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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

WHO'S The Boss?

A lot of crappy cakes were brought into workplaces yesterday, thereby inspiring a veritable plethora of "creative reasoning sessions." And so, I give you:


 The Top Five Excuses For a Boss's Day Wreck

"Diane in accounting ordered it."


"Er, the extra 'E' is for 'EXPEDIENCY.' Or 'EXCELLENCE.' Or 'EMPOWER..."

"Bingo, sir."

(Please tell me someone else out there remembers that Dilbert strip.)

 "Ah, well, we assume there's a person named Basses Day somewhere on this planet, and we just wanted to celebrate that person's birth! It doesn't always have to be about you, mkay? Please don't fire me."

"No, that's not a mistake! It's our little nickname for you - kind of a mashup between Boss and Moses. Because just like Moses, you lead us through hardship! In circles. Lots and lots of circles. Through a barren wasteland."


And the number one excuse for a Boss's Day Wreck IS...

"Hey, at least you got a cake this time! Remember how we forgot your birthday?!"


Thanks to Michelle O., Alan B., Hazel, Sylvia P., & Jackie W., who are technically all my bosses. Um...look, guys! I got you five pictures of cakes!

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Reader Comments (35)

I do! I remember that post! I also remember another more recent one where Dilbert complains about paradigm.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJareth

Sung to “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (AKA “The Boss” – sorry, it’s early…)

Hey, everybody, put down your phones
This Nappy Boos cake just makes me groan, (mmm hmm)
It’s looking dire
(Whoa, oh, oh)
You’re all fired.

Tell me now, hey, does this look good to you?
“UnEmploymEnt” has an E or two (mmm hmm)
That’s what I desire
(Whoa, oh, oh)
You’re all fired.

You’ll have time for lots of fishing on Basses Day,
I’m adding eight more hours to your leisure each day.

Right now you’re probably having sheet cake regret
“Boses “ cake’s the cause of all your dread, (mmm hmm)
Make room for the new hires
(Whoa, oh, oh)
You’re all fired.

That’s my birthday desire…

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

To the tune of "I'm on Fire", with apologies to Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen:

Hey little girl leave that cake alone
Next year bring me one you made at home
Without plastic attire
Oh-oh-oh, or you’re fired.

Tell me now does this cake look good to you?
How do you give a day to “Nappy Boos”?
If I don’t retire
Oh-oh-oh, you’ll be fired.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

Nappy Boos's Day!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

Does that say..."Nappy Boos Day" ? OMG, Bwahahahaha; oh that's terrible......Bwahhahahhah!!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCtheWiccanthiswaycome

Hey, at least Dean is having a day, and it's like totally boss.

(sorry if this double posts. IE is being a c***e)

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

On that last one....I can't be sure those are flowers.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

@zoomom -- Uh, that was scary. May I just say I thought your song choice was inspired? ;) We'll have to do a duet (besides this one, I mean...) someday.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I thought it was "bull-poopie bingo." When you got a bingo, you were supposed to stand up and yell "bull-poopie!"

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

@Sharyn - No kidding! I saw that and thought "Spooky! But very cool. We should collaborate."

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzoomom

So they're not celebrating those ghosts from Mario games? Or that new set of noise-cancelling headphones?

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNyperold

@Sharyn and zoomom XD XD XD what are the odds... those cakes are awful, who on earth is ordering them??

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

Happy Basses Day is what we celebrate right after Happy Soprano's day and Happy Alto's Day

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkahie

Hahaha I love Dilbert! Come to think of it, I've never seen Dilbert and Co. on a cake wreck. Do you have any in your collection?

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Fiona

Sharyn and zoomom, pure genius!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

I love that both Sharyn & Zoomom came up with the exact same song to play with today! And both are great! I am in awe of you both :-)

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbmbagain803

Glad to see I'm not the only one that was concerned about the "flowers" on the last cake. They remind me of decorations on the display cakes seen on here that are dusty and gross and have been sitting out too long. Something about the colors.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

I love how not only did they use a crappy plastic tie, but they cut the tie in half and made it shorter so it would fit on the cake. And silver icing? Forget the spelling, this is enough of a wreck without it.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Those were boss.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

You just don't understand... The third cake was for a boss whose birthday just HAPPENED to fall on the exact same day as Boss's day, so it was a "twofer". And the one below that was actually in celebration of superior quality sound systems!

No, really! I swear! The voices told me so! And they like exclamation points! Plus which, they're never wrong! (Well, except that one time...).

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma

I wonder how many of those people ended up in the unemployment line after "Nappy Boos's Day"?
Sharyn & zoomom ~ great minds think alike! Awesome job, ladies!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

CHECK OUT John as a supporting character in his costume in "Mary Worth". You must have a leak since that was drawn at least two weeks ago.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

I'm sure Dean is just thrilled that he's included on that cake.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

I really wish wreckorators wouldn't abbreviate 'birthday' down to 'B day' - I have absolutely no wish to be reminded of a bidet on what "should" be a celebration!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMC from NZ

Isn't it spelled Boss' Day?

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer

I am sending out a telepathic plea to Craig (or, you know, through the interweb; same thing): please get to work in the lab, stat! I believe that is the second time Sharyn has shared a psychic song wreck link with another commenter. These things happen in threes, so we need a device or sigil to protect the bunker from whatever this phenomenon portends.

Here's a quick lyric of warding from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory:

"Bosse's! Boos's!
I want a Boos. I want a Nappy Boos....
and ten thousand tons of ice cream!"

And for good measure, a little Frabjous Day quote from the Mad Hatter as played by Johnny Depp, for no other reason than it is fabulous and fun: "When that day comes I shall futterwacken... vigorously"

Isn't a nappy a baby's diaper? Those white things around the border kinda look like cloth nappies. Was this supposed to be a baby shower cake?

Yeah, Dean, we forgot the cake on your birthday, but we didn't forget the flowers. We wanted you to have both, though, so we just kept the flowers in the filing cabinet under 'B' (for Boss's Day, of course) until we got the cake. At the time, we didn't realize Boss's Day was 6 months after your birthday...

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

First source of awe: Sharyn and zoomom, parodying the same song. You two need to have a mind meld and take over the universe.

Second source of awe: the spiral decoration thingys on the fourth cake for Boses. "Hey! I know what makes me think of a boss or other authority figure: putrid green spirals, highlighted in orange, with blue mini-spirals adorning them! Perfect!"

And if those really are flowers on the last cake, they're made of human waste product and not fit for human consumption. Erk.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

GREAT musical catch, kahie, for cake #3.

Regarding the cake #1, in spite of the color choices, did any one else think that the wording "Boos's Day" would be more appropriate for Halloween? Do ghosts celebrate Boos's Day?

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Ah, I remember Bose's day - it was the day I got my awesome new 3 in on DVD-CR-Stereo thing that worked for a few weeks and then went haywire. It was a great day, while it lasted. Full of hope and plans for the future ...

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFran

@Andrea -- if it happens a third time, the Mayans may be right about that whole end of the world thing.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Lol at the first cake. Wow. Whoever bought that probably hoped no one would notice and would just cut into it and eat. But I would die laughing seeing it as I nearly did. Ahh boss's day. I am sure they adore getting weird cakes.

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Has Theadare gotten ahold of BADKarma? Are we sure about the voices?

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEla

I just got done saying all the reasons I didn't get my boss anything for boss appreciation day, but now I'm a little upset I didn't get a Nappy Boos's Day cake.

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

hangs head
I am an evil, vicious person.
I not only remember that Bingo episode of Dilbert but I once made Office Bingo cards for a meeting. I didn't win.
Once we got corporate-office approved instant messaging*, some of us used to keep track of the numbers of "ums" and "y'knows" on long teleconferences.
I try much harder to be nice now.
(whispering: I fear karma)

*there is no bigger time suck than instant messaging (except Pintrest and that's blocked at work)

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

Late to the party, but i remember when Tom Davis at SGI created Buzzword bingo & then a few weeks later, it showed up in Dilbert. We all wondered how many of us sent it in :-)

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLara

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