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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
May162010

Sweet Reading Sweets

Today's Sweets are in honor of National Children's Book Week. They're also for all of us out there who like to complain when a movie ruins the book. ;)

Harry Potter:

Submitted by Dara W., made by Karen's Specialty Cakes

Lord of the Rings: (not exactly a kid's book, but who among us didn't read it in school?)

Sub'd by Julie G., and also made by Karen's Specialty Cakes

Not sure if this next one is supposed to be a specific title, but there are several Tinkerbell/Pixie Hollow books out now, in addition to the classic Peter Pan:

Made by Annie at Annie's Art Book.

That's hand-painted! And the rope bookmark is darling.


You know we have to have at least one Dr. Seuss title here:


I am so impressed by those circle stripes. They're not fondant; they're a combination of royal and run-in icing. Cool, huh?

Here's a test: can you name this classic book icon?

Sub'd by Sarah E., baker unknown

Did you guess?

It's The Giving Tree! Love it.

Another classic:

Sub'd by Tiffany H., made by The Whole Cake and Caboodle

And check out these sweet Where the Wild Things Are cupcakes:

Sub'd by Cebelamour, made by Claire Issa


The Spiderwick Chronicles:

Sub'd by Trista C., made by Lisa's Cakes

And finally, the book that became one of my favorite movies as a kid:

Sub'd by Heidi E., made by Say it with Cake

Bonus trivia: Did you know The Neverending Story was originally written in German? It wasn't translated into English until 1983, and the movie was then released in '84. As a kid I didn't realize there even was a book - I discovered and read it sometime in my twenties. (The movie follows the original story almost exactly - a nice surprise!)

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Reader Comments (136)

Lovely cakes, but it's left me wondering how it is I haven't read almost any of those titles! Never heard of the Giving Tree before CW, rebelled and didn't read LoTR (soooo many of my friends did), many Dr Seuss titles didn't make it to Australia in the 70s (and by the time we moved to Canada I was too old), and some of the others came out too late for me. Which leaves only Harry Potter... I'm one of those 30-somethings who got thoroughly hooked :)

Oh well, at least my youth wasn't entirely mis-spent: my nose was happily buried in different books. So, thanks for honouring those wonderful, wonderful imagination devices commonly known as books :)

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

About The Neverending Story - my ALL TIME favorite movie since I was five (now 28). The movie doesn't follow the book exactly, though. In fact, the movie is a small snippet of the book. Like you, though, I didn't know of the book till many many years later, long after I was already in love with the movie (the first movie, at least). When I was 16 I got to visit Germany and actually rode Falkor. 'Twas a dream come true ^_^ I seriously want that TNES cake :D

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPais Charos

I never read "The Giving Tree" as a child, nor was it read to me; I first encountered it in a college course on Childrens' Literature. I may have been overly influenced by the professor's take on the book, but every time I have read it, I can only see what he pointed out: that the boy only takes and takes from the tree, and even once he has taken the tree trunk, arguably the essence of the tree, he comes back and expects yet more. Far from teaching positive qualities, all I can see it teaching is selfishness and lack of consideration. In this day and age of self-centeredness, this seems to me to be the last book we would want to expose kids to. They are already self-centered enough; do they really need a children's book that sanctions it, and even, arguably, endorses it?

--Lisa

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Boy these Sunday Sweets get more and more beautiful each week. I loved all of them! Especially the hand painted Tinkerbell. Wow..

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Loved the 'Neverending Story' cake, but now I can't get the song out of my head. ha worth it though.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

To all the people who are questioning LOTR in school--in seventh grade my whole class read the Hobbit and then I went on to read 2 1/2 of the LOTR trilogy. I didn't really like the books, but my teacher LOVED them and I loved my teacher, so I read them to please her.

Now that I'm older, I'll hafta try them again.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, EFF The Giving Tree. I hate that book and I would throw that cake ON THE GROUND!!!! Ugh.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Where's the Auryn? It should be on the cover of the Neverending Story book if it's supposed to match the one in the movie, which seems like the goal.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterglassroseheart

Love The Giving Tree cake! I cannot read that book, or Love You Forever, to my kids without turning into a blubbering pile of goo by the end of the story.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterasifyoucare

Aww ... I love all of these! My grandma would read us The Giving Tree when we were little - such a great book :)

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril

So amazing! I'm gonna bake a cake for birthday.. maybe one of these?

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilla

I was glad to see that other people admit to not liking "The Giving Tree". I thought I was the only one who saw the boy as selfish. The cake is gorgeous though.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKnit Wit

The Giving Tree cake actually made me tear up a little bit! An incredible tribute to an equally incredible book. Great find, guys.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrooney

To anonymous Lisa at 5:16 and other haters of The Giving Tree -

Remember it's called The Giving Tree NOT The Taking Boy.

It's a story of unconditional love. When I read this to my kids we would discuss how the boy/man was selfish, but we loved the tree for still giving what he could.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelscairns

Too bad that the Giving Tree has both apples and oak leaves. :(

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE the book "The Neverending Story" I remember finding on my mother's bookshelf when I was about 12 years old...and being heartbroken that it actually did end!

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSaraJane

These are absolutely awesome! I'm in awe.

check out my blog: nikkiscakery.blogspot.com

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

Awesome cakes. Although I have to say your memory of The Neverending Story (either the book or the movie) varies from mine. I used to love the movie too, until I read the book and realized that the movie only includes the first third of the book and actually breaks rules from the book that are fairly important. That being said, I am now demanding someone make me a Neverending Story cake.

Oh, and as a fun note the original German publication was done in red and green font. One for the "real" world and one for the world of Fantastica. Man, now I want to read this again.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercharity

As to the Neverending story, We had one of the first English copies in my HS and I fell in love with the story, I was very disappointed in the move... close, but there were plenty of things they could have added in at little to no cost to them, He also wrote a book called Moma, another good read.

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Well, I for one read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. My mom recommended it because she thought I'd like it. She didn't realize it would become my favorite book and take over my mind for several years. I blame Tolkien for my abiding interest in linguistics, among other things. And I remember having a hard time convincing my high school classmates that it was not a children's book. (This was almost a decade before the Peter Jackson movies.)

I also thought the Neverending Story cake should have an AURYN (spelled with all caps) on it. And I wonder if there will be a remake of that movie one day that will encompass the whole story. That could be really cool.

Finally, someone mentioned Julie & Julia, which started as a blog, and this made me think: I would totally go to see the Cake Wrecks movie! And if they ruined it, it would be a wrecursive wreck!

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoueznou

It took me awhile to get to the Sunday sweets this week - it's Wednesday. oops.

Love these. One of my all time favorite books is the Never-ending Story. Which just made me wonder, did you read it in paperback or the first/only hardback (English translation) edition, which was printed in RED and GREEN inks and completely enhanced an already charming book? My mom read it to me from the hardback. When I was in my 20s I decided to buy it, but had to search around for it and ended up with a rare pre-release copy.

Sorry, rambling. You just brought up a bunch of good memories for me!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkarina

OH!!! How I LOVE the Neverending Story cake! Not only is the book a terrific rendition of the book in the movie, but Falcor is my all-time fantasy pet. WANT THIS. More Neverending Story, please. KTHX!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

By the way, I know this is a bit late, but I just want to point out that my copy of The Neverending Story is a trade paperback and is printed in the red and green inks, so it isn't only the hardcover editions that have that feature. And I got it here in the USA, sometime in the last decade.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGoueznou

I read The Neverending Story when I was very little, long before I saw the movie. It's still one of my favorite books. When I finally did when I was 10, I didn't like it one bit. So while the movie is a classic childhood memory for most, I tend to get a bitter taste in my mouth when I hear people talk about it, even though when I rewatched the movie a few years ago I rather enjoyed it. It's surprisingly true to the book; as much as a film version could be, at least.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

The movie of "The Neverending Story" follows the book almost exactly -- UNTIL the finale, which in the book is a touching reunion between father and son, connected through the love of literature. In the horrible movie, the father is forgotten and the ending is a shallow revenge fantasy. I hated what they did to a great book. (My hardback copy has the "real world" in green ink and the fantasy world in red ink.)

Brian

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Never-Ending Story was filmed quite close to me here in Germany at the Bavarian Film Institute. We saw parts of the sets where it was done, and my son got to ride on Falcor. It was awesome, esp. when they did a wee film of him riding against a green screen. At the time, he had NO idea why it was so neat, just kept smiling and waving...hehhe.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYG

I love it! The Wild Things cupcakes and Dr. Seuss book are my favorites. :)

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Kephart

I actually took German in college in teh hopes of reading "The Never Ending Story" in the original German. Sadly, my skills never go there.

I also highly reccomend Momo by the same author!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarian the Librarian

Hi. I thought you might enjoy this other book-themed cake: http://www.cakedreams.us/images/bg_images/gallery_one_tier/11.jpg
It's just the top of the cake, not the whole cake. But you can see that the cake is entitled "Livre Las Vegas," and was created to celebrate the opening of a rare book store in Vegas. That's why the books that the showgirl is standing on are antiquarian leather and gilt books.

May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously? The Giving Tree cake made me a bit weepy.

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterania

I searched the comments, but it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned that there's a whole cake/book thing. Every year. Internationally.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_Book_Festival" rel="nofollow">Edible Book Festivals

You found some amazing ones, too!

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLivia

I was just recently introduced to this site, and I have not laughed so hard in years. Thank you so much for both the humor and wit of the wrecks, as well as the amazement at the sweets.

As for the kid-lit book cakes - just, wow! I admit to being one of the geeks that read LOTR in 6th grade. We weren't doing much the last week of school anyway, so I read all 3 books in about 4 1/2 days, including nearly a whole day off to get TT at the library. I would have loved that cake any time!

**Cyn

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love the "Neverending Story" cake! My boyfriend loves to read to me, and this was the book he read to me on our first date. He's my Luckdragon. ^_^

June 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyn

I LOVE the Giving Tree cake! Even as an adult, its still one of my all-time favorite stories.

June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThrockmorton Jones

I just read through all of the comments, and while a number of people mentioned the discrepancies between the Neverending Story movie and book, no one commented on the fact that one of the primary themes of the book is that if people stop reading the characters and places in books die. The Neverending Story was possibly my favorite book growing up (I've read it countless times) and that was the theme that spoke to me the most. When I learned that they made a movie out of this particular book I was disgusted. I generally dislike movies based on books (because you can never get in all the detail, and it takes out imagination), but making the Neverending Story into a movie was a travesty of unrivaled proportions, proven I feel, by the number of people who commented that they didn't even know it was a book! So sad. I hope everyone goes out and reads the book.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I remember reading The Giving Tree almost every night. My mom would cry every time she read it. Needless to say, there were many tears in my house when I was younger....

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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