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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: The Wizards of Ahhhh

The other day I was browsing through my Kindle, trying to decide which of my treasures to read next, when I realized just how many wizards -- and witches -- were lurking in there. I figured it might be fun to celebrate wizards made of cake, their worlds, and the Cake Wizards who make them so magically.

Back when I was growing up, we had The Wizard of Oz,

By Mike's Amazing Cakes

and he really was wonderful.

I have to show your the other side, too, because...

Well... because, because, because, because, because.
(Because of the wonderful things it does.)

Nowadays, it seems like wizards are everywhere.

There are young ones...

By French Kiss

Did you notice the "throne" is made of books? I guess that means we can have our cake and read it, too.


...and the quintessential older wizards with long white hair and flowing robes.

Submitted by Evie W., made by abbietabbie and inspired by Enchanted Cakes for Children by Debbie Brown.

I desperately want to tickle that mouse's tummy.


Of course, we can't talk about wizards without talking about Harry Potter.

Submitted by Emily S., made by Sogni di Zucchero

Swish and flick...


He and his friends brought us along to a magical world of quidditch and castles and streets that ran diagon-ally.

Made by Heather M.

Don't you love the cobblestones on the cake stand and the Gryffindor scarf edging?

While I was relieved that "All was well" when the books ended, I always wanted just a little bit more information. Did you know J.K. Rowling gave an interview that fleshed out the characters' lives after the final book in more detail?
(OK, finish Sweets, then grab a piece of cake and read this.)


Still, lest we give Harry too much attention, you shall not pass without admiring this wonderful cake with Gandalf the Grey (and Saruman -- two wizards for the price of one!)

By Blossoms and Buttercream

It's fantastic, by Gollum!
(Really. See, he's back there on the right!)


I couldn't pass up this cake from when Gandalf came back as Gandalf the White.

By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

Wow, he's even more protective of his books than I am! I've got to get a sword...


Of course, not all wizards are good guys -- or guys -- at all. Remember The White Witch, Jadis, from the Chronicles of Narnia?

By Claudia Estela Rosales -- do you have a website we can drool over? Please let us know.

That witch seriously needed a good talking-to and a cup of hot chocolate to sweeten her up -- although in her case, it might take a couple of gallons...


And then there are the witches from Oz.

By Christoper Garrens

Although Elphaba wasn't really bad, just misunderstood.
(Doesn't her arm get tired?
Maybe we should give her another drink of green elixir.)


I'm so glad Oz is still going strong, even though it has gotten decidedly more...

By Charm City Cakes

...well, you know.

Have you seen it yet? The story! The singing! The gorgeous steampunkiness (yes, it's a word, trust me) of the sets and the costumes!


There are even wizards who aren't people at all.

By Sabrina Santucci

Sometimes they're mice wearing hats.

If this ever appeared in my kitchen, it would be a really tough choice between having it mop the floor and eating it for breakfast.
(Y'know, the floor looks pretty good right now... Where's the milk?)


It takes a real Cake Wizard to make wizard cakes this magical. Whether they use wands or fondant tools, I'm glad they're willing to share that magic with us.


Have a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks(dot)com.

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Reader Comments (26)

I'm loving the cake stand on that Wicked cake!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternormajean

Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Elphaba cakes. Wicked has got to be my all time favorite musical. Can't wait to see it again and again and again......

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenine

...but... swish and flick...

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermandi

Cute little flying monkey on her shoulder! From the books to the movies and now the cakes, the journey continues. Oz, Wicked, The Wiz-love them all! Can't wait to see The Great & Powerful this week.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimply Shannon

So bright and magical :D

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

is Lucy missing from the Narnia cake? I just watched those movies for the first time last month. so very cool.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

That top cake is the coolest cake EVER. And the Gryffindor one!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamera

*blink blink*
I'm not a total Potter head, but I JUST finished reading the whole series through for about the third time, and I've seen all the movies. It wasn't until Sharyn mentioned it that I got .

My favorite is probably the layer depicting Kansas on the Wicked cake. Sunsets can be pretty gorgeous here in the Midwest.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaraV

Those are some fabulous cakes, but I feel compelled to mention that the back end of that lion looks like a corgi. Tell me I'm wrong.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCB

Do NOT *blink*
OK, enough of this- there are enough Witches and Wizards in the books of Sir Terry of the "P" to make a blog entry all on it's own, and you feature boring old Harry Potter?
Shame on you....

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkirri

That Christopher Garrens cake -- NUH-UH. UNPOSSIBLE. That cake is WAY too incredible.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMama Wrench

Look at all the details on these cakes! You know somebody spent hours rolling these out in fondant.

Hmm, taking a second look at these, my primary urge isn't for cake, but for books...

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterteabunny

LOVE LOVE LOVE Elphaba! Wicked is WONDERFUL.. sadly the new Oz movie is not so Great and Powerful... I give it a C.... not awful, just seriously lacking in greatness!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa-Marie

I want the first cake. It's just amazing!!! I actually have a Polly Pocket set (from when my kids were little...honest!) that's on a shelf in my living room that is The Wizard of Oz playset. It's still in it's box...never opened. One year my friend and I decided to get each other toys for Christmas. She got me that and I got her an Anne Geddes doll. My girls were very upset that I never let them play with mine. This post makes me want to take it down and just look at all the little details for hours and hours.
Thanks Sharyn for putting together all of these amazing sweets! <3

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodee in WA

Magical cakes, indeed.... The last one is reminiscent of the Sorcerer's Apprentice story from the film Fantasia.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermel

I also did not get "diagon-ally" until just now. Ooh, now I feel the need to go back and read it again.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

As soon as I saw the Magician's Apprentice case I could hear in my mind's ear:






March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkeptic

I think that broom's water is just gorgeous.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Nice job Sharyn. Love the theme.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Aslan does look a bit out-of-proportion, but still pretty awesome.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

AMAZING. Count me among the folks who didn't "get" the name of the DIagon Alley. I feel rather stupid now. All of these are amazing. I've not seen Wicked yet, but I SO want to (read the book, of course, and I've memorized the soundtrack).

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHippie2MARS

Hi Jen,
I only mention this because I know how important it is to you to give accurate credit for work. The wizard cake, with the cute mouse (the one "Submitted by Evie W., and made by abbietabbie") is nearly an identical copy of a cake by Debbie Brown in her book "Enchanted Cakes for Children (Merehurst Cake Decorating)." It's actually on the cover of the book. (I wasn't sure if I could post the Amazon link to it or not.)

I own the book and attempted that very cake once, and for awhile incorporated the little mouse into all the cakes I'd make (I am not a professional, these were cakes for my own kids' birthdays). That's why it stood out to me.

So while I don't doubt the cake you pictured is by that baker, credit is due to the original idea. I wouldn't have commented if it were an "inspired by" situation, but other than the direction of the wizard's gaze, everything else is pretty much a copy (the colors, the shape of the cake board, and yes, the little mice).


[Editor's note- Thanks for the note. I fixed it. - john (the hubby of Jen)]

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I am SO RELIEVED I am NOT the only one who just facepalmed over Diagon Alley. Mind you, it doesn't make me any less ashamed that I missed it all these years, but at least I'm not alone.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJables

magical indeed.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

That cake is glindarific. I said "Great Oz" at the sight of me. *Now that I have finished fangirling* I love Wicked it is my favorite musical of all time. Elphaba Thropp is my idol. I know all the songs and PRAY for a wicked cake that fabulous. Both of them. Now I have to hop on my broom and Defy Gravity. P. S. Wicked the movie is going to be released in 2014.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElphaba Thropp

Oh look, a castle with towers that don't look like errr... something else! nudge nudge, wink wink!

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

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