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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


Hey all,

For the past 16 months or so, Jen has made it her goal in life to post here every single day. And for the most part, she's succeeded.

On vacation? The post goes up.
Christmas day? The post goes up.
Husband dying in the hospital? The post goes up.

The hardest part about this is that she has to be funny, or at least try to be, with every post. This is, well, starting to take its toll. ("No, really, Sweetie, that tic is barely noticeable.") Cake Wrecks was built on funny, but when daily deadlines take precedence, the funny can suffer - and that's not good for anyone.

So starting today, we're gonna be cutting back on Saturday posts, since it's our slowest day. We'll still do our best to post every other day of the week, but if we do miss one from time to time, just know it's in the best interests of Jen's sanity, the quality of the posts, and Cake Wrecks as a whole.

Thanks for understanding, guys. Here's to much, much more facial-tic-free Wreckage and laughter.

Wreck On!

john (the hubby of Jen)

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Reader Comments (394)

Post Secret only posts one a week! Now, I'm not suggesting that, I'm just saying that it's not going to kill us to wait! It keeps the readers on their toes!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

I've been cruising back over Cakes Gone By , and have found lots and lots of coffee-snorting material. Bless you for this rich vein of belly-laughs, perturbing icing-related imagery, and plain weirdness.

People who don't blog (or otherwise write every day) may not realize how hard it is after awhile to come up to the bat yet again, to smack that CCC out of the park. [pause to enjoy the image]

People who succeed at this demanding job are very rare. Blogging funny raises the rarity to another level altogether.

That Jen and John together share the sense of humour that has me slipping helplessly off the side of my office chair -- well I stand in AWE (or possibly Alue.)


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoni Mausa

I was just thinking as I came to your site today how amazing it is that there's new stuff every day. Don't they have a life? ;) Glad to see you're taking time for your life, and looking forward to wreckin' six days a week.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I'm always amazed that your posts are so consistently hilarious and prompt. I honestly don't know how you do it day in and day out. So, go off on Saturday and have some fun. Get a hot rock massage! Or, attend a trekkie convention...or something. :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

Good for you. The more fun it is for you, the more fun it is for us!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Well, that just gives me a day or so to peruse, enjoy, and remember the archives! Have some happy time off! See you on your other days of the week!

word verification: anind
Anind fact, it is a nice thing to take a break from time to time.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Agree, agree! We'll miss you, but we want you to keep loving doing this for a long time! Enjoy your time together!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, don't worry about skipping Saturdays! As much as I love my daily cake wrecks, I can surely live through a wreck-less (hehe) day once in a while. Also, guys, I've been surprised about your consistent funniness, so don't worry about that. Greetings from the Netherlands!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

Dang, one less excuse for not getting to my to do list on Saturday. ;)

Enjoy your day off, you both deserve it!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEternal Helpmates

how DARE you sleep in! sheesh! ;)

enjoy your day(s) off.. we'll be here when you come back. :)

Sugars, you guys are a shiny moment of joy in a Lot of people's days, I don't think any one of us would want that to be at the expense of Your happiness. Please, yes, take care of yourselves, we'll enjoy your posts all the more knowing there's no unethical slave-labour involved :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

Go rest! Enjoy your daay off! You deserve it! We can spend the day enjoying all of the archives, reliving the wrecks from the past. Fun fun!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTami

I was going to say "Stay Sane!" but then realized that the quality of these posts depends on your in-sanity so instead...."stay only as sane as you need to be to remain healthy and use your powers of insanity for good, not evil!" hehehe ;) Enjoy your days off...they are well deserved! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Even if you didn't post every day, maybe every other day, that's okay! If you have to take a full vacation from posting, that'd be okay too! Just remember to keep it real and don't hurt yourselves.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAkimika

Yay for the commenters! I was terrified that there would be a bunch of grumblers (but I'm newish to cake wrecks)...Jen brings so many belly laughs, if she needs a day off a week to keep it up---GO FOR IT.
thanks for the great blog. I check it every day (except Saturday, going forward)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

totally understandable!! ...

my husband will be very happy that I don't turn on the computer first thing on Saturday to check out Cakewrecks

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Jen & husband of Jen,
I was wrecky before wrecky was cool. Well, it's always been cool (everyone knows THAT), but I've been in wrecklove and reading you since Day 1 (maybe Day 9, or Day 12, but you see my point).

But when those days rolled on, and on, and on, and on without interruption, I asked myself: "Self, how the wreck does she do it? Are there little mini-Jens? No that can't be it ... that'd be like a cupJen, and I don't see her going for that. It is a mystery."

Mystery solved. You're human, sweets. (I swear, no pun intended; that is my fave term of endearment. It just happens to sound exponentially cheesetastic in this forum. Can't help it.)

You're human. Shut the wreck up sometimes, or I'll send a CCC with an airbrushed message to remind you.

That is all. Carry on.
Cathleen in SC

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCCW

I suspect John might be partly to *blame* for this decision...God only knows how much convincing it took to get Jen to take a well-deserved day off. Good for you, John, for taken care of your wife!. ;)

Sunday Sweets will be even sweeter with a little break for the rest of us on Saturday. Keep up the amazing work and thanks for regularly brightening all of our days!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'm so upset, I think I might have to stop reading your blog on Saturdays. Take THAT!

Oh, wait...

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarbed

Geez, take TWO days! Normal people get two days a week! Well-rested cakewreck reporting is the best! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Would you consider taking Sundays off as well and use that day to post an "oldie but goodie"? They would be new for recent readers, and for us long term readers, well, I can't imagine not laughing all over again!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita

I'm still impressed you managed posts most days of the week. I struggle on a five days a week schedule and constantly finding myself dipping into the excuse bucket for mental health vacations. If it helps the quality of the site and Jen's sanity, I'm all for the occassional missed post.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Thank you for your posts! They certainly brighten my day.

Taking a day off sounds like a good idea :) But may I suggest, that in addition to the day(s) off, you do a "random" post each week. Just post some random pictures from your collection, no commentary needed. It would give you a little break, but allow you to post more often.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! I'm so glad you're cutting back because posting every day is not something a sane, healthy person should do!! Love the blog, and I would love it any number of days per week that you are able to do it! Thanks Jen & John for all of your work!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Take care of yourself and keep the good times rolling. I'll still be a faithful follower.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnimal

Well, everyone else in the known universe only works five days a week (I may be exaggerating...) why should you be any different? Take some time to breathe! No need to be a slave to our amusement!
Melissa in Maine

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Hope you enjoy your day off !! My cake wreck withdrawals will stop eventually ... Thank goodness I can thumb through my book when I need a little FIX!! Thanks Jen you need to rest !! I look at cake wrecks to unwind and forget about all the insanity of daily living !! It wouldn't be right if you didn't get to get a break from your day to day as well!! Thanks for all of the fun !! xoxoxo

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally feel you. Last year I resolved to blog every day, and I nearly did.. but it was tiring. This year I am going for 3-4 times a week and it already feels like a lot less pressure. Take it easy!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. It will be good for us to have some days to pine away for cake wrecks. :)

Burn out is not a good thing. Have some time off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNiecey

Well hey, everyone deserves at least one day off a week! It's all good.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I'm always happy to read the blog.
So rest up and keep it fresh*!

Happy 2010! All the best to you!

*unlike some of the sweets (or not so sweets) that have been featured here!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

I love to see that some of the big name bloggers are taking breaks for this new year and making family more of a priority. Enjoy your Saturdays off. Enjoy each other. We'll be right here. :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Absolutely. Thanks for all you do, and best wishes for 2010!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca


Even if you took the weekends or a week here and there off we would still love you both. : ) Enjoy the breaks- they are well deserved!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe in well-deserved rest, and ya'll definitely deserve it! Snuggle on the couch, plant a garden, or re-fuel at DisneyWorld. We'll be here!

Nappy New Yeas!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

I'm in total support of this. You guys are awesome & wonderful & personally think you should have a weekend, rather than just one day alone. And a vacation. And, without doubt, the ability to worry about a loved one in the hospital rather than a posting deadline. (Yikes.)

Jen & John, thanks for the last year of laughs & giggles....may your new year be everything you wish it to be. Including some time for yourselves.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Take a well-deserved day off (or two or three or . . .) and enjoy it. And thank you for making me laugh every day. I wish I had a nickel for each time my husband and I have said to each other, "Have you seen Cake Wrecks today?"

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You provide free amusement and awesomeness to the world. Even if it's only once or twice a week (let alone 6!) that's still making life a lot more interesting.

So, yeah. Please don't ever feel obligated.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, hon, take whatever time you need!

Yes, I'll miss it on Saturdays, but I understand. I was amazed when you posted on tour when you had much more important things (hubby) on your mind.

Hope the twitch goes away soon!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolkie

I am totally NOT getting my money's worth if you only post 6 days a week.

What? It's free entertainment?

Oh, okay, take a day off.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterC. Beth

Great decision! We promise we'll be good while you're gone ...

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersam

Good for you Jen! You've got an awesome husband! Love the blog! Thanks for all the hours of laughter! Can't wait 'til you post again! Happy New Year!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColony's Cakes

I love the blog, but not at the expense of Jen's health or sanity! Much better to cut back on postings than end up quitting the blog altogether - so take the time you need!


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeesa

There's more than enough goodness in the archives to keep us laughing through MANY days off - take what you need!

And Noni, that image of knocking the CCC out of the park? Priceless.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Totally understandable, trying to be on all the time can take its toll. Rest up and come back when you can:)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

Take a vacation!! It would be better to go a week without Cake Wrecks than for Jen to end up in Arkham.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

I guess you can take a break if you have to.... As a side note you don't HAVE to be funny you can just post a pic and we can make fun of it ourselves. You have taught us well!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Everybody should take time off at least one day a week so I am all for you having some "me" time. God bless!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD-D

Wreck on guys! Got the book for xmas after being a devoted reader. It was the hit of the holiday - even with my sister-in-law who was once among the ranks of the professional wreckerators. Thanks for making 2009 a whole lot funnier!
The Fandrich Family

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Really, my husband may thank you for taking a day off! Checking CW is part of my daily, morning ritual and any less time I spend on the computer is better for him (and probably me, lol). I would rather have the same quality of content in a lesser amount than have the awesome wreckiness of the site suffer by trying to keep up with daily posts. As a stay at home mom and wife to a man who is gone a lot for work....I most definitely understand the need to take a day off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassidy

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