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The Girl Behind Cake Wrecks

Jen Yates Photo - smallWhen I found out that the Daily Grommet had connected with Jen from the highly popular blog Cake Wrecks, I was impressed. When I was told that I was getting a copy of the Cake Wrecks book and would then get to interview her, I was more than a little bit excited.

The day that Cake Wrecks finally arrived had been a busy one. I went to bed, book in hand, with the intention of "starting" it. Each time I turned the page I would start laughing again and before I knew it I had finished the entire book. It was a great way to end such a hectic day.

I put together a list of questions for Jen and she was gracious enough to answer them for me. Without further adieu, my interview with Jen.

I loved reading how when you threw out the Cake Wrecks title, your husband was just as excited as you were. Have other people in your life been just as supportive, or have you had to explain to them why the BLAWG is all right?

John is definitely my biggest cheerleader, although I do have some amazing friends who've managed to take the craziness that CW has become all in stride. For the most part, though, I keep Cake Wrecks to myself. Don't get me wrong - I love what I do - it's just really hard to explain to folks who aren't familiar with blogging.

"So, wait, you MAKE cakes?"
"No, I just post pictures of them."
"And that's funny?"
"Well, I also write these captions..."
"And those are funny?"
"Hopefully. But not always. But, you know, they're *supposed* to be."

Yeeeah. (I had that oh-so-awkward conversation with Paul McGillion of SG:A fame at Dragon*Con, and it was, well, awkward. I'm pretty sure he still thinks I'm a baker. Heh.)

cakewrecksCOVER2.inddI'm sure that the cake that started it all (the one on the book cover) has a special place in your heart, but is there one cake that sits above the rest as a favorite of yours?

I love the misunderstandings and literal LOLs (like the cover cake), so the flash drive cake is a favorite. I have so many favorites, though! It's hard to narrow them down.

Based on your readership and web status, I assume that you must receive numerous submissions a day. How do you manage to get through them all and what makes you pick the ones that you do?

Sometimes we get around 50 submissions a day, so yes, there's a lot to choose from! First I sort and tag the pics I think I'll be able to use, so that I can find what I want later. Then, if I have a particular subject I want to write to - like Halloween, for example - I can sort the photos by that tag and pick out the cakes I want to use. If I don't have anything specific in mind, though, then there's no real science to it:  I just scroll through the photo library until something grabs me.

Was it your idea to turn the phenomenon of Cake Wrecks into a book, or did outside forces come into play to plant the publishing seed?

No, it definitely wasn't my idea! I first had someone from an independent publisher contact me, I think it was, and then a few agents and editors. I was flattered, of course, but honestly didn't think it would be possible to turn CW into a book, so I didn't take the idea seriously. Then, when the inquiries kept coming in, I finally realized that this could make my life-long dream of becoming a published author come true, and how could I say no to that?

I know that you're on Twitter; what do you like best about it?

Ah, Twitter. John accuses me of loving Twitter more than the blog, and I must admit, sometimes I do! I love Twitter because it allows me to micro blog about more than just Cake Wrecks. I only post things that I personally find interesting or amusing, and I love sharing those things with people who have a similar sense of humor. Twitter lets me share all those fun, quirky bits that wouldn't fit on CW,  and just like with the blog, I get immediate feedback from the readers.

Your commentary that go along with the cakes is often funnier than the photos themselves. Does it come easily to you or do you sometimes get "writer's block"?

Thank you! And no, it's definitely not easy. I wish I could say I've gotten faster at writing the commentary, too, but I can't. I agonize over every word, and typically spend hours on each post. And yes, I absolutely get writer's block.  I have to take constant "mini-breaks" to distract me from the post I'm working on, so that I can come back with a fresh(er) perspective. So often I'll come back the next morning and be able to see exactly how to say what I was agonizing over for hours the night before, so those breaks are really essential.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you?

Hah! Good question. Well, I'm sure Hollywood would take a hefty bit of artistic license to glam me up, but I'm seeing...let's see...Oh! I know! Kelly Osbourne. Totally. (She IS short, right? I'm only 5 feet, so that's a must.)

Do you have any other projects coming up that your readers/fans should know about?

No, right now it's just Cake Wrecks - which is plenty right now, believe me!


Thanks so much for doing this Jen!

If you want to buy Cake Wrecks, for yourself or others (Christmas is around the corner!), you can do so through Amazon. I've told Jen that our readers may have some questions or comments for her so she'll be swinging by when she can to see what you have to say. Go ahead and chime in!

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  • julespieri Says:


    Thanks for giving us such a fun interview. I want to be your friend. :) OK that sounds lame but I love people who can make me laugh. I bet you would have my sides splitting.

  • Katherine Says:

    Fun interview, is there a caption for that cake calamity at the bottom, or does the picture speak for itself!?

  • Kellee Says:

    My girlfriends and I have been laughing over your site since someone found it after looking for a page of crochet projects gone horribly wrong. We have been sharing and cracking up ever since! My MIL is a cake decorator for a local grocery chain, and she howls with laughter when I send her a new photo! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the book!

  • Alicia Says:

    @Katherine - that's a fan favorite "Inspiration vs. Persperation"

    Great interview! Thanks for the giggle! :)

  • Joyce Says:

    I love Cakewrecks! And the book is dangerously funny. I read it and laughed so hard I could not breathe. Then I gave it to my husband, and watched him hold his sides.

    I am so glad you Twitter, Jen. But, how do you get instant feedback? I only know how to follow you on twitter. too funny.

    And I hope everyone is healthy after the first tour.

  • Great Aunt Maude Says:

    Jen, dear, I know who should play you in the Cake Wrecks movie: Jewel Staite. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821612/ She's cute as a button, and has a wacky sense of humor. Perfect match. You're welcome.

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  • The Beautiful Kind Says:

    I love you on Twitter, too! You're adorable AND clever. Hope you continue to have your cake & eat it too!

  • Erin Says:

    A pic of JEN! way to go Angella! And Jen, you look beautiful.

  • Heather Sweetart Says:

    Probably one of the most talked about niches on the web, cakewrecks is one of my all time favorites and a brilliant example of how such a simple idea can lead one to fame and fortune.

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