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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

A Sharin' Birthday

Most of you don't read the comments here on CW, but if you did you'd know that, almost every day, there's a new parody song written out there themed to that day's wrecks. The songs are hilarious, and over the years they've even accumulated their own fan club: readers who I'm starting to suspect just look at the pictures and then skip straight to the comments. (That's right; I'M ON TO YOU GUYS.)


The songs are written by Sharyn, a long-time fan who has since been drafted onto our writing team. But even though she writes for us "prefessionally" now, Sharyn still writes those custom songs, every morning, within minutes of the post going live. (And no, she doesn't get advance warning; she really IS that quick.)


I've only met Sharyn once, on our last book tour. She caught a flight to Texas just to see us, and once John and I determined she was one of the cool stalkers (versus the axe-wielding kind) we took her to lunch.

Don't mess with... whatever this is.


A year or two later we begged Sharyn to write for us, and ever since she's helped pull me through all the nothing-feels-funny times. She's constantly sending me encouraging notes...

... and spoiling me with endless craft supplies. Plus she keeps John supplied in his favorite brand of popcorn. So basically she's the young, hip godmother I never had.


Today Sharyn is one of my dearest friends, and today is also her birthday. So, Sharyn:

Just kidding.


I also got you a horse with two chainsaws for arms/legs:

Because you've earned it.


Yep, that cake is totally sitting right here. Honest. If only you were here so I could serve you a slice. [[poker face]]

And now, Sharyn, allow me to conclude my conclusion with a little birthday ditty, just for you:

THIIIIIIIS is your birthday song:

It isn't very long.

Happy Birthday, Sharyn. We love you.

(Now, how's Monday's post coming?)


Thanks to Emily D., Kate M., Amy B., Joan A., Greer D., Annalyn D., & my very own hubby John for helping with Sharyn's surprise party post. Y'all be sure to wish her many more in the comments, k?

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Reader Comments (107)

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! Wreck on!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh

Gawd, I love you guys!
You'reAThirdMemberOfJohnAndJen'sCakeWrecksCrew!!!WooHoo!!! Hats&Horns&Hilarity!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happiest of Happy Birthdays, Sharyn! I love all the posts, and the songs! You have been responsible for many ear worms, and many more laughs! May this day be extra special, and may this year be extraordinary!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDorene

This is ReallyReally weird, but I swear--the second I read the "title"-thingy (A Sharin' Birthday) I thought of "your" ("our") Sharyn. Maybe I'm really psycho/ic... =^@.@^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

First comment!!! Love your blog, Jen! Never fails to impress! ;)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnaïs C.

Happie Bday "Sharyn!" !!! ~~ (with sprinkles)

No, but seriously. When I've had a long day and search the CW archives, your songs make me cry, I laugh so hard. Also, my family wonders what the heck I'm snaughling about. (snaughle: v. laughing so hard you snort, then laughing because you snorted, then snorting because you laughed.)

Happy birthday, Sharyn! And many happy returns!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC. Schesser

Hippo Birdie two Ewe, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFontLady

I couldn’t think of a birthday poem (other than those from Hallmark,) so I picked the next best thing.
With Apologies to Emily Dickenson

Because I could not stop for cake,
It kindly stopped for me;
The cake stand stood outside my door
Next to a pot of tea.

I picked it up, and took a taste
Of frosting of a hue
Never seen in nature, and I saw there
Not my name, Not Su.

Amongst the flotsam, where dead dear lay,
And piles of chocolate poo,
Amongst the tasteful pregnant moms,
There nary was a Su

This cake was meant for Sharyn, it seemed.
It was HER birthday day!
And no one could deserve it more
For her brill-ee-ant word play.

Although she gives us earworms,
We love them in every way.
So thank you, you’re a genius.
Have a very happy day!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

The "Longhorns" cookie looks obscene. Which OF COURSE is why it's here. =^~.~^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happy birthday, Sharyn! Hope it is super fantastic!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMisti

I am a sometimes lurker for a few years now. In fact Cake Wrecks has often been my homepage - one way to ensure that I laugh every day. I am all admiration for how you keep up the wittiness every day. Now I guess I'll have to read more comments to see what I've been missing there. Happy Birthday Sharyn, and kudos to you all. Loved the Emily Dickinson takeoff, btw!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary-in-Pa.

Happy birthday, Sharyn! May it be wreck-less!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

That horse is more frightening than the one at the Denver airport.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlueBindweed

(@Suebee -- Aaawwwwwsesome!!!)
Sharyn: Happy Birthday to YOU!
Underneat that
in script
with sprinkles
and daisies
write in black letters

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Sharyn! Happy Birdle Daydle Toodle Youdle Daydle!

Hey, EVERYONE:>LET'S "EPCOT" this thing in honor of Sharyn! Who's up for it? Huh? Huh? LET'S DO IT!!!!((runs out of room ahead of everyone ala John Belushi in "Animal House"))

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happiest Birthday ever, Sharyn!! I admire your wordcraft (wordsmanship?, wordiness?, worduosity?)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Wow! Thank you so much! My hubby just came down and said there was a Saturday post. I had NO idea.

You guys are the best!


August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Feliz cumpleaños a ti feliz cumpleaños a ti feliz cumpleaños a Sharyn feliz cumpleaños a ti! YAY

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

"Way to blow it, Adam" -- I often think that, myself. Then I realize that if he hadn't messed up, none of us would be here. Thus, I can't stay mad at him too long.

But the most important thing is, don't mess with an orange, cookie-eating amoeba.

Happy Birthday, Theardare Sharyn.

[You know, T, not everything is about you. Stop laughing, it's true.]

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Happy Birthday Sharyn!
I love the smarty pants "cake."

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Martin

Sharon -- Happy Birthday to one of the funniest people I've never met! You are a source of immense pleasure and laughter, insanely clever and quick, and consistently coffee-through-the-nose funny! And it doesn't get much -- no, any -- better than that. You are a natural, and I have long suspected you're somehow related to Jen and john (thoj) (but I can't figure out how, since they are related by marriage and I'm not sure how that would work....) I am sooooooo pleased you're on the CW team; you are the perfect complement to an already awesome duo...additional icing on the cake! Happy birthday, and may the day be as incredibly wonderful as you are! And, finally: spp.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! You make me laugh -- a lot!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSir Laffsalot

HB Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNight Owl

It has come to our attention that one Sharyn (full name unknown) is having a birthday today. While normally birthdays are not a matter of litigation (except for on certain unnamed talk shows), we would be remiss and duly negligent of we here at Tinker, Toys and Tops did not forthwith and speedily recognize the aforementioned birthday. For it is that same Sharyn (fnu) who created our rival firm, Dewey, Cheatum and Howe, thus leading to the development of our own firm some 16 months ago. So, in the spirit of friendship in the land of wrecked cakes and torts, we fully extend our most heartfelt hand of Happy Birthday greetings and felicitations. And, in the spirit of full friendship, we will spare you our singing.

With Best Wishes for many, many more,
Mr. Potato, Head Counsel

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

@Sharyn: Best wishes for a most Happy Birthday! And thank you for your gift of laughter.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Midnight Writer

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! Carpe cake!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkewed View

Happy Birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNon D'Plume

Today I'm blowin' my horn to say Happy Birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Boy Blue

Happy Birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermillbrit

@sendingtheclowns-I'm right behind you!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

HBD!!! HBD!!!!

Chainsaw Horse needs to team up with Axe Cop. please,please,plllleeeeaaaassseee???

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Former CB

Looooong time lurker here to say thanks for always making me smile/giggle/laugh unti I pee my pants. I wish you the best Sharyn, and I'm glad your birthday was on a Saturday so we all get to share an bonus post!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMommy-O

Happy birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! I always look forward to your very amusing song parodies.

Many more!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermakfan

Raise your glasses to
Madame Heartfelt Smartypants.
Here's looking at you!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Happy Birthday Sharyn!!

I assumed (as many probably did) that you had advance warning once you joined the CWTeam. Your parodizing awesomeness just ascended to a whole new level! Comgradiations on this acheifment!

Have a great birthday and many more to come.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieG

Sharyn is a friend of mine as well and she really is just that quick and she always makes me laugh! Have a wonderful, fantastic, amazing day!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Happy birthday, Sharyn! Your songs have brought me much joy over the last year! (Especially the Danger Zone ditty.)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

@SharYn: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! My worst fear has come true!!!!!! My spell check/auto correct struck in a nan-second before I submitted by greeting and changed the spelling of your name...I will be forever hiding in shame....!!!!!!!!!! Of all the days to do this, and of all the people to have it done to!!!! I'm gonna have to change my name to "mortified mel," that is, if I ever post again...... Along with my sincerest apology (why me, why me?????) I beg for forgiveness. Arggggggggggggg. Mea culpa, mea culpa. So...let's just pretend this never happened and hopefully your own internal mental acuity will automatically transform the letters into the correct ones. Just shoot me now.... (wishing you a Happy Birthday from underneath this rock....)

Happy birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwoodnwheel

Happy birthday Sharyn! Thanks for all the wonderful song parodies. Every day I read the blog, look at the pictures (usually more than once) and check the comments for the total CW package. It never fails to brighten up my day. :)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I cannot hope to compete with all the wonderful homages and pithy birthday wishes, Sharyn, but that does not make my "Hoppy Brithday" mean any less. May you get all the sprinkles you desire!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

Happy Birthday Sharyn!!!! Thanks for all the laughs! You're amazing.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

You're all the team to be 'wreckend' with ;)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMilz

@Craig [You know, T, not everything is about you. Stop laughing, it's true.]
Heh. Heh. Heh. That's what they all the beginning. ((Sigh))You silly deluded man, you...

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happy birthday, Sharyn! Do you hear song lyrics in everyday conversation? I do, and people think I'm absolutely bonkers when I mention it. I thoroughly enjoy your songs, many of which stick with me throughout the day. Thanks for making so many of us smile on a daily basis. I love this site, and I am so glad to find others who share in life's little cakey giggles.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel T.

Habby pirthday, dearest Sharyn!!! (I'm a little surprised I haven't seen a cake with that spelling yet... bakers? Get on it!)

To many more, on Channel 4... ah, you know the song.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabs

"Way to blow it, Adam" -- I often think that, myself. Then I realize that if he hadn't messed up, none of us would be here. Thus, I can't stay mad at him too long."

=^-.-^= You know, that Craig has a point....=^o.0^= TELL me about it! Like, scary, man...

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Congradulations Sharin and under neat that "sprinkles" from Sweden!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHK

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