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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
Apr172011

Sunday Sweets: Bookin' It

Loyal wrecky librarian Saima has informed me that this week is National Library Week. Now, when I was a kid we made weekly visits to our local library, and every week I came home with a teetering stack of books taller than I was, so libraries are near and dear to my heart. That little building was my literary nirvana - a kind of free candy shop, where the lollipops were spun poetry, and the chocolate bars were the stuff of legends, sci-fi, and fantasy.

So today, I'm dedicating these delicious book-inspired Sweets to Saima and all of her fellow librarians and library workers. Shush on, my friends. Shush on.

Where the Wild Things Are:

Submitted by Ashley C. and made by Glenda's Good Witch Goodies

Alice in Wonderland:


Submitted by Kate O. and made by SliceofCake

The painted roses cupcake is genius. GENIUS, I say!

The Ugly Duckling:

By Leapula

Handpainted *and* little ducklings around the edge? Awesome!

I'm in awe of this Chronicles of Narnia gem:


WOW.

This one is a map of the land of Oz:

By the Cake Doctor

Love the design!

This one combines several of the classic Mother Goose stories:

By jaimecakes09

And I'm sure you can spot Beatrix Potter's classic style anywhere:

The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse by The Cake Mamas

So sweet.

Another classic: Goldilocks and the Three Bears:


Submitted by Lindsay B.; baker unknown.

Here's a more modern entry - and if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend The Hunger Games:

By Pikko

It's one of those books you won't be able to put down. (And for those that have read it, note the deadly nightlock berries on the cover. Talk about a great finishing touch!)

If you're a fellow Terry Pratchett fan, then you're going to love this final cake:

Made by Frances C.

These are all inspired by Pratchett's YA series beginning with The Wee Free Men. The 9-year-old heroine, Tiffany Aching, is a hedge witch aided by tiny blue men called the Nac Mac Feegles, who are always spoiling for a fight and almost always drunk. (Did I mention these books are funny?)

If you look closely, you'll see outlines of the Feegles on the tier below Tiffany's hat:

And they're also supporting the sheep field below:

Besides the main cake is a bottle of sheep liniment (Tiffany's family raises sheep), a block of cheese (which she's quite good at making) and two of the books she consults frequently...in the book. Heh. I love it when a baker nails the details this well! So cool.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Now, go visit your local library. :)

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Reader Comments (84)

"However, I can't figure out the two gold things near the base of the snow/Mac Feegle frieze. Anyone?"

I think the left-hand gold thing is a gummy bear, like the ones Tiff's brother eats in the first book. Not sure what the gold thing on the right is, however.

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ah how I love Sunday Sweets. I love the Beatrix Potter cake. I used to love her books when I was a kid. Still do lol. Narnia cake is a marvel to behold..

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I LOVE Mother Goose nursery rhymes! I would love a cake with the cat and the fiddle and the cow jumping over the moon.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's not a block of cheese in the Wee Free Men picture, it's the pat of butter Tiffany makes at the end, with a witch stamp on it to start changing the local perception of witches.

/reads too much Pratchett

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

For the feegle cake - the yellow bit on the left is a gummy bear, on the right, it looks like a Sou'wester hat, like the type worn by the sailor on the tobaco pouch ( the blue cake )
What's in front is a butter pat ( you can just make out the flying witch stamp ) and at the back I think are the 'Soft Nellies'? the other cheese that Tiffany makes.
You're right about the Feegle figurines though, they are the resin one, I have some myself. It's still an excellent excellent cake design - the details are great!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE TERRY PRATCHETT! you made my monday. also the hunger games. love finding fellow reading enthusiasts.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnalise

Most of these are classics that anyone would know, but for others, what is the "education" process for bakers? Some of the details these great bakers include show deep familiarity with the subject matter. Does the customer have to provide a ton of art & ideas, or what?

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

these are awesome! I would love to see some one make a cake about "The Edge Chronicles" if you haven't read them, you are missing out.

Wow. Just wow. When I saw the topic for the blog I was secretly hoping for Narnia and LOTR cakes, and boy did you deliver! That Narnia cake is AMAZING! I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't a LOTR cake here, then I went back and saw the post from Saturday. Boy did I squee! :-) Happy Library Week!

w.v.- relshmy: boy do I relsh my time reading this blog!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

Am I the only person who doesn't like Hunger Games? I read the first book and hated it. I love every single one of those other books, but I can't stand Hunger Games.
Love the cake though. Super cute! (Are the Harry cakes too overdone? D:)

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShira :D

Im with blogger Stephanie, have you come across any Ramona and Beezus or Henry Huggins cakes?

Also I love the Hunger Games Trilogy! Buy it and read it, but don't read the back cover or any of the online reviews before hand.
I didn't and it made for a better reading experience.

Also I met Suzanne Collins at a meet and greet at a bookstore last year. She was super friendly and it was a great experience.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

Narnia cake looks like it was created in a magical lab by sorcerers!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

If you ever need more book cakes, check this out: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/readathon/ediblebook.html. Annual Edible Book contest held at the University of Florida every April!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElise T

Nightlock berries!! That detail on the Mockingjay wings! *faints*

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hunger Games! Oh my gosh! I gasped loudly and my brother said "what?"
I didn't know how to explain. 0.o
I LOVE THAT CAKE!! :D

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuls987

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*steals Terry Pratchett cake*

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

I LOVE the Narnia one! Too cool! I love Narnia! It's my favorite book EVER!!!!! Did you know that one of the Narnian summer months is called Greenroof, or that the world of Narnia lasted 2,555 years before Aslan brought it to an end in the last battle?!?! Narnia even had a Queen named Swanwhite at one point! NARNIA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Oh my word, when I saw the Narnia one I seriously screamed! I have loved that series since first grade! Last night I seriously dreamed about Narnia cakes! I'm debating printing out the picture for my wall! It's amazing! Narnia is only my favorite series ever, and now it finally has a Sweet! I'm jovial! Yay!!!!!

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Could someone explain the sheep in the hole on the Prachett cake?

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

ZOMG!

And, and SQUEEE!!! Yes, with THREE exclamation points! Squee!

Lessee, I gots
1) a new series. Been putting off Terry Prachett, and why? No more!
2) Hunger Games magnificato. Whether you like the books or not, that is a well done cake.
3) someone else mentioned the Edge Chronicles! Would make The.Coolest.Cake. Series. Or four. teen. :)
4) A chance to pump my super favorite series, the Bloody Jack books by L.A. Meyer. The audiobooks are fantastic.
5) Absolutely no compunction about what to DO with the things - who really cuts into these things? Really? I mean, come on, really?! Now I get to bookmark and visit and squee whenever I feel the need. Oh yes.

And on that note, the clock says three hours and an insanely boring meeting between now and my next library visit. :)

Thanks - to amazing cake decorators, librarians, authors, and Jen & Crew! :D

WV: ancicsi: the opposite of concise, aka me.

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJude

That sheep tushie is the cutest thing ever!

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One of my favourites is this Golden Snitch cake from Harry Potter: http://insanknitty.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/wanted-seeker/

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermonnibo

Niki: Re the sheep in the hole on the Pratchett cake, since the main hole in the ground in those books is the hidden home of the Nac Mac Feegles, I was guessing the sheep was most likely being stolen, but might have just stuck its head in to see what was happening.

Anyone else?

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNonie

All are incredibly well done, but my favorite attention to detail is the Oz one on the Dorothy-blue gingham board!

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryna

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I WANT THAT HUNGER GAMES CAKE!!!

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

The Hunger Games! Yay! Those books are awesome! - Including the last one! **Glares at those who disagree** ;)

And I'm always up for an Alice in Wonderland cake.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoon

Oh my be still my bookworm heart!

I have to show everyone the Pratchett cake!!

*swoons*

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergigi-tastic

Thanks for the tribute to libraries! I love the wild things cake!

April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hunger Games kicks butt!!!!!

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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Harry?? Harry Potter? Where are you?
Katniss, Peeta, Harrys not here!
Oh well, awesome Hunger Games cake! ^_^

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuls987

Nightlock berries! Didn't even notice em'! So awesome! The Hunger Games is the best book in the world! And I'm only thirteen!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

I am smitten by the Hunger Games cake!! I envy whoever got that cake for their birthday.

May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I just *had* to make a Terry Pratchett shout-out. I've loved his books since 5th grade or so and "Wee Free Men" was the first book of his i read. I've never met anyone (other than my family) who's even heard of him! It warmed the cockles of my heart to both see a Terry Pratchett-inspired cake AND find out that there is someone out there who can appreciate it like I do. I tip my invisible pointy hat to you.

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

I'm still a kid, but I was a late child, and only a few of those books (especially more modern ones, actually) are ones I haven't at least heard of. GENIUS, THIS POST IS!

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