Monday, February 1, 2010

They'll NEVER Notice

Monday, February 1, 2010

Unless someone takes a picture and posts it on the internet, of course - and what are the odds of that?

Heheheh.

Heh.

Heh.

Hoo! Yeah. Good stuff.

Hey, maybe if we get a mirror!
Oh. Wait...


Don't worry, "Jett" - those poo-bats are so disturbing, no one will care whose cake this used to be.


Hey, bakers, ever get the feeling you forgot something?

No? No. [nodding] Well, I guess that explains it, then.



How to make Al feel special:

AFTERTHOUGHTS:
Technically they're still thoughts, and that's what counts.


And finally, how to totally freak out your boyfriend:

(No, this wasn't intentional. And yes, that's the store "fix.")

I can tell you that Isaiah was probably never happier to see a Cake Wreck in his entire life, though.


Aindrea B., Michelle V., LG, Sharon H., & Ashley, you've gotta admit: that would be a great way to break the news. Much better than, say, putting the used pregnancy test stick on the cake.

What's that? I haven't posted that cake yet? Oh ho ho! Well, my dear Wreckporters, then you'll just have stay tuned.

- Related Wreckage: There, I Fixed It
Taylor@MyOlderBrothers said...

With the positioning of the "fix," it looks like it says, "Happy Birthers Day!" That's something else entirely.

Gary said...

I won't say I've never fantasized about eating a bacon cake, but I never thought it would have swirls of sugary icing and confectionary roses all over it.
Thanks to the Chester County Concert Band, I now know better.

Mike Owens said...

I just love bakers who think writing over a mistake will make it ok and that people will actually pay for the cake. The sad thing is when people actually do pay for the cake when a wreck like that is given to them. I can't imagine anyone who would get something like that last cake home and not return to the store, demand a full refund and that the bakery re-do the cake for free.

Jill of Ark said...

Ok...there seriously needs to be a law against using brown icing anywhere on a cake.

The Boob Nazi said...

The poo bats are awesome.

Christina said...

I'm both horrified & intregued at the idea of a used pee stick cake.

Punk said...

Wait. I'm confused. How old is the Wreckerator who piped a backwards six?

Maggles said...

The "fixed" wreck makes me question any cake baker's credibility, and that's just sad.

Aside from the backwards 6, I love the fermata on the first cake. 16 forever? Keep dreaming :)

Cyndi said...

I was thinking that the "16" cake was maybe "61" and somehow ended up the mirror image, but no. Everything else is right, including the music notes on the side of the cake.

Any why the fermata on the top? What does that have to do with 16... 16 and holding?

avi5732 said...

Um, I'm kinda new here, so please forgive my ignorance. What exactly is wrong with the "concert band" cake?

Anonymous said...

The backwards 6 might be a half note, given the other music deco in the cake -- maybe the person/event/whatever is 1 and a half years old.

Brittany B said...

On the first cake it almost looks like it was done intentionally to look like a music note. Maybe. It would then match the notes around the rest of the cake. I could just be overly optimistic here though.

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

avi5732,

Well hello there! Good to see new readers. The problem with the band cake is that they forgot to ice the sides. But they still piped the border which I still can't figure out.

There it is.

Wreck On!

john (the hubby of Jen)

Becky C. said...

I feel bad for the poor people who have to eat the 'poo icing' on some of these cakes.

- Becky @ Love, Lust and Pixie Dust

Ami said...

RE: the backwards "6" cake...

The Wreckerator is my best friend; the cake was for her musically-inclined daughter's 16th birthday party. We kept checking the cake trying to figure out what wasn't quite right about it. The 6 being backwards didn't click until the guests arrived! By that time, there was nothing left to do but laugh our butts off!

Glad y'all like the cake; she worked hard on it! Oh, and it was delicious!

Ashley said...

I'm with Anonymous, I think the top cake was possibly intentional, with a half note included in the "16".

mom2jjk said...

The band cake forgot to ice the sides and celebrating is missing the g or something at the end!

Helen Husher said...

The backward six may be all about too many stars on sticks--it's just not possible to keep track of everything at once.

faunablues said...

I agree that the "6" in the first cake is a half note - though they're not typically angled, it would have probably looked even stranger if the half-note was standing straight. If I had enough music-geek friends, I'd do this for my next "_6" birthday, but knowing my non-music geek friends... it wound wind up being one of those inside jokes that gets less and less funny as you explain it. Oh well ¬_¬...

Dawn's Recipes said...

There's really a pee-stick cake? Oh, I can't wait to see that! I've peed on more that my share of sticks in my attempt to get pregnant. Even after finally getting a positive test after 5 rounds of in-vitro, I never thought to put it on a cake. Damn! Wish that wreck was my idea! Haha!

Fluffy Cow said...

Who doesn't love a little dyslexic cake?

*Waiting for the pee stick cake*

Straw said...

avi: It took me awhile to get it so don't feel bad. I thought maybe at first they had forgotten the Concert and that didn't seem so egregious. Unlike the other wrecks, this one wasn't writing-related. What was forgotten was the icing on the side of the cake.

wreck lover!! said...

Happy Birchday Jett! Hope you are a tree.

mimi said...

The treble clef on the first cake is backwards, too. For the uninitiated, it is actually difficult to write a proper treble clef, let alone pipe one onto a cake! It's perfect except, well, it's backwards. So I give her props for that. I wish I was 16 and holding!

WriteCards said...

avi5732, thanks for asking the question about the band cake! I came to the comments to see if anyone could tell me what was wrong with the cake. Even with enlarging the photo, the sides look like they have some kind of ugly glaze on them . . . would have never guessed they are "naked!"

Those poo bats . . . I would have never guessed what they were either!

Anonymous said...

Anybody notice that the treble clef on that first cake is also backwards??

Anonymous said...

@ Gary-- Bacon goes with everything. I can't think of a better all-occasion food.

Anonymous said...

I laughed and laughed at the forewarning of a pee-stick cake-- I haven't laughed that hard since...well, since I saw the Austrian leg cake, so it hasn't been all that long really, I guess.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, John, for explaining the band cake's oversight; it's painfully obvious now, but I'll admit I was staring at it for a good five minutes trying to figure out what they'd forgotten. Oops.

Also, it's a real shame that the baker of the first cake made such a wreck of the 6 (or 9?), because IMHO the rest of that cake is adorable.

Becky said...

Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed the backwards treble clef--which actually annoys me more than the six!

*shudders at the thought of pee-stick cake*

shikishinobi said...

very old and well known quote...
"If you want some/anything done right, you gotta do it yourself." Even if I can't turn out cakes as well shaped or decorated, you can be sure that the numbers will be the right way around, the font will stay the same and I won't be making any spelling/gramma/general text errors.

Emily Hill said...

What scares me more than creepy poo-bats and un-iced cakes is the fact that someone thought those cakes were AOK to display...and eat!

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

Hey all,

As much as I love the fact that you are all benefit-of-the-doubt givers, I just confirmed that the backwards six was unintentional. She was a little rushed, a bit flustered and put it on wrong.

Bwoops.

john (the hubby of Jen)

Mop said...

Happy Falker Satherhood, Isaiah!

Anonymous said...

Pity about the 16 cake - it looks good otherwise. But the Father's Day cake is messed up. What were they thinking?

-Holly

Aindrea said...

Hi All

This is the Maker of the Sweet Sixteen cake. I made all the notes and numbers of fondant (home made marshmallow). And the music notes i found patterns on-line...lol...maybe i should have grabbed number patterns too.

Glad yall like the cake.

Terry Lee said...

people will do anything. a pee-stick cake wouldn't surprise me in the least.

i actually like the 16 cake! love the musical notes and symbols! how funny that they couldn't quite put their finger on what was wrong with the cake! heh heh

Anonymous said...

Ami and Aindrea, thanks for writing in about the Sweet 16 cake. I'm glad you both got a good laugh about it and were willing to share it with us!

I didn't focus on the missing icing on the side of the concert band cake either--I just figured it was some new style of cake.

But the Fathers/Birthday cake--that's just messed up.

Anonymous said...

I actually love the "16" cake. It shows a lot of creativity and good use of color. I couldn't ice a cupcake at that age. Way to go, Andrea!

eileen

Anonymous said...

wreck lover!! said...
Happy Birchday Jett! Hope you are a tree.
_________________________
Thanks, that explains why the dogs have visited. Also, that's one baseball I think we can afford to replace before we play again. Just to be on the safe side, in case no one brought soap and hand sanitizer to the game.

Gary said...

shikishinobi said...
"... Even if I can't turn out cakes as well shaped or decorated, you can be sure that the numbers will be the right way around, the font will stay the same and I won't be making any spelling/gramma/general text errors."

Um, it's spelled "grammar."

Michelle Jolley said...
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Anonymous said...

Another good reason why printed transparencies should never be on a cake!

Melissa (& Billy) said...

I had to look at the orchestra cake twice to figure out what was wrong. LOL ooops! XD Too bad--it's actually very well done!

MarliO said...

So, as cute as the "16" cake is, it sounds like it's not a professional job. What a shame... it's better than the other *ahem* "professional" jobs here!

cc said...

"Best of Luck Joanne, and Al, the red-headed step-child, if we must."

Anonymous said...

"Happy Birthers Day!"

Sorry, Isaiah, but this cake is for your mom instead.

Meg said...

What I want to know is how many of these cakes did people agree to pay for? How many of the bakeries were confronted? Did they offer discounts? I know a lot of these are photographed in display cases, but for those that send in cakes from their own personal experiences, what were the outcomes?
THANKS!

E.M. Green said...

Wait! Was that a cliffhanger?

I think it was...

Deborah in California said...

What is "birchelry" - and why should Jett be happy about it? It appears to have something to do with poo on a lawn, which doesn't seem like something to celebrate.

rascalmom said...

Boy, am I glad you pointed out that those were bats on the one cake. Because my horrified reaction was...what on earth were those poops SUPPOSED to even be? Ayiiiiiieeeeee.

iPad said...

How could anyone forget about Al!! I like the "there, I fixed it" post as well. I think there is a site with that title now!

einahsketch said...

I LOVE the writing on the "afterthought" cake (up until the "and Al" part, of course.)

Anonymous said...

The "16" cake also has a backwards treble clef on the side...contrary to what several people said about "everything else being right on the cake". Makes me wonder if this wreck is a fake.

Sharon said...

I don't know what kind of cake the 'Banding Together' cake is, but it looks tasty to me.

On the other hand, the green airbrushing and black banded poobat cake is just horrifying. Like rascalmom, I didn't recognize them as baseball bats. I wouldn't have gone near the thing even before the patch up job.

I'd guess the hot rod cake was a case where someone decided the image was perfect even if the text wasn't and told the bakery to just ice over Father's Day with Birthday. "He's not picky. He won't care. If it's cake, he'll eat it."

Erica said...

The best part about the cake with the naked sides is that the wreckorator didn't even have to bake it! That is a "Too-Tall" strawberry shortcake, it comes frozen in full, half, and 1/4 slabs. It's a super delicious cake, we use it in my departments catering section, it's our most requested retirement party cake. The only thing I hate about it is that it comes with the top perfectly iced and ready for decorating, but naked sides. Can't say as that I've ever thought about just leaving it that way.

Melissa said...

The writing on Joanna's cake is beautiful! Now that I think about it though, I'm not even sure if "Joanna" is the name on the cake. So maybe a little TOO beautiful. Well...at least I can read the "and Al" part. I can't believe they actually got away with that! Or did they?

VeggieT said...

I love the cakes that you can almost hear the orders being placed...

"Let's see we need a birthday cake for my son... no... no... no....... Hey that's a cool car! Isaiah loves cars! But it says happy father's day... You can change the text? Ok then, we'll go with that design but I'd like it to say "Happy Birthday Isaiah." yes that's I-S-A-I-A-H. Thanks!"

WV. Extral: I'd say the word "Father's" cleverly hidden underneath "Birth" is just the Extral touch it needed, don't you?

Kate said...

I want to say that the way they "finished" the concert band cake is according to the manufacturers recommendations. They are supposed to trim the messy sides though and the shell border does looks amateurish. It comes in as a finished 1/2 sheet cake and the bakery is supposed to add borders. It is a European Layer Cake from The Original Cakerie. They taste delicious. The bakery I work for sells them.

coeurdechoeur said...

The unfrosted side of cake #3 looks like a strip of bacon. Plus the "fixed" cake now says "Happy Birther's Day", which is even worse than the original in my opinion.

wv: dowberti - I dowBerti will have any desire to have a piece of Jett's cake.

Ann said...

So, anyone want to take bets on whether or not "Isaiah" dropped dead of a heart attack? O_o

Anonymous said...

"and Al" looks darker, probably because it was done with a different tip, and looking darker makes it look like mustard to me. hee hee.

-jt

Annette said...

Gary said...
shikishinobi said...
"... Even if I can't turn out cakes as well shaped or decorated, you can be sure that the numbers will be the right way around, the font will stay the same and I won't be making any spelling/gramma/general text errors."

Um, it's spelled "grammar."

Now that is really funny!

The Black Dog said...

Wow, did the store just print the wrong template or what?

ErinW said...

My 2 cents:
1. Ceelabratin? Really?
2. Poor Al.

Sexy Sadie said...

I think Al added to the cake himself.

coulrophobic agnostic said...

I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out what was wrong with the band cake.

Jenn said...

Yep. The above posters are correct.

The Original Cakerie puts out at least 4 types of those band cakes - strawberry, lemon, a tuxedo truffle mousse cake and a triple chocolate tiger cake. (The tiger is my favorite.) They are sold in my grocery store (being a supermarket cake decorator) as cake slices, baby cakes and bar cakes. When doing either the baby or bar cakes, all the decorator has to do is slap a border on and pack them up. They are very tasty - I've never had someone order them as a full sheet though - the boxes we get come prescored into 6 bar cakes. That border is quite sloppy though.

Tía Hillary said...

Happy 16 cake - thanks for sharing your story! It was a beautiful cake (I didn't notice the backwards clef - guess my mind just thought "S" and stopped!) Thanks for putting up with all of us! Next time, save a piece?

Anonymous said...

I think there are too many people sniping at the grammar, spelling, and syntax of other posters these days. Come on, folks, this is supposed to be a fun site.

Megan said...

That concert cake is a "cakerie cake" from canada, I work in the bakery at HEB Grocery and we get that cake shipped in. it's usually not iced on the sides, and not on the top either. on the top it's just a fresh whipped cream layer on the cake, they just added the borders and writing and red blobs.

love this blog (:
i love the birthers day cake!

Aindrea said...

The "16" cake also has a backwards treble clef on the side...contrary to what several people said about "everything else being right on the cake". Makes me wonder if this wreck is a fake.



Being the cake maker, and that it was for my daughters Sweet Sixteen I promise it was not a fake. I had never even been to this site till after I made the cake.

Thank you
Aindrea

dreadkitty said...

OMG I just stumbled across this blog and have spent two hours trawling through pics and comments and LMAO :)

Thank you Jen for this feast of fun - and for making my amateur cake decs look sooo much better

Claire

bettyroug54 said...

The Band cake is an Original Cakery Strawberry Shortcake Cake. It is intended to be sold without icing on the sides. The decorator simply put trim on it and decorated the top. Perhaps they should not have trimmed the cake; but they did not forget to ice the sides.

Sixxlet said...

RE: the cake with the red filling the band cake). At the local bakeries here, anytime they make a cake with a fruit filling like that, they never ice the sides. I asked why once and they said because the icing just slides off and looks sloppy - it won't stick to the fruit filling. So the baker didn't forget to ice the sides of the cake. Most likely, that was done intentionally.

Seriously, I thought Jen would know that.

writerleeanne said...

einahsketch: Agreed. Up until Al, that piping is beautiful!

Jen said...

I have finally read this ENTIRE blog. MANY nights of staying up too late and laughing!

I <3 CW!

My hubby and I are now on the hunt for wrecks to send in..shouldn't be to hard since we live in backwater, Georgia!

Wreck on!

Jen said...

OMG. POST WRECK!

Grammar and spelling are not my friends today :|

Abigail said...

Being a music major, I noticed before anything that the treble cleff on the "backwards 6" cake is backwards as well.

!!Cheese!! said...

I know whats WRONG with the concert band cake!!!! They forgot to ice the side of the cake!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol! there you go avi5732....

musician12858 said...

I had ordered the band cake for our 25th anniversary (someone else posted it here). It was in the box, so I did not notice the "naked sides" until we took it out of the box at the event. I was mortified. I brought in a picture of the cake to show the mistake to the store where it was made. Not only did they refund the cost of the cake, but they gave us a coupon for another free cake. No, it was not bacon, but strawberry filling. It was delicious!

David said...

The mechanic in me says that was a bad picture of a hot rod. The front wheels look like they are going in 2 completely different directions, eek broken tie-rod! Depth perception fail?

I would have had a fhitsit if that correction was given to me by my S.O.

angelscairns said...

To Sixxlet:

I think we understand that the cake is not supposed to be frosted on the sides, but it doesn't change the fact that it looks like a wreck!

Mandy said...

OMG! I truly don't know whether to laugh or to cry at poor Isaiah's cake!

Happy Birther's Day, indeed!

o_O

Michele said...

So the "And Al" cake was my at the rehearsal dinner for my oldest brother's wedding. I took the photo of the cake but really didnt notice it and I dont think anyone did until I started going through them later on. The catering hall was smart to bring it out and then take it right away to be cut up. LOL.

Al is the oldest of the 5 of us and we can all tell you Joanne is really the one who needs the luck :)

Chels said...

I just want to say that the concert band cake without iced sides was more than likely ordered that way. I highly doubt it was a mistake, because of the bottom piped border.

Having worked as a decorator I can tell you that people order strange things sometimes for sure. I can imagine that that the concert band was ordered by a group of older people? or someone who didn't like icing as much as they like the rest of that tasty looking layer cake.

Anonymous said...

Okay first of all I have not read though all of the comments (theres always so many) but I just want to correct you all on the 'Concert cake' cake. Its not bacon on the sides, its not uniced. That cake is a decorated 'Cakery' Cake, its a torte like layer cake made of layers or white cake, strawberry preserves/filling, and buttercream/white chocolate. Each bakery doesnt 'make' those cakes, it is a premade product that any main stream bakery can order in frozen and cut to order, its usually just cut in squares and decorated with just a whipped cream border. I cant comment on the wording because I cant really see it too well in this picture, but the cake is not suppose to be iced on the sides. :)

Gina Geremia said...

OK. Honestly, I haven't laughed this much in a very long time. Everything square inch of this blog makes me crack up. That being said, sometimes the comments are soooo serious and seem out of place. To this, I only want to say that the concert cake is what is called a Victoria Sponge cake. Typically the sides are not frosted.

But who cares if it's a pre-made, factory turned out cake decorated by a professional. The point is, it looks terrible with the piped frosting along the base of the cake which only adds to the silliness of it all.

Anonymous said...

The real name is Strawberry Shortcake Cakery Cake, not Victoria Sponge cake.

Robyn said...

I know this is a late comment, but I feel I have to defend the band cake. It's not a cake that the bakery baked. It's a brand called "cakerie" from a bakery in Canada that comes in frozen as a half sheet that decorators get to cut up and package in pieces, usually. Sometimes customers request that cake instead of regular cake because it is delicious, moist, has awesome fillings, and uses real whipped cream. However, when decorators cut it up and package it, the sides are NEVER iced. So, unless a customer requested icing on the sides, chances are it's not going to get iced. As a non-wreckerator, I would always explain this to my customers, but we know that is not always the case. And most of the customers declined icing on the sides when I offered them, too.

Of course, if the customer requested icing on the sides and they didn't ice it, then I would have to concede it is a wreck. :)

Anonymous said...

Kelly

That 'uniced' cake is actually a strawberry torte cake that is usually iced with just whipped cream on the top . Getting it in a sheet cake like that is a special order and you never ice the sides!

PAFF said...

I MADE SOME COOKIES I want them to be on sunday sweets. If they are please mention my snail Stickeyhead. He eats cake and frosting and cookies and cheesecake and funnel cake. I love him very very much. They are fondant free and they are awesome. Also mention Mr. Smooshey, my stuffed pink unicorn pillow.

Mark Thuesen said...

as long as they are under 4 years old, they will never notice. haha.

Celest said...

Poo bats are very funny. Just poo icing is funny on a cake. I've never had acake wreck on my birthday (burf day), but I've wanted one...

Anonymous said...

So not only is the teenager turing 1'6' but they also failed on the treble clef being backwards...maybe the backwards 6 was so no one would notice the treble clef.

Anonymous said...

What's with all the stars on scewers on cakes? It just looks like scewered stars.