Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gee, Ya Think?

Saturday, April 4, 2009


So someone at the bakery felt this cake needed an explanation, but not a do-over. I also can't help but notice that that particular "someone" has rather nice handwriting.

Of course I mean nothing by that; I was merely making an observation.


Thanks to Claudia D., who tells me this is her "favorite" birthday cake, even though her name is NOT "Genenick Claudia Shawn".
The Courteous Chihuahua said...

Shouldn't that sticky note say, "New chimp on duty?"

Clara said...

oh my gosh! that handwriting is worse than my 13-year-old brother's! what a rip-off! heh heh, yes, the person who wrote the explanation DID have rather nice handwriting.....

A said...

I'm surprised you didn't comment on the balloons!

Haiku Joy said...

Amythest scrawl
Piped by nondominant hand?
But hey - nice balloons.

Bilby P. Dalgyte said...

More cakes on this site need to come with explanations. They could probably make an entire movie with the backstory behind some of these wrecks....

... not this one though. This one has very little backstory I'm afraid. (Poor Genenick Claudia Shawn)

Anonymous said...

why are these cakes even making it into the box? are managers so lazy and greedy that they have no pride in their work? this is part of a larger problem!!!!!

drgns4vr said...

Aside from reading it as "Happy Biffday" I did like the balloons, even the one with the string running over the top of the other. Kind of a nice whimsical touch.
Is Genenick one person or two, or Siamese twins?
wv arstorks==the bird that brings our babies so we can have biffday cakes.

Paul Grant said...

Okay, seriously. Can someone please tell me - if I were to receive a cake like this, could I demand my money back? I just don't understand why people even take cakes like this home with them.

P said...

The "writing" does not bother me nearly as much as this: since when does gravity give up on balloon strings making them all squiggly?

fondant.com

Anonymous said...

And the new girl is 3 years old. (At least, my 3-year-old can write about this well.)

greyfuzzy said...

Next time, they should swap - New Girl gets to write the sticky note, Experienced Decorator gets to write on the cake.

After a few weeks of that, they can let her try it with icing again!

Melinda said...

Did Genenick Claudia Shawn at least get a discount?

Two of my three kids birthdays are this month, and my oldest graduates next month. This blog makes me so scared of ordering from my grocery store bakery.

joyce said...

My husband, Bob thinks four were having birthdays: Gene, Rick, Claudia, and Shawn. I am wondering if it was suppose to be generic--Claudia, shown.

vw: bolavo: like the song, "bo-la-vo, whoa, oh" or maybe a Swedish car?

studiorose said...

Perhaps the text was copied from a decorating instruction manual in which one of the photo captions is "generic name shown."

webiegal said...

Oh how I WISH this blog had been around in the early 90's (just as Al Gore was gearing up this thing we now call "the internet") as I would have had a doozie to share with the many fans here.

Think DQ, sail boat, dad's 40-something birthday and this fine example of kindergarten-esk decoration. You can almost see it now, can't you?

Thanks Jen for bringing back that wonderful memory. =)

Sarah K said...

friends don't let friends decorate while under the influence!

THE TREASURE NEST - ELFIE'S PLACE said...

My first thought is that the new decorator was looking at a list. Make birthday cakes for Gene, Nick, Claudia, and Shawn. You know - one for each, like NORMAL people get :) Or maybe she comes from a family where people actually have names like Gene Nick Claudia Shawn? Another good example of pick-it-up-early.

Elfie

Half Assed Kitchen said...

I have nice handwriting on paper, but in icing, I couldn't guarantee it wouldn't come out looking like that.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

Anonymous said...

One would think that good handwriting skills would be a requirement for the job. Or at least a couple of days training. Just a thought.

sendingtheclowns said...

Jeeeeeeze...
Like, I'm so sure that it's totally acceptable to put that cake out there--AS LONG as they have the disclaimer/excuse there about the lousy writing job.
("Oh, it's OKAY-whatever-I'll just put a little note thingie on, so they'll GET that it was the NEW girl. Rome wasn't built in, you know, a day!")
Now, if *I* were picking that up, I'd put on my own Post-It- note--stuck on my forehead, with an arrow pointing to my face--and it would read: "Old Customer is NOT paying for this mess!"

Anonymous said...

Wow, there are SO many ways to interpret that cake!

Eeyore-chan said...

My sympathies to that girl because I know what it's like. Luckily I was never that bad since I write neatly anyway.

It looks like she doesn't know how to control the icing, in which case she should have changed the tip to one with a little bit bigger hole. It's hard to control the icing with the tip has a small hole. (Yeah, the tip probably has a name, but I'm only a merchandiser in a bakery department who only writes on cakes for customers who decide to get their cakes last minute in the evening. :P )

StuffCooksWant said...

Maybe "GeneNickClaudiaShawn" are two conjoined sets of conjoined twins, and the cake virgin got it right!

Jessica said...

I laughed out loud. For a long time. This is just too funny.

Claudia said...

My name is also Claudia, and my favourite birthday cake was the one that said "Happy Birthday Caludia" in very pretty, swirly writing.

Kelly said...

That would have been my favorite birthday cake too!

k8lynr said...

sadly, that handwriting is better than mine. *sad face*

Regina said...

Well...maybe the cake was from Gene, Rick, Claudia, and Shawn.
Maybe.. they actually say "Biffday"
Maybe..the balloons were filled with plain old air and not helium & since they were laying on the cake the strings would be squiggly.

Sorry, I can't think of any excuse for the writing.

Scritzy said...

Is this one of those, "Way to go, Captain Obvious!" moments?

I thought when one began decorating cakes, one practiced writing on waxed paper or cardboard before attempting it on a cake.

Guess that's not true any more.

Lizzi K. said...

I have good handwriting, but if I tried to decorate a cake it would probably look something like that. It's not the same as writing on paper. For one thing, your hand can't touch the writing surface to steady the pen!

Caren said...

Did no one notice what a nicely shaped [ahem] rump that blue balloon resembles?

wv: reamin - lol couldn't find a family friendly way to connect this to the blue balloon...

Lorraine said...

Lord, please tell us why, if a store has the nerve to call itself a bakery, why do they give cake-decorating duty to any dumb schmuck who happens to fill in an application? SO sad.

Little Lady Cakes said...

At least they spelled Happy Birthday correctly!

The Cotton Wife said...

No real comment but the word verification "scrat" was too good to pass up on this post.

Scrat, indeed.

purplewowies said...

I have NEVER actually piped icing on a cake, but from the one time I have piped icing AT ALL, I could say I'd probably do better than that.

Walk On said...

To ad to my amusement, the add on the left side of the screen included an arrow pointing to the cake. The words on the arrow read "get funky".

Megan said...

hahahahahahahahahaha ********deep breath******* hahahahahaha!

Amy said...

Wow. That's one of those wrecks you don't want to look at, but can't help yourself!

Hope it at least tasted good.
~Amy B

Hyena Overlord said...

Is that a biffday cake for one person or quadruplets Gene, Nick, Claudia and Shawn?

wv exili....the new girl should be exili-ed to the hot cross bun section.

Bald Outing said...

that cake is ridiculous - i hope that person got a refund, the explanation is not sufficient.

Fluffy Cow said...

A post-it.

Sheesh

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Happy BirFday Claudia.

New girl or not, my kids could have done a more "professional" job. Heck my cats could have done a more professional job.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Does anyone else find themselves hoping for a really screwed up cake for their next birthday? lol

DangGina said...

Yeah...the sticky note on top is my favorite part of the entire wreck. As if that makes the hideousness that it is...ok? Funny!

Anonymous said...

...Wow. I read the "GeneNick" as "GeneRick" XDDDDDD

Kath said...

My first job was washing dishes in a grocery store bakery.

I once had to do a graduation cake for a girl whose order had been lost. Her dad came in the night before her party, after the decorator had left, and we did not have her cake. Completely our fault.

So we offered one of the premades, and he insisted that I add "Congratulations Rachel!" to it. I was not a decorator, and I told him so, but he wanted it anyway. The results were similar to this, even though I do have nice handwriting.

He got a very deep discount on the cake.

Quite often, though, the problem is the customer who demands a specialized cake at super late notice when a decorator is not even on-site (not everyone in a bakery is trained to write on cakes). Discounts are offered when appropriate, but that's not always the case. And hey, at least it's cake.

Cora said...

Am I the only one to feel sorry for the new girl? I'm suprised they didn't have her practice on wax paper or something before giving her a cake to do, THEN the displayed the results of what was very possibly her first attempt at piping EVER, with an explanitory note. THEN all the people at cakewrecks made fun of her.

It's okay, sweetie, things'll get better. In the mean time, grab one of your practice cakes and come over to my house. I have ice cream.

sewducky said...

LOL as a teenager sacking, then checking (and not remotely near the bakery) they used to pull me back there to write on cakes.

I managed to spell them correctly AND it looked as good as the decorator in the mornings. It really isn't that hard to write on a cake, and I never get why they do.

I got a sheet of paper on mine saying "Happy Birthday Elaina" Thursday instead of icing. MAYBE the new girl should try that.

Queen Lindsay said...

hahaha Happy Biffday! Is that really someone's name? Totally odd and so funny!

Agatha said...

I used to work in a bakery and had no prior experience writing on cakes, but I have nice enough handwriting and took my time, and most cakes I ever wrote on looked very nice. I do think the girl who wrote the post-it is a dummy for not writing on the cake to begin with.

Mistaken Identity in MI said...

Does that seriously say BIRFDAY?

Melissa (& Billy) said...

0_0

That's all. Just 0_0

nobody-2 said...

This brings back terrible memories. I have the hand writing of a deformed tuna, so when I started working for a bakery, I was expected to write on cakes on the spot. It took months before it was acceptable...SO many angry customers...:(

Anonymous said...

"The handwriting of a deformed tuna"!!
Bwahahahaha!!!
LOL in the credit union waiting room!

I have terrible handwriting, but somehow icing and other scripted artforms come out ok.
Tuna trying to write! ... (Still giggling)

Hey, the haiku is impressive!!
Alex

Lynn said...

Oh, no ! I wouldn't want that cake even if they tried to give it to me for FREE !

Bjarne said...

Is it just me or do some of the characters from the cake and the post-it look suspiciously similar in style?

(For example the 'N' in 'ShaWN' and the 'N' in 'New', the 'G' in Genenick' and that in 'Girl' and the 'i' in 'Birthday' and that in 'Girl'.)

Pom said...

My first day working in a bakery I was asked to add a "Happy Birthday, Mom" to an "off the shelf" cake. I begged, cried, and pleaded with them NOT to have me do it because I'd had NO training at all (first day as I said) and even suggested that they buy some icing in the baking aisle. They insisted. I did a miserable job. They thanked me and left with their cake.

1 hour later another employee returned the cake to the bakery from a shelf where the customers left it. I tried to tell them! LOL

Zekrom10 said...

That's so weird! That writing looks exactly with my right-hand writing! (I'm left handed.)