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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

Five Years, Baby!!

Remember this?

And these?

How about this one?

Or this story?

Five years ago today I started a goofy little cake blog, just for fun. I never intended for anyone other than a few close friends to read it, and I was terrified the first time a stranger found it and commented.

Within two months, though, my goofy little cake blog went viral, garnering about 50,000 visitors in a single day.

It's been a wild ride since then. I realized my life-long dream of becoming a published author not once, but twice, and Cake Wrecks even landed on the New York Times Best Sellers List. John and I got to travel across the U.S. and Canada meeting thousands of you readers, sampling dozens of your bakeries, and only almost-dying that one time.

I was invited on more TV shows than I can remember, including David Letterman, Rachael Ray, and I think even Martha Stewart - and one of my proudest achievements in life is that I turned them all down. I've also turned away TV producers, web content "gurus," and website conglomerates offering a pretty penny to purchase Cake Wrecks and turn it into something else - something less personal, something not ours.

Cake Wrecks has been a labor of love from the beginning, and I've fought - and will fight - to always keep it that way. It's not a vehicle to make me famous, or a stepping stone to get me to where I *really* want to be in my career, because I'm already here. True, it has become my job - John's, too -  and like every job it causes heartache and frustration and burnout sometimes. But at the end of the day, I get to check my e-mail, find a cake that makes me giggle, and share it with all of you. That's pretty frickin' awesome.

Five years ago I never would have dreamed my goofy little cake blog would last this long, or that it would amass such a devoted readership. I mean, this blog was supposed to fizzle out four and a half years ago, and yet here you all are! I always told John I'd quit when the readers left, but it turns out you guys are more stubbornly loyal than I anticipated. Curse you.

So here's to us, my dear wreckies, five years, 1,800+ posts, and roughly 8,000 cakes later.

And if all that doesn't deserve cake, then I don't know what does.

So here's Brent Spiner trying on a Carrot Jockey necklace:

Let's be honest: it was all downhill from here. :D


Oh, and I have to give a million thanks to John for getting me through these past five years - and also for not dying that one time - as well as to Lindsey, who writes more than half of our Sweets posts these days, and to Sharyn, who helps me write to the wrecks. You guys are awesome, and get a lifetime pass for extra sprinkles.

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Reader Comments (278)

Jen and John,

I think I speak for all of us when I say how glad I am you HAD NO IDEA what you were getting yourself into 5 years ago.

Happy Anniversary! Long may you wreck!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Happy 5th blogiversary! Keep the wrecks coming!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva @ Eva Bakes

it is hard to even fathom that many wrecked cakes! You would think they would try to avoid being on your blog and improve!

I love my daily visits to see the wonderful cake decorating fails :)

Happy Anniversary!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJOY

Happy 5 years!! I love this blog, so much. It makes me smile every day. Thank you to the whole Cake Wrecks team for all the hard work that goes into making this site what it is.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia P.

Congratulations for five years! I love you guys. Keep up the great work. I couldn't get through a work day without you.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Thank you for this wonderful blog!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLM

5 years already! congratulations and best wishes for the next 5!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYaYa

On its first annivers’ry Cake Wrecks gave to me a truly messed up Christmas tree.

On its second annivers’ry Cake Wrecks gave to me a photo of EPCOT and a truly messed up Christmas tree.

On its third annivers’ry Cake Wrecks gave to me a penile space shuttle, a photo of EPCPOT and a truly messed up Christmas tree.

On its fourth annivers’ry Cake Wrecks gave to me, an awesome cake depicting Cinderella controlling a T Rex while her hair, dress and makeup remained perfect, a penile space shuttle, a photo of EPCOT and a truly messed up Christmas tree.

I don't remember how or when I found you guys, but I'm so glad I did. I hope you've gotten as much pleasure from writing as I have from reading. Congraduations!

On its fifth annivers’ry Cake Wrecks gave to me five years of laughs, an awesome cake depicting Cinderella controlling a T Rex while her hair, dress and makeup remained perfect, a penile space shuttle, a photo of EPCOT and a truly messed up Christmas tree.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

Congratulations. I want to thank you for continuing to do this blog. I look at it every day to get a laugh. You all are amazing. Please, keep it up.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

mazel tov!

been a fan for almost four years - i come here daily for amazement, a laugh, and the pleasure of reading the comments from around the internets.

you have a unique voice that never ceases to entertain...

thanks to you and your cohort!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterharold

Congratulations on 5 years of making us laugh and wonder wth...! My day isn't complete til I check CakeWrecks, and I got my boss hooked on them too. As a professional editor and an amateur cake decorator, this site is everything I could ever ask for. I've made several deliberate wrecks and have had a blast doing them. You all rock, and I wish you many more years of wreckiness! (Oh, and you have a great name too, Jen.)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen F.

Many congrats and _thanks_ for the five years of Cake Wrecks! I just can't get through the day without my morning Wreck!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlysafulb

I cannot even imaging getting through a week, nay... a day without Cakewrecks. Love you all!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the laughs, snorts, & giggles. Also, thank you for teaching me to never, ever eat or drink while using the computer!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGin

Five years?! Wow. I remember when that used to be a lifetime. The time it took to get through high school & your 1st year of college. Or to almost get through college, or through a grad program. Thanks for hanging in there for the long haul & not sellin' out. Stubborn Wreckies? You bet. Can't remember who said it (wasn't me), but we got your back...and your front and your sides and your...(You get the idea.)

Thanks for letting us play in your Epcot Bunker! :-)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more — can't wait to see what kind of anniversary cake you guys celebrate with!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterD

Congratulations on five years. And thank you for sticking around for us loyal readers. We would miss you if you were gone.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

We are quite STUBBORNLY loyal. Thanks for being our fierce lead carrot jockey. Our days wouldn't be as joyful without you. That's no joke! You fill a space deep within our frosting-filled hearts. Thank you from the bottom tier on up. Wreck on, Jen and John. And stay alive. Cause we'd make you one heck of a funeral cake wreck. :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkbirdcarr


May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathyW

Congradulations (see, works in print, too :o) to 5 years of entertaining us!! The one and only blog I just 'have to' check every morning!!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Jen and John,
Congratulations on five awesome years of posts! This is hands down my favorite blog, and I've been a reader for at least FOUR years now :)
Thank you for your hard work and dedication! I always know that if I need a laugh, I can always find one here.

Here's to many more years of hilarity and good times!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOnlyAverageMom

I remember driving to work when a caller into the local radio morning show asked the DJ's "Have you everseen the website that has reeaaallly bad cakes?" I googled "bad cakes" or something to that effect. Three years later, and here I am, making sure I check everyday for a daily dose of humot.

Thank you Jen, John (thoJ), Lindsey, Sharyn, and anyone else who has helped along this journey. Thanks also to mindy1, Haiku Joy, Fluffy Cow, and dozens of other regular commenters that have plenty of times made me snort or sputter, causing my husband to look at me and say "What?!"

So I don't remember cake #9, but all I could think of was "Make sure to call your doctor if your Oreo cake lasts longer than 4 hours."

Happy Annervursry....annaversry....adversary....

Happy bein' around for 5 years!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Happy anniversary! (Harmless video - Flintstones YouTube!)

I think I've been reading you from almost the beginning. Thanks for all of your hard work, even the thankless stuff!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Happy Birthday, Cake Wrecks! Congratulations, Jen, John, Lindsey and Sharyn! You are a little happy part of most of my days and I'm very thankful for that!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Five years of some of the funniest cakes I have ever seen, and some of the best Sunday Sweets ever. I'm happy to see that Cake Wrecks is still going strong and that it has stayed with you and John. I'll make sure to pull out the "I Want Sprinkles" T-shirt you guys signed during the first book tour and have a few laughs as
I read my Cake Wrecks books all over again (once I dig them out of the moving boxes!)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

Comgramulasions four being around longer than expectant!

In all seriousness, thank you for all your hard work! You have no idea how happy it makes me to wake up every morning and have a laugh before I start my day. Congratulations, and wishes for the wreckers to keep on a-wrecking, and you to keep on a-posting and a-snarking!

Happy Aninversuary!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

OOOH I left a comment wreck.
It was totally intentional!!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

It's not the wrecks. It's your insane sense of humor, Jen. I've laughed to tears I don't know how many times. I even almost had disciplinary action at work for the memorable scared grasshopper post. Often I wonder "how in the world did she think of that?!" For all that matters, you could write a blog about toothpaste and I'd come to read it.

Thanks for my addiction!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlivi

Happy Anniversary! Let's see, I think I found you two years in, so I've only been following the blog 3 years? On the one hand, it doesn't seem that long, on the other, I don't remember not checking cakewrecks in the morning. Thanks for becoming part of my morning routine!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for everything, especially for sending me to Epbot and my introduction to steampunk and my favoritest Disney blog. I <3 all of you! (and by "all" I mean writers and readers and commenters)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

Thank you for being part of my morning routine and making me laugh every day!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris10

Congratulations on 5 years! I honestly don't remember when I first found Cake Wrecks but it's first stop of the day now. And I feel like I *know* you because I've been to a book signing and have both of your books proudly on my shelf!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

Kongradjewlashuns on 5 years! This blog is my go-to blog for fun and hilarity (second being Epbot!). Thank you for making me laugh always.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Congrats on 5 marvelous years! When I first found your blog, I was happily surprised to find that there was someone else in the world who loved cakes, sci-fi and sarcasm as much as I do. I think it is awesome that you get to do what you enjoy for a living and also cool that you get to share all your funny, geeky, snarky and crafty ways with the rest of us. Thank you for being you :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramanda*p

"Contragulations!" Thanks for the good job you, John, Lindsey and Sharyn do. It's gotta be hard being "on" every day, but you all do it in spades. And you all seem like such genuinely cool, nice people. We need more humans like you guys on the earth. So, once again, congradu, um, congraju, um, kengradulashio...CHEERS!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoemama

Happy CW Anniversary, Jen and John!
Thanks for making me laugh on a daily basis, and for being such fun, nice people.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieveDiggory

Thank you!!!!! Congrats on youre 5 yaers! Cake Wrecks makes me laugh, except on Sundays on a daily basis. I love seeing what you come up with. I have passed it on the many a friends also. Keep up the great work of making people laugh on a daily basis.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Congratulations! I only found you relatively recently, and truly, now I can't get through a workday without you. Thank you!

I picked up a cake yesterday from Target (not a wreck, thankfully) and was chatting with another customer who was a little dissatisfied (they wanted more grass on the cake so they could put bugs on it?). Anyway, they had never heard of Cakewrecks- the horror! I did my good deed for the day and enlightened them. :)

Keep on wrecking!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeepa

Happy Anniversary, congratuations, and THANK YOU! (it has to be in caps because its from the bottom of my heart). Your blog puts a smile on my face and, (because I am stoopid) coffee on my keyboard; at least it stays cleaner that way. This (and Epbot) is also the only comments section I read (except on Mardi Gras), and it gives me back my faith in humanity- so thank you everyone who's a part of wreckieworld. And how did I miss "4 hour fearless leader"? hysterical!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterms anthrope

Congratulations, Cake Wrecks!

Unfortunately, my shower cake this weekend was not a wreck, so I couldn't submit it in honor of your anniversary. (On the other hand, I really didn't mind having a nice cake. :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

A-HA!!!! I found the SECRET of your SUCCESS @ the bottom of today's post! :-) "...and to Sharyn, who helps me write to the wrecks..."

You communicate TO the wrecks via frosting inscriptions & the wrecks *tell you* what to post!!! (No wonder Sharyn's so good @ song parodies - she helps you talk to them! They're telling her what songs to wreck! :-)

My mind is officially blown. You are a dutiful diplomat on behalf of the human species to cake wrecks!? Fearlessly negotiating to prevent their takeover of the world!?! Have you ever consulted The Doctor, or does he consult you when dealing with Daleks and Cybermen and such? I'm sure your experience in holding off a world invasion by cake wrecks for five years comes in handy... :-)

Here's to Cake infinity and beyond! :-)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady

Wreckie Happiversary! Congradulamagations! I echo all the loyal Wreckies - we love you and WE WILL NEVER LET YOU LEAVE. But mostly we just love you.

I came about 3.5 years ago, and caught up on the previous year and 1/2 in about a week. Been obsessed ever since.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

Love You! Love You! Love You! Thanks For All The Fish!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaffy Cake

Well Done !!

I too don't remember how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did. Your books are too funny, even the 13 year old pours over them ! Thank you from Alaska.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralaskaquilter

I honestly don't remember when I found you, but I am so glad I did! Some time ago I left Facebook and Twitter, saying I had a real life and needed to get back to it (which is true). However my morning routine is still: check my email, check CakeWrecks, read the paper. Some things are important.

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Good Luck in China is how I found you. My friend Jen L-G shared the China cake with us and I was HOOKED! My daughter & I trekked to your book signing at the Tattered Cover, she brought you a "My lap is on Fyer!" cake. She still wears her carrot jockey necklace with pride.

Happy 5 years! We love you!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for five years of laughter. I hope you continue to have fun while brightening the days of thousands of people. :)

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterschneefink

Thank you for your warped sense of humour and sharing it with us. Keep on wrecking!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill M.

Here's to another 25 years! No, I mean it, 25 more years! GOT IT?!?! I love to look at the site each morning while the monotony of work sets in for the day. I have a desk job, most days, this site gets me through countless conference calls, horrendous annual reviews, and you know, when I have to laugh or I'll cry...
Thank you, thank you SO much! Oh, and the Sunday Sweets??? My six year old cannot go a Sunday without looking at them, she says "They inspire me!" and "I wanna do that when I HAVE to get a job, 'cause it's not really a job Mom, it's like playing with food all day!" CONGRATS!!!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Witch

Congratulations on five years!

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

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