Friday, March 4, 2011

Sign of the Times

Friday, March 4, 2011

After yesterday's tiger-blood fiasco, I thought it might be a good idea to bring things down a notch. Maybe light a campfire. Grab my trusty Uke.*

*That's slang for "Ukulele". Trust me. I'm a musician.**

** Never trust a musician.

Then I thought we'd play a little "Somewhere over the rainbow" and bask in the warm, fuzzy glow of some peace sign cakes. Can you dig it, man? Groovy.

Let's start by taking a nice deep breath. (Don't mind the smell; that's just my "glaucoma medication.") Deeper. Now... hold it in and look at this cake:

It's like, totally cute as a button.


This one's like a birds eye view of a lazy river in a Japanese water park:

Plus it's so peaceful, you don't even care that the peace sign is wrong.


Now let's sing. "Some...WHEEERE...ooover the raaaainbow..."

The one reminds us how beautiful incorrectly drawn peace symbols are - on the inside.


And we're breathing IN the good, and OUT the bad...

Because nothing says "peace and happiness" quite like camo.


"Where happy little blue birds fly..."

Whoa. You know, I'm still feeling peaceful and all, but for some reason now I also want a Mercedes.


Hey, I've been thinking: Since no one seems to know how to draw a peace symbol anymore, maybe the bakers should, like, just use plastic ones instead.

Oh. Never mind.


And one more deep breath. Hold it... Hoooold it...

*cough!*


Now that is making peace with one's baker, right there.



Thanks to Melinda C., Lynette, Melanie W., Sarah I., Ashton G., Marisa I., & Sarah J., who think this post was a total peace of cake.
The Boob Nazi said...

I missed yesterday's fiasco! Now I have two posts to read this morning. Yeesss

Anonymous said...

The sticker on the camo "cake" says "Special Order 24 Count Licensed Variety Pullapart Cupcakes." Um, ok. Does that imply that this cake was specially ordered? And I'm really curious what they think is the "Licensed Variety" portion of this cake. It's so mystifying, which I guess fits with the theme of today's post.

The peace Valentine cupcake also cracked me up for some reason. Hearts really are so trite--it's so much more meaningful if the holiday can really stand for something, you know?

--kate

J. said...

How hard is it to Google "peace sign," people? Sheesh. Those cake wrecks totally harshed my mellow.

Peace out.

Evalis said...

i lost it at the japanese water park comment. Just because its so true... and if anything the cake needs more 'people' on it.

Ms. Blasé said...

Maybe they're meant to be Mercedes Benz logos.

Katie said...

I'm convinced the second one is supposed to be a bicycle helmet.

Jessica said...

Making peace with one's baker - That's your new t-shirt line. I'll buy one, or two or twelve.

Susanlee said...

When I was in jr high, about 15 years ago, there was this whole fiasco among the very religious that peace signs were "broken crosses" and therefore the devil's business. So we drew them without the middle line. Or we used all three lines and turned them upside down. Maybe that's what all these bakers were going for. Ridiculous either way.

WV: porame as in "Porame, having been raised in the world of religious fanatics."

laughingmom said...

Can't help it...first cake looks like a mutant pig nose - and that pig needs some antibiotic.

Sandy C also in SoFla said...

Okay, I knew right away that first one was a very sad peace sign. But the wreckorator could not have been sober making that one. Must have prepared for the mood to get ready, to be able to feeeeel the peace....

These cakes and CCC are outright buzz kills.

SyracuseWolvrine said...

y'know, the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" was my favorite version of that song (Sorry Judy Garland!), and now I'll never be able to listen to it again the same way :(

Kent Wedding Photographer said...

Wow, some true cake wrecks here! Where do you find all these?

Susan said...

I think that 3rd one down is done wrong because they couldn't wedge another cupcake in there for the last line.

Anonymous said...

WHOA!! Double peace sign! What is happening???

Dani said...

For like half a second I was scared that some how you had a picture of the peace sign cake I helped my little brother make in cubscouts. But it was correct and involved rainbow sprinkles and therefore was better than any of these.

Sharyn in Superior said...

Peace sign cakes that make the buyer homicidal. What more could you ask for?

Anonymous said...

Ewwwkay those make total sense O_o

Mary Connealy said...

A peace sign made of camo.

I'm thinking peace through strength.

That's what they were going for.

That and 70s LSD flashbacks.

Helena said...

Seriously, am I the only one who sees a penis strapped into a ring in the second picture? :D Sorry if I have a weird fantasy :D:D:D

Becky said...

My mind also immediately screamed "Mercedes" when I saw that cake as well. Let's go shopping!

Andrea K. said...

Is it just me, or does anyone else see four crystals stuck into that first cake?? If not, what ARE those four lumps?

Not that it really matters -- that is one darn UGLY cake!!!

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Amy said...

Hooray for Nuclear Disarmament Logos!

L.A.C.E. said...

I had no clue what the first cake was. Are you sure that is purposeful and not some type of fungus growing on top of the original icing? As for the last one, I never knew peace signs could mutate and sprout legs :O

Nancy said...

What? not "Kumbaya"?

I think the first cake is actually a peace-sign-camo mashup, like they couldn't decide which one to do so they did both. sorta.

Nancy

Oldish Lady said...

Is the camo cake supposed to be shaped like Texas, or am I hallucinating due to the Glaucoma medication?

wv: impandi

Some of these cakes should be impandi by the Cake Police.

Anonymous said...

Andrea at 11:20, those are actually holes in the cake. I know, I had to look at it a few times too. In fact, I couldn't even tell that it was a peace sign until a scrolled down to the other cakes. Those trippy colours make for a bonus optical illusion, which I think is pretty fitting all things considered.

wv: sandam: Those are sandam ugly cakes!

NiteNurse said...

Oh mannnnnmn. Flashbacks. Givin' corporate types and state militia guys the peace sign. But I'm with Nancy, the soundtrack is nice and fits your tale--but is not genuine vintage/retro/historical/whatever. For that we need "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" or the ever-sturdy-but-pro-peace "If I Had a Hammer."


I'd also throw in "Leavin' On a Jet Plane" because that's what I'd do if anyone gave me one of these cakes.

Terrell, a former flower child

Ophelia said...

Am I the only one to see Flux Capacitors in the pictures 2-5?

Anonymous said...

The two peace cake: when one peace is not enough.

Warning: may contain addictive substances.

Cue hippie music and Marie Antoinette saying, "Let them eat cake."

jbreckenridge3 said...

Blessed are the peacebakers

Gary said...

Well, at least now we know what bakers' favorite car manufacturer is.

yoshimay said...

Uke: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=uke

SuBee said...

OOOOH! Double peace sign, all the way!! What does it mean????

Catstina said...

What fiasco? When I think fiasco, I think "Spaceship Earth." I just read through all of yesterday's comments and there were only a couple that didn't like the post. Did I miss something?

Winona said...

I will never understand why so many people mistake the peace symbol for the Mercedes-Benz symbol.

Brian said...

I think the fifth one down (the plain white) is supposed to be a pie chart. Looks like about 40% are 2 for $6.00, 32% are thanked for shopping and 38% are undecided.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a decorated cake?
My friends are all on Cake Wrecks, how much can I take?
Worked hard all my lifetime, now I can't stand to bake,
So Lord, won't you buy me a decorated cake?

- Janis Joplin

No Cake Fo' You! said...

That second peace sign, if that's what you want to call it looks like a pretzel.... and too many sprinkles scare me and make my teeth hurt!

Happy Friday CW!

Christine said...

That fifth one isn't supposed to be a peace sign - it's all about a pie graph! It says 2/$6.00, and that's like 2/6, which is 1/3, which is each section of the graph! Yay math cakes!

Craig said...

#1 There are crystals of some kind / something embedded in the frosting. Rock candy -- yeah, that's it. Nothing suspicious here.

#2 A giant frosted pretzel, with the appetizing factor further boosted by the blue / gray / purple color scheme. Reduced price, too -- gee, I wonder why.

#3 I was wondering who 'Habbie' might be, until I realized that it's 'Hallie'. Surely Habbie / Hallie deserves a real cake...?

#4 A CCC (patooie!) cry for help. Can't we stop picking on these poor wreckerators? Do we have to hear about their struggles every. single. day?! (Yes, we do!)

#5 Was $3, now 2 for $6! I'm glad someone passed basic math. Mad promotional skills, too. Of course, the 'special' pricing implies there is more than one of these...

#6 That cupcake is so plain looking. Couldn't they have dressed it up? I mean, three pieces of flotsam and a pound of sprinkles is all they could come up with -- that's pathetic. Obviously a beginning wreckerator.

#7 Is that -- a *double* peace sign?! It is! (sob) [recovering composure] Better than half a peace sign, I suppose.

wv: jurgl. What I heard from the stomach region when I viewed the second wreck.

Acey said...

Oddly, I own a camo fedora with a rhinestone peace sign on it. I bought it specifically because I found the juxtaposition funny.

Anna B. said...

I totally had a Mercedes cake for my 14th birthday! It was well done, just covered in tiny mushrooms & Mercedes logos.

word thingy: unwersfr- I was unwersfr the experience.

Wendy Qualls said...

Am I the only one who thought the "Japanese Water Park" cake looked like a uterus in a circle?

Boy George said...

My gawd, what in the world was the decorator of #1 trying to do? If it weren't for the airbrushing, there is no way at all I could have guessed it was supposed to be a peace sign; it looks more like a mutant jack-o'-lantern. Helena, no, you weren't the only one who saw something entirely different in cake #2! And lastly, what's up with so many Mercedes-Benz cakes???

wv: mingster (someone born in China between 1368 and 1644?)

Evelyn said...

Gotta love that "glaucoma medication." >GRIN<

Anonymous said...

My glaucoma meds must not be kicking in, I can't see the peace sign in cake one. Maybe time to more to California for a new prescription.

Anonymous said...

I work for one of the chain groceries that is usually so badly represented on this site. If you think some of these are bad, you should check out the display cases on a daily basis. Horrid hot messes.

msyendor said...

I do a lot of typing about cars. My autocorrect for Mercedes is merc which is common enough for mercenary (no, I'm not slamming merc owners), so in my mind the camo mercs are very appropos.

wv: harefi = however, incandescent, dayglo camo does harefi me

Hungarican Chick said...

OMG the Japanese waterpark comment is HILARIOUS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inA-36YRV0Y <--wave pool video at Japanese waterpark. It's tantamount to swimming in a pool of human sweat. ::GAGGING::

Christy said...

Way back in the '70's (If I'm that old am I 'vintage' or 'retro'?) the peace signs without the bottom middle lines were called "love signs" and you would see both Peace and Love signs quite often. None of them looked like the cakes above, however.

Houndmom said...

Um... why do almost all of them look like something someone sneezed out? Peace...booger...peace...booger... I don't get the connection.

Kelly@MentalGarbage said...

OMG omg.... "birds eye view of a lazy river in a Japanese water park" I cannot stop laughing.....

Seriously.

Amy Alli said...

@susanlee in highschool i was friends a very religious girl, i couldn't draw, wear, buy, read, look at or go near anything with a peace sign with out getting a big lecture about "broken crosses" everytime

elecblueis said...

I'm with Helena on this one. I totally see twig and berries in an oval, but maybe I just need to get my mind out of the gutter.

judy said...

Maybe that cute cupcake cake was to celebrate Hallie's new Mercedes Benz? Or to cheer Hallie up because her parents wouldn't buy her the Mercedes that she was hoping for?

sjaymesw212 said...

Ummm I happen to think the cupcake with the peace sighn cannot even compare to the other wrecks on here cmon now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lkmjr said...

You might want to look up what "uke" REALLY means before somebody gets the wrong impression. Any anime or manga fan worth their salt will know what it is, which might not be a good thing.

Pfft, that double peace sign XD The cammo one was pretty epic too.

Eve S. D'ropper said...

What is the last one even supposed to be? Haha--your blog is soo funny. I have a feeling the cakes wouldn't be nearly as funny without your snarky comments. :) Thanks for making me laugh! :)

~Eve S. D'ropper, of http://wordsfromthehallway.blogspot.com

fairywaif said...

Uke can reefer to a ukulele, but I wouldn't call it that in Japan. Or around Yaoi fans...

Yahswe Sukuyugi said...

Amazingly created. That's another perfect works from cake artists.

Papillon Gold said...

Sorry but all i could hear was Kermit singing The Rainbow Connection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRvhRhWWE44

Anonymous said...

"Grab my trusty Uke."

Hehe.

I promise to grow up and stop giggling like a twelve year old.

Eventually.

Okay, perhaps not.

Arlene said...

Hmm that first cake looks like someone's horse stomped on it then dragged it through multicolored poo..then again maybe that's just me lol. Scary how they manage to not be able to draw a peace symbol yet can manage to put a bunch of plastic yuck on their cakes. Honestly I feel the plastic flotsam should be flung at them lol.

Shelley Parker Chandler said...

I am certain that first cake was baked using the silicone "peace symbol" pan widely available on the internet (and another excellent reason to spurn silicone pans).

http://www.google.com/search?q=silicone+peace+symbol+pan&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Mn7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbs=shop:1&tbo=u&ei=t-txTbHDGIiosAPNqOHDCw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CDQQzAMwAg

Xem Phim Hay said...

WOW, Double peace sign...

Tricia L said...

@ Shelley Parker Chandler --
Thank you for explaining that there is a peace symbol pan. I read every comment about that first cake before your explanation gave me a clue as to why it is what it is. Why it is tie-dyed is another matter best left undiscussed.

Chey said...

I had to read the comments on here before I finally figured out that the "crystals" on the first cake are actually cut-outs. Wowza.

I'm pretty sure that Jen knows the other meaning of "uke," hence her disclaimer. ;) As a seme myself, I approve of both suggestions! Let us grab both musical instruments and our respective partners, why not! I'm going to need SOMEONE to hold me after these cakes and their horrifying mutilation of the beloved peace sign give me nightmares...

Shalen said...

@Susanlee:
I went to a Christian school myself. Similar hysteria took place. Possibly the admins should have worried more about the underage drinking and sex and less about the slim possibility of teenagers inadvertently wearing a symbol with non-Christian connotations.

My father is still convinced that Dungeons and Dragons is a gateway drug for Satanism. He won't find out different, either, because he won't examine its actual content for fear of being influenced by it.

I have not yet found the area in D&D online where the computer rolls 2d6 for me to Enact Satanic Ritual. I guess it must be in the pen and paper version.

The Beaudoins said...

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz... cake.

Anonymous said...

I think the 2nd one down is not supposed to be a peace sign but rather a cake shaped to look like a pretzel.

KD Jewelry said...

I love that they all have "managers special" stickers on them. Even the managers know they are fugly! LOL

trish said...

the peace sign without the middle line means love, the one made out of cupcakes is actually really cute

Angie said...

I, too, see a wanger in that 2nd peace cake... maybe they were going for a "piece"?

Rogue Artist said...

What a very entertaining and educational post. Of course, somethings I think I'm better off not knowing. This is why I should further avoid looking up unfamiliar alternate meanings I see referenced on CW from here on out.

wv: pusksh
"When I looked up the alternate meaning of uke, my coffee made a pusksh sound when it came flying out of my mouth."

Lynette said...

Hee! I made cakewrecks! For those who can't tell, cake #2 (Japanese water park) is a cupcake cake. And they couldn't even manage to make it round, which was the second thing I noticed about it (first being the horrible colours). Third was, of course, that even ignoring the squishedness, it still was wrong.

Ellen said...

I think some of these wreckorators had indulged in "glaucoma meds" before getting to work.

"Hey, man, have you ever really looked -- I mean REALLY looked at -- your hand holding a piping bag?"

kayk said...

The icing colors (especially the actual cupcake frosting) on hallie's c akes are very un-food-like.

wv: komerse. These bakers should be banned from membership in the Chamber of Komerse.

CarrieP said...

I do aikido. So, to me, your "uke" joke was hilarious!

Freya said...

OMG it does look like flabbie!!!
WV: larthe - I'm larthe to leave you mah dahling, but, alas, we cannot be togetha like this anymahr!

Schaf said...

oh lord, won't you bake me a Mercakes Benz,
my friends all eat cupcakes, I must make amends.

Anneliese said...

It seems fitting that I just happened to be holding my ukulele when I this post (yes, I'm a month behind lately). And no, I had never heard the alternate meaning of "uke". I'll have to be careful when using that term from now on. Here's a great site for those interested in all things ukulele. Probably best you don't pronounce the title out loud, though.