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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

Our Hour of Discontent

Well, folks, it's Monday. And as if that weren't bad enough, we were all robbed - ROBBED, I say - of one entire hour over the weekend. A whole hour! It should be one hour earlier than it is right now, but it's not! Who signed off on this?! What evil mastermind convinced the US government that a nation of grumpy sleep-deprived workers was a *good* thing?

Do you know what I could have done with that extra hour today? DO YOU?

Well, neither do I, but this blog being what it is, we both know it's going to have something to do with cake.




- Buy enough goldfish to refill this wedding cake:

(Ok, picture this: Finding Nemo, except instead of a dentist's office the gang all live in a bakery's wedding cake display. I CALLED IT FIRST, DISNEY.)


- Write at least 6 or 8 puns on how these cookies look like the Sorting Hat made out of poop:



- Write a compelling argument for why a cupcake decorated with another cupcake impaled on top of the first cupcake with a straw through them both is basically the Inception of cupcakes.

If the yellow candle falls over we'll know this isn't real.


- Photoshop the perfect couple's portrait:

Unnng, you're liking that shoulder, aren't you, Robert Pattinson? Yeeeah. C'mon, let's go sit in the back row of that school bus and stare moodily at each other.


- Find out who is manufacturing cake flotsam in the form of tiny digital projectors:

 ...Mostly so I can find the person responsible and shake his or her hand. And maybe order a few dozen for my next Jem and the Holograms party.


- Plan a Jem and the Holograms Party.

Poor Stormer.

The best thing about this Jem cake is that it gives me an excuse to link to this one. GOOD TIMES.


And finally, if I had my stolen hour back I could ...

- Stack all of these "wedding donuts":


... before explaining to the bride that ideas like THIS are why we as a nation can't have nice things.


Thanks to Janice W., Monica C., Katie S., Faith, Danielle B., Tiffanee D., & Rachel K., who know I'd really just spend my extra hour sleeping. AS GOD INTENDED.

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Reader Comments (77)

Urk, thanks for helping me with my diet D:

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I have three girls who have (seriously??) discovered Jem and The Holograms on Netflix. This means that I have been watching Jem and the Holograms on Netflix. I just have one question. What is Rio's deal?! Is he in love with Jem or Jerrica? He needs to make up his mind!!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimK

If people put gerbils or finches in grocerystorebakeryweddingcake displays, everyone would be up in arms. Can you imagine the uproar if a grocerystorebakery decided to place puppies and kittens in their confections? taehutlkkkkkkkmttcfrsdjkflcsmdsjk;f Sorry, I dozed off and my head hit the keyboard.
People would flip out, but stick a few goldfish in there and nobody gives a damn. It sickens me.
Does anyone know if you're supposed to eat the fish with the cake. Perhaps it's some sort of cultural thing. Maybe the bride and groom freeze the goldfish and thaw them out on their first anniversary. If the fish come back to life the marriage will be a joke. If the fish are goners, the marriage will be a farce. Either way it will fail, because the bride and groom are idiots. Wait, I've got it!: All of the single ladies toss ping pong balls at the cake and the first to get one into the fish tier is the next to own a goldfish.

Number two does not look like a sorting hat made of poop to me. It just looks like poop.


March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Edward, really? *scoff*

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRainyday

Either it's a reflection or there are far too many goldfish in that smallest container.
Top three levels of doughnuts resemble cheeseburgers.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

Sung to “Back In Time”

Tell me, Daylight, why am I saving your time?
One hour’s nifty, so please give me back mine
All I wanted to do – I can list so many things…

Don’t take it away, ‘cause I mind
Listen when I’m telling you, I want back my time!
Gotta get back my time!

Could’ve bought goldfish, arranged Sorting Poos in line
Skewered some cupcakes, is the yellow candle fine?
Made a fantasy cake, joined the AV club again

Is Stormer OK, does she mind?
Now I’ve got an hour less donut stacking time
Gotta get stacked in time
Give me back my time
Spend my savings time.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

"Hufflepoop" made me choke on water and then laugh out loud. I just learned my office has really excellent acoustics and that the entire building can hear me. Thanks, Jen!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalya W.

All I'll say is, I object to the government stealing an hour of my time for over half a year and then returning it WITHOUT INTEREST OR PENALTY. If I borrow money, I am routinely drowned in fees, charges, and interest payments. If I borrowed money for over six months, MADE NO PAYMENTS IN ALL THAT TIME, and then simply handed back the amount I'd borrowed, I'd be drawn and quartered.

So this Spring, I expect at least two hours in return. Expect? No, like Samuel T. Cogley, Attorney at Law, I demand it.

I **DEMAND** IT!!!!!!!!!!!


March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

The really sad part about the guy staring at the shoulder of the woman next to him - I think it might be his mom, judging by the age difference.....

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

Projector? I thought it was a pencil sharpener... (which is possibly even odder than a projector)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin from Israel

Come on, guys, cut the bride some slack.

That last cake was the edible version of a beloved childhood toy.

Don't tell me you didn't have one, because the voices say you're lying if you do.

You notice how I cleverly wrote these sentences so as to give you a visual of what I'm talking about?

I win.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I so want that donut stack to be the groom's cake. Maybe it was the wedding of one of the Dunkin children?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

@bmbagain803 - The guy looking at what may as well be his mom is Robert Pattinson. I believe he's in character as Edward the vampire and he's just scoping out what looks to be an ample source of sustenance.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

C'mon! That Twilight cake is hilariously awesome!!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdiana

Is it just me or does that last one resemble cheeseburgers? Which is really turning my already queasy stomach - thinking about donuts and cheeseburgers together.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

If the goldfish cake was built so that fish could swim between the top and bottom containers, that'd be kind of nifty.

The photoshopped guy... with his hand on her other shoulder, his arm seems to be deformed. Or really long, or broken in the middle to stretch.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Polowin

Not trying to compete with Haiku Joy, but I was inspired:

Just one stolen hour
Taken in spring, back in fall
Messes us all up!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I looked at that last one and my first thought was this:

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Gattuso

I want that donutcake.
I need that donutcake.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChartreuse

You should move to Arizona, where we get to feel smug twice a year when everyone else tries to meddle with the space-time continuum. (Okay, also Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCath

You should move to Arizona, where we get to feel smug twice a year when everyone else tries to meddle with the space-time continuum. (Okay, also Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCath

The "projector" on the cupcake looks like a not so hidden camera trying to catch Cake Wreck reporters! =)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPamC

@SuBee - never got into the whole "Twilight" thing. I couldn't pick Pattinson out of a one-man line-up :-)
"Ample source of sustenance" FTW

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

One of the (admittedly few) great things about living in AZ... NO DAYLIGHT SAVING! Only because it is always bright in the wee hours of the morning and late evening so, honestly, doing daylight saving here would be ridiculous.

And "Hufflepoop" made me laugh out loud.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia P.

Ooo-ooh, so many comments...
Did you ever have a go at the fair throwing hoops over goldfish bowls to win the fish? Just imagine what fun you could have with that cake!

I am sad for the poor fish though...

I also now want to train my dog to poop onto a petite pink plinth so I can then wrap it in cellophane with a bow before I dispose of it in the dog bins - more fun!

A doughnut wedding cake? Seriously? Not fun at all, that's just chavvy - a British term but I think you can guess the meaning.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Tacky McTackarama that last one, even if it was by some chance only a groom's cake.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I saw it too,Stacy. It's not just you.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

#1: I thought that bottom, uh, layer contained a pile of dead goldfish or perhaps a small animal's entire intestinal tract, but no it appears to be a flower. Whew. That's okay then. Except, not.

#2: " You could be great, you know. It's all here in your head. And Slythurine will help you on the way to greatness, there's no doubt about that. No? Well, if you're sure, better be...Gryffindooky!"

#3: Every time I see that cake, I like it a little more. There's, uh, the character that Robert Pattinson plays, drooling over the woman's shoulder and giving it the smoldering eyes and then there's The Bus Driver, "Yeah, yeah, I'll take a picture with you, but can you move it along, kid? I've only got 3 minutes before school's out and I'm gonna need every ounce of this nicotine to deal with the little hellions."

#5: If I didn't have previous examples of the wreckerator's 'y', I would have thought the birthday person's name is Tarrn, or perhaps Tarjrn.

#6: Bride to Wedding Planner: "I've been reading this blog about confectionary blunders, so I'm a little afraid to purchase a cake for the wedding. Even a sheet cake with flowers and the word, "Congratulations" could go horribly wrong! BUT! I think I've found a way to avoid getting on Cake Wrecks..."

I swear I just felt the earth move under my feet. Nothing tumblin' down, tumblin' down, though. Off to the earthquake site to see what's shakin', or perhaps it's time to give up coffee all together. : - / Aha! I was right. 5.1 in La Quinta.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I believe that Benjamin Franklin is your evil mastermind.
Tragedy--an hour dedicated to stollen, stolen!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjackwire

The Twilight cake had me laughing, too!
If you're going the photo cake route, at least do it with a sense of humor! Ha!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

Now I have to start looking through the cupcakes until I find one with an eentsy beentsy digital projector. Because WANT.
Taryn? Seriously?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterveg-o-matic

the mini projector is actually a pencil sharpener made to look like a portable CD player. you can even see the disk logo if you look close. i used to have one just like it in middle school.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

Well Jen, you always start my day off with a laugh. And, yeah, I totally agree. I hate DST with the fury of a thousand suns. Just not enough to move to Arizona. ;)
If you're interested, there's a petition at the White House to eliminate daylight savings time. Here's the link:

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermoonlitog

"The "projector" on the cupcake looks like a not so hidden camera trying to catch Cake Wreck reporters! =)"
~ PamC

That is what I thought too!! BUSTED!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

Wedding doughnuts????? I have been going to the wrong weddings.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Do you think that the inception cupcake was supposed to be this topsy-turvy cupcake from bakingdom?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Great, now I want a giant cake made out of donuts. WANT!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Blame Ben Franklin!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary D.

Well, thanks to your Jem and the Holograms reference, I now have to look it up as I've never heard of them before. Granted, I was born in 86, but now I HAVE TO KNOW!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

My illusion is ruined...

I thought HyVee might be immune to wrecks, but alas, they put live fish in a wedding cake display.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

OK, so I clicked on the link that said "this one" under Taryn's cake and watched both videos. Many questions came to mind: Who IS this TV show host? Who was deranged enough to give him a show? What on earth was he singing? Why on earth was the audience clapping? What was that metal screen thing behind him. And what did it have to do with his song?

I woke up this morning with a sinus headache so bad, I have spent my time since then trying not to throw up. That video didn't help! So now I am off to take a nap and reclaim my lost hour of sleep.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

I always wondered about the whole fish thing if people understand that without oxygen the fish will die. Oxygen has to travel to the water, even to goldfish. And Betta fish breathe air, so put a top on a tank of them and they die. Since there is NO way of cutting holes in the cake to give the fish air, all of them are doomed to death. And if the air thing wasn't an issue, how about the fact that fish NEVER belong next to a cake, any cake! Unless they are super cute and made from sugar

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Everett

We've got that one hour stealing thing to come yet. UK gets to go forward one hour on 31st March this year.

Not looking forward to it!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterleesa

It looks like my numbering was slightly off in my first post. I blame Craig's UnSee machine. I asked to unsee the 'Colliding Cupcakes, With Straw' monstrosity and lost the ability to count properly.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

@Stacey -- if donuts and hamburgers make you queezy, do not check out the Crazy-E burger (a bacon cheeseburger with a Krispy Kreme donut instead of a bun) at the Big E in Mass.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkiltedflower

Well, thanks to the last one my youngest child now has been "given ideas". 'murica!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Maybe the bride's grandfather is Mr. Dunkin - or whoever that guy was schlumping around in the commercials - time to make the donuts...time to make the donuts. And it was an homage to her now deceased, but beloved kin? Or their first date was at Tim Horton's? Or they own a Krispy Kreme franchise? PLEASE - let there be a reason for the madness!!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Huh? dlkjgrlejtgrgrvrerp.

Which being duly translated means, this is like moving one time zone east, only I don't get to go anywhere. A 7-month case of jet lag, and it's all Ben Franklin's fault. He even proposed firing off cannons to wake people up, since the invention of the clock radio was still...a lot of years in the future.

The worst thing about time change: just when you finally adapt, you have to change it back, which means it gets dark right after lunch. I propose that the first Monday after time change be a national holiday. Are there any...seconds?

#1 Fish appreciate being fed from time to time (so I've heard), only in this case it ain't happening because the display would have to be disassembled and reassembled, and Cart Wrangling Person is busy. According to legend, Cart Wrangling Person said, "let them eat cake," after which there was an execution in the manager's office.

#2 No.

#3 Was someone channeling the SL for this?

#4 The Mom Transportation Service. Act up at the prom, this is how you're going home. Just try to live it down.

#5 Let's face it: A miniature digital projector (which so ought to be real) is way cooler than a pencil sharpener masquerading as a CD player.

#7 A wedding cake of doughnuts, done properly, would be one of the ten Best Ideas Ever. This? Not so much. A wedding cake of cheeseburgers would also be one of the ten Best Ideas Ever. You'd just have to find some way to keep them hot. Maybe make them and stack them, then keep setting the clock back until the last one is consumed. That way, they're always 'fresh'. Yeah, that should work.

I'm going to go looking for this Franklin guy, right after I finish my nap.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

@TLC-Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I didn't click on the link under Taryn's cake because I thought it was just a Jem clip and really, how many Jem clips do you need to see in one year? (3) Then I read your post and I realized it MUST be a link to the Trololo Guy (may he rest in peace.) I LOVE theTrololo Guy (may he rest in peace.) I really, really love Slowed Down Trololo Guy and If it weren't for you, I would have missed him (may he rest slowly in peace.) Yes, I know I can always just find him on Youtube, but it's not the same. This was like a little gift.
Thanks again!

Apologies to Jen. I should have known that if you post a link, I need to see the link. Amen.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Such pretty packaging for such a pile of poop.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

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