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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: Reading Rocks

This past week I read a story on how rapper Kanye West is a "proud non-reader" and, despite the fact that he recently wrote a 52-page book of "Kanye-isms" that he would like you to buy and read yourself, he has "no respect" for books. Or to put it in his own words,

"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph."

That's good, Kanye, since it's a right pain to get a book to even hold a pen, much less autograph itself.

Anyhoo, after banging my head against the desk and weeping for future generations, I decided that today we should celebrate those authors and illustrators who made (and make) reading so much fun during our early years.

Remember The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

[swooning] Just lookit those teensy little feet! And how perfectly the greens swirl together!

This adorable cupcake mosaic (not a cupcake cake, now, a cupcake mosaic) has been submitted by about a billion readers, but I do believe Rachel K. was the first. It was made by the stupendously talented Coco Cake Cupcakes, who is also responsible for this guy:

That's Moishe of Where the Wild Things Are.

Here's a side view:
Love that big orange nose. (There's another WTWTA Sweet here, too.)

Here are a few that look like the book itself:

I like how the curtain goes from 2D to 3D - very nice.
(Found by Amanda W. at the Night Kitchen)

Zita H. found this next one on Cake Central, but she didn't say by which baker. Let me know who I should credit if you recognize it:

I especially like how the "book" looks a little careworn - as if it's been read many times. I'm going to give the baker the benefit of the doubt and assume that's intentional. ;)

Here's some more Dr. Seuss, this time courtesy of Debbie Does Cakes:


I was hoping we'd have some Golden Books represented today, and luckily Hey You delivered with this Poky Little Puppy inspired cutie:

This was made by her friend Stacey, and you can see more pictures of it and the party here.

I've had this Babar cake photo forever, so you guys will have to help me once again in identifying the baker:

I love everything: the colors, the outlining, the garland... just exquisite.

And finally, how about a little love for Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit?

He looks like felt, doesn't he? That's some gorgeous figure modeling!
(By Cheryl of Heavenly Confections.)

Hope you enjoyed these sweet selections, guys! Now please, go find a kid and read something together, k?

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Reader Comments (208)

Such creative and lovely cakes! Looking at the Babar cake made me feel like I was visiting an old and dear friend from my childhood. I have such love for that elephant.

WV: vigan - I think perhaps it's a vegan who also eats ice cream.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Love them all, especially Peter Rabbit, with the Dr. Seuss close behind.

Cake and awesome children's literature: nothing sweeter than that!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

nice! esp love the bunny cake. thanks for showing these today!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMuum

Kanye was raised in a comfortably middle class environment and is a guy who every once in a while, and because of his listening public, feels compelled to dumb it down. Not all of his statements can be the gem that was "Bush hates black folks."

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergooner71

I think this may be my favorite Sunday Sweets ever, because, unlike Kanye (um, who's self-absorbed?!), I have always loved books and reading.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

My 4 yr old loved and identified each of these cakes correctly. Her favorite is the Poky Little Puppy! We'll be reading one of those books later today I'm sure of it. :)

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValinda

I can proudly say that I have read everyone of those books and loved them all. This may be one of my favorite Sunday Sweets ever. And the Poky little puppy made me sigh dreamily.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Loved the cakes and the inspiration to encourage reading. Where the Wild Things Are is STILL one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing these and for confirming my opinion of Mr. "I'm a Dodo" West.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPetalsYoga

I found your site thru another blog. Beautiful cakes done by talented artists. I love the Beatrix Potter cakethe best. I loved being read her stories by my Mother. Yes Kanye, open your mouth and show your ignorance.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

While I love the WRECKS, I do have to admit that a day of beauties is fab. These are all very sweet cakes. (No pun intended.) I think I'm going to read some of these to my kids today.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*THE Disneyland Mom*

Don't get me started on that guy! I read with my kids all the time and we LOVE it! Great mix of cakes today....I especially love how a CCC and become a Mosaic!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCake Believe

Oh, I love this post!! All of those cakes are fantastic, and I love all of those books. My son already has several of them and we read every single day (he's 16 months old). I guess Kanye and I wouldn't get along very well - I love to read!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

I love this post! Now I want one.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVasilly

As a high school English teacher, I've worked against statements like that for years and even used some of Kanye West's music to get kids writing. I'm so angry that he would say something like that about reading. There does a whole generation of readers down the drain.

Thank you for this post! You rock!


May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremilysuze

Aww! I love the Babar cake!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

These are gorgeous cakes! Even the cupcake mosaic!

Don't forget that your local library probably has a summer reading program for the kids and maybe something for the adults! One of the best ways to get kids to read is to let them see that you enjoy reading.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoonstruck

Now if we can just get Kanye to stop TALKING too...

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I'm so excited to see the Pokey Little Puppy cake; that was one of my all time favorites as a kid and may now have to be inspiration for my yet to be born daughter's first birthday! :o)

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These cakes tugged at my KidsAreGrownUpButNoGrandChildrenYet heartstrings
Thank you :)

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryBe

WOW... Those just brought back so many memories! I LOVED all those books! Er, cakes! SO very pretty!


May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKritterBugg

So beautiful!
The best part? My wonderful 2 year old sitting on my lap knew EVERY book! =D

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterallywonderland

It's unfortunate that a lot of the kids I see every day share Kanye's line of thinking. They usually stare at me wide-eyed because I'm "that sub" that comes in with a pile of books and reads all day. I love reading!

Today's Sunday Sweets just makes me so happy. Hooray for Cake Wrecks!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArc

Really Kanye? I would never want a book's autograph either, because a book is an inanimate object. What he meant is that he would never want an author's autograph. You know, the people who write those wordy, self absorbed books.
Hmmm, wordy, self absorbed; 808's and heartbreak anyone?noness

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJet Fisher

That made me want to cry. It's hard enough to get the average kid to read, and he goes and stacks the odds even further against success. Wow.

The cakes were *amazing*! I couldn't believe how life-like the Fox in Sox book was! And the Beatrix Potter was great too!

Thanks for sharing, Jen!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhateverfor

This is my favorite Sunday post ever. Thank you for sharing these wonderful cakes.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love how Kanye's criticism of books is that they are "wordy and self-absorbed". Wordy self-absorption is a pretty accurate descriptor of the man himself. Maybe he feels that books are his direct competitors? Would explain the hostility.

Enough bitching; these cakes kick ass!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNHershberger

Awwww! I did a hungry caterpillar cake for my daughter's first birthday!!! Everyone says it was the best one I did...please look if you're interested :)

These are great! I read most of these books to my kids! We LOVE Fox in Socks!!!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCakedreamer

Wow Kanye. Wonderful role model there.

I love these cakes, though! They bring back so many memories from my childhood.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

That Peter Rabbit cake is amazing.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe Octo Girlie

Wow, that quote was scary. Nice role model for our children.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Great selection! Looks yummy and brings back some amazing memories... I especially love the Babar cake!

Thanks for your blog, it's always a pleasure reading your updates!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

This is my favorite post ever (save the Kanye nonsense).

What inspiring cakes and what a fantastic way to fight ignorance - through the uniter of all - Cake!

-Munich Bavaria

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

These are all works of art - the cakes AND the books themselves. I'm now reading every one of those to my grandchildren, and several of them are their mother's old copies...that makes them even more special to my girls! Now, how about cakes for the Tawny, Scrawny Lion and the Saggy Baggy Elephant!!! Thanks Jen - and as for Kanye???What a jerk!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

On Kanye...maybe if you have read more during your childhood you would be able to speak properly.

Sad for you -- no matter how much money you make you are still unintelligent.

I love the Dr. Seuss cakes. Oh how I would of loved a Dr. Seuss cake for my birthday when I was little!

Sunday Sweets are my fav!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Awesome, awesome, awesome...etc...I am swooning at the gorgeous-ness...and even a fabulous and perfect CCC...will wonders never cease?...made my Sunday! :o)

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWM

These are all lovely.

I'm proud to be raising a entusiastic book lover. She can't read yet but she's rather have a new book than a new toy.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

those are sooo cool!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBald Outing

The cakes are brilliant! Thanks for posting... they brought back a lot of memories!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Very, very cool. My favorite post yet, I have to admit. I find myself wondering which bakery would best render Cimorene of "Dealing With Dragons," and would I prefer her making cherries jubilee or arguing with Kazul? Then my mind wanders to my childhood and the books my mom read me -- "Herbert the Timid Dragon," or "It'll All Come Out in the Wash," and I start wondering where I can find a copy of those books and a proper bakery to represent my childhood in sweet cake form.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Oh my goodness those are all so adorable. That Pokey Little Puppy cake especially. They make me want to dig out and re-read all those books... although considering my "baby" turns 12 years old next week, might not be appreciated LOL.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen in Canada

Why does Kayne think it's so cool not to read?!? He's the one missing out.

I adore all of these cakes esp the Peter Rabbit one and Hungry Catterpillar.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

truly beautiful cakes!

but i am still cringing at the quote... shameful... meh

Well. Though I do enjoy it myself, reading is only *one* way to get an education. Just saying. Socrates was a pretty clever guy who was against written language, and he's a character in Plato's writings. Kind of like Kanye being a character in whomever wrote the Kanye-isms book. Kanye's fame and money comes out of an oral tradition. Are we to say cultures that use writing to pass information on are superior to oral traditions? Hmm.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Oh my gosh I loved all of those books so much, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Babaar. The cakes are lovely. I would want one of them if I ever children.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaronae

Adorable cakes! TFS!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJusti

I love today's post, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside remembering those books I loved as a kid and still love to this day.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

awsome.. especially adore the Pokey Little Puppy as that was my favourite story when I was little.

books and book cakes rock!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApryl

Man, and up til I read that quote, I actually thought Kanye had his head on pretty straight (and to be fair, it would surprise me not at all if his "anti-book-ism" was a calculated pose--for one thing, his father is a college professor, and for another thing, I HIGHLY doubt he got his verbal facility from watching Barney and Teletubbies all his life. You cannot write lyrics as well as he does and be totally book-avoidant.)

(/end tangential non-cake-related commentary)

Those are some of the most gorgeous cakes I've ever seen, and I'm even factoring in my likely bias as a bibliophile. The technique and the accuracy of those book I'm just speechless. (And hungry--also hungry. Anybody got some cake?)

WV: miess. Unlike the cakes in today's post, Saturday's featured cakes were a hot miess.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

I absolutely adore those cakes. What artistry!

And as a writer, I find Kanye West's attitude highly offensive. >:(

Word verification: trant. A cross between a tantrum and a rant.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

I used to LOVE the Very Hungry Caterpillar book! And so many of the others that were featured... like the Pokey Little Puppy... how fun! Yay!

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

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