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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: Fastastical Beasts

I can see that I'm going to have to be a lot more specific with Sunday Sweet Assignments: giving you guys free rein on the Fantasy theme has resulted in hundreds (and hundreds) of submissions. Don't get me wrong: I LOVE that you guys are responding so, er, enthusiastically, but I'm going to have to narrow down the criteria in the future.

Since I've got so much good stuff to share with you, I'm going to break it up into categories. Today's feature will be dragons and unicorns. Tune in next week for Fairies & Castles.

First and foremost, here's a flat-out AMAZING dragon from - who else? - Mike's Amazing Cakes:

You can tell this is for role-playing gamers by the corn dogs and mozzarella sticks in the background. Come to think of it, all this shin-dig is missing are some Hot Pockets! [cue Jim Gaffigan bit]

Here's another angle:

(Thanks to Christine C. and Sarah, who were among the first of billions to send these in. Check here for more shots and pics of the cake being cut.)

Next we have an equally impressive Unicorn and Fairy Combo from Sandra of Sugar Fun:

Visit Sandra's site to see in-process photos.
(Laura N. was the first to send this one. Thanks, Laura!)

Next, in the
"so-cute-it-hurts" category from Richard's Cakes, we have a a tutu:

So obviously when I say "I'm drawing the line at tutus" I mean "unless they're stinkin' adorable". Everybody got that?

And lastly, Julie W. found a not-so-great photo of a truly great cake:

Arg, my kingdom for decent lighting! Still, if you can look past the blinding flash and shadows, you'll see this is a gorgeous replica of the famous "Unicorn in Captivity" tapestry:

The floral work is exquisite, and I love the little tree. It was made by Magda's Cake Creations, and if you visit the link you'll see a few other angles there.

And let me close with another great dragon cake. Uh, let's see, first I have to choose one... (this is torture, guys; you sent in so many good ones!)

Ok, here, let's go with Kenya S.'s find:

I love that color. According to creator Shoshannah84 over on Deviant Art, it was inspired by Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Riders. Nice!

Thanks so much, everyone! Feel free to continue sending in fantasy cakes, but particularly fairy and/or castle cakes for next Sunday.

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Reader Comments (87)

Absolutely fabulous!

I look at your site pretty much every day and have a link to it on my blog. I've never posted, but couldn't resist today. These cakes are really amazing.

Thank you for what you do!


January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdhcoop

They are all truly breathtaking. Hard to believe they're edible. I can see everyone backing away when the host asks who wants to slay the dragons tho.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

Gorgeous, and the baby dragon in the tutu is just too - too.

My sister drgns4ever, who really loves this site, is going to love this particular post.

I don't suppose anyone is making gryphon cakes?

;^) Jan the Gryphon

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergryphondear

These are remarkable. The designers deserve great applause!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal R R Edwards

How beautiful!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

Those are absolutely fantastic! I really love that first dragon and the unicorn under it.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZorilita

WOW, that's incredible edible art.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

Thanks for the Flikr link, That dragon Cake is so cool! All of them are. My only problem would be biting the head off that little Blonde fairy on the Unicorn! Like chomping on Stevie Nicks!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

That first one! OMG! Even as a gamer I wouldn't be able to cut in to that! Wow!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Staley

is that a marinara fountain next to the mozzarella sticks?? how...creative.

rachel h.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome cakes!!! I must say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tapestry cake! What a wonderful, beautiful, cakey interpretation of pre-renaissance art!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTauna

Gold...dragon...cake...*awe* *has visions in his head of a wedding cake with blue and green dragons on the top*
For my next birthday though, I think I'm just going to ask for a giant, chocolate D20.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCole

Whoo hoo, something I submitted made it onto Cake Wrecks! I feel special now... :D

I love that first cake, though, and the unicorn tapestry. Hm... my sister makes cakes, I wonder if I should be cruel and request something like these...

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

Even more than the corn dogs in the background, the D20 in the first dragon's claw screams "gamer." It also screams, "You know you want me!" Amazing cake.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Geisler

Kudos to the person who did the unicorn/fairy cake for not make the uni horn look like a piece of... coprolite. We've seen way too much of that kind of thing recently.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

I really loved the dragon cakes. I tried to post a picture of my retirement cake (made by a fellow reference librarian) but couldn't get it to post. It was not as professional, but it was covered with scales. I totally loved it.

wv squaste-what you do to the end of the toothpaste tube.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

Yeah, I thought that was a marinara fountain also, but when I linked to the flickr site I discovered it was a ketchup fountain. They also had a mustard fountain! The dragon cake is beautiful, but how do these cakes taste? The inside didn't look very appetizing.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk.

Those dragons look so real I expect them to actually move! Incredible.
~Amy B.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Wow, those are nice! But I want more wrecks! More wrecks! More wrecks!

Angie (from over at

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

They're all amazing, but I'm in love with the D&D cake, the d20 clutched in it's claw, the fact that it's on a battle mat, it's wonderful. I wonder if the dice are cake too, or real dice.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanifae

WOW! I look forward each Sunday to the GOOD cakes! After a week of wrecks, it restores my faith in the ability of cake decorators everywhere! :-)

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama H

They are all amazing, and I'll admit my knowledge of mystical creatures is limited, but do unicorns have split hooves like a goat? I'd have thought more like horses hooves! They are all beautiful, though, and I'd never be able to cut one up.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The real gamer give away for that first dragon cake isn't the corn dogs and other food, though those are good indicators. Rather, notice the erasable map board that the dragon is lying upon - only a gamer would own one of those.

I wonder if any of the dragons have a maiden or knight inside, exposed whenever you cut it open.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertim h

"You can tell this is for role-playing gamers by the corn dogs and mozzarella sticks in the background."

Also note that the dragon is clutching a 20-sided die. I love it and now I'm craving some mozzarella sticks.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Barrack Schofield

I love the fact that the red dragon on top has a D20 in his right front claw. Nice touch!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wonderful! The first dragon, in particular, is stunning. I would have a hard time eating something that resembles art more than food.

However gorgeous it is, however, the wings really bug me. They're either coming out of the cake board or the dragon's stomach, which is just wrong.

I love your site, and visit every day! Can't wait to find something to submit.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmyro

Been lurking on the blog for a long time but never posted until now.

I LOVE the wrecks (of course!) and also the super fantastic cakes, like on this post. I think it would be cool if you also did a post on just how these "super cakes" are constructed, since they are in theory 100% edible. Like that dragon -- what's in the neck, is that white chocolate?

So yeah... a little background on how the heck those amazing cakes are being pulled off without being 99% frosting... that would be cool!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I adore the 'dragon in a tutu' cake, because I think it's based on the range of toys from my childhood that I used to LOVE. Pocket dragons were awesome, and if that is a recent cake I'm glad there are other people who remember them too!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Being a total dragon FREAK.. I absolutely LOVE the first one, it is TOTALLY amazing and I want one!!!

The only problem is that I don't know if I could actually cut into it and eat it...

On second thought.. probably.. I love cake too!!!


January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol :)

These are the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen! It would be such a shame to cut them up and eat them!
I especially love the "Captive Unicorn"...I am VERY familiar with that tapestry....I tried to do some embroidery based on a part of it once!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

The second "in progress" picture of the unicorn cake (on the linked site) might give me nightmares. Oh dear!

But yes, these are all incredible.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimi

Those were amazing and beautiful! And looked darn tasty too, if I could bring myself to slice something that pretty up. And to "anonymous"--the older unicorn legends describe them as awfully goatlike with cloven hooves, beards, and that weird tail with a tuft. It's more modern ideas that have them completely horsey.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

I wuld honestly LOVE to have any of these cakes. The're are all amazing!

Crazy Teen.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Teen.

Ooohh, if only I were rich! I'm not a fan of dragons, but Andy is currently obsessed with dragons and monsters. Oh well, he'll have to settle for whatever I can manufacture myself this year. I'm going to try to duplicate the pink "Pet Chopz" kitty on a cake for him. We'll see how it turns out. I do okay with basic shapes....

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

As a ridiculously HUGE FAN of Anne McCaffrey's work, that last cake screams "Ramoth" to me, and that makes me happy!

Thanks for sharing!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

"You can tell this is for role-playing gamers by the corn dogs and mozzarella sticks in the background."

Well... according to the fact that there is a 20 face dice under the claw of the dragon... I'm pretty sure that THIS is THE way to tell that this wonderfull dragon IS for a RPlayers guys! ^^


January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDjibey

OMG I want one of those dragon cakes for my birthday! They're so awesome!

@ Anonymous: I think traditionally unicorns had split hooves, seeing as many early descriptions mentioned them having goat-like characteristics.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

Just when I think you couldn't get any better you reference Jim Gaffigan. My husband and I can't pass the Hot Pockets at the store without dying of laughter. You're the best!!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpitzer Tales

I love the Sunday opportunity to enjoy incredible talent and creativity...these all are awesome cakes!!!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

Simply amazing cakes...such talent artists!!


January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAzure Islands Designs

This is mind-blowing. I have the "Unicorn in captivity" poster right on my wall, and to see it as a cake is just so amazing. All I have to do is lift my gaze and there is the poster..and there is the cake..and there is the poster...

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg, the first and the last one, absolutely gorgeous. I doubt I'll be able to eat them!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuanaxu

I definitely, definitely need a baby dragon in a tutu. Okay, I hadn't realised till now, but now the house definitely feels empty without one. Definitely.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Yes, definitely for a gamer with the d20 and battle mat. It looks a bit like a red dragon from DnD with the fans down the back.

So now that everyone knows what I like to do in spare time... bravo on all of them, especially the first dragon and the unicorn tapestry!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

Am I the only one to notice the d8?

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNulono

I sent a million (not really) links in. Glad to see the red dragon made it. Not that I expected it not to.

Love the other dragons especially the kyooot one.

The unicorn cakes are fabulous. I collect uni's so I know a good one when I see one.

Thanks and I can't wait til next Sunday.

wvotd stacki...something that is stupid and tacki.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHyena Overlord

Wow, those are absolutely amazing! I love that baby dragon!

Anna Marie

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty, Bandit, and Smokey

yeah that bajillion-sided dice made me laugh and laugh and laugh. perfect.

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhessica

I TOLD you tutus are AWESOME. SEE? SEE? SEE?!?!?!

January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSport's Mom

God, I'm such a nerd, but I am compelled to comment...

It's a Colossal Red Dragon, from the Dungeons & Dragons miniatures game.. It has a 20-sided die in its hand.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkindle

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