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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)

Uhhhh, Atlanta?
The entire Southeast is neglected, and Atlanta would be the logical major city of choice. (No Florida and Texas are not part of the southeast.)
I finally move to a real city so I can be exposed to culture and arts, and no cakewrecks tour stop here?
That is exciting!
Good for you. Spread the love. And the cake!
I think I'm gonna go make some red velvet cake balls.


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

*sigh* Once again, as with all cool internet phenomena, the Southeast has been ignored. Hmph.

WV: ocethead: yeah, you're an ocethead for not coming to NC!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

what about the new england area either rhode island or massachusetts
texas gets 2 days
what about 1 for us
for those of us like you who also are not fans of flight

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You need to come to Pittsburgh! We love cakes here.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStr4yk1tt3n

Yay Austin! I've rarely posted on here, but I've been reading this blog for close to a year now, and so I'm very excited to meet the person behind the snark. Looks like I'll see you in October. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRemy

COME TO BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE! Seriously. There are two awesome book stores in Porter Square and Harvard Square that would be so convenient to me, I mean, so perfect for you!

Some guy with a milkshake book just did readings at both locations, I know cake would be equally appreciated. Tell me how I can help.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCKHB

You really ought to come to North Carolina!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boston loves you, too. ...and Books. We love Jen and we love books. (hint hint)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Um, hello?! Cincinnati?! Home not only to me and every single one of my friends that visits Cake Wrecks on a daily basis, but to Jacob Taylor, your 8-year-old biggest fan!

You've gotta come visit us! (Pretty please with Baby Carrot Jockeys on top?!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMrs B.

Philadelphia PLEASE!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

come to ohio!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come to Salt Lake City!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Harris

Aw, I was hoping to see a Toronto in there, even thought it *is* over the border just slightly!

Oh well, maybe next time/next book!

Also, I am quite inspired by the Russian Roulette bonbon cake. Hmmmm... *evil laugh*

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How exciting, I will see you in Bethesda.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Ahem. New Jersey hearts cakewrecks too, you know. Don't tell me that we're close enough to New York! Wednesday is a school night for some of us, you can't expect us to take the train all the way up to New York!

...Alright, fine, if I have to. Anything to get free cake. :D

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShanti

I didn't know you were from Orlando! Wow --- cool beans!

A hometown girl!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDee

No SoCal? How about the esteemed Vroman's in Pasadena?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Canada is only a short drive away from many of your stops! We love your wrecky goodness up here too. And we can pretend *not* to be international if the word freaks you out LOL! Is "quiet neighbours" better for you?

Let us show you some of our fabled politeness, eh?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kaye

Oh no! You aren't stopping in Ohio?!?! I might make a cake, I'm so sad.
Good luck on your tour:)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Of course you would be going to Chicago. And of course it would be AFTER I move. Any chance of seeing an Oxford stop on that tour? Um...the UK one? No? Well, best of luck anyway.

Interestingly enough, the word verification is 'addictam' huh.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStrange Mamma

DOH! I work IN THE SAME MALL as the Borders in Winter Park...think you'll be there a little early? I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to meet you (and eat cake, of course). I'm gonna try to get there!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimMad

We'll miss you in Canada!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelilah

"Calendar" not "calender."

At least it wasn't on a cake...

Looking forward to the book!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Plass

A book tour with CAKE. Does it get any better than this?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Wow! A book tour! I never thought I'd say I'd be excited over a book tour but I am.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbodoba

I'm definitelty going to order that first cake for my next Borat-themed birthday party.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

PLEASE come to Lincoln or Omaha, Nebraska. We love you SO much here and it's right in between Denver and Chicago. Pretty please? I'll even bring sprinkles to put on top of that last please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Hey what about Anchorage Alaska, we always get shunned :-(

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhomeschoolmommy

You should come to DC!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSunflower

What about Atlanta or some place close, just anywhere in the south would be nice!! We love Cake Wrecks in the south!!!!
daily Cake wrecker

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCooking Monster

Cincinnati would LOVE to see you :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

(Pssst! How about Boston?)

Also, yay book tour! I'm hungry for some wrecks already!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn's Recipes

What, no visit to Los Angeles, home of the "cupcake truck"?

Shame on you, Jen!

If Bruce Campbell can come here to promote HIS bargain-bin books, I'm sure YOU can make it.

(God, I LOVE Bruce Campbell)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Congrats on the book deal and I hope you have a fabulous time on tour! I *ahem* won't be able to come to any of the signings, but I'll be sure to pick up a copy of the book. I guess now it's off to the complaints department on FB.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolleenCarie

I notice a lack of Louisiana! I guess Dallas isn't too far....Though Shreveport, LA would be better, lol!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrickette

You should come to Oklahoma City! :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteracostilow

Viva la San Francisco!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

DES MOINES, IOWA!!!!! I'd bring a crowd with me!!


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and definitely much larger than Austin. Come visit Houston!!! Not only do we have fantastic Cake Wreckers here, but we have plenty of humidity that further destroys cakes. (Beleive me, I know, I am a baker here. And if you can bake here, you can bake anywhere!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermrs_otg

So...About Virginia...Virginia Beach, to be exact...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgette

I think you need to make a stop in OHIO~how about Columbus???

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommy of M's

We would LOVE to see you in Nashville, TN! What if I promise honky-tonk wreckiness?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Hey you don't have to fly to Canada. Whassup wit dat?
C,mon, share wit your good buddy neighbours!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

Please come to Boston!!! I'm willing to drive down from New Hampshire so would it kill ya to come on up from New York? Sheesh!

I'll bring lots of Cupcakes--promise!

Your devoted follower,
Peaches LaRue

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentera Cupcake near you!

Atlanta is way better than Orlando. Skip Orlando and come to Atlanta instead.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatharine

Does no one read this blog in Southern California? San Francisco does NOT represent our whole entire state! Not even an LA stop...I would go there, even though I live near San Diego! Please add a SoCal stop!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura


I can't wait for the tour! I'll try to make the MD one... what to make, what to make?

And of COURSE I'm going to get my grubby little cake-covered hands on the book, Jen. I might even get a copy for my 9-year-old nephew, since he loves this site.

Thanks for the best presents ever (announcement of tour/contest and picture of the Boom Boom Sexy Time cake, lol).

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I'm totally coming to the Orlando one, since it's right down the road from my office.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam S

If you're going to be in Bethesda, can't you just pop down to Richmond, VA. I know it seems like I should suck it up and drive, but there's a small school, work, and funds issue. Come on, for me, please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

...and Toronto is too far? Oh, right, Canada is just the boring upstairs neighbour above a cool houseparty... :) :D

Seriously, if you're in New York it's a day drive to Toronto. Or maybe a two hour hop by Porter Airlines, which comes right into the downtown...

And it's a really nice city on top of that. The Eaton Centre has a fabulous bookstore called Indigo that's got a perfect setup for authors to sign.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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