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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Sunday Sweets: Lord of the Rings

Sunday Sweets is our weekly NON-Wrecks feature. This week we're looking at some Tolkien-inspired beauties.

Minas Tirith is one of the more popular LOTR cake themes. Beth A. was the first to submit this one:

I think this was displayed at a fair somewhere, and yep, it's cake. Amazing, huh?

Here's another angle, courtesy of Erin M:

A lot of folks have pics of this cake in their Flickr accounts, but I'm not sure who actually made it. Y'all let me know in the comments if you have a site for the baker, ok?

The One Ring is also a hugely popular motif. Here's my favorite of the ones submitted, also found by Beth A.:

The elvish script is just perfect, and the gold sheen looks fantastic. Again, not sure on the baker for this one.

Since a lot of you have requested more fondant-free Sweets, check out this one of Bilbo & Frodo's home in the Shire:

Thanks to Michelle F. for submitting it. The creator is Cakeworks of Calgary.

Of course, not everything in Middle Earth is pretty, as Deanna T. shows us:

Yikes. This eerily accurate orc (try saying that 3 times fast) was made by Shoshannah84 of Deviant Art. (If you recognize the name, it's because she also made the yellow dragon in my "Fantastical Beasts" post.)

But let's end on a pretty note: check out this gorgeous Minas Tirith wedding cake Tara B. found:

It was made by the bride's sister, who is not a pro baker. Crazy! Plus, the only inedible part is the actual cliff. The wedding was completely LOTR themed, and you can see a few photos of it here. (I'm bummed there aren't more; it sounds amazing.)

Thanks to all the rest of you who submitted photos! Remember, if you have a cake you'd like to nominate as a Sweet, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (57)

What I want to know is how the heck you get a cake to glow from within like that?!

January 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Eerily accurate orc...
Eerily accurate orc...
Eerily -- ack! You're a dork!

January 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin B

The first cake was definitely at the EKKA, I have a photo of it too, and I clearly remember being shocked that it wasn't a winner.

The card on it had no maker's name (at least, none that I can see in my photo of it).

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Late to the party here, but I had to say that those cakes of Minas Tirith are absolutely STUNNING! It's almost enough to make me want to get married again...almost.

June 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersulien77

I am so jealous. These are amazing and I'm a total LOTR freak! Please post more :) Pretty please with an elven prince on top!?

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarlyH

I WANT ONE! Any of them! Well, except the orc one. But any of the others!

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Umm… It's not elvish that's on the Ring

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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