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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

The Dish on Denver

For those of you wondering about all these extra posts I'm putting up this week, allow me to explain.

No, no, there is too much. Let me "sum up."

1. John and I are on a book tour for Cake Wrecks, the book.
2. Uh...actually, that's about it.

On Tuesday we got to visit The Tattered Cover in Denver, where we fought oxygen deprivation in the thin air and managed to get at least one guy in the crowd to look excited:

Thanks, Nils.

Actually, what's happened here is that long bouts of uncontrollable laughter have rendered everyone nearly catatonic with pleasure. [polishing fingernails] Yep, me and John, we have what you might call "the gift."

Adding to the fun were the oh-so-yummy cupcakes, provided by Porche of Lovely Confections:

(I had a few of these with breakfast the next morning. So. Good.)

Here we have Kaiti, Kelly, and Christine, our cupcake Wreckplica contest "winners":

Lookin' good, girls!
And their entries:

Kaiti's flaming pile of...fruit.

Kelly's popped-eye sailor blob.

And Christine's monkey-boy!

Here are a few more of my favorites:

This one made me laugh; I love the French butterfly!


A rodeo carrot jockey. Excellent.

You can see all of the entries in the Facebook album here.

And one last thing: I'd like to apologize to the last 20 or so of you in the signing line that night; we had to rush because the store was closing (well, had been closed for 25 minutes, actually) and so we didn't get the chance to chat with you as much as we wanted to. I'm very sorry about that, and I hope you each still had fun!

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Reader Comments (46)

PRINCESS BRIDE REFRENCE!! Could I love this site anymore? I thought not... I know the correct answer now.

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Bonus points for the Princess Bride reference at the beginning!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (from Idaho)

I discovered your blog only a few days ago and can't remember the last time I laughed so much. I love your clever wit (and the occasional quote from the Princess Bride). As a former professional cake decorator myself I can't BELIEVE those cakes! Thanks for making the world a happier place!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLadyoftheIsle

Your Princess Bride quotes always cheer me up when you throw them randomly in there. :-)

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Slippers

Yay for Princess Bride references!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

Hooray for the Indigo quote! :)

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkjl

Yay for Princess Bride quotes!!!

it was so much fun getting to meet you and John at The Tattered Cover! Come back anytime!!!!!!!!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

The carrot bustin' baby in a cowboy hat just adds a whole new dimension, doesn't it?

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Ha! Great post for a great tour!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

Crap! Why did I not know you were going to be in Denver? I totally would have brought a cake. *sigh*

Hope you enjoyed your oxygen deprivation and Tattered Cover! :)

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercuregirl0421
October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I have to call all my friends and tell them I'm on cake wrecks! (Me, near the back- yeah zoom in.) Glad you both came, I blogged your book tour yesterday.

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Aww, I really wish you guys were coming out to my area... these signings look like so much fun!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwatch me boogie

congrats on the tour lookin so amazing - my favorite part is looking at the cupcake replicas - priceless and ppl are putting so much work into them!!! :) awesome!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkay

I see that this has already been said but...yay Princess Bride!!!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

:( I am so sorry I missed it...planned on being there but traffic and parking woes made me just go home. Looks like it was fun!! (I still have my books coming from Amazon -- Rock on jen and good luck with the rest of the tour)

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterinnae

This blog inspires me to eat cake. How do you not get incredibly fat running this Web site and doing this tour?

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfeathergirl

not getting fat by eating the pretty ones only rite?

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommentermizzyN

That green sailor guy is Kai! Kai is a green blob like frog puppet that is part of a show in Denmark called Kai and Andrea. The best thing about the cakes (at least in Denmark) is that when you bit into them they have red jelly in the inside. It freaked me out!!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenali

Yes, The Princess Bride is what made it for me as well.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Dang! I can't believe it missed this! I would totally have had to blow off my DD's marching band competition, but I think she would have understood. Cake Wrecks rules!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJellyDonut

The ET one could double as Dr. Cockroach from that MONSTERS! movie

Thank you for the unexpected Princess Bride reference, you totally turned my morning around!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Initially I read "signing line" as "singing line" and really wondered what I was missing out on!

I just want you to know that not only is your site -highly- entertaining and wonderfully written, but it gets better late at night.

Especially right around 3am, if I'm on cakewrecks I'll probably laugh until I cry. (My husband thinks it's the 3am, not the 'wrecks - I say it's both.)

Thank you for the laughs, I hope to lurk my local bakery with a camera soon!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeedleFishy

No more rhyming now, I mean it!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Country Mouse

When are those cursed with jobs that won't permit leave going to be blessed with photos of the immensely talented and hilarious Mr. & Mrs. Cake Wreck? Preferably posed around a Naked Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey, but that may be asking too much.

Thanks, carry on. And enjoy the DFW area - while I slave away at work.

*rambles off pouting*

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMyCatsRule

We definitely don't believe in oxygen here in Denver. I know the crowds can be a little mellow but the lack of oxygen makes it hard to be anything but mellow. It's a natural high.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlaze

I ♥ Tattered Cover!!! What a great place to promote your new book, Jen!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gladback

Extra points for the Princess Bride reference!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSomething.

Anybody want a peanut?

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

It was so great to see you while you were in Denver! Totally worth staying up past my bedtime. ;)

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoseAnn

drove 100 miles- got into LoDo as the Rockies game was starting- paid big $$ for parking out of exhaustion and frustration-
took my boyfriend to his first booksigning (double thanks for making it so much fun)where we both proceeded to eat yummy cupcakes and laugh our *** off
get caught in Rockies traffic again and drive 100 miles back home
Was it worth it? Oh yeah!!!! Fun and funny. Thanks so much for popping out to our oxygen deprived corner of the world

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCCherry

Because I'm a total Princess Bride Junkie...I just have to tell "kjl" that his name is INIGO with no d. :) That being said, things at my house are always planned for "in-a little less-a half-a hour"

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Princess Bride, Three Amigos, Star Wars, Star Trek, /bow you are the queen.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNanaCat

i love the french butterfly.. i did the "HON HON HON" when I read it! :)


October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherBabe

ROFL I'm still chuckling to myself about the French Butterfly! (Hon hon hon!) My hubby's credit card picture was taken quite a few years ago, when he was sporting a mustache that made him look distinctly when he pulls it out to buy something I sometimes laugh like that to tease him. XD

The Wreckplicas are just so amazing. XD

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I <3 Inigo! Keep up the good work.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

That ET cake, makes him look like he was covered in band aids, did his ship burn up? i don't remember what happened in the movie!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrsitie Culliton

Love the Princess Bride reference!

No more rhymes now I mean it!

who can follow that one up?

love this happy for your success!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel LaFrance

Thank you for the Princess Bride Reference!

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

I love the bat on Dominick's cake, it's like he's about to say "Hey, don't blame me, I didn't want to be on this thing anyway!"

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

***plaintive whine*** Hubby insisted that a book signing in downtown Denver, during a Rockies game, was not an appropriate way to spend our 8th anniversary. I begged and pleaded and he took me to a nice dinner and a movie against my will! I wanted to go and meet you (but I couldn't ditch him on our anniversary...could I?) I can't wait to get a copy of your book to convert even more of my friends into Wreckies (MWAHAHAHA)! LOVE your site and maybe I'll meet you another time (book tour redux?)

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNina Million

What do you mean ONE guy to look excited? There is a second guy in the back left corner waving away!!

Oooh the excitement!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca.

I think the ET should have won. Love it!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSixxlet

Hey! Sorry I missed you in Denver - I'm a huge fan of your site (do another signing here...I know you want to). I used to be a baker, and I've seen cakes that still make me wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. Thanks for keeping us laughing!

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTM875

I caught the Inigo quote!! Yay!!!

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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