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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.

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- Jen
Monday
May042009

Happy Falker Satherhood!

As with the infamous USB cake, some Wrecks cannot be fully appreciated until you know the story behind them. Fortunately, you guys looove to tell me your stories - some of which I've been hoarding to include in the upcoming Cake Wrecks book - and now I think it's high time to start featuring more of them.

Ashley J. had two male coworkers each expecting a child, so the office decided to get them a cake. They wanted it to say, "Happy Fatherhood Shawn and Glenn".

Instead, they got this:

Like you, I'm sure, Ashley & the gang were just dying to know what the decorator thought he or she was writing, exactly. So, they decided to go find out. Yep, that's right: They grabbed a video camera (did I mention they work at the Fox television animation studio?) and strolled down the street to pay a little visit to the bakery in question.

Here's what happened next (the best bits are in the first 2 minutes):

"It's like a word journey" - hilarious. Oh, and Ashley writes "Please forgive the Tickle-Me-Elmo laughter coming from behind the camera...that's me."

Ashley, I think it's safe to say we all forgive you. It's just too bad the manager didn't have as much of a sense of humor as you guys did; after all, I think you and Rebner were extremely pleasant about it, all things considered. :)

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Reader Comments (230)

Okay, mistakes do happen! Cake decorators can be careless, poor spellers, illiterate, even drunk. but here's another scenario could have occurred also :

Decorator: well, it;s 8am Saturday and I still have 15 cakes to do before noon because everyone waits till Friday late afternoon/ night to order. Wait, what does this one say? It looks like " Happy Falker Satherhood". It's probably supposed to be Fatherhood? Or sainthood? Maybe it's a Norwegian holiday or something.I think Bob the night manager took this one. Of course he's not around to ask. Well, let me call the customer, since I'm not incredibly busy right now, or anything.

"Ring, Ring"
Voicemail:" Hi, you've reached blablabla communications. Our office hours are Monday thru
Friday, 9am till-"

Decorator: (hanging up) Well, OF COURSE it's an office number. Of course they don't think we have a
reason for asking their number, or anything. Well,
I'm going to write this out exactly as it is on the order. Then I shall finish my work, cash my $220.00 paycheck, and go home.

This kind of thing happened to me every weekend!
It wasn't always an office, sometimes people just never answered their phones. On a few occasions
their service was disconnected. In my case, I preferred to leave the cake blank, with a polite note
and a writing tube next to it. That way, coworkers had to either learn how to write in frosting, or learn how to write clearly on an order slip.

Hello. I'm here to pick up the cake I ordered. It's under the name Satherhood, Falker Satherhood.

Reba S.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersommer

Best.Wreck.EVER!

I can't stop laughing. Nor can I wait to wish my dad a happy falker satherhood!

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh. I'm laughing so hard I cried, and this is the second day I've looked at it! Thanks for making my day AWESOME!

I should also add that as a professional linguist, I am completely baffled as to how this could have occurred! Maybe I could get a grant to study it.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do not know what you mutha falkers are labbing at. This is our faborite hollyday

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjwriterman

I love the employee's reaction.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShort Round

Awesome... just awesome. I saw the cake before I realized what it was meant to say and thought it was some sort of engagement cake with both surnames on it.

And for those that are curious, Polaroid are still selling the remaining stock of film - so, yes, you can get it but it's very expensive and nine times out of ten, expired and useless.

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Lexy

Hilarious, but that guy was a tool. Smarmy sarcasm at its worst.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am thinking that they were indicating the cake should be ready for pick up "Later Sat"

Fa-laker Sat-herhood?

That's the best I can come up with.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRideap8nt

That manager is such a sourpuss.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

Haha, what? This is so bizarre! I love that the guy behind the counter couldn't stop laughing in disbelief.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCanaduck

Funny--this should so be on a t-shirt! This is just begging to be put on a t-shirt! please? (see- it really is begging)

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hahaha!! That's hilarious! It's great when the guy behind the counter is laughing too, LOL

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA child of the King

There are tears streaming down my face. I'm not even kidding.
That. Was. Incredible.
I need the tee-shirt. I've decided this.

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Somebody needs to send that to David Letterman or Jay Leno or something. That's hilarious!!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"It-It's like a journey! Yeah, it's a-a word. Journey."

BEST
LINE
EVER

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought of The Fokkers.

Meet the Falker Satherhoods!

I can't believe they never followed up because this is a real mystery.

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

completely hillarious a word journey indeed!

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTee

That is the most humorless customer service lady I have ever seen in my life. Seriously is she afraid that by cracking a smile she will justify the refund of all 20$ bucks for the cake (how much CAN this cake cost?).
At this point, the cake is, of course, priceless.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCapella

Anonymous: "The L is an uncrossed T, The K is an H (Falker-->Father) and the S is a lower case F. satherhood--->fatherhood)."

So, the message intended (by the decorator at least) was "Happy Father-fatherhood" ?? That's only slightly less perplexing.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

The decorator probably was going to write "happy father's day." He/she wrote "happy fathers" then remembered what the customer had actually ordered, then continued as if everthing was going okay: "atherhood." The end product: "happy father satherhood!" also forgot to cross the "t" in father. still very funny though.

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've figured it out. This must be the cake at the end of the Blackhole of Missing Letters. At least now we know where all those missing letters ended up.

May 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My fiance and I just about died when we saw this. So two nights later I made a cake. Guess what I wrote on it, yep. We didn't eat it until the next day, because each time we looked at it, we started cracking up all over again.

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAddy C

Hilarious!!! I'm glad people can laugh at their mistakes. Thanks for letting us laugh too!

When I first saw this, I laughed so hard I cried. And kept giggling at random times over the next week.

My wonderful wife bought me the t-shirt for Father's Day.

I love her.

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG. I laughed until I couldn't breathe and started choking. My kids think I'm insane now (but only for that, not for any other reason, I swear... ahem)

June 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShri

Best. Wreck. EVER.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChocolate

Random Factoid:

Starbuck was the name of the Queen's masked consort in Joan Vinge's "Snow Queen".

Not sure how that applies to goats or Falker Satherhood, but that's what it made me think of.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

this is the funniest thing I have ever seen. I am DYING laughing over here.... and I am supposed to be up in 5 hours for a fitness boot camp but I can't stop scrolling through the site! Curses!!!! *shake fist*
Seriously though. I am in pain from laughing.

July 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermightyacorn

I don't think that solemn-faced woman was the manager; it looked like she was working customer service, since she gave them the contact information for the actual manager.

And while my own co-workers and I couldn't stop giggling at that cake, I think people should give the woman in the video a break. Personally, I think that going into the store to film the employees was rude. The customers may not have been angry about the mistake, but they were filming it, unable to contain their laughter, and making comments the entire time. It's easy to say that she needs to "lighten up," but if I were working a low-paid retail job and someone came in filming me(to interrupt a phone call!) and then laughed while I was just trying to do my job, I wouldn't appreciate it, either. (And if the video were posted online, I'd be livid.) Plus there isn't any mystery behind what happened here - obviously, someone made a mistake. That doesn't need an explanation, and knowing more about the wreckerator doesn't make it any funnier.

Seriously, I love this website and LOVE reading everyone else's comments, but while it's fun to snark at the finished products, bothering these people is sort of mean.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Wow, I laughed so hard I got the hiccups for six minutes straight.

The guy at the counter is awesome. He deserves kudos and cake for being so nice and lighthearted about the whole thing.

July 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lilac Pilgrim

Here is my reaction:

"Oh, another congradulations cake-- no, wait, congratulations is spelled RIGHT? Is this a trick of some HOLY HELL WHAT IS THAT?"

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

STOP! I'm CRYING...I'm in PAIN from laughing so much!!!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThoracias

Thess ones always make me wonder about who's really at fault. Does the submitter know how clear the directions to the decorator actually were? Maybe she was there that morning preparing the cake think "What the HELL is Falker Satherhood? Is this a joke cake or something..."

I know I've seen some chicken scratch that even when I've found out what it said I still couldn't pick out the letters.

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

To bad, the woman they questioned had no sense of humor. Woman you work in a grocery store, grow a life. Other then that, it was all was very nice. I lmao'ed

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercullen

I can see this over & over, and it just doesn't stop being funny! =)

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

ummmmm....i just 'bout peed my pants. tears are drying on my cheeks and my side hurts. that is just fantastic.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternatalie

I think I figured it out. She started to write "Happy Fatherhood," but her mind went to "Happy Father's Day," the more common greeting. The "k" is really an "h" and she didn't cross the "t." That's why there's a space before the "s" - she was going to put an apostrophe there. She picked up on the error, didn't want to trash the cake (may have lived during "The Great Depression"), so just continued with the correct greeting. Result: Happy Father's . . . atherhood. (the uncrossed t looking like an l; no apostrophe before the s)

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm tempted to go to the nearest bakery and ask if they can make a cake like that for me...

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hmmm - perhaps she was trying to acknowledge both dads by writing fatherfatherhood? That's the only thing I can come up with, and it's a stretch. Regardless, great site!

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I really like the accompanying video.
"Why don't you come back to the store- we'll give you a discount on a special 'Happy Malkerth's Day' cake for the mothers in the office. Or perhaps you'd be in the market for a 'Happy Dirth Bay' cake? Either way, we'll be sure to make good on this, ok? Here at PayMore Grocery Mart, we want our customers to know that not only are they important, we actually care less."

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Oh dear...

I'm new to your blog, and loving it! Will be buying the book and visiting daily, how could I not?

That being said... in that video the best bits?
1 -- "I guess it's not the fitst time" She's written Falker Satherhood BEFORE? And she still had a job? She must be really, really, really, pretty :)

And yeah -- that T-shirt is MINE!

Father Salkerhood.... It's a new thing!

October 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSzymbal

I just found this site a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, of the many that have made me snort/choke on my coffee, my favorite is Falker Satherhood.

In face, I just wished my boyfriend a happy Falker Satherhood and I'm writing my congressman to have February 30th declared "official" Falker Satherhood day!!!!!!!!!

WV:fleoc-notice how falker satherhood just fleoc off the tongue?

November 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was drinking some cranberry juice while watching this, I did a full blown classic movie style spit take. I ended up having to clean the juice off my laptop and the wall in front of me.

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnulia

this is hysterical!!! i love the video and how the guy at the bakery can't stop laughing and how the other guy keeps going on about falker satherhood!!! this is a classic cakewreck!

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This, to date, is my most fave cake posted on this site. The simplicity of the wreck is the key. I mean, I can't even begin to imagine how the decorator arrived at "Falkersatherhood". There is no logical stream of consciousness that would allow me to arrive at that word. Brilliant!

December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090625122527AAAeopA
Falker Satherhood is actually a Holiday and so she wasn't drunk and she does know what shes talking about so it's very rude to say she's stupid because she knows what she's talking about!

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElly

Elly -

You know, you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet. The only references to "Falker Satherhood" on the Web are either on blogs after this cake was published or in cross-reference to Cake Wrecks. Any legitimate reference site does not recognize the phrase.

My grandma used to read those weekly tabloids like "The Star" and would tell us "news" from them in breathless tones as if it was stunning information. We would roll our eyes at her for believing that Elvis was abducted by aliens and she would hotly reply, "Well, they wouldn't print it if it wasn't true!"

I rest my case.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Elly --

Here's the definition, as posted on "Yahoo! Answers" that you point to as proof at "Falker Satherhood" actually exists:

"Falker Satherhood was celebrated in the tiny Eastern European country of Belgrid to commemorate the beginning of spring and the annual "Dancing Ritual of the Goats.""

You need to retune your BS detector. ; )

February 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat

How did the acting manager keep a straight face when presenting with that cake picture?? Really, I don't see how anyone could not laugh when they saw that.

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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