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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)

You're coming to Dallas :D

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Houston, we have a problem! No Wreckie-love from the "powers that be." Please try to stop here too. I might even be convinced to try to replicate the NASA "shuttle" cake.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAniKaz

Why no Minneapolis, or St. Paul, or anywhere in MN?

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWatzspot

How 'bout Lexington or Louisville, KY? ... Oh, c'mon, there will be BOURBON, my friend! ;-) And I have personally tested every cupcake seller's work (sans CCC) here in town, so I could direct you to the best dives.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I am with Karen in Boston! Check out The People's Republic of Cambridge- who knows what the christ will show up to praise you. Maybe we could even get some Haaaaaavaaaaaad elites to submit some smaht ass cakes.

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkaytee downtown

What about Georgia? Macon or Atlanta? We like cake too.


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

come to Philadelphia!!! We seriously love you here! :)

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhian

Rochester, MN would be good; but I'll travel to the Twin Cities. :)

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

who has more free time to come visit their favorite Jen than Midwesterners? Especially Ohio people- we are just sitting around watching the corn grow you know!:) guess this just means another book with another tour to cover all the parts of the country who didn't make the cut!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boston is a quick Amtrak from NYC... come on over!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharonK

Come on, Albany IS the capital of NY state, it's not fair!!! ( Pout)
Sigh, I'll just have to drive to NYC I guess..

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

My vote is for adding ATLANTA!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Will you please come to Philadelphia??? We love cake wrecks here in the city of brotherly love - call us the city of cake wreckily love!!!!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter1

Los Angeles! You should come to Los Angeles! I'm so sad we're not on the list. We're not even that far from San Francisco. Perhaps it would be easy to add a stop?!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter-J

Another vote for the Twin Cities! Come to Minnesota!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuna

I have to add a vote for Boston -- Harvard Book Store or Porter Square Books would be all over it!

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Hey, come on down to Boston, pretty please!!! We love you and I'll bake some cake!


August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come to Minneapolis on your way from Denver to Chicago! We love you here!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin F.

Boston, Boston, Boston, please!
Sure, some of us can get to NYC (probably), but think of all the fabulous attractions of New England in October... Granted, much of it centers around leaves falling and fruits of the season, plus other regional stuff, but it's worth it!

Oh, and no love for Atlanta? I've only been there once or twice, but that's unexpected. You could stop in and see Bakerella, or something. (Talk about a meeting of blog-kind.)

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdessertschick

I'd like to put in another vote for Boston!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Frank

LA! LA! LAAAA!!!!!!! please?

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!
You want to come to LOS ANGELES!!!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You so totally need to come to Atlanta, GA...big city...lots of cake lovers and even more important cake wreck lovers!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

oh please come to the borders in memphis.
we love you guys!!!!

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Aw man...I live in Orlando, but sadly I don't get off work until 6pm and I live about half an hour away from Winter Park. How long is the event to last? I'd really like to come if possible as this is definitely in my top 3 favorite blogs! :)

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Ooh! Ooh! OOH!!!! powers that be, please, please, please, pleeeeeaaaaasssssseeeeeeeeeeee! book an eventaround the Atlanta area! Since I'm only in my fledgling teen years, I can't go to Florida to meet the wonderfully sadistic Miss Jen... *gives best puppy eyes* To every other city on the tour- have fun and brace yourself for the awesomeness! *laughing*
WV-betsou...I betsou the powers that be will take pity on my lack of a driving liscence! (pretty please!)

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBitsy Baker

Wow. Cool. I can't wait to get the book. Surprised you won't be hitting the Book Revue, in Huntington, Long Island, NY. It's an old-fashioned book store that is a tour-stop for many big-time releases. If you add this to the tour, I'll volunteer some extra wreckage.

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersbp

Ok. I live in Allentown PA... We have lovely book stores here in the Valley that would enjoy your company... B&N at the Promenade Shops... very nice!! COME PLEASE!!! Baring that how about Philly??

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShawna


August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrenches of Mommyhood

I would love to come, but if you ain't getting on a plane for me, I ain't getting on one for you! :) Besides, my cupcake would definitely suffer after a 22-hour flight to the US! Thanks for the offer of an online version - that would be great!!! I'm sure you have many fans outside the US who will be eternally grateful! I'm attempting to buy your book - but can't find it here in South Aus! I'm trying, honestly! :) Jessie

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessieD

Kansas City is actually in two states...The city is in a sense cut in two. And Oak Park...that is in Overland Park, technically.

Regardless...*JUMPS FOR JOY!!!**** I will sooooo be there...Kid in tow and all :D

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Yea!!! You're coming to Austin! I can't wait to meet you and eat cake! I'm already getting a contact high from all the sugar!!! (That's why I'm yelling. Sorry.)


August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda


August 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlbgriffin

Come to Pittsburgh! We NEEEEEEEEEEED you in Pittsburgh!

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanneh

ARGH! I was hoping Arizona would be included in this tour. I would LOVE to see you here in AZ!

Meaning: Please, please, PLEASE come to Phoenix! PLEASE!

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara


August 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, what about the Southwest....Phoenix may be to hot right now for cake decorating (I mean I can only have so much air conditioning in my house!) but come October we'll be a wonderful place to be, and by December/January when the East Coast is inaccessible by car, plane or train, we'll be outside in shorts running to the nearest bookstore to meet Jen. Or at least I WOULD if she were going be here.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

JEN!!! If you added one day to your tour and made that stop St. Louis, I would get to see you ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I think it is fate!!!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

Hey, Jen, Petaluma is about an hour drive north from San Francisco. I hope you're not pressed for time between de-planing and being ready for the signing. :)

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarin Huber

Actually, instead of Boston (total NIGHTMARE for drivers) perhaps central Massachusetts so we can lure all of your fans from Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island & New Hampshire! WOO-HOO! Then even I could go!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurpud

Canada? Pretty-please with sugar sprinkles on top?? No flight required for Toronto!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraccidental altruist

Congrats on the book deal and tour, Jen! I wish you would come to Cincinnati, Ohio!

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

How about Nashville, TN? PLEEEEAAAASSSSE!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Vegas, baby! We needs some wreckage here too!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

And just why are you not coming to Salt Lake City? Hmmm? There are many of us in the SE Idaho, Utah area who would LOVE to see you!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAubri


Have a great tour! :D

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

What's with the lack of SoCal love? ... We've got a disproportionate amount of the state population, we deserve some wrecky lovin'!

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

Victoria/Vancouver isn't far away from Seattle!

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersej

You should most definitely come to Green Bay, Wisconsin. What's not to love about here? We've got cheese, and cows, and......cheese!!!

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteradmiral_fizzybottom

ARGH! NO WAY! I'm just now seeing this ... and I just moved a couple of months ago away from Maryland to BFE Mississippi. I lived TWO BLOCKS from the Bethesda Barnes and Noble. I'm so disappointed! Well, when you get to Bethesda, count your crowd as one more because I would have been there if I actually still lived there.

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertreen

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