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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

Cake Wrecks: The Music Video

To fully appreciate the amazing awesomeness of today's fan feature, you need to be familiar with the Lazy Town song and video, "Cookin' By the Book." Don't know it? Then go here to watch the clip - it's surprisingly catchy.

Ok, everyone caught up? Good. Now, behold: WRECKIN' BY THE BOOK!

This inspired homage was written by Carrie Dahlby for The Funny Music Project, a regular contributor to the Dr. Demento show. (You can't ask for better credentials than that, can you?) This group of genius musicians publishes new comedy songs and/or videos every week, and if you head over there now you can download "Wreckin' by the Book" for free!

I recommend playing it over and over again until your kids beg for mercy. Then make up a little dance to go with it. Something I can do. So, lots of awkward swaying and off-beat clapping. Yeah. That'd be awesome.

A great big wrecky "THAK YOU" to Carrie, Luke, and their whole madcap team for making my week. You guys wreck AND rock.

And because they're hilarious and must be read to be fully appreciated, here are the lyrics:

I pile on the frosting
In brown and fuchsia lumps
This work is so exhausting
That my spelling talent slumps

I'll wish you "heppy bertty"
Or "Happy Hallydays"
Or "Happy Falker Satherhood"
For this year's Father's Day...

It's a piece of cake to make a wrecky cake
Just be a little lazy
Don't gotta do the cooking by the book
Just make it weird and crazy
Never use a classy recipe
Just gob on frosting daisies
If you throw away your cooking book, then you'll wreck a cake
We've got our Cake Wreck made
Our Carrot Jockeys cake
Finally it's time to wreck a cake

Wrecking cakes has its own science
Quotation marks abound
Decorate with raw defiance
Making chocolate fecal mounds

Don't tell me "I want sprinkles"
If that is what you want
I'll squeeze out "I want sprinkles"
In a pretty frosting font

It's a piece of cake to make a wrecky cake
Cake wrecks dot com will tell you
You also gotta buy her funny book
That Amazon will sell you
You do not hafta be the "Ace of Cakes"
Just make a fondant fish stew
If you do the wreckin' by the book, then you'll wreck a cake
On Superbowl Sunday
We'll make a wrecky cake
Finally it's time to wreck a cake
And on our wedding day
We'll make a wrecky cake
Finally it's time to wreck a --

Break it down, Jen! Show all bakeries why
They should have a spelling test before hiring some guy!
Grab some cupcakes, slather icing inch high,
Make a Curious George that'll make a kid cry!
That pink tarantula? That's a cake wreck!
That daffodil pony? That's a cake wreck!
That flaming armadillo? That's a cake wreck!
That groom's slab of beef? That's a cake wreck!

Carrie: Luke:
It's a piece of cake to make a wrecky cake - What!?
Just be a little lazy - Okay!
Don't gotta do the cooking by the book - What!?
Just make it weird and crazy - Yeah!
Never use a classy recipe - Cake!?
Just gob on frosting daisies - Wreck!
If you throw away your cooking book - Yeah!
Then you'll wreck a cake

Cake wrecks dot blogspot dot com
Has the cakes that are the bomb!
Army men like Vietnam?
Made by pros, not by your Mom!
Naked Mohawk baby carrot jockeys rule the world
In a vortex of doom, trapped inside a puce swirl!
It makes your head spin, like you're on a Tilt-A-Whirl!
I saw Darth Vader with a baby, "It's A Girl!"

You gotta do the wreckin' by the book! Cake!


Note: If you don't recognize all of the Wrecks in the video, that's because many of them are from the book. Did you know that 75% of the book is new Wreckage? And that the book is less than $10 on Amazon? Huh? Didja? Didja?

You did?

Oh. Well, good, then.

- Related Wreckage: Because Every Blog Needs a Jingle

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Reader Comments (72)

Funny! :) Just watched this vid. from yesterday's comments. Gah. It's still swimming in MY MIND!!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGod_Reigns

How cool! Your very own theme song.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl, Wendy, Max, and Lil

Sadly, I didn't have to familiarize myself with the Lazy Town orginal....I have suffered through it many time! Now I might actually enjoy it, because I will think of this HILARIOUS song and laugh:)

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli @ RTSM

There are no words to properly express how amazing this is. I have always had a nostalgic love for this song, (I usually sing it every time I bake!) and I LOVE music parodies. Hilarious!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlia

I love this website.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

That was great. Of course, it's not just parodying "Cooking by the Book," but specifically the L'il Jon mashup, which is already brilliant.

I won't embed because the language is beyond NSFW, but it can be found here.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThat Queer Chick

Rock and Roll. That was awesome! My jaw was on the floor so long that my son asked, "Are you ok, Mom?" LOL!

Keep them coming Jen, you rock!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilinda S.

That is truly brilliant and absolutely hysterical!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

And I just flashed the rock'n'roll sign as it was playing.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

That was great! And catchy enough to drive kids crazy...YES!!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShauna


March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

If I hadn't already spent hours on my birthday waiting in line to meet you and get my book signed, I would run out and buy it! This is so hilarious!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrsTiara

Like Kelli @ RTSM, I didn't have to familiarize myself with the original "Lazy Town" tune. But yours is infinitely better. And the puppets in your video are less creepy.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Please, oh please?

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooking Monster

Thank goodness they threw in the Lil Jon bit. I can't get enough of the remix.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMysteryD8

Thank you, finally soemthing to distract frowm the awfulness that is Lazy Town. A highly suspect programme if ever there was one!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

word, homey g.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma C.

That is brilliant! My video-making class of 11-12 year olds used the original song in their "Revenge of Cake Boy" video last year. I tortured them with the song over and over - wait til I show them this one! hee hee

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertoledonative

This makes the fact that I already (unfortunately) know the original lyrics that much more bearable!


March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

That is awesome! I too already knew the LazyTown song, lol!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolden's Landing

Cooking Monster, ask and ye shall receive:

Download the ringtone version!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah K.

Absolute ART WORK. Best homage video EVAH!! (And that's not just because I have a crush on Sporticus, and love the original version of that song... *nervous giggle*

Although, I have to say, I don't remember the rastafarian rapper in the original version, so this version just takes it a step up!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelvira

That is the funniest song I've ever seen. *picks self up off floor*

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsie

O. M. GIZZLE!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTova

Jen (and John), THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the inspiration, the kind words and the plug. :) I hope I get to meet you guys someday.

Sarah K, I've been trying and trying to download that ringtone after signing up for a Myxer login, but I can't get it to work. Having my own song as a ringtone would be super sweet. :)

And to everyone else, thank you also for the kind words. You're totally making my weekend. :)

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

The FuMP + Cakewrecks = Much awesomeness!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeith & Jodi

For those who don't recognize the "rapper" part of this video, it's from" rel="nofollow">"The Most Improbable Li'l Jon Mashup Ever" on CollegeHumor. If you like the original, you should check out the mashup (if my link doesn't work, go to and look it up). It's absolutely hilarious! (Note that it is, as an earlier commenter noted, extremely NSFW)

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwimsey

A-frickin-dorable. I totally threw my panties onto the stage/counter.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElly Lou

If this isn't the utterly, totally kewlest thing ever, to mash-up TWO brilliant, clever, creative sites into this...this....

Masterpiece. There is no other word. It's a Masterpiece! Wow. :) :) :)

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

haha that was awesome... whats the last inscription on the cake at the end credits it looks like happy sayriffy?

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

That is too epic for words.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter-Sea Nymph-

Wow--THAT was a wild & crazy ride.
I clicked the "go here," and watched the video...
Then, I started to write a comment... and suddenly I noticed that I was back in 2009. (!!!)
Freaky! My own lttle Twilight- Zoney time warp. =^@.@^=
The "DOH!" moment: I was commenting on the OLDER post, fer cryin' out loud.
I know I'm getting senile...but I didn't *think* I was going crazy, too.
Now I do.
ANYway, that was awesomely awesome and too cool for school...or something like that!
I think you should do a package deal--include the video commercial with the book!!!
What a marketing strategy! What genius! A twofer! A BOGO! A--aww, shut up, me!
I love you guys. *sniff*

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This should come with a beverage alert. My keyboard will never be the same. TOOOOO FUNNY.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFIONA

That is awesome!!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The Lazy Town version was kinda creepy but I LOVED the Cake Wrecks one. Also the Wrecky puppets are funny and not mildly terrifying. For every website a themesong!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Love this post!!!!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleena

After watching this, my four-year-old asked, "Mommy, will you make me a cake?"

Love the vid!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay M

What, am I the only person who likes the original? Better, even.
Honestly, I like parody music, but there's a difference between 'one listen and some chuckling, maybe' and 'going on my MP3 player and singing along', and this is more in the one listen category. Honestly, primarily because of the music quality: putting on funny voices affects music quality. I don't honestly known if Ziggy's voice actor is a better singer than Shoebox's, but Ziggy is definitely a better singer than Shoebox.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly-holden

Love it.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiainspace

So funny!!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love Cake Wrecks and read it to my kids. It's like a bed time story with cake. The kids adore Lazy Town, no mater how creepy it is. I have had nightmares about Sporticus.
Somehow,, the two together as a hand puppet parody is simply perfect. The kids and I bonded over this. Thank you.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I nearly forgot, my husband loved it for the lil'john overtones, too. You know you are just awesome, right?

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

My oh so beloved (and fump addict) husband showed me this a day or two ago...he knows how much I love the wreckitude! This is awesome, congrats Jenn!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I believe that last inscription is "Happy WTF?" am I right? >.> Love the video, hehe.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarahPants5

To SarahPants5, and all, at the end I was attempting to write "Happy Falker Satherhood", but it ended up being "Happy SalWTF?" I'm very happy you all enjoyed the video so much! :) - the great Luke Ski

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuke Ski

This is hilarious! I actually like that kids' show quite a bit, but the kooky video to the "remix" had me crying laughing =D

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterK. Ophelia

I love cakewrecks!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa-Foodista

You know you've made it when they're making funny videos about you!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren C


Love love love the blog and I do have to say that I thought Friday's post was really really funny and inoffensive.

I too thought of those crazy tanned bodybuilders who look like they literally bake themselves to a lovely brown crisp before oiling themselves up to get on stage.

And I'm a black person.

Keep up the good work and don't let the easily offended get you down! Lots of people LIVE to be offended!

(I know this comment isn't relevant to this video, which I thought was hilarious, but I just wanted to let you know that I got the joke and appreciated it in a public forum :) )

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

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