and/or c) fully aware of ANYTHING, people explaining the cakes you published yesterday were delicious and beautiful are just doing the rest of us a favor! so that we don't ended confused for the rest of our lives!! Of course!!

Your response post today deserves a giant TOUCHE!!!

Jen and John,
In an awesome, deep-fried, totally-serious-and-never-ever-joking, way.
And I love you both a lot.
But not in a creepy way or anything....

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLily Marie :)

I am from Louisiana... but not Cajun. I "get" all the humor and hilarity that is cakewrecks. I appreciate every word, every photo, and I usually laugh until I cry. However, I will always feel the need to correct anyone who says King Cakes are fried. They are not. (unless one particular bakery/donut shop decides to do that). The traditional King Cake is not fried.

In addition, I do feel the need to defend the honor of anything from my state that someone calls "ugly" or "disgusting" as I'm sure all of you would... if you take pride in your state and culture.

Good day, and laugh on, cake wreckers.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterProf de fran├žais

Oh how I love you Jen! Perfect commentary!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie (Kali)

I love you Jen. The kind of deep-fried, Marti Gras, plastic baby love that can only be given to a perfect stranger over the internet.

This was a perfect retort to all the overly sensitive wackos yesterday!

Seriously people, it's cake, get over yourselves!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiana

Love you guys. Epcot smack talkin'! Woot!

Now I need to go deep fry something...


March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gaa-aaaah! Why is the funny giant cookie staring at me?? Make it stop!!

And Jen and John, I don't know what happened yesterday, but whoever did is are hosers. Sheer and simple.

You two rock my world, and I ain't the only one. Google Reader says almost 60,000 people agree with me and Google doesn't lie.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

John, as a person with [insert connection to cajunica here] I feel I have to tell you how disappointed I am that none of the deep-fried brioche pastry cupcakes above feature beads of any kind.

As wikipedia and I know, and you should, the beads are a deeply spiritual part of Creolic celebration cake-feasting. Our ancestors in French Canadia used to deep-fry ceramic or sometimes metal beads, bake them into cinnamon brioches, then fry the brioches, then cover them with more beads, and finally a deep-fried baby on top. Historically these were real babies, but were ultimately replaced by the plastic variety. Shrove Tuesday is the day on which the babies were shriven. The deep-frying is why it is called Fat Tuesday.

I hope you'll be more sensitive to our important traditions in future.


March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJayKuz

Dear Jen, John, Number #1, the cats, and anyone else on the CW team who might have been stressed--
I'm sad that it's been a bit rough lately in the "Folks, please get that it's a humor blog;not the place for rants, criticisms, earnestness, hurt feelings, scoldings, righteousness, diatribes, etc" Department. (However, as someone who works with the public I am constantly amazed by some people's sensitivity and others'
cluelessness.)I'm just sorry it's gettin' to ya.

So, I suggest we follow the wv directive of the day and "plamices." I think we're going have to dress as rodents. Wearing masks. And Marti Gra colors. Best news is that we do get to eat pancakes!!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiteNurse

I like the blog, but when you have to read the previous day's comments to know what's going on, it's taking a bit too far. Can't we just keep the two separate for those who don't want to become enmeshed in the drama? I realize some people "don't get the joke" - but they never will, so poking fun at them just seems a bit petty IMHO.

Other than this post, I really enjoy the blog. For the record, I have NEVER read the comments until today, and hopefully I won't have to again.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeBe

Jen and John (Hubby of Jen), I love you guys!

BTW - we watched "Muppets from Space" last night, and when Kermy flailed, I just lost it. MY hubby thinks I'm nuts. But that's okay - he always has, and loves me anyway...

Merry at Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

WV: roingsh - whattheheck was roingsh with everyone yesterday??? I thought it was funny!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ooohhh, do I sense passive-aggressive expression of simmering resentment?

We love you guys.

WV: mismi. I didn't comment yesterday. Did you mismi?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

Jen, in tribute to you, and because I'm giving up bread and all bread-like things for Lent, I have been enjoying Krispy Kreme donuts today, in lieu of pancakes, as there really is nothing better than the deep-fried goodness that is a Krispy Kreme donut (unless, that is, you have access to beignets from Cafe du Monde, but I imagine it's a bit, well, insane there today).

Tonight, for supper, we're having Jambalaya, which isn't deep-fried, but is still full of yummy goodness.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPromise

Prof de fran├žais:

I am from Georgia. Well, I wasn't born here, so some native Georgians will forever brand me as a darn Yankee, but I consider this my home state. I have freely embraced such glorious traditions as Pecan Pie, Sweet Tea (one gallon iced tea, 2 gallons sugar), Deer hunting (free range organic meat, what's not to like?), mud bogging, and I've even come to understand the sentimental attachment of some to the "Stars and Bars" while simultaneously deploring the racist uses for which some have employed that symbol.

That being said, I can find you some redneck trailer park plastic decorations that will make your eyes water. They're that ugly. I have looked through some bakery displays and found cakes labeled as "Traditional Southern Red Velvet Cake" that make my teeth ache, and are wrecky as all get out. I find them disgusting.

Shoot, one of Georgia's very own boys made a fine living off of poking good-natured fun at some of the more ugly and disgusting aspects of Redneck culture with the "You Might be a Redneck" series. So, respectfully I must disagree. If something from my state is ugly and disgusting, and also coincidentally extremely funny, I have developed enough good old fashioned Southern humility to be able to laugh at it.

Most of the fine people of Louisiana also posses this gracious quality, but the ones who are too caught up in pride to see the humor alas are the more vocal ones.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

I thought my love for you was complete before this but this post...this post completes me.
- Marcy

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


You are awesome! And hilarious!

::Positions chair for best possible view of impending EPCOT::

Did anyone bring popcorn?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica W

What? No Kermit flailing today? That was my favorite part of yesterday :D

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Soo glad I got in and out early on yesterday's posts. Some people have the weirdest religious fetishes (cake? really?) I check back in a couple hours only to see Kermit hightailing it to deep Bayou and hear the dry, dusty rattle of Mr. Bones laughing is tailjoints off.

WV: cented -- and may the cented air of other deep-fried goodies permeate your day!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Today's post makes me feel special! Those of us "in the know" are laughing 'til we cry. (Self-pat on back...I think I had the first EPCOT prediction at 10:49am but really! People even adding comments today? Epic...ot.) Too bad you guys don't write a humor blog - you would be really good at it. So,today's the day - laissez les bon temps roulez! Throw me some, mistah! Love y'all!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

To JayKuz:Thank you. I love learning about other cultures as I feel it enriches my life.I will share my newly acquired knowledge with everyone I meet this week!

To Prof de francais: AAARRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!

wv: ambulanc-I need to call an ambulanc after that last scream!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy's Mom

I love you guys, and I think this post was perfect! A good application of your witty talents to respond to an unnecessarily explosive situation. A+++ to you all!

Now excuse me, I suddenly feel the urge to go buy some donuts...

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Apparently, many of yesterday's commenters gave up their senses of humor for Lent -- and in the interest of not starting a mini-Epcot in the comments, yes, I know it actually starts tomorrow...

One thing I'll never give up is Cake Wrecks. LOVE you guys, LOVE the blog, LOVE the book and am rabidly awaiting the next one -- in a non-threatening, no-I'm-really-not-a-stalker, deep-fried kind of way.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn in Superior

Dear Jen and John, I love you both (although I've never met you), I read both your blogs, and I have your book and calendar. I'm happy to see you strike back (finally) at all those trolls who can't read a humor blog with a sense of humor. I thought yesterday's post was a very funny one, had no idea it could possibly cause controversy. Please keep up the great humor and good work...I can always count on Cake Wrecks to start my day with a smile, or a half hour of side splitting laughter. Your comments are always right on point...just perfect! Today included!
Your number 1 fan (just kidding!!!!! I'm not crazy) Take care of that tic!
signed in as anonymous, so I'll sign my yahoo name proudly
Betty Martin

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't mind me, I'm going to sit over here, mixing up Hurricanes, and rolling my eyes over the King Cake Nitwit Krewe.

But then, I know a couple of people from Louisiana who live here, and they pine for the fijords regularly, and insist that Everything Is Better In Loosiana. So I just have to roll my eyes in sympathy with you.

Word Verification: psign

Used correctly in a sentence: I found the bathroom under the psign.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Housewife

{{Prairie-doggin'}}Is it safe to come out of the bunker? O.O

There, there...put your feet up, have a hurricane or 2 (or 7 or 8), have some *deep-fried* king cake, papty nekkid, and then have that well-deserved lie-down!

You guys rock! :-D

wv: dynap: A nap you take when you're so tired that you could "die" (figuratively) because of a Level 5 EPCOT.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

I just read the update to yesterday's post, and cannot stop laughing about "kermit flail". Perfect, just perfectly sublime!!! I have tears running, soon I'll be "kermit flailing" on the floor in laughter!
Betty Martin

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear Prof de Francais,

A little while ago they produce the most wretched cake I've ever seen of a "UK wildcat". Now, I'm a huge UK fan, HUGE. Don't mess with my Kentucky Wildcats. BUT, this is a humorous blog so I took it for what it was...HUMOR! Did I storm the blog comments demanding that they remove such an awful hideous looking thing that makes all UK fans look crazy. ummm, no. Why? Because...once again...HUMOR! Deal with it, move on, and don't visit CakeWrecks next year on King Cake day...
Jon and Jen, wonderful commentary. Visit everyday for my daily dose of laughter.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen and John and #1 make the world a better place. I'm so glad y'all and Cakewrecks is in it!


I'm buying the next round of Hurricanes. And fried cake. And pancakes. Wouldn't want anyone left out.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni W.

mmm. . . deep fried epcot.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNara

I just think we're a little sensitive after this cake-related incident: .

It's like making fun of Haiti (albeit 6 years later). We're a little touchy. SORRY if you don't "get" that.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

FYI - "Mardi Gra" is the case there is only ONE partier.

The deep-fried wonder of humourless readers of a humour blog seriously concerns me.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle P

Best. Post. Ever.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Mmmmmmm, doughnuts and hurricanes...the breakfast of champions!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

I bet you never guessed you would get more crap over a King Cake post than over the Charlie Sheen post.

Do they drink Tiger Blood at Mardi Gras?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

HMMMM... lent starts tomorrow - considering giving up something I love for lent. Cake Wrecks, or chocolate?

Chocolate. I can last 6 weeks without chocolate easier than 6 weeks without Cake Wrecks!!

wv: mazoo Stick it up your mazoo if you don't like it!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

You go girl! I thought (most of) everyone's comments yesterday were sad displays anyways. It is a humor blog after all, and we all know you've never been sarcastic like EVER! :D You "southerners" should be ashamed of yourselves. I know us Mid-westerners would NEVER fly off of the handle like that and be so immature

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, note to self: do NOT go back a day and read over the comments, (seems like) it COULD be fatal!
I enjoyed the link someone put in their comment yesterday that I cut and pasted and it took me to an official looking site that talked about the history of the King cake. No pictures but informative.
My son assures me we do NOT need to try deep frying a cinnamon roll ;-}
Think "impervious*" and type on young Jen!
(I'm 56+, you are young)
* impervious, what some people are to humor and what humor bloggers are to comments from said people.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Valinda

I guess the fourth cake is attempting to be a mask. Wow.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

It seems there really is such a thing as deep-fried cupcakes. (Sorry, I don't have a specific reference citation, but there are these things called 'search engines' that one can use to see whether I am telling the truth. I'll wait. Not.)

Anyway, deep-fried cupcakes are apparently fast becoming a carnival (not Carnivale) staple, alongside other deep-fried favorites: ice cream (really), cement blocks, dirt, etc. Ok, I made up deep-fried cement blocks and dirt. I hope. Unless someone reading this regards deep-fried dirt as a delicacy, in which case nothing changes.

I was really offended yesterday by those insensitive louts who dissed the fine traditions of Cake Wrecks. And Wikipedia.

Personally, on my personal list of things I find of importance to me and therefore worth mounting a vigorous (and anonymous) defense each and every time someone anywhere in the universe mentions them, cakes (and cake-like objects, whether baked or deep-fried) are... just not showing up.

I follow a few simple rules (which work so well that I must insist on enforcing them for all of humanity):
1.) Don't visit [insert one's personal favorite news / information site here] looking for laughs.

2.) Don't visit humor blogs looking for serious information.

c.) When one is a fan of snarky humor (why else would one visit a site known for same unless one is just looking to pick a fight), one should expect that one's own personal sacred (animals, plants, cakes, etc) are going to turn up in the cross-hairs from time to time. One should therefore get over one's self and have a laugh or six because life is about 15 orders of magnitude too short and there is an oversupply of things going on 'out there' that are anything but funny.

IV.) Wreck on.

wv: adder

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig


Shoot. I thought this was an informational blog.

I just assumed I found factual and pertinent information humorous.

Doesn't everyone?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreen

Assuming yesterday's posters are correct and the King Cake is baked, not fried, it would truly be the ONLY THING that ISN'T fried in New Orleans.

I was in New Orleans on business and 5 days into the trip, I truly couldn't even look at one more fried item. I begged some confused waitress for something that wasn't fried. 'Wut wood thayt be hun?' "How about a salad?" I replied. She came back with a plate of iceberg lettuce drowning in blue cheese dressing and look that said I should stop being unreasonable.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristers

I had to quit reading the comments yesterday. That got crazy.

I LOVE all your deep friend, sarcastic humor. KEEP IT UP!!! Love you Jen and John (the hubby of Jen).

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

WOWZERS!!!! Pics like this make me even MORE glad that I bake for Christie England at Sugar in Norman!!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly T.

Mmmmmm...deep fried cupcakes!
Can you tell I'm on a diet?
Thanks for making me laugh!!
Paty on Jen, Paty on John.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I guess some people don't get "straight face" delivery -- at least not in writing.

I guess I should be grateful I was raised by a father so good at it that I eventually assumed he was being funny whenever he spoke, unless I had evidence to the contrary in front of me!

Let me tell you, though -- if, when Hanukah rolls around in December, you start claiming that latkes are baked, you'll hear from me, my bubbe and my zaida!

And, if anyone needs more deep-fried goodness:,0,2475964.photogallery

(not a king cake in all 66 pictures!)

wv- hyperin

Some people are hyperintense about cake.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I was so confused (having not read yesterday's comments). Being "corrected" all the time must get really old.

I love the blog. Keep 'em coming!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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