Wreck the Halls, by Jen Yates

Hee hee hee hee hee! I love Cake Wrecks, and also Cake Wrecks, and really just cake wrecks in general. I love stopping by the cakes on display at Publix and hoping one of them might be terrible enough to go on the internet, but also hoping that none of them are.

Unlike the previous general-wrecks book, this one is particularly focused on the end-of-year holidays. And Star Wars. Obviously. There are phallic poo-turkeys and a Super Bowel cake, really terrifying Santas and gingerbread men and Care Bears, and the last cake on this page that made a finals-addled husband of mine practically pee his pants laughing. It’s not that funny, but law school is apparently very difficult.

There’s also the patented Jen Yates patter, which here includes some re-written Christmas carols and several pun-laden paragraphs, which I would reproduce for you here except I do want to you keep reading my blog. Let’s just say there’s some fantastic wordplay involving bread and also poo, because this woman cannot stop talking about it.

Someday I will get that coffee table and then I will purchase this and its predecessor and any future Cake Wrecks books and scare people away from my home with them. And you should, too.

Rating: 8/10

Cake Wrecks, by Jen Yates

Haaaaaaave you read Cake Wrecks? No? Well, read this first, ’cause it’s short, and once you click on that link I can’t be held responsible for your lack of productivity over the next several hours/days/weeks.

The book version is perfect for my hypothetical coffee table (I should really get one of these) — it’s small, it’s mostly pictures, and it is hilarious. There are cakes on which the baker has written the customer’s instructions, like a white cake with (“Olympics Rings”) written in red. There are cake decorations that look like poos and cake decorations that look like phalluses (Chrome informs me that “phalluses” is not a word, but “phalli” just looks silly). There are misspellings, like “Heppy Bertty” and “I Lave You.” There are wedding cakes gone horribly, terribly wrong.

A few of the cakes in this book I’ve seen in my browsing of the web site, but the introduction informs me that there are never-before-seen cakes as well. Yay! There are also some funny cake stories, in case you start to forget how to read after looking at all the terrible cakes.

Okay. Go look at some wrecks now, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Rating: 8/10
(A to Z Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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