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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

A [Gasp] GOOD CCC!?!

Well, obviously I don't mean a cupcake cake [patooie!]:

I still have a bone to pick with those.

No, I'm talking about the (drumroll, please)...

Christmas Charity Countdown!!

Or, if you don't like "Christmas," you could go with the...uh... Charitable Charity Countdown!!

Either way, it's a reason to smile...

...and pour a jar of sprinkles on your face.

Many of you remember this crazy thing I did last year, when John and I skipped gifts and decorations and instead donated to a different charity each day for two weeks. I asked you guys to recommend places to give, and invited you to join us by giving a single dollar each day to the featured charity.

But the really crazy thing is that a lot of you did.

Talk about the cherry on top!

Or the airbrushed pimple perched precariously on the perimeter, as the case may be.

The response was so great, in fact, that our little catch-the-spirit campaign helped hundreds and even thousands of people and animals in need. We were also flooded with e-mails & comments from you readers, telling us what a positive impact giving those dollars made on your lives, too.

I love it when a good plan comes together.

So this year, we're doing it again. Twelve days, twelve charities, and (hopefully) twelve of your hard-earned dollars.

This time each charity will be set up with either Paypal or First Giving, so you'll only have to enter all your information once, as opposed to twelve times. Most of you probably already have a Paypal account, and First Giving is a similar set-up (completely free to you to use) that only gives to charities.

Now, I know times are tough. I know many of you are out of work, or just scraping by. John and I lost our painting company because of the economy, and now rely on this blog to pay the bills. So, believe me, I know.

I also know that giving a dollar, and seeing that dollar combine with thousands of other people's dollars to feed the starving, heal the sick, rescue the needy, or just put a smile on a sick kid's face can be the key to a much more meaningful holiday this year.


It's a buck. Four quarters a day. Let's pool our pocket change and see what happens.

Only not in a "hey, why don't we smash these extra cinnamon buns together and make a big ol' green gaping maw of nastiness" kind of way:

The Bog of Eternal Stench gets "festive."

So, starting today, there will be a short addendum on each day's post listing the name of a charity, a one sentence summary of what they do, and a link to give. Give your dollar to those you like, and then spread the word! Talk to your kids about it. Maybe go volunteer somewhere. Bottom line: do whatever it takes to remind yourself that there's more to this season than shopping, annoying renditions of "Jingle Bells," and edible snowman crime scenes:

(Hawwwww PaTOOie!)

There must have been some magic to
that hundred gallon jug.
For when they dropped it on his head
he became an accent rug!

Many thanks to Victoria W., Holly G., Elizabeth S., Karen, Emily N., Claire G., & Amanda G., who prefer their door mats unfrosted.


Our kick-off charity is Give Kids the World, which provides children who have life-threatening conditions and their families absolutely *amazing*, dream-come-true vacations to the theme parks here in Orlando, Florida. (Check out the photo albums of the GKTW Village. It's awesome.)

Click here to give your dollar.

Clarification from john: Firstgiving doesn't work with PayPal. However, it is the only site that we found that allows people to give as little as a dollar and for us to track it. Plus, it's super easy to use. A couple of the charities will be set up with PayPal, though, and we will link to those pages when we have one. Thanks so much everyone. You guys are the best. -john


Sunday Sweets: Oh, SNAP!

'Tis the season for gingerbread, spice, and everything nice, right? So here are some pretties to inspire you before you set off to make those cookies and houses and rocket ships and whatnot. :)

First up, the cookies may be simple, but this gorgeous pattern is not:

By the Whipped Bakeshop

Check out the shine on that gold!

Oh, and if you want to try painting on your cookies, fondant makes a great base.

Speaking of which, here's a whole hand-painted gingerbread scene:

By NeviePieCakes

So sweet! I love the tiny birdhouse painted above the door.

Gotta have a few traditional cuties in here:

And now, more houses!

To be honest, this might be a combination of both cake and gingerbread, but look! It lights up! (All together now: OoooOOoooh.)

I am thoroughly enamored with this fun edible centerpiece:

Submitted by Kimberlee G. and made by not martha

It's a gingerbread partridge in a pear tree!

Amanda F. spotted these architectural wonders at the Festival of Trees in Utah:

Love the blue!

And I'm sure no one here will be surprised that this one in particular caught my eye:

It's actually *not* Cinderella's castle, but it's similar enough to please any Disney nut. You know, like me.

The amazing Artisan Cake Company actually did a feature on their blog of even *more* fabulous gingerbread houses, so I shamelessly stole these next two from them (but be sure to check out the link for the rest):

From the Carolina Inn Gingerbread house competition

I am in love with all the details: the little rose over the window, the bear topiaries, and the way the "snow" on the roof is dripping from the shingles. Just. A. Mazing.

Forgive me for yet another Disney reference, but does this next one remind anyone else of the Norway pavilion in Epcot?

I want to know how they made gingerbread look like carved wood! Wow.

Ok, now let's get a little crazy:

Made by LovinSullivanCakes, photo by wallyg

[singing] Fly me to the moon
Let me eat gingerbread among the stars...

Now, one thing about gingerbread: it's always so...brown. You know? Not all that exciting for a technicolor dream coat kinda gal like me.

Now, THIS, on the other hand:

By Pat Kilkenny

[nodding] That'll do, donkey. That'll do.

(Is that Fruit Stripe gum I spy on the roof?)

And finally, an undersea treasure from the one, the only...

Highland Bakery:

You just keep rockin' on with your bad crustaceous self, Highland. I mean, seriously: is that octopus attaching the candy seashells on the roof with a wee little piping bag? Really?

Ok, you get a blown kiss for that. **Mwuah!**

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