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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 interrupt the wreckage to bring you this photo of Brent Spiner putting on a Carrot Jockey necklace:

This photo brought to you by my new favorite henchperson Morgan, who actually gave up her hard-earned necklace at Dragon*Con yesterday when Spiner spotted it, told her he liked the site, and that he wanted one. (Read about it on Morgan's blog here.) Rest assured, I am sending her a replacement - along with my hypothetical first-born-child, should she ever want it.

Morgan is also the person responsible for my blush-felt-'round-the world when she gave me a completely unexpected shout-out at the mic in front of nearly 2,000 people in Wil Wheaton's panel yesterday morning. I was so stunned I thought I might crawl under my chair, but Wil was amazingly gracious, saying, "Oh, is she here? Cake Wrecks is awesome," and then everyone was looking around for me, and I thought I was going to die, but instead I stood up for about 0.3 seconds and gave a quick wave and squeaked a "hi!" just so they'd stop looking and we could move on, and then I KNEW I was going to die because I'm just a socially awkward writer used to being locked in my office all day and who only ventures out for book tours and sci-fi conventions because I'm such a geeky fan girl and life-long Trekker even though I try to act all professional and nonchalant and stuff but it was totally worth it because WIL WHEATON SAID I WAS AWESOME - albeit indirectly and probably under polite duress - and BRENT SPINER HAS A JOCKEY NECKLACE THAT I MADE and this is all really too much for me and I think I need to go lie down for a bit.

That's all.

We now return you to the wreckage.


PS - On the off chance Brent and/or Wil ever reads this: thank you, gentlemen. Truly. I've been invited on Letterman and my book once made the NY Times' BSL, but for this geek girl, yesterday topped it all. (And Wil, I'm terribly sorry for interrupting your panel, which was excellent and totally worth waking up at o' indecent hours for.)

PPS - Also, you fellow fans should all go watch Spiner's new web series Fresh Hell, which is hilarious even when he makes a crack about Orlando, and read Wil's book Just a Geek, which I adored.

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Reader Comments (118)

Awesomesauce, to quote my daughter! I enjoy cakewrecks for the cakes, but also the geekiness. And you have totally corrupted my 16 year old into all things geek, steampunk and cool. Thank you.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

OH MY GOD. That is just the coolest thing EVER. EVER!!! I am just thrilled for you.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbigwhitegrannypanties

Oh, my happy geek-o-meter just went off the charts....Cake Wrecks and Brent Spiner AND Wil Wheaton all on one totally awesome! Congrats of the shout-out! Well deserved!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

That is so cool! Wow now I wish I was there lol.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

OMG THAT IS SO FREAKING COOL!!!! You are SO my hero!!!!!!!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadTigerKitty

I am SO SAD that I left Wil Wheaton's panel early and didn't see you! I had a 1pm flight, so my friend and I went just to see WW perform the piece and then we had to leave before the Q&A.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Ode to Carrot Jockey

Carrot Jockey is your taxonomic nomenclature
A plastic unclothed biped, on buttercream by nature
No hair about your eyes to cloud your keen visual senses
Contributes to your skill in finding wrecky cake offenses

I find myself intrigued by your frosted ambulations
A singular development of fondant machinations
That illustrates your need to ride on sugary confections
While pointing out a bakery's abuse of its directions

No clothing is essential for your wreck reporting talents
A hat, a vest or even pants might throw you off your balance
And carrots are a necessary part of locomotion
Although for geeky panelists they can cause a commotion

Carrot Jockey, the wondrous cakey carnage you display
Makes people snort their coffee, and brightens up their day
A naked bit of plastic I can from a chain suspend
To me, you'll always be a veggie-riding friend.

[Editor's Note from Jen: Sharyn, you win ONE THOUSAND INTERNETS. Best. Comment. EVER.]

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

So when is the Letterman gig? Just imagine the audience riding giant carrots and you'll be fine.

Seriously, you 'guys' deserve shout-outs and accolades and whatever else they have that recognizes in a positive way.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Aaaarrrggghhhh! I finally found the Carrot Jockey sale site, only to find they are sold out, again. Plus, you said to watch on Twitter for when they would be available again...I don't tweet. What's a girl to do? Could you maybe post it on CW?

I love CW. Truly, madly, deeply.


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I like this site. I like the people here. You have a fangirl moment and everybody's happy and squealing and bouncing with shared excitement for you.

Congrats! To have two people you admire publicly admit they like your work is pure validation (and maybe some vindication).

And judging by the run on sentence, you still don't know what kind of impact you have on us, do you, Jen Yates?

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteabunny

Wow! That is so cool! The geek girl inside me is freaking out for you.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Congrats Jen - *we* already knew you were awesome, but now you're officially awesome, because if those two guys think it's so, who would dare question it? ;)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Naked Mohawk-Baby Carrot Jockeys Spiner Wheaton!
This must be the new exclamation of excitement at Cake Wrecks. Just remember I said it first.

Wow. Just wow!

I think all my geekdom just crashed together in one big smashup. I couldn't be more happy for you had Spiner been dressed in Steampunk gear while Wheaton was wearing a wizard hat and the One Ring. Sorry, my emotions are all mixed up. I haven't said this since the 90's but all I can think is:


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHermione_Granger

Oooooh that is fabulous!!!!!

Your geekiness is what makes this site over-the-top awesome, and I'm a Scot, we don't say awesome very much!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkikimama

Squeeeee! that is all :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Congratulations! I would have fainted!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterqtdes

Great, that's amazing! I love this site and I love what she has done with this necklace and it is great you are sending her a replacement! You guys are the best!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBella Clean

Thanks for the link to Spiner's "Fresh Hell" series -- but alas, there are only two of them and all my attempts at finding news about if there will be more have been in vain. Anyone else know what's up with it? (Both of them were in April.)

Congrats on the fangirl moment-- you have a great site and those guys are (as far as I can tell) completely great guys who would of course love it, too.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Except that I'm a musician and you're a writer, we might just be the same person. If the same stuff that happened to you had happened to me and I were a blogger, this is exactly what my post would have looked like!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Fantastic!!! :D Now you just need to make one for WIll Wheaton. ;)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterS

NOW "Data" is FULLY functional!!!!

They are now more cool for knowing what we all know - Jen, John and CW ROCK!!!!!!

Congrats to you, Jen. You deserve the praise and recognition. You truly bring joy into many of our lives.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie

That's so cool!!!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.J.

Whoa Jen, take a breath! I almost died of hypoxia trying to read this, which is not good for a 7mo prego woman!

Very cool.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna B

Yes, this is quite high praise. I'm very happy for you, and keep up the good work!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSUPERFAN

WOW! Wow..

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Wil AND Brent? Total fangirl SQUEEE! You really know how to make this old geek girl's heart sing, Jen! Congrats on a truly awesome Dragon*Con experience, which you totally deserve!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Congrats! That's so awesome. I got called out at a Comic Book convention once, so I totally know the awkwardness.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Oh my stars! This is so incredible. I am truly happy for you, and knowing how I am, I would have felt the same way.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGwenyver

Wow...just wow...I'm excited by proxy for you! Will you ever sleep again???

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

Nerdgasm! They are right though, you are awesome! So cool to get recognized by those who you admire. Soooo jelly.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

You ARE awesome and you totally deserved the shout-outs. And by the way, that's how I felt when I got to meet you on Sunday! I put the pic of you and I on FB and all my friends are like, "NO WAY! You met the Cakewrecks girl?!?! Awesome!" They were much more excited about you than anyone else I saw there. So thanks for being a good sport and letting other star-struck, geeky girls get their picture taken with you. :o)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIlia

ST:TNG (especially Brent Spiner) ROCKS!
Whew -- I'm dizzy with all this rocking. Have to sit down and look at back issues of CW to recover.....

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Dragon Con was awesome! Hate that I missed that panel :P

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Oh Jen, congratulations, that's so wonderful! If I were there, we could hold fangirl hands and jump up and down and squee into the ultrasonic range. Eeeeeeeee! :D

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterleorising

That is awesome, no indirect about it.

I know how you feel - I once made scarves for Mystery Science Theater 3000, only to have them use one of them in a sketch Six Years Later. I nearly lost it! They were nice enough to send it back to me when the show was cancelled. Very nice people!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

You couple of lucky b******s, you! I was in love with Wil Wheaton when I was a gurl!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiggs


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I am so freakin' happy for you!! I can't stop grinning. Most awesome, indeed.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

I just totally geeked out extra for you. This is all kinds of awesomesauce.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoren

I think my ovaries just exploded.


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

I Tweeted Wil and Brent about your mention...

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnneke (Mudhooks)



September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Sharyn: Love your ode to the carrot jockey!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

That is awesome! I loved Star Trek.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kirkland

I love that you are a life-long trekker and I love this post.
My god. I would have DIED.

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

Eventually you will figure out something very important: you now ARE a geek celebrity.

Although it's totally adorable when you get all squeeful. :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

All together now,

As has already been said, you truly are a geek goddess. Massive congrats!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMin

Of course, of course! You ARE awesome, and you do good, good things!! HOW COOL!! And now even MORE nerds will be reading here, yay!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

I'm totally geeking out for you. How cool are you?

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersariah

Wil Weaton & Brent Spiner? I'm so freaking jealous! (I've had a crush on Data for as long as I can remember.) Grats, Jen! You deserve it!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarinan

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