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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)

My favorite awesome thing is when Im out playing on my Nintendo DSi and people ask me for my age and the funny reactions they have.
I am 19 and the biggest game nerd in my family. No one appreciates video games (including the classics) like me.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersigalaandi

Today's awesomeness...running to my office 20 minutes late for work to find that my boss took the day off. Phew!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrissie

You know what I think is TOTALLY awesome? The devious self satisfaction I feel when I don't let the car in that waits until the VERY last second to get over when a lane is visibly closing 1000 feet ahead, in an attempt to avoid he back up that is caused by said lane closure. Ahhhh. I feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about it.

That owl cake is frightening in a very awesome way!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie B.

When you FINALLY get to wear your brand new rain boots! This makes rainy days AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

How clean sheets feel when you get into bed

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersrb

Getting a letter in the mail...a for-real letter, not e-mail, not a bill, not a credit card offer, a letter in an envelope with an actual stamp from a friend just to say hello.

Caitlin :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My awesome thing is hearing my cell phone go off with my geeky little Zelda ringtone. Saria's Song always was my favorite. =)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZelly

The moment each night when I realize that ALL THREE KIDS ARE ASLEEP AT ONCE.

That is utterly awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

Wow, 139 comments at 10:38 in the morning. Now THAT'S awesome!!

My favorite awesome thing is when the idiot who's sitting on people's bumpers and weaving in and out of slow moving traffic finally sees his chance and floors it, only to be pulled over almost immediately. AHHH so good.

PS you should definitely give Tanira a book. Her awesome thing is really awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Awesome things include waking up, thinking it's time get up, and realizing you still have a lot of time to sleep! Awesome things are snuggling under a blanket and watching movies on a cold, rainy day like today :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgyn B

One of my favorite things is to pet my cat in the dark and watch the static sparks.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharra

Forgiveness is the most awesome thing I know of. Without it, all of the other incredible blessings in my life wouldn't mean anything at all (even though they are pretty awesome, too!).

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Dale

My mom... she is totally awesome. And waking up on a spring day with a cool breeze coming in the window. That is awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril B.

My most awesome thing is getting hugs from my kids (ages 12 and 11). I know that someday soon they will be "too old" to want to hug mom goodbye every morning.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

My favorite thing is being able to work from home.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoadmeat

Discovering that the really important deadline you accidentally missed was really more of a guideline is really awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

One of my favorite awesome things is an angel food cake that a wreckorator can't eff up :) One other favorite awesome thing is finding a professional baker whose chocolate cake is dark and doesn't taste like crap, yuuuummmmmmm.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimberj

Taking that first bite of just-made ice cream cake, with the warm cake and cold ice cream, on your birthday? Definitely my favorite awesome thing.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaiowen

My most awesome thing is that NONE of my cakes have ended up on "Cake Wrecks"! (except that I would like to end up on "Sunday Sweets"!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreal food advocate


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of the most awesome things is Rita's Water Ice. Especially on a warm day!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEva

One of my favorite awesome things: Randomly bursting into song. Especially in public, when it will embarrass someone (usually my lil brother :D:D)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmree

One of my favorite awesome things is really great light timing all the way home! You know, when every signal you come to is green! I have to drive through the city so great light timing can take 5 to 10 minutes off my drive! Woohoo!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

After a long winter, the first day you wake up and realize the buds on the trees have distinctly crossed the line to baby leaves or, even, actual, full-blown, no-more-snow-for-a-few-months leaves. That's today!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle L

Getting together every month with my Awesome Book Club! I love those people!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen_in_Kansas

I'm a mom of that last piece of clothing I put up after a loong laundry day (which is everyday by the way) is the most "awesome" feeling ever! Who would have thought that underwear could make you happy in more than just the obvious way ;)!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Finding out that the contest I want to enter is actually open to Canadians... that is always awesome!

teehee :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmaimz

The most awesome thing is going out in the rain in summer, clothes and all! And to just stand there :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterladynovember

The most recent awesome thing?

A day of roller derby...4 leagues joining together for 8 hours to train, hang out, support each other, and drink beer...

Other than that...the most awesome thing was getting my first ever unassisted pull up at the gym a few months ago. My friends who were there screamed so loud people turned to see what was so awesome. Today, I did 30 of them.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina Marie

This made my morning :-)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered

My favorite awesome thing? Hearing a student (I tutor) tell me that I'm going to be a great teacher one day because I've helped them so much, often after only half an hour to an hour of being with them.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrazylittlemermaid

My awesome 'thing.' My daughter.. She is 7 years old and was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Sydnrome.. Princess Aubrey has lived 7 years *God willing 90 more* with only half of her heart.. To me and everyone that meets her.......she's awesome..

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelina Krell

I think it is awesome when I find a random dollar or two in a purse or pants that I haven't used in a while.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Rien

Awesome thing of the day: Two hours ago, I gave my boss three weeks notice so I can finally get out of a career I've been hating and follow my dreams.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian W

My favorite awesome thing is listening to the frogs sing at night while falling asleep.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBB

My one awesome thing is my best friend, a 2-year-old named Lindsey. She's is just the funniest, smartest, sweetest, most mischievous little thing I have ever known, and I've been wrapped around her finger since the day she was born. The best thing about our relationship? I'm fifteen, and get these awful looks from everyone while playing with her. People think she's my daughter!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarr Bizarre

My favorite awesome thing is putting my daughter to bed at night and her saying "You're an awesome Mom". Makes the long days worth while and makes the next day seem a little less intimidating.

-Tabitha W.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

One of the most awesome things is my life is laughing with my children and husband. Nothing makes a day better than when we all share a good laugh.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

My favorite thing is being one year in remission and getting these last 365 days to spend with my two wonderful children. I relish in the awesomeness of many more to come. I don't really need a book. I'm already winning. ;)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTessa Rocks

My awesome 'thing.' My daughter.. She is 7 years old and was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Sydnrome.. Princess Aubrey has lived 7 years *God willing 90 more* with only half of her heart.. To me and everyone that meets her.......she's awesome..

My name is Angelina
(forgot to post that before)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelina Krell

My favorite awesome thing is warm sheets on a cool day; and alternatively, cool sheets on a hot day.
It's the simple pleasures that are the best enjoyed, in my opinion.
Cheers, Jen!

Oooh, my wv is pretty awesome today too:
kowsesms- The cow doesn't say "moo" any more; now the kowsesms.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Jenkins

My awesome thing: finally having power back in Huntsville, AL so I can check out the latest cake wrecks! Not to mention being blessed enough to be one of the ones who still has a home.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCupcake Vigilante

One of my favorite awesome things is making bread from scratch, with no recipe, just trying something different and coming up with something delicious. My last bread experiment was a brown rice and kamut meal bread, and it was fantastic.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFashion Flirt

My most favorite awesome thing is welcoming home my boyfriend at the airport after his deployments. Best moment ever.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDragonfly

I love seeing everyone's face when I deliver a cake.


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

My husband 5 years and 8 months cancer free is my very, very favorite awesome thing.

Also, black jelly beans.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy'sMom

There are so many awesome things in this world! Reading Cake Wrecks and Epbot AND The smell of a baby's freshly washed hair!


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteapotjan

Awesome: the corner piece (if the frosting is good)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

My dog running through the long grass of a meadow in the spring sunshine today - I wish I could run that fast & with such abandon!

Knitting a miniature cat with a knitted litter tray and knitted cat poo and knowing someone is PAYING me to do it - now that's awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

The most awesome thing is when you have no money to eat or for gas and you are putting pants in the wash and find a miraculous $20 bill!! - Scottstiger

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott

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