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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 for J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday

Today is J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday, and I have JUST the cakes to celebrate.

Starting with the most adorable Hobbit hole this side of the Shire:

(By Cakey Goodness)

Complete with a little Gandalf coming to visit!


Or, for a more movie-accurate homage to The Hobbit:

(By Bubolinkata)

I'm digging the sepia-toned portraits and hand-painting.


Then there's The Hobbit's biggest star:

(By Tartas Imposibles)

BENEDICT CUMBER... er, I mean Smaug.

And seriously, LOOK at that sculpting! Incredible! Not to mention the genius design of having Smaug's head slithering out of the book pages.


Any LEGO fans out there? Because this Gandalf the Grey minifig looks positively smashing:

(By Sylwia Sobiegraj)

As fantastic as his beard is, I think it's the pegs on the cake board that really make the whole thing.


An incredibly detailed Minas Tirith:

(By Chocolate Shells 1)

The White City of Gondor in white chocolate, perhaps? Perfect for geeky weddings!


Although this Dark Tower definitely draws the eye:

(By Black Cherry Cake Company)

Eh? EH??



When it comes to weddings, though, you can't beat this gorgeous Elvish design:

(Baker unknown. Anybody recocgnize it?)

I love the hanging Evenstar topper, and the Gondor sigils.


Or how about this subtle Lothlorien-inspired beauty?

(By Perfect Endings, pics via Vanity Fair)


I'll be honest, I got majorly distracted by the wedding photos for that cake, because LOOKIE:

Easily the most lavish themed wedding I've ever seen! Follow the link up there to see the rest.


And finally, since you can never have too many amazing dragon cakes:

(By Cakes Rock)

Who would ever guess that's cake?? And as stunning as the sculpting and airbrushing is, for some reason I can't stop staring at the perfect pile of gold coins. SO GOOD.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Want more amazing LOtR cakes? Then check out my 2015 roundup here!


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Reader Comments (18)

D'awww the first cake :D and the wedding cakes look amazing

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That square wedding cake! Swoon. While I'm in awe of the beautifully executed, gravity-defying, flights of fancy, it's the cakes that I might actually encounter in real life that keep me believing in love and joy and buttercream. Happy 2016, fellow sugar-cravers!

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenters.marie

The huge, ornate wedding cake, which was for for Sean Parker's wedding, was made by Perfect Endings of Napa, CA

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMsMouse

All are awesome, but I think the wedding cakes win! Too gorgeous!

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOwen Wills

While the wedding is beautiful, they caused a lot of damage in a redwood forest in Big Sur and got fined $2.5 million.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFay

Unfortunately, that over-the-top themed wedding included the wedding planners (a limited liability corporation created by Sean Parker!) going and digging around in some redwood forest to make a nice set for the wedding, because lalalaaaa why not and anyway it's so pretty. And then they left the set behind!

The State of California punished him by, among other things, making him write an app that explains exactly how to get to all public-access beaches without trespassing on other people's property. Hopefully he learned something.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJenny Islander

My birthday is in two weeks. Can I have that last Dragon cake, please?

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

What does it say about me that I had to look up Sean Parker to find out who he is?

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternanalettie

I'm fairly certain that's Sensei Wu from Ninjago. Google image search for that name.....

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

I can't find any leads on the square wedding cake. It seems to be a slightly wrecky version of Shukulata's cake as seen here. Note the discoloration of the white frosting on the left corner of every tier.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

That is FAR too much money for one wedding. And the fact that they got fined for destruction of forest?? Ridiculous. People like that have too much money and not enough sense.

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Amazing as always, Jen. My favorite is the last dragon cake. It seems there would be very little actual cake in it however, since it's pretty narrow and presumably the wings are pure sugar. It is exquisite though.

Thanks for including the link to the photos from the Parker wedding. Yes, it was over the top, and distressingly wasteful, but my goodness, it was beautiful. I didn't know when going through the slide show that so much damage had been done in preparation for the event and that the planners didn't dismantle the show the next day. That knowledge does cast a pall over the entire event. Assuming they paid the fines and made the court-ordered reparations, then I'm satisfied, but I'm a romantic at heart so I want it to be perfect, darn it!

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterphysicsmom

So... Last week you gave me the best birthday present ever with Star Wars cakes. But that hobbit hole is soooo cuuuute! And the first Smaug has a replica of the special edition Hobbit book, which is fantastic! Oh, how I love Sundays!

January 3, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I am positively LIVING FOR that wedding dress. Holy crud, the work that went into that alone gags me.

When I had my Star Trek theme wedding back in 2008, lots of people thought that it/I was bizarre; dressing up in *costumes* for a wedding, who does THAT? Now it's as common as backfence cats.



January 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

@ Nanalettie -- you are not alone. Thank goodness for Google ... LOL.

January 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

@Jolene - My Lego-expert son says that Sensei Wu's hat is different, so that probably is Gandalf. All I I can say is all Lego hats hurt the same when stepped on in the dark!

Actually, that's not all I can say - I must add that these cakes are GORGEOUS!

January 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

I only have one word for this amazing collection: SWOON!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

And because I just saw it last night, what the hobbit hole cake most reminded me of was this cat house (and also the coordinating Eye of Sauron scratching post). You know you want it now.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Morrissey

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