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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

Clean-Up on Aisle 12

Parental Note: Today's Wreck may expand your child's vocabulary in some unsavory ways.

When Steve S.'s coworker received a transfer to a different branch, the store decided to get the coworker a going-away cake. The inscription was your typical "You make our store better!" kind of thing.

Now, normally this wouldn't be a problem, no matter how badly the Wreckerator mangles the inscription.

But then, normally the company in question is NOT BJ's Wholesale Club.

Which, naturally, someone chose to abbreviate.

Lunch break just got awkward.

I would like to point out that Steve submitted this Wreck because "better" looks like "bitter" - and he thought that was funnily appropriate. And it is, but clearly Steve's mind did not go to the gutter where the rest of ours are. (More's the pity.)

- Related Wreckage: Marcus and the New Job

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Reader Comments (100)

Damn, sometimes I wish to be a native english speaker. It took me a 10 Minutes of endless browsing through the comment section to figure it out.
I feel like a fool but have laughed about it anyway.
Love it ;)

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBettina

Hahahahaha! I LOVE this! Poor Steve sure is naive though, isn't he?
Oh where's my darn tissues when I need them?

word veri: deturier.
If you work at BJ's and transfer to another store, let this be a deturier to you too!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

XD I love it c:

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A "BJ" cake?
I wouldn't touch the icing on that cake with a 10-foot pole.

(insert additional dirty jokes here)

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhelenabucket

Melissbaker1 - I'm with you. I had no idea.

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe BJ's IS better with you?

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangie and tyler

My mind goes into the gutter just as easily as anyone else's, but thinking this one is a gutter-wreck is way off the mark. "BJ's" is the name of the place they work. If you keep that in mind then this is obviously not a mistake or a poor abbreviation or even close to a "dirty word". The only questionable thing on this cake is the "are" vs. "is" quandry. BJ is NOT all that common an abbreviation for the gutter thing. As far as I'm concerned the cakes are usually bad enough or funny enough on their own. I don't think every wreck is just one step away from X-rated!! I have been noticing more and more lately that sometimes you push things a bit too far in a search for the snide or titillating joke. That's a label this cake does not deserve. After all, as someone once said (it might even have been Freud),
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMellodee

Are you sure this wasn't an intentional pun?

I'm sure people who work at a place called "BJ's" know lots of jokes about the name of the store.

Of course, the real problem is that the wreckorator wrote "are" instead of "Epcot."

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I did not get it and had to read the comments to ge the joke....

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterunder a rock

My visa check card number was recently stolen. The first fraudulent charge was for $130 in cards...

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Oh man.. cannot stop the hysterical laughter. My husband was reading over my shoulder and nearly choked on a cookie he was eating. Serves us right for looking while eating lol.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

It's only 2:06 AM, and this just made my day.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLola Cutter Hensel

@ Mellodee--

I have to disagree that this is not a common abbreviation. I have known of this term for over 20 years, which would put the first time I knew of it back in junior high, if not before, and for the record, I am not even the most fast-living of people. It was ruled out as consideration for my children's initials, in fact, for their own sakes in junior high one day. It's the same reason that no one names their child Richard anymore, either. That's just being proactive. ;)

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe the one who ordered the cake was an ex-girlfriend or "buddy"--"better" if the cake ordered and cake recipient were on good terms, "bitter" if not. The cake is either a secret message if they're on good terms, or an insult if not, considering most of us are going to read it the way we read it.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Terry-Lee, you are totally right. That's what I thought. the fact they screwed up the verb is what makes this so much funnier and suggestive.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

That is funny as heck! I wonder what the other epople seeing this cake

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

It actually took me a few minutes to figure out what you were talking about! I guess that the joke whooshed over my head.

For the record, I just thought that you were making fun of the grammar or something.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thank goodness for Gary.

I can't believe there is so much conversation about grammar.

It is cake. And it is funny.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Holy smokes, that's too funny!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpapawow

What's the big deal - it's the name of the store ;)

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSouthern Utah girl

I think all of the talk about grammar makes it that much funnier.

Heather's post, at 2/26 11:02 a.m.: "My mind immediately went into the gutter, came back out, and then crashed into it again," describes this cake wreck perfectly.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele T Myers

My mind went where everyone else's did. Love this site.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChef Anthony

I just didn't get it at first!
I thought about it for a while.
Then started laughing.

And for the lady boycotting this site .....come on,,,,,you'll be back and you know it!
this is one cake...and it wasn't meant to be nasty on purpose....isn't this the whole idea of cake wrecks anyway???

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ten bucks says the decorator was giggling so much that it's why the word "better" looks like "bitter" I know I would be.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

fake. good idea though.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha Ha. I thought the same thing as Anonymous. The cake was made in the BJ's bakery.

I used to shop at BJ's for Gas, where they had extra long hoses at the pump.


February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

those insulted have dirty minds....
i just didn't get it for the longest time...i never would have thot that till i saw people getting mad

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, that it a VERY common term for a specific "act." And I'm a total prude, so get with it people!
Funny, funny cake.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of the best! Definitely worth a LOL!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't even imagine when or where Mellodee went to Jr. High School if BJ is not a common abbreviation (for something other than a store)for her.

I am not proud to admit it, but I think that cake is funny whether it says "better" or "bitter." The subject-verb agreement is just the icing on the cake.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie Two Shoes

@ Mellodee:

...until it's a cigar at BJ's.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

whoever wrote this:

I Figured I'd Say It First... Sarcastically said...
Okay, I'll go first...

"""How dare you corrupt everyone's minds! This is disgusting and vulgar and MY KIDS READ THIS WITH ME! I am boycotting this site now! And you think for one minute that Blah Blah Blah!"""

I'm shocked! how does your KIDS even know what BJ stands for??? other then names, which it didn't for you information.. Get your kids and your mind out of the gutter....ugh!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I guess congratulations are in order for Steve. Now everyone know. ;) HAHA!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlyQ

I feel sorry for the people who don't get it. Well, really, I feel sorry for their husbands : ) Awesome cake...

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anonymous @ 2:18,

that comment was written by "I figured I'd say it first... Sarcastically". Hopefully you were being sarcastic too, because she definitely was.

btw, I totally took forever to figure this cake out :P.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm not sure what's funnier ... the wreck itself ... or all the comments after!!
Yes, my mind went "there" ... And laughed!!!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFignie

Um, I think Steve's mind DID go to the gutter. I mean, have you ever had experience with a BJ? Bitter indeed. *shudder* Unless your man's been eating a lotta fresh fruit. That does seem to help...

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranomelie

@ Anonymous
February 27, 2010 3:49 PM

Dude they were being Sarcastic. Because they knew SOMEONE was going to get all prudish about it.

btw: it was soooo funny.


WV: conshes. I can't do it. lol too funny.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia


Check out this cake wreck/fail:

Spelling fail!

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Growing up behind a BJ's store, I thought I had heard all the jokes.

This one takes the cake.
Er, no pun intended.

As a public school teacher in suburban America, I'm sorry to tell all you parents out there that if your child is in the 6th grade or above, they probably know what this term implies. Your denial of this is where the trouble really starts. Talk to your children, please!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband's first response (following his hysterical laughter) was "I hope it's not Bavarian cream-filled!"

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkimbalaya

Actually, if you re-read Jen's post she says that the company in question is NOT BJ's Wholesale. The baker took it upon themselves to abbreviate the company's name...whatever that was.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

In all honesty...I don't get it... Could someone please explain...
Oh wait...I just read the I get it...ew...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJewelwho

This was the funniest thing ever! Thanks for posting. I still can't stop laughing! HA, HA, HA!!!!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkim

A real hummer-dinger of a cake.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDamon Scott Hynes

Wow, Joseph Pentangelo, your penchant for grammatical perfection must make you the life of every party! While you are absolutely correct in your assessment, you apparently fail to appreciate the humor of it. Correct papers some other time...lighten up and LAUGH a little, it was funny!

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Yeah, I think Steve's mind *did* go to the gutter on this one...anyone that's ever been a "giver" (so to speak) can attest that they are indeed quite (ahem) bitter. Now, if they ARE better with Steve, well, YAY Steve! What's your secret? I need to tell my hubby asap! (I really am a giver at heart, but if we can fix that bitter problem, I'll be a much happier wife!):P

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

The baker must have done this on purpose. First, BJs is not possessive. Second, if they were thinking clean, then they would have at least said IS instead of ARE...

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

At first I missed the gutter where everyone's minds landed in until I found out by reading previous post that 'BJs' can be an abbreviation for 'BlowJobs' oopsie!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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