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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)

What about Barnes n Nobel in the Mall of America?! Come to Minnesota, Jen! The weather is the best in September.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Congratulations on your book tour Jen! I think it's about time for me to take a Chicago trip. Maybe some day a few books from now you can visit us in Des Moines. :)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

wow some many comments

your blog is great

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJo

Los Angeles would be a cool place to go, don't you think ;)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkingzgurl

Please, please, please add on Southern California if you can! We Angelinos love cake too!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

Los Angeles, please. Specifically, Pasadena!


August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMario

COME TO DAYTON! Just a short hop from Chicago! We love cake!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

what about chattanooga, tn or atlanta, ga! i'm willing to travel to either!!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

MINNEAPOLIS!! Pretty pretty PLEASE!!! I will make you a ludifisk cupcake

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

what about Pittsburgh, PA!!!!!!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBurgher

Yay! Glad to see you're coming to KC. (I think the B&N you're referring to is at Oak Park Mall)

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

SALT LAKE CITY!!!!!!!!!!!! We don't bite...hard...

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB-Jo

YES! PLEASE TENNESSEE!!!!! its on your way north!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjevmaster5

Are you kidding powers that be??? Completely ignoring Southern California is a big mistake! California is the most populous state in the union. Los Angeles is the 2nd largest city in the U.S. I personally would vote for a stop in Orange County (centrally located between the Valley and San Diego, close to L.A. but w/o the congestion) check us out at the official state site:

You are overlooking a lot of wreckers -- come on, visit the O.C.!! ;)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLara Lei

I'm seeing a Memphis reference, and I agree...come to Memphis! We <3 you!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pleas come to Los Angeles!!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Canada isn't very far away...

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSherylificus

How about Phoenix, AZ!!! Us desert (or dessert) folks LOVE YOU TOO!!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Seriously, no Los Angeles? If that isn't a glaring omission, I'm not sure what is!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Birmingham, AL is a beautiful place to visit! And while you're in town on a football week, you could go to a University of Alabama game!! :)

(you haven't seen crazy til you see some Alabama football fans on gameday)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervmdesign


August 2, 2009 | Unregistered ATLANTA :-)


August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ruthanne

How about Buffalo, NY - we love to eat cake and we are a border town to Canada - easy commute from Toronto/southern Ontario.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

because I don't have time to read all the 672 post I'm gone to go ahead and suggest you hope a train and head down to Philly before you head home from NY, even if it has already been suggested.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Ughh I am a little behind on this but what about the Carolina's?? Humm say Greensboro NC?? We would love to see you, but there are no stops even within driving distance :(!!! Come on down and get some southern hospitality!!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I think you should come up more north in NY like Albany..

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne

cleveland, cleveland, cleveland.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermary

I live in CT!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCatty

Please come to Boston! I will make a wreckplica cupcake that you won't believe!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

I am so stoked (do people still say that? Anyway..) that you are coming to Portland!! I will be there with my tiny wreckage. Can't wait.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why oh why does everyone always forget Minneapolis/St.Paul??? You go to Kansas but not Minnesota???

We love you, too! :)

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

You may have gotten IL on the list, But I am from the part of the state that is right outside of Kentucky!!!
St. Louis is only 3 hours north of here.. that would be a GREAT place... plenty of bakers around here...

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

Wow. you're totally blowing off the entire Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area (tm) ???? It's a long way from Bethesda to Manhattan, you know!! sob.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwebhill


August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Scottsdale, Arizona is an awesome place. Please put us on your list! We would love to see you here!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty

come to the O.C!! we looooooove cake too! we'll take L.A or san diego!! were not all carb counters!!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Southern CA, pweeeze

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you can go to 2 places in TX, you must hit up both northern and southern Cali! May I suggest Barnes & Noble on 3rd street in Santa Monica (a particularly nice place to be/go)... I hope you can spread the love all over the sunshine state!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterARJ

Aww, i wish you could come up to Canada! Hate to miss this, but the closes to me is NY, and that's around a 20-25 hour drive. D=

Make sure you come visit us up north on your next tour, after you make a million on the book!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis


And it's more international that Austin and dallas.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Fortune Smiles on this little Brit; I will actually be in San Francisco that day! Hooray and huzzah!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrazzle

I am unfortunately an 18 hour non-stop flight from wherever most of those places are (and then probably many more hours of driving from wherever the plane lands) BUT when you become and international best seller and make it to Australia I'll be there with bells on.

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Salt lake City please! I can see that it would fit nicely right in between San Francisco and Denver!

I made some cupcakes for somebody's birthday the other day and I even froze one in hopes that you would add SLC so I can enter the cupcake contest!

PLEASE don't let the poor cupcake have been frozen to death in vain!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boston, please!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvBeGe

Please, please! St Louis--still a two hour drive for me...but not so far away that I have to miss too much work!

Come on, PLEASE!? I already pre-ordered TWO copies of your book.


August 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy Light Mygatt

Nashville! Nashville! Nashville!
C'mon now! You know we love
cakes here in the south!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter.kat.

We love you in Michigan! Come to the Detroit area or better yet, Ann Arbor. We've got Barnes and Nobles, and Borders galore. How can you resist a state with a greater than 15% unemployment rate? We need some lovin' (and cake!).

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta!!! PLEASE come see us!!!

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Yes! I'll be going to college in
Washington, DC, this fall, so I can take the Metro to the Bethesda stop!

I'll try to drag my friends with me too, so if you happen to meet a group of deaf college students at the Maryland stop, that's probably me with my friends.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKels

I'm another vote for a stop in Canada, only an hour east of Toronto, would so make the trip...

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessicasays

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