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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

Entries in "World" Tour (27)



In four weeks, John and I will be embarking on our 17-city book tour up the East Coast. (Yep, we're up to 17! We decided we might as well include the city we actually live in.)

Now, I realize many of you won't be able to attend one of our tour parties, because you're unreasonably adamant about not driving cross-country or getting international visas just for giggles and free cake. (And you claim you love me. HMPH.)

Therefore, I've decided to offer you non-tour-attendees something to fill the Jen-shaped hole in your CW-loving hearts: free personalized book plates.

(And let's just not delve too deeply into the thought that I can be replaced by a giant sticker, mmkay?)

These book plates are glossy 5x7 stickers specially designed to match the design of both Cake Wrecks and Wreck the Halls, and feature everyone's favorite carrot jockey in the lower corner. They're a great way to personalize my books as gifts, and usually sell for $4.00 each plus shipping on our Stuff page - but you can have them for free.

Naturally, there are a few caveats:

To get your free bookplates, you'll need to buy/pre-order five or more new copies of either Wreck the Halls, Cake Wrecks, or any combination of the two titles. You can buy the books from any store, online or not, so long as you have a receipt showing the sale.

E-mail us a copy of your receipt, along with your mailing address and any special requests for the personalizations, and we'll ship you your bookplates on our own dime - even internationally. Meaning they're completely free for you.

Who loves ya? Huh?

Now, here's where it gets interesting:

For purchasing five or more copies, you'll receive an equal amount of personalized bookplates to the amount of books ordered. So five copies = five bookplates, over a $20 value. Considering that some stores have both CW books available for around $9 each, that'd be $20 worth of free stuff for less than $50 spent. Not too shabby.

For purchasing 10 or more copies, you'll also get a free Cake Wrecks Greatest "Hits" pin pack, worth $8, making your free loot total about $50.


After that, you'll receive one free pin pack for every additional ten books you purchase, in addition to one bookplate per book ordered.

Now, for purchasing 50 or more copies, you'll get one plate per book, five pin packs, and the satisfaction of knowing that all of your holiday shopping is done. And you just can't put a price on that. (Although it's at least $240.)

I'm hoping to get my signing hand back in shape before the tour, so c'mon, Wreckies; hit me with your best shots.

Also, get those orders in soon, because this offer only stands until October 10th; once we're on tour, all bets and legally-binding incentive offers are off. If you decide to purchase plates after 10/10, know now that they won't ship until we return from the tour in late November.

E-mail your receipts and bookplate requests to bookplates[at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. Sorry, no combining receipts; all 5+ copies must be on a single order. Also, please allow up to two weeks for your loot to arrive; we're kinda busy over here.

A few pertinent links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound

And once more, because I never get tired of watching it:


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)