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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

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Scene: Sterley-Crouper Advertising Agency; board room; 1961

Creative Director, Don Baker: "Alright, team. We have a meeting tomorrow with Happy Cakes, the nation's top confectionery company, and we need to win them over with the perfect slogan. First and foremost, get June in here to pour me some scotch."


Leggy Olstead: "Don, it's 9am."

Don: "Don't give me any lip, Leggy. Just show me what you have."

Leggy: [clears throat] "Well, Don, I thought it might be good to have a positive look on sweets."

Don: "It's a CAKE company, Leggy, not a cookie factory. And proofread your copy. We don't pay you to make a joke of this business. Did anyone bring any real talent to this meeting, or should we all just close up shop and head down to The Goodtime Gal for a drink?" [yelling into the hall] "June! Bourbon!"

Paul Krambel: "I wrote something, Don, and I think you'll be pleased with my attention to what Happy Cakes leaves out of their product."

Don: "Quit sucking up, Krambel, and just show me what you have."

Don: "Krambel, quit wasting my time. My secretary could have come up with something more creative. Speaking of my secretary... JUNE! VODKA TONIC!"

Leggy: "Don, perhaps you'll prefer a more abstract approach. Paul and I worked all night on this one."

Don: "Yeah Leggy, still a cookie."

Paul: "Don, I think what Leggy is trying to say..."

Don: "Listen. You're a creative team. It needs to be modern. Edgy. Like this slogan we wrote for Clydesdale Cigarettes last year."

Paul: "Yes, Don. That was genius. Very poignant. We have a few more ideas..."

Don: "Well, let's have it, already. And June, this glass isn't going to refill itself!"

Paul: "Consumers appreciate truth in advertising..."

Don: "Next."

Paul: "Eating a Happy Cake is like being in a fairytale..."

Don: "Next."

Leggy: "We were thinking if we rented bunny suits..."

Don: "NO. I've got it: We keep it short and sweet. Literally."

Paul: "It's brilliant, Don! Perfection at its best! You're a true master at advertising. Bravo! I love you."

Don: "Leggy, have the proofreader look this over. And have June order a case of scotch and a carton of Clydesdales for tomorrow's meeting with Happy Cakes. If you need me, I'll be at the bar."

David L., Jill G., Kristin and Christopher, Amanda J., Laux, Maria, Ed P., and Daphne, I'm going to need a new secretary. And someone to empty this ashtray. And get me a bottle of gin. Better make that two bottles of gin. And some scotch. ... And some vodka. ... I like to drink.

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Reader Comments (58)

I love to drink too! (And I love how "awesome" was misspelled, but you can hardly tell because of that little curly part and how generally happy and pretty and cheerful the cake is.)

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

A Mad Men cakewrecks parody?! Best post ever!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually kinda like the dreams come true cake! :)

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTova

Please, God, let the wreckorator of the first cake (cookie) not be fluent in English.

If English is a fairly recently learned language, the message is amusing, but charming (albeit somewhat inscrutable).

However, if English is the wreckorator's first language ... *shudder*

wv: furrace. June got a furrace from Codger.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It shows genuine good humor to accept a little teasing as well as dishing it out.

—Usage note
The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Sooo, the contact page is for wrecks, and these certainly aren't--but they're amaaazing! So I'm posting a link on the comments. Yah :D

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If I saw the chocolate chip cookie (or just about any of the cakes on this post, really) I would be tempted to buy it just because it makes me laugh so hard. :)

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The "Whoa" cake is really quite beautiful, if nonsensical. Could it have been for the Kentucky Derby?

I don't watch Mad Men, but have heard enough about it to "sort of" get the jokes. This is really well done.

John - loved the grammar joke!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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