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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)

Please come to Atlanta!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Of course you had to chose Austin, the "hipper" and "skinny" twin of the San Antonio-Austin area... But, while San Antonio can't claim to be the "music capital of the world", we non-indies do bathe more often. And with twice the population and the newly enlarged Riverwalk, how could you pass us up?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

ATLANTA!!!!! You must come to ATLANTA!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Bragg


Please e-mail me your question.


Pittsburgh is within a day's drive of something like 2/3 of the USA's population. Think of the draw. Plus, we are the City of Champions again. Lotsa Steeler and Penguin wrecks!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

Come to Oklahoma!! We would love to have you visit!!!

Boom Boom, Wrecky Time! XD

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Come to Cincinnati!!!! Our culinary schools use your site as an example of what not to do.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty32

This makes me sad. I'm waaaay over in the Boston area! And since I can't drive, I'd have to convince my parents to let me kip school AND drive me six hours to visit that eccentric (but lovable) blogger I talk about sometimes! Maybe you could stop by our area?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterquoththeraven929

Hi ... I am excited that you are coming to San Francisco, but I do think that you should come to Los Angeles as well. Given that most people work and plane tickets take time and cost money ..... you should definitely hit an important city like LA ....

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

My hopes were sinking as I scrolled down the list then I saw Bethesda! YAY!!! Will be there with bells on!

(And a cupcake of course!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Bradley's

I will be at the Orlando signing! Some O-town wreckies!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

Awesome!! I'm hoping to get the book for my b-day next week from my hubby. If you come to Salt Lake City, I'll bring all of my friends. And we'll all have cupcakes!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraftwithme

Yes, we will miss you in Tennessee! :( But that's okay. I've pre-ordered the book, and will just sit and eat cake by myself while looking at all of the beautiful wreckiness.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Umm, any Ohio, Michigan, or Indiana stops? Please?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnge

Of course I can't click on San Francisco yet, but consider that spot clicked by me. Seriously, I do want to be there.


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

I say that Los Angeles is also a glaring omission! (And even though it's still hours away for me, I might try!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Yeah for coming to Portland!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkittykill

Boston! Come on, we rock and wrecking! Bet we could come up with some Big Dig cakes. Wrecks about a wreck! Plus our clam chowder pwns New York's. I'm just saying.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

Since Austin is only an hour north of San Antonio, I guess I don't have any excuses...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

CLEVELAND, please. Pretty please? With sprinkles?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

Bless your heart, I know you are busy and all but my goodness -- you forgot Atlanta?!

We *heart* CakeWrecks in Georgia -- Come see us!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReg

What about ARIZONA? Phoenix is beautiful this time of year. Ok, not really, but you should still come!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Come to Boston, please!!!! As some have mentioned, it is only a quick plane/train/automobile ride from New York at the end of the tour. And you'd have a great turnout, people in Boston love to both read and eat.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

You should come to Omaha, Nebraska.

We have all sorts of great bookstores and I'm sure a great love for all things cake related:)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Boyer


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Michaela

Salt Lake?!? Please?? It's right on the way!


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Toronto loves you! We're not even that far away and could be the only international date on your tour.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Out of sheer boredom, I decided to look up 'cake' in my Latin-English dictionary. Much to my horror, this is what I found:

cake: s libum n, placenta f.

Placenta = cake.

Would you like a slice of placenta?


Oh, and add me to the list of those who are sad that the book tour isn't coming to the south.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please
pretty please please please please
come to ohio!

wv: unglym- i look unglym when i cry 'cause i'll miss your tour

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Will the cake be slathered in buttercream or a fondant nightmare?

Wonder if Browen Weber does non-fondant?

WV: humpla; opposite of hoopla
I can definitely see what all the humpla about CCCs is about.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Meme

Yay!! You're coming to Dallas TX!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Please come to Atlanta!! :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Owwwww, this is so sad. It would have been really wonderful to get you guys outside U.S.

I live in Finland (the land of Santa Claus and many, many Santa-related Wrecks) so to attend your book tour would pretty much drive me into bankruptcy. So, so sad. Sniff. :(

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpirpana

I would come to San Francisco if it's on the Sunday! Please Please have it on Sunday!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacey B

People read in the South, I swear! We have bookstores and everything! I'd like to suggest Charleston, SC.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I second what 'stina said. (By the by, how do you make a capitol apostrophe?)Go to Quail Ridge, it where all the librarians hang out. You need librarians on you side.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaede

For realz yo, like we get no love in the A-T-L?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is sooooo cool. Not only are u coming to Seattle, but actually Lake Forest Park - right down the street from me!! yeah!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hellooooo, Vegas!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelizard

Please come to Square Books in Oxford, MS!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Please come to Ontario!!! You could drive or take the train from New York to avoid flying! I bet it would be a full house in Toronto!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have recently found your blog and laugh myself silly looking at all these wrecks!!

I'm making something for our county fair...if it so happens, trust me, i will send you a pic!!

Thanks for the laughs!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

You must come to Davis Kidd Booksellers in Nashville. We'll cupcake it up right for you.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy K., Nashville

Come to NC PLEASE. Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, I don't care, just COME.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

You have neglected the southeast. Don't even try to act like Florida counts, because that is way too far away. Atlanta and Nashville are both big, cosmopolitan, and within a day's driving distance for me. Please pick one of them.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

It's a crime you're not comingto ATLANTA !


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

Boston, Boston, Boston! We love us back!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I totally agree. You have completely omitted the Southeast (and no, Florida doesn't count)!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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