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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

Tempe Treats

Our first stop on the third CW book tour couldn't have gone any better: Changing Hands played the perfect host, we had a fantastic turnout of somewhere between 350 and 400 Wreckies, and there were enough cakes - both Wrecked and Sweet - to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Standing room only, but nothing but smiles all 'round. You guys are troopers!

I have to thank Changing Hands especially for allowing us to stay a full hour and a half past closing to accommodate everyone. (I talk a lot. Heh.) In fact, they didn't even tell me the store was closed; I didn't realize until everyone had left! So many, many thanks to Rachel and the rest of the staff: you guys ROCK.

Now, here's what you've been waiting for: the CAKES!!

This AMAZING work of art was courtesy of Breanna of Sugar Dreams. I first featured one of Breanna's cakes on Sunday Sweets quite a while back, and the encouragement she received from you readers helped spur her on to start her very own company! So this was her way of saying thanks to our whole Wrecky family.

Just look at this detail:

Breanna made one suitcase for each leg of the tour, and she even listed the cities on the luggage tags! Inside the top case are these fantastic CW t-shirts:

It a Gril, Happy Falker Satherhood, and even I Want Sprinkles! So perfect!

Even the back was amazing:

She hand painted our tour logo.


Oh, and it tasted as good as it looked. :)

And as if that wasn't enough, Vanessa of Amazing Cakes by Vanessa (located in north/central AZ) also provided fabulous vegan and gluten-free cakes:

You'd never even know it was vegan; so yummy.

She also concocted this hilarious "Wreck Creator" contraption:

See, the pipes go from the "sludge" cake and lead to the cupcakes. :D

Then there were all your Wreckplicas! We had a whopping 40 entries, all of them fantastic. Here are a few of my favorites:

Our three "winners!"

And their cakes:

(She used bacon for the straps. Heh. Aheh. Heh.)

And our grand prize winner:

So cool.

And finally, a few honorable mentions go out to these especially devoted readers:

This is the Philips family. They live in Pasadena, CA. When they realized they'd be out of town during our CA appearances, though, they decided to drive to Tempe instead. Yes, just to see us. And they even seem mostly sane!

Plus, Christy crocheted me one of my favorite Wrecks:

She even let me keep it. :)

And these girls got crafty with their custom t-shirts:

"Snape wants Sprinkles" - Hah! I think CW and Harry Potter make a great combo, don't you?

And that was the show! Watch Facebook for the rest of the Wreckplica entries: I'll be uploading all the photos there within a few days. Also stay tuned for reports on the rest of our three stops; I'll be uploading and posting as fast as I can!

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Reader Comments (49)

Thanks for coming out to Tempe! You were so cheerful all the way to the end. I wished you could've shared more stories because they were hilarious.

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This was so great! Any plans to do a real world tour? I'm in Wellington, NZ, right now but I would be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the next week! :D
If I ever get the chance, go to one of your cake meetings would be a blast.
Congrats and many more wrecks!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

I think the Wreck Creator dovetails nicely with your passion for steampunk!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLayne

Grrr, I'm upset I didn't get the chance to make it to the Tempe show! I'll have to make it next time. Hey Jen, did you wear your flip flops?

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Too cool! I wish I'd been able to really attend, though - we got there half an hour late, and with my mom's back problems we couldn't really stick around without a seat. Totally our fault for leaving as late as we did, but still a bummer. :(

I hope you guys will be coming to Tempe again some time in the future. From the little of the event I did catch, you were, of course, fantastic. :)

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Aw, Lisa! I'm so glad she won. She's a sweetheart who had a great time!

And I want the 'Snape wants sprinkles' shirt lol

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


She and John both rocked the flip-flops!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoublen~Erinn

Crocheted a cupcake?
Got her by the hook divine,
you stinker! Yarncake!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Looks like a blast-love that sludge cake to cupcake maker :)

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm totally voting for a World Tour!
Please please please with a cherry on top?
With sprinkles, of course! ;)

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

I wish i could have made it, since i live all of about ten miles from Changing Hands. Maybe next time...

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDi

Jenn Johns is my best friend!! WOOT! Go Jenn! Love your face!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackson Family

I'm pretty sure the patriarch of the Phillips family was my finance professor in grad school. Super nice guy and insanely smart. And apparently a Cake Wrecks fan! What a small world!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Is that a cupcake cozy - hand crocheted? Did you post something similar in the past? Bizarre (is that a mean-spirited remark?) I AM laughing. Norine

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm still over the moon that my wreckplica won! I'm surprised nobody has yelled at me on Facebook to stop talking about it, haha.

I had the best time, and you guys put on one heck of a book signing!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thanks for featuring my "When Brides Have No Budget...or Taste" mini wreck! It was great fun meeting you guys, and I'll have my eyes peeled for any obscure references :D

Mary C.
(the girl with pink hair)

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGothcupcake

Jen and John --
You don't have to publish this comment; I just wanted to say, "Thanks from Salt Lake City!"

Here's my blogpost on your event at the King's English tonight, complete with my photos of John's shirt.
If you're not exhausted, you can drop over and read the post. But I won't be offended if you don't have time.

Here's the URL -- sorry I can't link it in the comments section:

Thanks again for coming to SLC. I hope your trip up the canyon tomorrow is a good one. :)

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

:D Thank you so much for coming to AZ. Jen and John rocked!

:D And Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Thanks for posting my wreck-plica first I feel special now haha!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoof

how come salt lake wasn't listed on the luggage tags?? so sad!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen bryner

Wow I loved all the cakes. The beautiful suitcase I would have hated to eat it. Wonders what flavors it had inside.. mmm now I am hungry.. argh I don't have any cake lol figures.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Oh my goodness! My sister and I were so excited to see our shirts on your blog! Ahhh! We both nearly died from happiness and now our family and friends are going to have to hear about this for months to come. We really enjoyed meeting you and John, Jen. If you ever want a "Snape Wants Sprinkles" shirt, I'll make you one! ;D

-Ashley and Lindsey

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Wow, I'm surprised that the "bride" replica cake didn't make was awesome! And lots of detail for a little cupcake!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalannB

Yep, totally need to have those "Snape wants Sprinkles" shirts for sale when the World Tour roars through Columbus, Ohio. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Hint, hint.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelleparker

"Snape Wants Sprinkles"... I MUST have that shirt. It has to be most awesome one I've seen yet.

And a big congrats to all of the winners!!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yea! I'm so glad there was yummy vegan cake! Cruelty free and funny as heck... Now that's a party!
Pink Velvet Bird

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPink Velvet Bird

Oh jeez, I want a Snape Wants Sprinkles shirt so bad!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Glad your book tour is a hit, and thanks for posting my tribute song the other day. I have the other two Cake Wreck Tribute Songs posted on my Blog for anyone who's intrested. Love your site. Keep on Wrecking!

WV: hawar Somewhere along the way, the wreckerators went hawar with the design.

Sharon's Edible Art

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Next tour, you guys should come to somewhere in MY neck of the woods...Omaha, Des Moines...somewhere like that! :P

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Sarah Palin likes Harry Potter and sprinkles?? Never would have guessed.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh My! That "When brides have no budget..." cupcake wreckplica was awesome!!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Wow! Breanna's cake was so amazing! I'm so glad she decided to start a cake business - if she can keep up that kind of quality and beauty, she'll be VERY successful. Congrats Breanna!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeisha_Girl

I always love your wreckplica pictures! It's fun to see how people interpret the wrecks in miniature. They must be even more fun in person.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I love the entries!! Amazing! I have to say, I'm a little sad the Darth Vader wrecklica didn't make it through! I love that!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

SO excited to see my wreckplica on your website!! It almost makes up for not being a finalist (seriously... I even had a DOILY and I didn't place?? pshaw!!).

Had a GREAT time that night. We'd do it again.:)

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

Sucks to have to "log on" to Facebook to be able to see the rest of the photos. I don't do social networking. Wish there was another way to see the photos since I really love wrecks.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie in Texas

It was a great night! I had a piece of the green suitcase, it was chocolate cake with a yummy red fruit filling (raspberry perhaps?). My stepson had some of the purple suitcase, it was yellow cake with what looked like lemon filling. He wouldn't let me try it so I don't know for sure. Meanie.

All the wreckplicas were awesome. I don't know how they could choose just 3 finalists.

I'm sooooo tempted to drive to La Jolla and do this again. I want an Epbot button! And what better way to spend my 1st weeding amniversaree, which actually is that day, is there? (Don't ask my hubby that question though...)

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeftWingLock

I want a pattern for the crochet-cupcake so I can make one!

All the wreckplicas looked fantastic. So much attention to detail!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WOW! My hat is off to the makers of the Darth Vader baby shower replica and the bride replica! My jaw literally dropped when I saw each one!!! WOW!!!

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

w00t! I can't believe my little wreckplica is on the Cake Wrecks page!
I had so much fun at the event! You were both an absolute delight. My mother-in-law is convinced that John is miffed at her for forcing him to be in so many photos.
Please come back any time. I will gladly sit in an AC challenged room for hours to spend time with people (and cakes) like this.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn E.

The word "wreckplica" got me thinking... You know how certain movies and such have their own versions of Wikipedia (Star Wars = Wookieepedia)? I'd love to see Wreckepedia :)

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSami

Can I be adopted by the Philips family? That is saw awesome. No way my parents are cool enough to drive me to a CW event. And no way I'm cool enough to know how to crochet a cupcake.

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a great book signing, and I was honored to be allowed to be part of it.

The green suitcase was indeed chocolate with I think a raspberry filling, the purple suitcase was white cake (made with sour cream and almond flavoring) filled with buttercream and a strawberry puree, and the top brown suitcase was a different type of chocolate with ganache. Breanna put over 25 hours in that, and it shows!

Thank you for noticing the steampunk connection. The top section was supposed to be machinery and not only did the vegan fondant fail spectacularly but then it fell over in the car on the 100 mile trip to Tempe. That's why the table is covered with slices on plates. Best laid plans!

Wreckplicas... SO FUNNY! The suitcase cake was truly a work of art! Best of luck with the tour!!!!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

You guys were awesome! Thanks for coming to Tempe!

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMugdha

You'd never even know it was vegan; so yummy

I'm glad you're discovering that just because something's vegan doesn't mean it's not tasty as hell!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertragic boffin

Congrats on the success of your first stop on your tour! I wish I could have gone... COME TO NEW YORK... or even the tri-state area!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

The mini CCC is totally awesome!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

HAHA I'm totally stoked that we made it on to the cake. Falker Satherhood FTW!

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspatfat8

P.S. finally got around to blogging about the tour!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGothcupcake

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