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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

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)

But I love the new word I learned today -- "Bosseses"...! I think it must be for female bosses, kinda like "princes" / "princesses"...? Except you actually spell it "bossesses." It means more than one "bossess," of course! Like if all the "bossesses" got together or something. Maybe to have some cake. :)
Thanks for the new word, Jen!

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremmay

The last cake is not quite correct: it should read, "Please, David, fire us." (And, no, I don't mean it should be in quotes!)

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

Please don't fire us....hahahaha yesssss

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

The word 'boss' has lost all meaning for me now.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKat

You must include the 'Office Space' cake (red, Swingline (tm) stapler and 'Mondays' doggerel button) in your SWEETS section!

That cake is a hilarious, ironic homage to the workplace comedy 'Office Space,' making sly references to the movies':

* Bad boss
* Swingline(tm) stapler-obsessed employee
* Scene in which cake is distributed at a stultifying break-room birthday party (stapler guy complains that there was no cake left for him)
* Running gag in which a mindless, perky co-worker repeats "Somebody's got a case of the Mondays!"
* Running gag on 'bits of flair' -- the tacky pins, etc. that theme-restaurant servers must wear in order to appear 'fun' and 'engaging.'

This cake is, in fact, one die-hard fan's absolutely spot-on LOVE NOTE to a cult film.

It needs to be noted on Cake Wrecks, and the undeserved snark needs to be removed.

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEgo Nemo

The correct possessive is boss'. Sorry, Americans. I hate to be impolite, but you're incorrect.

Yay Canadians!

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeddah

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