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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

The CW Book Tour, Part Three

Guess what?!?

Ok, well, I guess the post title might have given it a way a little. And that Twitter post I made a few weeks ago. But still.


Yep, in order to lure John and me out of the house again, my dear publisher Andrews McMeel has shamelessly bribed me with a trip to Disneyland. Shamelessly, I say. And since we all know I'm powerless against those kinds of tactics, here's the schedule:

Monday, June 21: Tempe, AZ
7:00 pm
Changing Hands Bookstore

Wednesday, June 23, Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 pm
The King's English Bookshop

Saturday, June 26, -- Pasadena, CA (That's almost LA, right?)
4:00 pm

Sunday, June 27 - La Jolla, CA (Google says it's San Diego)
2:00 pm

Monday, June 28th - I get to go to DISNEYLAND!!

Now, for those of you who weren't around during our first two tours, here's the drill: each event will start with a hee-larious slide show presentation by yours truly and John, then we'll have a Q&A, and then - the best part for us - there will be a cupcake contest. That right: you make a cupcake version of your favorite Wreck, bring it in, we'll judge it, and if it's one of our favorites you'll win fabulous prizes, fame, and the adulation of Wreckies everywhere.

We'll also have free cake for all, provided by a local baker/Wreckerator. (And if you're a pro baker in one of those cities who'd like to volunteer your services, let me know! It's great advertisement, and heaps of fun. Honest.)

Oh, and I guess I'll sign some books. You know, if you have some.

So mark your calendars, and please RSVP via the Evite links above if you think you'll be able to attend; we want to be sure we have enough cake!

Having done about 15 of these so far, I can tell you that these events are like no book signing you've ever been to. They're more like giant parties with all of the best friends you've never met. So please, come out and laugh with us and eat cake and say hello! John and I are looking forward to meeting you!

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Reader Comments (132)

Nooooooo! When you stopped in KC, I had just missed you (visiting in-laws). Now you're going to Salt Lake, where I live, BUT WE'RE OUT OF STATE THE WHOLE SUMMER for a stupid internship. Why do you tease me so?!?!?!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMitzi

Wow -- I e-mailed my husband a few minutes ago to say I was planning to reschedule my Disneyland day trip to June 28th (rather than the 14th).

I'm so excited that you're coming to SoCal! Hubby and I will need to have a serious talk about the Pasadena date.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShayde

I wanna go to Disneyland w John & Jen!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLet Them Eat Cake

So, if you could change the day you're in SLC to July 5th or 6th, that would be awesome. As I am your number one fan, you wouldn't mind changing that one TINY detail, right?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRamona

YAY!!! I have been waiting for you to come even close to San Diego and now you're coming! w00t I am so excited! It's already on my calendar.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wifey

And I just realized it's right after my birthday too. Sweet!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wifey

Holy crap. We're totally going to break fire code at King's English. I'm so excited I may or may not have just peed a little.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Why is there no link for going to Disneyland with you!?!? I have annual passes and go about every other week.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Aw heck, the 28th is my birthday, but I'm not going to Disneyland. I hope you have a great time. Vroman's is wonderful.

Count me in to make a cake for all to share.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonika

I am SO SAD that I'll miss the tour, BUT, The King's English is an AWESOME bookstore in SLC (Just visited it in April). Have a fun trip and STAY ALIVE. :)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Can I put in a request for gluten-free cake in Pasadena? :D

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Please take your vitamins!! We all know what happened on previous tours!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

Finally coming to AZ, I see? This makes me especially happy.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLace Escapades

Woohoo! I might get to see you! That's so cool. Was hoping you'd get to this neck of the woods =)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Oh my gosh! You're coming to Salt Lake right before I move away!! Eeeeeeeeeee

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

You bet you're BUTT La Jolla is in SD, it's the nicest part of SD, right on the ocean and inhabited by the rich and famous!! YAY! I am so IN! Can't wait, Heather from N SD

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

YAY!! You're coming to San Diego (La Jolla is absolutely gorgeous)!! Right by the pacific ocean-I'm wishing I was there right now, instead of in an office!!!
And my birthday is on the 26th, the day before, so what a great treat for me (and you)! LOL Can't wait!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen Ben


May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You're never going to make it to TN are you?

This is a big sad face right here.

W.V.: quiva--I quiva in sadness.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE.M. Green

Don't forget to get dear Jon a round of shots before he travels. Don't want him getting the FLU again :(

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkrazykris

Please to come to Iowa?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

You'll like the King's English in Salt Lake, small but a very nifty place to visit-with very nice cats if they are still around. Also, try Jimmy John's for really good sandwiches...oh, and the Market Street Grill. If you get up to Ogden, Rooster's has excellent beer and there's Bistro 258 across the street. mmmmmm, tasty.
P.S. You know, Portland/Beaverton is due north of Disneyland-hop, skip, and jump really.:)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEat Cake

We need you to come to KY, although we can't tempt you with Disney theme parks...

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHornetgirl

I just had cake for dinner. I blame you, Cake Wrecks.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadison Rose

So sad, you're not coming to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area :( . But I'm encouraged by the fact that you're touring again, so you'll keep us in mind - right?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay! The King's English is a fabulous bookstore. I'll definitely be there!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Barr

YAY YAY YAY! SLC here and so excited!!!! Can't wait to get my book signed!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Hello from Tempe! I'm excited that you're coming to my favorite book store!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

i just got SOOO very excited that you'll be in La Jolla (which technically IS San Diego, though the residents there like to say they live in La Jolla). and then I looked at the date and realized that I'll be out of town. BOO. :( next time, maybe i'll catch you guys next time. (ps. YAY disneyland!!)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarin

hey...did you know that in Queensland, Australia we have "Seaworld", "Dreamworld", "Movie World", AND the "Big Pineapple" (you know you have always wanted to climb to the top of a giant piece of fake fruit and look down at all the little people right?). So I am thinking that you publisher needs to start looking o/s for a "World" tour ~ get it? "World" tour and we have all those theme parks that end in world. See what i did there?? Sigh... Rightio to feed my kangaroo a few bananas so i can ride her to work... see ya!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Aw, man, I am in a constant state of fail when it comes to your tours. Being a military spouse obliged to move all the time blows; I'm never where you are when you're there. :-P

Stop by Augusta on your way home? ;-)

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Ok, this makes me sad. I'm going to be in Tempe on the 9th, Salt Lake on the 12th, and San Diego on the 16th. Please tell me you're also heading up to San Francisco after Disneyland.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChase

This is exciting news. Enjoy your trip!

I'll see you in Tempe. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! Seriously planning my cupcake RIGHT NOW.

I want to hang out at Disneyland with Jen and John (hubby of Jen). That would be even cooler!!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

aw, Man! When I was CA, you had loads of tours in the east/mid country. and now that I'm in Idaho, you'll be going to my hometown!
talk about rotten luck.
Have a ball, though!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Wynn

Pasadena's in L.A. County, so your're safe to say it's L.A. :)

La Jolla is beautiful. Great walkable town with lots of art galleries and boutiques.

I have an annual pass to DL, but I have to work June 28 (and the 29th), so I guess I'll miss you there. Pasadena's a possibility, though. Have to see how things go.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

CRap! I will be in Puerto Rico that day you are in Arizona which I know is not a bad thing but still wanted to meet you guys and attend a Cakewreck's event. :(

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlene

You're coming to California? OH MAN! I am SO there!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

What? No Cincinnati?

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Oh man...when are you going to come to the Cincinnati region? We're dying to have you here!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

*sigh* Of course I missed it when you were in Atlanta... or more appropriately, I missed the updated tour schedule so I never knew you were gonna be in Atlanta. But, obviously, no where close to these.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

WAY excited you're coming to Tempe!!! I was so bummed that AZ got left off the west coast leg of the tour last time.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Unless of course, you know, you're in DALLAS. Then John gets sick, then hospitalized, and the slide show conks out. Not fair all the way around. A return engagement is clearly called for.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Bee

WHOOOOO HOOOOO I'm so excited your coming to SD area. I'm so there, CW is my absolute favorite blog and I'm excited to try my hand and the cupcake contest.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Shelby

La Jolla? Close enough for me! I've been wanting to check out a CW event for quite a while, so I'll definitely get there early!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPsychocat

Nice, you're coming to my town! Theres a pretty good cake shop opposite there called cups, but michelle coulon (on Fay ave) is the best bakery in town so you should really go and check her stuff out while you're here! Welcome to San Diego, I'll try and stop by!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennywenny

Oh awesomness! I wish you could come to Canada, I love love love your blog! Good luck!

we are going to be in Disneyland the week before you....BUT...insert shameless plug for a company I have nothing to do with....have you heard of RideMax? It can help you plan out your days at Disney to get in maximum ride/shows with minimum walking and waiting !!!! How awesome is that? I've been going to Disneyland since I was 5 years old - and I am more excited about this trip than any before.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1Kathleen

Hey, I won't be able to make it to any of your sightings - er, signings, but here's a cake decorating idea for the Tempe, AZ date:

Welcome to
(or maybe just 10P)
Wish I could make it for you, but I'm stuck in the not-so-Great, temporarily green White North. Have a great tour...and vulchkk to you, too!

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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