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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)

I've developed a list of about 30 feeds to follow every day. I wouldn't mind if you posted a little less (it sounds like a bad thing, but it's really not). Besides, that means more for the other days of the week!
Take a break :)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good for you. Six days of hilarious is enough for anyone. Relax!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBevB

Took time to scroll through each and every comment just to be sure nobody was being a d*** about this announcement. I didn't see any negativity and I sincerely hope that's because there wasn't any and not because you had to moderate some idiots here and there. I mean, honestly, who doesn't agree: taking a day off is a good idea. We all need that.

Love the blog! Rock on!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Your blog has brightened my day and made me feel better when I was stressed and feeling overwhelmed, but it shouldn't take such a toll on you! To be honest, I'd be happy with one post a week (they're always so good). Take care, Jen, get some rest, and I hope you feel easier from now on. Thanks for everything you do for us!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpickle

You know, it's really funny. Just as my computer was loading this site, I was thinking, "Holy crap. How in the world do they manage to post something EVERY DAY? Let alone hilarious and entertaining posts! They must have either a crap load of time on their hands, or be staying up till 3 am to get everything done. They have to take a break SOMETIME!"

Well, lo and behold. Take a WELL DESERVED break. You have provided me with so many laughs, you deserve some you-time, both Jen and John.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

You have brought tears of laughter to my eyes (AND my 12, 13 & 14 year old boys, too!!) SO many times! We cherish each and every post. If you even just posted once a week, that would be SO appreciated! (Think of! It's only Sunday...) Anyway, just wanted, like so many others here, to say how much we have loved your blog and WHENEVER you wanted to post, we'd be happy!! <3 Love from Southern California.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

What?!?! No posts on Saturdays, what am I going to do?!?!? lol. Seriously, I understand not blogging everyday, heck since our computer died I rarely if ever post on mine. Take all the time you need, we cAn always look at past posts to fill our cup-cAke wreck moods... (or go to Walmart). lol. Hope all is well on your end and here's to our sanity.

Jennifer from GA

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrying4two99


I demand a refund of everything I pay to use this site. there.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

Personally, I think you should post twice a day, and have a streaming video on Sundays!

I estimate two weeks until you had matching, synchronized tics, an ulcer the size of Tasmania, and a straightjacket.

Rest, recoup and refresh yourselves. We, your loyal fans, demand it!!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Good on ya Jen and John. I hope one day a week is enough to keep you sassing cheerily along--if it isn't take another day too please. Honestly, feel free to rest on your laurals (or flying fondant, as the case may be.)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermiche

enjoy your day off!

have you thought about a guest post by readers once a week?

that would be soo awesome

not that we could match up to the skills of the master but im sure many of us would like to give it a try :)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No worries, I perfectly understand. And it is your blog, not all of ours. Would rather have funny than exhausted Jen:D.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkikimama

Good decision! Everybody needs time off.
This way, there will be more funny left over fot the other posts!
I will keep reading and loving you blog as ever. You are both wonderfull and very funny people. Thank you for sharing the laughs!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharly

Free the prisoners!
Less is more!
Liberate Epcot!

Vive le wreckolution!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

I stand with everyone (of the posts that I read) when I say that you should take the weekends off. You deserve it! Post the classy stuff that you did on Sundays and put it on Friday. Then relax and bring the funny on Monday when everyone needs it to start the week with.
Take care and relax, we love you guys and we will still be here to see what Jen has to say!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslee

Enjoy your facial tic free Saturdays Jen. Thank you for all the laughs during the week. You so deserve a break.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris M

I have long been in awe of people who can post And I think there must be sonmething wrong with them....
Or at the very least, I know their families are suffering.

Just know this: your readers don't necessarily read every single day either. So it's fine if I go a few days without readin CW, and then when I come back, there are only 2 or 3 to read instead of 5 or 6.

I'd rather you cut back in HALF---like only post 3 or 4 times a week---than every have to fact the prospect of NO CakeWrecks in my life!!!!

Word Verification: trifece.
(Isn't that when there are 3 or more poo-like blobs of chocolate frosting on a "sheet"cake?)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Of course you deserve a break. This blog is fabulous. Thanks for it.
Day x (England)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNovel

We love you Jen! You're wreckies will be here for you no matter what!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

dear jen and hubby,
even workaholics have to take time off!
because most of us take your wrecky goodness for granted, if you were ever to stop bloging you would find an angry mob googleing your house.
so please take a rest, and subdue that adorable tick.
we would hate to have to come to desperate measures, now wont we?
(honestly i think you should take two days off, even members of the military have that much time off. tuesday or thursday would be good days. hope you feel a little less stressful)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdestiny

Smart man that John!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary B

i have 'sabbaticals' from my blog a couple of times a year and I find i write much better if i have guest posters every now and then...I applaud your self-care and I hope you feel encouraged by all of the wonderful comments! thanks for your sense of humor and the tough-love way in which you deliver us the fabulousness that is Cake Wrecks.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna M Blanch

Definately take more time off! I think we all love the funny but not at the expense of one's health (unless one is watching MTV's Jackass...) and facial tics... no no.

I'm not sure that I've ever posted a comment but I absolutely LOVE your site you guys. The cakes are just amazing (in one form or another...) and I look forward to future (come as they may) posts.

Keep up the great and fantastic work you guys!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkristhompson

Take a good rest, Jen! I'll keep coming back every other day of the week. You enjoy a day off. :)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Heck, take more days off than that! Your blog won't die if you take a couple of days off a week.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

It's only good for us if it's good for you...

(and hey, xkcd only posts on Mon-Wed-Fri and plenty of people are perfectly happy with that.)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliceBlue

It's all good. Enjoy your Saturdays off :)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradventuresinquilting

well goodness knows I couldn't do it, so I certainly don't expect other people to! Take two days even... I give you permission!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

I think if anyone minds you taking a day off, they're not true wreckies! And did you notice all the folks saying you should take TWO days off?! Go for it! You have the best blog out there, Jen and John! Thanks for all your hard work, all in the name of humor. and cake!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMickey

While Sundays are very Sweet; I can't wait until Monday!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

No one but no one can post every day and still have a life! Since getting your posts I have remained in constant awe of the number of wrecks there are!!
Have a life & enjoy! We'll all still be here tittering when you come back.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarin F.

Everyone deserves *at least* one day off a week! If God did it, I think Jen can manage! While we do love to read your funny words, we want you to enjoy writing them too. Have some fun next Saturday, that doesn't involve cakes! (it's ironic that I write that, because I spent all of yesterday making my first real cake for my son's birthday party and, while the result is not beautiful, it is certainly not a wreck, and I thought of you the whole time, thinking, "How on earth do they make such complete disasters if I can make this decent-looking?" )

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

Jen and John,

I want to add my support for your decision along with the other 321 previous commenters. You do a wonderful job and deserve a day that you can call your own. Like others have pointed out, taking a day of rest is so important, it is documented in the Bible. Surely, if GOD needs a day off, so should you!

Other than that, I agree with Sharon in that you should use some of the excellent suggestions made in the comments. I am willing to bet you could find some guest posters to fill in or help out. All you need to do is ask. Just be prepared for the flood of responses when you do.

As an added suggestion, what about using Friday as a "Fan Feedback" day? From reading many of the comments made on the wreckage over the months, there are some pretty funny people amongst your followers. You could just post a picture and ask your fans to provide the caption/commentary. While you would still need to select a picture and have someone (like a certain person we know in Maine) moderate the comments, it would still be a bit of a break from "providing the funny" that day. If you wanted, you could post your favorite comments under the picture like they do at (scroll down to older posts to find the favorite comment).

Also, since it is on Friday, it gives you two back-to-back days to rest. Picking a picture is something that can be done earlier in the week and "stacked" for automatic posting. Please don't give up Sunday Sweets. I love the contrast it provides. I think Friday is a better choice since folks don't need as much of a humor pickup when they know the weekend is around the corner.

Whatever you decide, know that your true fans support you 100%. We would rather have you once a week/month/year and tic-free than not at all!

-WM (The Great Disco Newt)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You guys rock! And health/sanity/family always come first. Take all the time you need. The cakes will still be there, ready to be wrecked.

That's literally what I see when I walk by the grocery store bakery now. Freshly frosted cakes with luridly colored flowers and/or suggestively shaped balloons surrounding a blank slate of frosting, just waiting to meet its full wrecky potential as soon as the order comes in: Good Luck Susan and underneath that We Will Miss You.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

Jen - you ROCK, and deserve time off. I always appreciate your posts and will be happy if you post once per week, or as many days as you feel comfortable with. Thank you so very much for your humor and your dedication.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheshireWhimsy

sorry. i was out junking/antiquing (it's what i do and blog about for the nourishment of my soul) yesterday and didn't have the opportunity to comment about the ch ch ch changes in your posting schedule.

whew. so here i am. a day late and definitely a few dollars shorter.

i tried to read everyone's comments so i wouldn't repeat anything ... but after about 50 or so, i gave up.

what more can be said? simply this: i support your decision also. not that you need my affirmation ('cause i know you're smart enough to do what's best for you) ... but you have it anyways.

all best,
terry lee

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Jen Please take off all the time you need. I love your post, humor and how you embrace your geekness. And John keep up th great work of taking care of her. Kathy in KY

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Every body needs a Sabbath! Diane

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of my weekday blog visits is to "A Plate a Day", which doesn't post on weekends. I love your site, and visit it each Sunday, checking out the whole week. Thanks for belly laughs - you provide so much more than enough that one day off is quite fair. (Besides, we have to rest those tummy muscles too.)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You know, this is really a great site, and I love coming here for the photos, but it is your commentary that makes it coffee-snort inducing.

I have often wondered why you never seem to take any time off, and I had thought that you had a back log of posts that you could throw on here any time.

I couldn't agree more that you should take a day off, but I have a suggestion that might seem...I don't know, crazy?
I think you should take the whole weekend off, and you could do the sweets on Friday. Cause you know, what is sweeter than a Friday?

If people want to read your posts every day, then they should buy the Cake Wrecks book and read it while you take your much needed and well deserved weekend...just like everyone else.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

Aww, we'll miss you on Saturdays but we're really spoiled that you post so much new material so faithfully. So enjoy your tiny extra free time and here's to a happy and healthy 2010!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPirate Queen

I come to CakeWrecks every day, and do not mind if there are no new posts on any given day. I love this site, keep up the good work!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't stress about it! We love you.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarabelle marie

That's the killer thing about schedules. I'm actually surprised you sustained it so long - so many cakes, so many wrecks: I guess there was plenty of material. Anyway, personally I don't care if you just post once a week so one day off a week seems generous to me. Thanks for bringing the giggles and I look forward to me. Whatever the moaners say (and you will get some), remember there are a lot of people out here who love you.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaxon

Good call. Actually you should take every Saturday off imho. Twice the days off for twice the sanity. :)

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

This will give me a day or two a week to clean my computer screen and keyboard from my daily "spit takes"!! I'm sure you all know what I mean! Keep up the great work...


January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Yay! Enjoy your Sabbaths, Jen. You and John both need and deserve them. Bless you both!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteriammonicasue

Way to go! I am all for saving Jen's sanity! I much rather have fewer posts that are high caliber than more posts that are watered down (with either your tears or Jen's).

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Take a break!!! Go have some fun!! We'll be here when you get back!
Chadd in St Pete

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Good for you taking time for YOURSELVES! :) I love reading all your posts, and have subsequently shared the wreckage with many friends. By all means - enjoy the time off! I look forward to more laughs!

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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