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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 having my family all home for dinner. With weird work hours and sports, scouts, church, etc., we don't get to eat too often together.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Something totally awesome? Being brave enough to move across the country with my boyfriend to a huge city where we know NO ONE... and then finding a coffee shop that I can walk to from our new apartment!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurly Girl

The most awesome thing is being able to not work and stay at home with my first grand-child! I didn't have that opportunity when my kids were young, and I'm relishing all the memories me and my granddaughter are creating every single day! Next most awesome thing - a client crying when they see the cake I've created for their special day and telling me it's the best cake EVER!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermommymarilyn

Definitely....the first day of school.....or bedtime for the chitlins!!!!! Pure Awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

I love my daughter's ASL. And when I asked her what my name was, she answered with "mommy".

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonkey Pudding

Having my hair come out just right!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Vermont

Buying a new book st the bookstore and reaching to the back of the stack to be sure I got a book that no one else has looked at or opened. :D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathyBarr

My most awesome thing, my children, when they are behaving of course!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellly

My awesome thing from this weekend was helping my husband put together a dragon treasure hunt for the nephew and nieces. I made a dragon egg out of clay and put a giant "diamond" inside. Watching them find that "dragon's nest" and crack open the egg was awesome! :D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I think it's awesome that my 16 year old son still kisses me goodbye when I drop him off at school!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelenL

Getting into a warm car after leaving a cold grocery store for the first time in the Spring is AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

One of my awesome things is hearing other people even strangers compliment on my son's manners when they hear my 3 year old say "Yes, ma'am" when asked a question.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStar

Coming into work an hour late. Not only do you get extra sleep, but you get to leave after less time! It's totally awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Trying out a new cake recipe and having everyone say it's delicious -- pretty awesome! Oh, and of course -- CakeWrecks is the Awesome-est!!!

Happy Monday!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea K.

Hearing my email read on one of my favourite podcasts. Makes me happy every time! :0D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeitrannan

My favorite awesome thing is my three year old. Yesterday she asked me to duct tape two of her foam swords together so she could be Darth Maul.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

Most awesome - coming home after work and having my 3 dogs think this is the greatest thing in the world!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

One of my favorite awesome things is when you are eating cookies and cream ice cream and get a huge chunk of cookie. Its the little things in life.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Ohhh... was that supposed to be an owl cake? That was amazing...

Favorite awesome things: Almond butter, banana, honey on toasted wheat awesome.

Also, slipping in and out of naps on the couch watching reruns of my favorite shows instead of being productive and cleaning my house.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Awesome? Reading this blog! That's not me sucking up for a freebie - this is just the most fun, witty and punny blog in the 'verse!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPixieThis

Denise R.
Finally getting married to my HS sweetheart after 10 years together and a kid is Amazingly Awesome!!!

Alos Hello Kitty candy apples, cute in theory - scary in execution!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Sunday dinner with no arguments? Awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Drinking my morning coffee -- with great care -- from my very special mug . . . the one that reminds me my sweet little old lady puppy is pure l


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat L.

This year, we had feet & feet of snow that wouldn't quit. Plus, when we bought our house, we inherited gardens full of mystery plants. They've been untouched for 7 years & we started to resurrect the gardens. So, my favorite thing was coming home everyday in late-March & April, bounding out of the car and discovering what new flowering thing had poked through and bloomed. Not only was there the wonderful feeling of being freed from winter's shackles, but the childlike discovery of a new toy. "Oooo! It's hyacinth!" "Today, daffodils!" "Cool! What *are* those???" It's been great!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

Currently the most awesome thing is this bag of Monkey in the Middle mix from Ann's House of Nuts..yummmmm.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow Rider

Wiggling your toes in the sand just where the waves hit the beach is a fantastic feeling.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrene smiles

Awesome? That my sweetheart and I have been married for almost 46 years, and he is STILL my sweetheart!!

Aunt Granny

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Granny

My favorite awesome thing is being at the right place at the right time to see something funny in a public place and catching the eye of a complete stranger who also saw it. That kind of mutual enjoyment goes across age, race, gender, economic, and language barriers. Awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

getting 4 kids out the door to the bus on time then entertaining the 5th with cartoons so I can take a shower is awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Awesome: Finding a spelling mistake wherein a heron (the bird) is referred to as a heroin (the downfall of several iconic jazz musicians) before the book goes to press!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne

Going into work late and leaving on time. Extra sleep + less work = awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

It's awesome that my granny smith apple tree has the tiniest of apples growing on it!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Finding my "missing" debit card in my scrubs from the previous week.

Samantha M.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan & fam

The most awesome thing is getting hugs and "I love you" from my kids!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

AWESOME is: an 8 month old baby, that doesn't sleep more than 2 hours at a time, sleeping through THE NIGHT!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjen

My favorite awesome thing is having one of my plants bloom.

Famous Hat

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFamous Hat

Having my first baby in the hospital without pain killers was pretty awesome. But having my second baby AT HOME without painkillers or any other kind of drug was TRULY AWESOME.

That, and the fact that I just spent the last 30 minutes signing up with restaurants for free stuff on my birthday next week (Mother's Day) has been pretty awesome.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

My most favorite awesome thing is hitting every green light on the way to work. That, and ice cream.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentere.m.

Hmm... Awesome things? Smelling a cake that I baked, being able to snuggle in bed with my husband, watching my cats clean each other.

But if I had to pick just one, I would say my favorite awesome thing to do is to spend the day at Disneyland with my husband. Because of our schedules it never happens, even though we have passes. Alas, the life of 2 very busy college students. =)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecka

my cat jumping on my lap and curling up purring after one of the bad days at work

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertina

When someone else takes out the trash at work. It makes my LIFE.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna.

Homemade warm bread with some nice fresh peach jam is one one of my favorite things.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie

My favorite awesome thing is watching a breast cancer survivor walk into closing at the 3 Day having not only beating breast cancer but walking 60 miles in 3 days giving cancer a big ole middle finger!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanna

Favorite thing? Cuddling with the whole family in bed. That's life.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeedee

Finding just the perfect gift for that someone special ... Awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

My 13 year old son has Cerebral Palsy. My all-time favorite awesome thing is his bright, happy smile. I could be having the worst day in the world and his smile will make everything better.

Oh, and Cake Wrecks, of course. That's my other favorite awesome thing!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

My dog may be dumb, but she is awesome (and much cheaper than a therapist) . . . a fact I am reminded of as I look at the oozing Hello Kitty.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoansie

my favorite awesome thing is snuggling with the punklets (my kids) and watching them fall asleep.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Batenchuk

Having a day off in the middle of the week and having great weather !


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSlim

Frying an egg to a perfect over-medium, with no burnt whites, is awesome.


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarli

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