My Other Blog

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

HB to Me!

Let's see...

In 2009, I announced the publication of my first-ever book, Cake Wrecks, which went on to become a New York Times' best-seller. (woot woot!)

In 2010, I launched my other blog, Epbot, which went on to become "that steampunk blog by the Cake Wrecks girl - you know, what's-her-name." (woot woot!)

Now here we are again, my birthday, 2011. How can I top these past two years? What big news will I break? What ground-breaking, trail-blazing new venture will I embark upon?


No, really. Have any ideas?

Nothing? Really? Huh.

[tapping teeth]

Well, I guess I could always try to find a good birthday wre...


Well, that didn't take long.

Let's see what else I've got in the ol' files here...

I'm not sure what this says about me, but all I see is "Happy bowel disease."

Well, praise B!

That's...not much better. (Does that really say "happiy?")

Theeere we go. Perfect.

Phew! What a relief!


Who's Walter?

And my personal favorite:

When obscene phone calls become cakes.

Well, as fun as that was, I still feel like I should be doing something a little more - I dunno - exceptional for my birthday post. Hmm.


I know!

There IS this little thing John and I happened to throw together last night...

And now, on the off chance you're experiencing some unconscious need to make me happy by pre-ordering yourself some wrecky goodness...[please please please???]...the goodness is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and everywhere else books are sold. Just think: all of your holiday shopping could be done in the next five minutes. Eh?

As a further icing carrot, here are a few fun facts:

- 232 pages of wreckage (yes, it's even longer than the first book. I, uh, got a little carried away.)
- gorgeous hardcover for prime gift-giving goodness
- approximately 75% all new content, with nearly 100% new commentary.
- Have I mentioned it's my birthday?
- and that it's only $14.99 (or less)?
- and said "please?"

Thanks to Michelle K., Jennifer A., Alicia J., John Y. (aka johnthehubbyofJen - because, yes, we look for Wrecks, too!), Amber T., & Lorraine D. for my birthday cakes.

« Yesterday Was Thursday | Main | The Words Get in the Way »

Reader Comments (163)

I'm afraid.

Very afraid.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

WooHoo! I'm so excited for the new book! Thanks for making my day! :) I have the calendar in my office and am known for my love of "poop cakes." Can't wait! Christmas + Cake Wrecks = Horrifyingly Awesome!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara @ Haute Lunch

One word:


(And 2 more - happy birthday!)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

That trailer is awesome!!! I'm still laughing. You guys are so creative. I hope you have a happy birthday!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'd really like to buy it, but where do I get it on the other side of the Atlantic?

And apropos subliminal messages, my word verification for this post is "ordere" ;)


May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've officially started my Christmas list!

Are you going to do another book tour? I hope you come to Denver again so I can continue my collection of signed copies!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

Happie BD, "Jen". And congrads on the new book.

wv: nopar - Jen, you are so great you have nopar.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

Happy Birthday! Will definitely be marking my calendar for October. Loved the book cover :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

Happy Birthday, Jen!


p.s. this post and that trailer are great.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

HB to you! and thanks for making my day better, too .... can't wait to giggle and snort through your new book!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

Happiy BiYoungue, Jen! ;D

OMG, WV is: "dalful"

"D'ose cakes are dalful. "

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Wait, Walter is Fine?

Who is this fine specimen of manhood, Walter? I demand pics!

Just, you know, for research purposes... yeah.

Happy Birthday Jen! May is a fine month in which to be born. The doctors all told my mom I was going to have an April birthday, but I said "Forget that, MAY is where it's at!"

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKittyKat

Happy Happy Birthday to you (& Walter). Love the trailer, the submiminal message mosut be working because I have just pre-ordered my copy! Love you guys.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatmania

Happy Birthday! So excited for the new book!! Can't wait to get a copy!!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Well happy birthday whats-her-name!

That video made me laugh really hard when it got to the subliminal message.

And I'm in the library. Thanks.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenny

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I mean...ohh... H. B.

love the trailer - hilarious and informative. Can't wait for the next book!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Happy birfday!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangie

We share a birthday?? Fun! Happy Birthday to us! Thanks for making me smile and sometimes shake my head, every morning :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber K

Happy Berthday, Jen,
Here is to you!

WV: undrspa: For your birthday, I'm sending you to the underspa with Walter.
He is soooo fine.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I would pre-order but I'm still kind of hoping you'll answer our invitation to come have a sales/signing table at the Capital Confectioners' Day of Sharing...not posting the date here because I'm not trying to post an ad, just trying to nudge you into saying yes. :D

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Laughing as I order . . .

Congrats and Happy Birthday!

"I'm not sure what this says about me, but all I see is "Happy bowel disease."

It's not you, it's the color of that icing!

And Walter is fine. So, so fine:

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Woo-hoo! A definite pre-order for this house. Can't wait. And I have to pull in my very appropriately wrecky WV for you: Happy Bardthea!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Awesome subliminial message! And Hippie "Birfday" to you!

WV: unnifyi - The chocolate poo swirls really served to unnifyi the flotsam on the "winter" cake.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh

Happy B D, Jen!

(Apparently, I spend too much time with obnoxious teens, because I read B D as behavior disorder... But you never know, that could be appropriate!)


May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I laughed. I cried. I spent way too much time trying to hit pause at the subliminal message...

Happy Birthday, Jen!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterparkeroberts


May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGot Grace 2!

Happy Birthday! I loved the subliminal message. I suddenly want to go out and buy your book. I don't know why! ;)

Happy Birthday, Jen! Loved the trailer!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Why can't they show commercials like that on tv?
I just found what I've asking Santa to bring me for Christmas. I've been a vewy vewy good girl this year, and I know for a fact that Santa reads your blog. ;-)
And Happy Birthday to you!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

It's my 30th birthday today - what great presents to know there is a new CW book on the way AND I share a birthday with Jen!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm not used to reading cake-cursive, so at first glance I thought it said, "Walter is Fire," and poor Walter was being terminated on his birthday. You know, "Happy birthday Walter! There's cake on the counter, and a box on your desk for your personal effects." At least "Walter is Fine" can be construed as a compliment.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamara Marnell

I will order the book the instant you publish that elusive sublimnal message on the blog where it will hold still.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Bolton

Happy Birthday, Jen!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Todd

The video is awesome!! So exciting!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Aappy Brithdag, "Jen". I'd say more, but after that video I have this strong compulsion to pre-order your book -- it's weird. It happened right at the end...

As far as getting the new book done: Ulations En

WV = swary: Scared and wary. "I was swary when I saw there was a subliminal message coming up, but it didn't affect me at all." Off to to pre-order your book RIGHT NOW!!!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I don't post often but LOVE your blog and visit daily. Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday filled with all the joy, smiles and laughter that you bring to others!
Warmest regards,
Sharon :)

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheShazz

Yay! new book! (I have to buy, I have to buy, I have to buy)

Are you going to do the "signed bookplate thing" again? (you WILL do the "signed bookplate thing" again)(not sure if that was subliminal or Jedi mind trick, either way I hope it works)

HB 2 U!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertjbmurph

A new book, just in time for Winter, Underlined.

Great (scary) trailer, too.

Happy birthday, Jen (and anybody else born on May 12).

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

happy birthday "!"

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Walter is Pioneer Woman's new beagle!

Happy Birthday, Cake Wrecks Girl--you make my world a much funnier place.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimmie

Not sure why... but I really have the strong urge to... buy the book.

Happiest of birthdays to you!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Happy Birthday! Twelve days exactly before my birthday 4 days before my anniversary! Hey, we should put that on a cake! ;D

Seriously though, I hope you have a fabulous, non-wrecky birthday today! And I LOVE the trailer for the new book! It made me really really really want to go BUY THE BOOK!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday Jen! Another awesome post!! I had to quickly stop reading to pre-order your book though! Can;t wait!!!

WV: biestios - I bet this will be the biestios book evah!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer

I really want to read the subliminal message, but I can't get the video to pause at the right second :(

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYoshimay

Happy Birthday, Jen! And that first cake seriously looks like "Hoffy Buthaddy"---which, OF COURSE makes us think of" rel="nofollow">THIS!

I LOVED the subliminal message!*Note to self: MUST go preorder.*

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPrism

Happy Birthday to you,
Squashed tomatoes and stew!
Bread and butter in the gutter,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

Have a good one


May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAJ from UK

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite Jens! Who I have never met, but feel I know pretty well. In a, you know, non-creepy way. Love the video!!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Loved the trailer! Happy Birthday my fellow taurus!

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertina

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>