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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

Special Saturday Video: A Wreck Odd-To-See

The other day "devoted Wreckie" Roger H. sent me one of those videos. You know, the ones that first make you giggle, and then wince, and then cringe back in horror, and then start laughing because omigosh this is so bad, and then you go get your husband and make him watch it, whereupon you discover it's even more hysterical the second time through.

Needless to say, I knew Roger's creation was something special. Something that had to be shared. Something that I dare you to watch all the way through with the volume up.






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Reader Comments (68)

Wow- that was painful!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

That was funny.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Ah, one of my favorite renditions of "Also sprach Zarathustra." Gotta love the Portsmouth Sinfonia. If you're not familiar with the group's origins, I encourage you to look them up on Wikipedia. It's an interesting story, at least if you're a music nerd like I am.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarianna

I know I will be sorry I asked, but... what was that special thing about this video? I have seen all these cakes here before. ;)

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkt

And Marianna, it takes real talent to play that hilariously awful.

Regards from a fellow music nerd.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdutchgirl

I'm with Rachel. That arrangement of Also Sprach Zarathustra was even more painful than the cakes (which is going some). The combination practically counts as a lethal weapon.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Raymond

Remember when your kids were in 3rd grade, and they had to learn an instrument in school? And they had to practice every night? In your kitchen, while you were trying to make dinner, after a long day? This music sounds like that. It a glorious mess, and the cakes match perfectly.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaxmom

Portsmouth Sinfonia my ass.That was my daughters sixth grade orchestra concert and it was spectacular!
Nonetheless, I believe you should open every day's post with this video. It would be kinda like starting the school day with the pledge of allegiance and "My Country Tis of Thee."
Thanks for a great start to a long (and rainy) weekend!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Oh I'm crying so hard right now. This is what happens when you first are starting out in Band back in like 6th grade and give the kids something that is out of their playing range. I just recently picked up my trumpet after not playing for 10 years and this is very similar to how it sounded. I think that's why it made me laugh so hard. Perfect music to these wrecks.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I think this should be used in all marketing promos from now on. It's the perfect combination of wrecky cakes and wrecky music. Awesome job, Roger H.!!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

I'm SO thankful there wasn't an oboe in there, or it would have sounded like me at my best, That was painfully awesome. I found myself leaning forward while simultaneously cringing away from the screen. Well done, Roger H. Well done!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

The music and the cakes were made to go together. That version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" reminds me of the orchestral bits of "A Day In the Life" by the Beatles--except, it's not good, hehe.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea H.

Oh. My. Word. That was so painful, it was amazing. I'm definitely thinking of sending this to one (or more!) of my musician friends!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTotalFluffster

I watched it all the way through with the volume up. And now I am going to send you my analyst's bill.

That is so painful it is hilarious. I remember starting the trumpet in grade school. This rendition would have been the envy of the whole band.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercatspaw66

@SuBee -- I concur...I found a copy of that concert in the 99 cent bin at the dollar store and, recognizing talent, immediately bought two...and have worn out one already. In fact, whenever I watch " 2001 A Space Odyssey ," I turn down the volume and just play that song.... And, by the way, eons ago I played the violin in the junior high orchestra, and was often asked to play solo...solo they couldn't hear me.....

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Everything about this video was spot on...or should I say spot off. Hee hee. Those cakes combined with that music and the fact that the slide show itself was completely off center were all brought together to create a wreckalicious, wrecktacular, wreck fest! Wreck on dude!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

This was not what I was expecting...which made it so much funnier than I could anticipate! I'm still wiping tears from my eyes...

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterluneray

I almost PEED myself because I had to go SO BAD but I had to wait because I was watching this and WOWwwWOWww. THAT is just TOO horrible to be fake in ANY conceivable way. My Dad used to play trombone in a drum & bugle corps; HE called it the "Drunken Bugle Corps" because 1: he was always being funny, and 2: the corps had no talent. This reminded me of him!
Thanks!!! =^~.~^=

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

That. Was. Epic! In a wrecky sort of way. Let's call it "Wrepic".

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

@Marianna - thanks for the head's up. I checked them out on Wikipedia and they have a very interesting back story. A fascinating experiment. Too bad they didn't continue with new players.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhedge

Personally, I admire the way the tympani came in just at "I. Want. Sprinkles." Perfect!

It's my Friday & the start of a rare 3 day weekend for me. Then a Saturday Cake Wrecks post to boot?! You have brought tears to my eyes! Years of joy & tears of cringing pain, but it was beautiful, just beautiful! Perhaps I'd better buy a lottery ticket on my way home as this is obviously my lucky day! :)

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMovieMom

I just gave myself an asthma attack.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

I love the added touch of the "hiss and pop" of an old vinyl recording. Cool.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

As a music teacher, I found this to be very familiar! A perfect soundtrack for the video! (And just remember, there are hundreds of people who listen to that every day as their chosen profession!)

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Laugh laugh...sob sob...

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Just one comment: MORE, PLEASE!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaircair

I guess since it's Memorial Day Weekend those wrecks are being memorialized?

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersopdox

I laughed until I cried!! This was genius!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHope

Find someone who has never read CakeWrecks (I know, right?) and play this for them. The facial expressions are priceless!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMom A

That. was. awesome. as only a wreck can be.

My ears will never be the same, but it was completely worth it. I'm with Merry - the build up of the tympani as I WANT SPRINKLES appeared was indeed the highlight. The rest left my ears bleeding.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

I had that same feeling I get when at the dentist and I hear the drill. Completely cringe-worthy! My 7yo and 2yo came into the room to see what was wrong!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

That made my cat wake up in horror. The noise...
So funny though!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

Aaaaaaand..... this.

Eddie says it all. :)

Carmiehead, the Un-Stalker

Brought tears to my eyes, too. Yeah, I cry when I'm in considerable pain.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

zoomom, you win with "Wrepic". I'm going to find a way to work that into a conversation today. As for this video, I imagine this is what it would sound like if I tried to play a musical instrument... ANY musical instrument.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

Thanks. I"m sure I won't ever need my eardrums again. Ouch!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLesley

Ow! That cracked my computer screen!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKMcguire

Dear Powers That Run This Stinkin' Universe:
Bless you that there was no video taken of my 7th grade band concert (alto sax, first chair- but there were only 3 saxophonists so don't get excited).

Roger H. You are one twisted, sick puppy. I think I love you.

BTW, when I say "LOL" I mean I actually, literally Laughed Out Loud.



May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

That was awesome. *applause* for Roger!

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercyndynewsome

That was wrecktacular! I had to watch it twice simply because I missed the second half of the cakes due to the laughing and tears impairing my vision. Oh my! XD

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpigscout

Oh my gosh, that was awesomely wreckalicious! I want to Like this post and all the comments. Off to Facebook...

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

This sounds like what might happen if ST Sanders played orchestral instruments (Strauss shreds!).

The music captures perfectly the essence of wreck-creation: having a general idea of what you intend to produce, but not really having the means of bringing it into existence.

Unfortunately (and by 'unfortunately', I mean 'thankfully'), this does not rise to Theardare's standard of terrible songs, competently performed. A competent song, terribly performed, produces not existential angst but sustained laughter. This activates the brain's 'reward' mechanisms, which is useless in correcting behavior such as wreck-questioning.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Kazoos. That's the only thing missing. Lots and lots of kazoos.

Oh. My. Lord. Painfully brilliant. Brilliantly painful.

I need to go squeegee my ears now.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFran

That music was so wrecktastically amazing! :)

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelaine

@Mel:" I played the violin in the junior high orchestra, and was often asked to play solo...solo they couldn't hear me....."
Oh, holy SHEEP dip-- this cracked me up!!! It sounds like something Rodney Dangerfield could've said; in fact, I "heard" his voice as I was reading it!!
But...I don't *get* why you turn DOWN the volume on 2001 to HEAR 2001...maybe it's just that it's after 1 a.m., and I'm still awake, and...*yawn* a little loopy....=^e.0^=

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The perfect combination of sound and picture. It's hard to stop laughing, even several minutes later. Brilliant!

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

sweet buddha...
thae "music" made me more physically ill than the cakes did - that's when you know it's bad!
other than that, all i can say is that eddie izzard has some very fitting things to say:

(editor's note: some swearing in video)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergabriela

As a music lover and the wife of a Music Theory professor, I found that video distressing and hilarious at the same time. I hate you and love you for posting this.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

What a cringe-worthy homage (pronounced "OH! MA! GEh...)

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNurseJen

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