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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

Sunday Sweets: The "Eh" Team

Today we've decided to feature some amazing cakes in honor of Canada Day, which was Friday.

"But, john the hubby of Jen!" you say, "The fourth of July is tomorrow! We need cakes with American flags! And American things! know...America!"

Well, tough. We've picked on Canada enough over the years, and they deserve at least one day of Sweets for putting up with us.

Plus we used up our best American cakes for Memorial Day.

But mostly that first thing.

Er, before we proceed, I think I should mention that Jen & I have logged many, many hours into determining the least offensive, least stereotypical way to write today's post.

Then we gave up and just wrote what we wanted anyway. Sorry. As Craig Ferguson would say, "I look forward to your letters."

Let's start with some sweet Canadian flags:

Perfection. And after looking at hundreds of Canadian flag cakes, I can say with complete confidence that the maple leaf is officially the hardest thing in the world to draw accurately.

You might think I'll be posting a moose cake next. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG.

By Cake Central member krazyb5

Check out that shading! Such great perspective - and almost completely fondant-free.

Plus, from my extensive research I now know that there are almost twice as many black bears in Canada as there are in the U.S. I can also tell you Canada's gross national product and the top five cleanest cities, but Jen tells me that would be "boring as snot," so I guess I won't now.'s a beaver cake:

By The Femme Fondants

Stereotypical? Yes.

Freakin' adorable? ALSO yes.

Now how's about a little Canadian landmarkage?

By Bobbette and Belle

That is the CN Tower. It's 1,815.4 feet - or 553.33 meters - tall and weighs 118,000 tonnes.

So I'm not sure those people are to scale.

These cute crustaceans, either:

Obviously this post wouldn't be complete without a cake representing Canada's national winter sport:

By Cake Central member sugar-2

Hockey! Or as my French-Canadian dad calls it, 'ockey!

That's their Olympic jersey, too. Pretty sweet.

Speaking of sports, are you ready to have your mind blown?

It turns out that basketball was invented by a Canadian. Which is why *I* only root for the Raptors. When I watch basketball, I mean. (Which is never.)

Oh, and do you see that texture?

The decorator made each tiny little divot with a #2 icing tip. A. Mazing.

Here's something else uniquely Canadian:

Tim Hortons!

Okay, so there are also some in Ohio, but that's almost Canada anyway, right?

Besides, we couldn't find any cakes of poutine, tuques, or adorable accents.

Then there's Canada's other beverage of choice:

Beer! (In a tree!)

And get this: those beer bottles and "ice" are molded hard candy. Even the melted bits on the board! I'm amazed. Definitely one of the most convincing bottle cakes I've ever seen.

What's that? You want a little Canadian history? Ok, how's this: did you know that Louis Jolliet (a Canadian) was the first explorer to map the Mississippi river?

By Pink Cake Box

Is it too much to hope the map layer is made of Mississippi mud cake?

And so, in conclusion, I'm sorry I couldn't find a Barenaked Ladies/Nathan Fillion mash-up cake, since I'm told that many of you believe a Barenaked Fillion would make your entire year.


Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

If I had a million dollars...I'd buy, like, ten of these cakes.

Happy Belated Canada Day, Canada! Thanks for being the most polite, fun-loving, and best sense-of-humor-having readers we could ask for.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (187)

*sigh* barenaked fillion cakes. ahhhh dreams!

wv: raducl: those Canadian Flag Cakes were raducl!

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiriD

Hi, another Canadian fan chiming in here. Loved clicking on CW yesterday and seeing the Canadian theme! That was really touching (sniff).

I didn't realize beavers, bears and moose were particularly Canadian (I'm a city dweller in Ontario... it's more squirrels and raccoons here!). But that beaver was seriously cute. The CN tower was impressive, that Maritimes cake was adorable, the hockey sweater was perfect (and I'm impressed you knew that hockey was our official winter sport, not the official sport). I admire the skill and patience of the basketball creator; were they an elementary school teacher before going into cakes? I prefer Starbucks, but Timmies always does in a pinch, particularly on the road-- that was a nice double-double cup! However, it's Timbits that are my real weakness :) Those beers were amazing-- so real-looking.

Did not know that about Jolliet. More proof one learns things on CW

And yea, I'm now curious about Canadian-themed wrecks: can you picture how badly plaid flannel, poutine, Mountie, 24's (aka a case of 24 beers), coloured money, snow and the like could be wrecked?

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Loved, loved, loved this post! Can't decide which of the cakes is my fave.

Not only was Timmy's started by a Canadian(Tim Horton, player for the Maple Leafs), there is one about every block and a half here. It's a pretty small town if it doesn't have a Timmy's.

Also, how do you offend Canadians? Unless you're George W of course...

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralittlebitograce

i too would've loved to see a bare naked ladies smash up cake as i tend to burst out in "if i had a million dollars" at the most random moments! i can't say enough how much i love your blog--and i try get everyone else hooked on it as much as possible! ;) oh and i totally want a monKEY cake also.

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlorikay

Ohio is "almost Canada"? Our pro hockey team is thinking about leaving us because people don't go to their games enough. You can't get much less Canadian than that.
We may be polite and boring, but I think we're more like Kansas than Canada.

wv: couties
The southeastern couties of Ohio are a lot like West Virginia. And not in a good way, sometimes.

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmor

You should explain what poutine is and have Americans everywhere jealous.
Even if I was offeneded as a Canadian I would never tell you! I am too polite!

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhatFree

Totally impressed by your collective Canadian geekiness (first Boot to the Head and now the bestest 12 Days of Christmas EVER)!

On a side note, if you found a mouse in your beer (bottle cake), would you get your cake for free?

P.S. I'll take a beer over that crappy Tim Horton's coffee any day.
(yes, I'm Canadian, and no, I don't care if I offend)

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppygirl

Well done! Thanks for doing such a thoughtful and thorough job. Nice one. The best part was the Tim Horton's cup - it even had the diagonal fold line. Incredible!
Next year (which you're probably already dreading) here's an idea for you: do each of the regions, or provinces/territories?
But I don't know how you'll top this year's post 'cause it was great!

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For those who don't get the monkey: one if the lines in The Barenaked Ladies' song "If I Had A Million Dollars" is "If I had a million dollars (if I had a million dollars) well I'd buy you a monkey (haven't you always wanted a monKEY?)" with a high pitched voice when saying 'key'. Also, to Laura HP: THANK YOU! I'd been looking for those for awhile but could never remember the damn name.

July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sorry, did I just read BareNaked Fillion? I, uh, uuuh...I totally lost my train of thought. Oh, well, Happy Canada Day to Cananda and Independance Day to the US of A!!!!

I am now off to watch the Firefly episode where there actually IS a barenaked Fillion. :D

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShenaniganizer

I didn't even know that Ohio had an NHL team until you said that. (Turns out they're the Columbus Blue Jackets, if anyone else is curious.)
I'm either the worst or most stereotypically Ohio girl ever.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey... fabulous cakes, and thanks for the shout out to Canada. I'm sure many of us friendly Canadians are loyal followers of your blog ;)

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterms.espresso

Don't worry guys, we Canadians can take anything you dish out. We'll just get you drunk when you come up and You Tube all of the embarrassing things you do! :)

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoelle

I've always wanted a lamb or an emu.

To maintain my reputation for being hypercritical, though, I've got to say that the first beaver cake is a bit of a wreck, for reasons too embarrassingly anatomical to spell out here.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Mmmm, roll up the rim to win! The Timmy's cake could only be improved if it were accompanied by a donut.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Whoa dotrot!!! The University of Kansas is NOT K-State. That's maybe the most insulting thing you could say about the Jayhawks.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous a tree, love it!

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergirlsmom

Ever ready to stir a pot... Poutine may have been created in Quebec but it isn't "more of a Quebec thing". While it is wildly popular in Quebec, it is also wildly popular in Ontario. I would expect in the rest of the provinces, as well. Every chip wagon and most restaurants, from fast-food to family-style and even many high class joints serve poutine, here in Ontario, including New York Fries. There is also a chain of poutine shops from Toronto, Smoke’s Poutinerie (I was NOT impressed... Industrial gravy - bleccchhhh).

For the uninitiated, poutine is french fries, covered with cheese curds* and smothered in gravy.

*(a generally Canadian delicacy where freshly-made cheddar is cut up, drained or most of the whey and served at room temp while still squeaky). The government tried to regulate cheese curds, insisting that they be refrigerated immediately after being made. Curd-lovers rebelled and forced the government to back down. Refrigerating not only ruins the flavour but also the texture.

Variations include a tomato sauce, the addition of ground beef, chicken, chili... mushrooms...

The worst poutine I ever tasted was served at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec. Though it may have changed, it consisted of frozen "home fries" which had been sitting all day on the grill, covered with chunks of cheese which had also been sitting on the grill all day, covered in industrial gravy. Industrial gravy is that gravy that comes in big cans and tastes.... industrial.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)

Nathan Fillion is CANADIAN?? You made my freakin' year! (Oh, and the cakes were awesome, eh - thanks)

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But for a short time, Tim Horton's was owned by Wendy's International. So for a number of years (6?) it was an Ohio company, not a Canadian company.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon B

Those cupcakes are flawless! I still have trouble drawing the maple leaf after 27 years. I find the best way is to give each section of the leaf lots of room on the paper, lol, idk.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlonely-goatherd

What a great post! Loved the humour and loved the cakes! Those flags *are* pretty amazing and no, maple leaves are not easy to hand draw...
And I didn't know Castle was Canadian! See, that's why I read Cake Wrecks, to learn stuff...

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Major

These are great! The only thing I have to say is that it is a Touque here in Canada! Typically we like to sport the homemade ones with a Pom Pom on top (Men & Women)


July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We're Canadian and we loved this post! We especially enjoyed the Beaver cake. Beavers are the youngest level of scouts in Canada. My son is a Beaver and my husband a Beaver leader. The hat is very well done, and we enjoyed that it included their motto of "Sharing, Sharing, Sharing." Thanks for another great post!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz from Toronto

Love love love!!!!!

Ha no, we Canadians tend to have a sense of humour about things (and a love of the letter "u"), and those cakes were so cute, how you could you be offended anyway? :D

And as for maple leaves being hard to draw, just ask any elementary school kid, the damned things are impossible!

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Love that there's "canada dry" in the background of the basketball cake. Badum-chh!

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

I'm too lazy to read through all the comments to see if anyone else commented on "So I'm not sure those people are to scale," but I laughed out loud for a good several minutes straight. And then on and off again for another ten.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Love, love LOVE the BNL ref. And I'd rather a green dress, but not a real green dress. That's cruel...

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

I just want to thank you for putting the 'key' in "Haven't you always wanted a monkey" in Italics. That 100% made my day. I can stop vapidly staring at the internet in peace. For the moment. :-)

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

After reading the Epbot post, I was curious what I would find...but I don't really see how anyone can find offense! Being the geek I am though, I just wanted to point out that the Beaver cake is a Scouts Canada thing! Beavers are 5-7 year olds and their motto is Sharing Sharing Sharing. As I have been in Scouts my whole life, and even acquired a husband out of it, I was really excited to see it! Amazing job as always!

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine S

I don't generally comment, but I do have to agree - a bare naked Fillion would make my decade. YUM!

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Tuque, toque, touque are apparently all correct.

I'm going with touooquue.

Thank you,


Just when I thought you guys couldn't use more crazy-obscure references, you throw in "Beer (in a tree)." That basically made my life complete.

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily michelle

As a Canadian, I found this not at all insulting. Just have to say though, the only acceptable short form of Tim Hortons is Timmies, definitely never, EVER Timmy Ho's.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

these are fantastic! Makes me proud to be a Canadian.
And by the way, that beaver cake is for Beaver Scouts, which is the Boy Scouts of Canada.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loverly! For years we sang "Oh Canada" along with the Star Spangled Banner, just to keep everyone represented.

Sooo, where are you hiding the Barenaked Fillion? I was reallly looking forward to that one.

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDi

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