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(Please pardon the punny title and read on)

For those in far-off places or otherwise not versed in such things, Wegmans is large and growing grocery chain originating out of Rochester, NY.

On to the good stuff:

So apparently you can email an order to the Wegman's bakery for cakes, etc... including what message you want on the cake.

The cake below was supposed to be a mix of English and Italian, but the staff apparently knew no Italian. The problem? Wegman's email system also apparently did not recognize some of the proprietary Microsoft HTML extensions!

The cake

UPDATE I guess I wasn't totally clear. I was not the one that ordered the cake. I know the person that did (former coworker in upstate NY). She shared the story of the mishap and sent the picture to another former coworker. Given what I know of her and her family and the location, all aspects are plausible.

The email likely feeds directly into their computer that runs the food-grade equivalent of an inkjet printer to place the message on the cake, so it is possible that the message made it onto the cake because someone did not check it on the computer first.
Current Mood: geeky
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From:nonumnos
Date:January 17th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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It was the sort of geeky goodness that, while not Good Eats related, was still somehow appropriate for this community!
From:determinant
Date:January 17th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
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surely this is a joke cake. i mean, the cake people would think that it was an email error. right?!!

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From:derangedlioness
Date:January 17th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
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That's awesome! I have family who work at Wegmans, I cannot wait to show them. ^_^
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From:unprotectedrex
Date:January 17th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
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oh my god! they didn't make you pay for that did they? that's hilarious!
I loveeeeee wegmans. I used to work there and as a result held a grudge against it (in my opinion, NOT one of the 10 best companies to work for!!!) but now that I live primarily in long island, I miss it. stop & shop is just not the same, sniff sniff.
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From:mopalia
Date:January 17th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
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This is the best laugh I've had all day, and that's from a woman who once make a complete wiring diagram of a chasing light circuit on her kid's birthday cake. But we did that on purpose. This is way better. Hope you don't mind, I've sent some geeks over to look at this, too. Share the joy. I hope Aunt Elsa enjoyed her birthday.
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From:itealaich
Date:January 17th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
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Honestly, that's the best cake ever.
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From:theatergirl62
Date:January 17th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
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HAHAHAH love it.
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From:wyllow42
Date:January 17th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
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That is hilarious!
What did you say when you picked it up???
From:tamarapexor
Date:July 15th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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Did you say "ship the reports to the suppository". Girl : Yeah. . . Guy : Um, it's "repository. " Suppositories are pills that go in your ass.
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From:rootsnradicals
Date:January 17th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
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My uncle once ordered a cake for Thanksgiving dinner. The bakery asked if wanted anything on it and he replied, "Yes. A little turkey would be nice." You guessed it. When he picked up the cake, written out on it in lovely icing letters: "A little turkey would be nice." The bakeries just assume that's what you want, I guess!
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From:bluestocking
Date:January 17th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
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It might have been a mistake, but it really does make for a fabulous Thanksgiving cake. I can totally imagine one of my friends asking for that on purpose.
From:absoludicrous
Date:January 17th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
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I miss wegmans!
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From:paisley_fox
Date:January 17th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
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XD I had myself a chuckle.
From:steakumms
Date:January 17th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
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I'd kill for a Wegmans where I live now. I'd gratefully accept birthday cakes like that for the rest of my life if it meant I could plunk down my $200/week grocery money at a quality store like Wegmans.
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From:newyork808
Date:January 17th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
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That is awesomely hallarious.
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From:ingerbil
Date:January 17th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Surely they would have seen something wrong, I'm dubious!
From:barbienawev
Date:July 16th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
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Considering that it's a purchased item, you would think that the owner would have every right to tinker with it however they saw fit -- but you would be wrong.
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From:xinamarie
Date:January 17th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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My sister's wedding cake just said "Cake!" on it, since she couldn't decide what she wanted on it. The caterer suggested "Happy Retirement Murray".

Fortunately, the caterer is a very close friend, and my sister has a good sense of humor. She and her new husband loved their Cake!
From:gemmawasyl
Date:July 13th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
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Fortunately, he has a good sense of humor. He did well. Dinner was wonderful; the table was beautiful; and I felt surrounded by warmth at spending time with such good friends.
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From:baby_snister
Date:January 17th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
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omigosh! that's AMAZING.
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From:minibab
Date:January 17th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
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oh man, that's HILARIOUS! Did you talk to the Wegman's people, and what did they do???
From:tozmervo
Date:January 18th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
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I hope your Aunt had a wonderful 80th birthday :D

(PS - I added this thread to stumble upon, what a brilliant cake! :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 18th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)

great!

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funniest thing i've seen in a long time!

Jeffrey (http://jeffrey-davis.net/blog/)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)

cake take

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we've worked with wegmans... this is VERY plausible.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 27th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: cake take

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DUDE- YOU CRAB-BAIT?
From:phrenq
Date:January 19th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)

Fun with cakes

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Back in college, my roommate and I wanted a cake for the hell of it, but thought we ought to have them write something on it anyway. We decided on, "Get Well Phil."

This led into us creating a backstory for Phil's imaginary illness, and the eventual ordering of cakes that said, "Please don't die, Phil" and "Sorry You're Dead, Phil."

Good times :)
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From:dojothemouse
Date:January 19th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)

Just like my jeans

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
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got here via boingboing--as a former cake decorator at a similar northeastern grocery store chain beginning with W, i'm appalled that nobody bothered to call her up and confirm that this was what she wanted on her cake!

on the other hand, i got a lot of weird requests (baby shower cake done entirely in camouflage colors comes to mind....shop-vac and cleaning supplies in icing for a "happy retirement janitor rodney!" cake....entire webelo scouts crest....etc.) so maybe they weren't suprised...
From:jtsongas
Date:January 19th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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You know, we are very geeky in upstate NY. Maybe they get these all the time intentionally and didn't realize it was a mistake.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)

beautiful!

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If it wasn't meant for dear Aunt Elsa, I'd be delighted to receive this cake!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 19th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)

Wegmans

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Wegmans is awesome! I especially liked their store-brand tiramisu, good times.

The air-curtain that you walk through in the winter time used to really freak me out. I'm still not sure exactly how they keep the heat in the store... good one to ponder while drinking back in college.
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