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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

Happy Birthday to Meeee!


It's muh birfday.

Awwww yeeeeaaah.

Now, I could celebrate by taking a cruise:

(A really really short one.)

Or by getting myself a new pair

Or go the traditional route and just get schnockered on booze sprinkles:

(After which I will apparently choke on ribbon and die. Hm. Ok, maybe not.)

And yet, all of those options (particularly the last one) pale in comparison to how I'm going to celebrate my birthday. How's that, you ask? Well, allow me to tell song.

Hit it, Bobby!

[cranking up Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack]

"Too hot to handle, to cold to hold,
my name is Jen Yates and it's my birthday, yo!
So I'm throwin' a party, virtually speaking,
And I've got amazing news so please keep reading.
Now pack up your group, get a grip, come equipped,
Go pre-order lots of my book and then split!"

[music screeching to a halt] Of course I mean "split" in the ice-cream-eating way, not the hike-taking way - but you knew that, right?

And did you catch the big shocking news*, or were my sweet rhymes too dazzling for you? (*Granted, it's not quite as shocking for you Twits, since I inadvertently leaked it last week...) Yep, that's right: Cake Wrecks the book is now available for pre-order! Can we take a moment to savor that bit of sweet insanity?

[savoring] Mmmm. Yeah. That's the stuff.

Now, since I know how absolutely terrible you must feel over not getting me a birthday present - or even a card! You bum! - may I suggest a way to alleviate that burden? Buy yourself a gift. The gift... [cuing Hallmark music] of laughter:

(NOTE: This is NOT the final cover. Check back at 12 pm EST to vote for the cover you like best!)

[announcer voice] Yes, that's right! You'll get this lovely 6x8 hardcover edition of Cake Wrecks, When Professional Cake Go Hilariously Wrong, with over 19o pages of new Wreckage, fan favorites, behind-the-scenes commentary from Jen, reader stories, cakey controversies, and much, much more, all for the low price of $12.99! What a deal!

Why pre-order today? I'll give you seven good reasons:

7. It costs a heckuva lot less than a CW t-shirt.
6. It makes me look good.
5. Buy one for all your friends, and your Christmas shopping is done.
4. You'll get the book automatically shipped to you as soon as it's released.
3. High volumes of pre-orders somehow factor in to the mysterious industry formula that lands titles on best-sellers lists. Is that a lofty goal? Sure it is. So loft with me, darlings.
2. Every single order will give me a personal warm fuzzy. And it's my birthday, so today's the best time to send me warm fuzzies.

And the number one reason to pre-order Cake Wrecks today? (drum-roll, please.)

1. The Carrot Jockeys command you!

Wrecky World Domination, here they come! ;)

You can order Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong from Barnes & Noble, Borders, or Amazon. (And as a bonus, both Barnes & Noble and Amazon are now offering impressive discounts off the cover price.) So what are you waiting for? Do it! Do it NOW!!

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Reader Comments (201)

I am lost on cake #2... Is it a congrats on your breast implant cake? That's all I can figure.

WV:INGSIC - Those cakes are vile...I think I am *gmmft*ingsic. URP!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday! And congrats on the book. You deserve it. You carrot jockey pusher, you.

Angie (from over at

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

It's my birthday as well! :D Who ever thought I would share it with YOU? (And Cara, Lani's husband, bassgirl, and anon seem to have their's as well.) Happy birthday!
I know my cake at least, won't be a wreck; my mom is making it. Or.. it shouldn't be.. unless she writes the wrong age on it again..

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRAM

Happy birthday Jen! Congratulations on the book!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday!! I LOVE that ... shoes cake. Too funny.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Happy Birthday to you & congrats on the book!
'Tis my birthday too. I check CW every morning before heading to work and was thinking, "She'll have a b-day cake just for MOI!" and chortling to myself in a non-psycho way (honest).

Lo & behold.. birthday stuff! See, now this blog is beyond fantastic.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Happy Birthday! ----->off to pre-order! Thanks!

Happy Brithday! (you have no idea how difficult it was to misspell something on purpose...) As soon as I get home tonight, I'll pre-order the book - damn overlords disabled Amazon at work...

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's my birthday too! Will you be getting a wrecktastic cake for your birthday? Will you share?

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Happe Birfday, Jen!!!

I have my copy pre-order - may it propel you onto the best seller list!

We love you

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Very happy birthday, Jen. You bring much joy every day! Hope you get a fantastic cake!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeans

Aw, YAY! Happy Birthday Jen!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZev

"Hapy Birtday and Congratdulashuns on you're book!"

Seriously, Happy Birthday and congratulations.

The "boob job cake" is hilarious.

~Amy B.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Happy Birthday! What a fun way to celebrate! I'm off to Amazon to do some book pre-ordering. :-)

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterablalock

Happy Birfday!

And congratulations! I am pre-ordering one right now!


May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrae

Happy Birthday!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura K. Curtis

Happy birthday!!! I hope you have a grate day! ;)

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangieruns


see, i didn't even misspelll it. :)

can't wait to get the book. i'm actually going to go to my local bookstore and request one, and i urge all small-business supporters to do the same. there's a bookstore/wine bar in Chicago called The Book Cellar, and I'd miss it like heck if it were gone.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

I just pre-ordered 8 copies for Christmas presents! Happy Birthday, Jen!

wv therste: That elephant cake sure makes me therste for sprinkles!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Alright, fine. I ordered your darn book. I hope you spend your birthday knowing that I used my Amazon gift cards for your benefit. So what if your blog has brought me more laughter than any other blog combined. Now I'm out a whole lot of psuedo-money and it's YOUR fault.

Okay, I LOVE your site and so does everyone to whom I've introduced it. Keep up the good work, and sooner or later I'll remember to submit the cake my sister made for my brother last year.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephen of Olejnicak

My birthday is Thursday, and I know what I'll be getting for it...woohoo!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Happy Birthday!

But Jen... where is YOUR cake? I demand a picture of the hopefully non-wrecky cake you got!

Those cakes are just... shocking. Though the elephant was sort of cute, just not very... lively.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoony

Happy birthday to us! (Yes, it's my birthday too.) And congratulations on the book!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT-Train

Happy Birthday Jen!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

Happy birthday!!!!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbella1021

Happy Birthday!! I wandered over to Amazon and purchased your book. I also bought the complete series of Josie and the Pussycats on DVD and Ann Coulter's newest book - so your book will probably come up as suggestions in the oddest places. When I bought the book the "others who purchased this item also bought this" that showed up was a Harry Potter book.

Best wishes with the presales.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Radice

Happy Birthday, Jen!!! May your cake be the wrecky-est ever!!!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday! It's my daughter's 3rd birthday today, too.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I've done my part! Happy Birthday, and thanks for all the laughs!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy birthday!!! =)

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Doane

I pre-ordered!! YAY ME!! :) Happy Birthday!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertracyvanhorne

Oh boy! Small price to pay for all the entertainment you've given me!

Underneat that


May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermags

Happy b-day, Jen! May you outsell Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity combined!

And can I just say that I think the Titanic and boob cakes in the post are both well made and hi-larious, even if not necessarily in perfect taste? I say their originality trumps their tackiness, and declare both as Not Wrecks.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Have a great birthday, thanks for the wonderful LOL moments. People at work think I'm nuts.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy birthday! I just pre-ordered my book from B&N. And I gave you a link over on my blog.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

Other May 12th birthdays: Katharine Hepburn, Yogi Berra, Bert Bacharach, and George Carlin. Of course, the downside of this birthday, if you are a mom, is that the family combines it with a Mothers Day event and you don't get a birthday cake. I'm craving some serious chocolate fudge frosting!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbassgirl

Happy birthday, Jen! Thanks for all the laughs you give me . . . I hope YOU have a lot of laughs today.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Happy Birthday!!! Today is my boss's daughter's birthday too, she was born at 8:08 this morning! Thank you for maing the blog and I will definitely be getting the book!


May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday! With sprinkles!!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Happy Birthday from the sunshine state. Vodka and orange juice for everyone!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Ordered. I am praying that my cake wreck is in there (Halloween, green mummy-ish thing with white stuff all over it)!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM K Glass

Happy Birthday to someone who should get the BEST cake EVER for her birthday!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFairly Odd Mother

Wheeee! Congratulations on your book!

Under Neat That

Best Birthday Wishes To You!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

Happy Birthday, Jen!! Thanks for all of the grins, giggles and groans you've provided us - here's hoping for many more!

word verification: parop - All I want for my birfday is a parop fake boobs.

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

I pre-ordered through Amazon and they said I'd get it 26 of October. I hope it is the first book of many---as more and more wild cakes are brought to your attention.

Happy Birthday !

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

Happy Birthday!! Mine is in two days, and I already want to celebrate. May birthdays are just the most bestest!

I am going to tell hubby he might want to pre-order this book as a lovely gift for I mean YOU!

Have a wonderful day and hope you get to eat lots and lots of cake finery!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I just preordered 2 books! (one for me and one for a gift) I can't wait!!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawklady

I just pre-ordered on Borders!!! (Hey, that rhymes!)

hIpPY burTdeY. und "CoMgraDs!!,."

I would make you a custard filled cake, but I don't think it would ship well.


May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh, Happy Birthday too!!

May 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawklady

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