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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)

Ok, you definitely need somewhere in the middle of the south where all us southern fans can come meet our favorite blogger! However... After skimming through the comments I must say that I have to put in a vote for Alaska - I mean seriously, they must get left out all the time! :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want to vote for Atlanta, too! We love you here!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy O

can't wait to meet you in NYC! its right up the street from my apt, but I'd totally trek to an outer borough too :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlil_apple

Jen - the closest venue to me is San Francisco - STILL a 6 hour drive - but I can't RSVP because it isn't "clickable". If the event is on the Sunday and not too late in the day I can make it - would you please put me on the list?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGinnyP

I agree with the south comments! Come on, just because Orlando is "close" doesn't mean I can drive 10 hours (because planes have been banned in the family)!!! Tennessee, North Carolina, something to represent!!! Please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nashville? Please???

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAce

Yet another vote for Boston or at least New England! If you're not willing to fly or drive from NYC, you can take the train or the bus (including the cheap but always interesting Chinatown bus).
If you can't get into one of the bookstores in Cambridge, please try Brookline Booksmith, an excellent independent bookstore with a quirky sense of humor that'd be right up your ally. If there's enough demand, maybe you could even do your talk at the historic Coolidge Corner Theater.

Word verification: pudpari. I'm looking forward to the pudpari of new wrecks in the book!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What about Arizona? Phoenix loves you too! Plus the weather here will be extra nice that time of year.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLMP

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada isn't that far from New York. I doubt I can convince my husband to go to New York, he just doesn't understand these things. Next book you HAVE to come to Canada!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pierced Gourmet

Will you let us know when San Francisco becomes an option. I want to come. You are hilarious!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeachGirl

Crime of omission!!!! Camp Hill, Pa is on your way from Bethesda to New York. So come visit us on your way! I made you a map so you don't get lost

See you in October!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Elena

um, helloooo, Arizona? We've made it REAL hot just for YOU!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBellaLovesPink

Ohio is definitely a wonderful place to have a book signing... especially DAYTON, OH!! We'd love to have you.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Crime of omission: Camp Hill, PA!! It's on your way from Bethesda to New York. I made you a map so you don't get lost :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Elena

Atlanta! Please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Carrick

BOOOO!!! You are not coming to Atlanta, GA! I might have to boycott you for a day or two (and then come come back and read all the posts I missed in one go) :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

I'm just saying --

PHILADELPHIA is where it's at. If I were greedier, I'd say Delaware (but seriously, who comes to Delaware?)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB!

What about Motown? Come to Detroit!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDANIELLE

I am sure this has been said but I am not going to read all 217 comments. So why aren't you making a trip to LA. Come on...we have Disneyland!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Could you come closer to St. Louis Missouri?
I would love to be able to come!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Glad to see you're coming to Seattle!
I don't normally post comments on here, but with all the "I promise there will be cake" comments in this post, I have to ask....are you familiar with the video game Portal?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

hey, how 'bout detroit!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Little Rock, Memphis, or Nashville, please!!! We have BBQ--and you can visit Graceland! (and the other commenters are right, Texas and Florida do NOT count as 'The South'!)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Toronto is only like a 45 minute flight from New York!! Come visit your firends up north, eh?!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Here's another request for you to visit Atlanta!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

OK, I've never commented on any blog anywhere ever before, but I have been following Cake Wrecks basically since its inception.

Please please please "PLEASE" come to Boston! I will most lovingly make a Wreckplica for the occasion.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertchen

Any way you could stop near Indianapolis? Carmel, IN, for instance?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbondfool

Las Vegas is a really good place for book tours.

We love books, cakes, and are generally wrecky in nature.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not even a mention of Canada? Not too far from could drive from there insted of getting on another plane.
Oh well, I will still be a loyal follower, even if you can't come. I need my morning pick up.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Henry Cakes

I am SO coming to see you in Seattle! Can't wait!!! :D

PS My WV is prowreck.....fitting for this site!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Yeah...what the heck? You're all around Georgia but skip Atlanta! Come on, over. We'll show you what true wrecky Southern Hospitality is all about.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLawstudent

Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh loves you, and has lots and lots of lovely bakeries!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Atlanta. We love to eat and we love guests. Why not?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLawstudent

ORLANDO!!!!!?????!!!!! YES! I think I just wet myself.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I am so UTTERLY excited about seeing you in San Francisco! It must happen!!! I'm already planning my cupcake :D

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelley Marie

Come to Philadelphia! :D We love you here too!


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGryph

Seriously no Los Angeles stop? We're the second largest city in the US! Hello! We love cake here too! :(

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea J

I so wish you would come to South Florida - West Palm Beach or Ft Lauderdale. Orlando is a drive for me - maybe stop by on the way back???

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I'm so excited you are coming to Kansas City! As one commenter reported, the city is Overland Park, but the location is at Oak Park Mall, which i down the street from where I live. Silly misunderstanding. Moreover, I wanted to comment on the fact that it is Kansas City, Kansas and not Missouri. There is a slight difference. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeifer

Des Moines, iowa, loves you, and we promise tpo bring tons of wreck-y cupcakes if you will come and visit us! Please? Oh, wait... "Please"? ; )

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkellymarie

I'd love to come to your appearance in San Francisco. Now, which wreck to wreck-plicate . . . decisions, decisions!

WV: supross--when you can't decide whether a wreck is just gross or super-gross

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicki

Your So close to Vancouver, when your in Seattle , you dont have to fly to get here.. Please come to Vancouver. We have cake here too.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterManda

My, the south is whiney with their "Orlando doesn't count" business. They've already got the best climates in the country and they still want more.

Another poster was right... Michigan needs the love. And we're trend-setters! We went to a recession long before the rest of the nation. Florida is trying to keep up and California is making a decent effort but we're at the bottom of the heap, baby!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVillageMom

Um, Boston? Hello? Pretty major city, I should say.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMinnieK

I'll never understand why people tour in Denver and not Phoenix. We're the 5th largest city and we're left off your tour. *pout*

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OOH OOH!! I'll see you in San Francisco, Jen!!! Yeeeehaaaawww!
(I'm excited)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Man, I wish you could hit up Atlanta! I'd love to met the mistress behind the Wreckness!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Please oh please oh *PLEASE* come to Ohio! Or even lower Michigan if you must. ;) I'd really love to meet you and get a suger buzz as an added bonus. :D

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

YAY! I'm signed up for Dallas and I plan to drag everyone I can with me!

WV: scrope-I am NOT going there!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

*Bangs head on keyboard*(..ouch)NO ONE EVER comes to Oklahoma. Why is that? We like concerts..famous people and MOST of all Cake(Wrecks that is)! Are our penchant for double negatives and accents too much for everyone?? *Sigh*

It's in between Kansas and Texas..


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGwennS

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