Once in Sacramento, CAKE began to take form. John recruited Frank French on drums, Vince di Fiore on trumpet, Greg Brown on guitar and Sean McFessel on bass. In 1993, they released a 7" single, Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle b/w Jolene. Soon, they were in the studio, self-producing their first album, Motorcade of Generosity. They paid for it themselves, recorded it themselves, designed the artwork themselves, and practically pressed it up themselves. They sold it without distribution; soon it came to the attention of Capricorn Records in Nashville. By 1994, Motorcade of Generosity was released, in its original form, on Capricorn Records. Frank French and Gabe Nelson left the band (replaced by Todd Roper and Victor Damiani), and the quintet began touring, touring, touring.
The song Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle (actually titled, "How Do You Afford Your Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle?") was released by Capricorn and became a minor hit on college and alternative rock radio. The video, co-directed by John McCrea, was played fleetingly on MTV, giving the country its first look at CAKE (albeit dressed as Romans). By January of 1998, guitarist Greg Brown had also left to pursue other interests, but instead of replacing him, John McCrea decided to record CAKE's third album using a variety of guitarists. McCrea wrote the basslines first, then structured the songs upwards. Handing those songs off to different guitarists, he picked the parts best for each song. One song, however, just didn't seem to be working with any of the new arrangements an older song called Never There. CAKE recorded Prolonging the Magic, and by August of 1998, it was ready to be released. After months of auditions, CAKE picked guitarist Xan McCurdy to join the band. Prolonging the Magic was released in September of 1998, and CAKE was off to Europe to tour. The one song that had given them so much trouble Never There ended up being recorded almost as it had originally been arranged, many years earlier. Never There became CAKE's biggest hit to date, hitting the #1 spot on Billboard's Mlternative Rock charts for three weeks.
As a follow-up, CAKE released the song and video, Sheep go to Heaven.
CAKE continues to tour in order to entertain you, the listener.