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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

Totally Awesome

"Bakers, it has come to our attention that 'morale' is 'low.' Therefore, effective immediately, we will be instituting mandatory staff meetings every Friday at 3pm to get to the bottom of this problem.

During these meetings you will each be required to list at least one 'awesome' thing about working here. Susan, GO."

"Oh, come on, this is so STU...."

"Did I mention this will be on your monthly review?"

"...PENDOUS! Haha! Yeah! [grabbing manager by lapels] WORKING HERE IS AWESOME."

"Something more specific, please."

"Oh. Ok. Um...

"Oh, I know! Making the candy apples is awesome.

"It really gets my aggressive tendencies out."

"I...see. Bob?"

"I like misspelling things and then convincing the customer it's actually spelled that way."

"Cracks me up every time!"

"Bob, I'm not sure this is exactly..."

"Ooh, yeah! And scaring the kids! That is SO awesome, am I right?" [high-fiveing Bob]

"Alright, everyone, if you'll just wait your turn..."

"Oooh, crap!"

"What's wrong, Debra?"

"No, that's my awesome thing! Putting chocolate poo swirls on everything!"

"I call it my number two special. Haha!"

[sigh] "And Mary? What about you?"

"I like giving the customers exactly what they ask for."

"Ah, excellent! You see, everyone? Now this is...

"No, I mean EXACTLY what they ask for."

"It's totally awesome." [giggle]

"Well, I think that's enough for today. I hope this meeting has helped remind you all to cherish the little things, and to really enjoy your jobs here. Now, next week: Airbrushing! See you then."

Thanks to Denise G., Gema B., Amanda N., Meagan B., & Anne L. for being, um, awesome.

Oh, and hey, here's something that really IS awesome: my friend Neil of 1,000 Awesome Things has a free copy of his new book, The Book of Even More Awesome, for five of you lucky readers!

For a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite awesome things. It can be anything: getting extra icing on your slice of cake, picking the fastest line at the supermarket, snagging the last one of that sale item you wanted - you name it. We'll announce the five winners both here - on this post - and on the CW Facebook page at 12 midnight, EST, so be sure to check back!


GIVEAWAY UPDATE! After randomly selecting five comments, we have our winners! Congrats to the following readers who shared a few of their favorite awesome things.

Sunshine Dayz at 10:17am, who understands how awesome it is to find a few extra hours of sleep before the alarm goes off. (We share this joy with you.)

qurlyloks at 12:34pm, who REALLY appreciates awesome caffeinated coffee.

Elizabeth C., at 1:54pm, who thinks it's "inconceivable" (and awesome) that her kitties unleash cuddly kryptonite! You wanted Neil's book? As you wish.

TCC at 3:06pm, who loves awesome unexpected treats (and turns it up to 11).

soarin_ca4 at 8:37pm, who shares a birthday with David Beckham (which happens to be today). I bet winning Neil's book just made your birthday even more AWESOME.

Congrats again to our winners! Please email us your mailing addresses. Thanks to everyone for the great comments. So much awesomeness!

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Reader Comments (1506)

One of my favorite awesome things is driving around on a semi-warm day with the top down.

Also? The owl cake made me scream out loud.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

White chocolate covered pretzels...I just bought 2 bags to keep at work. They are AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeganLindsay

My favorite awesome thing is having my husband home from Afghanistan!!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanira

Waking up a minute before my alarm is going to go off.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah C.

Its awesome to wake up just before your alarm goes off, so you don't have to be startled awake by that horrid noise! -GabieKat

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

Totally awesome is my son, Dan, being on Jeopardy! today in the show's first ever Teacher Tournament!
-Diane C.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGit-er-done

I love picking up my old-fashion plain donut in the morning, and it's still warm. Mmmmmmm

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcella

Breathing is awesome. And addictive.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne O

My favorite awesome thing is making origami flowers for my kids and watching their eyes sparkle when they show them to their friends, the brag that they have a coll mom.
The owl cupcake cake is creeeepy

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScifimom

one of the most awesome things to me my mom "saves" her hour during daylight savings in the fall. she'll not change her clocks and will only use her hour on something fun and with family not just sleep. she'll save it for days and drive my dad bonkers.

then again my most awesome thing might just be my mom. hehe. can you tell I just moved from texas to maine and that I miss her dearly?!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Getting the piece of cake with a big, blue rose and having it be super delicious icing!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Faerie Girl

My most awesome thing is sending my kids to school for the day knowing that they LOVE school and knowing that I LOVE my well deserved nap =-)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama

One of my favorite awesome things is the leafy sea dragon! And free coffee with my "rewards" card at my favorite little local coffee shop.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

I don't know what I would do without hot running water.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

One of my favourite awesome things is making dinner for my husband when he gets home for work and then spending the evening together!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My favorite awesome thing is when you make a cake for a client and she says "It's even better than I hoped for."

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Aside from my totally awesome hubby and kids? Vacuum lines in the carpet, mower lines in the grass, the smell of lemon furniture polish, shiny tiles in the bathroom and the satisfaction of getting out a stain that no one thought would come out. Yes, I am that messed up.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen M

An awesome thing is cake wrecks! What? Too pandering? Oh, fine, another awesome thing is that as of Wednesday I'll be official done with year 2 of law school and have a glorious summer with no classes : )

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess


Laughter when I look at Cake Wrecks website in the middle of the morning at work ... awesome

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

My favorite awesome thing is seeing my granddaughters smile at me.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstitchinpenny

My very favorite awesome thing is being newly retired!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

My favorite awesome thing is making a quilt for someone who loves it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

My favorite awesome thing is getting my braces off today! :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

Congratulations, Tanira! I can't think of anything "awesome-r" than that! Blessings on you both.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

My favorite thing is how you feel right after a hot shower. Clean, refreshed, awake and ready to start the day. It's AWESOME.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

It is awesome to see how the trees start to redress at the beginning of Spring. It rocks to live in a country with marked seasons!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManolo

I just discovered pretzel snaps, the squashed flat pretzel cracker things...very yummy. (Oh, stop mocking me, I'm out of the loop. Oooh, and real Coke.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

picking up my niece from daycare, she makes you feel like a super hero for rescuing her!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeri's Cakes

My favorite awesome thing is when I can get both of my boys laughing at the same time. They're 1 and 3 1/2, so it never fails to make me laugh when they do.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Ok, well, I really love the green nipples on all the balloons on that last cake! But in general, one of my favorite awesome things is mornings like THIS morning, wherein my kids actually got up, got dressed and got to school on time without any drama or meltdowns! Score one for mom!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraezieLady

What's awesome? Sleeping in on a rainy day and knowing you have permission to fritter away the entire day with completely unproductive activities!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAntijen

My favorite awsome thing is waking up in the morning and all my cats are snuggled up against me sleeping contentedly.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

My favorite awesome thing is selling my furniture for more than I had expected. (I'm moving back to the States at the end of the month. From Denmark, home of the freaky vomiting frog cake.)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait

I think Reeses peanut butter cups are awesome. And I really know my candy because I eat it a lot.

Oh, and winning books about awesome things. Just sayin'

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Awesome is having my 11 year old tell me that I'm the best Mom ever (without being prodded...)
Tracy O

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

One of my favorite awesome things is turning a finished sewing project right side out, and seeing it complete for the first time-- especially when it turned out better than I expected :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

My favorite awesome thing is ME! Because I AM AWESOME! I am awesome with a side of awesome-sauce! I am awesome with bacon on top (because everything is better with bacon)! I am AWESOME!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAunty Lulu

My favorite awesome thing is when I wake up in the morning and realize that my darling daughter didn't wake me up in the night!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi B

For the record my friends and I have nicknamed ourselves "The Birds" and we totally would have bought that Bird Day cake lol last year we made our own Merry Unbirday cookie cake for Easter lol

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

CakeWrecks sure is awesome :D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter-Sea Nymph-

My favorite awesome thing is seeing the look on my stepdad and sister's faces when I buy them a new video game. And the billions of hours of playing it! We're just one big, nerdy family!


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjebus llama

When you think it's Sunday, it's awesome to find out that it's really Saturday!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

My most awesome thing? Planning to share a BIG secret with my family this week. Only Hubby and I know right now!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth C.

Finding or making the absolutely perfect gift for someone and the awesome anticipation leading up to them actually opening it - it's the best!!! The look on their face is so worth the wait.....peace.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJean Burke

Singing out loud to your favorite song on the radio, then noticing the person next to you at the stop light is doing the same thing! It's awesome!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterspringrayn

A recent awesome thing was last night I dreamt I had found the most awesomely wrecked cake at the store and got a picture of it to send to you. But then I woke up. And forgot what the cake looked like. But seriously, it was awesome! Also, pea juice. Love it!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarin

One of my favorite awesome things is getting a cookie cake for my birthday ;)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Holding a live wild bird in my hand. I volunteer at a migratory bird banding station in Montreal, and occasionally get to hold a tiny wild bird - so warm and alive in my hand - then to release it.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatS

Haha, "aggressive tendencies." I can just imagine someone stabbing the Hello Kitty apples screaming "DIE, KITTY, DIE!" and scaring customers away...
Anywho, awesome thing: I love when I check my bank account and find more money in there than I was expecting!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarama

Knowing I am going to be a first time grandmother in August is AWESOME! It's a boy!


May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterc82mcdonald

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