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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 Cake Wrecks "Winter Underlined" Tour


The day has finally arrived, loyal minions! I can now officially announce our third "world" tour lineup, and make at least three quarters of you mad that we're not visiting your city! WHOOHOOOO!!!

See, here's the thing:

The thing is, we're not flying this time. With the general awful, stressful, germ-exposing experience that is flying these days - not to mention airport "security" ridiculousness - we're just not up for it.

So, we're driving instead.

And, since we only have a limited amount of time between when the book publishes and when book stores stop allowing authors to appear because of the holidays, we're not going to make it out to the west coast this time.

But - BUT - we are going to 16 cities, most of which we've never been to before! And Canada! We're going to Canada!


So without further ado, here's our tour line-up:

- Atlanta, GA 10/18/11 (Tuesday) at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble, 7 pm

- Charlotteish, NC (Concord) 10/20/11 (Thursday) at the Concord Books-A-Million, 6:30 pm 

- Richmond, VA 10/21/11 (Friday), Barnes & Noble, 7pm

- Baltimore, MD 10/22/11 (Saturday), Barnes & Noble, 2pm

- Philadelphiaish, PA (Exton) 10/24/11 (Monday) Barnes & Noble, 7pm

- Hartford, CT 10/25/11 (Tuesday) Barnes & Noble, 7pm

- Bostonish, MA (Brookline) 10/27/11 (Thursday) Brookline Booksmith, 7pm

- Montreal, Quebec 10/29/11 (Saturday) Indigo Books, 2pm

- Toronto, Ontario 11/01/11 (Tuesday) Indigo Books, 7pm

- Pittsburghish, PA (Homestead) 11/03/11 (Thursday) Barnes & Noble, 7pm

- Chicagoish, IL (Winnetka) 11/06/11 (Sunday) The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 2pm

- St. Louis, MO 11/07/11 (Monday) Left Bank Books (Downtown location), 7pm

- Memphis, TN 11/09/11 (Wednesday) Barnes & Noble, 7pm

- Dallasish, TX (Fairview) 11/11/11 (Friday) A Real Bookstore, 7pm

- Houston, TX 11/13/11 (Sunday) Barnes & Noble, 2pm

- New Orleans, LA 11/15/11 (Tuesday) Garden District Book Shop, 7pm

- And Orlando. Probably. Maybe. We're working on it. 


As before, our tours will include a show by John and yours truly, lots of laughs, free cake, a wreckplica cupcake contest, prizes, and an all-night rave party with your fellow wreckies. (We'll vote on whose house once we get there.) Also, I might be lying about the rave party. But I might not be, either.

We've worked very hard to ensure that every show will be free for you to attend - something that is becoming a rarity these days, since book stores now often charge for author signings. (Yes, really - and that was news to me, too.) So, bring the kids! Bring your friends! Don't make me and John eat all this cake by ourselves!

(Though if no one shows up, I totally will. And I'll wash it all down with my salty, salty tears.)

Speaking of which: bakers, if you'd like to volunteer your services for a show near you, please e-mail me! It's a great way to show off your mad skilz to local cake-lovers, and we promise to give you lots of props at the show and here on the blog. (Sorry, professional bakers only, please!)

And west coast, I'm sorry we're missing you this time. I truly am. If it helps any, it's possible we'll be doing something out your way next year, so try not to despair *too* much.

We'll be publishing separate event pages soon to collect RSVPs and give you all the specifics for each city, so 'til then, mark your calendars, and start planning those wreckplicas!


Update from john: To those of you asking about detours and inbetween stops, we would absolutely love to. But we literally don't have time.  For example, on Friday the 22nd, we drive from Charlotte to Ricmond and do a show at 7pm.  After the show, we get back in the car and drive from Richmond to Baltimore to get ready for a show the next day at 2.  It's crazy but coordinating bookstores and dates and drive times leaves us with a slightly absurd schedule.  It's a little over 6,000 miles in 34 days with about 100 hours of driving.

Also, sometimes finding a bookstore that could work with the schedule required us to go a little outside the cities.  For instance, the Chicago stop is actually about 30 minutes north of the city.  It's the best we could do.

And finally, to our awesome European readers, we will get there someday.  Maybe even next year depending on schedule. I've always wanted to do a road trip through Europe.  

Thanks and Wreck On!

john (the hubby of Jen)

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Reader Comments (328)

I'm so glad you're coming to Baltimore, hurray!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReesa

Toronto! Yesssss! So excited!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuby

Could you stop in Peterborough or Belleville, Ontario on your way from Montreal to Toronto? Both are on the way. kinda.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaki Mc

The Book Stall in Winnetka?!?!? SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! I'll be first in line! Profuse thanks for helping with my always-befuddled Xmas shopping!!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersundevilpeg

I am the millionth person whos heart sank when you said no west coast :( I mean come on you HAVE to come to L.A!! think of all the things you could make fun of! All the "house wives" in Beverly Hills, the crazy amount of people who cross Hollywood and Highland causing me to be late picking up my kids from school ever single day, and oh the bakeries.. we have tons and trust me I am ever vigilant on the look out for some wrecks for you!! Next year you will have to come!!!!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenzizcool

it says Orlando 11/22- I've checked twice!! refreshed my page, even!! WOOT
but,but, it doesn't say a time (7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pmthisisnotcopy&paste7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm7pm)
would it by any chance be 7pm?? (it's hard to type with crossed fingers) :D

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

YOU'RE GOING TO BE LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!! I know that means NOTHING to you, unless, of course, you want that rave party after all, but when I saw Richmond, VA on there, I was stoked, and then to find out I wouldn't have to go downtown, I was beyond, um, okay, I guess "stoked" works again . . .

Of course, when I say, "I" I really mean my husband, because he's the one who'll have to bring the kids most likely. As it stands, unless things change, I will be *stuck* in rehearsal for VCU's production of Grease, and their Alum performance. No, no--no need to be impressed. I am but a lowly understudy, so it's not as if I will be signing any autographs myself . . . just hanging around, waiting for someone to break an ankle . . . with no cake . . .

So I will console myself that you will be near my home. That you will breathe some of the same air. That you will walk the same Barnes and Noble. That is enough. No need for tears.

(And, SCENE)

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica J

YAY! You guys are coming to Concord! Thats a 45min drive for me! I am so there!!!!! =D

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiyse

Yaaayyy!!! Charlotte(ish) is on the list!! I can't wait! Can't wait to say "howdy!" My hubby sent me a photo of the poster up in the store yesterday, so they are promoting your event!

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTreeGee

I love that your coming to Canada just wish you had a stop somewhere closer to me, in between Montreal and Toronto! More specifically near Peterborough, Ontario, or even Ottawa, Ontario I would go to! Looks like a crazy schedule, have loads of fun! Maybe next round I will be able to see you!

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTCowle

Yay!!! I'm so happy you're coming to Toronto!!!!! I've already put it on my calendar, and will see you there.

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

WHY NOT WASHINGTON DC??????? Baltimore? Seriously???

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

i'm so hoping to get to the Memphis store!

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEPETTIT

I was hoping you would add Orlando, since I would totally take off work and drive down from Jacksonville...if I wasn't going to be 36 weeks pregnant at that point. Next time, and I'll even bring a little Wreckporter-in-training. Unless you just HAPPEN to make it to Jacksonville this time...

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren in Jax

I saw East Coast before I saw Memphis and was totally surprised! I'm very happy you'll be making a stop here. Can't wait to meet you! Long time reader-first time poster...

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Where/when is the Orlando signing going to be?

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersue

*PLEASE* do a book signing in Orlando! I'm dying to get a book signed by you. It wasn't till I read Epbot till I realized you're a fellow Orandoian (Orlandan?) so stop by your home town and sign a book or a fan and fellow geek. Please please please?

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I can't help but notice that gap between Atlanta and Charlotte which falls on my birthday (Oct 19). Did you leave the date open so that you could come to my party in Charleston (it's on the way, mostly)?
If so, I assume that you'll bring cake!

On a more serious note, if you want to do a signing/selling that day you could do it at my library in downtown Charleston. I can make it happen. You've got my email address...


September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKC

Awww! I'm going to miss you in Toronto!!!! I'll be in Israel until Nov 2!!! Booo!!

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGayla

Yay, Toronto! That's just a hop, skip & a wreck away! Mebbe I'll make a cupcake...


September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpacegeek Nat

Woot, you guys are coming to Montreal! I'll be there!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex D


September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Please consider Charleston, SC in a future tour.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonri

OMG I so can't wait to see you in the Greater Pittsburgh vicinity. I'll be the one in the Princess Bride T-shirt.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

Hartford should also be counted as Hartford(ish). West Hartford is not part of Hartford - it is a completely different animal.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKait

Eeek! I'm going to have to plan a road trip. Debating on St Lou or Memphis, as it's an early Nov trip either way I can bring my Mom and we can both go "christmas" shopping ^_^ he he!

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy D

I am so excited that you will be in my hometown at the Book Stall! I have moved to Chicago, but my son and I will make a special trip to see you in our favorite bookstore!!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMamaPyrz

AAAAAAAAAIIIIIGH! I can't believe we missed a chance to see you in Houston! We weren't Wreckies then!!! And of course, EVERYONE WANTS YOU, which means you don't have time for us on the next tour (if ever...) WWWWAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

If you ever have a stopover in Houston during a flight, we'll meet you there! IAH, Hobby or Ellington - dont care - we'll drive!!! And bring food! :-)

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarateLady & The Daughter

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