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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

Happy Falker Satherhood!

As with the infamous USB cake, some Wrecks cannot be fully appreciated until you know the story behind them. Fortunately, you guys looove to tell me your stories - some of which I've been hoarding to include in the upcoming Cake Wrecks book - and now I think it's high time to start featuring more of them.

Ashley J. had two male coworkers each expecting a child, so the office decided to get them a cake. They wanted it to say, "Happy Fatherhood Shawn and Glenn".

Instead, they got this:

Like you, I'm sure, Ashley & the gang were just dying to know what the decorator thought he or she was writing, exactly. So, they decided to go find out. Yep, that's right: They grabbed a video camera (did I mention they work at the Fox television animation studio?) and strolled down the street to pay a little visit to the bakery in question.

Here's what happened next (the best bits are in the first 2 minutes):

"It's like a word journey" - hilarious. Oh, and Ashley writes "Please forgive the Tickle-Me-Elmo laughter coming from behind the camera...that's me."

Ashley, I think it's safe to say we all forgive you. It's just too bad the manager didn't have as much of a sense of humor as you guys did; after all, I think you and Rebner were extremely pleasant about it, all things considered. :)

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Reader Comments (233)

this is a scream!!!!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy C

Tooooo funny!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

That is HYSTERICAL! I'm so glad to see them just laugh it off like it's nothing. Great stuff.

Aaaack! I'm dieing here! My office computer filter won't let me see the video.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Love the camera work. Also, very nice customer service from the guy behind the counter. :) Kudos to him! :)

And yes, indeed, it WAS a word journey at that. :)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenncgf

HAHAHA. The laughter is infectious!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZhuria

Was there a part 1? That was awesome.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

how absolutely hilarious!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathi

Maybe the extra letters are silent letters in an obscure rural English dialect. You know, kinda like how "Featherstonehaugh" is pronounced "fan-shaw".

I wonder how "motherhood" is spelled is such a dialect...


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpheniscine

That was awesome!! too bad they didn't get to meet the decorator. Too bad the woman behind the counter at the end (who was it?) wasn't getting the joke. I was laughing so much I was afraid to wake the kids!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKisa

Oh that video is just priceless!

We should all take a visit to our bakeries with cameras when we get wrecks.

Yeah, cake is funny, but the video just makes it hilarious. I especially love the reactions of the bakery counter guy. LOL!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMyCatsRule

That was awesome! I think its great that receivers of the wreck were so cool about it, SO many other people would gone in and been jerks, but Ashley and Rebner just got some laughs out of it.

Post more story ones, they're hilarious! (if there will be more wreck stories in the book, then I guarantee I'll buy a copy. ;))

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Oh my!! I just had my wisdom teeth removed Thursday, so I hope I didn't pull a stitch trying not to laugh at that! Hilarious!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJade

I can't see the video. :(
Can someone give a synopsis?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That was just hilarious!! I probably would've had to go and try to meet the person too. That was just too big a screw-up not to go un-noticed.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Ok, done laughing and crying now... That was hilarious! Thank you for actually DOING what all wreck receivers SHOULD do!!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

I never comment (call me a lurker), but this was too funny to not comment on. I'm sending this to all my friends to see. LMAO!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fantastic. Ashley, big props for going back and following up on this. "It's like a word journey." That is awesome. As is Falker Satherhood, of course. The reaction of the guy in the bakery is pretty good too. Just looks at it, cracks up, looks at it, and loses it again.

Jenn, fantastic selection for a Monday morning. What a great way to start off the week!


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I usually only read your blog Jen, but I had to comment on this one: Absolutely Priceless!!! I laughed so hard my co-workers wanted to know why...

Thanks for starting our Monday with such a good post!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed until I CRIED on this one!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRita

would you mind giving a little run-down of the video for us dial-up users? I know, everyone thinks we don't exist...

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my gosh! That was awesome! And the guy working the bakery is hysterical!!! My new favorite wreck!

That decorator must have got to my WV...sionsopt.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandee

That made my morning, thanks!

I can't believe that they let the person SELL the cake with that bad of an inscription!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

The woman behind the counter is probably in such a bad mood because she probably has to give refunds for the wreckerator's cakes all the time.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

This is great, and the fact that it wasn't the first cake the lady messed up makes it that much better.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLanieChuang

AWESOME!! Every cakewreck deserves a day of reckoning. I'm just so glad they caught it on video!! It's too bad they didn't get to meet the perpesathertrator.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I can see another national holiday lurking--Happy Falker Satherhood--the best excuse for cake!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Oh please PLEASE tell me this is going on a shirt!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

I love the guy behind the counter, "This is sad." That was fantastic. I cried.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I would HAVE to go in and talk to the "little old lady who needs glasses...and a transmission."
I couldn't NOT go--it is just such an weird mystery about WHY there ended up being SIX (!!!) extra letters in there! Mind-boggling. Take out the extra "lkersa" and it would've been okay, you know?
Is that "lkersa" a code for something subversive?
Maybe the poor old thing needs a hearing aid, as well as glasses...I'm thinking that it's not *that* much of a reach--(all things considered)--
to suppose that she MIGHT have HEARD: "Fatherhood, in cursive" --and couldn't spell (or do spacing) worth a darn, and wrote on what she thought was just the ticket. "Fa (in cursive, i.e.: lkersa)therhood."
I'm trying to make sense of this, here, but forget it--that's just ridiculous. PLEASE, someone- I'm begging you-- go back and find out WHY the bloody hell she did that!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

It's a word journey!
Happy Falker Satherhood!
Bwahahaha! Snort!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Gosh that lady didn't even crack a smile! That was a stinking hoot!!!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That was great! Watching that video made my rainy Monday morning not seem so bad. I'm actually amazed that Polaroid film still exists.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

That's it. You have to start your own Cake Wrecks channel!

Angie (from over at

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Delurking for a moment to congratulate you because:
1. that was fabulous!
2. you're going to figure out how to put video clips in a book. You don't have a choice now.

Thanks so much for putting a bright spot in our Monday morning.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I bet the decorator did a cake for Walker Sutherland just before this one.

Dial up users -- basically, the guy goes to the bakery counter and tells the clerk that he wants to meet the person who decorated their cake and shows the clerk a polaroid. The clerk reads it, looks puzzled, laughs, the guy makes comments like, "it's a real treat, we just want to meet the decorator, that's a treasure" etc etc while the clerk is cracking up. The clerk says the lady who did it is not there. He says he might be able to get them some money back on the cake and goes to see his manager. In the end they talk to another lady who is pretty serious and says the lady isn't there, asks if they have a receipt, and gives them the store manager's name and number. I think the cake is more funny than the video.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I am going to my HR people at work and insisting that we all get a day off work to celebrate "Falker Satherhood" because the epicness of that needs to be comemmorated. With lots of cake.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkarmapearl

I need to know what she was thinking!! this is fantastic. the guy on the counter is brilliant.
we shouldn't be too hard on the woman on the desk, she was just trying to be professional, and you have to admire her ability to keep a straight face!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne wardle

I love the bakery guy's reaction. Too priceless!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Now my husband wants me to get him a cake that says "Happy Falker Satherhood!" That was HILARIOUS. I certainly hope that manager doesn't go through her *whole* life with that sense of humor! Life must be hard. =p:

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

Does anybody else think...Kiefer Sutherland, when they read Falker Satherhood...or is it just me?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Man, that was horrible customer service coming from the manager...she should have given them some money back or a refund right there....or at least LAUGHED a little.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Doane

yeah, that pretty much did get un-funny as soon as the manager got involved. she needs to lighten up, this was hilarious!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

BEST. POST. EVER!! I don't think I've ever laughed as hard for as long over any other Cakewrecks post, which is really saying something, because this site is my morning laugh therapy.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhoebe

Good one for Father's Day!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Funny as always.. I love that these guys went back with a camera! A good lesson on customer service also.

The second employee actually instructs them to come back a second time to talk to a third person as she asks banal questions about their business location. I never heard her apologize either.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

PLEASE tell me there's going to be a "Happy Falker Satherhood" t-shirt!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

lol! loved the video! she had nice handwriting though!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzig

So funny, I wonder how the little old lady will react when they ask her about it?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

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