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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)

Dang, Data, you're gray! ....and I'm getting there, except I'm stubborn and I dye. lol

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergothchiq

Is is wrong of me to hear that awesome run-on sentence with a Valley-girl voice?? LOL!! Lucky dog, Jen... :-)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

This is too cool. And you deserve it. You have one of the best sites on the web. My day would not start without my CW morning hit. Congratulations.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel

You didn't mention The Guild (don't tell me you haven't seen it, I'll have to leave CW for 3 seconds)! They've both been on it and it's so funny!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Excellent! And Wil is right, you are awesome, nothing indirect about it!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA girl named ed

The only thing to say about this is, Brent Spiner wearing a Carrot Jockey necklace is the greatest thing I have seen all day. On a side note my 30th birthday is tomorrow and one of those carrot jockey necklaces would be a bomb present. Why are these not for sale??!!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

So glad your awesomness is validated in such an excellent geeky way! Nap on!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

AWESOME! There are no other words for it, really. Other than AWESOME.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOther Jen

Congratulations, Jen! How does it feel to have truly achieved geek goddess status? We all think you're awesome, too. BTW, got my Hogwarts letter today! I'm in Pottermore, and it IS worth the wait!


September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJNCL

That is the coolest thing ever!! Woohoo!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P.

Really? Data is wearing a CarrotJockey necklace?So cool!!! So jealous!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLissy

How awesome is this!? Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! I would have completely geeked out too. Heck, I shared it on my Facebook page the second the link appeared even.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Lee

Way to go! That kind of recognition by those two icons would totally top anything else for me too!!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha

This has to be the most awesomest WIN in the history of extreme geekiness :-D. I just recently introduced my children to ST:TNG, and Data is either favorite character. Well played CW, and equally well played, Mr. Spiner and Mr. Wheaton.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Woohoo! Happy dance with fondant on the top!!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStupidcheeseboy

Congrats! Next time we all have to hunker down in the Epcot bunker - I'll make sure to bring this picture with me. . . . to remind you that it is indeed all worth it!!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

You rock. Of COURSE they love Cake Wrecks! And I felt the same way when my husband called me (from Dragon*Con) standing in line to meet Michael Biehn and he has the NERVE to ask Michael Biehn to talk to me - and so there is a photo on my facebook of Michael Biehn talking on a phone. TO ME! I love it.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterannopossum

Oh, Jen, how exciting for you! Wish I lived closer to Dragon*Con and/or had a babysitter and could have seen it! Geeky Girls FTW!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOnlyAverageMom

I am SO jealous! I love Brent Spiner, and Wil Wheaton, even more now that they have such good taste in "blog land" !

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy


That is crazy awesome, and I think all of those wonderful things about you and your blog, too!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbean

Woot! Just got to love two classy and charming gentlemen like that.

(And the Just a Geek audio book is read by Wil and available from him on It was my entertainment on the flight to Dragon*Con.)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBad Influence Speaks

I think you just caused a phase convergence of Cakey geekness that will now cause a massive conflagration of the space awesome continuum and spiral into a massive vortex of buttercreme alpha particles that will soon be surfed by all of the cake jockeys in the known universe!

The event horizon of Cake Wrecks geekieness has been breached!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I must concur with the other commenters - Mr. Spiner and Mr Wheaton know exactly who you are and think you and your sites are directly awesome.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Completely get the blush-heard-round-the-world (I'm sure he didn't assume you're a publicity hound who asked/bribed her to do that) but I assume Morgan's completely forgiven for giving away her necklace (OHMYGOSHBRENTSPINERHASANECKLACEYOUMADEANDHEPUTITON).

I need to go lie down with a cold cloth on my forehead. Just one more nail in the coffin of me getting to a con since I'm easily over-excited and would probably get arrested for incessant screaming (which looks a lot like I need meds or either I skipped a dose).

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

holy crap. Jen, you are freaking AWESOME! not that we needed more proof :)

and just when I thought Wil Wheaton couldn't get more awesome...

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

*SQUEEE!* (for you, for the awesomeness of the whole thing, for geek grrl wins everywhere... but mostly for you) :D

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Jen, I was in the Will Wheaton Panel and we were just feeling out over the fact you came in the panel with us! And love the pucker that my teenage crush gave in the picture! Thanks again for the secret party! It was a sprinkly good time!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Zomg I got mentioned on CW! This truly has been the best Dragoncon ever! As for Jen's first born? I'm ok (I have cats), but I wouldn't mind a signed copy of one of your books. XD

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan Skye

What an amazing, marvelous honor!! I'm envious! Good for you!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Z

Yay! Congrats Jen, on your moments of geek-out! You totally deserve them, and you ARE awesome. :)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLis

I can only imagine, I might die of delight if Wil Wheaton said I was awesome. Sounds like you had a great weekend, I can't wait to see more pictures on Epbot

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

You are awesome, Jen! And how awesome is it that Brent Spiner and Wil Wheaton know who you are? Double awesome!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieB

I squealed out loud for you. Because that's just incredibly awesome. :D

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMimiheart

Seriously cool.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love Cake Wrecks too and my little geeky heart just went "SQUEEE!" with you. That is too cool--a once in a lifetime experience--and you totally deserved it!!!! Your site *IS* awesome!!!! =D

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Isolder74: awesome comments

And for Jen: Happy happy Joy joy, Happy happy Joy!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLet Them Eat Cake

OMG that has to be one of the most awesome things ever!!!!!

If I could meet data that would almost make my TNG dreams come true, since I meet Levar Burton... Geordi & Data are my two favorites. if I then meet Patrick Stewart it would make my trilogy...

Holy carrot jockey awesomene ss, Batman!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlunamoth

That's funny - my girlfriend and I are watching TNG on Netflix at this very moment. I can't imagine how cool it would be to be in the presence of Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner! :)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I had the biggest geek-girl crush on Wil Wheaton for several years. I still think he's pretty awesome.

It's completely amazing that you got a shout-out from those two.

I want to caption that photo:
"Data is wearing a Carrot Jockey Necklace. Your argument is invalid."

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Wil Wheaton = first crush.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeieneken

Oh my gosh Jen! I only know you in a creepy-non-stalker-internet way, but I feel like you're a kindred spirit, and I'm so thrilled for you and horribly jealous at the same time. :) WOW! That has to be the best con-going story I've heard yet - and you totally deserve to have Big Star Trek actors think you're awesome for all of the Epcot-ness you put up with! :)

I'm going to sit here for a minute and wallow in the geeky awesomeness....

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

A totally deserved shout-out for you, to be sure. I met Brent Spiner at the Star Trek Fan Days here in Dallas, TX about a year ago and he was very gracious and hilarious. I love being a geek! Wish I could have met you at Dragon*con. If you make it to Dallas for any of our cons, be sure to let us know.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

That is effing AWESOME!!!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharmayne


September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p elephant

that's beyond cool!

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

OMG! I totally would have floated out of there with hearts pooping out of my head that something that came from MY BRAIN impressed two actors from the greatest show of all time. Then I would be wishing I could speak Klingon just to make the moment as geeky as possible. That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.l

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelster



September 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlooloolooweez

We knew it before, but this proves you truly are a fan-girl and one of us. That has to be one of the awesomest run-on sentences I've ever read. But I probably would have done the same.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT


September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

One word: AWESOME! :)

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrekkie Gal

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