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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

Book Wrecked

Lookie what I got in the mail!


Ooooh. Aaaaaah.

Yep, my massive, shiny, brand-spankin' compendium of holiday wreckage will be on shelves in just two short months!

Note that it isn't just Christmas wreckage, either. I also tackle Turkey day...


(Not to mention a little Halloween, New Year's and Hanukkah.)


Offer gift suggestions...

For people you "love."


Slip in a little sci-fi...

Hey, I gotta be me.


And of course offer lots and lots of "classic Christmas fun" like this:

 There's also a new and "improved" version of Night Before Christmas that's sure to become an instant family classic. Assuming you're really warped. (Which - let's be honest - if you're reading this blog, you probably are.)


As with the last book, Wreck the Halls includes a mix of fan favorites from the site and plenty of new, never-before-seen wreckage I've been hoarding. It's also a hefty 220 pages, which makes it excellent for head-whacking. (Not that I'd endorse such a thing, of course. You might scratch the finish.)



Can YOU spot what literally hundreds of individuals including professional copy editors, layout and graphic designers, marketing gurus, book retailers, and even John and I missed, but that Wrecky Minion Julianne spotted in approximately 3.7 seconds? Huh? CAN YOU??

I hope not, 'cuz they're already printed.


Besides, when life gives you a book wreck, make a cake! Or something!


And now that I've hypnotized you into a mindless trance wherein you simply cannot rest until you've pre-ordered at least a dozen copies, you can find Wreck the Halls at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble for less than $10 (Dude. Really? Who signed off on that??) and also at IndieBound (prices vary).


Note: Yes, the cover will probably be "fixed" before you get it. Meaning there may be a shiny new sticker on it. That'll just be our little secret, mmkay?

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Reader Comments (141)

See, I think the "prefessional" touch on the front adds interest. It's like a test to see who gets it.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly O

Well, I couldn't see the "prefessional" well enough on my computer (although it shows up VERY nicely with the zoomed view on Amazon!)--however, to be entirely pedantic, the word "The" before "New York Times" should also be italicized, since "The New York Times" is the actual name of the paper.

Please don't smack me with a rolled up newspaper!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

The first one is too funny or sad!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterantique wedding rings

Actually, I think it's highly appropriate. After all, the bakers in question are nothing if not prefessional. ;-D BIG congrats on the "new" book!!!...

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer in TX

I would TOTALLY leave "prefessional" on there. It was MEANT to be that way! Yeah, that's the ticket!

Not so sure I agree with Kali - Cake Wrecks can refer to the multitude of wrecks themselves (plural) or the "one-and-only" blog Cake Wrecks (singular).

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Cup a Dee Cakes

I can't wait!!! I still need to rebuy your first book after the floods but I have been putting it off so I can blink my baby browns at someone close to Christmas to have it appear magically under the tree. now i can have two magically appear!

PS gotta love the irony that theres a spello on a book that often mocks peoples inability to spell. love love love

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermissron

When I first saw the picture, I thought "prefessional" was deliberate.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkatieQ

Jen, you just got another pre-order from me... Amazon had a great pre-order price, and the thought of 200 shiny wreck-filled pages of "festive" goodness to get me through the holidays was just too great of a deal to pass up. Love your blog!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I didn't see any spelling typos. I thought it was that the word "horribly" is missing from your tagline on the cover. Or maybe that was planned?

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMercy

"When 'Prefessionals' don't notice that the cover of a book of holiday cakes made by 'prefessionals' that have gone horribly wrong has gone horribly wrong."

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsa

OMG, that's too awesome! Are you sure they typo wasn't intentional?

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryanne

Nah, since the name of the website is "Cake Wrecks" and the website is a single entity, not many, the "Cake Wrecks gets festive" is correct. And here I couldn't notice the "prefessional" vs. "professional." For a while I thought the mistake was there was supposed to be a pun - "Wreck the Hols", rather than "Wreck the Halls."

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

@ Kali Sorry, "Gets" is actually correct. Cake Wrecks refers to the name of the site. Being just one site and not many it is singular and gets "gets" (as in the sentence "The site gets "festive""). I'm a total grammer Nazi (Eats, Shoots and Leaves is MY Bible) and battled with whether that line was correct before I even read your comment. As for the prefessional, I didn't even notice it until reading the comments. I love it. I think it should stay. Its just so fitting. I can't wait till it comes out and hope another book tour follows. Please, please, please.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Jen, you DEFINITELY need to keep the cover as-is! What is more appropriate than having a misspelling on the cover of this book - LOVE IT!!!!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

You MUST leave the typo. The irony is too much to pass up.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMollly

Wil you be doing a book tour for this book? And, if so, will you be coming to Chicago?

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

How are things going in the Epcot bunker? (I assume you are there by now). Hope you brought plenty of snacks. Hey, maybe there's some of that uterus cake left over!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Also, as for, "Cake Wrecks GETS Festive"........ to our English major who gave cats examples, Cake Wrecks is the subject, the company, the website. That one singular name GETS festive. I cannot believe the amount of criticism where spelling and grammar are concerned.... ENJOY THE WEBSITE and STOP CRITICIZING. I am grateful for each and every tear drips down my cheek from the laughter you provide. Can't we all just get along???

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Anne

I think you should have had a Perfessor look at it before it was printed.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwmnofoz

I see a future project: "Book Wrecks" "When Prefessional Publishing Goes Hilariously Wrong!"

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNickelbaby

There's something ironically perfect about typos in the Cake Wreck book! Can't wait to get a copy (and I hope it's NOT fixed :) )

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait

Oooooh! I am going to have to buy myself an early birthday present.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I believe Cake Wrecks is the title of the blog, as in *a* blog, as in *one* blog. Singular. A name. So Cake Wrecks gets my vote in the subject/verb agreement argument. ;)

It's pretty darned funny that the cover reads, "Prefessional!" Irony at work. I really need to buy a bunch of these for family members for Christmas; if they're half as awesome as the original then they'll be a hit!

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Maybe you should just leave it as is. Though it's not very professional, having a prefessional sticker seems appropriate for the content of the book. After all, the wrecks seem more prefessional than professional. :-)

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKati

in my PREFESSIONAL opinion I think you should leave it just like it is.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadowL

I want a copy that has NOT been corrected! I love the error!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVinnie

Love JTN's comment.
But at the risk of an Epcot, Kali, the website is Cake Wrecks. It is a singular website, therefore it "gets festive", as opposed to the actual cake wrecks who may or may not "get festive", depending on the prefessional wreckorators abilities. As the "CAKE WRECKS" is in capitals, we cannot be sure of the Author's intent.


August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oh, there are another 2 pages of comments already discussing the pressing issues of the day.
As you were...

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Kali, the subject-verb agreement isn't wrong. "Cake Wrecks" here is referring to the site/brand, not the wrecks themselves. (Trust me. I'm a prefessional editer.)

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

So, will the first run with the misspelling on the cover be collectors' items then? Is this really just a ploy to get us to run to the store and fight over them so that you'll make the news and sell even more books?

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hilarious! I am totally making fun of you for that slight screw up. Can't believe you didn't catch it!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Hubby and I went to a national meeting sponsored by a company whose products he sold at the time. They hosted a recreational outing, and gave us t-shirts to wear. As I was being handed mine, I noticed the word "professional" was spelled "proffesional." I pointed it out to my husband, who then told the VP of the company, who basically said, "D'oh!"

Prefessional: The ritual one follows before making a confession.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

Hey, you were on the Graham Norton Show!!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennmoles

Sweet! A few holiday gifts checked off the list. Thanks Jen!
The only off thing I noticed was that your tag line was missing a word. "When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong" That's not horrible mistake though. :) Sorry, I couldn't think of a lamer joke.

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynD

Please don't fix it. Please leave it.

August 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

You HAVE to keep it like that!! It's meant to be!

August 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo

The first and second ones remind me of Christopher Walken....

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Whoops! Noticed it immediately, but since this is what I do for a living, the "auto-correct" feature in my brain is permanently turned off. Looks like a great book, though!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Cake wrecks gets.......

Is that the error?

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

actually the "gets" is correct, since the subject is Cake Wrecks as a site/company/group, not referencing the individual wrecks. i have a company called Scrubber Duckies... i'd still say Scrubber Duckies gets busy this time of year, since it's a proper name, not multiple ducks.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdakota

2 things:

1. The name of our paper of record is (all 4 words italicized) The New York Times.

2. You're a pro-, not a pre-, -fessional.

Yup, I know this came out in 2011. Just discovered you a month or so ago.

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGardzilla

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