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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 am so happy to hear he is feeling better! You try to keep him resting a bit longer though, k?

Love these cakes, too funny :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I don't normally comment, but wanted to say I LOVE your blog, and have gotten others to LOVE it too!! And I am very happy John is doing better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I am so glad he is doing so much better! I was so worried, especially after the last post mentioned a head injury (yikes!). Tell him to take his time getting well. The fans will still be here when he is ready to resume the tour. I promise!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatiedid1806

So good to hear! Keep getting better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlindie

Big applause for being out of ICU! Take some time off to recover, eh?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Hey, I have a quick question for anyone who knows:

Is there a way to order the book (or a place to order it) that maximizes the percentage of the sale price that gets to Jen & John?

Those hospital bills are going to be outrageous. I'd like my purchase of the book to do as much good for them as possible.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColette

Glad to hear John's doing better! Remind him to take the _full_ course of antibiotics no matter how good he's feeling.


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Kermit the FROG: YAAAA!

So good to hear he's improving. Keep up the good work looking after him and keeping him sensible. Don't worry about the tour and just work on getting him better.

My thoughts are with you,

Free Cake treat!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan Bradbury

I'm so glad he's feeling better, you guys brighten my day so much. I love reading your jokes and stories. I hope you both feel better very soon!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCadessa

I'm glad John is "feeling better" with exclamation points!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

So, so, sooooo glad that things are looking up. Personally I think you should head home, recover and reschedule the tour in a few weeks when things are less flegm-y. We adore you guys, you know we do, but your health is really more important. The cakes and books and wrecks can wait on you. It's the least we can do.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Coming out of lurkdom to say I'm so happy to hear that John is doing so well! Yall were definitely in my thoughts. I'm still sending good vibes your way.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Glad to hear that John is on the mend. I've recently learned how scary hospitals can be. My 24 year old husband was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on September 28, and since then I've become far more acquainted with the ICU and hospitals than I ever desired to be. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your website. It helps me laugh when things get too serious. Thanks for keeping at it even through this time when updating the website is the last thing on your mind!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Phew! We were all so worried. Please take care of yourself and John.

And, this post was hilarious!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm so glad he's doing better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterxxxevilgrinxxx

Don't let those microbes get you down, John! Can they handle a pastry bag? An air-brush? Fondant? Nah, I didn't think so. Fuggetaboutem.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbats :[

MarliO and MyCatsRule:
The first cake was real, and it was for a student organization whose theme for Soul Night was "Turn the Channel". My friend picked it up from the store, and it was hilarious :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Glad things are looking up - praying that you guys are both fighting fit again in no time. Take care!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Great wreckage today! Awesome.
~Amy B

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

So glad John is doing better! I'm tempted to make a pun about 'breathing easier', but I think I'll leave that to the pros. (That'd be you, Jen.)

Literal wrecks are my second faves, right after wedding wrecks. These are awesome.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

my WV is unati: John, unati boy for wanting to get out of your sickbed and continue the tour!

So sorry to hear he's been sick--I missed a couple of days, so I just found out. Please get better soon, and don't overdo it!

Love the cakes as usual.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Jen, just be glad he is in the hospital so they can take care of him. My DH got pnemonia a few years back. It was such a pain having to take care of him, and our baby, by myself. And have to give him anal medicine. GROSS!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeserlee

Such wonderful news to find this morning! Yes, prayer works! But, John, keep off the cake for a while, because sugar doesn't.

There was an enormous response to your book giveaway on my blog (of course!!), I'm getting ready to post the winner, I'll be so glad to also post the good news of John's recovery. Thank you again. I hope you'll have a chance to read all the great cake related comments left there, some real doozies.

Oh, and to Chelsea in Austin, I do minestrone. Come stalk me.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathe Holden

well that is certainly fantastic news, jen!! i am so relieved to hear it.

please continue to rest and take care of yourself and john so that both of you are back to full health as soon as possible.

we did miss you v. much in austin. was so looking forward to meeting y'all.

i agree with chelsea in austin (above) ... i have been surprised at the depths to which john's illness has affected me. to the point of wanting to hunt y'all down and DO something to help! :-)

it truly is a testament to you and john and the gift of laughter that y'all share with all of us.

thanks and take care!!

terry lee

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

I rarely leave a comment, but I just wanted John to know how glad I am to hear that he's doing better!

Is it sad that I quickly glanced over today's post in order to find an update on how both of you are doing?

I'll go back and reread everything and I can laugh now. :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

EXCELLENT news that John is doing better! Cheers!

wow, could these bakers take things any more literally? scary.

so glad to hear John's on the mend! best wishes, blessings, and get well hugs to you both (ok, just regular friendly-type hugs to you Jen, since you appear to be all recovered.)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

Hooray! Good juju and silly cake (and antibiotics)...the perfect combination.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeemack

I'm so glad to hear that John is on the mend!


October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad to hear that John is feeling much better!

Cake Wrecks to celebrate!
(nothing on the second cake...or the third)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

so so happy to hear he's feeling better! *whew*

thanks for brightening my day every day, and for the special healthy bright news today!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrophos

My roommates and I follow your site; although we've never posted, all of us were very worried for you guys, sounds like airport/crowd cooties attacked hardcore :(( Very glad to hear you're on the downhill slope towards recovery, but you should really take it easy! Pneumonia is hard for the body to fight if you aren't rested.

On a sorta side note, one of my roommates wanted you to know that she has had a staff infection (got it from the hospital) -- I don't know what form yours took but hers was a big mess on the outer part of her butt that oozed and pained. She says that she is happy you don't have what she did, because to have pneumonia AND have to worry about sitting down too hard and making something explode would be just too much!

lots of well-wishes from us,

"LuCanDrea" from AZ

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So glad things are looking up! Thanks for that update.

Those cookies could have only been better had they been cupcake cakes.

*runs away*

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatty O'Chair

Hooray! So glad to check in this morning and see good news (and hilarious wreckage).

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy mazola--I go off into Cat Rescue Land for a few days, and the whole ding-dang world goes kablooie!! WOW, guys...I'm so glad that everyone's feeling better--but wow, that's scary. :::hugs::: to both of you--stay well, or get well, depending on whether you're Jen or John.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

Still sad to hear you won't be in NY tomorrow after all. :[ But I am very glad your John pulled through. Best wishes to you both! I'll still be here for your next tour.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter2BThinAgain

So glad to hear John is better!!

Cakes are hysterical too...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

I am so glad to know that John's going to be OK - I've been sending good juju across the Atlantic from good ol' Blighty since I heard he was ill...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFi

Glad he's feeling better! I know your book tour would never come all the way to the Arctic Circle where we live, but I was thinking and hoping hard that you all can get back on track!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Freel

Glad he's feeling better! I know your book tour would never come all the way to the Arctic Circle where we live, but I was thinking and hoping hard that you all can get back on track!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin Freel

Oh, I am SO glad to hear that! Thank heavens! Wanting to overdo is always a good sign. Best-tasting cakey goodness to all the medical types who took/are taking such good care of him!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

tarta bueno!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Girl

Thank God
(next line)
John is better.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Yay! So glad to hear John's doing well.

Don't be ashamed if you have to tie him down and knock him over the head again to make him rest like he's supposed to. It'll only look silly and hurt for a few minutes. ;)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershadow

Yay for John!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStefRobrts

SO glad to hear he's doing so much better!!! (((HUGS))) to you both!!! <3 You TOTALLY need to get him a cake now - that will help!!! :D

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Thank you so much for the update, Jen. I'm really glad that John is out of ICU and doing better. I was so worried I'd read today that he "took a turn for the worse", as the saying goes. Hopefully, he'll be back to 115% in no time!

And as always, great cakes! The second pic especially made me giggle.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I am just so relieved to hear that John in on the mend! As a mom, it's my job to do intensive fretting and/or worrying, so I've been doing my share for the both of you. I cannot imagine how scary it must have been to have to go through all this so far away from home, but I'm glad that you at least had the power of positive thinking of all your fans to surround you. You jolly us along even through the worst of days with your blog, now we get to return the favor.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLesa Pinker

SOO glad to hear of John's almost recovery. Thanks for keeping us updated. Thanks also for keeping us laughing throughout your ordeal. It is good medicine.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

I'm SOOO glad he's better!!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

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