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

We Moved!


If you can read this, that means you've successfully navigated to our new website. And if you didn't even realize you had navigated to our new website, then we'll just be congratulating ourselves, uh thankyouverramuch.

You RSS subscribers may have noticed some "wonkiness" with our feed. Sorry 'bout that. It should be fully functional from here on out, though, so there's no need to make any changes to your existing subscription.

As for the rest of you, you may want to double check that you've bookmarked us at to avoid the extra few seconds our redirect from blogspot will take you.

John and I (but mostly John) have been working on this move for nearly two months, and we're super excited to be in our new virtual digs. If you haven't been able to see our photos at work in a long time, check again; you should be able to now. Load time should also continue to improve (we're continuing to work on that), although it's already faster for some of you.

If you notice any problems with the site: pictures not showing up, broken links, etc., please let us know by commenting on this post or via e-mail. We'll be hunting down and fixing any last-minute bugs this week, so your help and patience and continued wrecky loyalty are much appreciated.

Under Neat That


Update from john:  Hey everybody! If I sound a bit fuzzy it's because I've had a good 20 minutes of sleep.  But I wanted to answer a couple of questions that I've been getting from you all.

Q.  My RSS Feed!!!  AHHHHHH!  What have you done?!?!

A.  In short, I updated it like 6 times which flooded your feed.  Bwoops.  The good news is, I've checked the feed with every reader I can find and with the exception of Yahoo, everything is swell.  Yahoo doesn't show the first picture of any of the feeds in my reader so I'm guessing it's on their end.

Q.  Where is the older posts button?

A.  You can find older posts at the bottom of the main page in the form of numbered pages.  If you click on an individual post, just above the post are three button for previous post, home, and next post. Pretty cool.

Q.  I can't find you on my blogroll.  Why not?

A.  If you put Cake Wrecks in your blogroll as, it won't show up anymore.  The good thing is you just have to drop the blogspot out of the name and it will work like it used to.

Q.  There's no word verification in the comments!  I love word verification.  Why?

A.  I love it too as it adds a layer of fun to a lot of comments.  The only option with Squarespace is an actual captcha and it adds an annoying step for our commenters so I opted not to use it.

Q.  What happened to the archives? 

A.  That's the best we have for now but I'm working on it.  Hopefully, we'll have a fix this week.

Q.  Why is the site loading so slowly?

A.  Mainly, it's the load order of the site.  It's very technical but with blogspot, we were able to change the load order of the site so that the content came up before anything else.  In reality, Squarespace is lightning fast compared to blogspot but I don't yet have the ability to change the load order.  Getting the site faster is my current obsession so I'll be working on it until it's perfect.

Q.  Why doesn't the site load correctly in IE6?

A.  First of all, why are you using IE6?  It's like watching Return of the King on a vcr with a black and white tv.  UPDATE IT!  In the meantime, I'm working with my designer to try to fix the IE6 issues though he did chuckle at me when I asked him about it. (NOTE:  We fixed IE6.  Booya.)

And finally:

Q.  Why did you have to move?

A.  Well, over the past three years, we have received hundreds and hundreds of emails and comments from people who either couldn't view the site or the pictures or both.  Six months ago, our biggest fan, my mom, told me that the public library where she volunteers had blocked blogspot sites from their computers and I realized it was time for a change.  Our new host, Squarespace has excellent customer support, a great design system and they are hosted on Amazon's S3 servers which are the best out there.  With any luck, everyone should be able to see the site again.  Which is pretty cool.

I'll be updating this as I get more questions but I appreciate your patience and general awesomeness.

Wreck On!

john (the hubby of Jen)

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Reader Comments (89)

The picture above is not showing up in your RSS feed in Google Reader :)

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

Looks great! Congratuliatison indeed!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonald

Okay - so one has to resubscribe to the RSS feed now for the pictures to show up, so that's no big deal. But it comes up as "Home" on Google Reader where the former came up as "Cake Wrecks."

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

Looks good so far! I take it that the move worked better than last time? heh
The only nit pick I can find is that the add a comment section looks kinda jumbled and out of place with the rest of the site's design. Maybe I'm just picky. Or OCD. Or both....

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDakota

Whoop! Well done! Xxx

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Congratul!atison on a job well done. Certainly better than the inaugural wreck.

No problems (FF 5.1 / XP). Comment posting has a much cleaner layout than before.

Q: Will author email and / or url be visible?

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Ross- I've got a note in to tech support but I don't think you'll have to resubscribe and I'm positive that I can get all the pictures to show up.

Craig- Only if you put a URL. Otherwise, the info is only visible to me.

It's 4:11 am here so I'm off to bed. Thanks for the comments guys,


August 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterJen

Or even, "Congratul!Atison."

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterR3Test

By "RSS wonkiness" you mean repeat entries? Right? Cause if so, no big. ;)

Also, the pictures were showing for me in Google Reader without having to resubscribe. *shrugs*

Yay schmancy domain! :D

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErika

oh nice. Everything is suddenly *sharper*. I like!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBroot

Welcome home, Cake Wrecks!

Also, giggling over "at least try not to swear." Well said!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHNtG

I got 2 repeated posts in my feed after this post came through. Wonkiness may not yet be over.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica


August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathie

The page keeps directing to the current post when I try to go to other pages on the site.

Anyway, great job, Jen and John!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWasp

Congratulations! Well done.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

The redirect brought me to which is fine but I think you were aiming for . Not a big deal since as soon as you click on home it brings you to the main page, but those not paying attention when bookmarking might go to the wrong place.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

What timing! I just shared your site with someone last night and sent them vs. the blogspot address... made sure to test it first.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Cudnik

[Belloq] It's beautiful! [/Belloq]

21 posts popped into my Google Reader feed, including this one. All pictures appearing fine. (And awesome sharp!)

It all looks good in W7/IE9. Congratuliatison! And welcome to the SquareSpace family!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Anybody else showing this as super big? I checked the link during the trial and it looked great, but now I feel like stumbled into the large print section at the library! None of my other webpages come up this large.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather T

Facebook has decided to re-post a large series of your posts in celebration.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I clicked where I always clicked and I ended up here. It was just like flying . . .

No more wv. A part of me will miss that.
Also, when I previewed my post it looked like it said, " I Dicked where I always Dicked," rather than "I CLicked where I always CLicked," and I would *never* say that.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I did not have to resubscribe via Google Reader, and everything -- photo included -- came through just fine.

Impressive. [Insert Star Wars Baby Cake here]

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia


August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGenn

looks great to me, but I can't see who wrote each comment - maybe you can remind people to sign their comments so we can recognize our favorites!
And, bummer, no word verifications....

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

Wow! It's so much better now!
I want sprinkles

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScorp

Congrads! CakeWrecks came up smooth as slik.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Dash

"" still leads to blogspot even after clearing my cache, so I've bookmarked for now. Congrautulatoius on your new site!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

Looks good! But for some reason, the latest post is not showing up on my blogroll, on my blogspot blog. I tried removing and re-adding Cake Wrecks, but it's still insisting that Vehicular Cakeslaughter is the latest post.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

Well, I can't say that I had any complaints about the prior site workings, but I'd follow y'all anywhere, regardless! :-)

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

Congritaliaisons! It's always nice to have a nice, new home.... A question on the comments: what happened to all the little pictures of the commentors and will they come back?

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Wow, an easy move, and you didn't even ask to borrow my truck :o)

Congratuliatisons indeed!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

I tried going to FAQs to browse around. I went to the Epcot post and clicked on the link to read more...the Earth Day post popped up for a second then bounced back to this post ("We Moved!"), so I'm not sure that the links (at least that one) are going where they need to go.

Good luck and Congratuliatison!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie L.

Katie L. Awesome catch. I can fix that easily.

Thanks for the heads up!


August 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterJen

Great job!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermocking

-Under Neat That-
I love "this" blog.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

You moved just for my 17th anniversary and a cake to boot! Thanks!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

I, too, am going to miss the wv. Otherwise, it's all good. Congratulashuns! Under neat that,
You make me laugh.


August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I hereby present a modest proposal: no prospective cake-decorator shall be allowed within a mile of a pastry bag until s/he can demonstrate mastery of the correct spellings of the most frequently requested cake inscriptions: "Happy Birthday" and "Congratulations."

Don't worry, there will still be plenty of cake wrecks to choose from once this proposal is implemented, since it does nothing to stop decorators from creating pregnant-belly cakes, baby's-bottom cakes, I'm-really-not-sure-what-that-is-but-I-know-I-don't-want-to-eat-it cakes, cakes that look like they should be rated NC-17 (or even XXX), or ... need I go on?

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrammarNerd

Everything looks awesome, but, I do have one suggestion...

Change the color of the "Enter your information below to add a new comment" box to something a little less blinding. I love orange, I really, really do, but, this makes my retinas hurt.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnemarie

Not sure if it your site or theirs, but under the press section the Jezebel link leads to "no posts.". Aaaand I see "if you can't say something nice, at least try no."

-Running on iPod touch Safari.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeahR

I had you guys bookmarked at the blogspot address and didn't even NOTICE the redirection. Google Chrome plus your awesomeness = Happy Cakewrecks viewing still! :-p

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Annemarie and LeahR,

I'll work on it right now. Thanks for the heads up.


August 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterJen

WOW! so much better - used to keep "crashing" on the other site.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDarlene

I'm liking the new look; it's very clear and crisp. Good job! :)

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

GRADULATIONS! I'm so glad all that hard work paid off. Yay!

I "love" you're blog.

Enjoy your new digs, you crazy kids.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Where did "older posts" go? I can't find them. They did move over to this website, didn't they?

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNetanya

Nice move-very smooth. (Works fine on my Mac, but then it always did)
Under Neat That
I want Sprinkles

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTari

Great job with the move. I can only imagine how much techy talk has been going on. Makes my head spin.
Is Epbot staying put for now?

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCher

Congradumashuns! My RSS feed didn't show a new post, but I clicked the link and it brought me to the right place! Yay technology! :D

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Congratulations! I had NOT realized I had navigated to your new website!

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterps

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