If you've followed Jen Yates' blog at Cakewrecks.com for any length of time, you'll find that even a horribly messed-up cake can have a good story.
The story gets even better when Yates gets to tell it or create her own funny version of what went wrong through her blog and now through her second book, “Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets ‘Festive.'”
She and her husband, John, will stop in Oklahoma City on Wednesday at Full Circle Bookstore for a signing and event celebrating her book as part of a 17-city tour.
The book cover features a cake with the words “Happy Hole Days” scribbled hastily in icing, and the book is filled with all kinds of wrecks narrated by Yates: lumpy icing missteps, misspellings, bad grammar, poorly executed decorating instructions, “Santa Scare Tactics” and professional cakes that just look wrong.
Cakewrecks.com started three years ago after Jen and John Yates took classes at a local craft store and became interested in cake decorating. A friend then emailed her a funny cake photo, which gave her an idea.
“That was my light bulb moment. I started the blog within a few hours, just for fun. I never expected anyone to read it,” Jen Yates said in an email interview.
That first photo eventually made the cover of her first book.
The blog eventually grew into a full-time job for both her and her husband, who previously owned a business together.
After three years, 5,000 posted photos, about 80,000 daily readers and two books, the blog and the Yates show no signs of slowing down.
Jen Yates sent answers to an email interview at nearly 1 a.m. and mentioned she still had to write the next day's blog post.
Yates only features commercial cakes made and sold professionally on her blog.
She said she has enough backlogged photos to post for years without ever receiving any more emails from fans.
“We average about 50 submissions a day,” she wrote. She also noted that professional bakers have “fabulous senses of humor.”
“We get lots of them submitting their own wrecks,” Yates said, adding that she had received only about 10 requests to remove cake wrecks from the site.
“Bakers know it's all in good fun,” she said.
IF YOU GO
Jen Yates, creator of Cakewrecks.com, will be signing copies of “Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets ‘Festive’” from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway.