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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

Wrecky Replay: Happy Bossy Day!

Quick! How do you spell the singular possessive of "boss?"



Well, there IS an apostrophe...but no.

(Also, what is that? A frosted book?)


You're getting closer. You just need to lose one of those letters.

Not that letter.

("Nappy Boos's Day"? With a period? Seriously? Maybe this is a lost cause...)

A-HA!! YES! You spelled it ri...oh. Wait. No, you're still wrong here. See, the plural of "boss" is just "bosses."


[rubbing temples with eyes closed] Um. Ok. Look. Yes, you did spell the plural of "boss" right, but "Boss's Day" is possessive. Plus you spelled "you're" wrong.

Now, "possessive" means that...[blinking]...ah, screw it. Can you just write the word "boss" so it's not plural OR possessive?


I'm really starting to question your taste level.

And you still spelled "you're" wrong.


Well, I don't think avoiding the issue is the answer. And stop saying, "Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays." That pin was lame in 1982. It's not getting any better.

[sigh] Alright, look, you want to see the perfect cake to get your boss? Something that gets right to the heart of the matter? Something spelled correctly, and conveying just the right amount of gratitude?

Then here:


Mission accomplished.

Eric, Annette, Michelle O., Jennifer N., Angela P., Mandy W., Kate C., & Anony M., I say from now on we call it "Bossy Day." Who's with me?


Note from John: It's true, some people accept "Bosses Day" as correct. However, considering this is a day for either your boss or your bosses, it really should be Boss's Day or Bosses' Day. Of course, the original singular possessive of boss was Boss', but I think that hurt our American brains so we added the extra s. Just make sure you never use Bosseses' Day and you should be fine.

P.S. bossbossbossbossboss

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Reader Comments (56)

Who am I to argue? You're the bawse...

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I bet the cake with the red stapler and the button (aka "flair") is an homage to Office Space. Now there was a boss to be grateful isn't yours....

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrixie

Oh my gosh, I shouldn't have read this post while I'm still drinking my coffee. At least I managed to put the cup down and swallow without choking.

And a non-funny comment -- yes, the current thought is that you write the final S when the sound is pronounced. So while I'm sure there are times that you can still leave it off, since we almost always say it, we get to write it now, too. Our literal American brains are much happier that way. (^_^)

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Here I thought the placenta cake the other day was in bad taste, but today's cake #6 just may top it. Seriously, who buys these cakes?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

It's boss'. Get over it, Yanks!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Maybe for everyone's sanity we should just change it to Supervisors' Day.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNagzilla

Like a boss.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaffa

Is it just me, or does the word Boss not sound right now? Boss...Boss...Boss....

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Bwah, thanks for the tag-on John! You beat me to it. Personally I think that Boss' Day is still correct -- but then again you're right -- it DOES kind of hurt my li'l ole American brain to see that written that way!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I agree with Trixie--the yellow cake with the stapler & pin is definitely a reference to Office Space. And the fact that the expression is lame is part of the joke; there's a character in the movie who repeats it several times, and you can tell that while she thinks it's cute, everyone else knows it's not. The only problem I have with that cake (other than avoiding the apostrophe issue) is the weird pseudo-border...I think they were trying to make it look like a yellow post-it note, which would be another Office Space reference, but, didn't work.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

That uterus looks like it's wearing a fancy dinner jacket. Doesn't it know that horizontal stripes makes your fundus look fat?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaxmom

@Nagzilla: heehee. That's funny. They can't get Boss' right so we will give them something even harder instead. Well, it has more letters than Boss', but with all the extra letters they've been trying to wrangle in there, the two words are nearly the same length.

I say we just make it Bose Day so we can all have an excuse to tune out our coworkers/bosses and enjoy our superior sound systems.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Andrea

Nappy Boos's Day! Thanks for the reminder guys.

Unfortunately I forgot to say it to my "Boos" and now I'm going home sick :-( My present to her is not throwing up in front of clients today. Yep, she's lucky to have me o.O

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

By the way, thank you! We had forgotten it was Boss's (Boss') Day at my office until I saw your post! I zipped down to the local grocery store in our small town and had them put lettering on a cake for us, since nothing was pre-wrecked. The baker spelled and punctuated everything correctly, but wow! What ghastly blue frosting she chose!! I should submit a pic.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Has any of you seen my stapler?

It's a red Swingline.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

Boss' ... it's so simple, just one little apostrophe. Sheesh!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Not only that, Angela, but now it looks like it's spelled wrong, whether or not it is. At least, to me it does.

I have two sons whose names end in s. I prefer not to use possessives for them at all because the grammar rule is kind of ambiguous (apparently, they didn't foresee all the singular nouns ending in s). I blame the pregnancy hormones for not foreseeing this difficulty ahead of time. :)

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

OK, I'm insisting on Boss' Day. The Grammar Police told me so.

That "bloody boss" cake is making me exceedingly grateful that I am self-employed. I would never do that to myself.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

At my house, we call it Happy Bruce Springsteen Day!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJersey Girl

I just brought a box of Krispy Kreme. No inscriptions. Seemed easier.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMinda

Sorry, it's "bosses' day" - people are celebrating multiple bosses, not one boss. The plural of boss is bosses. The possessive of bosses is bosses'.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrent

WTF a uterus cake

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

I was starting to wonder if you knew how to spell boss' since none of those were correct. Thanks for adding the note at the bottom so I didn't have to embarrass you for not knowing English. Like se lady told my grandma down in Yuma, "You Canadians are lucky because you have two languages: English and French. All we got is American."

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Laxmom, after your post, now I see it too -- dinner jacket for sure! And you get triple points in my book for knowing what a fundus is!

Can we dare to hope that cake is for a boss who's an OBGYN? If not...YIKES!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

Lol! Sooooo true. My rage comes out more while driving than any other time. I get so tired of people who just don't know how to drive.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBaby Sister

The one with the stapler (red) and "Case of the Mondays" pin (flare AND tired office expression) is an obvious homage to Office Space which makes using the tired expression acceptable.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick G

I submitted one of these. I spelled it right on the form at Costco, BUT...the employee crossed it out the re-wrote it "boss's". (I wish I had kept the proof). Anyway, I was more than happy to point that out to the cashier when I checked out. She got a nice laugh for the day.

I like Jersey Girl's idea: Happy Bruce Springsteen Day! :-D

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzieQ

I got to wonder what the best bloody boss does for a living. That cake is a bit scary. Serial killer perhaps.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Boss's day? BOSS'S DAY? Every day is boss's day.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Ah, ah, ah, shouldn't cake #6 say

"You're the best bloody boss, period!" ?

(PS I do wonder what sort of office they work in ... )

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrolypolyducky

Is it plural, or possessive at all, though? Or both, or neither? Do we spell it Mother's Day, or Mothers' Day, or just Mothers Day?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervandalfan

The first cake looks like it has a strip of Fruit-By-The-Foot and then the words were written on top of it.

I'm with the others. How does a Uterus have anything to do with being a boss?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

The possessive of one boss is boss's but the possessive of two (plural) is bosses'. In this case it needs to be plural, or it would mean just one boss. All the rest wouldn't get this day, just like Mothers' Day is for all mothers. As well, the day belongs to the bosses. That makes it is a plural possessive.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb S

Boss spelled backward is double S-O-B. :-)

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaquinn

The last one I read as "Please Dad Fire Us" then I finally was able to separate out the bit of tangle of writing frosting.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black dog

If you're going to do an Office Space cake, do it right. Make the cake look like the cover of a TPS report and write "pass it along and make sure everyone gets a piece."

Now, who's is up for a game of Jump to Conclusions?

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

#1 give credit for a nice, even border. that takes practice.
#2 certainly does not have a handle on geometry. Is that a trapezoid? (and just like THAT [snaps fingers] I have the song "Freakazoid" in my, you do, too- HA)
#3 "Nappy Boos's?" Is that like Nappy Blob Blob? (only book owners will understand)
#4 has pretty roses
#5 has orange roses and Jen likes orange. the end.
#6 (picks jaw off ground) moving right along
#7 what an eye catching color. now, give me my eye back!
#8 yup. works for me.

@ Jodee Feel better

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

After all this, I think we should make a rule that we will not discuss apostrophes and uteruses in the same blog post.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

They can't spell you're but they can draw an anatomically correct diagram of women's reproductive organs. Funny! Disgusting but funny!

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandy

My graduating class in high school was the first one to have to pass Florida's functional literacy test, without which we could not graduate. On the first diagnostic run, EVERYONE missed possessive apostrophe use. Mr. Hoffman, peace be upon him, explained it to us in about five minutes. Then we all passed it, and went on to do so when the actual test was presented.

It's just not that hard to get perfectly correct. I suppose, however, that it has to matter to you whether you are writing intelligibly or not.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Oh come on! #6 is perfect for the medical profession. We have a sense of humor that lends itself to the gross. OB/GYN office PERFECT. Personally right now reviewing GYN charts. I can use that for anatomy reference.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrish RN

Oh I really hope that uterus cake was for a gynecologist lmao. If not, I would be very afraid of who got said cake. And hope that whoever it was didn't get upset about it. Too bad the one with the pretty roses was ruined by the misspelling. Ah well.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Boss's is correct. To form the possessive of a singular noun that ends in an s sound, be guided by the way you pronounce the word. If a new syllable is formed in the pronunciation of the possessive, add an apostrophe plus s.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

I'm American, but I always write it boss', without the extra s. And that goes for the possessive of all words ending in s, as "Jesus' birthday animal balloon" or what have you.
That being said, the s's is also perfectly acceptable. I think it's just a matter of personal preference, like the Oxford comma.
And I definitely think the flair is a shoutout to Office Space, which makes it most excellent. "It's a mat with *conclusions* on it... that you *jump* to!"

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I don´t live in America but here i Sweden most people kiss up to the boss all year round. It´s a bit strange that Americans have a special day for it. It seems like the complete opposite to Secretaries Day. That day i understand: making the boss look good + low wages + no appreciation = cake. But the boss? Wouldn´t it be better if the boss bought cake for the staff for putting upp with all the "leadership" of the last year?

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLotta

Alright is really spelled all right.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterspellr

I was taught (at an old-fashioned school where grammar was hammered into us) that 'boss's' was the correct singular possessive. That was in the UK, so it sounds as though it's actually American to say 'boss' day' if one boss is meant. I am delighted to say that 'Boss's Day' doesn't exist here - I'm all for celebrating things with cake, but I'd rather get one saying 'Congratulations for coping with your boss' and take it home!

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorag

The fifth one down reminds me quite a bit of the original "Under Neat that" cake.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

If you haven't yet seen Office Space you should as it is quite funny!

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferC

The "Mondays" cake was definitely a tribute to Office Space, about 17 years after 1982 :-)

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShea

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