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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)

Wish you could come to Phoenix!!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

I'd ask you to come to Raleigh-ish (Chapel Hill's awesomer, though) or the Norfolk area or even throw in a vote for Richmond if it's that or nothing, but then I'd feel bad if I couldn't end up making it (got small kiddos).

While I've got "you," or whoever's reading this for you, on the line, can I just say thanks love your blog read it almost every day. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

Checking in from the apparently-we're-chopped-liver northern 'burbs of Philly.

Could you please add a stop in Philly or Princeton ... pretty please, with a baby carrot jockey on top?? Land of cheesesteak AND cheesecake - does it GET any better?!

My WV is "bumbl" - As in "If Jen does not include the Philly/P'ton metro area on her book tour, 'twould be an unfortunate bumbl on the part of her promotion team!!"

But no pressure or anything! ;-) (LOVE the blog - thanks for all of the smiles over the course of the past otherwise-very-crummy year!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter45 is the new 30

I think your fans could keep you traveling for a year!

If you do a second book tour, come to Indianapolis! :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAly

It's 6-7 hours to San Francisco. Sure you don't want to come to the LA area? We have Diiisneylaaaand...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

We'd love to see you in New Orleans! We're a food mecca as it is...bring some wrecks to add to the variety!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatiepoopenstein

you should stop in Houston, TX, or more specifically the north side of Houston (The Woodlands) I have sent your blog to so many of my friends that we could fill a bookstore... We love you here. besides it is the 4th largest city in the country... consider the amount of fans that have to be in the city just based on its size.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie J

Come to Boston... I will bake a cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhillary

Boston, right after NYC, whaat could be easier?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

BOSTON!!!!! Duh.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkit and her caboodle

A Wrecky henchperson?

Ahem...I like to think of myself as a minion, thankyouverymuch.

p.s. Orange County, CA loves cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I vote for Atlanta too! Thanks!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStaceyM

Aw, and I would be moving to Hawaii in two weeks. To think I was so excited about moving to Hawaii...

Silly marriage, coming between me and cake...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

I am pregnant, and due Oct. 4, so unless you come to Montgomery, AL, I'm gonna have to miss out. :'(

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Another vote for Richmond, VA. Who knew so many Richmonders were Cake Wreckers?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You are coming to MY town, just a few blocks from where I live! Your good taste Cakewrecks is eclipsed only by your good taste in book tour stops.

Jody - Petaluma, CA.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJody

I agree about the South! Charlotte, NC, or Atlanta or Tennessee!! One of these PLEAAAASEEEE

I'd love to be there to support you! and eat delicious cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

You know you want to come to the Minneapolis area at the end of your current dates! Pretty please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNICOLE

Powers that be, why aren't you cakewrecking the *southeast!?!?! *Shakes fist while both rueing and lamenting the fact that all appearances are too far away!*

*Florida soooo doesn't count!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Douglas

Forget what the President said and come to Las Vegas. We can round up all the Wreckies, put them all up at the Bellagio and write the whole thing off. It's your duty as an American citizen.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlas vegas

Davis-Kidd in Memphis. Please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSprite2675

What about Indianapolis, IN? It's not a small town, you know. All of the major authors go to Chicago (and who wants their hair in complete disarray from the windy city?), but skip Indianapolis. We are a beautiful city with lots to offer and many deserving fans! Let's hear it for Jen and John coming to Indy!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterindystar

Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Cincinnati!!!
Need I say more?
And we could hook you up with some seriously yummy goodies! Buckeye Cupcakes anyone???

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Salt Lake City, please! The closest stops right now for me are 15 hours of driving away. I would happily drive 4 hours to Salt Lake City!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

Looks like I'll ice you in for your Denver stop. Can't wait.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Albuquerque? :C

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChimera

It's not that far of a trip from NY and will totally fix the "neglecting the northeast" problem you've got going on.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Uuummm-where's ATLANTA on your itinerary??? Oh, I must have misread it - surely you couldn't skip ATLANTA, right??? I'll go back and read it again while I wait for my pre-ordered copy of the book here in ATLANTA!!!! You should be here too!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Salt Lake City would be AWESOME!! Believe me, you'd have a following. It seriously is right on the way to San Francisco. If not, Vegas is a great second choice. Also, a shout out to my native gotta have an LA stop. For reals.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatie

You're actually coming to Kansas! I'm shocked and hope I can make it!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Los Angeles!!! Puhleazeee.....

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Ummm. You might want to suggest to the people booking that you get another, more downtown Chicago date. Since two months away you already have 60 definites and 90 maybes, which would pretty much kill the store. Those are like, Harry Potter release numbers.

Also, anyone IN Chicago proper can't even get there by public transportation, which is why I can't come. A lot of people in major cities don't drive at all, so probably a ton of fans won't make it at all for that reason.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjdonaldson

What about AZ!!!!???? :o(

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchefdot

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come to Phoenix! Arizona Adores you! my friends and I know our town is too small but will fill a bus and drive to Phoenix if you add it to your tour!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Oooh, SO unfair! I used to live an hour away from Portland, OR.

But now I live in Australia. :/

Come oooonnn, the flight isn't THAT long. Er...15 hours isn't THAT long, right?

Aussies love Cake Wrecks, too, ya know! Sydney's a great town! You'll forget the flight the instant you step off the plane! And other convincing stuff too!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAri

I was hoping to see you in Minneapolis! I promise to bring my friend's baby wearing her Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey onesie we made for her, as well as a cupcake.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I would love a stop in NJ, you know, closer than NY, preferably South Jersey! :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

How can you not come to Los Angeles??? :'( Lol

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevie

I can't believe you will make Austin and Dallas but not Houston!!! I am heartbroken. We are the 4th largest city in the US, so next tour you have to make it here.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Please please please come to Los Angeles!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

BOSTON! Pllleeeeeaaaassssee? Please? Please? Please? With sprinkles on top? How about if I add airbrushing and drunken clowns, too? Say yes?

If not Beantown, how about Manchester NH (close to Vermont, Mass, Maine, and Canada) or Portland Maine? ANYWHERE in New England! And if not that (*sigh* with big puppy dog eyes), I'll go with the vote for ATLANTA, Ga. I am willing to make a third trip down there this year to see my mother if it means I could attend your event. See the sacrifices we'll make? You have FANS! -WM

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


yeah. I know it's listed by "major city". But this and the whole "Kansas/Missouri" is making me seriously doubt the geography/marketing skills of your publishers. The total pop. is less than 60k! Even my tiny collegetown of Davis is bigger!

Anyways thanks for getting my hopes up that I might be able to add this on to an already scheduled SF trip (to ACTUAL SF) and then smashing them to bits with your complete lack of understanding what constitutes "SF", book tour people. Sheesh.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAisu

Oh. My. Cakewreck.
Definitely planning my cupcake wreck.
*Laughs evily*

You forgot L.A.!!!
And September 29 is my birthday too :,[

But oh well, I'll just have to wait for my book.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSolange

I wish you'd make a stop in New Jersey after New York. You'd be surprised how many Rutgers students adore CW.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

Please try to stick a stop in Southern California! Thanks!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNitt

Ahhh! I've been following your blog for quite a while now, and am so excited that you're coming to Seattle! And you're only a half-hour bus ride away. You're on my calendar for sure.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoel Bradshaw

Show Boston some love!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoop


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Rose

Oh sweet, I live in Winter Park. I'll have to brave the bus system to get there, but I'll try my best!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

how about Freehold NJ Borders???? Its a huge 2 floor borders at the very awesome and super posh Freehold Raceway Mall! All the famous people make stops. We had Rachel Ray, Paula Dean, Jodie Piccoult, Stephanie Meyer, ...if you get hungry theres a PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory a few feet away and a bitchin foodcourt! And the soup Nazi restaraunt too.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermandy_Reeves

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