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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

Let's Go There and Back Again

On the off chance you haven't heard, Peter Jackson released his first video blog from the set of The Hobbit this week. And it. Is. AWESOME.

So to celebrate, I'm doing a special double Sweets feature this weekend. I was planning all book-inspired Sweets anyway in honor of National Library Week, so just consider today an extra Tolkien Treat.

First up, a Hobbit-inspired beauty made by CW reader Natalie F.:

I love that she included Bilbo's book, There and Back Again!

There are quite a few gorgeous Hobbit hole cakes out there. These are my favorites:

Submitted by Stacey S., made by Kiarane (lots of progress pics at the link)

Love the grass roof and the realistic "aging" on the walls.

The perfect green door:

Found here, made by Rebecca. (Hit the link for more angles)

Less realistic, but just as adorable:

By Tartsmulan

So sweet!

This hobbit hole comes with a garden:

It's hard to see all the detail here, so check out these close-ups:

Tiny carrots & lettuce heads ftw!

Plus, look how cute Bilbo is:

Gotta love his big feet. :)

And, last but not least, here's a truly awesome Smaug:

By The Cakerator

Complete with a little Bilbo!

All I can say is WOW.

Well, hope you enjoyed the Middle Earth munchies! Stay tuned for more Sweets tomorrow. Now, I'm off to watch Jackson's vlog for the 5th or 6th time. (Awww yeeeeeah.)


No Accounting For Taste

Hey, did you know that the income tax deadline here in the U.S. has been pushed back 'til Monday?

(I'll pause here to allow those of you whooping for joy to catch your breath.)

Well, if you're like me, this means you might want to get started on your taxes sometime today, or this weekend, or maybe even Monday morning. After all, as a wise man once said, "[remember to insert procrastination quote before post goes up]!"

So, in our eternal quest to help you readers in the most sincere way possible using funny cakes, here is a complete, comprehensive guide for doing your taxes.

Step 1. Mix 2 ounces ea. of vodka, tequila, rum and gin - with a splash of Coke - and drink immediately.

Repeat until thoroughly snockered.
(Note: if a poo-shaped fountain explodes from drink, you're doing it right)

Step 2. Pull shoebox of receipts from laundry hamper and take wild guess as to how much you spent last year.

(Be sure to deduct the sale price of those "Guccis.")

Now add a zero.

This is your Adjusted Gross Expenditure Allowance Total Income Bracket, Article 1. Write this number down somewhere. Preferably on something that won't run off.

Step 3. Calculate the number of dependents in your household.

This can include children, imaginary friends, other people's children, other people's imaginary friends' children, pets, favorite CDs, and certain plants. Refer to Article J, Paragraph 42, Section 3.14159 on "Ficus Financials," for more information.

Step 4. Write down all information in a legible manner:

If you're not sure about one of your figures, just put it in quotes:

This shows the IRS you're just "guess-timating." They're totally cool with that.

Step 5. Go to the nearest ATM and empty your checking account, savings account, and pockets. This is what you owe.

It's always a good idea to send your payment in cash, and stuck to a cupcake. The IRS enjoys playful pranks like this, and will doubtless credit your account several hundred dollars in exchange for the laugh.

Well, we hope you've enjoyed our comprehensive tax guide. Now, if you need us, we'll just be vacationing somewhere you've never heard of outside U.S. jurisdiction.

A big thanks to Jacob L., Kelli, Anne B., Heather, Emily and Becky L., for their taxing treats.