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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

We...... Need Your Help!

Hi Guys!

We've been tweaking some things here on the site recently in an attempt to improve load time and reduce glitches, but we're afraid this tweaking may have angered the tiki gods/gremlins/Blogger bogeys. And since every web browser presents a whole new fun set of complications, testing them all out is difficult.

That's where you come in.

Please, tell us in the comments if you had any problems loading, viewing or interacting with the site today. (This includes any RSS feed wonkiness.) In addition, if you don't mind, please let us know if your virus software or filters are blocking the site or any of the pictures. And remember, this is for posterity so, be honest.

Thanks, everyone!

Update: There are no images on this post and the link at the bottom of this post for Help for Haiti should not have an image either.

'Nother Update: Hey, Internet Explorer users! First of all, you really should be using a different browser. [grin] However, we know you don't all have a choice in the matter, so we're still working on getting all the IE kinks worked out. We'll update again when we've made more progress, but please be patient (and maybe try Firefox) in the mean time. Thanks!

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Reader Comments (371)

Vista with Firefox and Ad Blocker Plus. No issues ever. No issues now. Shows up in my feed like clockwork - much more reliably than other sites in my feed!

I am running almost exactly the same configuration at work but have a much slower load time there due to a MUCH slower connection.

I suspect if people are complaining about load time, it is more to do with their connection than their browser.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertoledonative

Definitely faster to load in IE8. But, will the images stay cached, that's the question. In the previous version it seemed like the background and logo had to download every time. I don't know how much control you have over the settings for file caching times on the blog system, but generally stuff like CSS and background images should be set to live for at least a month (unless you are playing with it actively). Not having to re-download all those file improves page load dramatically. And, resize your images...

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

Looks Good! I use Google Chrome on a PC with Windows 7 and I did notice the page took slightly longer than usual to load, but still not bad. The only picture not displayed was the "Help for Haiti" one.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Read the post on Bloglines just fine. I'm using Firefox and running Windows XP. All looking good!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

At home... everything is good (Safari on Mac)... I used to go on the site at the job (yes I admit it) but there, big problem. No pictures to be seen and a big white line form top to bottom of the page. Using Windows XP and Internet Explorer. However, they do have WebSense... a software that can block the pages that you can view.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuillaume

No problems here on my Mac running with Firefox.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

I use Google Chrome. Everything looks good, except the picture associated with the "Help for Haiti" box didn't appear.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Daleman

Don't see a picture in Help for Haiti box, but other than that, no problems at 5:35am CDT. Took less time to download on IE with Windows XP, but that's because traffic is light at this hour. Only me and the cat up in my neighborhood.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I've never had any problems with the site, although the titles of the posts have been coming up slowly for the past week or so.

Today loaded faster than I've ever seen it, so you seem to have it right.

I'm on a Windows XP desktop and my browser is Opera.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobbie

I had to reload the page twice and I'm using Google Chrome on Windows Vista. The error message was that there were too many redirects and I should clear cookies or something. (I want cake, not cookies) Anyway, after a few times reloading it was working just fine.

wv: ooppi

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarlo

No problems for me, using Firefox on a PC.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Oh, forgot to mention I read your site via Google reader.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Everything loaded just fine for me.
Using firefox on a HP with AVG Free antivirus.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa_;D

The post came through fine to Google Reader and your page mostly looks OK. Any weirdness is due to the fact that I run NoScript and AdBlock (and you have a LOT of scripts on your site).

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeekChic

Using Firefox w/ Vista here and have no problems. Showed up in RSS feed this morning just fine and loaded w/ no issues.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel cake wreck pics showed up! Just kidding.

It appeared fine in my google reader. I clicked the header to open the actual blog, and the page didn't load the first time (just the blue background, nothing else). Refreshing the page brought it up right away after that. Using IE7.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Windows XP; desktop; firefox - works fine.

Windows 7; laptop; firefox - works fine.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJosin L. McQuein

Seems fine to me, unless there's supposed to be a background image. All I see is blue.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Firefox running under Windows 7 reports all looks good.

Nice Princess Bride reference, too.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfragbert

Looks great on Safari...and I love the Princess Bride quote. :)

- Cara

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Your post showed up fine in my Google Reader feed and is rendering fine directly on the Cake Wrecks Blogger site, as well. I'm on a Macbook running Firefox with the AdBlock plugin.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

On a Macbook using Safari, and took about 15 seconds to load - seems about right. First visit to the new page the top ad loaded with a float-left, but a refresh brought it to centre.
It looks a bit odd with the solid background at the top though I'm not sure you can do anything about it?

Props for the PB reference :) and the revamped logo.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

IE 7/Windows 64-bit Vista/FiOS

Slow page loading today.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertrek

Windows XP with Explorer 8, no probs so far, just that with so many images, it does take a little longer to load but thats the way it is with a lot of graphically based sites in my experience!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYaYa

Viewed on PC, IE8, Windows XP Pro and latest version of Norton - has loaded ok.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All good here! Love this blog - I check it everyday!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMindyYoung

I see everything just fine. I'm using Firefox (newest version) and Webroot Antivirus.


June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Works good in FireFox on WinXP at work and FireFox on MacOSX at home. I like the clean design!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

The feed to LiveJournal is not pulling the pictures through but I can come directely to the site and they load up fine.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amaya 10.0 on WinXP totally bugged out complaining of invalid code (line 5, character 245 to be precise) and wouldn't load the site. But FF, Chrome, IE, Safari on WinXP all look fine.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

PC with Firefox, Working Great!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrystal

All good on pc windows explorer and mac safari.

That last line came from princess bride when six fingered man was torturing the man in black!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRozi

Everything looks fine on my PC using Google Chrome.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSila Lumenn

No problems here. Lookin' good!

(also, princess bride quote FTW)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Please tell me the title of this post is a Galaxy Quest reference ... I LOVE that movie!

Works great on IE7 on a PC running Windows XP 2002, and came in fine on my RSS feed in Outlook 2007.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

On a Mac using Chrome and it all looks great so far!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Hatchling

On Windows Vista with Google Chrome, your blog popped up quite nicely this morning when I was clicking through my Google Reader pages.

I'm so glad this isn't a kissing blog.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

I'm on a PC running Windows XP. I'm using Internet Explorer and McAfee. The page loaded up pretty quick for me with no problems at all. It did ask if I wanted to display only secure items, which it has never done on your site before, but that's not a big deal.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The main "Cake Wrecks" logo did not not appear, just the blue background and carrot jockeys. Several cake images were missing too. All of these images later appeared after reloading the page. (Firefox 3.6.3 Windows XP)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks great in Chromium on Ubuntu Linux....

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

On the computer at school, windows XP and internet explorer (bleh) It's scrolling funny (freezing and then flashing) until I get down to the comments, where it's fine.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSunflower

I'm on a Dell Latitude with Cisco NAC Agent using Chrome and had no problems. I'm glad I braved the fire swamp and the to give you my feedback for posterity.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibrarianJessica

no problems here. i have windows7. it actually seemed to load faster, but maybe that's because there were no pictures today (?)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChiTown Girl

Hi Jen! Like all the comments, it shows great in Firefox 3 / Windows.

My only concern is the color lime green with the white link text. It is very hard to read. Maybe a black text (or the gray you used?) would be more appropriate. Lime green color is always a tricky one, with the yellow and orange color...
And look out for your copyright (the year) at the bottom!

And since I'm a professional webmaster, I am permitting myself to say that, since I know what I'm talking about... :P


Personnal opinion: I prefer the darker blue you used for your background; though I consider myself "young", is was easier for my eyes with the dark blue... But maybe I'm just not use to it yet!

I know it is really a pain to adjust a website for all browsers, so to you, congratulations for the hard work!
Here is a tool I always use now, to test in different browsers:
Hope it helps you too!

Thank you for the delight you bring me, every day, with your fabulous posts!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorthoniel

Using Firefox, had a problem at first - blank page and error message but after a reload everything is fine :)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNielle

on a mac with loaded faster today than I think it ever has, almost instant.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKellie Jensen

No problems with rss feed here. The site took a little while to load. I'm not sure if that's the site or my craptastic internet connection at work. I'm on a PC using Firefox through Windows XP.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

No problems with this post on the site or in Google Reader. For the record, I haven't experienced any problems at all even before the changes.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I am using a dell laptop and google chrome browser. I haven't ever had a problem loading your site. Just thought you would like to know :)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

I am using a dell laptop and google chrome browser. I haven't ever had a problem loading your site. Just thought you would like to know :)

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis

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