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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: 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:


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 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. :)


Let's Go There and Back Again

On the off chance you haven't heard, Peter Jackson released his first video blog from the set of The Hobbit this week. And it. Is. AWESOME.

So to celebrate, I'm doing a special double Sweets feature this weekend. I was planning all book-inspired Sweets anyway in honor of National Library Week, so just consider today an extra Tolkien Treat.

First up, a Hobbit-inspired beauty made by CW reader Natalie F.:

I love that she included Bilbo's book, There and Back Again!

There are quite a few gorgeous Hobbit hole cakes out there. These are my favorites:

Submitted by Stacey S., made by Kiarane (lots of progress pics at the link)

Love the grass roof and the realistic "aging" on the walls.

The perfect green door:

Found here, made by Rebecca. (Hit the link for more angles)

Less realistic, but just as adorable:

By Tartsmulan

So sweet!

This hobbit hole comes with a garden:

It's hard to see all the detail here, so check out these close-ups:

Tiny carrots & lettuce heads ftw!

Plus, look how cute Bilbo is:

Gotta love his big feet. :)

And, last but not least, here's a truly awesome Smaug:

By The Cakerator

Complete with a little Bilbo!

All I can say is WOW.

Well, hope you enjoyed the Middle Earth munchies! Stay tuned for more Sweets tomorrow. Now, I'm off to watch Jackson's vlog for the 5th or 6th time. (Awww yeeeeeah.)