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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)

come to atlanta please!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm in Germany, but I still pre-ordered my book (in May already).

Have a ton of fun with the tour! :)


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNBB

Yippeee you'll be in Austin! Of course, it IS the SAME weekend as Austin City Limits, but lucky for you, bands I want to see don't start that day until 5, so I'll be there. Well, lucky for me, I suppose.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

TENNESSEE!!!!!! How about Nashville or Memphis???? Sept. 18?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bring it to Tucson!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNanette

Aww I was so excited but then I read the places you are touring. No Atlanta? That's ok though. You can't go every where.

I hope you have a lot of fun on your book tour. I'm looking forward to the book.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi M.

Looks like someone has beef with the southeast. Whats that all about?? {jumping up & down waving from Raleigh, NC}

Just because you are hating on the international scene doesn't mean you have to hate on Canada. Customs might be a pain but it's hardly a long ways away. Once you're in Seattle you're practically at Vancouver anyways.

I'd come to Seattle but I don't have a passport yet. I should really get on that but it's supposed to take ages for the paperwork to go through anyways. Stupid new border rules.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVancouverite

I counted 8 posts asking for a trip to Ohio! Soooo, here's the ninth... Somewhere in Cleveland if at all possible? Joseph Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village or perhaps Border's in La Place or Solon.... please please please try! I just graduated from Johnson and Wales with a degree in pastry arts and all I want to do is make wrecks! So, thanks for the inspiration... please come to Ohio!!!

Looove you and all you're doing!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Please consider a stop in Philadelphia, Jen! Congrats on the book tour - sounds exhausting, but fabulous!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

We need Arizona added!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Hatch's

Philly Philly!!!! We're not as nasty as we seem!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boston is a REALLY good place to go for readings/signings. They are very popular here. Please come!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeckiwithani

Why not another stop in the mid-west. Come to Milwaukee!!! If not I will trrryyy to come to Chicago - are children welcome?

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMicah C

Seattle!! Seattle!! WOOHOO!! only half an hour away!!!! See you there!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAunt of 14

Yeah! Tattered Cover! See you there.

Haha. I love funny word ver's (and I am easily amused): kater

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

no southeast?!! please come to nc!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe you aren't stopping in atlanta!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey Kinnaman

You completely left off the southeast. I think that Memphis would be a prime spot.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

We do know how to read over here in Massachusetts. I think we have more bookstore than people. You should come to MA and we'll wreck up a cupcake good! Besides that, remember waaaay back I told you I had a dream about cake wrecks? that should be enough.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle - MA

As many others have said you need to visit Boston. I know you aren't booking it but drop some hints.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoganB

Wow, that is a crazy, crazy schedule you've got there. You're going to TIRED. When you get to Austin, I'll take you out for a margarita and some chips/queso.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterjCam

Yep. You got peeps in Maine too, so better get a New England tour planned in the future!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwaterhouse96

Ann Arbor, MI! You can even take the TRAIN from Chicago! trains are wonderful!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianne

Remember: THEY CAN'T GO EVERYWHERE. This isn't a major concert tour, lol!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole Loves Cake

Yeah..Atlanta or Charlotte deserves some wrecky cake love!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachael M.

asheville, north carolina! call malaprops bookstore - they have all the cool book readings!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Come to Utah!!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaiTy

Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooo....! New England ALWAYS gets left out of the cool tours. If you come up here, O cake lady, you can see... er, .... well, rain, this year. But it's beautiful rain.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamzSanz

Hey, How about Tampa/St.Pete? And could you make it a weekend? Your Sexy Suds decorator really wants to meet you and have the book signed... Maybe I will even re-create my "masterpiece". Although how I will do that in cupcake size is yet to be determined...

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Copperfield's in Petaluma? HOORAY! I will definitely be there!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterselasphorus

Come to Greenville, SC!! :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCricket

come to los angeles! pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBead Up

Woot! We're excited to see you the Mile High City :) :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicci

boston please! we love us some cake!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCakeless in Beantown

I will totally try and go to the Dallas one!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

No PA stops like Philly or Harrisburg? Would love to see you nearby!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~ Keara

Please oh Please come to the Los Angeles area!!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You HAVE to come to Rochester NY, so we upstate Nyers can see you!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersaevitiasnape

Sweet Sheezamageeza!!!

I was all excited when I read Powell's thinking "yeah, we can totally make it down there" and then I read Third Place Books, right up the street! :D you will have 2 very happy faces (no doubt more, but I can only account for 2 of us) in that crowd! Can't WAIT! :D

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThatFalafelGirl

first off, my fiance is still after 5 minutes saying "one bon bon is poison" he wants one of those cakes! Second, what about us in the north east. New England loves you!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hooray for the book! You should come to Minneapolis, though! The Mall of America is right by the airport, and if you have a layover in the Twin Cities, it's only logical to stop here. You could even invite Marjorie Johnson, the most winning-est baker in Minnesota State Fair history!


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm going to try to come and see you in Seattle. Not that far from Spokane. :))

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

Aww, you'll be in TX during ACL music festival which means I am going to miss you. :(

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

PORTLAND @ POWELL'S?? My dear, you. have. ARRIVED!!! I'll be there . . . and probably my entire family.

Love ya!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheri-Beri

Akron, Ohio! Even Cleveland is acceptable!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I'm based in Tuscaloosa, AL, but would happily drive to Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville, or Atlanta if any of them get added to the list!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

For the Seattle visit, I would really love to volunteer my bakery. is the one that made the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom cake that you highlighted in a Sunday Sweet, so I'd love to thank you by providing a cake for the event! I will follow this up with an email.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRainGirlLori

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