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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
Jan042009

Sunday Sweets: Fastastical Beasts

I can see that I'm going to have to be a lot more specific with Sunday Sweet Assignments: giving you guys free rein on the Fantasy theme has resulted in hundreds (and hundreds) of submissions. Don't get me wrong: I LOVE that you guys are responding so, er, enthusiastically, but I'm going to have to narrow down the criteria in the future.

Since I've got so much good stuff to share with you, I'm going to break it up into categories. Today's feature will be dragons and unicorns. Tune in next week for Fairies & Castles.

First and foremost, here's a flat-out AMAZING dragon from - who else? - Mike's Amazing Cakes:

You can tell this is for role-playing gamers by the corn dogs and mozzarella sticks in the background. Come to think of it, all this shin-dig is missing are some Hot Pockets! [cue Jim Gaffigan bit]

Here's another angle:

(Thanks to Christine C. and Sarah, who were among the first of billions to send these in. Check here for more shots and pics of the cake being cut.)

Next we have an equally impressive Unicorn and Fairy Combo from Sandra of Sugar Fun:

Visit Sandra's site to see in-process photos.
(Laura N. was the first to send this one. Thanks, Laura!)

Next, in the
"so-cute-it-hurts" category from Richard's Cakes, we have a dragon...in a tutu:

So obviously when I say "I'm drawing the line at tutus" I mean "unless they're stinkin' adorable". Everybody got that?

And lastly, Julie W. found a not-so-great photo of a truly great cake:

Arg, my kingdom for decent lighting! Still, if you can look past the blinding flash and shadows, you'll see this is a gorgeous replica of the famous "Unicorn in Captivity" tapestry:

The floral work is exquisite, and I love the little tree. It was made by Magda's Cake Creations, and if you visit the link you'll see a few other angles there.

And let me close with another great dragon cake. Uh, let's see, first I have to choose one... (this is torture, guys; you sent in so many good ones!)

Ok, here, let's go with Kenya S.'s find:

I love that color. According to creator Shoshannah84 over on Deviant Art, it was inspired by Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders. Nice!

Thanks so much, everyone! Feel free to continue sending in fantasy cakes, but particularly fairy and/or castle cakes for next Sunday.

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Reader Comments (86)

Great idea how you got this one.

happy new year

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertravelpackage

My grandma has the Unicorn Tapestry hanging on her wall, so I immediately recognized the cake version. It's fabulous!

Thanks for this wonderful site!
Bethany

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

I couldn't cut those! I'd go buy a sheet cake for my guests, and then just look at the pretty.


Verification word: foxylitc Also, adjective of the day, as in, wow, you are looking very foxylitc this morning!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Pocket Dragon Cake! (The one in the Tutu). And based in the UK as well! (sends page to husband as a little hint)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one wondering why the red dragon's wings originate from its belly rather than its shoulders?

Truly gorgeous, if anatomically questionable.........

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am a role playing gamer! Those dragon cakes are truly beautiful and impressive. I have to tell you...I hate hot pockets. I also hate those awful pizza rolls. Corndogs good, fried cheese sticks good...there's always the raw veggies for the diabetic guy, and a bag of gummy bears that we use as enemies and consume when we defeat them...and when we have the session at my house, I like to put some fries or tater tots in the oven. Crap, now I'm hungry.

Cheetos, Doritos, or anything "itos" are of course the most classic gaming food. Sodas, strong coffee, and/or Red Bull are also present.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Ok, I get that these are beautiful ...sculptures?...creations?...not sure what I would call them...but I'm really tired of fondant. I like seeing icing talent!! Can't you do a "no fondant friday"? :)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Your blog title is "Fastastical." Was that on purpose? Or was it supposed to be fantastical? Either way, your site makes me laugh daily.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

those are just amazing !!!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

Now I want a dragon cake that says "fastastical!"

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While I appreciate that gamers might have, ahem, different tastes than some - who spends so much money on a cake (you know it costs a bundle), then serves corn dogs and cheese sticks?? Too funny!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbarelyknittogether

You are too funny! I love Jim Gaffigan's Hot Pocket's bit!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

you could not have picked two mythical creatures more suited to please my two daughters (hard to do)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I loved all the cakes, but as a major Anne Mc. fan I have to agree with Ali- that is so Ramoth, I want that cake for my bday.(hm... my sister reads this blog.. and makes cakes) Ellie? I want this for my bday (not that I didn't love last year's coach purse)

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddlesgirl

i'm sorry, i visit this blog to see cake WRECKS, not pretty cakes. please make another blog for the PRETTY [can we say "publicity!!!!"?] cakes and keep the cake wrecks blog to... well... cake wrecks!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTarleton

Um Tarleton?

The original reason for Sunday Sweets was that Jen needed a break from the daily grind of writing posts, sorting through literally hundreds of submissions and e-mails a day, and trying to run my company as well. Since readership was pretty low on Sundays, she figured she'd give it a shot. Oddly enough, everyone totally dug it and Sunday Sweets was born.

So, yeah the wrecks are great. And no, its really not much of a break for Jen since she now puts as much if not more effort into writing for Sundays, but hey, we're just going with the flow here. If it really bugs you, maybe you could take a break on Sundays too and check back Monday for your daily dose of Wreckitudinalness.

Just my two cents, for what it's worth.

john

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

You can tell this is for role-playing gamers by the corn dogs and mozzarella sticks in the background.

I would have thought the dice would have given it away. Looks like the dragon is getting ready to roll a natural 20!

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslythwolf

For my next birthday, I want my cake to be a Pocket Dragon with a tutu.

You know the problem with the red dragon clutching a twenty-sided die atop a grid map? All the party guests will be forced to pull out a character sheet, roll up a fifth level fighter and play a round of D&D before they get to eat. They'll either die of starvation or stuff themselves on cheese doodles and cola before the cake finally gets cut. Hmm, I hope the fondant lasts that long.

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I can't believe I read your post asking for fantasy cakes and didn't think to send you the one from my friend Angela's wedding (courtesy of Ace of Cakes, no less)! Better late than never:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kostia/2885799749/in/set-72157607480381913/

January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkostia

WOW! That just about sums it all up for me. My daughter would go nuts over the unicorn cakes.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

I'm ashamed to say I know this, but the dragon is definitely for some Dungeons and Dragons role players. The graph paper and dice give it away. My husband is one of those nerds, yes. Thanks for the daily humor!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAwesome Aunt Kelly

I love the unicorn cake based on the tapestry! I'm not into fantastical creatures too much, but my daughter watches Disney's Little Einseins and this was one of the pieces of art used for a show last year. So, i had actually seen it before!

These cakes were great!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulianna

the anne mcaffrey one looks exactly like her dragons- i was saying how much it looked like them when i read the caption. kudos to the artist!

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome cakes.

BTW, usually you're pretty good about things like this, but the word is rein when you're talking about giving free rein, not reign. As in horsies. We depend on you being able to keep our cakes grammatically correct!

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergwyn

Gwyn,

Great catch.

john

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Holy $#!+, that red dragon is the coolest-looking cake *ever*.

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris C.

You can also tell that the red dragon is for gamers from the battle map on which it sits, and the D's 20 and 10 in its claw.

BTW, is that a marinara sauce fountain in the background???

-Sarah

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterI. Pronoun.

Oh my God. OH MY GOD!!

DRAGON CAKES!!!

I want them so badly! I want one for my birthday and EVERY OTHER BIRTHDAY EVER. Those are the coolest foodstuffs I have EVER SEEN!

(My CAPS show my ENTHUSIASM!)

I couldn't even eat them. They would sit around until they fossilized and swat anybody who tried to take a piece.

Dragon cakes! Really awesome dragon cakes! I'm dying of greed over here!

DRAGON CAKES!

January 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladraco

Sorry to post s late on this, but I was just looking at Mike's Amazing Cakes website and realized in looking at his picture that I've seen him on the Food Network in some of the Food Challenges, for cakes, obviously. I can't remember if he won, though. It looks like he may need more time than what he's usually given on there to create the beauties on his website.

January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. These...these are GREAT. I can't stop looking at that first dragon cake.

January 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbadfae

I doubt I could actually bring myself to cut into such a work of art as......well, any of the cakes featured in this post really. I dread to think how long it took to make the Tapestry Unicorn.

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrtb

the one in a tutu IT'S A POCKET DRAGON CAKE!!! I love those things! (hence the caps lock)

See? http://www.whatadifferenceagiftmakes.com/images/pocketdragon13975.jpg

October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle M

Mmmmm......Dragon foot.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love dragons and anything mystical and mythological. These cakes are GORGEOUS!

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix666

those are freaking awesome.

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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