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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

When Gangsters Go "PC"

"Bugsy, whaddaya doin'?"

"Just decoratin' this here Christmas cake, boss."

"Bugsy, you can't write "Christmas" there - it's gonna offend somebody! An' don't call me 'boss'."

"Sorry, boss. Can I write 'happy holidays'?"

"Nah, dat'll offend people who don't celebrate no holidays."

"Can I just use red and green icin' and not write nuthin'?"

"Bugsy, ya knucklehead, think about it: red and green say 'Christmas', see? S'no good. Use a lotta blue - but not blue and white, mind, 'cause dat's all Hanukkah-like. Maybe try blue and poiple."

"Yeah, but what do I write, boss?"

"I dunno; Lil' Antony said it's just gotta be 'completely non-offensive-like, says nuthin' of substance, and don't reference no holidays.' Oh, and it can't start wit' 'happy' or 'merry', neither - people might think we're forcing our 'emotional views' on 'em, whatever da heck dat means."

[sigh] "Ok, boss."

"Don't call me 'boss'."

Wow, Tanya C., I'm getting filled with the holiday spirit just looking at this. I think the underline really sells it, don't you?

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Reader Comments (197)

Another genius wreck...congratulations...but they would be nothing without your rockin commentary!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjustfrosting

HA! I was chuckling all through the commentary and let out a bark of laughter at the cake itself! That's great.
Neither-happy-nor-merry Winter to you too!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

it is me or is the cake missing the icing? and why is the snowman so little, there is plenty of space

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

Oh god...suddenly last year's office party is replaying in my head. We had almost that exact conversation but without the sheisty Brooklyn accents. We also wound up with purple on our cake until my friend looked at it and said, "Purple eh? Trying to force Advent colors on us, eh?"
Gotta love political correctness.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Hey Jen, don't cookie "cakes" fall in the same category as CCCs?

This one is just filled with sweetness and light...

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReam O Rama

Ewww brown frosting. I can just imagine that oozing between people's teeth and not looking anything like icing. I suppose on the bright side, it wasn't yellow snow.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeachy

hmmm, did i catch the hint that someone has seen 'Oscar'? If not, you should watch it! Great cake, it's almost as good as "I want sprinkles"

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

rofl (literally!) - that's my new favorite wreck ever! well, mostly because of the commentary, but you really had me sliding of my chair and rolling on the floor laughing my head off for a solid minute. woah. that's mere genius ^^

word verification: oveisti - sounds like a bavarian christmas song ^^

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterViola

Considering that my daughter had an accident yesterday which resulted in $6100 damage to both cars, Winter offends me.

Brilliant post, Jen!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

This is so over the top PC I snorted Christmas Tea ... jeesh, ridiculous.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkippyMom

Ooh, "Oscar" references! Yeah, whoever decorated this cake is an ox and a moron.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterabi

W...T....? My head hurts trying to figure out this little beauty.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

That is Wow!

I loved your narrative!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

The snowman's cute...
But is the blank space intended for the customer's personalized message (to be added by a semi-incompetent counter clerk whose skills at spelling, spacing, and penmanship may be up for debate)? If so, what does one write that would not be a non-sequitur with "Winter"?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm the cake even frosted w/ the preliminary base coat, I mean is it a naked cake w/ a snowman on it and some purple trim, or did they frost it w/ poo colored frosting first?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I want sprinkles.

~Bonnie B~

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

Wow... just wow.

Is it a brownie? or frosted with Brown icing?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie h

Why o why do they have to use that brown poo color as the background always?!! It's nasty. Who buys that? You would think they could at least put a giant snow flake in the middle unless that was meant to be blank for someone to add a message. "Winter, Sorry you have SAD but here's a brown poo cake with a happy snowman!"

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

uh i don't get it. what's this have to do with gangsters? reaching, much?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Now if they had just added "wonderland" beneath that--but they were probably afraid they would be advocating drug use! LOL

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZed-Aitch

WOW...what a boring cake...the snow man is cute...very nonoffensive... If they didn't tell us that it was winter I would never have known.

wv: mangsts: a badly typed and spelled gangsta

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Proof that politically correct is....incorrect.

I'm offended that people don't want to be offended *G*

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Hey, I am from San Diego, and I find it offensive that winter always has to be associated with snowmen. I think that all snow-related references should be banned!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersciencegirl

Um....Wow. Is that unfrosted, frosted with poo, or just plain moldy? And why is that poor snowman all alone over there in the corner? It looks like the word WINTER is about to crush his little head.

Good grief!

@Angela - it's a movie reference.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStarchasm

Perhaps the base color choice was to make people in warmer climates feel included. "And no white frosting, ya numbskull, all dem folks down South might be accusing us of only showing a Yankee winter."

Or maybe this is the end of winter when everything has turned to mud but the snow man still clings to life. If that were true though, he's looking too good. His head would have to be peanut sized and his hat would be on the ground.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLala27

This reminds me of the South Park episode where they have to remove everything from the school Christmas play that offends's the best....

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

LOL! love your dialogue!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cox Family

I'm sorry, but you are the best writer, EVER!! "Poiple." LMAO!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKathyP

I can't believe this is a real cake. Its the saddest attempt at celebrating a season ever. And who buys a winter cake?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pink Queen Albatross

I just don't get the brown icing....and wouldn't white frosting be much more "wintery"?

Maybe they weren't going for the first snowfall, but the brown sludge that accumulates by Jan, when the dirt and the snow mix? A touch of realism perhaps?:P

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gill

@Sciencegirl - I'm not from San Diego, but snow offends me, too! I'm looking at a *whole* lot of it falling from the sky outside my office window right this second, and I can't leave for home for another 5 hours...

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervoxwoman

It's 80% YOU, you know. You're a freaking genius.

Angie (from over at

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAll Adither

From the comments posted, yes, that must be the case. An overtly politically correct cake decorator with the hidden agenda of ruining Christmas.

My guess is the decorator had some extra purple frosting in the bag, a blank sheet cake, and a lack of imagination. The story concocted was JUST A STORY (albeit brilliant and hysterical... Jen, I must give kudos for your spelling to make it read as perfect gangsterese!).

Keep up the great posts!

Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I feel like an essay about Winter should be written beneath that...

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhat's Her Face

That commentary was pure brilliance! I especially liked the fact that you spelled the accent...a la "poiple" hahahahah!


Non-offensive winter salutation everybody!

wv: sprong- the new grammar. "Spring has sprong."

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Douglas

An underline killed my family!


December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSick Sad Minion

Too funny!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAn Apron Straitjacket

The commentary really set the tone for this one! Love it!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

That's awesome, I mean really. Wow.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrm_orchid

If they were going for realism wouldn't you do that with white frosting mixed with crumbled oreos?

Nope definately poo frosting.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNihilady

Hey, now, you can't be celebrating Winter. That's just pagan!!!

(For the record, I have nothing against pagans. Just making the point that you can always find a way to be offended if you want to be offended.)

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally thought this was a cookie cake at first, but on closer inspection it is so much more insidious. Why, why, why should a 'winter' cake simulate tanned leather?

Your commentary had me in stitches this morning!

Word verification: fobbe: a new style in leather jackets, and the inspiration for this cake's frosting.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

ah, jen, those were some SWEET "oscar" references!!! one of my all-time favorite movies:) i could just picture them all doing this 'scene' too. i love that you love all the movies that i love!!!! hahahaha have a happy WINTER everyone!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

Ahh, the cake was very good but the conversation with Bugsy and Boss made it. Poiple is the word of the day!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

@Heather: You got me. I was wondering if anyone would catch the Oscar reference. (It's my all-time favorite movie no one has ever heard of. John and I are even forcing our friends to watch it this New Year's Eve. What's not to love about Sly Stallone taking "elocution lessons" from Tim Curry? :)

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

OMG! LMAO!! Love the brown barren earth. I guess all the snow went into the nongender snowperson. Not that persons are superior to any other species, extant or extinct.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

Oh man, I snotted when I finally got to the wreck!!!

Word verification: Plarsl. That is the noise I made when I snotted!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

The point of this gigantic "white space" on the cake was so the decorator could inscribe the full lyrics of the Christmas classic "Let snow, let it snow, let it snow."

Either that or a fanny imprint, I'm not sure.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

I think the snowman is actually kind of cute, if only it weren't so oddly placed. And I love the underline, but I also think it needs a period. "Winter.", as in there's nothing more to say about this horrible, depressing time of year.

Love your commentary, though. That's the best part. It takes a certain level of brilliance to work "poiple" into a cake commentary. Kudos!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I've never commented before, but had to on this one. The "cake" in itself is so-so, but the genius dialogue makes it golden. Love it!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

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