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In Denmark, You Get an Indiana Jones Fedora Cake When You Get Fired – Geeky Cake of the Week

When I get caught with my pants down , no one ever gives me anything but looks that say, “I’m so disappointed with you.  Not particularly surprised, mind you… but disappointed. Now please put your pants on and get out of here so that I can use the copying machine.”

But definitely no cake.

Cake-making hobbyist Yuliya of Denmark went to the trouble of creating this chocolate with strawberry mousse Indiana Jones fedora cake covered with chocolate ganache and chocolate marshmallow fondant for a former colleague who apparently got himself in some workplace trouble.

The Indi Hat was made for one of my colleagues, an HR Executive, who used to make a lot of jokes about Indiana Jones. The point was that Indi used to set up some traps and got into them himself, and my colleague experienced the same while working in HR on that level. The result was of course, that he got into his own trap and had to leave the company :-) A full Indiana Jones DVD collection and this cake was our good-bye present for him.

Got himself into a “trap and had to leave the company”?  Usually that means embezzlement or sexual harassment.  And since Yuliya didn’t bake him a cake in the shape of a calculator, I’m guessing it was the latter.

In which case, I wish I lived in a place where my coworkers would celebrate my workplace indiscretions (e.g., making ‘bad touch’ with that girl from Marketing on company time) with sugary, frosted treats.  Clearly Denmark could teach the U.S. of A. a thing or two.  And not just about how to increase the proportion of statuesque blonds in our population.  Though that would be neat, too.

Of course, maybe I’m reading too far into Yuliya’s note.  Maybe this dude actually set booby traps around the office and subsequently suffered a debilitating injury that prevented him from performing his human resourcey-type duties.

Either way… I’m ready to learn more about Danish workplace customs, aren’t you?

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2 comments… add one
  • Caroline December 24, 2008, 8:44 am

    Wow! The cake is awesome… but the story, WOW.

    Seriously, the cake is fabulous!!! I am always amazed by the cakes you post.

  • Charlie March 4, 2009, 11:04 am

    At least he didnt have to bake his own cake. In Denmark it is customary to have to bring cake or other bakery goods when you are celebrating something – birthday, anniversary, etc. Rarely do your coworkers provide treats unless it is for their own celebration – odd, but true.

    Lovely cake – would almost be interested in doing something at my workplace to get such a treat.


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