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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

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I've been hinting around about this on both Facebook and Twitter, and now I'm pleased to say I can finally share with you the details of the coming U.S. Cake Wrecks Book Tour!!

Exactly, Jae K.

Uh, you DID know there's a book, right? Because you've already pre-ordered your copy like a good Wrecky henchperson, right?

Well, even if you haven't purchased a copy I hope you'll come say hello (and then purchase a copy). It's not that I'd mind eating all the cake myself (did I mention there'll be cake?) and doing the Q&A with just John (and that John's coming?), but frankly, Andrews McMeel might. So please, block out these dates on your calenders now, and then buy any necessary plane tickets to get you there, because with today's plethora of transportation options I am NOT accepting "it was too far away" as an excuse. (Hey, if I have to get on a plane...)

Ok, ok, just to sweeten the deal further: How about a contest? And even better, one in which no talent is required and you get to eat the results?

Yes, exactly like this, Christine D. Thanks.
(The original is here.)

Yep, in a nutshell: just make a Wreckplica of your choice...but the catch is, it has to be on a cupcake. This is both to keep the entries a manageable size, and (bonus!) just to screw with you. The crowd favorites will win fabulous prizes, which admittedly I haven't decided on yet, but believe me, they're going to be fabulous.

There will also be cake for everyone (bakers, if you'd like to volunteer your services in your city, let me know), so rest assured you will be leaving with a sugar buzz even if you don't bring an entry - but you still should anyway, so that those of us with icing in our hair don't mock you.

Yeah. Like that.

Ok, now that I have you positively salivating with anticipation, here's the schedule:

Orlando, FL
Borders (Winter Park)
Tuesday, September 22, 5PM
(NOTE: This will be my first public appearance EVER. So let me apologize in advance for doing the entire Q&A with a barf bag strategically placed on my lap.)

Portland, OR
Powell’s Books
Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm

Seattle, WA
Third Place Books
Saturday, September 26 6:30 pm

San Francisco, CA
Copperfield's Books (Petaluma)
Sunday, September 27 2:00 pm

Denver, CO
Tattered Cover Bookstore (Historic LoDo)
Tuesday, September 29 7:30 pm

Chicago, IL
Barnes & Noble (Old Orchard)
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 pm

Dallas, TX
Legacy Books
Saturday, October 3, 2:00 pm

Austin, TX
Sunday, October 4, 3:00 pm

Kansas City, MO
Barnes & Noble (Oak Park)
Monday, October 5, 6:00 pm
(NOTE: Yes, technically this is not in Missouri; it's in Kansas. I think these are listed by the closest major city, if that helps explain it any.)

Bethesda, MD
Barnes & Noble
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm

New York, NY
Barnes & Noble (Greenwich Village)
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 pm

I should mention that this tour started out with only 5 stops, and has grown to what it is now partly due to your exuberant responses on Facebook. So if you feel that some crime of omission has been committed here, by all means, tell me in the comments.

I'd also like to apologize to my international readers, since as you can see this tour is limited to the U.S. Given my dislike of flying in general - and long flights in particular - I have a hard time feeling TOO bad about this, but I am sorry I won't be able to meet all you lovelies in Australia, the UK, Japan, etc. We may try to stream one of the Q&A sessions online for you, so stay tuned.

And finally, if you think you might join us at one of the venues above, please RSVP - even if it's with a "maybe" - by clicking on the city name. This will help us figure out how much cake, prizes, chairs, etc. to have on hand.

Thanks, guys! I look forward to meeting many of you soon!

UPDATE: WOW. Thanks for the frenzied amount of feedback - I knew I could count on you Wreckies to speak your mind! Just remember that *I* am not the one booking this tour, so no accusing me of hatin' on the southeast/northeast, Ok? And rest assured, the powers-that-be are reading your comments here, so I for one have faith that - no matter what happens - I can always blame the outcome on them. :D

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Reader Comments (830)

Time to start planning my cupcake wreck. I see mounds of icing in my future.

um, Memphis? we love you too!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What, no southern places? What about Tennessee???

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjosh

If there is free cake I would definitely come to a book signing.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Atlanta! you forgot Atlanta!!!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

FRICK! I live in Jacksonville, FL, and briefly considered making the 2-hour drive to Orlando, but I'm flying back into town on the 22nd, and don't arrive until 6:30pm.

Want to swing by Jacksonville the day after you hit Orlando? We have lovely beaches, and fewer tourists. I LOVE to bake cupcakes, and even own TWO cupcake couriers, so I would promise to rock something out in the baked-goods arena.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Yay! Legacy books is actually in Plano,TX, not Dallas... which is excellent because that means its even closer to me! I'll be there for sure, and I'll tell my friends.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Aw... You're not going to tour in Canada? :(
Sorry, Jen, but there's no chance that my family's gonna go to the States so I can buy a book/meet you!
*Sigh* It really is too bad. I'll miss the cake :P

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bethesda is the closest to me (2 1/2 hours), but it's on a weekday. Can't find the time to go on a weekday. I'm sure you understand. No? I'd love to be there, though. I'll definitely buy a book!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss B

Austin is close enough! Yay!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Boston is a glaring omission, and a short drive from NYC, if you wanted to add one more stop @ the end of your tour...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren in Boston

Boo! Why aren't any of these places within driving distance of Southern Ontario (Canada)?! Well some are (about 8 hours away) but they are weekdays. :o( Come on, do a Toronto date! (On second thought, I could combine my two current obsessions - Cake Wrecks and Twilight, and go to the Seattle one...but would that make me a bigger dork than I already am? Yes, yes it would...) LOL


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCinzia

yeah... i'm gonna need you to come to connecticut or put your san francisco date off till the end of october. thaaanks.
oh, and i'm also going to need you to go ahead and move your desk to the basement. thaaaanks.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternik

2 places in TX but none in the deep south?? Atlanta would make a great stop...*hint hint*.

Atlanta! Atlanta! Atlanta!

WV: maseedn - If you don't come to Atlanta I might maseedn cake with you!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nashville or Louisville would be a GREAT place to stop :) I live in between :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzyhomemaker

Congrats on your upcoming tour! Just wanted to note that the Kansas City location is in Overland Park, not Oak Park.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is there a file in that "One Bonbon to Folson" cake?

WV: joxess; I gets most of the joxess on CakeWrecks

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Oh, awesome! I'm only about two hours from Orlando, so I may just do this! I mean, of course I will do this! And I get to see the barf bag and everything. Awesome. I think I'll make a barf-bag cupcake for my entry. Should I include carrots?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

It has to be on a cupcake? Geez, I can barely decorate a whole cake. I definitely will try though...

I'm hoping I'll be at the Denver stop - I submitted a maybe on the evite...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M.

No Atlanta?!?!?!?!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yeah book tour! Congrats! Any Ohio stops considered?

BTW-Love the first cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWide Awake Wife love for New Mexico I see...that's ok. Now I've just got to figure out a way to coerce my bff in San Francisco to go in my place. Maybe I can bake him a cake lauding his enormous...amount of talent.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

awww, I'll be in class when you're nearby! boooooo

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

What, no stops in the Southeast? Regional discrimination against CakeWreck fans! Wish you could come to Charlotte, NC. That's not TOO far South.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth


I scrolled down ever so slowly, hoping I wouldn't have to sell a child or leave my husband to see you and whew Maryland I can do HOW GREAT, I am so totally stoked! I live in Richmond, VA and I was prepared to drive up to 12 hours and sure enough as usual you never disappoint me SO GREAT MARYLAND me and my peeps will be there with bells on, no really bells! LOL I must also say the Barnes & Noble in Bethesda ROCKS!

Thanks a bunch for always making me laugh at least once a day and thanks now for the vacation I will be taking in October!


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersandsmcgregor

No stops anywhere in the South???? And no, Texas does *not* count. As a resident of Richmond VA, I nominate our fair city, as it is the unofficial capitol of the South and a very fine place to visit in early October.


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Minneapolis! it's so close to Chicago, and you could have it at the Mall of America!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Philadelphia, please.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina

St. Louis would have been a better choice than Kansas City. Can't get to Chicago or KC- have school. Boo!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersami

Aaaaargh, close yet so far away! We'd love to see you in Boise, Idaho. (Yeah I know, we're probably looked upon as podunk but we're pretty up & coming.) :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Did I mention that if you come to Boise I would DEFINITELY make a cupcake wrecklica....

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Wherefore art thou, Boston?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrieLives

No stop in Arizona? That's a crime!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I wish I could be there, but Sweden is a bit too far away haha. The best of luck to you anyway, I think it'll be a brilliant tour!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTezzie

How exciting! I would love to come to the one here in San Francisco so will be checking back for the place.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah



July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSatin

What about a stop at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington KY? It's an awesomely huge bookstore with it's own bakery/cafe! Just a suggestion!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

WHAT!? No stop in Atlanta!? Orlando is quite an 8 hour drive away, and that's the closest location. :~(

Forgive my interrobang usage here folks, I can't help it. My heart is broken.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lili Effect

Jen & John...

I just had to write to invite you to my blog to see how you and Cake Wrecks has influenced more lives...

Remember back on December 8th when I left an innocent comment on Cake Wrecks that started that controversy over the word "gypped?" Well if that hadn't happened, I wouldn't have made some really spectacular blog friends - two of whom I met in person this week! It's such a great story and we owe it all to you. Check out this link if you're interested in the scoop and an awesome slideshow!

Love you guys.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please, please, please head north to Minneapolis MN!!! I have a newish baby, I can't come to Chicago. But I want to really baaaad.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNinjaMom

Come to Knoxville Tennessee!!!!! Puh-lease?!?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

Yay! You're coming to Seattle! Boo, I won't be here that day! (But if my plans somehow change, I will hightail it to Third Place Books)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I could try to make the KC one, but Fayetteville, AR or even Little Rock would be better...just sAYING.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRory

What, you just decided to skip the entire Southeast????

And no, Orlando does not count. Where's an Atlanta date?

Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS. Such a fabulous milestone!

You seem to have forgotten the South (Florida and Texas don't count)! To make up for it let me suggest Columbia, SC. We have Barnes and Nobleses.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril

You need to come to Atlanta! Show the east coast some love! (Orlando's a bit too far of a drive).

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

So bummed. I'm a 2 hour drive from Austin, but you'll be in the great city while I'm on a cruise. I'm gonna miss the book tour.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmazing Greis

Salt Lake City. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Getts

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