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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

Deep Fried Thoughts

Today I thought we might celebrate "Marti Gras"

Or maybe even "Mardi Gra"

Whichever it is, I'm just psyched to know that both cakes are deep-fried.

Yessir, and that means it's time to PAPTY!!

With a deep-fried PAPTY cake!

Now, to enjoy your "papty" you're also going to need a bunch of deep-fried donuts cleverly disguised as deep-fried cupcakes disguised as...uh...whatever this is:

Mmmm. Deep-fried goodness.

Next you'll need to clarify that when you say something with Mardi Gras colors on it is ugly...

NOTE: This is ugly.

In a deep-fried kind of way. are, indeed, "dissing" the Mardi Gras colors in general. In fact, you're dissing Mardi Gras, and its cultural origins, and every single person who has, does, or ever will celebrate it. Because, frankly - and I only tell you this because I care - you're kind of a bastard.

You'll also need a small plastic baby on the OUTSIDE of the pastry, because NO ONE bakes a small plastic baby INSIDE the cake, and only an IDIOT would say that anyone ever has.

Check it out: this donut still has its center!

Btw, I'm going to show you a funny cake now...

Tee-hee! Funny!

...but we're going to ignore that and focus instead on the cultural, economic, and quantum mechanical differences between "Cajuns" and "people who live in Louisiana." Because this is a humor blog, gosh dang it, and that is very, VERY relevant.

And finally, my friends, we're really going to need an Avatar cake with Mardi Gras masks on it.

Just 'cuz.

Theeeere we go.

Let the deep-fried PAPTY begin!

Many sprinkle-covered thanks to Amy S., Kathlyne B., Linda, Dora L., Berny B., Auntie N., Georgia F., & Samantha G., who all know better than to ever assume a humor blogger might be a) joking, b) sarcastic, and/or c) fully aware of the fact that most King Cakes are not deep-fried OR donuts and just thought it was funny and had no idea cake was suddenly such a serious business and don't mind this facial tic I just need to have a bit of a lie-down now if that's alright with you.

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Reader Comments (213)

Let the games begin!


Wow. I got nothin.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Love it!! Truly amusing rebuke to the fun yesterday!

As an English Girl I am celebrating today by eating lots of pancakes (or crepes in your language) as it is pancake day!!!!

Maybe I should deep fry them?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna from UK

You guys crack me up! DAILY!!! Thanks for being so funny. Sorry when others don't catch the humor. In my book you're #1 in all things deep fried! ;)

Happy Fat Tuesday. Let's eat!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Some of these Mardi Gras "masks" actually look like mutant butterflies.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Blas├ę

I HEART Cakewrecks!

WV: baill
I would never baill on CW - I'd miss their delicious sarcasam and wit.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I can't wait for the fun to begin!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

There, have a fluffy pillow.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, is today Marti Gra? Why am I not eating hideous, deep-fried choking hazards!?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I bow to your greatness and perseverence - BRAVO!!

Let them eat (deep fried) cake!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingmom

Hmm, wondering if I should grab some popcorn to watch Epcot part 2 today? Or maybe everybody got it out of their systems yesterday?

Keep up the great snark! I, for one, am still loving the humor, and the many (!!!) wrecks. Parpy on, dudes =).

Word Verification: "rougyper" Someone who applies too little rouge to their cheeks. Or maybe someone who goes around wiping off excess rouge (blush) from others' cheeks?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ohhhh, I love this blog. So, so much!! Happy Fat Tuesday!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Best post ever! And I didn't even look at the cakes, because I was laughing too hard at the commentary.

You guys rock!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear Jen,
I heart you.


PS. Those other people were poopyheads.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I'm another English girl, so here it's Shrove Tuesday aka pancake day. No deep frying or plastic babies involved.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUK Roo

Ballsy post, Jen. And deep-fried. Yes, a deep-fried, ballsy post. I love the circularity of it. It's like a ballsy, deep-fried donut. Excellent work. Now, excuse me while I go stuff my face with pancakes. I hope I don't offend anyone.

vw-"Piedup" as in, "I bet this post is going to get a lot of people all piedup."

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Fantastic post! and let that be a lesson to those who decide to take a humour blog a) overly seriously and b) as an insult to what are clearly "cornerstones" of Louisianne culture ;)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This post may very well have made me love you guys even more!!

Personally, I think I'd like cake better if it WAS deep fried... mmmmm....

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertantenoonie

Can't sleep... Floating mask with eyes will eat me... *shudders*

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCowgirl@Heart


Deep fried everything!! Hideous colors!!

I love this blog. Love, love, love. =}

But I can't BELIEVE you don't take CAKE seriously!!!


Keep on keepin' on, guys.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRocka

Little known fact:

The tradition of putting a plastic baby in the cake really stems from the origins of baking an ACTUAL baby into the cake. Whomever got the wishbone (do humans have wishbones?) had to procreate (quickly) and donate their spawn to next year's king cake.

I found this on Wikipedia.*

Seriously. Keep up the fantastic wo(sna)rk!

*Not really. I wouldn't want your readers to think I'm citing an unreliable source when providing new information.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first I had no idea what you were talking about, and then I ventured into yesterday's comments section. Yikes.

Happy Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Tuesday of your choice! Enjoy your wrecky King Cake/donut/pancakes/crepes/sweet of your choice!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

Alright, having survived (barely) the King Cake Fiasco of 2011, y'all clearly need the remedy: that other fine Creole/Cajun/NOLA tradition, the Hurricane! Repeat as necessary until you no longer feel deep fried. (Caution, there are also strong opinions about the recipe for a hurricane, but just drink until you can't hear the opining anymore, and ya'll'll be just fine, suga.)

Hurricane, New Orleans Style recipe
1 oz white rum
1 oz Jamaican dark rum
1 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
3 oz orange juice
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz grenadine syrup
crushed ice

Combine all ingredients, mix well (shake or stir). Pour over crushed ice in hurricane glass. Best enjoyed through a small straw. Garnish with fruit wedge if desired.

16% (32 proof)
Serve in: Hurricane Glass

Read more: Hurricane drink recipes

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLet Them Eat Cake

I agree people are far too touchy! But, in the spirit of Mardi Gras, perhaps we should give them a party-size helping of benefit of the doubt.

Maybe those who don't see the humor are all just a tad defensive, because a true King Cake is pretty awesome and much of the world thinks those hideous representations found in big-box and chain groceries (and, appropriately, on CakeWrecks) are the real thing.

That's scary enough to put anyone on the attack!

(I'm just sorry I won't have time to make a King Cake today, and I refuse to buy one. The ones in the stores in my neck of the woods too closely resemble those on CakeWrecks!)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mommy, that cake is looking at meee. Make it stop. It's scaring me.

Seriously, that eyeball/mask cake is the stuff of nightmares. Not that the others aren't terrible, of course, but there's something really creepy about that one.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbW

A perfect response to yesterday's out-of-control comments. Kudos! Keep the laughs coming!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin


March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy jumpins Jen! I smell a breakdown of Epcot proportions! I also predict that for the next week or week and a half most posts will be by John and Number One ;)

Hehhe And I agree with the other commentor... Hurricanes STAT! And in abundance :) (John, get on that, would ya?... errr, and a couple sent my way surely wouldn't hurt.)

If I lived near you I would *totally* attempt deep-frying a king cake and bringing it to you!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

@Anonymous 9.58 am: I don't know whether to simply say "Thank You," or "I Love You, please marry me". You made me giggle almost as much as the post did- and I need to remember to stop reading Cake Wrecks while I still have abdominal stitches!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

John and Jen,
I can only IMAGINE the conversations going on in YOUR house yesterday!

And the amount of alchohol consumed.

Sending wine and chocolate to the Mardi Gras bunker, which is right next to the Epcot bunker :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscrapopotamos

The funny ( tee-hee) cake is obviously supposed to represent the Onceler from The Lorax, as he lurks in his lerkim on top of his store. I can't tell whether you are disrespecting shut-ins or the environment with this one, but either way you should have known better than to make light of the issue on your very own humor blog.

Thanks for the drama yesterday! I love the way that you guys bring a diverse audience together to debate the cultural origins of baked goods. Fun and informative.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to say that I couldn't handle the amount of stupidity you must deal with on a daily basis... Thanks for sticking through it for the sakes' of those of us who actually HAVE a sense of humor! :o)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarasota2317

Awesome! After reading the comments yesterday, and wondering what some people don't get about this being a humorous blog, this is just a great comeback.

John (hubby of Jen)...let the games begin, indeed!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We all know everything is better including Cakewreck commenting:

a) deep fried
17)and with bacon

I, for one, postulate that a King cake would benefit from bacon!

Papty On

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlbj61

HAHA! You guys are amazingly terrific. The pokes at all the Epcoters made my day. The only sad thing is that we probably don't get a Kermit Flail today (single best line in yesterday's entire post). Now i want to go eat something seriously deep-fried... ((evil grin))

You do realize, of course, that your adoring fans are all now demanding some really awesome-looking Mardi Gras cakes for Sunday Sweets. Pleeeeeeease? :) Just remember that, no matter how pretty they are on the outside, we all know they're deep-fried (or WANT to be deep-fried) inside! *cough**cough*

Ya'll rock!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Oh, how I love this blog.
Thank you.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaren

Who would those make sense to??

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fantastic rebuttal to yesterday's ridiculousness! I read the comments but kept out of the fray. I'm still laughing at today's post.

I lift my deep fried, poorly frosted, I want sprinkles, plastic flotsam covered, baby encrusted cajun/creole culturally ignorant donut to you!

...and then I'm putting it back down, because who would want to eat that?

Happy Fat Tuesday Jen and John- my two favorite Wreckies! (Like Trekkies, but with more cake.)


March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Douglas

Some things are funny because they're true and some are funny because they're not true. Whether or not they come off as funny depends as much on delivery as the audience's understanding.

King Cakes are a lot like fruit cake. If you've ever had a great one and loved it, you just want to make sure other people know there are some out there that aren't a mish mashed, ugly, awful tasting mess.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Frankly I'm disgusted at your ignorance! How can you NOT know that "Papty" is indeed the correct Creojan term applied to the act of flashing strangers in the street in exchange for plastic beads?

Am I dealing with COMPLETE amateurs here?

Keep up the good work, guys. People like you keep me sane.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Foolishly I ignored your warning & wandered into yesterday's comments section ..that's fifteen minutes of my life I can never get back. Wow.

Papty....I had one of those tests at the doctor's, but no-one bought me a cake afterwards.

Yay, Pancake Day for the UK - I'm gonna deep fry mine, wrap it round a baby, cover it in coloured crap and think of you....

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Hahahaha! Well played, indeed! And good for you.

I could not BELIEVE the comments yesterday. Obviously these people are not familiar with this blog at all. Go have a deep-fried cupcake and lie down, I hear it helps the facial tic :)

We are going to celebrate Marti Gra in Disneyland :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia Poll

EXCELLENT response to yesterday's comments. I love you guys.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Janna here, again. Yesterday's kerfuffle (not the deep fried part...I didn't even want to approach that one) was a little over the top. I should explain: I AM a Cajun, and I don't like cake. That's all. There's nothing wrong with King Cakes, per se, and certainly nothing wrong with the Krewe of Zulu (although some folks who aren't from here have wondered if it's a racist term). OTOH, our local bakery DOES include the choking hazard; it's small and very hard.
BTW: hilarious response to yesterday's post. Deep fried fun for all!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just wanna say " HAHAHAHAHAHA " out loud. I'm a daily reader and a daily laugher. Thanks :0)

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdcwlksnrayne

Heh. I had a slice of authentic King Cake in New Orleans, and I'll tell ya, I probably would have liked it better if it had been deep-fried! :)

I heart Cake Wrecks.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

1. I *am* kind of a bastard!

B. A hurricane sounds terrific, even if it's deep fried!

3. John and Jen, thank you. This post is basically my 15 year old's rant after she read yesterday's comments. She's kind of a bastard,too!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Whoever "Marti Gras" is, evidently, she's manic-depressive... O_o

WV: tenesses - How many tenesses does "Mardi Gras" have, anyway?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

I just want to state that I'm Cajun, and I love Cakewrecks!

That is all :)

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKira

Hey you guys, just wanted to say 'HAHAHAHAHA ' out-loud. I'm a daily reader and a daily laugher. Thanks :0)

Papty on! and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdcwlksnrayne

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