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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
Monday
Oct182010

Happy Boss'es...Boss'...Bosses...Bossy Day!

Quick! How do you spell the singular possessive of "boss?"

Nooo...

Well, there IS an apostrophe...but no.

(Also, what is that? A frosted book?)


You're getting closer. You just need to lose one of those letters.

Not that letter.

Wait. "Nappy Boos's Day"? With a period? Seriously? Maybe this is a lost cause...

A-HA!! YES! You spelled it ri...oh. Wait. No, you're still wrong here. See, the plural of "boss" is just "bosses."

[rubbing temples with eyes closed] Um. Ok. Look. Yes, you did spell the plural of "boss" right, but "Boss's Day" is possessive. Plus you spelled "you're" wrong.

Now, "possessive" means that...[blinking]...ah, screw it. Can you just write the word "boss" so it's not plural OR possessive?


I'm really starting to question your taste level.

And you still spelled "you're" wrong.


Look, I don't think avoiding the issue is the answer. And stop saying, "Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays." That pin was lame in 1982. It's not getting any better.

[sigh] Alright, look, you want to see the perfect cake to get your boss? Something that gets right to the heart of the matter? Something spelled correctly, and conveying just the right amount of gratitude?

Then here:

Mission accomplished.


Jeneec K., Eric, Annette, Michelle O., Jennifer N., Angela P., Mandy W., Kate C., & Anony M., I say from now on we call it "Bossy Day." Who's with me?

Note from John: Yes. Some people accept Bosses Day as correct. However, if you think about the fact that this is a day for either your boss or your bosses, it really should be Boss's Day or Bosses' Day. Of course the original singular possessive of boss was Boss' but I think this hurt our American brains so we added the s. Just make sure you never use Bosseses' Day. bossbossbossbossboss

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Reader Comments (96)

I literally did a jaw-dropped, gasping, out loud "OH MY GOD!" when I saw the uterus cake. Hideous.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan T-O

"Please don't fire Ue"?

Why does Ue need to have messengers present cakes to his boss? What has he done to deserve being fired? Questions... Questions...

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHerouth

surely it's just boss' day, or bosses' day in the plural?
I dunno. it looks stupid however you spell it.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterparttimedogfish

Am I the only one who thought of Springsteen with the "Happy Boss Day" cake?

wv: prebeeia: the moment before realizing you are being circled by a bee.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpeechChic

Fun to look at and educational as well. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so should my children get me a cake today? I do boss them around plenty.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It just absolutely amazes me how poor some people's spelling skills are. It definitely gives a good laugh but at the same time is shameful. Great post.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTed C

I personally liked the "Nappy Boos's Day" cake.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I don't even know how to do possessive with my own son's name. James' birthday, or James's birthday? And if I write it the first way, do I still pronounce it the second way?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah...another successful posting of wrecks! Thanks you guys! Or would that be guyes? Or guy's? XD

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Which is why the pre-decorated cakes say "To the World's Greatest Boss". With sprinkles.

(By the time I was half way through this post, I had absolutely no idea of the correct spelling. Thanks so much!)

wv: busthrop -- where you catch the bus before the novocaine wears off

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

My boss took the day off so happy day to the rest of us.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Reading the comments, I think when we have a grammar discussion, it may be a good idea to indicate our country! Because I was definitely taught no "s" after an apostrophe, EVER, but others are clearly taught differently-- and we both have style guides to back us up. Perhaps it's a British (and thus Canadian and Australian) spelling vs American spelling thing? Sort of like the "u" in humour, favour, neighbour, or metre/meter, etc.

The first cake would work for one of the bosses here, given her last name is Bossé. And I hope the last cake was tasty enough that it worked for them... if competence doesn't work, appeal to your boss' stomach?

PS I learned my grammar in Australia and Canada...

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

heh, actually my calendars just say it's "National Boss Day." I think that means I get to be the boss.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnita K.

This is hilarious! I made a boss's cake last week and there was a HUGE debate in the bakery about how to spell the damn word... I had FOUR different calendars in my department alone that had FOUR different spellings... We decided "Boss's" was correct. lol... They should just rename it something else, like, "Happy Upper Management day" XD

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

After reading that, "boss" no longer even remotely resembles a word. Bossbossbossbossboss...

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is completely acceptable to make the "case of the Mondays" remark if one is clearly alluding to "Office Space."

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

lol. bossbossbossboss! You guys kill me!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

The bloody cake is pretty boss.

Yes, I had to.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarion

1st cake says "Happy Bosse's Day". Isn't Bosse the name of a cow?

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIlze

*All right

:)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergatofish

I'll be showing that cake my "O Face."

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

some of those cakes should get you fired

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That uterus cake is just so very wrong. And the word "bloody" should never, ever be on a cake.

But, really, the wording of it makes me ask - is the cake FOR that person's uterus? If so, that raises LOTS more questions. That I don't want answers to.

(I apologize if I'm the 500th person to ask that... I can't read all of the comments just yet.)

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

A bit surprised and saddened that ya'll aren't Office Space fans (or I'm kind of assuming you aren't, since it didn't get a mention following the "Case of the Mondays" cake).

But your site is still the boss of me!

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I wonder if the boss on that last cake did have them fired. They did ask so nicely after all lol. I would just forget the boss, bosses ect and give em the darn cake but that is just me being lazy and not wanting a horrible wreck to take to a boss.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Office Space cake FTW, especially if it's taken out to a field and beaten.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Americans spell weird. We'd say "Boss' Day" but you have to go and add an extra 's'. I guess it makes it easier to teach the kids how to spell.

WV: esser
Being a boss doesn't make you an esser man.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarlo

Wow, that last cake doesn't even have the minimum amount of flair. It needs at least 15 pieces, although 37 would be better, and a terrific smile.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolverine Girl

Why do people insist on putting anatomical pictures on cakes? A lined uterus?

Uhhggggg! I would not touch that cake with a ten foot box of tampons.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristal

I've always used Boss' and thought you were wrong through this whole post... They changed it? I never got the memo! I love that there ar technically 2 cakes with periods... he he he

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmethyst

I love the Office Space one! And I know the first one is a wreck spelling-wise, but those icing swirls on the outside are mesmerising me...

wv: barfumbe: What i did when i saw the uterus cake + 'umbe'

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Bosse is a legitimate first name/nickname in Sweden...
So "Happy Bosse's Day" would be the correct form in English for a day dedicated to someone named Bosse? "Bosses" might also be allowed, if you're allowing mixing Swedish possessive and English...

(nah really, it's still a wreck)

;)

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjokergirl@wererabbits

Why can't people spell?! And that bloody boss one is sooooo gross lol

check out my blog: nikkiscakery.blogspot.com

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

With the Office Space cake, would Milton get the stapler but still miss out on a piece of cake?

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I'm hoping the uterus cake is for a gynecologist.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Kate

Zabinatrix, I'm glad you love me.

I'm also sad that you haven't a single sarcastic funny bone in your body.

Read my post with a bit more tongue in cheek, it helps. Or do I need to add unnecessary ' ' " " marks?

*sigh* Don't take life so literally - it'll be a lot more fun.

~~Di

I find it ironic that my wv is 'bless'... 2 words for you -- "Bless you"

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bosseses works...if you're Gollum.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomCat

I thought it was Boss'? since it ends with an S?

...I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and they're both right. Whew... I thought for a minute that I'd been doing it wrong all these years. 'Cause Wikipedia is right. Always.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela K

So. Fabulous. So many opportunities to teach punctuation! Yes, I'm a teacher. In that vein, then, please know that "Alright" is not a word.

Thanks.

PS. Any crusading you could do on the improper use of of the nominative case pronouns, as in "Because of he and I" or "with Becky and I" would be deeply, deeply appreciated. People learn better from mistakes made on cakes. At least, I hope they do, because they aren't getting lessons anywhere else as far as I can tell.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear Anon @ 7:03,

I'm not gonna fight with you but alright is a word.

Every dictionary, every spell check and most English teachers agree. I don't like it anymore than you do.

Alright?

Alright.

john

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

And in case anyone cares, Happy Day to the Person in Charge is always October 16th.

Or so says wherever the heck I looked it up. We took the boss to lunch--made her drive and pay. Because we're awesome that way.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Office Space cake had so much potential and they really missed out other than just the misspelling. They did good with the red stapler and the piece of flair with the annoying "Mondays" statement, but no Office Space cake is complete unless it says, "don't be greedy, let's pass it along and make sure everyone gets a piece." And placed on a Jump to Conclusions mat, of course!
I would love to see a big red cake in the shape of a stapler for an office retirement or going away party! That would be awesome!
Amy's WV was perfect for today!

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Okay, the uterus cake is pretty inappropriate, but I'm guessing there's some sort of inside joke there. Still, you have to admit - it's a pretty decent rendering of the female anatomy, plus the detail of the shading is quite nice. Honestly, I'm more offended that they went to all that trouble and still used "your" instead of "you're." *sigh*

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylorM

I believe the second to last cake was a reference to the movie Office Space. Aaaaaaaaaaand, I just noticed someone else pointed this out. Damn.

October 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does no one get taught apostrophes nowadays?

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOut Of The Box Teacher

Oh my...ovaries and the entire female downtown business on a cake...in the, well, in blood red and skin color.....oh....I hope whoever ordered that cake got fired.

:p

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBhakti

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