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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Tour Wreck - UPDATE

Hi all,

Unfortunately, disaster has struck our CW "World" Tour: John is currently in the ICU in a Dallas hospital with pneumonia, and now I've been hit with the sick stick as well. I had hoped to make it to the Austin show today by hopping a flight out this morning, but, well, let's just say my "gut instinct" is to stay near the "porcelain throne." Heh. (Ug.)

I cannot tell you how heart sick I am over this.

As it stands right now, we are canceling the Austin and Kansas City tour stops. Depending on how John and I are doing, we may still be able to make it to Bethesda and/or New York City, but it's too soon to say. Stay tuned to my Twitter feed for all the gory details, and I'll also update here on the blog when I know more.

Thank you all for your well-wishes, and please know that I am so truly sorry. (Especially for the bakers - guys, I promise I will make this up to you somehow.) A re-scheduling is not completely out of the question, but we'll just have to see what happens.

In the meantime, prayers, warm wishes, good thoughts, rain dances, etc., are all very much appreciated. It really stinks to be sick and alone away from home.

UPDATE: More bad news: in addition to the pneumonia, John has developed a staph infection in his blood. He's in critical condition, and so won't be leaving the ICU - much less the hospital - for many days. I'm moving to a hotel closer to the hospital so I can be with him, and I'm afraid this means that the rest of the tour is off. :(

Thank you all again for being so wonderful. Believe it or not, John is still moderating your comments from his hotel bed (talk about an addiction...), so please comment here if you'd like to say hello to him. Better yet: tell him your best joke. He's bored, and needs the laughs right now.

(Hey all! Anne-Marie here! Don't worry, I'm robust and healthy up here in Maine, publishing your comments like crazy! 334 as of a minute ago! John, Jen and all their little viral buddies are loving all the jokes and well wishes. Thanks so much!)

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Reader Comments (1227)

Oh, Jen! We wish you both a speedy recovery. I'm sure everyone will be nothing but understanding. Get well soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Jen & John - No worries! Just get to feeling better... You're in our thoughts!

~Nicole McGarry
Owner & Cake Designer
Wicked Cakes

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole McGarry

get well soon, both of you.


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Jen, you poor thing. I'm following your 'world' tour from britain, i really hope you and john feel better soon.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlittlemissellie

Aw, I'm so sorry to hear! I hope you and your husband feel better :(

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarification

My family is wishing you and Jon a safe and speedy recovery. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

I see that the rain dances are working.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Terribly sorry to hear you're both ill. Best wishes for speedy recovery!

Sally in Austin & daughter

p.s. glad I checked the web site!

again...feel better ~

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope you two get better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaurweth

That's awful (you both being sick and away from home, not the cancelled tour stops)! Get better and don't worry about it. People will obviously understand!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSATURDAY IN THE PARK

So sorry that you guys aren't well! Feel better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThia

Take care of John (and yourself!) Don't worry about the Wreck fans. We will be sad to miss you in Bethesda but sadder because you're sick.
Love you guys. Get well soon.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnn

Ahhhhhh! I hope things turn out okay! That sucks! >_<

Don't worry about us, we're too busy worrying for you and John. Focus on getting better, kay?

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Goodness, I really do hope you both recover quickly! Sending you special thoughts and prayers xxx

PS Been following your fab blog for a while, but first time to comment!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranchan

Oh NOES!! You poor kids! It's awful to be sick, but to be sick and far from home is just dreadful!

I'm enjoying the heck out of the new book, and letting my friends know about it. Thanks so much for the LOLs!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilvergoth

Another follower from Brit-land here, but just to wish you both a very very speedy recovery.

I'm sure I speak for most if not all of your fans when I say you should take as much time off from the tour as you need. Look after yourselves first and foremost, your fans aren't going anywhere.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It does suck to be alone, away from home, and sick. I'm sorry about your hubby. We'll keep you in our thoughts and do a rain dance for you both.

Don't go to the book signing sick, missy. That's bad for everyone involved.

Get well soon!!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna @ The Casa

Hope you both feel better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Jen & John - have lit a candelabra for you both. tessa

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

best wishes, prayers, and a ritual dance around my new yucca plant :) for the both of you. PS I find panadaol very helpful for stomach pain.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw, sorry to hear that! Being sick and away from home really does suck! Best wishes to you both, and I hope John's released from hospital soon!

*hugs to both, on general principles, and wombles off to set up a get-well-soon raindance*
Irish follower

WV - buming; being sick and not at home would be really buming me out

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

oh get well soon both of you
get well vibes all the way from Scotland

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterweewiccababe

I hope you both feel much better soon. xx

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTamsyn

No probs on this end -- much love to you both,

Chicken soup wishes,

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You poor things! Hope you both feel better soon! Not a good thing to happen anytime, but when you're away from home, it's a nightmare!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

Best wishes and aroha (love!) from New Zealand

MC from NZ

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, how horrible! I'll pray that you both will soon be well!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabsiegirl

Jen, you poor poor woman! And John, man that's scary! It is horrible to be so sick far from home! I'm totally bummed that I can't meet you guys today in Austin but understand completely. You both get healthy and your faithful wreckies will be here ready for that possible resched! Get well soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthefourpates

I'm disappointed to hear you won't be in Austin today, but your health is far more important than my entertainment! You two get some rest and feel better!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

Feel better soon, Jen and John!
By the way: love the book!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessy

I'm so sorry your both sick! It's terrible to be sick and away from the comforts of home. That being said, if you have to be sick and in the hospital, you can't do better than Dallas. We have wonderful doctors and hospitals.

Speedy recovery for you and John.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSila Lumenn

So sorry to hear about both of you. Take care and recover- we all love the wacky things people do with icing, but not enough to have you guys put your health in jeopardy.

Get well!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterknitorpurl

Thinking of you!
Hope you both are better soon.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

It's a big rainy, muddy mess in Austin anyways! (No more rain dances please!) ;)

Hope you both get better really soon. Being sick when you aren't at home is a real drag.


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeing A Mom

Wow, I hope John is feeling better soon and that you are up on your feet again too!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFairly Odd Mother

Oh no, I've had walking pneumonia twice. Keep trying to drink liquids and rest, rest, rest. I hope that both of you get well soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I'm just a hop, skip and a jump away in Fort Worth, if there's anything at all that you need I can help. I also work for a big hospital system in the metroplex, not sure where John is, but I can try and help if he needs anything as well. I'm at blgrigsby at yahoo dot com.

Get better!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh no! I'm sure everyone will understand. I wish you a speedy recovery.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStrawrose

You poor dears! Wishing you the speediest of recoveries!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. This is seriously clasically bad stuff. Someday I'm sure you'll have a good laugh over this, but for now - just focus on getting better.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

Oh, what a huge disappointment for you and John! The rest of us will miss out, but I feel horrible for both of you. When you come to KC, please bring a very healthy stomach and appetite, because the BBQ is too good to pass up for gatorade/7up.

Under Neat That
We'll Miss You,
Sheri in KC

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear you're both unwell. Get better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Oh, Jen, that stinks. I'm so sorry. Sending lots of healing vibes to both of you.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

I know what is really going on. You have been sneaking around eating cupcake cakes and it finally backfired! Admit it!

Kidding. Hope you are both feeling much better very soon and am very sorry that you caught the bug!

Shelley in So. Illinois

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Thank you for all your hard work. Tours can be extremely draining, even without getting sick!

All our prayers and well wishes are with you-this bug really stinks!

Feel better soon, there can always be another tour later.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdoula_char

I'm so sorry to hear that. It looked like you were having such fun on your tour. I hope you both get better quickly.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat's Creations

get well vibes sent to both of you... take care!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEstir_BunE

Please worry not. AT ALL. Austin is a zoo right now anyway w/ the Austin City Limits festival going on. Come another time but GET WELL first. So sorry you guys are stuck in a foreign (Dallas) place away from home. Being sick in a hotel is not that comforting...Wishing you and your husband the best and many get well wishes too.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterF

So sorry, guys! My best friend has pneumonia too and it's no joke. Focus on getting well now. We're expecting years of wrecky goodness to come from the pair of you.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAramis

Praying for you

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie H.

Bummin' hard here in KCMO. None the less, many prayers for wellness.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

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