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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)

Snagging the Dorito that's loaded up with flavor = awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdogwood

Saying "Awesome" when something really sucks is awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFerralyn

Wonderful post -- love the "exactly what they want" cake.

Petting my dogs' velvet ears -- lovely greyhound triangles and long beagle droopiness -- that's awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

getting through a weekend of being on call and not getting called in at night once! hooray for sleep!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia P

My awesome thing is every morning my daughters first words are: I love you mama!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim G

One of MY favorite things is finding brnad new clothing at Goodwill! I got a skirt that was orginally $84.00 and I got it for $4.29! AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Just balanced the check book, and due to a math error, we found we actually had $500 more in there than we thought we did. VERY AWESOME!!

wv: satarsia CW is a master at satarsia!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

My favorite awesome thing is having dirt or paint or, let's say cookie dough, under my fingernails.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViiriƤinen

It is election day in Canada so today VOTING is AWESOME!!!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@RantingRaving

The most awesome thing is getting up at 530 every morning to go do something the town depends on - a morning radio show. So many people depend on it for local news, weather updates and reports on school closings among many other things. It is a double awesome thing, because my work is simply filling in for my father who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and having the ability to help him through this difficult time is the most awesome thing in the world!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna Evans

Watching cartoons as a grownup= AWESOME
Eating a full pint of Ben and Jerry's for breakfast = AWESOME
Coming home and my husband had done the laundry AND cooked dinner = MOST AWESOME THING EVER

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

A freshly-mowed lawn (when I wasn't the one that mowed it!)

- Kim L.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim L.

As silly as it sounds, getting big fat chocolatey smooches from my wee diva daughters Zoe and Zadyn after we've made some seriously decadent brownies is simply the awesome-est thing in the universe...

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Jordan

Totally awesome? Getting juried into a major art show for my photography while my dad, a professional photographer himself, is still able to understand and be proud. He's got Parkinson's and Dementia, so we don't know exactly how long we'll have him around and cognizant.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika

My most awesome thing is finding an allergy friendly dairy free cake for my daughter that tastes great and isn't fugly!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRubyV

Sharing a hearty laugh with my teenage daughter!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

My awesome thing.....watching my kids dance at their recital on Saturday. :) <3 It was just awesome!!

(And to add an "awesome" thing more in line of the ones in your was just "awesome" to also get to tell them that once again their stinkin' loser of a dad decided that something else was more important (this time, eating out) than coming to see tham perform)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Awesome is my new vegan diet.... Now I just have to get a cupcake recipe that tastes good this way!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvonelle

Something awesome is winning an awesome book about all things awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle B

The corner piece of the brownie pan! I steal those first!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergfxchick

My favorite awesome thing is vacation. Specifically, lounging on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a nutella crepe in the other with my hubby beside me and glittering blue water in front of me and not a single urgent decision to be made for one full glorious week. Sigh.

wv: schoos, as in "schoos me," which is what I say when I bump into the waiter after I've had one too many cocktails while lounging on the beach.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlori

Seeing the expression on childrens' faces when they finally understand a concept they'd been struggling with - that's awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia H

Its awesome that the hummingbird I'm rehabing is doing well and going to be released today!

But ongoing awesomeness- Narwhals-

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabbey

My favorite awesome thing is an AWESOME theme party like "gypsies, tramps & thieves" or "happy hippy happening" or the wedding I went to last night "come as your favorite Broadway character". I have the most awesome party wardrobe!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflutaleer

Ponderosa Pine Trees are awesome. Their sap smells like fresh baked warm vanilla sugar cookies, and they are a great place to watch a morning mountain sunrise from.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTableforTwo

Awesome = great local theater and live music.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Sutton Davis

One of the ladies I work with does cake decorating on the side, and when she tries a new technique, she BRINGS US HER PRACTICE CAKES. She doesn't eat them herself! And these are full-sized, yummy cakes, with flowers and buttons and all sorts of cuteness. Free cake on a regular basis? That's awesome!

hilarious! one of my favorite awesome things... my chocolate stash that my children have yet to find.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

My favorite awesome thing is seeing the jerk who just flew by me on the highway pulled over by a couple state troopers a few miles up the road.....:)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

It is awesome when my market slices up the "cake wrecks" and sells them as "single servings". My special treat after the boys are asleep in bed.
Anne B

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterannemtbutler

My dishwasher- I looove it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Black

Awesome things in MagsWorld:
Almond Joy latte from the local coffee shop,
A purchase through my digi-scrap store,
Snugglin' with our puppy,
Hugs from our kids,
A date with my hubby,
SNOW days!
And Cake Wrecks... Which can make me laugh out loud every day.

:) Mags

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMags

My favorite awesome thing is the feeling I get after finishing a great run!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvlynn

When my boss takes a sick day, that is awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwayne

Saving tons of $$ with coupons is awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPerkinsClan

A good book that you bought for 10 cents at a yard sale.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Black

What's awesome is having the world celebrating on your birthday because of Bin Laden getting taken care of. I'll pretend everyone is celebrating my birth too.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Lew

Feeling tired and drained at work, and picking a book at random off the shelf. Flipping through it and finding a bunch if little 'moments' that remind you life is awesome! Then walking around the store reading them to my staff.....

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracie

My favorite awesome thing is snuggles with my girls!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

Awesome, when my boss takes a sick day. Get to do my job with no extra stress.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwayne

Finding a cache of Cadbury Mini Eggs on sale at Wal-Mart for 75% off the week after Easter. Woot!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjiniz

Most awesome - when my coffee comes out perfect in the morning; just strong enough and hot enough. Yum!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

My favourite awesome thing is candy/chocolate mistakes: chewy maltesers, solid chocolate kitkat fingers, rude misshapen jelly beans - anything delicious that induces a snicker :-D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrockys_babe

Finally graduating with my BS in about 5 weeks is insanely super crazy beyond awesome!

Also, my wv is roses. That's kind of awesome, too.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B.

Free books are awesome. :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Awesome is buying myself something for mother's day because the husband messed it up....again

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEducated People

hearing my kids NOT bicker and read together and praise one another is SO AWESOME

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisha Rene'

Hitting all the lights green so you don't have to shift all the way to where you are going... AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina R.

Finding out my grandmother's famous, homemade chocolate icing recipe was from the box of bakers chocolate - awesome! And it tastes awesome, too, of course.

mottcat AT yahoo DOT com

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer B

Going to lunch with an old friend is awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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