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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)

I'm so glad to hear that John is feeling better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathryn

Yeay, John!!! I was quite worried about the blood infection. It's good to hear that you're on the mend.

Cakes: What's with that last one? It looks like it was decorated with foam core diamond shapes and cones of white paper. What *is* that stuff?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So happy for the good news! Take care!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Oh this is WONDERFUL news to start my day at work on! I'm so glad! You two have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. I don't know why I feel as if I know you, but I do! :) You are good people and I want nothing but good things for you!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleannwoo

So thankful that John is doing so much better! I hope he continues to make a speedy recovery!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad you and John are doing better!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Yeaaaah!!! I'm so glad he's getting better. I usually wait until the afternoon to look at your blog, but I wanted to see how John was doing.

The offer still stands about bringing you guys a home-cooked meal. Please don't hesitate to ask!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am truly so glad that you everyone is better! I've not posted before, but I've been actually distraught over John's illness and the fate of your book tour. I live here in Austin and kept thinking...."maybe I should make them some minestrone", then figured I'd risk coming off as some obsessed stalker fan, trying to my minestrone on y'all, which you'd then likely toss or get tested for poison before eating. Regardless, I was surprised at the depth of my feeling for you both, which is a testament to how much I depend on your delighting me each morning. Thanks, and please take care!!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea in Austin

Yaaaaaaay!!! Welcome back, John!!!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSkydiving Ducklings

Thank god! I lurk around here every day and I have been thinking about you two. Strong, healing vibes to John!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Yay, so glad John's better! He's been in thoughts here in MD. Now rest up a lot more to get all better. Theeen talk about going back. ;)


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So glad to hear! Take it easy, Jon, and let the prayer and medicine do its work.

You still owe us the rest of the tour now. Something to look forward to next year!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Get well soon John. (In spanish!)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"Congratulations John" (in Spanish)!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Congratulations John" (in Spanish)!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so glad to hear he's doing so much better already. Please, don't bother with the rest of the tour, get totally healthy and then reschedule. And while you're at it...maybe a stop in Vegas?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina in Vegas

I am so happy to hear John is on the mend. (ICU sounds so scary!) It's bad enough having a loved one in the hospital, it must be worse when you are out of town when it happens.

I hope you can restart the tour. How about "Cake Wrecks World Tour II: Electric Boogaloo - This time it's personal!"?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermb_in_dc

Great news!
Keep getting better John.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

So glad to hear John is doing better! Y'all take care and John, take things slow and easy for a while, OK?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSila Lumenn

Glad to hear about the quick recovery!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVal


(I think I speak for all those who would name themselves anonymous when I say that.)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm so glad that John is doing better! I got my books in the mail a few days ago. I crack myself up looking at it every night. Your comments are hilarious!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawklady

Is it just me, or does that "Congratulations Heidi" cake look like it's decorated with tampons?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

SO GLAD that you guys are heading back toward normal - but DO take it easy, the book tour can wait. Srsly.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJune

LITERAL WRECKAGE! I love literal wreckage!! Hee!

P.S. My spouse sez: "Tell John since he's on heavy-duty antibiotics to eat yogurt with every meal. Bitter Personal Experience." So, tell him. :-)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

I'm so happy to hear that John is doing better! YAY! I'm sending continued prayers for you both to be well. Hugs too!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Now I can breathe...good to know John can too.

Good health, safe travel, and you know, all that good vibe stuff is being sent your way!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

YAY in all caps! "I'm" so "glad" to "hEaR" "HE'S" "better" in orange!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon D

Glad that the good juju is helping. In the meantime, tie him to the bed because pneumonia has a bad habit of kicking your butt when you least expect it. (To the publisher -- NOOOO!)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFiberQat

I was going to ask how you and John were holding up--glad to see you're both feeling better. The whole book tour extravaganza to ICU transition was a little scary.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGirl With Curious Hair


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTari

Many Blessings and giving thanks for a speedy recovery.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad to w he's feeling better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Good to hear things are looking up! :D Keep up the good work John, but take it easy!

PS I'm rather disturbed by the word verification here - 'rearimp'?!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterasthehind

Glad to know he's feeling better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

so, so, so, so happy to hear john is doing better! getting sick like that and having to be in the ICU is stressful and scary, no matter what reassurances the docs give. good thing you were in texas! it's (almost) the best state in the country (and my home state, heh)!! it was great that you could still spread the laughs even while you were both down and out. GET BETTER FAST! take the meds, push the fluids, and rest, rest, rest :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

Oh, I am SO glad John is doing better! Thank you for taking such good care of us, and giving us laughs, in spite of your own trials!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlois

[Kermit the Frog]YAAAAAAAA![/Kermit the Frog]

Great news keep working at getting him better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

love that last one! i am glad that john is getting better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

What a great post! Classic CakeWrecks and why we all love you. Great news about John too. Thanks for bringing a little sunshine into a cloudy day!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLCBrisson

So good to hear that John is on the mend! Please take it easy, eat well, and rest a LOT! Please let yourself get totally well so you don't have a relapse. Sending good thoughts to both of you!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkiki

i'm so glad to hear your hubby is feeling better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterteri

So glad you guys are feeling better. Hooray!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterscrappinfox

I'm thrilled to hear that John is moving up in the medical world! Rest assured that we'll all keep sending positive thoughts your way, and hope you'll be out in no time.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma9405

Glad to hear that John is on the mend. Good luck with the rest of the tour if you do go back out.

That first cake posted today is spooky, I sort of like it. Maybe I'm just aching for Halloween wrecks...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh gosh, what a relief! I hope he continues to feel better and that he can get back on that tour soon - but not TOO soon!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Felicidades, John and Jen (congratulations "In Spanish!") on your recovery (so far).

If you're still in Dallas and could use a free place to stay, let me know.


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Yay, I’m glad John is better! In Spanish.

And I hope you’re hanging in there as well! In orange.

Nothing on the third line.

Hope you’re back home soon! “Turn the channel”


WV: bedimmer. Nothing is bedimmer than a wreckerator who can't bebothered to think!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTigerwolf

Yay, I'm so glad John is feeling better! And seriously? Trying to go back on tour? Well, if you feel you're up to it I don't know that many people would complain but...It's so easy to strain yourself when you've been so sick, you'd probably be better off just rescheduling another tour for later, when you're 100% healthy again!

Also, these are my favorite kinds of wrecks. Love the "nothing on the other" cake. What baker thought that was expected?

W.V. --> Blessent. We're all glad John has been blessent with his health again.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

Glad to hear John is feeling better. Make him take it easy for a while!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

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