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I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read this book!  I’ve been enjoying the cake disasters posted on the Cake Wrecks blog for about a year now, having seen it mentioned by Mary Alice on Charm City Cakes.  The subtitle best describes this book — “When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.”  Jen Yates started the Cake Wrecks blog in 2008 after receiving a forwarded e-mail with the picture featured on the book’s cover, and the site has grown more popular over the years as readers submit pictures of wrecks they have received from bakeries and those spotted while strolling through the grocery store.

I’m always tempted to snap a photo when I see a cake wreck, but I don’t want to offend the bakers who normally are standing right there.  However, I should have taken a photo of the wreck that was Serena’s baby shower cake before I had it fixed!  It was a fairly large sheet cake, and somehow they just couldn’t fit “Best Wishes Serena and Cris” without the “and Cris” going up and off the side of the cake.  I was too upset to think about taking a photo, and after I complained, I felt bad even though my complaint was justified.  Well, with Cake Wrecks, I don’t have to feel guilty about laughing and cringing at the cake decorating horrors gracing its pages.

Yates includes some favorites from the blog, but much of the book is never-before-seen wreckage.  The photos feature ridiculous spelling mistakes, explosions of frosting that look like bathroom accidents, and cakes that make you question the intelligence of the decorators.  (These two aren’t in the book, but they illustrate my point perfectly.)  Yates’ humorous commentary is sometimes funnier than the cakes.

There are chapters on the horrors of cupcake cakes, wedding cake disasters, and even some hilarious-but-not-exactly-family-friendly cakes.  Yates pokes fun at the latest trends in baby shower cakes, with huge baby bumps (sometimes with feet poking through), baby butts, and the creepiest baby face ever immortalized in sugar.  She tells the stories behind some of the cake wrecks, and even if these stories don’t make you think twice about what you say to the baker when you’re ordering a cake, they’ll surely make you laugh out loud.

My poor husband witnessed me and The Girl laughing so hard we cried while reading this book, and I kept making him pause the movie he was watching to look at the photos.  He was only mildly annoyed, as several times he laughed right along with us.  From carrot-riding babies with mohawks to The Girl’s personal favorite Darth Vader baby shower cake (which is pretty cool when you read about the Darth Vader bridal shower cake that became a family joke), Cake Wrecks (and the blog) will provide hours of entertainment.  The Girl and I can’t wait to get our hands on Yates’ newest book, Wreck the Halls.  Watch the trailer for a sneak peek of the hilarious holiday wreckage!

Disclosure: I borrowed Cake Wrecks from my local library. I am an IndieBound affiliate and an Amazon associate.

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