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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)

so- ..
with your schedule all out of yer hands and all-
how about a photo- cupcake contest to appease all us bitching in your comment section???

because I am sure pleasing those who complain is high up in the priorities of anyone...

and because I am *pretty* sure we all meant.. 'congratulations on your new book/tour- you deserve all the success in the world for entertaining us wildly all this time...'

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHawkfeather

I want the first one for my birthday!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwinklescrapbooks

Powers-That-Be that are booking events: I just wanted to add to the no love for Southerners and maybe be you to add one more stop. I'm in Alabama, but anywhere in the south (Atlanta is a good middle ground) would be appreciated!!!! We need our Jen fix!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Atlanta, please!!!

I said please, you have to do it.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermandi

I am so there in Denver... now, to plan the cupcake wreck...

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeeVeeEll

All I could think of with the "bon bon" cake is that those aren't bon bons, they're those nasty chocolate covered cherry cordials. Blech....

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Oh Jen, you've got to come to Boston!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

You know California is a pretty big state (third largest in the union). Just one stop here isn't enough. If you could do SoCal, I would so be there.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. B

Greenwich village is as close as you're getting to me...I've never been, but I might venture out for yoU!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMomma-of-5

Since you will already be in NYC at the end of the tour, what's 200 miles to BOSTON?!!! Tack it on, pleeeeeeease :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNic

I would say that GEORGIA has been left out!

How can we get you out Atlanta-way?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTimba

Come to Atlanta!!! :) Please?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Baking, Blog friends, and Books, oh my.
You don't know how freaking excited I am that something is finally going on in FL that I can attend.. .I will def. be there with my book! :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLil' Woman

I vote for a St. Louis stop! None of these are within driving distance for me! :(

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Dungan

i live in India so i think it would be pointles to ask..

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fresno! Fresno! Fresno!

It's a super easy stop on the way from San Francisco to L.A.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobo and Momo

What about Vegas??? I might be able to convince my husband that a trip to Southern Cali or Pheonix is in order but he's not going to think I need a trip to Seattle again this year and we aren't headed to Austin until next year. Besides Vegas is always an awesome place to visit (especially in September/October when it's finally cooled down)!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValinda

Yay!!! Seattle made the tour! :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereeyore19

Someone's probably told you but the Kansas City location is at Oak Park MALL. Not at a city/town called Oak Park.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Louisville, KY is a nice mid-point... I'm just saying.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Cassady

I can not believe that you will be in Seattle the only weekend I will be out of here.. My little bro is getting married on Sept. 26th! Do you think he would mind if I skipped the wedding to make you a cupcake???? He is marrying a girl name Jen.. Does that count?? Have fun and enjoy your tour!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

come to Toronto!!!! I am pregnant and can't travel long distances.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I vote for Orange County California! Disneyland is here...and...the Come on! I can't take my two wild boys on a plane!

You can't neglect NC! There are some great bookshops in the Raleigh/Durham Area!! Pretty please?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhondaK

WOO HOOO!!!! There's one by me - AND - I'll be home in time for it!! (I changed my St. Croix trip JUST for you, Jen ;) )

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea

OMG I am so glad you are coming to Powells!! Oregon is often overlooked in tours of many kinds, so this is an exciting treat! I will totally be there AND buy a book because it's the least I can do, after all not many things can bring me, my mother and my sister to tears (with laughter) all at the same time.

Love love love,

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBloodborne Pathogens

:( No spots in New Mexico! I'll hold off on the book but ONLY because my birthday is in a few months and my momma knows how much I love this blog!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngel

seriously, none of these are even remotely close to me. how about Knoxville? Nashville? Lexington? Cincinnati?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterE. K. Griffey

we love you too :-(

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDea della Luna

YAY!! You're coming to Kansas City! The KC thing confuses some people. We've got Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. The Missouri River separates the two states and the Metro area. Oak Park (in Overland Park, KS) is a suburb of Kansas City. See, ya learn something new every day! :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Nashville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please please please!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Mesa, Arizona!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

I am sorry that you hate long flights, but please consider coming to HAWAII!!!!!!!! Honolulu would love to meet you...

A. Love

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

REALLY? I can understand Austin . . . but your other Texas stop is that city that starts with a "D" that's so far north that it might as well be in Oklahoma (no offense to OK - love ya!)?

Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and we get no cake love?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I will definitely try to be there in Petaluma.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjelloegg

There is a good chance I will be there for the one in Skokie, IL. I just wish it wasn't the same night as a rehearsal. In any case, good luck!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

Awesome XD i live in seattle and i already know which wreck I'll be copying >.> also how large to think is manageable?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Let me subtly hint to your "powers-that-be" that you need to stop in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH! PITTSBURGH! PITTSBURGH! A relatively popular city with much wreckiness to share. Please.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

From one fabulous Jen to another:

We want you to come to Baltimore! You've given a lot of laughter and joy to our family. And when I forgot to send my dad a present for his birthday, I sent him a link to your website instead. (He appreciated that very much, in an ironic kind of way.) Baltimore isn't that far from Bethesda!

Jen and family in Baltimore

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB-mo Jen

Scotlands lovely, Edinburgh has a book festival. Please come see us please......

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClair

Bring Cake Wrecks to Northeast, PA... like Allentown or Philly, even! I <3 cake wrecks!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Atlanta has a huge community of sweets-loving people, cupcake bakeries all around, lovely cakes, etc. We're the capital of the New South. We have one of the most trafficked airports in the country and most likely the world.


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Come to Pittsburgh!
There's a nice big Joseph-Beth on the South Side- and we make Terrible Cakes, remember?

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Nothing in the Phoenix/Tempe/Mesa, AZ area? How sad!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Canada's 'technically' international, but it's not really all that much farther north than Seattle. C'mon up - the weather's hot and the dollar's low!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

I know Canada is 'technically' international, but really, we're SUPER close to WA state... hint hint... hint...

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

Soooo sad that you are not coming to Canada :( I have to say i would love to see the cake that you would get for your signing!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come to Nashville! We have cake. :D

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarla

I live in Wichita, KS but I'd gladly to go KC if I don't have to work that day. =)

I've read your journal for months and I'm a lurker hehe. I haven't commented until now. o_O;

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilhouette

Ahem.Canada does not require long flights, or if you do it right, any flights from many parts of the US. Any chance of adding Toronto or Montreal to this tour?!
Seriously I think one of those cities, plus Chicago, would be worthwhile additions :-)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

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