Okay, now that's just asking for trouble.
Sometimes, a plot involves or is centered around a character needing to carry a cake, pie, or some other food item toward a destination.
This never ends well.
This item never arrives as scheduled, it is usually dropped just before the destination is reached, stolen, or eaten
by the characters carrying it. If the food item does arrive at its destination, it is never in the correct state, or it is unwanted in some capacity once there. If it is a cake, expect it to be a big wedding cake or of similar size for extra mess.
Possibly the second most frequent kind of Funny Home Video
, after testicular calamity
See also Endangered Soufflé
. Related tropes are Thirty Minutes or It's Free
and Dish Dash
. Pie in the Face
may result. Possibly a subtrope to Chekhov's Gun
. Or perhaps Tempting Fate
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- A more serious example occurs in an Operation Lifesaver PSA, where a mother arrives back home in a state of shock as, after having bought the cake, she was in a rush to get home and nearly collided with a train at a railroad crossing.
Anime and Manga
- In an episode of School Rumble, Tenma makes two cakes, one for Karasuma for his birthday, and one for Harima's recent promotion. When Tenma leaves them unattended, Harima knocks Karasuma's cake over and ruins most of the inscription with only "ma" left. Harima assumes that he's destroyed his own cake and attempts to fix it before Tenma finds out. Cue some serious confusion when Tenma presents Karasuma's cake to him to find that she now has two cakes inscribed with "Harima".
- In an episode of Haruhi-chan, Mikuru has to carry a large pot of soup to aid Haruhi's cooking show. Needless to say, she doesn't make it. What makes this even better is that she tries again a few minutes later... and trips over the first pot.
- The greatest risk of Ranma ½'s Martial Arts Takeout Delivery isn't being late, but having your opponents destroy your delivery. Shampoo in particular has a food-exploding technique that blows up the contents of a takeout box by jabbing at it with a finger.
- The title character of Ramen Fighter Miki is a bicycle ramen delivery girl ... who gets into fights during every delivery, with predictable results.
- In an episode of Bleach, Yumichika, Hanatarou and Rin make a cake on behalf of the ghost of a dead baker who's unable to pass on until his mother has tried his cake recipe. After various mishaps during the making of it, it's finally presented to the grieving mother, who promptly rejects it. And then the distressed ghost accidentally knocks the cake onto the floor and a Menos Grande almost fries it with a cero.
- One episode of Kekkaishi had the Yoshimori help a ghost of a former pastry chef complete his Ghostly Goals of comforting his brother, who was mourning his untimely death, by recreating a cake he once made when he was little to cheer up his brother after their parents died. After many exhaustive attempts trying to create the perfect cake (doubling in difficulty since the ghost's incorporeal nature makes it so he has to direct Yoshimori to making the cake himself), they hurry with Ogata and her butler's help in their car. However the butler's reckless driving damages the cake, which the brother surprisingly accepts as the cake his late sibling baked because he did a shoddy job baking the cake when they were little (regardless it was the act himself that he cherished). His acceptance of the cake is enough to allow the ghost to pass on.
- The main story of the 2007 Marvel Holiday Special ("A Piece Of Cake") features Spider-Man trying to get a cake to Aunt May's Christmas party. Apparently he does this every year, and has never managed to bring the cake intact. The cake is destroyed when he and Wolverine fight a Bad Santa with control of a Sentinel, but Wolvie bakes him a new one.
- In Ross Campbell's graphic novel series Wet Moon, Malady serves people pie from her bag, which she was presumably carrying around with her all day. This happened on two separate occasions.
- Archie has had this problem. Any time the cake isn't eaten by his chowhound friend Jughead, Archie ends up walking into someone and spilling it- Like Mr. Lodge, for example.
- Monica's Gang: Smudge once tried to deliver a cake. Meeting Maggy on the way, he hid it behind him so she wouldn't eat it, which allowed someone else to take a bite. Later on, a fat person sat on the cake. When he finally reached his destination, the woman expecting the cake threw what left of it on his face.
- A Smurfs one-page gag has Jokey stumbling to keep a pie intact as he carries it over to his recipient so that he could splatter his face with it.
- One Stargate SG-1 fanfic featured the team attempting to transport a cake secretly through the 'gate. (They were going offworld on Daniel's birthday). Although it made it all around the base, through the 'gate, to another planet, and around that planet for quite a while, eventually, it exploded. Which explains Daniel's haircut at the beginning of the third season.
Films — Animated
- There's a scene in Ice Age where the gang steals melons from some dodos. The scene quickly becomes a parody of a football game. When Sid returns with the last melon, he does a victory dance and spikes it. Oops.
Films — Live-Action
- An early sequence in Easy Money has Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pesci having to transport a gigantic wedding cake in their van. After laboriously loading it up, they do some other errands before having to brake suddenly, sending the cake smashing into the windshield. Something of a Lampshade Hanging, as the sequence seems to play on the audience's expectations that the cake will be destroyed, and it takes so long to happen that they may start to doubt the film is going to do it.
- In the Nancy Drew movie, Ned brings out the cake at Nancy's birthday party (which has gotten a little out of hand)... only to have one of the wilder partygoers crash into it accidentally.
- In The Sandlot, during the chase scene with The Beast, two chefs carrying a large layer cake are in the path of the runners. Benny jumps over the cake, the Beast runs under it, and the other kids jostle the chefs as they run around it. When the chefs finally set the cake down safely on the table, a clown on stilts loses balance from all the kids and falls onto the table, flinging the cake into the air.
- Too many times on The Three Stooges to count. One egregious (but hilarious!) example was in An Ache In Every Stake, when a passerby got his cake destroyed three times.
- Subverted in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Big Mama brings in Big Daddy's majestic birthday cake and keeps carrying it throughout the scene that follows. The cake is perhaps the only thing in the scene that survives unscathed.
- My Favorite Year - at the Stork Club, Alan asks Benjy to create a diversion so he can steal someone's girl, so Benjy plays an inept waiter, stumbling out of the kitchen with a tray piled high with desserts, chaotically weaving and dodging through the anxious crowd.
- The Party settles into a sit-down dinner - with Bakshi (Peter Sellers) seated on a tiny footstool just in front of the kitchen's swinging door, and an inebriated waiter staggering around the table, it's only inevitable that the cake ends up all over the chef when he brings it out.
- The Music Box. Laurel and Hardy deliver a piano up a long flight of stairs several times destroying everything around them but miraculously preserving the piano. The surprise gift delivery displeases the owner of the house who hates pianos. He smashes it to pieces.
- One skit in The Kentucky Fried Movie features a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo by Donald Sutherland, who is playing "The Clumsy Waiter" and is carrying a cake. He trips and face-plants in it.
- In Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery, five-year-old Rilla (youngest daughter of Anne of Green Gables) deliberately dumps the cake she is told to take to a church picnic because she's under the impression that it's disgraceful to be seen carrying a cake. She then feels very foolish when she runs into her much-admired Sunday School teacher bringing her own cake to the church.
- In the Goosebumps book The Cuckoo Clock of Doom, the main character Michael is carrying his own birthday cake, when his bratty sister Tara trips him, causing him to land face first in it. When he starts going backwards in time, he tries to prevent the tripping, but it still happens anyway.
- This trope is actually both used and averted in the same story. When Michael relives his birthday a third time at the end of the story (after accidentally erasing Tara from existence) he manages to carry the cake to the table without incident.
- Snow Crash opens with Hiro Protagonist attempting to deliver a pizza. For the Mafia. Across several international borders. In Ten Minutes. Or else... He winds up in an unfilled swimming pool, but a passing skateboarder decides to do him a favor...
- Done with a twist in Practical Magic (the book that inspired the film). Younger sister Kylie makes a cake as a peace offering for older sister Antonia, with whom she had a fight. While she's carrying the cake to where she knows she can find her sister, she gets assaulted by a strange man. Though she escapes to safety, she's covered in the cake, which she sort of used as a defensive weapon. It still achieves the desired objective, though; she reaches Antonia, who helps her clean up, and the incident heals the breach between them.
- Winnie-the-Pooh has Pooh carry a jar of honey to Eeyore's birthday a long way through the forest.
- In the Redwall book The Pearls of Lutra, Tansy is carrying a cake that is decorated with seven marchpane orbs wrapped in rose petals on top. Clecky the hare sneaks one, and after being scolded, four gulls attack the cake. They were working for the book's Big Bad, Ublaz, and had been sent to find the titular pearls, which the cake decorations resembled.
Live Action TV
- Mary Worth helped out some poor schlub in his big ambition to enter a cake-baking competition - somehow their carrying the cake was shown as high drama.
- The stage show of High School Musical has Status Quo end with Zeke trying to give Sharpay a cake, but having Gabriella dance into him, making him trip and spill the cake onto the girl of his dreams instead. Troy even lampshades this, pointing out that this impromptu school singalong is probably not "the time to be giving Sharpay a cake."
- A key act in Cirque du Soleil's Nouvelle Experience, which later reappeared in La Nouba, is based on averting this trope — the acrobat successfully carries a cake (with lit candles) up with him as he scales a growing tower of chairs.
- Taking over the delivery of a cake is a cover in Hitman: Blood Money. On the way to its destination, the cake can be dropped, used to smuggle guns, poisoned, and rigged to explode - depending on how the player wishes to carry out Agent 47's mission.
- Parappa The Rapper has only the best of intentions when he buys Sunny Funny's birthday cake, so his self-important rival loses no time in tripping him while he carries it home. To add insult to injury, Parappa somehow manages to drop the cake safely face-up...and then land face-down in it.
- The MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online has a group of quests that involve carrying a pie through the Shire while avoiding hungry Hobbits.
- One minigame in Rayman: Raving Rabbids involves trying to carry large towers of food to a patron. Chances are it'll all topple over when the player is steps away from success.
- One of the bonus games in Yoshi's Story had you carrying/balancing melon crates against the clock.
- We Love Katamari has a level (the one scored by the price of the items you pick up) where people are carrying a cake to a destination. Ideally, your katamari will steal it before the end of the level.
- Partial example in Super Mario RPG: Princess Peach was kidnapped (again), and Mario interrupts her forced wedding to her kidnapper just in time. He gets attacked by the angry chef, and moments later, the cake inexplicably comes to life and attacks Mario too.
- In Cake Dance, the second episode of the Korean web animation There she is!!, the feline main character endures subway crowds, rabbit street gangs, and stampedes of jungle animals in his attempt to bring a birthday cake to his rabbit ladyfriend's birthday party. In the end he falls through the door and the cake gets smashed, but she enjoys it anyway (and tackleglomps him for his thoughtfulness).
- Mocked by The Onion: "Jackie Chan attacked while holding World's Most Expensive Wedding Cake."
- Gruesomely subverted in this Newgrounds animation by Harry Partridge, Chuck's New Tux