I like to start my day with a little humor. Especially when it doesn’t involve me. (Pre-8 a.m. “humor” involved in running out of ham for lunches and having to resort to fried eggs, for instance, doesn’t count.)
Anyway, if you like to start your day with humor also, you might want to add this little gem to your RSS reader: It’s a blog called “Cake Wrecks” (“When Professional Cakes Go Horribly, Hilariously Wrong”).
The famous Wal-Mart “under neat that” cake started it all, and – since then – the blog writer, Jen, has had so many cake wrecks e-mailed to her that she’s able to post one or more daily. Her writing is really the funny part, though: Her commentary on what must have been going through the cake-decorator’s head, or what the recipient must have thought when she first saw the cake, is hilarious and spot-on.
My personal fave is the “flash-drive” cake (in the entry entitled “The Problem with Phone Orders. …”). The post starts out with the conversation that Jen imagines must have taken place to get the cake ordered. (“I need to order a cake for my boss. We have a photo of him playing golf that we’d like to put on it, though – can you do that?” “Of course! Just bring the photo in on a USB drive and we’ll print it out here. …”) (You can probably see where this is going. … Definitely visit the site and see the unfortunate result.)
The big reader favorite (and I must chime in with agreement) is the “naked mohawk-baby carrot jockeys” cake, which you simply have to see to believe. Must’ve been the last cake left, a sad little carrot cake that needed to be converted to a baby-shower cake at the last possible second, and all that were left for decorations were these little … plastic … naked … babies … with … mohawks? … hmmm … well, why not?
Jen writes hilarious commentary on cupcake “cakes” gone wrong, badly placed flowers on a cake offering congrats for a vasectomy, greetings to “Aunt Slash Mom,” a “sexual harassment” cake that looks like something Michael Scott would have brought in, and many, many more.
The site won best food blog (which is kind of scary) but also best humor blog, which is ideal, because that’s where Jen really shines. She’s up for some awards for this year, too.
And now Jen has a great new coffee-table book! The book is a collection of some the best of the best. The link to the book on Amazon is here. (I think I have to get it for my mom, who doesn’t read blogs, but would LOVE to see these entries in book format. …).
If you’re short on time, just go through some of the “Fan Favorites” in the right sidebar. Then add this to your RSS feed. It’ll give you a good laugh every day.
How about you? Have you ever ordered a cake that turned out to be disasterous? Or tried to make one with less-than-stellar results?
after reading this I now REALLY want a cupcake.
But stay away from the skinned-Spiderman ones, Otto!
Honestly, I never thought about cakes/pastries going wrong. Now after reading your post I recall a particularly funny “Curb your enthusiasm” where Larey tastes some of the best birthday cake he’s ever eaten. He goes to find the bakery to order for another party, since it was so good, and realizes it comes from an “erotic” bakery… Use your imagination.
For me, prsonally, if the cake is either chocolate or lemon I don’t care what it looks like! My stomach is now growling…
Thanks for the laugh! I hadn’t heard of this great blog… the baby carrot riders alone is reason to “favorite” it. (Still not so good with the RSS business).
MUST add one more comment. The “Hey Bebeh” post is worth printing out and hanging on the wall. Oh MY.
Hey, Chris and Mizamiga! I’m glad you liked the blog! Yes, the “Hey Bebeh” one was hilarious! And that plastic figurine must be commonly used. I mean those were all different cakes! Prob from different parts of the country! But I loved how they all followed the probably “advised” artistic touch of putting the lounging single man lying suggestively on the bear-skin rug!! omg. … And the way the cake decorators did the different rugs is funny, too. … That one looks alive! I also forgot to point out the hilarity of “When Brides Have No Budget” (it’s the last one in the “favorites” bar). I was laughing out loud at my desk …