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.
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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.