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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.

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- 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)

I so hope this one goes on a t-shirt!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

hahaha!!! oh, that just made my day.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

So funny. Well, at least the bakery guy had a sense of humor. The manager takes her job seriously. Perhaps you could find an appropriate cake wreck to commend her?

I'm not satisfied! I REALLY want to know what the decorator was thinking. What the flip-flop does Falker Satherhood mean????

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Totally hilarious! I love they took the initiative and went to investigate, they cracked me up!

I also loved how the employee cracked up laughing so bad, he was clearly tickled too!

I wish, wish, wish that they could do another video for when they talk to the employee who wrecked the caked. I think we are all dying to know what goes on in the mind of a wrecker. Usually they do stay so anonymous!

Please guys, if you're reading this, do a follow-up vid! Please?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

1) Where'd they get a Polaroid? I thought those were extinct.

2) I'll second Danielle's motion for a "Happy Falker Satherhood" t-shirt.

*sigh* I'm going to have to wait until I get home so I can turn the volume up and actually listen to the thing.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

I loved the first guy's reaction. LOL That was too good.

~Amy B.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Thanks to you, my husband is going to get a "Happy Falker Satherhood!" card for Father's Day this year. Hilarious!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I think we need a t-shirt that says, "It's like a word journey."

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRen

This one was priceless!!! I might have to make a Falker Satherhood cake for Falker Sather's day (Father's Day) after I email this around to my parents! And SendingTheClowns - I think the end was "little old lady who needs glasses...end of transmission." But I'd want to talk to the little old lady too - and order & pick up all my cakes in the afternoon!!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterafrancis

The sad thing is there is a cake out there missing its 'alker S'

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternologic

Ohhhh.... my stomach hurts from laughing.

I SO wanted to see the LOL who did the decorating, though!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

This is a classic! I bet the 1st guy was glad his customers had a sense of humor about the cake... he seemed to be enjoying the misspelling too!!

This was hysterical! :)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Love it! Love the guy behind the counter!

You just have to wonder...

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Alender

I think the guy behind the counter is the guy who takes people's Miller Lite away in those commercials. I believe he is going to take the little-old-lady cake decorator's Miller Lite from her now.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyB

wow that manager sucked all the fun out of that!
But still hilarious!
I think you should make Happy Falker Satherhood Day cards! I'm just sayin' they might make some money.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

I think the decorator needed some Alka Seltzer or something during the making of it! With the extra letters being "Alker S".

This has to be one of the best! and one my brain just cant get around!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRowanberry

I think I know what I am getting my husband for Fathers Day! A Falker Sutherhood cake!

I agree with the comments about the customer service lady at the counter. Is she seriously not able to make an executive decision about a refund? She's a total buzz kill.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Falker Satherhood - A New Fox sitcom involving two men having a baby. They need to sell this idea pronto!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

I just scared my kids from my screamming laugh. That was great!!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

At the risk of repeating a billion other posts I can't see yet, it's pretty clear that the "Falker" part is actually "Father" without the cross on the t! And i'm guessing the Satherhood is the s from "Fathers" and then they started over for some reason writing Fatherhood again and forgot the F this time? So many unknowns. Should have waited to post a video until we had answers!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

The sound quality was terrible. I couldn't even hear what was being said.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The "part 1" in case anyone cares.

It's just video of them reading the cake for a few seconds before creating part 2.

And now I think I'm going to bake my husband a Happy Falker Sather's Day cake too. We should do a montage of all our Happy Falker Sather's cakes.

Oddly, word verification : calky Which is kindo of close to the extra letters on the cake... and/or the texture of this cake

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoomlafied

Kudos to the guy behind the counter. He saw the humor and appreciated that the customer brought it to their attention. However, that manager - geesh, get a sense of humor! She didn't really seem to care about the "quality" of the workmanship being sold at their store.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Best.Cake.Wreck.EVER! HAHAH!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJojokittie

Happy Alzer Salzheimerhood!


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Oh absolutely a Happy Falker Satherhood t-shirt, with "It's a word journey" on the back.

That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen. What was funniest to me was, when the guy suggested that the decorator had maybe a little too much to drink, the bakery guy reached down ... but he didn't bring up a bottle of Jack Daniel's. Or a Corona. Which is what I expected.

Too much fun!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

That is hilarious! And completely, utterly baffling. Kudos to the bakery worker for being so great about the whole thing! I'm sad that the manager didn't find it equally amusing. Did they go back the next day to meet the lady?? I would have been dying to know what the heck she was thinking!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

Actually, I'm marveling at the fact that she spelled "Congratulations" correctly. I'd estimate about 2/3 of the decorators out there don't know how to spell that word. In fact, I'd venture there isn't enough room on the interwebs to post all the photos of cakes spelled: "Congradulations". Just an observation.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Oh and I just had to add - this HAS to be a t-shirt!!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

a theory? maybe the decorator is homophobic and went into a panic thinking that Shawn and Glenn were a couple and could not grant them actual Fatherhood without breaking out in a rash

a question? did anyone in the office that ate the cake have trouble with any or other refreshments becoming lodged in their throats? because I would have been laughing too hard to safely eat and drink

thanks for posting such a treat on a Monday.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlzabees

What's really sad is that the word Fatherhood would have fit perfectly next to Happy, without having to go below.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer

Oh, that was fantastic!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKomichi

You know, somewhere in this cake-wrecking world, there is a Walker Texas Ranger cake that someone was gleefully expecting for their birthday that now just says "W Texa Ranger". That sneaky "alker S"!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAyumi

Amazing ...

Was the cake-lettering request hand-written? I am trying to imagine this happening over the phone, and maybe it was something like:

Request-maker: "Happy Falk -- er, Fatherhood."

Decorator, internally: ??? Falker Satherhood?

... but then again, if you really thought someone just ordered a 'Happy Falker Satherhood', wouldn't you ... double check?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

This is what I want a t-shirt of! This is the best one yet!


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah, I'm not going to lie--after a busy day dealing with bitchy customers at a grocery store, if some grinning bastard approached me with a camera, I wouldn't be too perky either.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does anybody else think that maybe somewhere on the written instructions to the wreckerator were the directions to write in "all cursive", maybe abbreviated as "alkers", and thus "Falker Satherhood"?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJK_in_KC

It looks like father & otherhood to me.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna T

I want to name a band "Falker Satherhood."

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Wow, I can't believe I got fired for "being a little too slow" (even though I never missed an order) and that chick still has her job.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKierra

OMG I am dying. LMAO

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

seriously do send it to david letterman. wouldnt that be cool? cake wreks on lettermen!!??

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterturtlemomma

@Anon 2:20--I was thinking along those lines too... I can't really blame her for not being 100% chipper. I never worked at a grocery store, but if someone had come into the McDonald's I worked at after high school and wanted to show me a hilarious photo of how badly we screwed up their order, I'm not sure I would be able to take it objectively (rather than like "ha ha, this store and its employees sure are dumb") even though the videographers were outwardly polite. Customer service ain't easy. But then I suppose we all know that. :)

"Falker Satherhood" is the most bewildering thing I have seen in a long time. I agree with a previous poster that the most likely explanation is that the "falker" part must be intended as "father," but the rest just defies understanding.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspacedcowgirl

afrancis said...
"And SendingTheClowns - I think the end was "little old lady who needs glasses...end of transmission." "

OOPSIE!! I THOUGHT it sounded like an odd thing to say!
Do you remember Rosanne Rosannadanna from the OLD Saturday Night Live? Gilda Radner? she would've said:
"NeVER mind!"
Cara said...
Does anybody else think...Kiefer Sutherland, when they read Falker Satherhood...or is it just me?

Hmmm--apparently it's just you.
But it's no worse than the convoluted thing I came up with!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

i imagine the "manager" in the video is simply a customer service person, not the actual manager, and people do weird things when they're on camera. maybe she was afraid that if she did anything "wrong" the video would come back to bite her.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkristy

It looks to me like the decorator started to write "Happy Father's Day," but realized before crossing the T that they'd written the wrong thing and tried to fix it.

Why they left the F off "fatherhood" in that scenario, I have no idea.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Falkersatherhood is a perfectly cromulent word!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Phone call:
"Yes, and then I want it to say 'Happy Fatherhood."

(We all know F's and S's are hard to distinguish on bad phone connections... Plus "fatherhood is a nonstandard word.)

"Sorry, I didn't get that last part. Can you spell it?"

"F-A-T-H-E-R ..."



(Person taking order hears "S-A-T-H-E-R-H-O-O-D." Doesn't realize the person ordering the cake started over. Forgets to cross "t".)

Mystery solved?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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