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Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 4, 2009

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"Think of them as epic fails, with frosting"  (David Hochman, The New York Times)

"Mixed – but tasty! – messages" (Reader's Digest)

“Here’s a way to enjoy cake without eating a bite (Cake Wrecks)… will have you laughing so hard you'll forget to eat.” (The Washington Post)

"Now you can have your cake and laugh at it, too."  (YahooVoices)

"A cavalcade of baking hate crimes perpetrated in the name of celebratory desserts, Cake Wrecks takes creator Jen Yates’ flawlessly written meme and advances it in book form."  (Tampa Tribune)

"A hilarious winner." (Oregonian)

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"For once a title doesn’t exaggerate. This is a hilarious book."   (The Advocate)

"One big ol’pastry fail after another … hilarious photographs of what were you thinking?" (Florida Times Union) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jen has been a clown, a cash office accountant, a Jungle Cruise skipper, a business owner, a children's book inventory expeditor, and a house painter. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their two cats. Despite the daily cake carnage she chronicles, she really does like cake.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785370
  • ASIN: B003GAN3FA
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jen Yates has been a clown, a cash office accountant, a Jungle Cruise skipper, a business owner, a children's book inventory expeditor, and a house painter. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their cats Lily and Tonks. When not writing for her blog Cake Wrecks, Jen enjoys dessert first, quoting Ghostbusters, and talking about herself in the third person. She can also be found flaunting her flaming geekiness on her other blog, Epbot.

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Format: Hardcover
First off, as an avid fan of the CakeWrecks blog I had extremely high hopes for the book. I expected nothing less than hilarious pictures and side splitting commentary to match. Jen Yates went above and beyond!! This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone and everyone. It will make an excellent conversation starter and I'm sure all your friends will thank you for introducing them to the wonderful world of cake wreckage. I recommend this book completely and 100%.
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I was worried that this book would simply be a reprint of the blog entries, but not so! Even though some of the cakes are familiar, the commentary is all new. The book is wonderful, and I highly recommend it.
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I bought this book on a whim. I saw it when I ordered "Bent Objects" and thought, "hmmmmmnnn... why not?" All I can say is that it had me in stitches from the cover. I found myself laughing hilariously and in some parts, couldn't catch my breath. I recommend this book wholeheartedly, for those people who might need a chuckle, guffaw, or whooping laugh.
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Cake Wrecks, the blog is a favorite of mine. Who knew that cake decorating could be so funny when it goes wrong. Now, Jen has turned the concept into a book.

There is plenty of new, exclusive content and commentary that has not been in blog. But some of the best stuff from the blog has also made its way into the book. There is also some great background on the Cake Wreck classics.

(Jen sent me a copy of the book to review.)
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I am not much of a chef, but I decided to get this book when I read the great reviews. I'm always up for something amusing, and I have been to the cakewrecks website and know that's there's some very funny stuff there.

Well, this is a funny, pretty little book. (Odd shaped for your bookshelf - it's short and wide.) The cake mistakes are filtered into 12 various chapters, with labels such as Holiday Horrors, Beyond Bizarre, and Oops! My personal favorites are ones that are the accidental mistakes - the ones that end up looking like, well, something you wouldn't exactly want to eat.

But here's the thing - as funny as some of these cakes are, I'm not sure that the book is worth the cost. It no doubt would make a cute little coffee table book, or a great present for friend who likes to bake. But for me personally, once I chuckled at the various designs, I was done. It's not something that I think I'm going to keep, and in fact I'm giving mine to my mother-in-law. But if you really the cakewrecks website and want something permanent in book form for your home, then this should make you happy.
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Format: Hardcover
I just have to say that this book had me cracking up! How did these cakes go so horribly wrong? What were they thinking?? I had to wipe the tears from my face several times from laughing so hard. This book would make a great present for anyone... Everyone needs a good laugh! For fans of the blog, it also includes some back story of Jen Yates, commentary on things like blog trolls, and Cake Wreck stories. If you like this style of book, consider checking out The Gallery of Regrettable Food and Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery by James Lileks.
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I got a copy of Cake Wrecks two days ago. I wanted to pass along how much I have enjoyed it. I have found myself bursting out laughing out loud and I am not one to normally do that. I was also impressed by the quality of the book. It was very well done. Thanks!
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Jen Yates is a GENIUS! This is the funniest book I have ever read! I caught my Mom trying to take it home with her...guess what she is getting for Christmas. I am a fan from the blog and even sent one of my own over-the-top (but well made) cakes in. It not only made the blog, but the book too. And YES I am proud of it. Some of us like to make crazy (but well made) cakes. Buy the book, you won't regret it!
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