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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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Thursday
May052011

I'll Drink to That!

HAPPY MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

Woohoo! Way to get all independent and stuff, Mexico!

(Pass the Corona.)

Wait. What? It's *not* Mexican Independence Day? But it makes so much sense: we have 4th of July, they have 5 of Mayo - it's perfect! And we can drink to that!

Well, fine.

HAPPY EDIBLE SOMBRERO DAY!!

Yes, it's a sombrero. Trust me.

So are these:

Lovely little piles of...sombreros.

And this:

We just need to keep drinking until they make sense!

(Pass the Corona.)

Hmm? What's that? I still don't have it right? UG. Fine.

[consulting Wikipedia]

A-HA! Here we go. Sorry about the previous confusion, guys.

HAPPY "EAT A MEXICAN" DAY!!


Whoah. If ever a cake needed beer goggles...

But wait, there's more!

And more...



And more...


And lots, lots more:

Plus another sombrero. Huzzah.

NOW can we head to the bar?

I think I need a drink.


Thanks to Andrea E., Selana, Danielle H., Mary H., Lauren R., Ashley A., Anony M., Melanie, & Sarah D., who think we should always celebrate cultural diversity with cake head effigies and 2-for-1 happy hours.

Notes from john: Just a couple of things to remember-
1. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th.
2. We didn't make the cakes.
3. Thank you.

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Reader Comments (94)

I swear Danny's "sombrero" looks like the old Taco Bell logo.

As for the heads, I think this is the first time I've ever been offended by cake. Somehow I doubt it'll be the last. (and don't worry J & J, YOU never offend!)

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

I think I'll stick with "Kiss an Estonian" Day. Much safer. It might be a task for some to find an Estonian to kiss, but for me it's quite easy, since I'm married to one!

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

some of them look delicious.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Most Random One

Several hours to go, but no EPCOT yet. That also is worth celebrating. The only PC where I am is the one I use.

Some people celebrate the 5th of May, and that is fine. The fact that we aren't (so far, at least) having yet another offense fest today is a celebration of the 1st of Amendments. [Maybe some fine day, the zone of real (two-way) tolerance will include other celebrations such as Mardi Gras...]

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Those head cakes are NASTY. Frankly, I'd rather have fajitas, thank you very much. And I realize Cinco de Mayo kinda overshadows this, but you DO realize that today is Revenge of the Fifth, right? (Following May the Fourth)? Yeah, I know it's a bad pun, but geeks just can't seem to help themselves...

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Is it just me, or does "5 de Mayo" sound like a telenovela remake of "Ocean's 11"?

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

@Unknow If you're going to correct Jen and John on history, at least explain the good, important parts! It's specifically the day that the small, untrained Mexican army defeated Napoleon's forces. And, in Mexico Cinco de Mayo really isn't celebrated except in one small town. The town the "army" came from.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerya Baker

Nothin' says festive like a psychotic grinning corn-nut wearing an orange lampshade ...ouch, my eyes.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShinnewn

Not being up on Cinc de nay, I have to ask... What does a camouflage tank have to do with the celebration?

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

The phrase "There's an App for that" needs to be replaced with "There's a CAKE for that!"

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGodwin

No, no, no. May 5 is National Cartoonist Day (Google it). Or, as I like to call it, INKO de Mayo.

wv: excerse
"Exercise? Not I. See, you're out of order."

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Love Cakewrecks but the Spanish teacher in me must point out that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day.

Mexico's independence day is celebrated on September 16th.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the people of Puebla's victory over the French army which was double in size to their own and very well equipped with muskets and horses. The battle took place at Puebla Mexico on May 5th, 1862. The day is celebrated because it was such an unlikely victory and symbolizes the pride and perseverance of the Mexican people.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenna

Trivia attack! :D

Kathleen said, that her WV was "nalli". I'll improve on that one: "Jäi kuin nalli kalliolle".

http://translate.google.com/#fi|en|nalli The word exists!

It's a colloquially used term for leaving someone dry, like a husband taking off with a younger woman and leaving a wife with 4 kids on the street.

The original saying comes from "nalli" referring to a dog in a local dialect, and fishermen left their dogs ashore when going fishing, hence the saying would translate to "Left like a nalli (dog) on the shore"

(So the word verifications *do* occasionally work!)

As far as my knowledge of Cinco de Mayo, the reason it is celebrated, according to my fiancé, who is fairly well informed on these things... was because Corona beer wanted to up its sales numbers. So they came up with an excuse for people to drink more.

The cakes are the usual wrecks, but the captions made me snort mead (traditional May Day celebratory drink here, and we had some left, and WAY better than beer!) onto my screen. Thanks again Cake Wrecks! :D

WV: patic

I can't think of anything witty to say. I'm patic... >.<

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

@ Kathy in Kansas:

If someone asked me to eat one of those cakes, I'd have to say, "Is difficult!"

Senor Wences, for those who haven't had the pleasure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJiYZ6QIAtY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfgj0YtVfdg&feature=related

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

The first "sombrero" feels way more like "derby hat." Maybe if they strung a strand of those little fuzzy balls around the edge? No? In fluorescent pink? Still not feelin' it? Me either.

WV: unicons - You can stick horns on horses, but it doesn't make them unicons. Just like making something in the shape of a hat doesn't make it a sombrero.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

wow. ummm... wow. offensive. Not you John or Jen... just the cakes.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

This may be Eat a Mexican Day, but don't forget that this is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, so some time this month be sure to stop by the store and pick up a box of Asian Helper from the makers of Hamburger Helper, Chicken Helpher, and Tuna Helper.

Happy Exploit Another Culture As An Excuse to Drink Day! (also celebrated March 17th)

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Oh. My. God! You guys are so funny! *Wiping tears of mirth away* Ok. I think I'm all better now....giggle...HA...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I guess not! Can't stop giggling over the dreaded CCC (pah-tooey) of the grinning Mexican. It is just so wrong on so many levels.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie

LOL@ Revenge of the Fifth!! :D

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

Just keep drinking the sangrias and margaritas and you'll get the cakes. Guessing the bakers all had uno too many before getting to work!

Very sorry. Cakes do not look appetizing. : ((

and the design simply deplorable

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGerda

The first sombrero cake looks like a moderately festive hamburger bun.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTori

Are you sure that's a sombrero and not a big ol' bag of tortilla chips?

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdith Salvatore

the Mexican 'heads' are really (I think) depicting these giant puppets that are used in Mexican celebrations - they look like giant heads and a person wears them and operates them. so they are not specifically 'heads'- they are called The Mojigangas. at least that's what they look like to me. and it's a little less disturbing, heh.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris

After reading this, you guys should really look into making "Cakewrecks: the drinking game." I think it would be great for press!
Ava

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarate Los Angeles

Dear SarahCVT - thanks so much for "Revenge of the Fifth"! You helped me to "get" my dear son, who knew about 5/4, but had missed 5/5. Oneupmanship lives and laughs!

WV: lyinetti: Back on topic: those are the oddest-looking sombreros ever.... and I'm not lyinetti little bitty bit!

Merry from Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The grinning one totally reminds me of McPedro from Girls With Slingshots...

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Those head cakes.........are they filled with cream CHEESE? (Headcheese.....oh, never mind.)

wv: plock Plocking a course for greener jokes.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrownring

HA HA, Dirty Sanchez, love it!!! They look like shrunken heads next to the sombrero in the case!

Nancy K. (Nancacita in honor of 5 de Mayo, which reminds me, I paid $5.99 for mayo the other day....)

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Revenge of the Fifth??
Headcheese??
:D

Finally, a good laugh for those of us who don't drink...I am assuming, of course, that the cakes were funny if one was drinking.

I did kind of like the big tooth wearing the hat, though!

-Barbara Anne

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ay, caramba!

WV: squitin, as in;
"i'm squitin (squinting), but they still look like cake wrecks."

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

F.A.S.T. Ain't a Scav Team and Mama Shaq, Mama Shaq, Shaq's your mom, that's a fact

http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~zz1/FAST/index.html

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJared

My son just walked into the room and said "Whoa, those are creepy! They have 'Half a Head day' cakes?"

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Dayz

Dang, I totally forgot to drink beer today. But still enjoyed your post. Caucasian-colored head w/ green edging reminds me of Senor Wences (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%C3%B1or_Wences). Also the tank is a nice anachronism.

Whoa, that yellow one with the big grin looks like a yellow McPedro from Girls with Slingshots.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes are seriously wrong on so many different levels. Who does this?
I would be thrown in stocks and rightly so if I brought one of these cakes to work. These are just NOT OK.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDouble N

@Brenna:
Seriously?? Did you even READ the whole post?
The post made it ABUNDANTLY clear that Cinco de Mayo is not Independence Day.
How could you miss that? You said you're a teacher? Wow, no wonder our public education system is going down the tubes.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Lol what a way to celebrate with decapitated heads and er.. hats that are supposed to be sombreros? Lol love evil wreckerators. Figures they would take something special and ruin it by making customers shriek and run out of the store.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

how are they racist? they DO look like mexicans.i live in oklahoma and we have plenty of them. why cant people not be such slaves to political correctness for once???

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermotherof5boys1girl

SuBee said...
I am going to bake a caucasian head for Erica T (and all other caucasians.) We are NOT boring and we deserve an offensive baked good to celebrate our not-boringness.

Exactly! I was feeling neglected and unloved until SuBee gave me guidance. If Jen & John can't find "an offensive baked good" for my demographic, I'll damn well make my own! Now, where's those sprinkles?

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@motherof5boys1girl:

Wow, really? You're fine with saying that EVERYONE in Mexico looks the same? As if everyone acts and talks the same, and that they ACTUALLY resemble those cake... things? That's so, so wrong.

I bet if there were cake heads to celebrate July 4th and they were only caucasian, you'd find absolutely NO fault in that.

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a Mexican I am deeply offended by these cakes, I think I will create a gringo cake. Oh and we all don't look like that, Mom of 25 kids or however many kids you have. My cousins are blond and blue eyed, and I'm light skinned. So the Mexicans in Oklahoma are all smiling and wear hats? Sounds like you guys are more Mexican than here in So California.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelloKittyGirl

I was so happy to see that there were very little Epcots, and it made me proud of Mexican's sense of humor (that includes me, I'm Mexican and live in Mexico)

Maybe I celebrated a little too early.

I still love the rest of the non-Epcot comments and of course contratulations John & Jen! your work is great, don't ever let bad comments turn you down.

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLen

The grinning mexican head made me lol. Thanks for the laugh. It's therapeutic. :)

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterali

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