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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)

Maybe that's a really short haiku?

It's certainly festive.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBibi

*snorts* WTF. hahahaha

that is EXACTLY how the conversation went down, I'm sure of it!

*snorts with laughter again*

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralocin

Hang on, what about me? I live in Australia... that offends me because it's stinking-hot SUMMER here!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralocin

You know... *chocolate* icing is brown.

Awesome cake. My jaw dropped.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermmemaraschino

GREAT "Oscar" references! I was laughing outloud!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatphoti

Do they live somewhere there is a drought, or did the decorator get bumped off mid-icing?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Well ... it does kind of look like winter in my state, where everything's brown outside and someone puts up a snowman inflatable to make it seem more "seasonal."

But it still sucks.

The commentary was spot-on, as usual.

Word verification: lakinse. Incense for the lactose-intolerant.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Best laugh of the day so far! love it.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTama

One of the best holiday posts this holiday season. I am so glad I read all of the commentary before scrolling down to the picture -- classic!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennyF

Howse about them cupcakes to the left? I had to get my sunglasses out.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOrdinary Housewife

LOVE this post! I had this great mental image of the men of the Soprano family standing around the kitchen table in ruffled aprons.

Concerning political correctness, I know a teacher who has "Merry Christmas" on her classroom walls in 10+ languages so it is "educational."

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoy


December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Winter! How dare they discriminate those of us who live in the Southern hemisphere... >:)

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKel

I have to confess... I actually think this cake is adorable! The snowman is cute, and it's poetic in its barrenness.

Not sure WHAT occasion someone would actually buy this for, though.

Oh, and the frosting is brown because it's chocolate, yes? Either that, or the cake is set in Chicago. We got a half-foot of snow this morning, and it's already turned into filthy slush.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA in Chicago

I'll post something Politically Correct when I stop laughing.

Brianna McCarthy@Passion.Fruit

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Okay. I died laughing.

I read this to my husband out loud (cause I can do voices really well) and we both laughed again.

subtitle: "Yep."

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly-Bee

Shouldn't the cake be white, to like, you know, look like winter?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

It's pretty obvious that this wreck was a phone order that probably went:

"I want 'winter wonderland' in blue."

...which poorly translated into "winter, underlined, in blue."

Yay Mad Gab! (I'm just a loooove machine!)

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwolfbehindme

Excellent commentary, excellent (in its badness) cake...say, do you dislike "cookie cakes" as much as you dislike CCCs?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

BUAHAHAHAHA!!!!... OK...I have to compose myself just to type... I will be giggling to myself about this one for a LONG time! Thanks Jen!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

I am OFENDED! I grew up in the South Earstern U.S., and we rarely if ever had snow-- even more rare was to have enough snow to build a snowman!

This is OBVIOUSLY a plot to exclude anyone in temperate and tropical zones! I DEMAND COMPENSATION!!!

*tee hee* ^_^

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdave-iii


the cake was amusing, but the dialogue was hilarious! thanks for the giggle.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Guys, it's just chocolate-flavoured butter cream. It is a surprisingly popular icing in my shop.


December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimba

They say that when someone writes in upper and lower case characters indiscriminately, it means they're insane.

(look how WiNter is written)

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

I totally heard Bugs Bunny while reading your commentary. And the cake is....very....plain? Uninspiring? Blah? Unfinished? Maybe all four?

wv: ciagadri. Sounds like an Italian surname.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

why is there a snowman in the middle of the dessert?

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

This is basically a perfect post. I was amused throughout the 'conversation', and totally guffawed when I saw that cake itself. Perfect!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClare K. R. Miller

This is a wreck all the way around. When I think of winter I definitely think of brown! lol BUT with a snowman....guess they used all the snow that WAS on the ground to make the snowman, which is why there is no more white on the ground! So take that and have a great winter! LOL

Love your commentary BTW!

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

And I thought I was the only one who thought that "Oscar" was genius.

This cake is horribly awesome.

December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Seriously: is that a cake, a brownie or a cookie? Look at the sides, it seems to be in some kind of metal pan or something. I'm so confused!

Word verification: sessesse. Also confusing.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

Beyond "all righty then..." there just are no words.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracie the Red

Well..maybe the cake decorator is pagan.

My husband just survived a round of layoffs at his company. I thought we'd get a cake that says "Congratulations on keeping your job!"


December 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

As an Australian, I am offended by the impliction that Winter is the only season at this time of year, when we are just getting started with Summer!

Maybe they should just go with December?


December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYvetteDownunder

I'm surprised so many people complain about poo-coloured icing. Ever had chocolate icing? I do believe that's what this cake is iced in (there is another row of "shells" border outside of the snowman vignette)

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather S.

This post made me think of Oscar. I haven't seen that movie in so long. Great writing :)

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

I can't help but think that the request went something like "I'd just like it to say 'Winter' y'know? A snowman would be nice; go with that."

I also have 'flu so I can't manage anything that isn't really obvious, sorry.

Excellent writing as ever :D

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertired-spirit

Ha ha ha. This is brilliant.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBugsy

I think I'm more freaked out about the neon yellow, orange, and blue cupcakes to the left of the Winter cake!

Oh, and that icing may be chocolate, but it is still grossly poo colored and there would be lots of good jokes around my office - since I work in a GI (Gastroenterology) doctor's office!

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Where did the gangsters part come from? And the snowman is white, so that makes blue and white.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

FLMAO!!! that's so awesome!

btw.. i recommended yer site to the bakery manager at my store. she was highly amused when I told her about it
hehehe ;D

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGiusi.


December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRooManda

i actually like this cake! it could be my hatred for christmas and all the stupidity associated with the holiday and this time of year.....

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMe!

I am from the Southern Hemisphere and find this cake extremely offensive.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRo

Actually, this cake is still completely and totally politically incorrect, simply for the reason that it is not winter in some parts of the world - including Australia, where I live.

This cake does not fully appreciate the needs and requirements of the world community living in the southern hemisphere.

December 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnika Q

But... but... this cake is offensive to people living in the southern hemisphere where it's currently summer!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Very funny. I think this may be a case of a mostly unfrosted cake. Maybe that was the goal... for people who don't want alot of frosting. It still looks pretty bad, though. Winter is an odd theme for a brownish colored cake with hardly any decorations. Oh, word verification: peniza... uhuhuhuhuh.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ruin Everyones Christmas

Really? Your enjoyment is that fragile? You poor thing.

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Saturnalia, since a generic greeting MIGHT RUIN EVERYTHING!!!

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter2 wheels, no plates

ROFL too funny....

May I wish all here a GLAD YULE!

Tonight is the solstice, after all!

And no, I'm not really being sarcastic. Yule is a source of so much joy to me, and I'm showering everyone with sunny good wishes at this holy tide.

Tonight is the all-night vigil we have around a bonfire, with entirely too much "holiday spirit" (in liquid form) and tasty treats and whatnot making the rounds of all the participants. I'd share it all with everyone here if I could!


December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracie the Red

The brown frosting is obviously there to represent the way snow looks in late January when it's been laying around getting stepped on for a month and a half. Yuck...

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi

LOL. Poiple! Awesome commentary boss.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergreenbean

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