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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)

Man! I can't believe that you guys are so sick! That's just crazy.

Well, don't worry about us out here, just take care of yourselves and get better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerĂ¡

A speedy recovery to you both.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope John has a very short and uneventful stay, and that you are both feeling much better and quickly! Big hugs to you both!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Awww, Jen and John! I hope you're both feeling better soon and that John gets out of ICU. No fun at all!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSouthernSugar

Oh my. Dude(s), I'm totally learning from you for when I go on my whirlwind book-signing tour when, you know, I'm all rich and famous and stuff. (Note to self: Boost Immune System, get caught up on vaccines, take plenty of Vitamin C.)

Oh, and watch out fer the Swine Flu while you're already sick. (Note to self: Schedule whirlwind book tour AFTER the pandemic... but then everyone will be dead... hmmm, this isn't as easy as you make it look.)

Ah, heck, just get better soon!

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October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRufus Opus

Oh no, I hope you both recover fully and quickly. These things have a way of popping up at such inconvenient times.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiecey

Oh, that's terrible... I'm so sorry! Take care of yourselves and don't worry -- I'm sure your fans will understand!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthreeattic

Oh! I am so sorry to hear that you are both so sick. Warmest wishes, big hugs and healing thoughts are being sent your way.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanetDavies

I am so sorry you are sick and away from home! God bless you both.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley Dayton

WOW...that sucks in a major way! I'd like to join all the others in sending good thoughts.

If we all think about the same thing at the same time great things can happen! The power of the human mind...etc...(Dr. Who anyone?)

Get better both of you..."seriously"

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNina Million

I'm so sorry! Being sick in a hotel by yourself is absolutely the pits. I remember going through this, sitting on the floor of a bathroom in a hotel in San Francisco at 3 AM thinking, "I'm going to die here and no one will ever know." And it's concerning to read the letters "ICU" in a post. Speedy recovery to both of you!

Oh, and as for the dances -- don't forget the head thrusts. We don't want locusts.

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October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Zikmund-Fisher


I'm thinking of you and John and hoping for your speedy recoveries! Hopefully you'll be able to come to KC sometime when you're feeling better!


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Oh NO! I am so sorry to hear this! I hope you both feel better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicolasa

Take it easy and don't try to do too much too soon. Praying for a speedy and full recovery.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter5thsister

Definitely lots of warm wishes.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaladriel

I hope you've not be poisened by a cake wrecker.

I hope you both feel better soon

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope you both feel better. I was really looking forward to going to Austin today. Hope you reschedule!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Oh my gosh! I hope both of you feel better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm sorry that both of you are so sick--hope you get better soon. I'm sure everyone will understand.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, so sorry to hear that John is in ICU and now you are sick as well. Wishing you both a speedy recovery!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Bennett

oh my dear lord. i am terribly sorry to hear of john's hospitalization and your illness. if i were closer to dallas, i'd nip over and do my best to nurse y'all back to health!

but dallas has some fine hospitals with excellent ICU nurses, so i'm sure john's in good hands.

jen, drink lots of fluids and rest as much as you can! poor dear.

honestly, it's horrible weather in central texas this morning. hopefully y'all can reschedule when everyone is healthy and the sun is shining.

prayers, positive thoughts and all my best to the two of you! wish i could do more.

terry lee

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

aw, fargnax! i hope you both feel better soon!
best wishes [WISHWISHWISH] and don't forget to stock up on the chocolate because hey, when you're sick you might as well make sure you feel COMPLETELY better ;)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter.anna.

*hugs* That sounds miserable. D= Being sick is bad enough, but sick away from the comforts of home is even worse! I hope you guys feel better soon!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChey

Dear Jen and John:
I hope you both get better soon. It's terrible to be sick in unfamiliar surroundings without friends and family to comfort you. We send you hugs (especially from my daughter) and warm thoughts.

Mary, Tom and Teela (near Bethesda, MD)
P.S. My in-laws were just visiting this past week and my mother in law laughed all the way through your book. Another convert!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermary

Best wishes for a very speedy recovery! You do so much to make our day, I hope our good wishes will help you get better presto!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi H

Wishing you both a speedy recovery.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Oh wow! I was looking forward to seeing ya'll today, but please stay in Dallas and rest! Get well wishes to both of you.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Oh no! That sucks for you guys. I hope you feel better soon.

I spent the last three days working on a cupcake wreck of epic proportions...I doubt it'll survive long enough for a reschedule. I'll take photos and send them to you because I'm not going to have time to recreate it since I need to start on the figures for my Austin Cake Show entry. :(

Of course my email bounces from your domain claiming I'm a spammer, which I'm not, so I'll have to try getting a separate address or something...

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Feel better soon! Your health is more important than a couple of visits.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNJS

Jen & John,
SOOOOOOO sorry to hear you are not feeling well! (:P) Here is a heart-felt wish for your speedy recovery. Forget the rain dance. It sounds like there's enough rain on the parade already. May you soon be doing a felicity foxtrot instead.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, my first comment, and it's to tell you to get well soon!

Prayers to you both.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

*hug* We'll miss you in KC, but I hope you guys feel better!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSquee

So sorry to hear you are sick! We had to cancel our trip to see you (from Oklahoma) because we've got 2 kids with swine flu! Let's all get better, hmmmm?
-Anne R.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh no!

Well wishes to you and John!!


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeri

So sorry! My thoughts are with both of you to Get "Well" Soon! (Oh wait, misuse of quotation marks!) I REALLY mean Get Well Soon. Sincerely. :)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnjie

Best wishes from Washington!! Get well!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

I'm glad i checked my email before We left, my mom wouldn't have been happy to drive all the way to book people. xD Hope you guys get better!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSoten~

You and John will be in my prayers! Hope you both feel better very soon.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

Jen and John,

You both take care of yourself, infections are nothing to be taken lightly. Get better soon, Jon!


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermollyvh

Speedy recovery!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary B

Feel better John! Our family LOVES Cakewerecks! You both are in our thoughts and prayers.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrie Williams

Oh no! The cakes are supposed to be the "wrecks", not you!

Get well soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFujiyamamama

I wish i was good with jokes! John, I hope the medical staff is taking good care of you, and that people far funnier than i comment today.

~Get well, hope you get come awesome cakes, and by awesome i do mean fear-inspiring, to encourage a speedy recovery! (Because cake cures all, of course)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShinku-Ha

Feel better soon. We'll be waiting here in Austin, hoping for a reschedule!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'll be praying for your health! It's never fun being sick, especially when you are away from home! Take Care.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Praying for your recovery. Looking forward to your next tour! :)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Worrisome stuff! More get well wishes from Northern Virginia. You asked for jokes. How about a really bad one my kids tell all the time?

Q: What do surfers do when they see each other?
A: They wave!

See? I warned you. Really bad. :-)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh no! I hope you both feel better soon! Though I'm disappointed the tour has been canceled, it's way more important that y'all get better.
At least you're in Dallas- my home town has great hospitals! I hope you get the best care ever there.

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Get well soon, both of you!

Here's my best bad joke (though it's so horrible it may make you even sicker):

Two muffins are sitting in an oven. The first turns to the other and says, "Man, it sure is getting hot in here."

The other one replies, "AAAH! TALKING MUFFIN!"

....I'm sorry.

<3 Feel better soon!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Thoughts and prayers with you both!!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralicia

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