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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
Wednesday
May252011

Happy Towel Day!

Hey, hoopy froods, it's Towel Day! This is the day when we celebrate hitchhiking the galaxy, Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, and, of course, potted petunias.

I wonder if they'll be friends with me?

So, grab your towel...

Hey, even the terrible ones have fringe benefits.

...and sit back and relax while I serve up something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a teapot.

DON'T PANIC.

This hypnotized bunny rabbit is mostly harmless.


He may also be a teapot:

But that's pretty improbable.

Besides, it could always be worse.

Like so:

My, mister teapot, what an unfortunately colored spout you have.


Hey, here's a tip:

So, in conclusion:

42.

Oh, and:

"Want to see my spaceship?"

Thanks to Cassandra, Tracy B., Amanda Q., Leigh J., Kendra H., and Margaret C., my plastic pals who're fun to be with!

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Reader Comments (140)

I hate it when I don't get it. :(

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Zaphod rules!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What? No Vogon Poetry?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

YAY for the lack of Vogon Poetry. That would have been even more painful than those cakes.

wv - devel Vogon poetry is of the devel

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi B

Good thing the wreckerators took up decorating cakes and not throwing ceramics.

And those roses! Blech...

mocking

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

entirely possible that some of those would cause Vogons to cower in agony.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe if I had a babel fish in my ear those cakes would make sense. :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

What no fish to end the day?

You know "So long, and thanks for all the fish." :)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris

That teapot is just happy to see you. I'm not going to panic but there seems to be a whale outside my window...

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaughingmom

I'll never look at a real teapot the same way again...

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

This post is more awesome than Eccentrica Gallumbits.

Every single one of those cakes were almost, but not quite, entirely unlike what they were supposed to represent.

Thankfully, they are still mostly harmless, until the Vogons discover them and decide to compose a poem in their honor.

Until next year, So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

As with any Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-referencing post, this entry made my day. Also, thank you for alerting me to the fact that it's Towel Day! I shall celebrate by keeping my towel with the number 42 on it at all times today (not kidding, either).

Incidentally, I desperately need to know the story behind "The Terrible Towel". What the heck?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

wv: sanest
The sanest advice ever: Don't Panic.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Sorry about that first anonymous commenter of the day. If it makes you feel any better, Jen out-geekifies me half the time and I'm married to her.

However, if you haven't read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, you're missing out.

Wreck On!

john

LOVE!

Jen, you are my number one hoopy frood, and I would like to go out for some pan-galactic gargle blasters with you!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterModestGirl

Belgium!

(Was that gratuitous enough?) I'm just going to ride away on this Perfectly Normal Beast and not wait to find out. ;-)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

"penis" spouts. Is that a noun or a verb? Happy towel day.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think one of those teapots is probably named Pedro... no? And they fly as far worse, if probably in excess of how a brick cannot.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought about calling myself "Ford Prefect," but I decided on "Cake Wreck" instead, seeing as it appears to be the dominant lifeform on this planet. Now, where's my towel?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, I have to admit...I have never read Hitchhiker's Guide...BUT I have an older brother who did and so I recognized some of the references. So, I guess this goes to prove he was good for something other than picking on me! Please don't tell him.

Now, that being said...what is up with the pornographic teapots????

wv: mingly - that confused feeling you get when something excites you but you know it's so wrong

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Challenge to comment-makers: name your favorite Adams quote in celebration of Towel day!

"Ford, you're turning into a penguin. Stop it."

Follow-up on my Terrible Towel puzzlement: Google is my friend. Didn't realize the Steelers were Adams fans (j/k). That CCC is something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike a towel.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Important safety... Uh... Tip... for would-be teapot makers: If you're not entirely certain how to portray a 3-dimensional, cylindrical object in two dimensions... Just DON'T.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

LMAO...the spouts...are so...unspoutlike. XD

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeaceLoveandSharpies

The Terrible Towel is fairly accurate, FYI. They are given out to Pittsburgh Steelers fans for rooting their team on to victory. They are a yellow hand towel with fringe and "The Terrible Towel" written on it. Of course, the writing on the actual towel is better....

Does writing enhance the hiding power of a towel? Perhaps he'd be more distracted with writing on the towel? Nah, he's so dumb, he probably can't read....

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! And A Hard-boiled Egg!

Bless the heroes of the Massacre of Treacle-Mine Road!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin B

What? No dolphin cakes? How about the mice? Well, at least you didn't forget the towel - Dirk would be proud!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGot Grace 2!

That is a terrible Terrible Towel. No Steelers fan would approve.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershereettu

I think it's brilliant that the cake maker went to the effort of tassels on that awful towel lol.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait Cakes

The teapots!!!!!! Egads what were they THINKING with those spouts???

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah yes, perfect teapots for the long, dark, teatime of the soul...

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershaz

A couple of those "teapots" brought to mind what's so unpleasant about being drunk...

;^)

This was one of my favorite. posts. ever. Thank you!

Favorite Adams quotes:

#1 (by far): "Space is big."

Close 2nd: "What do you get if you multiply six by nine? (I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe!)"

WV: jales - where some of the worst wreckerators might live if there were any true, cakey, cosmic justice.

Re: the teapots, it's fascinating to see the many different ways the wreckerators interpret the same template. I'd love to see what the designer thought they were supposed to look like!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkayk

Wow, Spouts really look decorated! I think someone was having a good day when they were decorating, or were they thinking of that night?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Libby

"We have normality. Repeat. We have normality. Anything you still can't handle is your own problem."

"And later wiped out by an unsanitized telephone."

Terrible towels and phallic teapots. Yech.

WV: moodgyna: Slartibartfast's girlfriend

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

I actually brought my http://pittsburghtrademarklawyer.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/terrible-towel.jpg" rel="nofollow">Terrible Towel into work with me today in honor of the day... Everybody just thought that I was cheering on Hines and Kym for winning Dancing With The Stars. :<

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Knits!

It wasn't until the third teapot that I finally got the visual. Love the Hitchhikers references!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Maureen..it took that long to get the visual? Or was it when it looked real?

wv: epses - they took the decorating to epses (excess)

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You said "Who're." Mommy, Jen said "WHO'RE!"

wv: amiersin. Mommy, Amie said "Who're!"

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Dash

Oh my, no......

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

Actually, the petunias where quite unfriedly, the only thing they thought was "Oh no, not again". The whale was the one who wanted to make friends.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrankN.Stein

Favorite HHGG quote:

Today must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

WV: lualieta - I don't know what it means, but it sure sounds like fun!

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate Halleron

How is it that i DIDN'T know that today is also Geek Pride Day and the Glorious 25th of May, a.k.a. Wear The Lilac day (Discworld fan day)? All of this goes on my calendar for next year. You should see how Towel Day is trending on Twitter, though!

"And we interrogated a gazelle!"

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

The first 42 cookies I decorate today will be in your honour for Towel Day, my freddled gruntbuggly.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I THINK the terrible towel is a CCC but it looks like a bunch of icing smeared on the cake board. the towel also looks a little stained.

and those teapots look vulgar...

@Anon 9:46--maybe they should take up throwing cake....

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Do you think the supermarket doors sigh with pleasure when you walk out of the store with one of these cakes?

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJHill

Lovely crinkly edges...

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

God I'm depressed looking at those teapots. Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they have me looking at towels. Don't mind me and the pain in all the diodes down my left side...

^_^

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I thought to myself,"hey, that second teapot is a lot better! It actually looks like a teapot!" The you pointed out the "spout." Hooo boy.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

"The first ten million years were the worst, and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline." Marvin was always one of my favorites.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HGGTTG IS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL!

Now I was a Heart of Gold cake for my next birthday....

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve Elizabeth

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