Erik’s Mom Reviews a book – Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive”

I have a special guest reviewer today -MY MOM 😮 ! She will be telling you about a book signing we went to and a very funny book. The book isn’t for kids but I know a lot of my readers are adults and I think you’ll think it’s funny (or at least what I was allowed to read was funny).  Take it away Mom…. 

Hello everyone! I’ve been a fan of Jen and John Yates ever since I stumbled across Cake Wrecks a couple of years ago. For those of you who do not know what Cake Wrecks is, it is a website showcasing a hilarious compilation of confectionary disasters. Case in point –

**snicker**

While most of the cakes are just plain funny for all ages, they can be a bit risqué and cheeky so I would not recommend the site or book for kids, but you parents will get a hoot out of them! You can also show the kids some of the cake wrecks that they will appreciate like –

Yes that is the USS Enterprise on a Star Wars cake - One of Erik's favorites

So Erik tagged along with my friend, Cheryl and me when we went to a book signing with Jen and John Yates for their new book “Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets Festive” at the Barnes and Noble in Exton PA last Monday (Erik won’t pass up an opportunity to meet an author or get into a book store). Well, the event wasn’t just a book signing! The Yates put together a hilarious slide show of all their favorite cake wrecks and told us the back-story behind some of them (BTW – slide show was kid friendly) There was also re-create your favorite cake wreck in a cup cake contest and there were a lot of really funny entries.

AND Guess who won a naked mohawk baby carrot jockey necklace for her rendition of the “Homicidal Horned Boo Boo”??? ME! YEA!!
Carrot jockey you ask? It’s the Cake Wreck logo – and yes they found them on a cake.

Jen and John then took questions from the audience. The most interesting question I heard was when someone asked if anyone ever got mad at them for posting pictures of their bad cakes, they said that they’ve only taken down about ten pictures in all the years they’ve been doing this. They even said that bakers themselves submit wrecks of their own! Both Jen and John were the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. They mingled with the crowd and really wanted to interact with their fans. They are a super cute couple too. Here they are posing with a sweet steampunk hat that my friend Cheryl made for Jen (if you have no idea what steampunk is check out their other blog EPBOT). They even took time to chat with Erik and Jen asked if he was going to review her book. He looked at me and said “No she is”  – HA!

So now for the review part –

Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive”

By Jen Yates
232 pages
Published on October 18, 2011 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Wreck the Halls is the second book by Jen Yates (the first was published in 2009 titled Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong). Both of her books are compilations of the best of the worst cake wrecks submitted to her website. What makes the books truly funny aren’t just the pictures but the commentary written by Jen about each bungled baked good. Like the site the book can get a little racy at times (I’d say PG-13), but if you can laugh at yourself you’ll enjoy the book. I had quite a few LOL moments reading Wreck the Halls. In closing, Wreck the Halls isn’t going down in the annals of great literature, but it will give you a good chuckle if you need one!

I give Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive” five out of five book worms!

Oh! Did I mention they serve cake at all their signings? The cake we had was NOT a wreck. It was amazing – AND delicious!

The cake was made by Stacey of Truly Custom Cakery in Warminster, PA. You can visit their site by clicking HERE. Stacey was also the one who picked my cupcake to win a prize so I just want to say to her…..

No, thak YOU Mom for doing that awesome review!! I was LOL-ing when I just saw the kid friendly photos!  🙂

**Note photos are personally taken, from the Cake Wrecks website, or from the Truly Custom Cakery website.** 



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11 replies

  1. Too funny! I bet this wasn’t a career direction they imagined themselves taking in high school! 🙂

  2. I stumbled across the Cake Wrecks website about a year ago and loved it. Didn’t realize they had published books! This is great! Thanks for the post, Erik’s Mom!

  3. I, too, won a Naked Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey necklace (in Ct.,) for my interpretation of Cinderella reining in a tyranosaurus. It is now one of my most valued possessions. As you know those Naked Mohawk Baby Carrot Jockey necklaces are “Rare, Awsome.”
    Wreck the Halls is even funnier than Jen’s first book (which was hysterical.) I don’t know how Jen and John do it, but I hope they don’t stop.

    • WOW! That was yours?!? I laughed when I saw it on the Cake Wrecks website! I showed that one to my kids too -VERY funny! Congratulations on winning!

  4. On the count of 3, 1… 2… 3…THANKS MOM!!! And thanks to EVERYONE for reading my mom’s review! Thank you again kind people!
    Erik 😀

  5. Great job Erik’s Mom! The pictures were funny, but I’d still eat them! (the cakes- not the photos) 😀

  6. I missed reading this post when it was new … so just want to say this is a book I will look for. Thanks for the great review!

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