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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.

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- Jen

Passover These Wrecks

During the celebration of Passover, it's traditional for participants to avoid all types of leavening, like yeast. In fact, you could say this is one of the most important, key features of the entire celebration.

So maybe someone should tell these bakers.

Let's hope it ages well.

Now, before I start an Epcot here: yes, there *are* flour-less Passover cakes and pastries.

But I'm pretty sure this isn't one of them:

And if there's time, Google "Passover."

And then return that Wonders of the Pyramids gift book.

During Passover there is a special dinner called the Seder, which is used to recount the Exodus story and teach the younger generations. It is very Jewish. By which I mean, if you're *not* Jewish, or of the Jewish faith, then you're probably not celebrating the Seder. And, at least to my knowledge, there are no Buddhist Seders or New Age Seders or Ed Hardy Seders; Jews pretty much have a corner on the Seder market.

Why do I bring this up?



Hey, is this like wishing someone a "Merry Christian Lent"?

'Cuz I'm totally doing that now.

(Although, all things being equal, maybe I should write it on a chocolate bar.)

Thanks to today's Wreckporters Evelyn G., Amy K., & Alana M. for getting a rise out of these Wrecks.

Update from john: [rubbing temples] To those of you currently chilling in the Epcot Bunker™, yes, anyone can make a lovely Seder. Apparently there are [insert comment count here] non-Jews doing so.

It's still Jewish.

That is all.

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Reader Comments (166)

OK, I'll join the fray just to get this alternative Seder thing straight. The important thing to know is that ingredients aren't allowed. Matzo is a cracker without any ingredients. For our Buddhist Seder, we hide a piece of it, which is easy because it doesn't have any ingredients and therefore doesn't exist. Finding it is like describing the sound of one hand clapping.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

My favorite aspect of this EPCOT is that the EPCOT you anticipated is not the EPCOT that ensued. Although perhaps not the most daisy of EPCOTS - less than 50 comments as I write this- I'm with Cheryl at 12:21: Anyone and everyone who posts a comment must take that pledge! (Bunny ears optional)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mindy

I'm thinking we need an Epcot theme song. Sung by Number 1 and a video with Spaceship Earth. And maybe double rainbows (just 'cuz I like 'em).

Anyway, these cakes remind me of a newscast I saw while visiting my sister in Philly that had a segment featuring holiday decorations. They highlighted a great Hanukkah light display--and gave that family a big ol' ham. Niiiiiice.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Had to post again, just because I came back to check comments, and this was the wv:


If this is what happens at Pastoverer, what's gonna happen at Hamica?

But also say: yes (and thank you for the compliment) to SuBee, and LOL to Andrea!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Funny, I thought the Epcot fodder was actually the one about the Pyramids. Mostly, because nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Sons of Israel had anything to do with Pyramids. But oh well.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

Three more verses, just for Herouth! :-)

The pyramids were not the task,
For which ol’ Ramses deigned to ask,
And in that knowledge you did bask, Dayenu!


Pitom and Ramses, we all know,
Were what the Hebrews caused to grow,
But did you have to go there? No! Dayenu!


Support for Pharoah’s newest law,
You show, and now my bricks are raw,
‘Cause you have taken the last straw, Dayenu!


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Anonymous says:
"I love the 17 posts all thinking they're the first to say essentially the same thing (Does anyone else READ the comments before MAKING a comment) ..."

Ananymous, there's a lag time(sometimes of an hour or more) between when you submit a comment and when it's visible on the blog. That's why there are so many comments that say what's already been said, and why sometimes the eighth comment says, "Hey, I'm first!"

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

You know, I was going to leave the seder thing totally alone and point out that cookies typically don't contain yeast - although they still contain leavening agents, and flour, and are cooked beyond the prescribed so many seconds that Jewish law dictates to prevent any leavening (seriously, there are rules on the number of seconds you can cook matzoh). I actually find it really funny that the unleavening thing was related to the haste with which they had to leave Egypt, but they can spend hours whipping eggs to make sponge cakes and that's ok. Anyway, just nitpicking a little. :)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdaemon

Anonymous said...
"Why people think a Passover Seder has anything to do with Easter and the Last Supper? It seems to me a strange thing; mystifying.
"Have had many laughs reading, as Chrystle said, the same comment overandoverandover ..."

Er, if you had read ALL the comments, Anon, or read the New Testament, you would know that the Last Supper WAS a Passover Seder.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I move a.) that the Pledge submitted by Cheryl be printed on a banner and towed behind an airplane across the United States on every day that ends with a 'y'. b.) That it be printed on billboards and otherwise distributed so as to make every Internet user aware of the existence of said Pledge.

I further move that preferential seating in the EPCOT Bunker(TM) be granted to those who have signed the Pledge -- in icing, of course.

[The following is 100% malarkey-free.]

@Ellen, point taken. We don't say this nearly enough:

To Jen, John & #1: Thank You.

For those about to wreck, we salute you!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

To Anon at 11:55 -

Do I see a shout out to my favorite musical? Jesus Christ Superstar? If so +50 points for you.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Really, if you're going to write "Merry Christian Lent" on a food item, it should be red meat-based. And served/given/presented on a Friday.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInkfish

I puffy heart Ellen's song! Cheers to those of you who get it that this site is for entertainment! :)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdpotsy

andrea said...
"OK, I'll join the fray just to get this alternative Seder thing straight. The important thing to know is that ingredients aren't allowed. Matzo is a cracker without any ingredients. For our Buddhist Seder, we hide a piece of it, which is easy because it doesn't have any ingredients and therefore doesn't exist. Finding it is like describing the sound of one hand clapping."

OK, Andrea, now you're just trying to start a new Epcot. Matzoh has two ingredients, flour and water. That's about as different as can be from having no ingredients.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Depending on how strictly you follow kosher laws, it's not just yeast that's banned during Passover. It's anything that could potentially be leavened, like flour and corn (which doesn't make any kind of sense to me b/c corn is a New World food and wasn't known of in Biblical times and regions) Also, whether you're Ashkenazic (sp?) or Sephardic legumes or rice might also be no-no's. Though, I find that many Jews don't follow the legumes rule because both chocolate and coffee are legumes and try and get a coffee/choco-holic to go without for a full week makes for not fun times.

~Jewess (Reform)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

What is the Epcot Bunker?

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the pastries, love your courage in explaining the Wreckiness of leavened pastry for Passover,

....JUST CAN'T HANDLE THE IDEA OF THE COOKIE WITHOUT HAVING CHOCOLATE LUST! (If you think kosher-for-passover desserts are a really satisfying substitute for regular ones, you would be mistaken)


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Disclaimer: The following is not directed at Jen, John, Number One, or the vast majority of Cake Wrecks readers, but only at those stubborn commenters (more than one of you) who say you can't see what Passover has to do with the Last Supper and Christian Holy Week.

Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39 and John 13:1-17:26, all say that Jesus and his Apostles had a meal in observance of Passover, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In other words, a Seder. It was at this meal that Jesus gave out bread, saying "this is my body," and wine, saying, "this is my blood." These acts were the foundation of Communion (also called Eucharist or Lord's Supper), as most churches practice it. For details, see the scripture passages cited.
If there were enough space and time, I could go into all the parallels between the Exodus story and the Passion/Easter story, but I'll just say that there are many, and they are not there by accident.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

yyyeahhhh for being a 12 (year old who although not Jewish ) nows quite a bit about Jewish culture

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterninja dude 12


Ok, going to the bunker now. Pass the chocolate......

wv: Mixfsk - what Rudolph & that elf dentist were: They just don't fit in......

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Look! I brought a menorah for the Epcot Bunker.

Does anyone have candles? I, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKae

Anonymous said... "What is the Epcot Bunker?"

Go to the Cake Wrecks main page, and click on "FAQ" under the Cake Wrecks logo. Then click on "Okay, I give up. What is it with EPCOT?"

You'll get a capsule explanation and a link the the mother of all Epcot posts. It will take a while to read all the comments on that day's post (and the next day's), but it will be worth it.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Beyond all the Epcot madness, there exists the fact that no one has pointed out the best line of all "Merry Christian Lent!" So I will. Hilarious!

Love this blog, love J, J and #1, love the comments.


wv: taiki. These wrecks taiki the cakie.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I heart Cake Wrecks--I hope you can read this from the bunker. Did you have the foresight to grab a couple of these controversial cakes to snack on while you wait for sanity to return?

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, you could write "Merry Christian Lent" on the meatloaf/bacon baby cake, served on Friday during Passover.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Ellen's song +10

I"ve got Hashahar Haoele for the Matzah! Yummy KFP chocolate spread.

Will share in the bunker.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRubyV

If you are preparing a sedar dinner in the bunker I'll bring the ham.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it safe yet? I just wanted to pop my head in to say that you're brilliant, as always, and to give a big virtual high-five to Andrea for making me laugh almost as hard as the original blog did.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Most Christians who participate in a "seder" are not really participating in what a Jewish person would consider a seder meal. While Jesus was Jewish, and the "last supper" was a seder meal, it consisted of more than just bread and wine (what we Christians celebrate as Communion or Eucharist or whatever your faith community calls it).

Seder meals have specific prayers and order of those prayers. And Jewish folks would certainly disagree with any and all "foreshadowing" of events that Christians "see" in the last supper.

You can put a cake in a case and think it's great, but it doesn't make it so.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelanie

So it isn't JUST Jewish people who celebrate

No, but it is our holiday and we are laughing at the mistakes here. The fact that others try to celebrate it is inconsequential- especially when you aren't doing it right. ;)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Jewess said:
Depending on how strictly you follow kosher laws, it's not just yeast that's banned during Passover. It's anything that could potentially be leavened, like flour and corn (which doesn't make any kind of sense to me b/c corn is a New World food and wasn't known of in Biblical times and regions) Also, whether you're Ashkenazic or Sephardic legumes or rice might also be no-no's.

In short, no "regular" cookies, cake, breakfast cereal, muffins, waffles, English muffins, bagels, rolls, oatmeal, pasta or BEER during Passover. Strictly kosher folk will not consume anything containing a grain that will ferment (and thus "rise"--yeast doesn't have much to do with it). Passover is a carbohydrate lover's hell.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahahahahaaaa! I can't stop laughing. This is HILARIOUS! This TOTALLY makes up for the lack of Purim wrecks. Thank you for this! At final exam times, I always need a laugh. *continues giggling*


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

My family went to a Seder not realizing there's not a lot of food. We starved ourselves all day so after the meal was over we went to a take and bake pizza place and got pummeled by a drunk driver.
Long story short, the pizza was delicious.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Thanks min :)

I have some beer and I found 8 of those birthday candles you can't blow out. Can I party in the bunker?

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Reading these comments is a lot like eating horseradish with parsley dipped in saltwater.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

Eat meat on a Friday
that's all right
Bacon bake baby
for the shower tonight

I can wreck with the best
on the social cues
And get high on the green
mixin' coffee and booze

Oh, I'm a NIT, I'm a NIT
the Nitpicker's back
Not quite sober
Don't need to, to hack

Oh, there's a nit, there's a nit
Just pick 'til there's blood
then smear it on the lintels
And skip over now, bud.

wv: Tomendeb -- blocking the bunker with a big stone after tossing in a supply of 'Lil Debbie cakes.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I can't even make out the last two of what they say. The writing is so scrunched up! When it comes to holidays of faith, wouldn't it be easier to stick with the normal PC phrases?

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAuto Title Loans

Next you should have a whole post about politics, it might be less controversial! By the way, Christians participating in a Seder are like Americans celebrating Guy Fox Day... any excuse for a party, right? Even if we don't get the true meaning... Love this site and laugh daily! Thanks!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So funny to see all of the people debating whether sedars are jewish or not. Like a bunch of Talmudic scholars. I think whether or not is "Jewish" - we can all agree that it's funny

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Andrea - Hahahahaha!! Your comment is brilliant! I clicked your linky name, but your blog is blocked!

WV: undstam I don't undstam why some folks take this so seriously

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDharmamama

OMG Hysterical! I am Jewish and totally appreciated this! Thank you, thank you!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

MissNay-I don't know who's Seder you attended, but it sure doesn't sound like any Seder I've been to.
This year, on night one, we had matzoh ball soup, roast chicken, a delish brisket, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, kale, roasted root veggies and apple kugel. That was before dessert.
If you're ever in NYC during Passover, stop by.
We'll leave the door open for you ;)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLolaKatz

Too funny. You guys are awesome. This is coming from an Authentic Jew, btw. :)


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Goldstein

@Joanna - "It's anything that could potentially be leavened, like flour and corn (which doesn't make any kind of sense to me b/c corn is a New World food and wasn't known of in Biblical times and regions)"

The confusion possibly comes about because its actually in only fairly recent historical terms that "corn" has come to refer so exclusively to corn-on-the-cob style corn. Historically, "corn" referred to many cereal crops, including wheat, barley, and oats. As one example, the old laws regarding grain in the UK were called "the corn laws".

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsbarrows

I came in to read the comments anyway Wow! I know I was warned, but just to see that my wv is "bedashin'" was worth it!

I bedashin' to the EPCOT bunker with some goodies!

Geez. First Spaceship Earth...then King Passover...O.o

And you missed Irthday on Friday! ;-D


April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

what does wv mean? I asked my nerd sister and she didn't know. I've been reading this blog for a while and can't figure it out...

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear John and Jen and #1,

Since you moderate all comments, can't you just delete all the Epcot-y ones? Seriously. Give like, a 3 comment maximum allowing these HAVE-to-correct-EVERY-SINGLE-THING-know-it-alls to point out that yes, other people DO have a sedar, or that NO, those actually aren't daisies, or whatever else comes up... and then REFUSE to publish the rest??
In theory, I find random Epcots amusing but OMG, there have been SO many lately that it's starting to wear on me. I can only imagine how you guys must feel!
I honestly am not trying to be bitchy, I just would love to have a fun comment section back :(

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

I think there are now more posts calling Epcot! than there are actual Epcot posts. Does that mean this isn't really an Epcot situation?

Anon: WV means "word verfication." It's the nonsense word you have to type in to post. Sometimes they make funny fake words.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelissa

wv = Word Verification

It's the word that you have to type in before you can comment. Sometimes they sound like another word or a combination of words to make a definition or sentence. Have fun!

Psst J&J and #1 - maybe this should go on the FAQ page too ;-)

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoo-E Loo-I

Late breaking news...internet traffic came to a screeching halt today as Wikipedia apparently crashed into Cake Wrecks, sprinkling the incredibly clever and humorous blog with numerous and seemingly at times conflicting comments about sedars, leavening, and the history of the world. Hopefully, crews will soon separate the two and allow Wikipedia to go on dispensing knowledge while Cake Wrecks continues to delight, amuse, entertain, and bring laughter and joy to all...well, almost all....

(I know I said I didn't want to get into this, but come on, folks....)

wv - wityr: someone who has more wit than another

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

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