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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)

While I believe Sanity is highly over-rated, I do understand your position, and hope you take three day weekends now and again. You are one of the best sites on the interwebs, and one of the few to do a book tour! Your Awesomeness knows no bounds. Thanks for all you do.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWindrose

We gotta get Jen a union and some better working conditions eh?

Good on you John for taking on the occupational health and safety role in this endeaver.

Everyone needs a day off or two - don't worry - we won't go away. How does the song go.... annnn tiiii ci-pay-shun!

Now go get that house cleaned Jen.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarieA

I've always thought it remarkable that you guys post daily, in part because it's a bit face-palmy that there are enough bad cakes to keep that up!

I'll keep coming back regularly even if it's not daily, as long as it's roughly weekly, and I'm sure others will too.

And of course, you'll now have Saturdays free to, say, come to the Austin cake show on the last weekend of February and then use the Sunday to show the super-spiffy SCI-FI-THEMED CAKES that will be there. It will be a major nerd fest of cakey goodness. I know at least one organizer has already invited you will come, right? Think of all the folks who couldn't come to the second book signing in Austin and how they could come get books from you at the cake show itself (like me!).

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I support this! Better take a break once in a while, then stop having fun in doing it.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdavrieb

Sounds like a good idea to take some time off. Thanks for all your hard work both Jen and John, and we will continue to enjoy the wrecks as they arrive.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I've been amazed that you've kept up the pace this long! I don't know of any other bloggers who post daily - Fugly Horse of the Day posts five days a week, but she also recycles old posts and takes vacations. And I'd imagine ranting about horse abuse is easier than writing humor!

Seriously, take as much time as you need. The puns are better when you're feeling it.

I'll be reading whenever you're posting!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Though I love my CakeWrecks, people taking care of themselves comes first. No worries about missing a post here & there! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVik

This is very understandable, it's tough to keep up with the maintenance of a blog full time!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

Enjoy your time together! We will still be here when you get back.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEasy, Peasy, Breezy, Me

you can only give so much...and then it's important to take care of yourself! if you don't, pretty soon you'll run out of stuff to give, which doesn't benefit anyone. you shouldn't feel like you have to apologize either!! your loyal wreckies won't leave you! rest up babe ;)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

Heck, I'd be happy if you posted M-W-F and took holidays off as well as the weekends. This is supposed to be FUN for all of us - and that definitely includes you two! We'll all read and laugh, whenever you decide to post. Throw the "schedule" out the window. :-)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheri at The Loopy Ewe

I love that the comments are all from people who genuinely care about Jen & John and who are grateful for the sweet & sour of the cake world on a regular basis, however that is defined.

And please keep beautiful cake Sun going. Maybe a re-run Wed to give you more of a break?

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBajaDiane

Enjoy! You guys deserve Saturdays off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If the world can survive on only three days a week of xkcd comics, we can survive on a little less Wreckiosity.

I'd rather you all keep doing this with enjoyment than have it become a chore.

And thanks for the entertainment you've given us so far. :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatty O'Chair

I agree with everyone else! take the time, enjoy it...
Denise from Beautiful British Columbia

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Nagy

Excellent. I feel that a day off (and sometimes several in a row) is crucial to keep both your sanity and your creative juices flowing.

Also, sometimes you just need to walk away from the computer.


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Take your time! I was disappointed to see no cakes, but I understand. I love your site & have enjoyed my time here since May or June.
Faithful follower,
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSewconsult

This blog is like having a very demanding, whiny child. You DESERVE to take a day off!!! (for the rest of us, it's called going to work! LOL!) Enjoy!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

Quality over quantity rules! Self-care rules! Cake Wrecks rules!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftyMom

We'll just appreciate you all the more when you do post! Anticipation is the greatest aphrodisiac (or so my husband tells me). I think you can see from all the messages here that you are well loved and that we'd rather see you sometimes than not at all!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaedon

You guys are amazing enough six days a week to make up for one missed day easily! Heck, if you took two days off a week, we'd all cope. We'd go into wreckdrawal, but we'd cope. :-)

Take whatever time you need for your sanity's sake, and don't worry -- we'll be here whenever you come back!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura47

Post when you can, no worries :) I will enjoy them no matter

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie :)

Every day I run into the living room with my laptop and ask my boyfriend "DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?!" and he replies "CAKE WRECKS TIME!!!" and we squeal like a bunch of idiots. We're so stressed out with school, work, and lack of money, it is a great relief to laugh it up with cake wrecks every day. Give yourself the much needed break you need so we all can continue getting the laughs we need!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good for you! I've always been surprised that you post on Saturdays anyway! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummersfam

I think it's amazing she's able to post as much as she does. Whatever you can manage is much appreciated!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Good plan!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlois

Good on you! Most people get at least one day off work a week, why shouldn't you? :) Thanks for all you do!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Joining the throng of well-wishers and support.

As many other commenters have said, everyone deserves time off, and your own well-being is infinitely more important than posting on a weblog, however awesome that weblog may be.


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself and not letting the blog rule your life. I was wondering how you managed it!! I always look forward to your posts, so as someone else mentioned, I'm glad you're taking a day (or two) off just so long as the posts continue!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnaka

Sure, I get it. But my two cents? Take Sunday off entirely and just skip Sunday Sweets. They're cool, but it's the wrecks I want.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fetch yes! We want you to be on your game! Go forth and have a life (but don't leave us all together, you are part of my sanity).

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindy Leigh

Congrats on re-joining the ranks of the rest of us mere mortals. Glad you are putting things in perspective and taking care of yourselves.

Rock on CakeWrecks!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYogaGal in the NW

I guess it doesn't help when people like me say, "I check the site every day"!!! You've got your priorities in order...good for you!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

Hey, guys,
I bought two copies of THE BOOK for Christmas presents.
They were the last two copies on the shelf.
(The bookstore is going out of business, and I got the books at 40% off--how can they DO that?)
The nice lady who sold them to me was unfamiliar with Cake Wrecks, so I had her stroll through a few pages with me. She was HILARIATED!
ANYway, that was an unintended good deed (my introducing her to youse guys).
Your little book made her day funnier; she laughed out loud!
Even though she'll soon be unemployed.
Laughing makes everything better.
Being able to MAKE people laugh is a GIFT.
We're still going to be here, DUH.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

sounds good! i was always amazed that you posted everyday anyway. take as much time as you need, rest is so important!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura.

Jen and John,

Your blog always, always make me smile and I like to think of you having just as much fun writing it as I have reading it. Please, please post less often and continue to have fun with it - every post.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraka Brook Berg

I totally understand and it is a good choice. Love this site!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Absolutely!!! Take the time you need to you twos and fill in here when you can. I so enjoy your site and I hope you will continue, just at your pace. Happy New Year and thanks for the wrecks!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandyPie

you should have guest bloggers!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Enjoy your Cake Wreck Lite Saturdays!!!!

I know how it goes with the tic....

Take all the rest and recoop (sic) you need - if you only made one post a week I'd still be as thrilled!!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoltar Panaflex

Your health and sanity are the #1 concerns! Take care of you, because the tears-streaming-down-my-face-from-laughter posts are worth the wait! Also, my sister (whom I introduced to Cake Wrecks) got me "The Book" for Christmas!!! Yay!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy W.

It's absolutely essential to take care of yourself. Good for you!
Relax, have fun, we'll all be here when you get back.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Yes, you have been posting way too much! I love reading your posts, but I can't imagine the toll that must take. Scale back some! It's okay! Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Enjoy your days off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Thanks for taking care of yourself! Enjoy your time!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

you deserve a break! we understand

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah for days off!! Don't worry we'll never leave. Wreckies forever!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

you deserve a break, we understand!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

um, that is SO reasonable, and biblical too, the sabbath and all...

I think we can all be supportive and patient...

right? am I right everybody?

*crickets chirping*


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTemeneos

On the seventh day God saw that His work was very good and rested. You should too!
Thanks for the great site!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

No worries! Nobody is invincible; only regret is that you didn't decide this before Christmas and New Year's...I'm sure the breaks then would've been even more appreciated! Happy New Year! Wreck on! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

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