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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)

How about Indy? We love cake too! Best of luck with the tour!

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looking at the schedule, when exactly will you get to sleep? LOL!
See you in Portland!

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

You could (SHOULD) come to Alaska! It's lovely here and we have lots of wrecky goodness in ALL the stores! ;D
Also -- my husband would LOVE it if you'd also make a "Yay, dead elephants!" shirt! ;D

Take care,

p.s. Our dearest friends are John and Jen....funny, yes?

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess :)

Hey! What about Tulsa, OK? LOVE Cakewrecks...

Courtney B.

August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah, this is a shame!!

I live TWO minutes from the Winter Park Borders, but I can't make it since I'm at school!

I wish I could make it to the signing...

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermet

I will be at the Orlando stop! So glad you will be here! -Maggie

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaggie226

What? No stop in Phoenix, AZ!!! We will miss you. I have not laughed so hard in my entire life! you rock!!!

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Sewell

Aw man the only one I could get to is the one in NY, and it's on a weekday! I don't suppose you could work in a stop in Hartford, Providence, or maybe Boston that weekend too? Guess I'll have to try and get the day off, but dang it, I just might have to miss the signing! Wah!

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I am soooooooooo excited that you're coming to Austin!! YAY!!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLibby Hickson

Can't you tack on another date in, say, Tennessee? Pretty please? *sniffle*

Nashville is full of CW fans! We'll protect you from the rabid honkytonkers. And you get a complementary boot-shaped shotglass and booklet of Dollywood coupons upon arrival. So it's like, everybody wins. Right?

September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

hey, they said Atlanta 26 times. ok now it's 27.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeniselv

AUSTIN!!!! YES!!! You couldn't have chosen a better bookstore, either. BookPeople rulez.

p.s. I used to live in Dallas -AND- San Antonio and can safely say that you made the right choice going with Austin. You will never want to leave! Sorry, Houston peeps--just make the two hour drive and make a pit stop at Matt's El Rancho after the book signing.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterx o x o u i

Wee! I am so glad that you are coming to SF! And at a time that I can actually make!

Oh happy day! I will be sure to RSVP as soon as I can get to evite.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGypsy


September 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How can you by-pass Detroit. If any city needs the laughter and fun of wrecks it's Detroit. Please, please, please . . .
Wink Covintree

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Would love it if you came to Oklahoma City while on your tour! I know many here who would happily come to see you.

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Boston! You must come to Boston!

Pleeaase come to Boston.

(And bring Pioneer Woman with you. Evil you are, the two of you, skipping New England entirely.)

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Inner Friday

I took a bunch of pictures at the Portland signing - the first 5 are the professional cakes that we munched on (though the vegan one was GONE by the time I got downstairs!) and then I got pictures of all the cupcake entries that I saw on the table before everything started. Enjoy!" rel="nofollow">page 1 and" rel="nofollow">page 2!

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ

Hey....what about Arizona?

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sure wish you were coming to Nashville! Love your blog and great to see all the people coming out for the tour! Congratulations! Y'all have fun!!!!

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenn

We have Barnes & Noble in Minneapolis, too! Please come & I will wreck a cupcake for you! Oh, & I will buy your book, too ;)
~Christiane Webster(FB fan)

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristiane

Since you're rescheduling your Maryland trip, why not make a stop in VA as well:-)

We'd love to see you here!

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersemini


October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Glad you're both recovered! I'm excited for your Bethesda stop and plotting my Wreck already.

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterst1023

I would love to see you guys in the Grand Rapids, MI are... or at least somewhere in MI!!!

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

If you aren't gunshy about coming to Texas after that whole Dallas hospital near flu death experience thing, you should really come to Houston - 4th largest city in the US, yet the one most likely to be ignored by publicity tours of all varieties.

We like cake. A lot. Oh, and books. Mmm.....cake....

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Runaway Lawyer

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October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

Awww... not coming down to Miami?? :(

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSoarAway

Oh please, please, please come to Des Moines!! We would love you FOREVER! Not that we wouldn't if you didn't... :D


November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaia

Boom time. Lol No it certainly is not...after showing someone this cake! ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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