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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)

Good lord, I'm so sorry that John was so sick and so glad that he's on the mend.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I'm greatly relieved to read that John is much better, and you sound better too (if "sound" can be inferred from text). Take it easy and keep getting better. Meanwhile, those are some of the more atrocious cakes you've posted on the blog. I can't believe the thoughtlessness of those decorators!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

So glad John is feeling better!!! Tell him not to do too much at first, we don't want him to get sick again. The body takes time to fully heal.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

"WUNDERFAL!" Take care of yourselves and each other. We love you. A lot.

next line.

These cakes are horrible. In the most wrectacular way possible.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

By the way, Jen, I think I found how CW fans feel about John wanting to resume the tour right after getting out of the hospital.

Hope that cheers you guys up some. :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I wish I knew what was going on in those bakers heads. LOL!

Glad to hear John is feeling better!! :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Easy there John, we aren't going anywhere :) You need to Rest!

Good luck getting him to sit still for a bit Jen! :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Great news, guys! Relieved to hear that John is on the mend. :)

I take it, Jen, that you too are feeling better?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

So glad to hear he is doing better! Those hospital acquired infections can be nasty! Is he taking any probiotics to counteract the negative affects of the antibiotics in between doses?

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! John's okay! I'd suggest investing in some good restraints for when John gets out of the hospital because it sounds like you're going to need them.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhoppytoad79

So glad to hear that you both, but especially John, are doing better, and are on the mend.

I was really looking forward to meeting you here in the Big Apple tomorrow, but your health must come first. Maybe you'll swing by in a few months?

WV: ingamm I'm so glad you're back in(the)gamm again!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQueenscook

Hooray! Get strong and stay well! Dr. Deborah prescribes eating more cake. :-) All the best to you both. ~ Deborah in California

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a relief! So glad to hear that John is out of ICU and that you both are on the mend. I'm sure it was all the jokes that people posted--especially the pirate with the steering wheel (which seemed to be a favorite of many Wrecksters).
Take it easy you guys. Eat lots of chicken noodle,er, cake.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFM

YAY!!! Thank God. So happy to hear John is out of ICU, but tell him take it easy and rest! The fans understand.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

I am thrilled to tears to hear that John is well on his way to recovery and feeling good.

I can now say that I was absolutely terrified for you both because I know the reality of a systemic infection. I am a blood infection survivor, so I know the survival odds are about 50-50. I suffered heart and organ damage and lost a big chunk of flesh on my leg... and I consider myself extremely lucky. Please, please do all that your doctors order until you are fully recovered.

Sending warmest wishes your way!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

AWESOME FOR JOHN!!!!! I Knew all our wrecktastic juju would be helpful.... not to underestimate the Non-Wreckalicious care of his excellent docs in the Longhorn State. Let us know where we should send Thx and Congraduations to the Docs for caring for our Wrex Crew!!- continual XX's, btw

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolinaNightingale

So glad to hear John is doing better. Wow! You just never know what life will throw at you. You guys make my life a little happier every day! Thank you!!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThis Side Up.

So pleased to hear that John is on the mend . . .

I'm sure it's been said already but next time, book a wreck tour NOT wreck a book tour!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJO UK

Glad to hear John is doing better.

I was wondering why the last cake had pizza sliced into diamonds on it.

And a comic today you should appreciate.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenestria

Yay! I hope you get to go home very soon.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

YEA!!! So glad to hear of John's recovery!! At least now you can both get some much needed rest. NYer's will miss you :-( but, we are certainly grateful you are both better.

Is this "pneumonia" (underlined in red) a cunning plan of John's to get you to take the tour to Australia where the weather is warm and his lungs will recover faster? Very crafty!

Seriously though, so chuffed to hear everything is taking a turn for the better.Take him home and take it easy!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

So glad John's doing better. keep up the pestering John, we so wanna see you here in NYC... But get better first, don't want your cooties...

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Woo-hoo! So glad John is out of the ICU! Stay on the upslope, John! Take it easy til you're in the clear!

Andrea in Seattle

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

So glad to hear John is feeling goood!
I cannot believe those cakes. Are you sure you aren't baking and making them up for a laugh? You would have to be stupid to make these cakes...and sell them?????

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLil' Ol' Me

It's great to hear that John is out of ICU! My sister and I have been thinking of him, and we're both very happy to hear this great news!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Stanley

I'm happy to hear the good news about John!

I am NOT happy to see parentheses surrounded by quotation marks.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

Whoooo-Hoooo! (that was excitement not sarcasm) So glad to hear John is on the mend. Please take him home so you can both take it easy and recoup in full.

Thanks for keeping us all updated. At the risk of sounding like a stalker I visited often looking for an update.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClair Jordan

So glad to hear John is getting better!! Keep making us laugh guys! :)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSelena

I'm just getting caught up on Cake Wrecks after a few days' hiatus. I am so sorry to read of the illness John has suffered and the difficulties you both had to deal with. I'm so very glad to hear that John is out of the ICU and improving. What a wonderful community this is, the great amount of warmth and support are so very touching, and a wonderful reflection of how much joy you have brought to the lives of so many :).

These types of wrecks always make me think of that song, "I Love You Period." Used to drive me nuts on the radio when I was in high school! It could be a wrecker's theme song!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

Glad to hear you're doing better, John exclamation marks We were worried. Next line. My husband and I appreciate the laughs; we can't imagine the Internet without you guys! ("with sincerity")

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

The cakes were funny, but I actually tuned in for a John update.

Glad he's doing better!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

These are my favorite type of wrecks.

(hope you two are on the mend, health update when you can)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Praise God, that's wonderful news!! So glad I came by to check before going to bed.

And I love things in italics. I like to think the wreckerators think of these as "asides" - you know like in theater where you talk to the audience and not the other characters. Because how else could they look at their finished work not know.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzann

whew! Glad to hear that John is out into a regular ward where you're not so special any more. Pneumonia is not to be er... sneezed at - especially in adults. You two need to be at home not on the road. Tour can wait. Hey... how 'bout we all come to you - get the books autographed bring a few wreck images... no worries we won't stay. Purel on hand ( again she puns)

leaving... now....
prayers juju energy whatev... all good.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

Whew! That is the most wonderful news! The world just isn't the same with out wrecky cakes. Kudos to you for persisting with your posts through the whole ordeal. (Hope you're feeling better too!)

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*gemmifer*

So happy to hear that John is getting better - take it easy both of you!

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe_exile

So glad John's better! Now rest, bold and in all caps.

WV: alerl: what alert people are on medication ("I'm totally alerllllllll*snoresnoredrool*")

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLibraryLadyJulia

You both bring a little joy and a little smile to my life (and many other peoples) every day so I would say it was Karma coming back to give you back some of the good energy you have sent out.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQwill

I'm so glad John's better. I'm sure the fear that I might attempt to tell more jokes helped just a teensy-tiny, little bit. ;)

Keep it in mind, John. Seriously. You get sick again, I tell more jokes. That's the deal.

WV: emitype. Em. I type. That's right. And write.

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

What good news! Feed him some ugly cake!
You guys totally rock!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

So, so glad that John is doing better! Take it easy, and keep healing!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershinseidesigns

Soooooo relieved!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

YAY!!! I'm SO glad John is out of the ICU!! GRATS! I was worried!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmi and Adam

So glad to hear John is on the mend!! ICUs and blood infections are a scary place to be - I'm sure you're happy, relieved, rejoicing, etc, etc :)

Also, nice inclusion of a third cake :) Sometimes it amazes me the people they let work in bakeries...

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark and April Skinner

So glad to hear John is doing better!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

So glad to hear he is doing better! A word of caution, though. I remember when I had pneumonia. Right now he feels awesome because of all the medication, but after you have a lung issue like that, you are SO tired for a long time. I was very easily fatigued and slept a lot for literally about three months after I was off the antibiotics. Do not go back on tour--take it very easy and be extra careful not to get sick again. (I recommend vitamin D, lots of rest, and don't get flu shots--it will do more harm than good!) :)

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

!!!!CHEER!!!! next line

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlaze

Aaaaaagghhh when will they ever learn?? Doesn't everyone read Cake Wrecks so they KNOW it's going to be posted for the whole blinking world to see?? XD

Srsly SO glad to hear John (and you) are doing much better. Was worried about you both for a bit there =0

Tell John you may have to hit him in the head again if he wants to continue the tour instead of going home and resting. =D

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I just can't understand why people are so dumb that they actually think people want "next line" "in spanish" and "in orang" on their cakes. I know one thing for sure, I'm making a cake order in person, and I'm watching them decorate it to avoid this idiocy.

So glad he's feeling better, by the way!

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiera

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