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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

"So Funny" In Bold, with Exclamation Mark

I haven't had much time to write lately, but fortunately these bakers have provided all the commentary we need:

So many questions... little interest in the answers.

(Not pictured was the third cookie cake, which read "Nothing. Two should be enough, thanks!"*)

Poor "ChRis"; not a speck of orange to be found!


*Yes, I'm joking; there wasn't a third cake. (So far as I know.)

Stephanie J., Kathryn S., Wendy M., & Jenny, you guys rock in all caps!

- Related Wreckage: Wreck Creators

NOTE: D'oh! Ok, you doubters were correct: the "in Spanish" cake IS an intentional order. Sorry, Tasteful Cakes, and thanks for having such a great sense of humor about it!

UPDATE ON JOHN: John is out of ICU and feeling gooood! So good, in fact, that he's been pestering the publisher to let us go straight back on tour the second he's discharged from the hospital. (Hm. Maybe I should recommend another head examination...)

It will be a few weeks before his lungs are completely clear, and he will continue to be on massive amounts of antibiotics in the meantime, but as of this moment you'd never know he was deathly ill a few days ago. That's the power of prayer, warm wishes, good juju, and modern medicine for you! Thank you all SO MUCH; your e-mails, comments, jokes, tweets, pics of get-well cakes, and offers of help have been overwhelming, and helped us more than I can say.

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Reader Comments (207)

ahh, yes....good juju goes a long way! Glad to hear he is up and at it again! Cheers :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllBlueZoo

The "nothing on 2nd" cake reminds me of "Who's on First?" Hilarious bit.

And it's good to see my name on a cake. I just wish it wasn't pink icing. Taylor is a guy's name too! (okay, no it's not)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor@MyOlderBrothers

Praise the Lord! I'm so glad he's feeling SO much better! I pray he's able to take it EASY, rest, and continue to fully recover.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSheryl

We were going to be in Bethesda tonight to greet you; disappointed of course but we are so happy to hear that John is on the mend! Thanks for all you do.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Thank goodness things are clearing up for you! Rest easy now.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdsmcaron

SO glad John is doing better! Good luck for a speedy recovery!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather (errantdreams)

Oh, that is great news! So, so glad to hear it! My goodness, you poor folks. Trial by fire doesn't quite describe your book tour, does it?

And now that John's out of the woods, I can tell you what I thought yesterday's first cake was: Panties. I thought it was a thong. Because nothing says "classy" like thong cake!

Today's batch just makes me worry for our collective future, is all.

Good luck!! And though you don't even hardly know me from comments, I send you both hugs! But of the friendly, we'd-be-sure-to-be-buddies, type. Nothing creepy or weird. Promise.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterellaesther

Bless you both! Thanks for the update, glad to hear John's doing so much better.

The Literal LOLs always make my day ("Exclamation points")

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheron

Good News about John - made my day!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterprego1

John is better! YAY!!!!! Jen, thanks so much for the update. I hope you too are feeling much better. I was so worried about both of you and was definitely sending the good juju!

Wreck on John and Jen....wreck on!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhitby98

So glad to hear that John is doing better. Sounds like your job, Jen, is going to be to limit his activities for awhile while he recuperates. Best wishes to you both for continued health and wellness!

Wreck on!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkadyb

So glad to here John is doing better. Here's hoping he will be out of the hospital soon.
~Veronica B.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterncsudancelover

Praise God! I'm so glad John's doing better. I've never posted here, but I read your site every day. I enjoy it so much! I haven't gotten your book yet, but I plan to. :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlykx

Glad to hear everythings looking up!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

I really like the modern looking TV in the first cake. Nice "rabbit ears."

*And feel better, John. My girlfriend and I are wishing you well.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdnoxious

Sad, sad. I'm becoming jaded, though . . . Heidi's cake looks suspiciously like an intentional wreck. Quotation marks AND parentheses?!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarliO

Get better John. We miss you in bold. =)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangie

What good news about John! I'm so glad. But someone needs to sit on his head and make him rest up and get healthy. We want to see the rest of the tour, sure, but we want John to recover more.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

But those wallpapery diamonds (?) should make up for the English.

(I'm so glad John is better!)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

YAY!!!! I am very happy to hear that John is doing so much better!!! You guys will continue to be in my prayers that he completely recovers soon!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Hurray! I'm so glad John is feeling better, and I hope you are too. Tell him he needs to go home and rest, rest, rest! (and so do you.) He needs to take extra good care of himself over the next few months so his body can completely recover. Here's hoping you can go home soon.

P.S. Thanks so much for sending an email to the people who had RSVP'd for the tour to let us know that the rest of the tour was cancelled. In the midst of crisis, you managed to be courteous to all of us strangers (and some are stranger than others). You are a class act, Jen.

Mary C.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryC

Wow! John's out of ICU? That's FANTASTIC! So, John, hold your horses and reschedule your tour for another time. Don't mess with pneumonia . . . give your lungs a chance to recoup and regain strength. Your immune system isn't strong enough to fight off all the "cooties" floating around in the massive crowds that follow you guys everywhere you go.

As for "ChRis in orange" . . . I never did figure out that it said "orange." I thought, "ChRis in Obama?" "ChRis in Omaha?" "ChRis in WHERE?" Orange. Figures.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I am so relieved to hear of your hubby's miraculous bounce-back! (I nearly scoured Dallas-area hospitals for telltale crumbs so that I could deliver chicken soup!)

Continued mojo, juju, good boogie and all the rest that his healing is quick and complete.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust A Girl

I'm so glad to hear that; I popped over to send some good vibes, but I guess they got to Texas before I got to the website! Take care of yourselves...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertheplaiddress

GOSH! I was going crazy here hitting the refresh button on my pc so many times the pc was starting to smoke! I'm sooooooooooooooooo happy to hear John is out of the ICU and doing better! I can relate to the "not clear for a few weeks"; back in 2002 I had broncho-pneumonia and it took a few months for it to clear completely. BIG KISSES!

BTW, those cakes are way too funny!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAna

I'm so glad John is feeling better! It can be very scary getting sick so far from home.Hope you are feeling better as well.
Jennifer in CT

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Although not able to make your tour I'm glad to hear you guys are recovering!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaktarr

Oh, I am so thrilled to hear that John is doing better! This lurker has had you two very much in my thoughts.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColette

I am so happy that John is better all caps with three "exclamation marks"

Now make sure both of you take care of yourselves. You scared us and we've been up all night worrying, so we're sleepy (and a little hungry). Get some rest. Have some cake. Curl up with a good book; the good people at CakeWrecks have a new book out, and it's fantastic!

WV: dessedr - Getting dressed in the dark so everything is all mixed up.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

YAY! I've been waiting for an update, and I'm so glad to hear good news! But yeah, John still crazy, apparently. Go home and rest, you crazy kids!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBabs

I'm so glad things are looking better! That is some scary stuff. I just got not only a flu shot but also a bacterial pneumonia shot and am keeping my fingers crossed. My mom was in the hospital for 10 days in May with pneumonia! I hope the continued recovery goes smoothly!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

SO GLAD to read good news about John! To heck with the tour, go home and rest up.

WV: agiaties...the sick twisty feeling you get in your stomach at working lunch meetings.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottie Park

Glad to hear everyone's getting better. Go home, recuperate! The 'wreckies' (or
'wreckers' - in the vein of terkkers vs. trekkies:-) will be there for the next tour, this one can wait.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you can't depend on people you don't know from the internet, who can you depend on? I'm so glad to hear that John is doing well!

As for the think the last one is my favorite. I love the exclamation point after "In Spanish" HA!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGiana

So glad to hear you're doing better. Take care of yourselves and keep the wreckage coming.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoy Goodman

That's great news about John! I've been anxiously awaiting updates. Take it easy, both of you!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

So good to hear about John. Now remember to take it easy until those lungs get clear. Trying to rush will only make things worse.

*turns off mom mode*

These wrecks are classic hilarious, but I just can't seem to grasp what the first one is saying (or not saying). Was someone yelling at their kid in the background while ordering cake (because their remote broke and kids are obviously the next best choice for channel changers).

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMyCatsRule

I'm so happy to hear John is doing better. I have been so worried. Strange to be so concerned about people you've never met, but you guys are like my secret Internet best secret that you don't even know I exist. :) Hope you are home and 100% healthy soon!

P.S. The book arrived Saturday and it is the awesome.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

SO glad to read that John is doing better!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

I have tears in my eyes I'm so happy to hear John is ok! and how are YOU doing, Jen!? I think you guys should head home and/or take a vacation. all of us bakers will be waiting for you ;)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstep0nmi2

Yay! Keep getting better John. Be happy and healthy and keep on laughing!

I like the cookies. I would not doubt it if there was a third one! lol And even with orange, I think ChRis's cake still would have been a wreck! Orange icing and a blue truck! Icky!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKachine

We're so glad that John is feeling better! This is a little twisted, but his condition helped my girls deal with the death of their 3-year-old gerbil, Waffle.

We'd been discussing John's condition in our home and hoping for a quick and full recovery. After the girls learned of their gerbil's demise yesterday (not a shock since Waffle had been sick), they were sadly trying to play Pollyanna. One of the "good" things about Waffle dying was "at least it wasn't John"!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHope

Good to hear! I hope he'll be well enough for you guys to go home soon!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy

I'm happy to hear that John is feeling better. We'll keep him in our thoughts.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack

I'm a first-time poster, finally out of lurk mode--so very glad to hear John is on the road back, as I've been very worried about you both.

There will be more tours, I am sure. Tell John to try not to overdo it these first days, and I'm sure he's very excited to get out of the hospital and back to real life again.

And of course I never miss of day of "wrecks", so very much fun, thanks! (Also, I don't have an account yet so will show as "anonymouse", but I'm Nancy, from Lincoln, NE).

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's the best news I've heard all day! I'm glad to hear he's getting better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJellyJo

I am SO GLAD THAT JOHN IS FEELING BETTER!! I don't even know you guys but I love this site and check it every day. Reading that you were both so ill made me really concerned. Thank goodness he is doing much better! Much love to the both of you!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Glad to hear that he is doing better!

I hope you guys do get to finish or re-schedule your tour, I know it must have been fun and exciting.

Keep Wrecking it up.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersquidmarket

YAY JOHN! Thank the Lord he's feeling better.

And as for the cakes....what can I say? Literal LOL's are my favorite.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy

Ah, those literal-minded Wreckerators, dont'cha love'em.

Glad to hear John's recovering. Look after yourselves, and thanks for all the laughs!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuse

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