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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

Totally Awesome

"Bakers, it has come to our attention that 'morale' is 'low.' Therefore, effective immediately, we will be instituting mandatory staff meetings every Friday at 3pm to get to the bottom of this problem.

During these meetings you will each be required to list at least one 'awesome' thing about working here. Susan, GO."

"Oh, come on, this is so STU...."

"Did I mention this will be on your monthly review?"

"...PENDOUS! Haha! Yeah! [grabbing manager by lapels] WORKING HERE IS AWESOME."

"Something more specific, please."

"Oh. Ok. Um...

"Oh, I know! Making the candy apples is awesome.

"It really gets my aggressive tendencies out."

"I...see. Bob?"

"I like misspelling things and then convincing the customer it's actually spelled that way."

"Cracks me up every time!"

"Bob, I'm not sure this is exactly..."

"Ooh, yeah! And scaring the kids! That is SO awesome, am I right?" [high-fiveing Bob]

"Alright, everyone, if you'll just wait your turn..."

"Oooh, crap!"

"What's wrong, Debra?"

"No, that's my awesome thing! Putting chocolate poo swirls on everything!"

"I call it my number two special. Haha!"

[sigh] "And Mary? What about you?"

"I like giving the customers exactly what they ask for."

"Ah, excellent! You see, everyone? Now this is...

"No, I mean EXACTLY what they ask for."

"It's totally awesome." [giggle]

"Well, I think that's enough for today. I hope this meeting has helped remind you all to cherish the little things, and to really enjoy your jobs here. Now, next week: Airbrushing! See you then."

Thanks to Denise G., Gema B., Amanda N., Meagan B., & Anne L. for being, um, awesome.

Oh, and hey, here's something that really IS awesome: my friend Neil of 1,000 Awesome Things has a free copy of his new book, The Book of Even More Awesome, for five of you lucky readers!

For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite awesome things. It can be anything: getting extra icing on your slice of cake, picking the fastest line at the supermarket, snagging the last one of that sale item you wanted - you name it. We'll announce the five winners both here - on this post - and on the CW Facebook page at 12 midnight, EST, so be sure to check back!


GIVEAWAY UPDATE! After randomly selecting five comments, we have our winners! Congrats to the following readers who shared a few of their favorite awesome things.

Sunshine Dayz at 10:17am, who understands how awesome it is to find a few extra hours of sleep before the alarm goes off. (We share this joy with you.)

qurlyloks at 12:34pm, who REALLY appreciates awesome caffeinated coffee.

Elizabeth C., at 1:54pm, who thinks it's "inconceivable" (and awesome) that her kitties unleash cuddly kryptonite! You wanted Neil's book? As you wish.

TCC at 3:06pm, who loves awesome unexpected treats (and turns it up to 11).

soarin_ca4 at 8:37pm, who shares a birthday with David Beckham (which happens to be today). I bet winning Neil's book just made your birthday even more AWESOME.

Congrats again to our winners! Please email us your mailing addresses. Thanks to everyone for the great comments. So much awesomeness!

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Reader Comments (1506)

The Sunday Sweets!

Chocolate covered raisins.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherineMarie

I think my favorite awesone thing is when I finish sewing something I designed, and it is just what I invisioned.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

My husband is awesome. But maybe he's not exactly a thing.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKonen

Chocolate is always awesome.

wv: lesse
No, lesse chocolate is not a good thing.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Awesome is getting a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and a new baby all in the same year!!

Awesome is also reading CakeWrecks every morning, just to get my day started!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay

I grew up extremely poor...I'm talking getting food from the food pantry poor. I got myself through college as a single mom and now have a career where I make a decent living. My most awesome thing is watching my daughters enjoy eating fresh fruit and letting them pick out treats at the store. Little things that I didn't have.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee J.

My favorite thing is a cup of green tea on a rainy day.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbookgal12

Getting almost 6 hrs of sleep from my 5 month old who was previously giving me 2!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

The look on a newbie's face the first time they come to our Friends of the Library booksale. 292,000 items for the spring sale that starts next week (even a copy of the Cake Bible).


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of my favourite awesome things is an ice milk bar after a really good workout - nothing like a treat that cools you down at the same time! And of course Cakewrecks and Epbot are on my list of daily-dose awesomeness.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Hmmm, awesome is when I hold my breath and it helps my team (Celtics) make a basket!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBonney

Cupcakes are pretty awesome! Cool giveaway.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I think dirt is awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfunderson

My favorite awesome thing is watching people open presents that I made just for them. LOVE. IT.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDD

A stack of new books from the library is AWESOME! (even if it means no housework will get done on my day off)-Heather

PS and Cakewrecks! Cakewrecks is always awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite awesome thing is that my husband let me take a 5 hour nap yesterday while he did the yardwork and laundry!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmiDawn

Having my 2 1/2 year old grandson running toward me yelling "Grandma, Grandma, I missed you!"


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbh

most awesome feeling loved by and loving strangers, especially when you dont speak the same language.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly dwyer

One of the most awesome things is overhearing someone rave about an act of kindness, knowing YOU are the one who did the act.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstacey

It's awesome when I find a really great vintage sewing pattern in my [plus] size!!!! Got one this weekend for $5!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati M

My favorite awesome thing is getting a good grade on a final exam that I studied really hard for! It makes all the studying seem really worthwhile!

Also...the fact that Cake Wrecks is my #2 most visited site after Facebook. :)

-Sarah Brown

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Getting my daily Dose of 1000 Awesome Things, and then having it appear on my other favorite blog! Awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Hearing my children laugh - AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan's Scribbles

one of my favourite things is getting through a week filled with 4 final exams...

or i could suck up to Jen and say reading CW every day ;)

honestly, though, my favourite awesome thing is knowing that God loves me :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeggshe

My favorite awesome thing is when my two year old sleeps thru the night. Which is not very often. *sigh*

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered

Baking orange muffins is pretty awesome. Although they weren't as orange as I wanted them to be.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAberdonian

Something totally awesome, when my kids make up jokes, they crack me up!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Helping someone out who totally doesn't expect it. We both get to feel good!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The song you've been thinking about all day coming on the radio :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaze

awesome thing hmm... OH that felling you get if you correctly assemble a difficult lego set! AWESOME!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

Totally awesome thing= watching my 3-year-old use my 5-month-olds hands to "tickle" himself.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Eating remains of cake batter while the cake bakes is AWESOME.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

Gummy bears are awesome! Just ask my two-year-old!

One of my favorite awesome things is actually managing to do EVERYTHING on my to-do-list for the day. ALL THE THINGS.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When you go to the store for something specific and it's on SALE.

I love "The Book of Awesome"!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha L.

One awesome thing is spending time with my fiance. We live in different states so we cherish the times we get to be together.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoasterkim

At a tag sale, my husband and I were discussing buying some tchotchke and this 70-something-year-old woman kept asking, "Is he buying it? Are they taking it?" So of course we had to buy it, even though I'll probably end up giving it to my sister since it's not really my style. Yeah, that was awesome. :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I think it is AWESOME when I wake up in the morning, realize its a holiday or long weekend, turning off the alarm, and burrowing back under the blankets for a few more hours of blissful shouldn't-have-been-but-totally-is-more sleep!

Alternatively, when someone else has to get up and you get to snooze out is particularly AWESOME in my books. Also, sinister.. but mainly amazingly awesome :D

Having the spare cash to treat myself to restaurant food, even if it's just a fast food place. That's awesome to me. :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkogarashi

My awesome thing is when my 4 year old son (who is autistic and doesn't talk a lot) comes to me and says, "I want hug!". :0)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

My grandparents will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in July. Now how awesome is that?

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoyce

Oohh looks like an interesting book!!!!
My favorite awesome thing is living in a foreign country!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney Terry

I think the most awesome thing that could happen is Seal Team Six capturing and Killing Osama Bin Laden.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Arendas

My favorite awesome thing is when you start watching a show that you're taping on DVR, and fast-forward through the commercials, but because of a delayed start, you finish at the same time as the show does, but you didn't have to sit and wait through any ads!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

My awesome is sharing my birthday yesterday with both the beatification of Pope John Paul II AND the news that America's #1 terrorist was killed by our fine men in uniform :) Ok, a little dark, but that means my hubby is less likely to deploy in my mind, so yay birthday present to me!

I wore my homemade Captain Hammer t-shirt to Target yesterday and was vigorously high-fived for it by a teenaged skater-boy. It was very awesome!

Also, my oldest son turns 8 today. He's extremely awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabi

The most awesome thing ever is naptime for my 16 month old. We all need it more than we realize.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

My favorite awesome thing right now is MY VERY OWN BRAND NEW OFFICE! Wheeee!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

My favorite AWESOME thing is the correlation between 1)how light a color your top is and 2)how important that meeting is to 3)the darkness of the spot you get on yourself eating lunch.

Just freakin awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Getting a slice of bakery cake that's got lots of thick and colorful flowers and decorations on it. That's awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTatiana

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