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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)

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. www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 8.5.2009 edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740785370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740785375
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Underwood on September 27, 2009
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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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Definitely overrated. A few funny cakes, but super repetitive and not that funny overall. Could be condensed into 1/4 the length. Not worth the time to flip through each page. If you want laughs, get a book like Awkward Family Photos, Chinglish, etc.
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Very, very funny. Lots of laughs and more so when you are sharing it with someone! You will not believe what some people will do, and you will wonder how anyone could be so foolish. Very much worth the money.
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Whether you're a fan of the Cake Wrecks blog or have learned about this book some other way, this is a really fun look at some of America's most egregious, amazingly unrecognized-by-the-baker pastry accidents. The book is divided into chapters, with an introduction at the beginning, and the author, Jen Yates, provides some very funny commentary between pictures. And no, the pictures aren't all the same ones from the blog!

Be forewarned, though: if you're a baker, or if you know someone who is, you may find this book offensive. Cake "wrecks" are defined not just as cakes featuring misspelled words, or with poorly drawn graphics - they also include ideas of all stripes that just didn't seem to work. Popular motifs such as many styles of bridal shower and groom's cake are featured, as are many ambitious designs that seemed to be just a bit out of the baker's reach.

I recommend this for laughs - awesome as a funny gift and sure to be a conversation-starter if displayed in your home. We've all made "wrecks" of one kind or another, so if you have a sense of humor about your kitchen creations, you'll get a lot of laughs from this book.

Also, if you enjoy a certain blog and a print-version book comes out based on it, remember that purchasing the book is a great way to make sure the website stays around!
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