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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
Saturday
May162009

Demons of "Stupity"

I'm sure this will be shocking to absolutely none of you, but I've always been a big Dilbert fan. Probably because he reminds me so much of my Dad, who I think is an engineer, but to this day I couldn't tell you exactly what he does for a living. (Words like "quality" and "resource" and "Brillouin-Scattering Centro-Symmetrical Birefringence" factor in there somehow, I believe.)

Anyway, for those of you not familiar with the strip, Dilbert's dog Dogbert likes to go around exorcising people of their stupidity, like so:


Which is pretty hilarious, and also what Leni's coworkers wanted on their department manager's birthday cake.

Instead, they got this:

And that's "unintentional irony" for the win!

Score!!

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Reader Comments (96)

I almost peed my pants. I definitely snorted. That was just too good.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Aw man, the really sad part is that I had to look at the cake a minute before I realized what was wrong with it! I am pitiful :p

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

your cakes are amazing as is your blog

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe peach tart

The cake's price sticker says "French Bread" too...lol.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's one of the "best" stories to date! Ha ha...

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

Does the price label say "French Bread?"

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is a classic! I'm a huge Dilbert fan, though I think this wreckerator may have actually improved upon the strip. Perhaps Dilbert should include this cake as Dogbert attemts to exorcise it?

You sure your dad isn't in space tilemetry? :)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhateverfor

Is it bad that I didn't notice anything was wrong until I started reading the comments?

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

**telemetry. Wish I could say that was on purpose...

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhateverfor

The label says "Fresh bread every day at 5 or it's free" (or something very close to that) - Pretty sure this is a grocery chain near me that uses that advert on ALL its bakery/deli items. It's the blackout that gives it the additional irony of appearing mis-labelled.

I <3 Dogbert.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRicalynnand

I have a question.

Do the demons of stupity fear chocolate or pink flowers more?

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

@Ricalynnand: yeah, thats kroger.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternitsky416

Love the pink roses. It goes with the I hate you affect

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelana

HAH! Go, Safeway cake! Lovely.

(...but speaking as an employee of Slaveway, I'd like to take this time to say that our cakes are always perfect. Join us now for our Go to Grill event at a Safeway near you.)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMara

ohmygoodness, that is totally funny.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I want that on a t-shirt!

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlilredhead1111

BITTER OLD BITCH said...
"Somewhere, out there in a bakery...there is a decorator that has no idea what kind of hilarity they've unleashed upon humanity with this masterpiece."
**********
Don't you mean, "hilarty" being unleashed upon "humity"?
(heheh)
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@Haiku Joy :
It popped into *my* head as Lady Macbeth's "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"
But that was not a dog, like "Spot."

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Awesome. Just ... awesome. :)

You should forward that cake to Scott Adams. :)

Jenn

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenncgf

This would be perfect for your book cover. People would have to buy the book just to find out what that cake was supposed to be.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlondie

How...How!...HOW??!?!? do things like this ever leave the bakery?

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

um, yeah...

even if it has been spelled right, does anyone else think this is just a strange cake to put it on?

because, pink flowers and stupity go hand-in-hand! :)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Seconding Ricalynnand's comment...there's a particular grocery chain which starts all its bakery labels with a little ad saying "French bread hot at 5pm or it's free" before identifying the actual stickered product. It's a bizarre practice, but not unique to this wreck, which stands on its own stupity. ;)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas

Dilbert is a hoot, but this cake takes it...(the cake, that is.) Even though stupidity seems to be running rampant through the world these days, chocolate and rosy stupity is a refreshing (and amusing) change!!!

Rock on stupity!!!

Thanks for the laugh, Jen! :)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Love it! It needs to be a shirt.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Haha. That is great. I love the little roses substituting for Dogbert.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

I laughed so hard I just peed a little (but I'm pregnant, what's your excuse?)

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShari

Miciah, there are multiple forms of irony. This cake is an example of situational irony.

-Eva

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@sendingintheclowns

Thanks! I'm glad someone else saw the allusion. Both are to Shakespeare's Macbeth, but because of the syllabic confines inherent in the haiku, I chose to pun on the word spot as though it were a dog's name. If I could have thrown in a Data reference somehow, I would have.

wv: mograt

And the mograts outgrabe.

May 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

So, I was ever so casually reading something (okay, it was Norman D. Knox' essay, "Irony", in Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas, ed. Philip P. Wiener (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973), Vol. II, pp. 626-634.) {ahem}

At any rate it said, in part: "IRONY may be defined as the conflict of two meanings which has a dramatic structure peculiar to itself: initially, one meaning, the appearance, presents itself as the obvious truth, but when the context of this meaning unfolds, in depth or in time, it surprisingly discloses a conflicting meaning, the reality, measured against which the first meaning now seems false or limited and, in its self-assurance, blind to its own situation." (emphasis added)So, to belabor the obvious, Dogbert's "out!! out!!" upon the cake turned the joke and conflicted it's meaning and then, turned it again. (Are we insiders or outsiders, audience or mark? Hmm.)

Let me also note that the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary states that the word origin for irony is the Greek eironeia meaning ‘simulated ignorance’. This cake would definitely be unintentional simulated ignorance. How unintentionally ironic. Which, I believe, is how it was labeled. I would also say that the meaning has unfolded, that it is, assuredly, a depth of {er} stupity that unfolds upon further examination. (I certainly did a double take on the cake.) I'd say this is definitely an ironic error.

At least that's what I'd say if I were the grammar police.

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEsme

Lol. My father is an engineer too and I too have no idea what he -specifically- does :P

~ Rachie

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachie Hawkins

lol awesome! :P

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Stu Pity called...he wants his demons back. ;)

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the sticker says french bread.

HAHAHAHAHA

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Wow, that is win X 1000!

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

Joy? Was it brillig? Did the slithy toves gyre and gimble in the wabe? And were the mimsy borograves there? ;)

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

In the words of Baldrick: "Stupity, stupity, stupity!"

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfunnycide

Our local Safeway store often has everything in the bakery section labeled French Bread. Someone is just too lazy to put in the correct label.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSherry Hunt

haha Baldrick! LL Blackadder.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

HHAHA! Epic Win!

My Monday blues have been beaten!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

To Orangeophelia: I feel I must point out that the buyer probably picked a random cake out of a display case and requested writing on it; not that the wreckerator was too lazy to draw dogbert or picked pink roses. Hence, it would be the buyer who was too lazy to order a cake ahead of time. That said, it was hilarious!

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie H.

@holly

We simply must go snark-hunting sometime.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Poor Dilbert. My favorite was the fatherhood cake. The video was hilarious. I laughed as hard as the guy behind the counter and the lady behind the camera.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Deloy

Awful and Funny .. LOL

heheh Thats tooo Funny :p lawl

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWavesFist

The roses are a nice touch.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Love it! The little pink roses really go with the theme, too.

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarhath

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