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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)

Everyone has already expressed my sentiments - but just to voice it so you guys hear it - Yes, yes! Take time off whenever you want. We'll all just keep hitting refresh until a new post appears, even if it takes days, weeks, months. We're addicted and we ain't attending no WA (Wreckaholics Anonymous). We'll wait for our fix.
Regarding Jen's tic - John, perhaps you should add another charity and raise money for her treatments. We don't want to lose either of you!
Hooked on Cwreck

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjill

Quality not quantity!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRozi

Long time lurker, second time poster.... Your blog makes me laugh so much, but I am so glad you are taking some time for yourself! Don't worry about us. You rest whenever you need to-- we'll still be here!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

A day off? Bah! I won't stand for it. From now on, I shall take my blog-reading elsewhere.

But seriously, good for you. No one can keep up that kind of pace forever. And I'm sure you could find all sorts of guest bloggers who'd be honored to take over a weekend update if you so chose :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I suppose I can live one day a week without Cakewrecks! Thanks for the hilarity; you deserve a day off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia H.

Even God needed a day of rest :)

Take care of yourself, six days of laughs a week is still going above and beyond the call of duty!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthorswitch

I totally understand about the creative process being disrupted by deadline stress.

May I suggest that you post just a couple times per week, on a regular basis? I've a cartoon I follow faithfully, and it publishes only on Tues and Sat. I look forward to those two days.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

EXCELLENT IDEA! Please take time to rest---you guys definitely deserve it...and I'm sure that means that Sunday/Monday posts will be extra funny!? JK

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Well I certainly understand, although I have to admit just yesterday I was thinking, I wish they would post five or six times a day instead of just once.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

Thank you so much for all of the heart and wit that you put into posting this blog. I have cried with laughter numerous times on this site, yelling "you gotta come see this!" down the hallway. Thanks so much for the laughs, and enjoy 2010.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS

That's great that you're taking time off--you need and deserve it! I mean, just the fact that you've seen more than your share of CCC's means you deserve AT LEAST one day a week off. :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Days off are important! Most of us don't even blog every day, so you're already winning. Not like it was a competition or anything, but if it'd so be ahead.

Jen, alcohol should fix that tic. Seriously.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Really - preserve your sanity. Enjoy your day off completely guilt-free. Take a vacation if you want.. but maybe wait til the weather is prettier and the cakes are a-melting.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanger

That's a fantastic idea...if you get burned out, there won't BE anymore cake wrecks, and we can't have that, can we??

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

enjoy your days off!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervegaschristina


I was worried for a minute there... Enjoy your rest!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Some of the wrecks themselves are enough to cause facial tics, so keeping your sanity is important.
Enjoy your Saturday's off, Jen! :-)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

Jen and John!!

As much as I will totally miss Saturday posts, I know ALL about needing days off.. take your well deserved rest and come back in full funny force later :D

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Enjoy your days off! You've earned them. :-) This is probably my fave blog...thanks for all the wonderfully hilarious posts! Looking forward to more :-)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I suppose I can get by without a Saturday post. :) Really, you deserve a break at LEAST once a week. Can't wait for your next post!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeachkins

Any time needed off is fine by me, enjoy!

And Jen, if you're interested in curing those facial tics, I'd suggest a cupcake. ;-)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Honestly, I don't know how you managed so far! You definitely deserve a break every now and then...

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

I'm surprised there weren't any gingerbread house fails! There HAS to be some horrid ones!

Have fun on Saturdays! :D Ya'als deserve it.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillz

Works for me! Now you have no excuse for those items you haven't finished on the 'Honeydew List'.


January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrat

What a relief to finally have a day off from the compulsive need to check the wrecks. Now maybe I can get something done...

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Quality is better than quantity... a lesson CCC "artists" would benefit from. ;-)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiniKat

Take whatever time you need, whenever you need it-- we want you to be happy so that CW can continue! (God knows bakeries will keep on wreckin'.)

If you want, you could even take a day or two a week, post a cake, and let your readers have at it, if you don't feel like writing that day (though I really love your comments). Wrecked cakes need a home, and you've been providing a great one for them, and we all thank you for that!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe you guys post as often as you do. You are unbelievable. Take as many breaks as you need. You don't "owe" us anything, and we all appreciate the time and effort you put into this project. We love it!!! Now, go take care of yourselves!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSiriusSchwartz

Funny, I just finished posting a comment on a different blog that healthy people know when to take a break and not feel guilty about it. Literally just clicked "post comment" and came here.

So go on, be healthy and take your break. We'll still be here.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterqandlequeen

You've had a huge year+, and you deserve to give yourself a break. And it would probably be nice to have a day that didn't look so much like the others. I tell myself that a lot, because all I do right now is chase a small child around all the time and stare at the laundry as it piles up. :) Thanks for the laughs in 2009, and here's to many more to come!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a wise lolcat once said:

Iz Caturday! Hooray!

So, go relax! Take a 6 hour nap in a nice sunny chair or something!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Self care is very important! We'll do whatever it takes to support you two to take care of yourselves if that means CW can continue into the future!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommentertheRachel

I love the blog...but will love it more knowing you still love it too!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Everyone needs a day off! Love your blog, will totally still enjoy it the OTHER six days of the week!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy, Bryan and Zoey

you guys do such a great job. Do whatever you need to keep the offerings top notch. If that's a day off, you have my permission. :) Thanks for the laughs!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie.schellin

We'll continue to love your posts, whenever we get them. Thanks for all the hard work!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabethKS

You guys deserve days off every once and a while, it's perfectly understandable.

My parents suggest I become a stand up comedian sometimes, but then I think about things like this. If you have to force the funny, it's not funny. And you can't cancel a last minute show simply because you're not up to it.

Don't listen to anyone who bitches. They're not paying anything, and you started this for fun. So to hell with them.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpicy

Mental health days are days well spent.

A wise man once told me these should be my priorities: 1. Health 2. Family 3. Job

We'll love ya just as much 6 days a week.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLulubelle B

WHAT? You're taking a day off after 16 months? Slackers!

Just kidding. You rock! You ARE funny every day.

And next time your husband is dying in the hospital, you can have the rest of the afternoon off. Unless it's just a flesh wound.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon D

You folks are wonderful, and you more than deserve your Saturdays off. I'm frankly thrilled when talent and consistency go hand-in-hand, and am an avid reader of your blog.

Cheers! Be well!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStealth Homesteader

I've always been amazed at the DAILY blogging. My favorite site would never survive if Jen did not come to the conclusion that that kind of pace and dedication, while amazing, cannot be sustained indefinitely. Rest and recharge ya'll. We'll wait.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Enjoy your well deserved day off. with no guilt! We'll catch up the next time. Everyone needs a day off..sheesh! :)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

When I started reading this blog (thanks to my sister laughing hysterically and getting me hooked) I was surprised that you posted every day! Nice going for SO long!!! Take days off and just surprise us when you post! We will keep peeking in (hourly) until we see new posts!! HAHAHA

Rest. Sleep. Relax. get a massage... Then come back!!!!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I started reading John's post with growing panic until I got to the part of taking *one* day off. Whew! I quite agree that you deserve and need at least one day a week to relax and recharge. I was terrified you both were going to take an extended break.

I am going to ask that you ignore the people suggesting you take off Sunday as well. I love Sunday Sweets as much as the wrecks! I personally wouldn't mind a post from the archives once or twice a week instead.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As I was going to the Cakewreck site today, I swear I said to myself, "They need to take a day off every week." And lo and behold, you are starting to see the same thing! But you really need to take EVERY Saturday off. For goodness sake, even the Almighty commands us to, and taa-daa...Shabbat (seventh day, Sabbath, Saturday) is the day he tells us to do so! So you have the Creator's OK for pete's sake...who else do you need to worry about?!! - Nancy from West Virginia

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy from West Virginia

Creative geniuses and wrecky madwomen need breaks often to recharge and refuel. Such calamity and humor takes a lot of work. We totally want you to thrive via Cake Wrecks, not go insane. Rest is a weekly prescription that's good for all! Know that we care.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

As long and you're still having fun, that's all that matters! Sometimes, you just need a day off :D

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChandra

Oh thank God. As much as I enjoy the new Wreckage every day, for last few months I've started to be a little unhappy to always see something fresh. Everyone deserves one or two days off every week, and that goes for both of you as well.

Long story short, I've been worrying about you, and I'm glad you're worrying about yourselves.

Don't stress out about the posting, we'll all be here when you get back. Kick up your feet and let your hair down!

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

Most people get 2 days off from their job. The fact that you've been doing this job (and yes, it takes work to be funny) 7 days a week for 16 months is just amazing. Have fun and get some rest. Mary (of Mary, Tom and Teela)

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bless you both for providing us with laughter and inspiration. I was blown away when the posts kept coming even with you in the hospital. And on Xmas. A day off? Good idea. Maybe eve find someone to do guest posts another day of the week to help take the pressure off.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

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