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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

No, No, No! THIS is How You Resign with a Cake.

As usual when a nugget of cake news hits the blogosphere, I've been inundated with e-mails about this photo. In it, nattily-dressed Neil presents his resignation on a large sheet cake.

Neil is obviously a great guy, and not just because he can rock a fuchsia dress shirt. No, he also sweetened his two-weeks notice with words like "joy and whim" in addition to all that yummy frosting. I bet every boss wishes their employees would be as thoughtful.

However, I submit that this cake is far too well-intentioned to qualify as a Cake Wreck. So for the rest of us - the ones who have daydreamed (or continue to) about telling the ol' boss-person where they can take our respective employment position and place it - I present Patrick's cake:

Obviously, Patrick was not as well-disposed towards his job at a "prestigious interactive agency"*. In fact, he was so fed-up with his boss's brow-beatings that on the day in question he picked up his paycheck, placed this cake on his desk, and simply walked out the door.

Here's what happened next:

"About two hours later, my voice mail, text, and email lit up like wildfire. Other agencies that I've never heard of are contacting me telling me I'm a legend. People are photographing each other with the cake."

Wow. See, now there's a way to go out with a sweet, passive-aggressive bang.

And the boss? Apparently he didn't realize this was an insult. HR had to tell him it was a few weeks later. (Not sure what he thought it was before that - a joke, perhaps?)

Patrick tells me that folks in his industry still ask, "Are YOU the one who left the cake?". So maybe you should put this on your resume, eh, Patrick? And then put that on a cake. And then send it to me. And then I will eat it. (Mmm, cakey resumes...)

*I have no idea what that means, so I assume it's high-paying.

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Reader Comments (96)

The roses on the "I Quit" cake really do look like googly purple eyes. How eerily cute.

Word verification: "watis". "Watis this?" said the boss, looking at the cake on his desk ...

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It would have been so much better if he worked at a gym or other fitness facility, a diet center... hehehe

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKails

To those of you curious about what the 1st cake says: just go to the original source link in the post. Neil has the text written out on his Flickr account.

And for those of you wondering what the insult was on the 2nd cake: I'm pretty sure it was just the lack of notice. So don't worry: you're not missing anything, I promise.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

But does anyone dare EAT a resignation cake?

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

That first one looks delicious. Oh, and so does his cake.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

Go Patrick!!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Miss Jen! Ahh! Every time I look at your blog, I get a strong urge to make frosting and eat it. Too bad my frosting sucks... Mmmmmm.....cake....

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

on your Bloggie "wins"
under neat that

Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy


March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimmygintx

Congrats on your bloggies!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Jo

So he spent twenty bucks on a cake to announce that he quit? Must be nice to have that kind of money to flush down the toilet.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

The flowers and foliage on the I QUIT cake kinda look like the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbixxy

funnycide said...
That first one looks delicious. Oh, and so does his cake.

You little devil!!!
You've got a point there~ heh heh.
With that outfit (egads!), I almost expect to start hearing some boom-dee-boom-type music, and see the little tie come flying off~~then the shirt goes (in pieces)...and then...the cake drops dramatically....
(Be still, my heart!)
Note to self: Snap OUT of it!!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

rotflmao- That's how I'm going to quit my job next time.

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommentervivaELvino

Congratulations on your blog award!!! I snort out loud often when I am reading your writings and viewing the cakes!

March 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHoots Musings

These remind me of the cake my boss and coworkers made me when I left to go to college. My boss would jokingly fire people all summer (you're fired, canned, pink-slipped, just come back tomorrow am), and they made me a pink sheet cake that said "You're FIRED!"

It was fantastic and delicious.

Is it just me, or do the roses/eyes follow you around the room?

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFLuffy Cow

Yup. Neil's a hottie in his fuchsia shirt, bringing frosting laden baked goods. Oh, my...I feel so dirty now...

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVinca Leaf Quilts

Ooh, Neil is absolutely adorable.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory

Woohoo on the Bloggies!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm.... Job hunters may want to try submitting their resume written out on a cake.... they would not forget you at least!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMomofthePolka-DotPony

I would love a 'you're fired cake'! Or is there already one lurking around here, and I've stupidly missed it?

Neil seems to be a fine guy, both in intelligence and physical appearance! =D

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Neil is cute but those roses on the second one are horrendous. They look like they got started right but turned into doom spiral owl eyes like that scene in Bambi.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I want to take Neil out for a slice of pie! What a cutie.

And clever, too.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

Great job winning at the Bloggies!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Congrats on the Bloggies!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I must disagree here. Neil's cake is a wreck if there ever was one just for the sheer magnitude and effort he put into composing a lengthty resignation notice and the fact that he committed it to something edible and time-consuming. Furthermore, the entire act (and the tedd-bear-friendly look on his face in the photo) smack of something so "please don't be mad at me"-icky-sweet, it nauseates me.

I'm the guy who swears the management to secrecy every time I give my notice just so I won't get a cakey send-off. It's a freakin' job. Celebrating a resignation with a cake is equivalent to the potty-training cakes.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalNoir

Yes, he "sweetened" his two-weeks' notice with words like "joy and whim" used incorrectly. "My tenure at Wherever has been nothing short of pure...whim"? Seriously?

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Prestigious interactive agency" means "We're going to tell you that you are fabulously lucky to be working here in such a fabulous prestigious place. And it will look good on your resume. And we're going to pay you peanuts and suck the life force from you with long hours and no recognition." The end.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuice

Creative resignations. The first one probably took the 'edge' off the resignation for the boss, I hope.

~Amy B.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm a little surprised by the critical (to put it mildly) comments regarding Neil. I suppose some people just have to see the negative in everything, even a sweet, well-intentioned cake.

Mad props to whoever piped that sucker out, though. Somewhere a grocery store baker is rubbing their wrist and muttering about carpal tunnel.

The second cake is clearly a very baked owl. (No pun intended.)

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharotte

Did I miss it, or does no one thing the I Quit cake look like eyes. He must've been so stressed out at his job that his eyes looked like that. I can picture the cartoon crazy eyes! That's awesome! So is the first one! I would so love to eat the resignation cake.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

it's also pretty cool that neil resigned on Friday the 13th!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermare

I'm with Charotte.

If I were an employer and had gotten such a sweet resignation cake from a cutie like Neil (who BTW, had the decency to also put his resignation on plain ol' filing-friendly paper), I would be devastated.

Ah well... to each their own, I s'pose.

WV: clide. To verbally scold. All those people who can't see the awesomeness of these resignation cakes should definitely be clided.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

About Neil's cake and the negativity: He liked his job and he's going to miss it! It's sweet. I'd make a cake for my last day at my job... maybe not a fancy resignation letter but a cake nonetheless. And seriously-- any excuse for a cake.
And, no, Beckster, you're not the only one who thought the second cake's flowers were eyes. Seriously, it's ok to read other people's opinions.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Class act. I love it!

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGreg W

Thank you for spelling "fuchsia" correctly.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC.

Very cool. But, is it just me, or are Neil's arms disturbingly long?

Must be me ...


March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What did it say on the cake? Please modify the post to a link with the verbiage. Pretty please?

Thank you!


Your biggest fan

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LMAO, the roses........they look SO evil! Like those swirly eyes you see in cartoons when peopel get hynpotized.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Love the resignation cake...but am I the only one who is irked by the fact that the cake is in "landscape" when it should be "portrait"? It should be vertical! :)

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

This is what the cake said:

"Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.


W. Neil berrett"

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The best part for Patrick is that the "I QUIT" message wasn't screwed up.

Bruce T.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can certainly relate to wanting to leave a job! This is a great idea and I may have to borrow it!

I realize I'm a bit late to the party with these cakes, but wouldn't the implied insult with the "I quit" cake be "Eat it"? That's how I took it, anyway.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the boss would have been quicker to realize it was an insult if he'd done the 3 Stooges thing with the cake. Of course, if his boss was that dumb, that's probably why he quit in the first place.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn & Jennifer Savage

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