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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449407757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449407759
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jen Yates lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, John, and their two cats. She enjoys eating dessert first, quoting Ghostbusters, and reminding everyone that she used to be a Jungle Cruise skipper. When not writing for her blog Cake Wrecks, Jen can be found flaunting her flaming geekiness on her other blog, Epbot.

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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

She laughs out loud while reading.
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The author's humorous captions and quips about the pictures just add to the unbelievably funny photos of cakes-gone-wrong.
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If you like Cake Wrecks, the blog, you will love this book (and the first one!).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on October 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cake Wrecks is one of my favorite blogs to check throughout the day. Jen (and John's) commentary keep me howling and make the day brighter. And this book? Even better! It's a portable version of Cake Wrecks! It includes almost all new material of holiday wreckage (and some special appearances of fan favorites) and Jen's witty/snarky commentary that will brighten up even the darkest day. Be amazed at the cakes "professionals" get away with creating and selling. See cakes in a whole new way after Jen reveals what those cupcake and cake wreckages really are. I guarantee that your trips to the bakery will never be the same after looking at this book.

If you've never read the blog (why the heck not???) you can still pick up the book and enjoy it just as much as fans of the blog. A must have for those times when you're feeling down and the sky's are gray.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Goebel on October 18, 2011
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If you're a fan of the website, you'll love this book! I wasn't able to read it all in one sitting because (1.) I was laughing so hard I could no longer breathe or see, and (2.) my boyfriend told me I couldn't sit in the same room as him while reading because I was laughing so loudly/making him look at every wreck. Great work, Jen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
WRECK THE HALLS is a collection of photos of professionally decorated cakes that have gone horribly and terribly wrong. The pictures are accompanied by side commentary from the author. The cakes in the book are featured around themes which make up the chapters: for instance there's an introductory chapter, one about Thanksgiving, one about Black Friday, one about Chanukah, one on Santa Claus, etc. There are a few chapters that seem out of place, such as "Watch Me Be a Rebel" that focuses on mixed sci-fi referenced cakes (people who don't know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars); surprisingly even though this chapter didn't really fit the holiday vibe, it was my favorite chapter in the book (the picture of a cake with the Enterprise and several Star Wars action figures is hilarious). There are some decorations in the book that aren't all that terrible and the author is kind of harsh with some of those. However, the majority of the cakes and confectionaries featured are horrible; another title for the book could have been "How to Make Your Cake Look Like Poop". WRECK THE HALLS would make a good gag gift for anyone who likes to bake or someone who likes desserts.
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Format: Hardcover
The pundit of fondant, the blogger of the bakery, Jen Yates has done it again. This wonderful follow-up to her classic "Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong" focuses on holiday bakery disasters ("Happy Hole Days" indeed) to wonderful effect. The book is broken down by holidays (though some cakes are bizarrely genre-spanning) with the chapters dedicated to Thanksgiving and Christmas being my personal favorites.

As always there is plenty of witty commentary to go along with these unholy pastries, comedy which reaches its peak in the beloved chapter "Santa Scare Tactics," featuring Santas varying from the merely disfigured, to constipated Santa (she's totally right; see page 151,) and finally into the realm of the truly demented and terrifying. (Don't believe me? See page 144!)

"Cake Wrecks" mocks these disfigured but tasty treats, yet owes its very existence to them: Yates never forgets that, and is never mean-spirited in her humor. While it's true these cakes are wholly disastrous, dessert has never been funnier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on January 25, 2014
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I used to babysit a co-worker's son quite frequently, and he would always raid my bookshelf. One of the things he absolutely loved to read was the original Cake Wrecks book, he would read it over and over and over and over. Let's just say he loved the book.

Well, his birthday was coming up, and I wasn't sure what to get him, so I thought that he would like a new version of his favorite book. He absolutely loved it! He kept going on and on about all the jokes in it. Keep in mind, he is 11, but extremely intelligent. He loved getting the little jokes, and spotting the grammar mistakes. As weird as it sounds, I think it helped him realize why grammar is so important, except with a fun twist.

If you have never had looked through one of these books, you will see what I mean. Some have a funny play on words, and others are just a downright disaster, or completely bizarre. It is entertaining to see the ways that cake orders are interpreted, and the Cake Wreck books are always a good conversation piece for company.

If the need arises, I will definitely purchase again-but I do enjoy the Cake Wrecks Books.

Hannah Booth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kyhut on November 13, 2012
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This one has funny parts, but it just isn't quite as funny as the original cake wrecks book. still funny though, well worth a few bucks
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dreamer on December 17, 2011
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Even though the website has most of these, I like having this as a coffee table book for people to randomly pick up. It's fun for the holidays and the humor is perfect. We always burst out laughing for some of the cakes every time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love Laughing on December 7, 2011
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The first book "Cake Wrecks" caught my eye in the bookstore and I couldn't resist the purchase, but when I heard about this second book, I pre-ordered! It was absolutely worth it. This edition focuses on wacky and horrible cakes from the holiday season. The author's humorous captions and quips about the pictures just add to the unbelievably funny photos of cakes-gone-wrong. I'm not even a huge cake fan, but this book makes me hope I will someday get a cake worthy of being featured as a Cake Wreck.
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