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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

Sunday Sweets: The "Eh" Team

Today we've decided to feature some amazing cakes in honor of Canada Day, which was Friday.

"But, john the hubby of Jen!" you say, "The fourth of July is tomorrow! We need cakes with American flags! And American things! know...America!"

Well, tough. We've picked on Canada enough over the years, and they deserve at least one day of Sweets for putting up with us.

Plus we used up our best American cakes for Memorial Day.

But mostly that first thing.

Er, before we proceed, I think I should mention that Jen & I have logged many, many hours into determining the least offensive, least stereotypical way to write today's post.

Then we gave up and just wrote what we wanted anyway. Sorry. As Craig Ferguson would say, "I look forward to your letters."

Let's start with some sweet Canadian flags:

Perfection. And after looking at hundreds of Canadian flag cakes, I can say with complete confidence that the maple leaf is officially the hardest thing in the world to draw accurately.

You might think I'll be posting a moose cake next. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG.

By Cake Central member krazyb5

Check out that shading! Such great perspective - and almost completely fondant-free.

Plus, from my extensive research I now know that there are almost twice as many black bears in Canada as there are in the U.S. I can also tell you Canada's gross national product and the top five cleanest cities, but Jen tells me that would be "boring as snot," so I guess I won't now.'s a beaver cake:

By The Femme Fondants

Stereotypical? Yes.

Freakin' adorable? ALSO yes.

Now how's about a little Canadian landmarkage?

By Bobbette and Belle

That is the CN Tower. It's 1,815.4 feet - or 553.33 meters - tall and weighs 118,000 tonnes.

So I'm not sure those people are to scale.

These cute crustaceans, either:

Obviously this post wouldn't be complete without a cake representing Canada's national winter sport:

By Cake Central member sugar-2

Hockey! Or as my French-Canadian dad calls it, 'ockey!

That's their Olympic jersey, too. Pretty sweet.

Speaking of sports, are you ready to have your mind blown?

It turns out that basketball was invented by a Canadian. Which is why *I* only root for the Raptors. When I watch basketball, I mean. (Which is never.)

Oh, and do you see that texture?

The decorator made each tiny little divot with a #2 icing tip. A. Mazing.

Here's something else uniquely Canadian:

Tim Hortons!

Okay, so there are also some in Ohio, but that's almost Canada anyway, right?

Besides, we couldn't find any cakes of poutine, tuques, or adorable accents.

Then there's Canada's other beverage of choice:

Beer! (In a tree!)

And get this: those beer bottles and "ice" are molded hard candy. Even the melted bits on the board! I'm amazed. Definitely one of the most convincing bottle cakes I've ever seen.

What's that? You want a little Canadian history? Ok, how's this: did you know that Louis Jolliet (a Canadian) was the first explorer to map the Mississippi river?

By Pink Cake Box

Is it too much to hope the map layer is made of Mississippi mud cake?

And so, in conclusion, I'm sorry I couldn't find a Barenaked Ladies/Nathan Fillion mash-up cake, since I'm told that many of you believe a Barenaked Fillion would make your entire year.


Haven't you always wanted a monkey?

If I had a million dollars...I'd buy, like, ten of these cakes.

Happy Belated Canada Day, Canada! Thanks for being the most polite, fun-loving, and best sense-of-humor-having readers we could ask for.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (187)

I wish that I was Canadian just to tell you that you did a great job and didn't offend me one bit.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great cakes! That beaver made me lol a little. My early morning train of thought takes me to a Justin Bieber cake pop I saw the other day...

*singing South Park song, "Blame Canada."*

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the timmies cake... it even has a little "2M 2S" written on the lid (2 milks 2 sugars)! The Team Canada jersey cake is awesome too (oh and I still think you should have gone the Beaver, Beiber route haha... sure we're embarrassed, but it's still darn funny!)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangela s

That was brilliant, eh!

100% Canadian and 100% Not Offended. Too bad you couldn't get a toque cake though. That's Canadian, eh.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Love Timmy H's! Best thing to come out of Canada after the band Three Day's Grace.

I do love the Barenaked Ladies too, and yes, I have always wanted a monKEY!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter~*Jess*~

...and those people at the base of the CN tower *are* to scale. They grow 'em big up there.

Happy belated Canada Day and early Independence Day everyone!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I love, love, love this entire post! I am Canadian, and I just felt warm fuzzy hugs from this. Thank you for choosing to hono(u)r Canada today.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Loved the beaver cake, but that monkey cake at the end is too adorable for words!!! The basketball cake is mind blowing too!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita

Great job, great cakes, and that basketball is Ah-May-Zing!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

Love it! Canadians are not that easily offended. Although I am a little sad about the lack of a Barenaked Ladies/Nathan Fillion cake. Someone needs to do something about that.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Awesome job, guys! AS usual. :) But I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that someone was CRAZY enough to- I mean ... had the patience to pipe those teeny bumps and details on the basketball. WITH A #2 TIP! Not to mention- how did they get the ball so perfectly round without the aid of a ball cake pan? Simply extrordinary.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAna V.

Lovely! 'tho I was expecting to see a Steve Nash cake after the amazin' edible basketball.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGloriaS

The Beer Bucket cake and basketball were so well done. Some people are so talented.

Hey, we have tons of Timmies in NY, too! Awesome cake!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentert4stywh34t

As an American living in Canadian, I can say that you did an excellent job honoring (or honouring, as they spell it up here) the Canadians I live amongst. Nicely done! And while there are Tim Horton's in Ohio, New York and parts of New England, it still holds 62% of the coffee market up here (as opposed to Starbucks which holds a mere 7%!)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I have many Canadian friends (even one in Newfoundland) and they all rave about Tim Horton's coffee. Alas, I can only offer Starbuck's in return. They also all rave about Great Big Sea, the best band ever to come out of the maritime provinces (more than you'd think). They do tour America fairly often, and are worth checking out. They just played for Will & Kate at the official Canada Day celebration in Ottawa.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I'd be Canadian if I could have a barenaked Fillion...cake.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

BNL references made my whole day:-)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat79

As a Canadian .... you guys did great!!! Thank you so much for No Beiber cake ... that alone is worth it!! :) The beaver cake is adorable! And the BNL reference was great :) Good job guys ....

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFignie

Must dig out Doug and Bob McKensie tunes now....... :)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe English Teacher

I think you would have to work pretty hard to offend most Canadians. Well, unless you called us American or something crazy like that.

That Beavers cake is adorable. Hoping you know that the Beavers are the littlest members of Scouting up here. Those dorky hats are generations old and I will miss them when they change the uniforms next year.

Bare naked Fillion? Yum. And I thought the Geek God cover story was temptation enough. But shouldn't he be wearing a green dress just to make it really authentic?

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyne

Hi John - Having read Jen's caveat about the post this week on Epbot, I opened today's Sweets with some trepidation. But... allow me to say, Well done you! As an American living in Canada, I think you hit just the right note - but, really, couldn't you have found a cake shaped like Milk-in-a-Bag? What's that aboot, anyway, eh? ;-)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaseyLacey

I'm a proud Canadian and I love our stereotypes - I mean, polite, good at hockey, say 'eh' a lot. They're not exactly the worst stereotypes in the world (and mostly true, too).
The cakes are AWESOME. A Tim's cake! Our Olympic jersey! The CN Tower!

And as someone who grew up trying to draw that flag, I am seriously impressed by those flag cookies. The maple leaf is truly one of the hardest things to draw properly! (I still can't)

As to the basketball thing, everyone who grew up in Canada should know that because of these brilliant history minutes that used to show on TV all the time:

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura HP

I've been looking forward to this post all weekend, and I wasn't disappointed! The basketball and beer cakes were especially mind-blowingly excellent. Maybe this time next year, you'll at least be able to find Nathan in a green dress. (But not a real green dress, that's cruel.)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannaSolo

Three French toast,
Two turtlenecks,
And a beer!

I-i-i-i-n a tree.

Ahhh, Great White North, indeed.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbubbasmom

You did my nation proud, thanks! The Timmy's cup was definitely the best. Now how about a Cakewrecks post with all the bad Maple leaves, as you alluded to in this post?

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuper sleuth

Thanks, eh?

Told my Canadian husband he has an adorable accent. He nodded.
Said it drives women wild. He nodded.
A while.
And asked, "Canadian?"
I asked how many accents he has.
He answered, "Well, Canada has many regional accents."

So Jolliet - French. There was no Canada then. Says my historian Canadian husband.

I'd do those cookies in a heartbeat, and that basketball cake? YUM.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Thanks, eh! I think the beaver cake is my favourite. You guys rock!

Happy 4th of July tomorrow!

KC (Vancouver Island)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loved it. You had me at Craig Furgesson. Who I only watch because my husband who works nights said "There's a talk show with a tardis on the hosts desk." Had to stay up late the next night. I knew you'd understand.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your comment about how hard it is to draw a maple leaf is bang on! I laughed when I read it, because that is exactly what I was thinking when I looked at the first picture.

I am Canadian.

(Only thing missing is a William Shatner cake.)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

GAH this is sooooo cool :) i found a poutine cake somewhere but it looked absolutely disgusting so i said never mind haha

"Oh Canada, my home and native land!"

except i'm not canadian..... which is sad.....

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerrrs-uh

The amazing basketball cake was made by - Eat Cake Be Merry.

Papery & Cakery clearly credits them on their blog.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Basketball was also invented in Massachusetts, so it's half American!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMellie

not offended! Tim horton's ice caps are the best!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

I'm Canadian and not offended. I don't think I've ever been offended by your Canadian jokes, but then, I watch South Park and can sing along to the movie because it is awesome. I love it so much my head almost flaps.

Besides, now I live in ultra-lethal Texas and it's way more fun when you mock this place because it has less of a sense of humour about itself and deserves it so much more anyway. ;)

Plus it is awesome-tastic that you posted this on the 3rd. Hey did you see that cool cake going around the blogs that looks like an American flag when you cut it? I totally want to figure out how to do that to make a Canadian flag. But eleven points properly aligned is hard, as you say, and nobody needs another lumpy red mitten pretending to be a maple leaf...

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

As a Canadian, I'm sorry no one's been offended yet. I could try, if you like.

I am shocked and appalled at the effrontery--

Nah, not going to work. I loved it.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe next time you guys can feature Canadian bakers and their creations instead of just Canada cakes. Just a thought. :)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen.M.Timmerman


You're absolutely right. I don't know how I missed it but it's fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out.

Mellie- Nope. According to everywhere, it was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a fine, upstanding Canadian.


Hey we have Tim Horton's in Michigan too!! Great post and I'm a 5th generation Canadian and am not at all offended. Nor would I think that all the Canadians I see would be either, since you didn't mention their driving. em

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather J.

Hi Ellen,

We actually feature Canadian bakers a lot. I think there were even two or three today. We're in the midst of putting together a Sunday Sweets directory and below are some of the Canadian bakers we've featured in the past year:

-Bluebird Cakes (Edmonton, Alberta)
-Cookievonster (Vancouver, British Columbia)
-Queene of Tartes (Vancouver, British Columbia)
-KupKake Tree (Moncton, New Brunswick)
-The Femme Fondants (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
-Lena's Designer Cakes (Port Maitland, Nova Scotia)
-Wild Cakes (Brantford, Ontario)
-Sugarbelle Cakes (Caledonia, Ontario)
-Doodle Cakes (Cambridge, Ontario)
-Too Nice to Slice (Kitchener, Ontario)
-Sweet Pudgy Panda (Milton, Ontario)
-Sweetapolita (Newcastle, Ontario)
-Bobbette and Belle (Toronto, -Ontario)
-Dufflet (Toronto, Ontario)
-For the Love of Cake (Toronto, Ontario)
-House of the Rising Cake (Toronto, Ontario)
-Irresistible Desserts (Toronto, Ontario)
-The Wicked Little Cake Company (Toronto, Ontario)
-The Caketress (Toronto, Ontario)
-Border City Cakes (Windsor, Ontario)
-Sweet Designs by Larissa (Montreal, Quebec)

Good stuff.


No Nathan Fillion cakes at all? I'm disappointed.

Just kidding; these are amazing. Especially the beaver cake; that one is too cute for words. :)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Beauty, eh? Those are some great cakes! Love the beaver and crustaceans especially, too cute! But am most impressed with the bucket of beer bottles and the basketball! How do they DO that?

Did anyone else notice the Canada Dry ginger ale (well, what else?) in the background of the basketball cake picture? :-)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaloofah

There is actually a episode of firefly when mal (played by Nathan filion) is wandering around naked.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterninja dude 12

Take off, to the great white north! Awesome cakes, and I will agree about the cleanliness - Toronto is the CLEANEST freakin' city I have ever seen. (MUCH cleaner than Joliet, IL!)

wv: boutsu - Hey USA, it's not a boutsu today; it's about Canada!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I was only offended by your misspelling of toque ... and even then, not very much. :)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

An you even snuck in a subtle (the Canadian way) reference to Bob & Doug McKenzie! Fantastic post!


July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh yes, a Nathan Fillion/BNL cake would be awesome!

As for that bottle cake HOW did they do the melting ice cubes on the side? Such talent.

Hooray for Canada!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

Cool! I got a tangental reference in a CakeWrecks post, as I not-so-humbly claim the role of ringleader of the "Barenaked Fillion" movement.

I think you did a great job with your Canadian Sunday Sweets. They are all incredible, but the bucket with ice and beer made me gasp.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

That Timmy Ho's cake is aboot the coolest thing ever, eh?

By the way, I'm not Canadian but from Buffalo, NY... which is so close to Canada people think I have a Canadian accent when I travel.

Anyways, great job finding these Sweets! I love your blog. :)

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesaKahKay

Aw, thank you! And Happy Fourth of July to you folks south of the border!

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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