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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
Wednesday
Sep012010

Oh, the Irony

Oh, they're feeling appreciated, alright.

Or at least in need of some red icing.


Thank goodness the Drink Club found a baker who really gets into the spirit(s):

(Hey, so that's where the missing "c" went!)


Double your pleasure, double your pun: Hey, Glendale, your weight is over!

The question is: how do you define, "Bigest Loser?"

Say, does this next cake remind you guys of anything?

Anything at all?

Just curious.

And finally, there are many ways to spell the word "irony." This, however, is probably the best one of all:

*headdesk*

Laura B., Audrey C., Nicole V., Katherine C., & Dana A., isn't it ironic? Don'cha think?

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Reader Comments (88)

That is my FAVORITE FAR SIDE COMIC of all time!!!!! I love that there's a cake to go along with it.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the wreckerator on that last cake was so hopped up on icing (did anybody else notice how MUCH there was??) that s/he didn't notice that "bee" was spelled wrong.

(And I just love how people gotta go and ruin a perfectly hilarious post with grammar critiques...)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

"Midvale School for the Gifted"... I have the t-shirt, the hat, and an apron... and the cartoon itself has been on my fridge ever since it showed up on my daily calendar.

Love your blog.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

If we're not supposed to ruin the forum with grammar critiques, how are we supposed to ruin it? with politically correct sensitivity rants, perhaps?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

...At least Glendale didn't have a "Bigest Losser"... O_o

WV - deste: These wreckerators are deste-iend to go on to great things. No, really. Seriously. (blinkblink)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Haha! More Irony for you all! I went to Midvale!! And that's the exact mistake my peers and I would make!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStefiko

@ msyendor: I am 100% with you on the royal blue-baby blue thing.

You wouldn't happen to be a fellow Blue Devil would you? :-)

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

What is a covnty?

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori R.

When I saw that cake I immediately thought of Midvale School for the Gifted. AWESOME.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love you Midvale School of the Gifted

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hah, I knew I wouldn't be the only one to notice the alright thing!

It's fair enough to use it colloquially on a blog. Perhaps a bit ironic in a post that's critiquing grammar, but still fair enough.

I used to use it all the time until my editor beat it out of me. It shouldn't be in the formal prose of a book. Even so, a book based on a blog is probably allowed to be more colloquial than a novel. The humour frequently necessitates it.

Now I shall return to writing my characters, who say "all right" but also many other words you would not use on this blog. :D

WV magnity: the baker left the iron spoon in the batter so the cake came out all magnity.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I am a teacher of the gifted and I keep that cartoon on my board. Can't wait to show these cakes to my students.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Lecours

Dear Alrighters,

The dictionaries of the world say that alright is a word.

The spell checks of the world say that alright is a word.

Many English teachers of the world agree that alright is acceptable.

Alright is used in books and periodicals which are edited by actual editors.

Even basic logic says that if already and altogether are words, there is absolutely no reason that alright should not be correct.

Yet the Grammar Nazis cling to this like it's the shining beacon of elegant, eloquent society.

It ain't worth it.

john

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Please--that cake was for Bea, who spelled 2010.

That Far Side cartoon has always been one of my favorites; thanks for giving me another reason to smile!

Regarding the "Teaher Appreciation"cake, don't you know that there's a large faction of people who believe that grading with red pens is detrimental to student's morale? There's been a campaign going on for a few years now to convince teachers--sorry, "teahers"--to grade with purple pens!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'm not associated with Gary Larson in any way, but I have read something he's posted about how he doesn't want any of his work to be on the internet.
http://www.creators.com/a-note-from-gary-larson.html" rel="nofollow">A note from Gary

Just wanted to let you know. :(

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you! I needed this! I was having a few *headdesk* moments tonight grading papers. It's nice to know that my students will have a career in cake decorating when I steer them out of nursing.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Last time I checked, the English language and its rules weren't set in stone. Look at the word "ain't". Roughly a century ago, it was a word that even polite society used in lieu of saying "am not". These days, it's looked on as an uneducated expression. Every so often I hear that "whom" will become an archaic expression and it will always be "whom". Not wanting to rant, just wanting to point out that only languages that don't want to survive never alter.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mispellers of the world, UNTIE!

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Anonymous @ 5:44; agreed -- but that was yesterday. Ditto Normie and Anonymous @ 11:50. Serenity Now! :-)

The irony of the 'Spelling Bea' cake is that I have seen an advertisement for 'Aunt Bee's Recipe Book' on a site dedicated to memorabilia from the 'Andy Griffith Show'.

I'm surprised Glendale didn't have a 'bigest looser', given how popular the lose / loose transposition is.

What, no 'to /too' mix-ups? That's to bad. Granted this post is about spelling, not grammar, but a missing (or less commonly, extra) 'o' also counts as a spelling error. That's just an observation, mind -- I'm not about to tell J&J how to run their blog.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The last one was the best....made my night!!

Keep them coming!!! :)

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Let me get this straight...
they spelled "appreciation" correctly, but not "teacher"?

...breathe in, breathe out...

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMayzie

I have a feeling after seeing these many teachers will want to join that drunck club lol. Scary where they decide to put C's. I suspect whoever made the drunck cake was imbibing the entire time lol. That spelling bee cake was rather pretty, if not the spelling part. And I happened to love yesterday's post :).

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Love the sight.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLachelle

hoked on fonics worced four me

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So it strikes me that quite a few of the cake wrecks come from Kroger/Wal-mart/Megastore bakeries.

However, the cakes you feature on Sunday Sweets are always fancy, professionally made cakes by individuals or smaller baking companies.

Why not give a shout out to the megastore bakers that do a really great job churning out cakes with impressive, evenly-spaced, correctly-spelled frosting goodness? Just an idea, because I know quite a number of bakers at those places that are really good at what they do.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel King

Once again, online enlightenment.

The Far Side + Cake Wrecks. (Swoons)

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustinian

As soon as I saw "gifted" I knew RIGHT where you were headed.

I was totally with you in your Far Side comment post a ways back, too. That was me, too -- hours on the couch with the collections.

Susana

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wonder if these decorators are the same students who answered the question "What are your plans for the future?" with this answer: I defiantly want to go to collage! :-)

(I am a teacher and I have seen this far too many times from my seniors!)

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

The Arthur of that last cake has got to be very proud.

Count me among those who thought of "the cake that started it all" as well as the Midvale cartoon.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErika

The big cupcake actually looks pretty good.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

yes sprinkles are important especially the patriotic ones i think over sized foods are wrong because i think of the starving kids of the world

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShayne

I thought of Midvale School for the Gifted too!

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecks

Spell check... say it with me " Spell Check!"

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

LOL.

In the sense of "we are all together," the two sentences "We are all right" and "we are alright" do NOT mean the same thing. The first means "none of us is (or are) wrong," and the second means "we are in good condition."

As for the phonics hater, the sound of the letter "c" has rules, and in "worced," it has to be an "s."

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I knew it was only a matter of time before a cake close to my heart appeared.

I am a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and was in the gifted program.

I also see wrecky cakes everyday and can bet that I know exactly where that cake came from. I recognize the scrawl.

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

It is "all right," not "alright." Just thought I'd mention it since we're making fun of misspellings.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/all-right-versus-alright.aspx

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLael

Your site is more addictive than StumbleUpon! lord help me!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Barbee

Whew! I thought for a flickering, frightening moment we were heading for an ECPOT.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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