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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)

What - no Arizona? But we're the wreckiest cake capital of the world!

Yes we are.

You've never heard of that you say? Huh. I could have sworn we were.

Well, next time I hope! Have a great time!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci

Woo hoo! You're coming to Portland! You are going to love Powell's Books -- be prepared to spend some time wandering around the store and taking home some books. Since I almost failed Home Ec over a bad frosting job, maybe I should bring a cupcake or two....

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Toronto! Toronto! Include Toronto on your tour!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Daleman

Come to North Carolina....PUHLEEEZE!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Charlotte, NC would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you!!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

no, seriously, what about philadelphia?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterraysongrrl

i'll ponder the thought of making a 6 hour drive up to san francisco, UNLESS your publishing company would ponder the thought of booking you a 1-hour plane ride from San Fran to the smog-choked celebrity cupcake crazed capital known as Los Angeles.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

BOSTON! (or north of Boston!) I mean, half that city is about cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMBouchard

What? No Chattanooga, TN? We are the wreckiest place in the world!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica C.

Los Angeles, please?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSurabaya Johnny

SAN DIEGO!! Hell, I'll even drive to Hell-A if you would just come further south then San Francisco.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

We like cake in Los Angeles too!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Any stops in Ohio in the works? Have to stop in the heartland... try Books & Co. here. My favorite place for book signings. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

The tour sounds awesome!

Too bad I'm Canadian.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayme

Come to NASHVILLE! Davis-Kidd Bookstore would be a perfect place to visit!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoell

Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston Boston.

Please. And thank you.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSillyMommy

Pittsburgh would LOVE to have you!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJBArtistic

Southern California gets nothing? My falkersatherhood is not so happy.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

This probably isn't helpful, but, Andrews-McMeel did this with another favorite author of mine--they look at a map and think Petaluma is right there near San Francisco. But. A lot of the Bay Area population lives in a straight line south of San Fran, meaning we'd have to drive through the entire city to get there--we're talking 60 miles for me but three hours each way. Ouch.

Enough of that--congratulations on your book tour! Have a wonderful time!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonH

Canada does not require flying, and Vancouver is only a 2-hour drive away from Seattle.... hint hint.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterflotiste

YES! Orlando! We will be there? Need a Wreck? I can totally wreck something up. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaaren

What about New England?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know if I will be able to make one of these stops SF is closest, but... I have pre ordered my book so I am anxiously awaiting its arrival!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I work in the "mall" that houses Third Place Books (Seattle). Out of all the book people that have come since I have worked there, you are the first I would go see. However, I will already have left for college in California! Are you sure you can't come in August?! Or switch your San Francisco date to LA? :) Hehe...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKellie

Looks like I'm not alone in wanting you to come here, either!

Well, since I won't be able to do it, I think someone should do a meta-CCC-wreck. Wrecky CCC design on a single cupcake.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShakier Anthem

Boston, please!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Southern California!!!!!! You can't miss out on the glitz and glam of LA. I'll even bring a cake.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrittNeal

I never comment, but, BOSTON!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCass

Please please please come to Los Angeles! Either San Diego or Las Vegas would work, too. Road trip! Road trip!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShayde

No love for Las Vegas/Henderson? I know you would do well here.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Just an FYI, book tour stops are usually decided by publishers. They're expensive. Like insanely so. Most books today don't get a tour at all. A sad publishing fact, but true. And if you do get a tour, you get one with like 3 cities. Literally. (Haha.)

Here's a really good post about it. (not my own, just one I found on the web)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIfCats

Congrats on the tour, but really? You're going to SF and you're not stopping in LA? How will you take meetings to pitch Cake Wrecks the Movie? But seriously, come to LA.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterschinders

How exciting to have a book tour!
I'm sure that compliments are getting old by now, but congratulations on all of your success! Cake Wrecks is hilarious and I wish you much luck on book sales!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCody

Orlando regrets that it does not have a proud, independent bookseller of sufficient size to accommodate the ravening horde of fans.

Please don't judge us too harshly after you've seen Powell's in Portland.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Any possible way to stop off in MN? We're up in Canada, and I WOULD be willing to drive down!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNJ

Exciting!!! (Pssst, it's spelled calendar.) I'm sad you won't be in Michigan. Especially since I work at a bookstore.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterALisha

Every time an author I love comes to "Chicago", they're at Old Orchard. That's not Chicago. And it's dang far from where I live. But I'll try.

Do these book-tour-organizing people have some kind of beef with downtown Chicago, which is easily accessible via public transit for millions of potential book purchasers? Or do they just know the people by Old Orchard have money?


You know what, though? You're awesome. And you're going on a book tour. For your book. So I should haul my rear across the metro area to see you, because I'm not organized enough to write a whole frickin' book, and I admire you.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermhb

What about Pittsburgh? I mean, we're cool enough to get the G20 here, after all.

~Jen :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabbajen

Boston Boston Boston!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

If you're doing San Fran, and not LA, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO IT ON SUNDAY! I desperately want to come see you, but there's no way I can make it there on a weekday. PLEASE! Thanks. :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Whuaaaa?! How can you do a US tour and not stop in Los Angeles?! LA man!!

;_; Otherwise, I won't be able to see u at all!! San Francisco is atleast a 7 hour drive away... too far for my poor car! >_<

The powers that be... *slap* You must right this wrong!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternanshi

How hard is it to get to SOUTHERN California?

Please - you can DRIVE from San Francisco to L.A. in a day. No plan needed. So, pick a spot in Southern California, and let's get it going... 8)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoira Cooper

while in chicago - why not take the 20 minute plane and stop in detroit the next day?
we'd love to see you here <3
i would love to meet you (:
and show off my crazy cupcake design.

we love you!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershaina (:

I'd love for you to come to Lexington, KY....or even Cincinnati, OH :) My friends and I would DEFINITELY be there (with cupcakes)!!!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy S.

How could San Francisco be picked over Los Angeles or San Diego? I'm in San Diego, but would consider driving to Los Angeles to see you . . .

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersdreader

Dammit, why did it have to be in Skokie?

(Does anyone know if there is a train station somewhere near the Chicago B&N?)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

YOU MUST COME TO NASHVILLE!! I mean, Lauren Conrad & Miley Cyrus have both touted books at Davis Kidd here in Nashville, so why not YOU?!?

Pretty please?? :) :) :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara and Kyle

No Los Angeles? What are your handlers nuts? Do you people know how many Wreckers and potential Wreckers there are in the Southern California area? I'd even be cool with San Diego or somewhere in the OC (which we never call it, by the way). Please, please make a So Cal appearance? We'd love to meet you!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

You should totally come to the Phoenix area. I mean, Arizona is right between California & Colorado... And I know of a few Wreckies here that would love to go!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

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