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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
Friday
Jan232009

The Problem With Phone Orders

[answering phone] "Cakey Cake Bakery, Jill speaking! How can I help you?"

"Hi, I need to order a cake for my boss. We have a photo of him playing golf that we'd like to put on it, though - can you do that?"

"Of course! Just bring the photo in on a USB drive and we'll print it out here."

"Great, I'll bring it by this afternoon."

Later...

"Hey, Jill, what am I putting on this cake?"

"Oh, check the counter; I left the jump drive out for you there."

[calling from the back room] "Really? This is what they want on the cake?"

"Yeah, the customer just brought it in."

"Okey dokey!"

Believe it or not, this is a TRUE story: Elisabeth R. worked at the office in question. Besides, how could I ever make up something this good?

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Reader Comments (237)

In all actuality, that's a very accurate rendering.
~Amy B.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Well, at least instructions were sort of followed... and everything was spelled correctly. I'm still laughing!!!!!!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

I used to be in the military and I thought some of the people I worked for and with were really, really stupid. But I'm beginning to think that the people too stupid to even get into the Navy just go to cake school....

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZayneb and Mamarajah

If nothing else, the boss will have a memorable birthday...that black icing will stay on his teeth for a week!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh the stupidity. That's brilliant.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

Sometimes it's better not to the back story and thus let the ol' imagination run wild. In this case, it's perfect to have the back story.

Hope the boss liked jump drives as much as golfing...

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is awesome

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim

Awww, that's adorable. :P

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Thanks for the laughs today! Absolutely hilarious!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraragamuffinsreflections

Sweet mercy.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

*rolls around laughing* hehehehe. I love it. ^-^

I'd so get a cake like that on purpose for my husband. Though the border would have to be red...he's red gray color blind, and it would be funny as all get out.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEkio Locatiare

wow, that drive is gigantic!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakeKitten

"No, No, thank you... I wanted a jump drive themed cake for my birthday! How'd you know?"

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbe Stalin

O
M
G

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

I used to be a baker for 13 years... odd early hours and little sleep - it does things to you. I have witnessed some absolute common-sense-fails, and had to try to fix them. Mostly spelling. Nothing this bad.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon

I'm just wondering WTF the other cake decorators were thinking? Did no one wonder, "Why is she still working on that cake? All she has to do is put it under the photo thinger and then add a border..." :p

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuglyfuglyfugly

Oh. my. The stupidity is hurting my brain.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

That is FUNNY. I would have still totally bought that cake just for the laugh.

But, my boss has a good sense of humor and would laugh too.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHotch Potchery

That's either really funny, or really sad, not sure which.

Can't stop giggling.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

... i'm speechless...


... do they let these people breed?...

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatty

*facepalm*

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkarmapearl

it's like a modern day amelia bedelia story... lol.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Well, at least the jump drive is pretty much centered on the cake.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey! Maybe when they cut the cake the boss' picture was on the inside!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat's Creations

I wonder how much data that cake can hold...

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam, The Nanti-SARRMM

That is too funny!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlalock

Somebody is getting way too little sleep. Or else taking way too many pills.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

That's hilarious! As I was reading the narrative, I was guessing that they would put up the wrong photo, but it's a nice rendition of a flash drive though.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To be fair to the decorator, I probably would have assumed the same thing, especially if I asked the order-taker in a disbelieving tone that the customer wanted THAT on a cake. At my husband's old job, a flash drive is actually something that the techies would probably have ordered on a cake.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

What is it with these people?! Who would ever want that on there cake.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Moffitt

That's just amazing!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

ok, i was expecting to see the actual flash drive stuck on the cake, so this isn't quite so bad. still...

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

Hahahahaha!!!! That is hilarious!!! I'm assuming the first "decorator" added the green border - for golfing, ya know - and then the second "decorator" added the....ummm...likeness. Classic.

WV: tumsych, as in this cake gave me a real tum(my)sych!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

In a sense, the cake world was spared another wrecky photo cake for an even more amusing one. Cakey Cake Bakery took one for the team!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlish

What?! NO sprinkles? I'd return that sucker.

Good post. I needed a huge laugh to start off my Friday!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergorgon

this is my new favorite wreck...EVER! SO FUNNY!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

I SO needed to read that post this morning. Bless you!!!!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Crying!!!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

This... this is just... well, frankly, this is SPECTACULAR!!!

Flartus said:"...and she still PAID for it??? Great way to get fired!"

Flartus, honestly, you wouldn't pay for this? I would run back to the office, cake in hand, overflowing with glee and the desire to share the brilliance and hilarity. But then, I tend to have excellent luck when it comes to bosses and co-workers.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValky

My friend the Geek Wizard would love this cake.

He'd love an iPhone cake even more (I sent him the link to the iPhone cupcakes).

But yeah, sometimes you just aren't supposed to take things literally.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

This is why stupid people give me a migraine. Why didn't Jill just start over, since she knew what the customer really wanted? Great way to get business contacts!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Insanity

OMG! I would have been crying from laughing so hard at the bakery.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess P

Er...well, all things considered, it's a rather nice USB drive cake. xD Hopefully her boss had a sense of humour!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

That is priceless. Hope the boss has a good sense of humor!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

You know... that's actually a pretty good lookin' jump drive there.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterletha

I don't know...

Maybe the decorator decided this cake was a vast improvement over a cake with a photo of a middle-aged man in golf attire.

Can you imagine serving the requested cake at the office; "OK, who wants to eat the boss' (golf) balls?"

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeccy

That takes someone special...really LOL!

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Y'know, depending on the company, that might not be a bad idea. I mean, if they're in anything computer related, it's kind of fun, actually. I think I probably would've agreed to pay for it based on the story alone if I could get it to relate somehow. If I worked in, say the forest department, or at a golf course though, maybe not so much.

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

The thing is, even if for some reaason the story behind it wasn't true, I think the cake would still be a wreck.

But it's got to be true because why would anyone want a picture of a jump drive on a cake?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNewsCat

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