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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)

I check in everyday for the laughs. Sometimes the comments are the best part! Love you guys! Keep up the great work!

Hapy Britday Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelaine

What they said.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah B.

Happy birthday, Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

"@sendingtheclowns-I'm right behind you!!
Way to scare the daylights out of a person~lol~ If I'd stop short, you'd have tripped right over me! =^~.~^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happy birthday Sharyn! Hope it's an amazing one! And may your cakes never be Wrecks!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

HB Sharyn! And I mean that sincerely. I really do.
Your songs are inspired and only add to the already hysterical sense of humor found only at CW. Thanks for making us smile, laugh, spew on our computer monitors, and all that fun stuff.
May your day be a happy one and may all your cakes be sweets not wrecks.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandy

Happy Birthday Sharyn!

(And no - the chainsaw horse is NOT worse than the DIA blue evil horse. That thing needs to die. In fire, amirite Denver folks?)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScaperMama

Happy Birthday to Sharyn!!!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

You mean I was once in the same room as Sharyn??!! You have made my day.

I hope you have a fantabulous birfday, Sharyn, with all the sprinkles you desire!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

mel -- No worries. I sent a couple of texts recently where my autocorrect changed "by" to "butt". I'm pretty sure I'm going to be charged with sexual harassment.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

Happy Birthday Sharyn, thank you for spoiling so many, many songs for me as well as making me laugh a lot!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline B

SO! Next order of business! Are you (talking to John & Jen, now) going to make poor Sharyn CHOOSE from that yucksortment of "pastries" that we've been hurrying past with our hats pulled down over our eyes all day, or are ya gonna give/bake her a decent and actually edible cake? Hmmm? =^~.~^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Happy birthday, Sharyn! Make your day be as wonderful and witty as your songs are every day. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Awww, Jen, how sweet of you! Pun intended! If only we all were so lucky as to get chainsaw wielding horses on our birthdays...

And WOW I didn't realize Sharyn you actually DO type fast - seriously thought it was some underground thing you had going on.

Going back to my happy corner of the world where co-workers wish each other happiness on their days off with wrecky cakes and timeless sentiment! You guys keep it classy!!! xoxoxo

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Happy Burpday, Sharyn!

Wish I had something funny to say, but everyone beat me to it.

At least you have your pick of cakes--you can likely walk into any bakery, show a picture and get exactly what you ask for! You just have to know where to go.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Happy Birthday Sharyn! Thanks for all the laughs :D

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

¡Feliz cumpleaños Sharyn!
Happy birthday from Spain, I hope you had a wonderful day!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! You're hilarious and brilliant and most importantly, you're so not a douchbag!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda P

Happy Birthday Sharyn from the boiling pit of despair (Arizona). I'd wear a sweater in your general direction, but it's just too darn hot!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindarella

Sharyn - you are so not a douchebag. Happy Birthday.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Happy birthday, Sharyn! Hope you have had a great day. :)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

HB Sharyn, so glad your, er you are part of the Cake Wrecks crew!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkorenyx

Happy birthday Sharyn! So glad for the laughs you bring to my work mornings. (@Craig, your Adam comment was hilarious. Way to go.)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Happy birthday, Sharyn! And many happy returns of the day.

And many happy returns to this website, too :-)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison in Indiana

Happy birthday, Sharyn!

SuBee: Well done!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Happy Birthday Sharyn! I have to admit I'm insanely jealous that you can come up with those songs that quickly. I secretly hoped you had advance warning. But kudos to your mad skills. And thanks for many, many laughs.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

Happy Birthday Sharyn!!!

CAKE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim in ID

You truly do bring smiles to the faces ( and send coffee through the nostrils) of readers around the world, thank-you so very much! With best wishes for many happy returns, all the way from Australia :)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

While I don't venture into the comments very often I just wanted to say, Happy Birthday Sharyn!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAddy

@ Lindarella (" I'd wear a sweater in your general direction, but it's just too darn hot!"):
Too,TOO cool!! (C--are you seeing this? Crazy-funny, huh? It's a "thing"!) =^! !^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

*Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh*
They say it's your birthday!

*Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh*
It's my (sister's) birthday, too, yeah! [Really, it is.]

Happy berfday, Sharyn! Hope you got to "enjoy" your day!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Dear Sharyn,
As an avid follower/lurker, may I say that you are a gift to us all.
'Truly a treasure who enriches all of our lives every day with your talents.
(I know, I know, not funny -- but true!) <3

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann

("Oh, I've been through the desert on a horse with no name...or front legs...") Remember that song? I'm getting tired of my own jibber-jabber, but just had to ask if anyone else sees "Fake Secretariat" on that "chain saw horse" cake? Yeah? Nah? Maybe? Well, I do. And it's a damn shame. Fake Secretariat Rocks!!
[ F.Y.I.:"Fake Secretariat" is two people inside a crazy/adorable horse costume on the Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson.] It's so awesomely goofy...
((sigh)) =^u.u^=

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Go, Sharyn! Go, Sharyn!
It's your birthday - wooooo hooooooooooo!

As for your present- two clues:
1. It's in a store somewhere.
2. It isn't paid for.


August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

@Sharyn - a very Happy Birthday to you! What an awesome way to celebrate - with a chainsaw-wielding demon horse! Hope you had a wonderful day! :)

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Happy birthday, fabulous Sharyn!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaffy Cake

Belated Fluffy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow


August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Happy birthday, Sharyn :D

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKrisfromParis

Wow, a surprise Saturday post...and it's Sharyn's birthday! Well, this is worth some hoopla. So, getting right on that Hoopla, hoopla, hoopla!!!
Sharyn, your song tie-ins are my second-favorite thing from CakeWrecks. First thing, of course, is the often gnarly wrecks we know and love. Heart <3!
Happiest of birthdays, may it be a precursor to a year of love and laughter, and many a happy ever after!

Happy belated birthday, Sharyn! You have been a gift, not only to Jen and John, but to all of us! Thank you!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriammonicasue

I finally learned to stop checking for wrecks on a Saturday and then "Kerblowie! It's SharYn's (see what I did there, mel?) birthday!" So, happy birthday wonderful songstress and thank you; you make the comments thread wonderful reading. and SuBee! awesome awesome rewording of Emily; I'm sure she approves! (Please excuse all the exclamations I will go flog for an hour in penance.)

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterms anthrope

Happy birthday (a day late, per usual for me) to someone I dearly love even though I've never met. You make me laugh every day, and how can you NOT love someone like that? Thanks for the daily ear worm.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFM

Happy birthday sharyn! 🎂

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAna

A day late, but the sentiment remains: Happy Birthday Sharyn!!!


August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpacegeek Nat

I actually thought about checking the site yesterday and then forgot to do it, so I'm late, but Sharyn, I hope you had a great one!

As for the DIA horse, wow. I thought the giant statue of Trigger (equipment and all) was impressive, but the bright blue color and the glowing eyes make that one extra-special. Eww.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhyphen8

Happy birthday, dude! It never fails to amaze me how fast you think up those parody songs.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Happy Birthday Sharyn !!! I really enjoy your songs, they often bring a smile to my face as I'm reading the posts.

And Jen, I would like to say that the little song that you had was great, made me laugh when I read it. I knew EXACTLY where you were going with that when I saw those first couple words, and sang along as I was reading it. Not only did I think it was hysterical, but it reminded me of my trip to Disney World last year just before my birthday. We were having breakfast at The Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge, when one of the waitresses walked past one of her tables and sang it to a woman with a Birthday pin on. I nearly spit my juice in my husbands face, I laughed so hard. I have since sang it to a couple friends for their birthdays. BRAVO !

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

That'll teach me not to check on a Saturday! Happy Belated Birthday Sharyn! Sorry about the cakes, but after all, it's not Sunday. :) Next year your birthday will get Sunday Sweets!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

Happy Birthday, Sharyn! I hope you had an awesome birthday. Jen, John, you, and the many clever commenters help to make this blog my go-to place on the interwebs. You all provide me with giggles which are probably inappropriate in the workplace, but they make me feel better (badly needed the past few weeks), so I don't really care. And yes, you've provided me with many the earworm, for which I say thank you ;) !

Sharyn, may you have many more birthdays to celebrate and bring joy to our days!


August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

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