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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: Lord of the Rings

Sunday Sweets is our weekly NON-Wrecks feature. This week we're looking at some Tolkien-inspired beauties.

Minas Tirith is one of the more popular LOTR cake themes. Beth A. was the first to submit this one:

I think this was displayed at a fair somewhere, and yep, it's cake. Amazing, huh?

Here's another angle, courtesy of Erin M:

A lot of folks have pics of this cake in their Flickr accounts, but I'm not sure who actually made it. Y'all let me know in the comments if you have a site for the baker, ok?

The One Ring is also a hugely popular motif. Here's my favorite of the ones submitted, also found by Beth A.:

The elvish script is just perfect, and the gold sheen looks fantastic. Again, not sure on the baker for this one.

Since a lot of you have requested more fondant-free Sweets, check out this one of Bilbo & Frodo's home in the Shire:

Thanks to Michelle F. for submitting it. The creator is Cakeworks of Calgary.

Of course, not everything in Middle Earth is pretty, as Deanna T. shows us:

Yikes. This eerily accurate orc (try saying that 3 times fast) was made by Shoshannah84 of Deviant Art. (If you recognize the name, it's because she also made the yellow dragon in my "Fantastical Beasts" post.)

But let's end on a pretty note: check out this gorgeous Minas Tirith wedding cake Tara B. found:

It was made by the bride's sister, who is not a pro baker. Crazy! Plus, the only inedible part is the actual cliff. The wedding was completely LOTR themed, and you can see a few photos of it here. (I'm bummed there aren't more; it sounds amazing.)

Thanks to all the rest of you who submitted photos! Remember, if you have a cake you'd like to nominate as a Sweet, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (57)

Wow! Just WOW!!!
Those cakes of Minas Tirith are astounding!!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

The last one blows the others out of the water! I love it!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Those are all gorgeous. I'll have to show my boyfriend those, he'll really enjoy them. Pretty inspiring stuff for the rest of us non professionals, too.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa B.

If you click on the "contact us" link on the bride's LOTR website, she says that she will provide a link to more photos if requested.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersingdown

Between these cakes and the fact that we're quickly being buried in snow, I have a sudden urge to watch all three extended edition versions of the LOTR films back to back!

Word verification: terphy, which sounds like a Middle Earth term

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I would really love to see more Sunday Sweets that look like cakes I'd actually want to cut into and eat... sure, all these cakes are beautiful, but they hardly ever look TEMPTING. Could we see a "delicious" themed Sunday Sweet?

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

WOW! I am not a fan of LOTR but I want a wedding like that.
All the cakes were fantastic but a lite-up cake...well....takes the cake. HEHEHE!

HMMM>>>I have been trying for a while to get the BF(BIG LOTR FAN) to actually pop the question ..maybe a look at that wedding would convince him. LOL

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervixen

These cakes are really tremendous... especially considering how picky Tolkien fans can be (not that I'm exempt from that). Taking on something like Minas Tirith takes a set of brass ones.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavor

I am sooo excited. I was looking for a venue for my wedding near Toledo, OH. Now I know EXACTLY were I want it. I'm so psyched!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz


Now show us the wrecky versions!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

That wedding must have been really fun - what a lot of really lovingly-done work! That cake!!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTama

those are really cool cakes. great works of art. not one of them i would want to cut into and eat.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergorgon

The One Ring kinda looks like an ashtray. A very pretty, brushed metal ashtray.
(Don't mind me...I hate LOTR with a passion hotter than a thousand suns. The cakes are indeed well done, though.)

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterh3llc4t

As much as I'd love to believe the bride's sister made that last cake, I'm somewhat suspicious since the photo is so different (frame, name at the bottom) than all of the other photos on the site. :/. Maybe someone should email her and ask for more photo evidence!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow! I want to get remarried just so I can have a LOTR wedding!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Thanks for featuring a fondant-free Hobbit hole! I think it was my favorite.

Long live frosting!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Lime

I am so not a LOTR fan, but those are waaay cool cakes!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

they are so wonderful. these designers are great!!!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

Taders precious

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

Sweet! I already had decide that this was a good weekend to watch some LOTR dvds! Minas Tirith is amazing. It looks like one of Peter Jackson's miniatures or "bigatures."

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Looks like cake's back on the menu, boys!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervalice-apple

The first Minas Tirith cake is from Brisbane's EKKA (, but can't figure out if it's a winner to determine the baker...

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do hope you've seen this website-

it looks like you guys might have some things in common. :)

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth E. Grey

The One Ring Cake was made by an online friend of mine, for a LOTR-themed party ("" REL="nofollow">There and Back Again: Eating Our Way from Bag End to the Grey Havens, A Hobbit's Tale") a couple of years ago. (Alas, I didn't get to attend.) She made quite a lot of LOTR-themed food, listed at" REL="nofollow">Lord of the Rings food on

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Yes but does the Minas Tirith cake come with a Denethor candle? ;)

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Oh, hey, the one ring cake is mine! A friend just sent me the link, and the picture is by a friend who came to my party. That's hilarious. The gold was 23k gold dust used for candy making, brushed onto a surface of rolled fondant. The cake was white chocolate cake with apricot glaze and cognac buttercream. The lettering was hand done with an 'ink' of red powdered food coloring and assorted luster dusts, thinned with vodka.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdjinnj

They are all beautiful!

I can not believe a "regular" person made that last one! Amazing!!

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I don't have a site for the baker of the first cake, but it was on display at the 'Ekka' in Brisbane, Australia a few years ago. You might find someone through the" REL="nofollow">Ekka website who can tell you who the baker was.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Very cool. I am not a LOTR person at all, but those cakes are spec-tacular! Yay!

I agree with the "delicious" Sunday Sweets idea. I would love to see something that doesn't look so fragile--not that fragile cakes are bad, just...fragile. :D

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZoey

Wow! Every one of them are beautiful. Love 'em all, but partial to the Minas Tirith one (1st/2nd pix), the detail is simply amazing. It is very commendable to have the patience to make a piece as that. Well done.

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

There is a fabulous Gollum cake out there too, precious...We wants it...we does

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

so next week will be STAR WARS CAKE sweets, right? you can't do LOTR and not do star wars. ^-^

January 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie

Wendy said... Could we see a "delicious" themed Sunday Sweet?

I'm with Wendy. These cakes are amazing cake art, but I would love to see some Sunday Sweets that look good enough to eat. ;)

WV: siviann (also sounds vaguely middle-earth-ish).

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

Suzanne and Djinnj, the party sounds wonderful! I'll have to ramble through the pictures of the event.

My problem with these isn't 'they don't look appealing' but 'arrrgh, it's amazing, how can I destroy this'? :)

WV: reconin. I'll have to do some reconin the pics from djinnj's party soon.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercygirlkat

I love 'em all!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArjun U

I just wanted to tell you that my 3 year old daughter just LOVES your website. She LOVES cake (who doesn't?) and she gets really excited to check out the "birthday cakes" and even she has to giggle about some of them! :)

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie & Maddie

The ring looks fantastic but I don't think I'd eat any of the chicken in the picture it looks a tad undercooked. Eeeeeew!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

wow - while they're not my style of cake, they are very well done!

The Minas Tirith Cake is so awesome I had a dream about it tonight.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlanca

The "Shire" cake looks a little too Wreckish to me.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

Wow! Love the ring!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess T

These cakes are amazing - I will post a link to you from my blog (inspired by all things Hobbit).

Keep posting - love your blog!

Iris Took

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIris Took

I know the photographer who took the photos at the last wedding ... she may be willing to get us a few more. If I can find them, I'll let you know!

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLmarie

Although they can't compare to the real thing, those Minas Tirith cakes are fantastic. There's some lame ones out there, but these are great. And nice one about the Denethor candle... :)

Love the site!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHFB

The orc isn't an orc, it's a goblin.

And I'm a nerd for knowing that...

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterakukoomori

The shire cake is a TOTAL wreck. Most cakes that include plastic figures of any kind normally are.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, awesome! I love Cake Wrecks, and I know the person who made the One Ring cake, so I'm pointing her this way!

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWintersweet

Oops, she'd already posted. I'm an idiot. Anyway, these are all great! Lots of fun! Thanks for rounding them up.

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWintersweet

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January 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac Yassar

Hi everyone! The last cake was at my wedding and no, my sister does not bake professionally. She is however, a crackhead. lol. It was up to my husband to request what cake to have and of course he asked for every flavor on earth and to have it look like Minas Tirith. My sis took on the task and spent two weeks making the houses out of icing. The actual cake was just store bought mix. Hey, it works! Anyway, I got such a huge response that I put up my wedding on my floral website which is Come and see the pretties!

January 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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