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Journal Community
Name: Fancake
Date(s): 2010–
Moderator: Punk, jerakeen
Founder: jerakeen
Type: rec community
Fandom: multifandom
URL: Fancake comm on Dreamwidth
Fancake on Pinboard
Fancake on Tumblr; archive link
Fancake on Twitter

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Fancake is a thematic, multifandom rec community on Dreamwidth. It allows open posting for members, with some limitations laid out in the rules, such as you cannot self-rec. Recs are requested for a specific theme, with a new theme each month, and the extensive tagging system allows readers to search by fandom, pairing (or gen), story length or theme. The recs are mostly for fic, with a few vid and fanart recs in the mix.

There is a process of voting for themes that the moderators use to judge the popularity of themes before the new one is announced on the 15th of each month.

The first recs were posted December 15, 2010.[1] Fancake celebrated its first year anniversary on December 15, 2011.[2]

Starting with round 20, the mods decided to try a new theme selection process:
Up till now, the potential themes that made up the poll every month were suggested by you (via our official theme suggestion post, which is now defunct) and picked by me - and then again, voted by you. With this new process, we aim to eliminate mod-involvement almost completely. What we want you to do is leave up to three theme ideas in the comments .... after which we will open a monster poll that includes all submitted potential themes and let you vote. The top choice will be next month's theme; top fifteen will be saved for the next four polls - for which they will be randomly selected.[3]

Fancake celebrated its second year anniversary on December 15, 2012.[4] The mod revealed some stats about Fancake in its 2 year run:

  • We held 24 rounds, with 24 different themes,
  • We posted 2,497 recs,
  • We recced fanwork in 405 different fandoms,
  • We had 168 different reccers,
  • We built our DW membership to 554 members, 864 subscribers,
  • We had a lot of cake (no statistics on this one yet, we're working on it.)

In early July 2019, jerakeen expressed the wish to step down as the comm's moderator and asked if anyone would be willing to take over.[5] Punk volunteered and became the comm's new mod.[6]

Fancake Themes

Fan Comments


"I realise almost nobody here is on Dreamwidth, but I’m going to quickly pimp my favourite reccing community there anyway. Reccing is open to anybody and any fandom or kind of fanwork, and runs on themed months, usually tropes - which is brilliant not only for the way it brings you a whole bunch of hurt/comfort or amnesia fic, but also for the way it actively encourages reccing, since you can’t look at a trope without wanting to find examples for it in your fandom/s and show them off."[8]


"Fancake on Dreamwidth isn't quite Crack Van, but it's active and helpful."[9]


  1. ^ 12/15/10 Accessed 12/15/11
  2. ^ Apocalypse/Dystopia Round is Closed
  3. ^ New Theme Selection Process: Theme Suggestion Post the First
  4. ^ Minor Characters round is now closed. Also, fancake is officially two years old.
  5. ^ jerakeen: time to pass on the torch... Accessed 11. July 2019
  6. ^ jerakeen: New Beginnings Accessed 11. July 2019
  7. ^ Round 25: Amnesty!
  8. ^ blindmouse. Tumblr post, Dec 15, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Anonymous comment on fail_fandomanon. Re: Rec the Reccers, Nov 11, 2019. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021.