Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recipes for Wreckage

Thursday, October 22, 2009

You know you're asking for a Wreck when...


...your college has the initials "CNU" and the family member who orders has a strong southern accent:



...you use any kind of shorthand on the order form:



...the color of icing you ask for could also be a proper name:

(For a double birthday party. At least both ladies were equally snubbed!)


...you use the words "camo" AND "army" while describing what you want:


Many thanks to today's dedicated Wreckporters: Allie, Colin M., Ryan B., & Barb B.!

- Related Wreckage: Undeserving of Congrats
Erin G said...

As someone who graduated from Christoper Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, that first wreck had me rolling. I can totally see that happening!


Awesome.

carol said...

I have to say, the Happy Baby cake is darling

Anonymous said...

LOL at the last one! Good Luck Seth, You're in the Amy now!

Miranda said...

Aw heck, at least the middle two are pretty even though they contain mistakes. The first and fourth are pretty abysmal. @___@

Susan said...

Is the first cake meant for an anorexic person, or someone who is blind?...:D

Karen Ann said...

It seems to me that "Happy Baby x2" makes MORE sense than the other possible permutations -- "Happy Baby Baby" or "Happy Baby Happy Baby." At least the cake's message as it stands sounds kind of hip, to match its modern decor.

Sara said...

I agree with Carol; the Happy Baby cake is too cute!

lisadh said...

If I were Amy, I might be mildy offended there. ;-)



wv: bleschu

Jen bleschu for this blog!

Babs said...

Yes, second cake's a shame, as it's so cute otherwise. And the writing! Adorable.

Terry Lee said...

ohmygawd. what a friggin' hoot that last one is!

i guess someone didn't ask or tell.

hooah!

The pale observer said...

Lavender is a name?????
Excellent cakes! Love your site. Just found it. I want to 'follow' (not like a stalker), but you don't have a followers button?

Cheers
Holli in Ghana

WriteCards said...

Happy Baby x2 COULD be for a mother-to-be of twins. It's a really cute cake and Happy Baby x2 sounds better than "Happy Twins" doesn't it? (Doesn't it? Or am I just tired?)

I find the first one hard to believe. I found the last one completely believable . . . you know that saying, SNAFU? Originated in the "Amy" . . . "Situation Normal. Amy Fouled Up" (but expletive used in place of "fouled"). This may be the "best Seth can be" in the new "Amy."

KatjaMouse said...

My sister and boyfriend's sister both attended CNU so I will be sending them today's wrecks especially!

Ramona said...

I would certainly find it amusing if Seth met and married a girl named Amy.

DawnieC. said...

I nearly spit out my chocolate milk at the first cake, rofl! I could hear the Southern accent as I read the cake!

And LOL at the Amy/Seth one, especiallys since I have a cousin named Seth and his mom's name is Amy.

eilbeback said...

My question is: Does Amy know?

Anonymous said...

The "Army" cake must have been ordered from a Boston bakery...they tend to forget the letter R.

Matt said...

I think cake #1 could easily be used for a ninja's birthday party

Natballs said...

love them! my favorite is x2.

J and J Mama said...

As a mom of twins I LOVE the baby cake and would not have been offended by it at all. It's a heck of a lot cuter than the other 2 at least!

Joan said...

Yes, I think the happy baby cake is congratulating someone on twins, especially since it has both blue and pink spots. I call "not a wreck" :-)

Amy said...

Anorexia comment-fail.

The "Lavender" and Amy cakes are great!

Amy B

Barb said...

I have to admit - when I look at the "Amy" cake now - I can finally laugh at it!!!! I was furious when I picked this up at the bakery. And no, they did NOT charge me for the cake. Anything that could go wrong that day did, and this was just the "icing on the cake"!!!

Hyacinth said...

The Happy Baby x2 is a beatiful cake! What a shame they messed up the inscription. Even the handwriting is gorgeous!

Hungarican Chick said...

Un-freakin'-believable. I am floor that this site has SO MUCH fodder... Is there no end to the wreckiness. The CNU one is particularly hilarious.

Summer said...

I like how that Happy Baby was written in icing. =D

Summer
A Writers Den
Brown Mestizo

Punk said...

I actually really like the second cake. What was it supposed to say, if that's a mistake? Also, the writing is so freaking adorable, who cares?

WriteCards - Thanks for the SNAFU explanation. I had no idea.

Gotta love Cake Wrecks. Hilarious AND educational!

jengersnap said...

"You're in the Amy now!"

ROTFLMAO!

Dani said...

I agree, the Happy Baby x2 cake is totally adorable. I just want to eat it up--oh wait, I can! *om nom nom*

Typo Tat said...

The Baby x2 cake and the Lavender cake are really cute looking. Too bad for the mistakes, you come to expect them from a different kind of cake...

Gary said...

Allie must be invisible, or else very small.

What was the "Happy Baby X2" cake supposed to say? "Happy Baby Happy Baby"? "Happy Baby Baby"?
Frankly, I don't get it.
And anyway, how does "Happy Baby" make sense? Was there not enough room to write "Happy Birthday Baby" or "Congratulations on your new twins," or whatever the message was?

Am I the only person who thought the camoflage was a groom's cake for Seth and Amy's wedding? Amy is a rather "high maintenance" fiancee, you see ...

Robyn said...

Barb - at least you got the least poo-tastic camo frosting I've seen on Cake Wrecks. They actually did a pretty nice job on that.

JaxKat said...

Not only is the pink "Lavender" cake a wreck...but those roses are sadly pitiful...ughh

Melissa (& Billy) said...

Oh heavens. Just when I think I can't get any more shocked and appalled at these...I get shocked and appalled all over again. 0_o

Anna said...

I really want to know what "Happy Baby X2" was supposed to say (or mean). Maybe the baker was just being snide because he/she made a cute cake but was given an inscription that made no sense.

Siouxzr said...

Jen, Congratulations not only did the NY Times write a lovely article about your book, that article was one of NYTimes' five most emailed articles this week!

Way to go x2!!

Crystal said...

"Lavender's" cake has some nifty bonus flecks of what I hope is chocolate cake on top of the pink icing. Is that supposed to be a preview of the inside, which in this case was probably supposed to be a yellow cake?

Anonymous said...

lol @ Gary--

The Amy is a very high maintenance fiancee, indeed!

Stephanie said...

Oh my word... the first and last cakes are HILARIOUS! I'm guessing whoever did the "CNU" cake wasn't from the area or they probably would have known what the customer was referring to... well, maybe...

stampmiser said...

All right - Seth's "Amy" cake makes it on "Cake Wrecks"! Yes, there is an "Amy" out there for him, somewhere... :)

Clara said...

I was stumped by the "Happy Baby" one too. Could it be that they wanted *drawings* of two happy babies on the cake?

andygirl said...

That baby one would have actually been cute if they hadn't jacked up the lettering!

Melissa said...

It's just a wild guess here, that possibly the Baby x2 cake might have been for Happy Baby Number 2 (#2) and someone wrote an x instead of the # on the order sheet. Or I like the twins explanation too. Keep the wrecks coming Jen, we love you guys!

Anonymous said...

What a shame about the inscription errors! Otherwise, today's entries aren't actually that bad...the colors are nice, the writing is very nice, the cakes are pretty...Oh well.
Blogless Mary Lou

Jani said...

Like most people, I am not sure what the heck the baby cake was supposed to have been. But at least it's gorgeously done, and probably has a funny story to go along with it.

Yes, Lavender is a name. A very old-fashioned one. I personally, would never give an old-fashioned name to a child. So of course, I named my daughter..uh...Sara. Oops. Sorry Lavender and Rose and um...well, whomever.

The first three are comfortably laughable. If I were starting at CNU, I would find it funny. Or at least not as offensive as being in Amy.

But poor Seth might not even know Amy, perhaps she's just an acquaintance and he's not ready for such a strong commitment. :)

Barbra, I understand the upset, and finally the humor. You should have seen the cake I got for my daughter's birthday. It was lovely, but not what I ordered, and not quite appropriate for an 11 year old. I haven't quite decided if it's safe for Cake Wrecks. After all, some of y'all have kids...

j

wv: gudnuff
Usage: This cake has a wreck, but it's gudnuff to eat anyway.

(My first wv!)

Lujza said...

I call "not a wreck" on Happy Baby X2. Both the cake and the writing are beautiful, and the quirky type matches the inscription. I agree, it's probably either for twins or a misunderstood #2. Either way, I think this baker did a good job!

Amy said...

i love the last one! good luck seth your in the amy! lol! tee hee!

Amy (Army) ;) said...

Love the last one! Next time they order a cake they should ask that it for it to say, Amy Good luck Seth we will miss you! While keeping your fingers crossed that it will say Army! (wink)
Thanks for making my day!

Kate said...

My best friend went to CNU-- and every time she says "I love CNU" I am compelled to say "Awww. I love seein' you, too!!"

Which makes the first wreck hilarious to me. Although maybe I should be embarrassed by this.

Erika said...

On "Baby x2," definitely the nicest handwriting we've ever seen on a wreck! Makes you realize what lousy handwriting all those other wreckerators have. Sheesh!

Sarah said...

In defense of "Happy Baby x2", the cake itself is way way cute.

Bree said...

Yeah, the Happy Baby Cake is great. I like the 60's retro design.

Rachel said...

I have to agree with others who said the "Happy Babyx2" cake actually isn't too bad. The script is gorgeous & the details cute! Are we sure it's a wreck and not a baby shower cake for a woman carrying twins? lol

But the CNU one is awesome - I used to live near there and I can say that sometimes the abbreviation in casual conversation could cause some confusion! Love it!

Little Lovables said...

so funny! the happy baby cake would be excellent if the words were correct!

Aaron said...

So, I watched "twins" today (so what), you know with Danny Devito and Arnold.
In it there is this scene where Arnold rips his shirts with his muscles (everything is a double edged sword says Louis CK) and he gets his first t shirt.

I'm not a hundred percent but I'm fairly confident the design on his shirt is your rebel carrot jockey, 86 the carrot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTlfJCrdJh4

seee?

Anonymous said...

CNU=Seeing You=HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I don't get the babyX2 one. What was that supposed to be?

Erin Headley-Morris said...

I actually have a very good friend named Lavender! So for the first time, I can defend a cake, though the pink is a little out of control!!!

feathergirl said...

I love the Happy Baby cake too. :)

Medic61 said...

Oh God...I went to CNU, and the favorite thing for the orientation-leaders to say before we left for the summer (and then came back for freshman year) was: "well be c-n-u!" Barf. But I love that wreck, haha!

Andrea said...

I also think the Baby x 2 cake is not a wreck and was meant for twins. I think it's cute!

mswsarah said...

Jen and John! This blog is a blessing for me...after a rough day (like today for instance), this is just the place I come for a good laugh! Many thanks for your humor, creativity, and great assessment of what works and what does NOT work in cake decorating :p. Keep the great posts up, I have read every one so far :)

Marla Warren said...

I recently discovered this hysterical blog after seeing the book in the bookstore where I work. I was looking through the book during my lunch and started laughing so hard I had trouble eating. I've been recommending it to co-workers and customers ever since.

And I find myself pondering a very serious question:

Does working with frosting cause brain damage? And if so, are some frosting flavors and colors more dangerous than others?

I think scientists need to do a study on this.

MelindaB65 said...

Okay, I was going through the cakes today, thinking, "Well, they're not really THAT bad, if you overlook the lettering issues" (and I agree--the baby cake is too cute and not a wreck, no matter what it was supposed to say) when--GAAAA!--I got to the last one. That camo was unfortunate, although I hope that Seth and Amy are very happy together. LOL

Really, what was the mistake on the second cake? The design was cute, the lettering well-done--and it was even a circle, not a squished blob.

Captain Chris said...

Woot... Let's go Captains!!!! hahaha

Jennifer said...

I think it was supposed to say "Happy Baby Times Two" or something like that for twins- but the person giving the order used shorthand or "X" for times.

Gary said...

Beatles fans:
Allie's got to be good-looking, 'cause she's so hard to see.

Jenniffer said...

I really like the writing job on the "Baby x2" cake. I wish I could write that well on cakes!

-Jenniffer
http://cupadeecakes.blogspot.com

WV: hions - Most of those bakers were hions the crack while decorating those cakes!

Vicki said...

"Happy Birthday Lavender" had me literally laughing out loud!

saturn said...

The Baby x 2 one would actually be pretty cute/clever if you were giving it to someone who's having twins. :D

jackie31337 said...

You know, I don't think even using the phonetic alphabet would have helped with the first one: "Good luck at Charlie November Uniform". At least that is so nonsensical that even the densest baker might think twice about whether they had gotten it right (and then proceeded to write it that way anyway).

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does the v and r in Lavender look the same?

Kathy said...

As someone who currently goes to CNU, I'm going to hopefully spread it around and maybe even recreate it for fun times ahead =]

Jessa said...

The second cake is actually really pretty and well done... except for that one little mistake. :)s

Anonymous said...

can the babyceke be ment to be an order of 2 cakes with habby baby on them?

Karen O said...

As a CNU alumnus, that cakewreck is outstanding! Thanks for the laugh

Jen said...

As a mom of twins, I think the Happy Baby x2 is adorable and appropriate!

SmithnPdx said...

Hello all, I have to defend the "Happy Baby x2" cake. No mistakes were made on that cake. I'm the "orderer" of the cake and a total CW fan. There is only six inches of surface for writing and you have to keep it short and sweet. Shorthand was definitely in order and the mother loved it. She thought it was hilarious.

And yes, the mother was carrying twins. A boy and a girl. Hence, the blue and pink circles.

Colin said...

Oh, SmithnPdx,

Such a party pooper! I'm the "submitter" of the HBx2 cake and found it hilarious and thought the CW crew would enjoy it. It looks like a "Literal LOL," even if it's not. :p

Lavender said...

Hahaha! Lavender *is* a name (it's my name), and I love that the cake decorator didn't even question that possibility, and went with it. Of course, every time I actually give my name, it's questioned. So for all the other Lavenders in the world, this cake's for you!!!

Fireangel or Mirshann said...

I actually know a lady named Lavendar. Lol. XD

Lisa W. said...

As a mother of twins, I can say that a happy baby times two IS something special... and therefore ordering a cake to celebrate! lol