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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

About Last Night...

How do I say this, Orlando? I mean, last night you were simply...well...


Yeah, that's the word. :)

John and I arrived extremely nervous for my first-ever book signing, but you guys put us right at ease. It turns out you Wreckies are a kind, considerate bunch who are perfectly willing to patiently wait your turn in line for free cake. And oh, what a Wrecktastic cake it was!

This monster homage of Wreckiness was created by the lovely Johnnie of Something Sweet Cake Studio, located just outside of Orlando in Titusville.

In addition to the Wreck pile-up you see here, Johnnie also provided a yummy chocolate and caramel frosted sheet cake, which disappeared like But, of course, that insane carrot jockey stole the show.

Later in the evening, when the sugar buzz was apparently affecting us all, we actually had a real live baby sitting on that fondant carrot. (Relax; we took it off the cake first.) Someone will have to send me that photo, though, because I didn't get it on my camera. [pouting]


(AHA! Thanks, Sharlene!)

In addition to the showpiece that Johnnie provided, we also had some truly astounding entries in our cupcake Wreckplica contest. Here's the grand prize winner, by Jackie Cochran:

And here's Jackie wearing her prizes: a CW apron and carrot jockey necklace:

Here are the two runner-ups:

(Bonus points to those of you who recognize/remember all of these Wrecks!)

Choosing the winners was beyond difficult, though; just look at some of the other entries!

(Yes, someone dared to bring a mini CCC [patooie!] to MY signing. The horror! Maybe that's why he or she left her name off. ;) Oh, and the mini order form says "please put vegan icing on it." Heh.)

It's the perspiration wedding cake, in miniature! How cool is that?!?

You can find all of the cupcake entries in the Cake Wrecks FaceBook album.

Thanks again to Johnnie, Sharlene of Photo Art Works (who took all the pretty pics in this post), the Winter Park Borders staff (especially managers Jeff & Selene), and all the rest of you who braved the rain and 5:00 traffic to be there. Here's hoping you had even half as much fun as John and I did!

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Reader Comments (63)

Glad to hear that all went well last night! Love the Carrot Jocky Cake!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Jen and John,
It was so great to finally meet you and take part in your very first book tour! I wish you lots of success and luck! :)

~Lauren S.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren S.

Those are truly awesome Wreckplicas!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

love that flower baby :)

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkyooty

BAHAHAHA! Those mini-wrecks just made my night :D.

I'm so glad the tour is going well so far. Congrats, and I can't wait to join the fun in Portland, OR this Friday!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Knight

That fabulous homage is AWESOME! And I can't wait to see the real baby on it. (Was there too much wine served with the cake that it got to that point that a real child was involved?!)

The cupcakes were terrific as well.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

My brother is planning to go to your Seattle signing. I'm so jealous I can't go too... it looks like this one was a ball! Safe travels!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJael

nice "giraffe"!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

can you get the book in canada or only in the USA?

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hoo, boy. Tough choices. But I think the Vegan Icing mini-CCC (ccc?) wins my top vote. Me, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my schedule stays clear when you hit Seattle. 'Course, it can't compare with your schedule. Flying on sugar there. For real.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

How long was the party going on? I want to come to the San Francisco signing, but I wouldn't get there until 7ish...

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Glad it went well. Those are great Wreckplicas. (I wish I'd made up that word, it's awesome.)

Sometimes I wonder, is it ever odd to you that you've ended up doing something whose symbol is a mohawk-wearing, carrot-jockeying baby? I mean, how cool is that? (Picturing 2nd grade Jen saying, "When I grow up I'm going to blog. About really scary cakes and baby dolls and carrots will all be a part of it. Yeah.")

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEm

It looks like your "World" tour is going to be great fun. But but but, why aren't you coming to Boston? We eat cake! Some of them are ugly! (And New England in the autumn is staggeringl beautiful.)


September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

AHAHA i really want to see the real baby riding the carrot! That would have been halerious! Yay for the first signing!!

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Bird

Looking at all those ugly cakes
has really made me hungry for
cakes. No kidding. It's 10pm
and I'm getting ready to go to Wal-Mart for cake.

Thanks for the laughs. Wishing you
much success.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnita C. McCants

I had so much fun at Borders last night! It was great to finally meet you and your sweet husband - you are both adorable and I wish you all the success in the world!


September 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhitby98

Thank you so much for a great evening! Me and my kids loved it. It was defiantly worth driving 352 miles for! And hey, we were making memories people, they can always go to school tomorrow. After all, this was instilling a love of literature through cake.

You are a sweetheart and a real stitch and that hubby John is a real sweetheart too. I loooove you Mum Donna, what a gem of a M-I-L! I would totally hang out with her, she was so friendly and so very proud of you.

Thank you for paying so much attention to Sean and Rosie. They really enjoy the blog and as I said last night, I'm so glad it's kept PG.

Have a wonderful time on the tour. Go wiki Sarah Vowell, she has the same wit as you do and I think you will really like her. Keep us posted!

Wreck On!
Ariel, Sean and Rosie from West Palm

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCubsmom

I laughed out loud at the homage to wreckage cake! Gorgeous!

It looks like you all had way too much fun! ;) I'm so jealous - please do an extended world tour and come to Australia! (OK, so maybe it's a bit far... But I can dream, right?)

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

That cake is a fantastic homage to all things Wreckie LOL... and the cupcake 'wrecks' are awesome recreations!! :P

Hope everyone there had a great night..I wish I was in the US, so I could make it to one of the signings :(

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiv

Glad you could put a face to my name. Sorry it wasn't a prettier one! ;)

I'll continue stalking you all in a not-so-creepy way.

Also, if you DO sign a copy of Lost Symbol, pleeeeeease take a picture for me! I have, uh... royalities. Yeah, that.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

Waaaaahhhhhhhh! I wanna go to a book signing! Waaaaahhhhhhh! But the "World" tour doesn't go around the world! I would LOVE to see you in China! (Not sure the wreckiness would go over well here, though . . . people might think that Americans truly eat babies!)

Best wishes to you. Orlando has set some pretty high standards for everyone else. As Yoda would say, "May the Wrecks be with you!"

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

The Wreckplicas are awesome, way to go superfans!

I want to see that real baby carrot jockey!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCanCan (Mom Most Traveled)

I love the monkey and the perspiration miniatures, AWESOME!!!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

i want a carrot jockey necklace! please tell me there's a way to buy one!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

oh, and i just adore all the cupcake wreckplicas! it was great to see kids get in on the fun too!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

The vegan icing took me back. Once upon a time, I used to be a vegan and the worse part was you couldn't really eat any cakes or biscuits from the shops. So if somebody had specially made a 'vegan' was such a luxury.

....hence not been a vegan very long..

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMick

awesome! great job getting through it with panache.
Laura R.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Who ate the poop pile on the round "Cake Wrecks" cake?

And wasn't the wookie cake a mini CCC too?

Susan L.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan L.

Holy amazing cakes, Batman! I'm in awe of what everyone brought, these are all so incredible. I'm glad to know that even though your book tour comes nowhere near me (boo!) I still get to enjoy all the fun.

Good luck with all your flying and traveling and all of it! I know it's awful, but at least you have a great time once you're there.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Those cupcake cakes are sooo cute.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Jen and John,
Thanks for all the wonderful Wreckage; both the blog and the book are the funniest stuff I've seen in quite a while. So cool to meet you guys, and the cake and the cupcakes were all pretty awesome, too. I'm sure you'll show the other cities you go to as good a time as you showed us!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne S.

Looks awesome! Wish we could make it to the Seattle or Portland signing! Things just won't work, though! :-( love the wrecks!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

Wow! Now I'm even more excited for Saturday in Seattle.

You'll be there on my birthday and I can't think of a better gift (even if I do have to drive down from Canada) :)

Can't wait to meet you hope all the signings go so awesomely

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertclosson


September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Bought your book last night! Haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I know that it'll be great! Glad that it was so reasonably priced. Can't wait to see you in Dallas in a couple of weeks =)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

WOW! and mad props to Johnnie! very cool, very a good way!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

I am humbled by those mini cake wrecks, especially the plaid melting wedding cake. Truly wrecktastic! And so tiny!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda in Austin

We really had fun at the signing! For anyone who reads the blog and is anywhere near a signing, be sure to go! I was the maker of the baby "baked" into cupcake, and was kind of pouting to my boyfriend that I didn't win, but it was so fun to make it really was ok and I got the nifty bookmark, too :) My boyfriend was so cute - he suprised me with an oh-so-sweet cupcake key chain as my prize!

A good time was had by all! :)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

LOL those cupcakes are awesome! I bet it's hard to make a wreck look just right, when you're trying to do it on purpose. "It doesn't look wrecky enough! More sprinkles!" XD

And I agree--the carrot jockey was incredible! =D

Best wishes on the book tour!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

wow, those wreckplicas ruled. Glad it all went so well!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

I can't convey how freakin' excited I am to meet ya'll in Austin!!! Best thing on my calendar for months!

Good luck on your plane trips - I know it won't be easy for you, but we thank you for it!


September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

wow, that looks like a lot of fun!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Oh, I really hate to be the one to ask this, but can you reference the original cakes? I don't know how to look them up, and I really want to know the story behind some of the originals!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Is that a Mohawk baby carrot jockey necklace on the winner? I covet that necklace.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Man, I'm so excited! I saw most of those things in PERSON! Well worth the frantic school-day car trip, I'd say.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSister of Tangerine Hat-Girl

oh man! this sunday is Folsom. Sorry CW, leather trumps cake.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermonkeyjen

I just love the upsidedown wedding cake with the feet.

Has anyone thought of an upside down wedding cake with the four feet of the bride and groom figures??

y'all are awesome!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

zomg, i want that naked mohawk baby carrot jockey necklace too!
where can i buy one?!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I'm glad that your first night went so well! And I do have to add that I'm super sad that I won't be getting a signature in my book. :( Why no stops in Southern California? Anyway, best of luck on the rest of the tour, and SoCal will miss you!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSynthia

Ok so like i want a caret jockey nickles!!! Ware did she get that????

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterurbangirl

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