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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)

Falker Satherhood Day should definitely be celebrated from now on... MAJOR kudos to these people for following up with the video.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

What Ralph's was it at? I need to avoid it all costs.....

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramulbunny

Anonymous said...

".....Mystery solved?"


And maybe I missed some tiny something, but how this cake ever left the store in the first place is what I'd like to know.
I mean, theoretically I can *imagine* a conversation such as this:
" Yes, sure--I can pick up the cake FOR you.....What's that? Make SURE it says 'Happy Father's Day' on it? No PROBLEM!"
But it left the store. Like THAT.
The only thing left to think is that maybe there IS no old, blind, or hard-of-hearing decorator-lady...with or without a transmission (wink).
Maybe someone ordered it ON PURPOSE. Someone with a not-so-great amount of love for dear old Dad? The customer's name wouldn't happen to be Macbeth, would it?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

This is quite possibly the most (unintentionally) awesome thing ever.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Luxuries

Please, please, please tell me they are going back in with the camera when the "cake designer" is working.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaraDeanne

Honestly? If a bakery sold me a bona-fide wreck like that it would make my day too. And the bakery counter guy was just adorable.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

This is hilarious!

And thanks for improving my mood at least a little after my bike got stolen today. That was just what I needed. Thank you!

ohhhhhh please please please... I would have to buy a shirt that says "It's like a word journey." on it. I'm laughing so hard. I stop and five minutes later I remember and start laughing again.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTien

Maybe the lady was trying to write Happy Fathershood and just 'doublewrote' the fathers part and misspelled it.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wv: doophic

wv just gave me a new name to call the icing challenged :)

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Falker Satherhood does that come before or after Festivus, I forget...

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Falker Satherhood!

I also believe that the decorator intended to start over after misspelling fatherhood, but didn't remove his/her botched first attempt.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSyd

I personally loved when the guy asked the baker, "Were you drinking this morning?" LOVED IT!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I love the fact that the store clerk person was laughing hysterically too!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLegna

Still laughing...

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

if you mix up the extra letters, it spells "LAKERS"...subliminal message??

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

I thought they were saying "the little old lady who needs glasses AND a transmission" too, and I just thought, oh, that must be why she didn't make it in to work yet.

Michelle S. -- I used to think congratulations was spelled with a D. I was helping decorate my cousin's school for their grad, and I was told to write congratulations in the middle of a huge poster they had put up. So I wrote CONGRADULATIONS. The teacher saw it and had a heart attack, and I didn't believe her that it was spelled wrong until we looked it up in a dictionary. No problem, I said, I can fix it. So I changed it to CON"GRAD"ULATIONS. HA

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I love their attitudes about it, and I love that they taped this whole thing!!! Too funny!!

hahaha XD that is one awesome wreck right there :P

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Mild-mannered Frank Smith, middle manager at Witlon Decorations, spends his daytime hours overseeing the manufacture of plastic clown-heads and doll torso picks.

As the midnight hour strikes, however, he dons his cape and mask, hops astride his giant mobile carrot, and takes his rightful place as: FALKER SATHERHOOD, the greatest Wreckerator of all time!

Yes, Falker Satherhood--patron saint of the Cake Wreck, inventor of the CCC, misspeller of words written--poorly-justified--in black frosting. Armed with his mighty airbrush and a rainbow of Colors Not Commonly Found In Nature, he roams the restless night, seeking the ultimate canvas of pristine white cake which has eluded him for so many interminable years. When he finds it, he will unleash his years of rage and his morbid, twisted craftsmanship upon an unsuspecting world, in the process creating:


(to be continued, maybe....)

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

I also thought they were saying that the lady needed a transmission. I was trying to figure out what that had to do with the cake, but then I read the comments here.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzi K.

aw man i wish i could hear everything the staff at the store was saying... silly work computer with it's low audio... but that was the best thing i've ever seen in a grocery store! HA!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

SendintheClowns and Margaret... I so thought they said she needed a transmission... and assumed her car had broken down and that's what the serious lady said was the reason the wreckorater had left for the day... since serious lady was not interested in being filmed, laughing, or speaking up so we could all enjoy her irritation with her job...

and I agree with everyone... I would totally buy a "Happy Falker Satherhood" t-shirt with "It's a word journey" on the back..

I'm destined to get a cakewreck one day, my last name is FULK

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Think I may have figured out what went wrong....

the "l" is an unfinished "t", and the "k" is actually a really badly formed "h". The decorator started out writing "fathers day" and realized a couple letters in , I'm gonna bet. The hillarious bit is that they realized but still thought they could sneak that one past the customer....

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlair F

............I laughed so hard I wet my pants a little bit............

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think I missed what was funny about the video...Some guy publically humiliating what turned out to be some little old lady and posting it on YouTube?

I mean, why did this deserve a video, A. And B, why couldn't you have just written it out so I didn't have to WATCH that thing? Just a blurb that says "OH for those of you who don't want to watch it the TL;DR version is a little old lady made it and yadda yadda."

Still doesn't answer the question what it was she THOUGHT she was writing though. /fail cakewrecks. /fail. That hurts me to say.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my...ok HOW do you get "falker satherhood" out of "happy fatherhood"???? There's not even an "s" or "falker" in there!! Precious...I'd frame that photo.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Happy fathers... other hood?


May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentera l'ouest

This is so hilarious! I love it. I just love that they went there with a picture and a camera... so funny.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

This is awesome!!! This is the store down the street from my office, too. Fox is in my bldg!!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The L is an uncrossed T, The K is an H (Falker-->Father) and the S is a lower case F. (satherhood--->fatherhood).

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Re: The manager
Why does she look at the BACK of the polaroid? What does she expect to see there? This to tooooooo funny, and Jen, I loved your Tickle-Me-Elmo laughter in the background. PRICELESS!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereilbeback

yeah, i'm really shocked at the amount of people who think that going to the store and harassing employees on camera is funny. you've never had a bad day or screwed up? the cake itself is funny, but really, you want to meet the cake decorator because it's a "treasure"? i'm sure cake decorating at a grocery store isn't demoralizing enough already...
i guess it's just not my brand of humor.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We need a "Falker Satherhood" fanpage!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndy

Anonymous, (why are the critical ones always anonymous?)

Ah. Never mind.


Although it is funny that you belittle the noble art of cake decorating on a site literally teaming with professional decorators.

Try decorating a cake sometime...


Hi everybody....AshleyJ here, aka "tickle- me Elmo".

We just wanted to thank everyone who's been enjoying this cake wreck,especially those of you who demanded it be available in shirt form. We're super stoked and everyone at our studio wants one!

We don't have any plans to return to the bakery for a follow up video, mostly because this took place about 2yrs ago. Although we'd love to give the cool bakery dude a shirt, he probably doesn't work there anymore If he does, he probably wouldn't remember us and we'd get escorted out by security.

To answer the very few negative comments we've gotten: We had no idea when we went to the bakery that the culprit was some sweet little old woman. Since she wasn't even there to be embarrassed, I guess I don't see how this video could be considered cruel. It's true -- we all make mistakes and I think its healthy to be able to laugh at them. My mistake was not cutting the camera sooner and avoiding the dead footage of the poopy manager at the end. Fair enough?
Thanks again everybody :-)
Ashley J., Rebner, and the studio crew

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterspatfat8

The best part, truly, is that the decorator is actually a Serial Satherhooder. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, there's a menace to frosting on the loose.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All but one of the little old ladies I know (and I know a lot!!!) would have cracked up laughing if it was them and someone brought a polaroid... i can literally hear and see them all double over at the hysterics...

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I should remember to take pictures more often when I shop at Ralph's. I get quite a few cakes there. They have some REAL winners...

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne Whiteley

Oh. My. Gosh. I have lovely mascara smudges under my eyes due to crying from laughter.

That was epic.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i dont think i have laughed that hard in my life... sad thing is my brothers use to work at this grocery store... and they too had an old lady working there bakery... must be a thing to do lol. by far made my day now off to finish more cake work lol

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpitchersbakery

*inhale, exhale* Okay.

My husband is supposed to be sleeping. It is SO hard to contain the laughter. Dear. God. Just...

BWAHAHAHA and teeheehee are the only words that come to mind.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter♥--bailiff

I can't see the video:(

But honestly this takes the cake away from my all time favourite "it a gril". This wins for all eternity!

I can't even type clearly, I'm that excited to got send this link to everyone I know!

WV: larfers. I am so serious. I'm larfersing right now.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

I can't see the video:(

But honestly this takes the cake away from my all time favourite "it a gril". This wins for all eternity!

I can't even type clearly, I'm that excited to got send this link to everyone I know!

WV: larfers. I am so serious. I'm larfersing right now.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPassion Fruit

Happy Falker the cake served at Festivus.

This is a riot.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Perhaps a secret Norwegian holiday?

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Im sorry. I just dont get it. Falker satherhood?

Somebody pls explain this to me :P

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZahra

i'm afraid i'm not really comprehending the hilarity. it's a cake inscribed horribly wrongly. the inscription is funny in that it's more baffling than an ordinary typo-level misspelling, but that's about it. no easy puns, no double meanings, just wrongness. and the video was about as funny as 90% of all home videos i've seen, which is not very unless you share in the original joke.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Blogger Cara said...

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

That's the FIRST thing I thought. This little old lady must be a HUGE fan. I'm talking, writes his name inadvertently on cakes and everything. Now that, my friends, is love.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNanner

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