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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: More Potter!

Once a week here on Cake Wrecks we post the best of the best of the best cakes out there. And most of the time, the comments go a little something like this:

"Oooooohh pretty!"

Last week, however, sparked a debate rarely seen in these parts, and instead of comments we got seven page dissertations on popular 20th century children's literature and its effect on modern culture and resulting religious, racial and socioeconomic implications. And guess who had to moderate all those comments? That's right: me.




So this week, we're going to look at some more Potter sweets, but we're gonna do it a bit differently. This week we're gonna look at the pretty pictures, and when we're done, we're gonna do our comments Twitter style, meaning 140 letters or less. Capisce? Everybody with me? Okay then. Here goes.

(Made by Yulia)

Ooooh, pretty.

(Made by WhiplashGirlchild)

Lookit the potion bottle! Cool!

(Made by Courtney Clark of Cake Nouveau)

Game of Quidditch, anyone?

(Made by Pricilla from Pricilla's Cottage)

Bernard, you lucky bum.

(Made by Chotda)

This is a Mandrake, and I'm pretty sure the pot is cake, too.

(Made by Springlakecakes)

It must have been deeply satisfying to take a bite out of the Monster Book of Monsters.

(Made by Britta)

It lights up! Like magic!

(Made by Deanna's Aunt Despina and found here)

Awww. Hedwig's looking charmingly chubby here.

And that wraps up our Potter Sweets - hope you all enjoyed!

As always, if you'd like to nominate a Sweet you can send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

- Similar Sweets: Harry Potter

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Reader Comments (229)

I agree that the mandrake cake is super-creative!!

I'm not a huge fan of the Hedwigs on either cake... I think penguin-y proportions are right!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard


Opinions are like peoples' rears, and I am sorry you had to view so many last week!


July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJimh.

Awesome! Yummy! Ooooh Pretty! (61 characters including this.)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

Love the cakes, especially the snitch. Oooo Shiny! Is that edible gold? Love HP and Cakewrecks rocks. Mary C.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All are fab. I threw a Harry Potter themed party for my nephew and we had a golden snitch cake. Which we couldn't eat because he wanted to keep it ;)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterliz

I love the stack of books cake! It's so elegant and pretty. I want it!!


July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

"...literature and it's effect.."

As long as we're talking about literature: It should be 'its effect'...

I have to disagree about the pot, too. Just feeling argumentative today I guess. :)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoblue562

Some people ruin it for all of us!! You should just delete the ones who make such comments and save yourself some time!

I agree w/ the other Robyn (cool name, btw). Over a certain length, delete it. This is why I rarely read comments--don't have time.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

Oooh, Pretty!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraftyashley

I love, Love, LOVE the mandrake cake! Brilliant!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDillypoo

Beautiful! Love the mandrake cake! And re: anti-HP folks...haters to the left!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStaci

Ooooh pretty!

Ok, now that the mandatory phrase has been written, I do have to add that although the Monster Book is well executed, the idea of eating something that seems to have tarentula genes is very gross to me.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

Very very cool. Going to re-read the first one now.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As many others have said, I LOVE the mandrake cake!

The rest are okay, but not as cool as the mandrake.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthevanessa

Of all the HP things you can chose from and someone thought a Mandrake cake would reflect it more? weird! It is awesome though, kudos to the cake maker.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeray

What fabulously magical cakes. Love them all. My favorite would have to be the mandrake cake though. :D

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWandering Manda

I think Hedwig looks a little more wreckish here than you give her credit for. She just looks worried. Maybe it's because she knows she won't make it through the next movie?

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

That's awesome!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Willms

They're beautiful! I ADORE the Mandrake one.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Very cool! I love them all!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

they're all great.. but i dont like the last one, Hedwig looks like someones smacked her in the face with a baseball bat!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaishay

Thanks for sharing the pretties. I would have just deleted the anti-Potter posts-whose blog is this anyway-yours or theirs?

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If you go to the flickr link for the mandrake cake, it says the pot is terracotta, so sadly, not cake.
Love them all though. ooohhh, prettyyy!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I love the snitch cake. It's so simpe and elegant but at the same time impressive.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

These are so awesome! I just can't pick a favorite this week.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSariah

They are pretty cakes, I'll give you that. A lot of craftsmanship involved, etc.

But enough with the Harry Potter cakes already. I actually didn't comment on the last batch, hoping they'd go away. I think HP is just meh... devoting two precious Sunday Sweets editions to him is really, really overdoing it.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

The Mandrake is my very favorite.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterintothethickofit

I love the cakes, and I love that you spelled "capisce" correctly.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJammies

Not a Potter fan, never read, seen, etc. but the cakes are pretty darn cool.

Anonymous - Have to say that the Discworld cakes are AMAZING, that first in particular. Big TP fan here :)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

The cakes are brilliant! Love the mandrake cake, I've never seen one before. :)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMae

John started it by talking about kids and reading, rather than cakes!! Is the light up cake really really cake? Or just the base?

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

To quote Ron Weasley: "Whoa!" But in total nerd/fangirlish-ness the Mandrake cake takes it (even if they are creepy little offspring of banshees).

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Does Bernard's cake say "He whose name no-one can remember"? I wonder what it says around the rest of the cake. Very sweet cakes.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Last week's HP cakes were good but these are AMAZING! The mandrake cake is...amazing. (Haha, amazing just fits this post!)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Ooooooooooooh! Pretty! Pretty!
Love the cakes as always. Went to last week's post to see the big ado. WOW! Lots there. I LOVED the Sound-of-Music/1812/chocolate/rose post! Rather than ban books, let's read them TOGETHER and then DISCUSS them. This helps teach your children to think for themselves. Remember, Thomas Jefferson pointed out that a democracy will survive only with a well-educated populace. -WM

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Aaaaaahh pretty!"

See, I'm original.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

oooooooh pretty!

Those cakes are amazing!! I love them all!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

They are all lovely - hard to pick a favorite. The lighted cake is simply awesome, but I think my favorite is the Monster Book. Or maybe the Sorting Hat. Or, maybe...No, I know! It's...hmm.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

ooooh, pretty!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe 3D Momma


HP = Witchcraft.

Mandrake = spells = witchcraft = antireligion.

Cakes = sugar = slavery = black people = racist.

JKR = non-US person = probably Muslim/terrorist.

Deeply offended

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCapability Bowes

The mandrake pot is very realistic terra cotta looking. Bravo if it's actually cake as well!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Oooooooh Pretty. :o)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWM

Oh PS can we talk about how cool the name Bernard is (with the UK pronunciation)? I wish it was my name...

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskatej

Cute! Love all the chubby owls

No one else is counting their letters :(

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrysee

VERY pretty! (Also, at least one looked like it was made at home. Good job, home baker!!)

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Wow, a Hogwarts cake even better than last week's -- didn't think it was possible!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs Avery

To all those who disagreed with posting the HP comments last week: I think the fun of a good blog is that sometimes the topics spark debate. I do feel sorry for Jen and John because they must moderate them all, but that's the price of a really cool blog. The cakes ARE awesome (or horrible) but when you post your opinion, it just follows that some will disagree. And most of the comments were respectfully worded, and led to an interesting debate. JMHO.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Those cakes are unbelievably beautiful. Like, museum-quality pieces. Much better than my own attempt at a MBOM cake:

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeghanJG

WOW, those cakes were amazing! I could never choose a favorite, because I love everyone of them! Now I need to go finish book 6 before I go to the movie!

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSavannah

Ah Sunday Sweets indeed! These are fantastic in the true sense of the word.

P.S. John - as an ex-children's bookseller, I feel your pain.

July 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralienspouse

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