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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)

One of my favourite awesome things is waking up then realizing the alarm doesn't go off for another two hours... then snuggling back to sleep.

Another favourite thing is going out for a walk in the spring sunshine. Feeling the warmth on my face, smelling the fresh green scents, and looking at all the flowers.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine Dayz

Sleeping in because the kids did and dog did! Definitely a favorite awesome start to my day.

Also never having seen a poo swirl on a cake in real life but feeling prepared to because apparently there are LOTS of them out there--that's awesome and a public service, maybe.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

You know what's "totally awesome"? A Very Potter Musical! Lol, that's what I immediately thought of when I read the title of this post.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYoshimay

One of my favorite awesome things is waking up just before the alarm goes off and turning it off so I don't have to hear it scream.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

My very favourite awesome thing is the first squeeze in a new tube of toothpaste. Something about it is just SO satisfying!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrantz

One of my most favorite awesome things is having my sweet dogie (all 45 lbs of her) napping on my lap while I knit and watch Dr. Who!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeana

Fireworks are totally awesome... especially Disney fireworks!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

My favorite thing is realizing my car will be paid off in two months!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterappydoesdressage

My awesome? You know when you pull your container of fast-food fries from the bag and there are loose fries left behind on the bottom of the bag? I call that Bonus Fries :o)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris S.

Finding something really amazing being offered at an unexpectedly low price. Like the awesome bakelite headphones I got on ebay... for $0.99. THAT was awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInkfish

Some awesome things that happened to me lately: found a new (unwanted) Salvatore Ferregamo bag at the recycling bin; found 2 white Minnen Ikea beds for sale online after they'd been discontinued in Dubai and I need 2 for my 4yr and 2yr little girls who LOVE the glow-in-the-dark stars ROBOT shape I built on their wall and my most favorite: I rediscovered my 1990's Nintendo gaming system and 6 original games. Now if I can just get them connected back to my TV... blissful sigh!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLené

Having my kids say they love me...

That to me is AWESOME!!!!

aka kadterp

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite awesome thing is my new job! It may be "just retail" to a lot of people, but it's boosting my self-confidence and making me actually enjoy getting out of the house!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterantigoneschase

It's awesome to hear my kids laugh.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

My friend Julie because she is convinced she is AWESOME.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha R.

My favorite thing is monster movie marathons!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKM

My favorite awesome thing is a yummy homemade cake for a party. There's something so great about smelling it in the house and putting all of that love into it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki Adams

The most awesome thing is getting my students to learn how to spell by using blogs as examples, for example CakeWrecks! I teach ESL to teenagers in Sweden, and they seldom realize what on the internet is correct and what is not. Using sites lite yours makes them learn while laughing!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMia

Something that's totally awesome is when Jen gets to be funny and geeky and quirky and awesome and there are no horrid annoying comments from people getting mad at her because they just don't get it! It always makes me happy to see a Cake Wrecks post with no haters hating on it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura McF

My fav awesome thing is the smell of laundry fresh off the clothes line!!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpastrygal21

My favorite awesome things are the random hilarious things my daughter says. She told my hubby yesterday, "You making me cry and ruining my life." All because he wouldn't let her have a sleepover. The awesomely hilarious part is that she's only 3. We both couldn't stop laughing.

-Lauren Toleman

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel Bait

One of my favorite awesome things is finding an hour in my day to sit and read. Preferably in a cozy, warm spot.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

singing crappy top 40 songs in the car with my friends!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayshin

I teach some college classes, and, to me, there's nothing more awesome than when a student I've been working with all of a sudden gets it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabbywill

Awesome thing that happened to me this week: finally brought out my spring jacket and found $5 in the pocket! Yay for warm weather and money I didn't know I had!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Having a cake come out exactly the way I pictured it... Awesome =o)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber G

One of my favourite awesome things is ridiculously geeky jokes in CW. I feel like I'm in some special club - a club for awesome people who love cake and geeky things and share a spectacularly silly sense of humour!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura McF

It's awesome waking up naturally, rather than because one of my alarm cats ("me-Now") decided it was time.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

One of my favorite things is having a work meeting that gets out early. The gift of time!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHetzel Kitchen

The most awesome thing I can think of is that fresh kitty smell. Freshly washed kitty and then you rub your nose in her fur. The best things in life are free ;)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel

My favorite awesome thing is when someone cuts you off on the freeway and then a few miles down the road you see them pulled over by the highway patrol. Yeah, that's awesome. Completely selfish, mean, and vindictive, but apparently I'm a shallow person because I'm sticking by my selection of awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

My favorite awesome things are q-tips! :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpcsleepinbeauty09

Reading Cake Wrecks every day! No, seriously, when work is going crappy, I take time to look at your site and it always lightens the mood.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaytee

Awesome things include...

A) Happy animals
Whether it's a dog outside on a sunny day, tail wagging and tongue flapping, happy to be alive, or my two cats, joyfully chasing each other around the apartment and skidding along the hardwood like little furry drag-racers, a happy animal is truly AWESOME and smile-inducing. Also to be included are playful dolphins, snow-ball throwing Japanese macaques, and mud-rolling, water-spraying elephants. Happy animals are AWESOME!

B) Baby laughter
The pure, unadulterated joy of a baby, toddler, or small child laughing is the best. To wit: google "baby ripping paper" and try to watch the first (thousand) videos without smiling or laughing outright. AWESOME!

Loved this post... I could go on and on. Very enjoyable.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichaMicha

Being head bumped by my cat while trying to brush my teeth over the sink. Nothing says "I love you" more that cat hair on the floss.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbabyblue1217

It's awesome waking up naturally, rather than because one of my alarm cats ("Me-NOW") decides it's time to wake the can opener.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

My Most Favourite Awesome thing in the whole wide world is listening to my daughters giggle as they "conspire" in the fort they made from cushions and blankets :) :)

WV: suersess - to be living a Dr. Suess kind of life

Thanks CW Team for Lots of great Awesomeness everyday!!! xxMWAHxx

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Rubbing my cat's belly and making him purr is awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPegkitty

My favorite awesome thing is having my 2 little schnauzers cuddle up to me!
Penny R.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Awesome? Awesome? My kids are awesome. They are so loving and enjoy life and everything we do even if it's checking the mail. Oh and waking up to a snow day and realizing *I* have the day off too!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

The frosting on leftover cake that's been in the fridge overnight: cold, delicious, & totally awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna King

Rubbing my cat's belly and making him purr is awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPegkitty

When my toddler actually makes it to the potty on time, that is awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

The most totally awesome thing for me is when I order a Cherry Limeade with extra real cherries at Sonic and it actually comes with a LOT of extra real cherries!

Shelley in So. Illinois

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

one awesome thing is when you have no clue what you're doing so you click "send me follow up comments" then you have hundreds of emails and you feel popular. plus you have all that awesomeness in your inbox.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

This morning was pretty awesome - hot chocolate and cake for breakfast on a rainy day.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Cooking a healthy meal that all 3 junior food critics... oops! ...darling children enjoy.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Summer days! Come on crappy island, warm up and make my dreams come true!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne

Catching more fish than my dad. At least, that WOULD be awesome...

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

You know what's awesome? New relationships... It makes me feel good. I'm happy. I feel interesting, sexy, fun. He looks at me and I melt, I can watch him sleep on the couch and get all bothered by it. He's smart and attractive and in great shape and he's interested in ME. He likes how I make him feel. AWESOME. :)

Oh- and yeah- chocolate covered pretzels are pretty darned awesome too.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAileen

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