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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 Book Lovers

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day!

This calls for some books we can really sink our teeth into.

(By The Night Kitchen Bakery)

That'll do.


And a tip of the Sorting Hat to J.K. Rowling, who inspired a whole generation to grow up reading:

(By Janice Paredes-Alvarez)


(By Gina Rouchy)


Or raise your hand if you grew up on this fantasy series:

(By Bake My Cake)

So, so pretty. That little ivy trail is the perfect touch.


Or how about these classics?

(By Sweet Fix)

I've actually featured this cake before, but those covers are worth a second look. Seriously some of the best I've ever seen.


And for more classics, how about a little Edgar Allan Poe?

(By Miss Amy)

Creepy cool! Love the hand-painted raven.


Eventually we all graduate to slightly less riveting reads, of course:

(By Highland Bakery)


But all it takes is the right book to make us feel like kids again:

(Baker unknown. Anybody know?)


Or maybe a teenager, fighting for her life:

(By Isabelle Bambridge)


Maybe some of us even get inspired to start writing our OWN adventures:

(By The Cake Factory)


Because for book worms like us, the best "happily ever after" is one filled with stories:

(By Roxy Cakes)

Although a double chocolate raspberry filling might be a close second. ;)


Happy Sunday, everyone! Here's to curling up for the rest of the day with a good book.

Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!


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Reader Comments (41)

OMG the octopus cake looks like a sculpture :O and the dr. seuss book with the fishbowl on top is amazing. All of these are great

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

The Adventure Book is, I think, from UP. A fabulous movie with the first 15 minutes sending me into tears. :)

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I love them all! I miss having shelves full of beautiful books, but alas, downsizing means sacrifices. Electronic readers are great, but there's just something about opening a new book, feeling the pages under your fingers, and the smell of the ink and paper that adds to the experience.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Is the "My Adventures" book the little girl's scrap book in the movie Up?

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrockbox

My first impression of cake #2 is that the topper looks like, well...a big pile of #2. Not the most elegant HP cake I've seen.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdutchgirl

BEAUTIFUL!!! Yay! ANYthing to do with books is right up my aisle! Very impressive selection, too! I think that my favorite Seuss is Green Eggs and Ham; it reminds me of my Mom's story about how my Dad made her green scrambled eggs on St.Patrick's Day while she was pregnant with me. That didn't sit well. (It didn't sit at all, really.The subject came up immediately after breakfast.) Books AND cake...What could be sweeter? Love this!!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

YAYYYYYY BOOKS!!!! Love the internet, but BOOKS FOREVER PLEASE! The shipwreck/octopus cake, unbelievable! And the Up cake, aaaawwwww! These are all breathtaking Sunday Sweets, Jen and John! (Looking forward to wrecks tomorrow, woohoo!). Thank you for all you bring to us!!!!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanie from NC

Don't I wish I could curl up with a book for the rest of the day! I have FINALLY finished repairing storm damage from back in May, and am in the final stages of cleaning my house. Next week, it's yard work.

@Amanda: Agree with you about the electronic books. Not quite the same.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTLC

Lovely, lovely. That little fish in the bowl on top of the Suess cakes was my fave.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Beautiful proof of what Sir Francis Bacon said: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested….”

@ Amanda: you are so right – there is nothing like holding a book, feeling the weight of its wisdom or the lightness of its humor, enjoying the characteristic of the paper and the design of the font, and sometimes a deckled edge, a hubbed spine. I recently overheard some people in a book sale room at a library discussing what to do with some books that had been there a while. One woman said, “We can give them to the prison, but not the hardcover books. They make them into weapons.” And I thought to myself, Ha! Books have been weapons since day one: weapons of mass instruction. Once they got into the hands of the people, there was no going back. Books teach from the formality of textbooks to the subtle lessons of life in novels and short stories and poetry; they make us laugh and cry and incite passion and anger and love and hate. Books take us to places we may never be able to go to otherwise – from other countries to distant galaxies. And the most amazing thing to me: it’s all done simply by re-arranging the same 26 letters into a combination of words and then placing those same words next to each other in assorted combinations, sprinkled with some punctuation. Books. You can never have too many. (But you can, alas, as you have mentioned, have too little room.) My own practice on books? As Desiderius Erasmus said, “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

I love the 3D effect of the gold pin on the Hunger Games book. And the adventure book from UP is adorable. Love me some books, but cake as books? Now that's something I can really get into!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I'm raising my virtual hand! Love the Tolkien one, though all of these are beautiful.

And now I'm off to the bookstore, appropriately enough! =-)

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Yes, the "My Adventure Book" is from UP. My Adventure Book

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarellen

Impressive! And I love the idea of the book cake as a wedding cake!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErica

@mel; I love your impassioned reply! So very true...never too many books, always too little room!!!

When I used to live in Sacramento I would go to the SPCA book sale they'd have twice a year, it was a HUGE tent full of books. When I'd take my son, we'd go to the kids section first and then he'd find a quiet corner and sit down on a box of books and proceed to wait for mom...he'd usually start getting impatient after an hour or other words...he was GREAT! He'd see where we were headed and I'd hear a little sigh escape him, but he KNEW you don't come between mom in search of great books. I found more gems that way. Sadly I had to leave them all behind in Reno when I moved out here...but my sister has a good library, not nearly as extensive as mine, but it will suffice.

Lovely cakes all around. I missed Friday's post on Friday, but by the time I read it last night, then all the comments, I ended up with tears and short of breath from laughing so hard. Love hanging with so many funny/ clever/ witty people! You guys rock!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVaBeach alemaP

English teacher approved.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

I want, no need the fishbowl from the Dr. Suess one.......and I love the happily ever after year is our 10th anniversary, and I think I just found the cake I want-now if the baker doesn't wreck it!!!!!!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersuzie

@Mel - Your comment was great. I would like to quote it online. If I may, how should I attribute it? I would really love for that description to go viral.

As for the cakes, I'm not sure I could bear to cut into any of them, tasty as they might be.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLady C

The Dr. Seuss cake with the fish bowl on top is just amazing to me! The books look so real and so well done! Bravo to whoever made that!!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara

I would happily take the "happily ever after" cake as my own. I would love it and treat it well, I promise. I'd probably never eat it (too beautiful,) but oh well. You know what they say about having your cake and eating it too.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Now I know that it's not just the first fifteen minutes of UP that make me cry, it's merely seeing a representation of Ellie's adventure book that will. Even a gorgeous cake one. Sigh.

They are all beautiful.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

@Lady C: Thank you, that's very kind. If it is OK with Cake Wrecks, and I would ask john(thoJ) to chime in here, I would suggest something like: mel, as posted on the website Cake Wrecks. While I appreciate the attribution, I think the site should be acknowledged, too. Also, I have had to have a long discussion with my Autocorrect -- it has a way of changing the lower case "m" that I use for my name into an uppercase "M," but I post as mel, all lower case. Thank you again for your kind comment.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

Thanks! As a school librarian I think this is a perfect Sunday Sweets on my birthday!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeondrel

Check out the goodies served at various Edible Book Teas over the years by drooling over It's an event that has happened for over 15 years, usually on April first, all over the world.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPastrychef

@VaBeach alemaP: thank you. I am passionate about books. I, too, had to leave behind some books when I moved from NJ to IL – hundreds, in fact. Fortunately, I found good homes for them. My sisters are astounded by all the books I have. They say, “Hey, you’ve got three copies of this book.” Well, who doesn’t? Hardback, trade paperback, mass market paperback – and sometimes a signed copy. They took great delight one time in presenting me with a newspaper clipping about a man whose second story library fell in on him and crushed him, and said this is what would happen to me if I didn’t stop adding to my collection. (I took their concern very seriously and turned the stairs going to the second floor in semi-bookshelves – had to leave some room to get up there.) I usually have several books going at once, and will re-read old favorites. There are, however, two books that I am constantly rereading: Jen’s two Cake Wrecks books. They are on the nightstand and are a perfect way to end the day – with a laugh and a smile.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermel

The Dr. Seuss books are gorgeous! Also, I love the "happily ever after." That would be beautiful for an anniversary party too.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I love the EA Poe cake. My 15 y/o dd surprised me when she bough a huge collection book of his, and proceeded to enjoy reading it! She was always a reader, but to switch from sci-fi, anime', and other age appropriate materials to Poe really impressed me.
I might have to try to get that cake for her 16th.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie


I love ALL of these soooooo much!! <3

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Li'l Bonbon

long time lurker...LOVE so many regular all make my day. you know who you are.
pulled out of lurkdom by these SWEET reads! But...these are too gorgeous to eat!!
What a way to really get into a good book ;)

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRogo

@mel~ I "read" coin a cliche (I can't put in a proper diacritic mark thingy on my ancient netbook thingy). The house I grew up in had several floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, built-in bookcases-all full of books. My parents collected antiques, books, and antique books. Some days I feel like an antique myself, so things are coming full-circle. I grew up loving Steinbeck thanks to my Dad, and art thanks to my Mom.
I have the first Cake Wrecks book, myself. I think it should have won a Book of the Mouth award, along the way...
And I was wondering who that "Mel" was! (Mystery solved!) =^~.~^=

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@Ginger, I'm with you--just a glance at the Adventure Book cake and I'm sniffling. Perfect representation.

The CW family has so much in common, and clearly a love of books is one of those things. When I get nostalgic for the feel and smell of ink and paper, I pretend I'm on Star Trek:TNG, reading my books just like Jean-Luc Picard. Then maybe go visit the best used bookstore on the planet, which we are blessed to have in our small Texas city. It's a multi-story maze of books and people who love them; the perfect grownup playhouse.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

"Raise your hand if you grew up on this fantasy series"
Well, my hand shot up faster than Hermione Granger's! My experience with the Hobbit involved a bitterly cold January and me holed up in the basement reading Tolkien by a cozy wood stove with a cup of hot chocolate. There's something satisfyingly primal about a good saga by the fire on long winter nights...

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGingerSnap

It is so good to know that I am not the only person out there who appreciates and collects books. I finally found the perfect wedding cake, if I should ever get married, in the final cake of this post. Like mel, I also often have more than one copy of a good book, a hardback for my own library and paperbacks to lend or give away. Because I no longer lend out books if I only have one copy, unless it is to my sister, since I can go search her house to get it back if necessary. I just finished reading Zora Neal Hurston's book *Jonah's Gourd Vine*. Why didn't we read this book in high school instead of Hawthorne's *The Scarlett Letter*?

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstaying anon

I love it when the cakes are so good I almost can't quite believe they're actually cakes.
Also, book cakes! Why have I not been asking my decorator friend for book cakes for my birthday every year?!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I love them all!!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

I believe an error has been made in classifying the works of JRR Tolkien shown above as "fantasy." They are historical records. That is all.

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternanalettie

This is the best Sunday Sweets post ever. These cakes are all amazing. The detail in each one is incredible. As a big fan of the classics, I am particularly amazed by the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea cake and the Tolkien wedding cake. The Poe cake is pretty cool too and I've never seen a round book spine tier before (as in the Sorting Hat cake). Great finds this week. ^_^

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTifa

Last December I went to the conference kicking off the publication of the final volume of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, 100 years after the project first began. They had the most awesome cake for tea. Alas, I don't see any pictures of it in the post-conference picture posts on the DMLBS blog, but I can share the one I took -- alas, only after it was partly eaten!

The cake was done by a local bakery in Oxford, I don't know which one.

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Wow, these cakes just make me smile. Especially loving the Tolkien books and the happily ever after wedding cake. Happy reading!

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura P.

I know I'm late to the comment party on this one, but just want to mention that a great option for book lovers with small spaces is their local public library. Not only for filling the role of being your book source, but also for when you're needing to pare down your collection... most libraries welcome donations that are either added to their collections or are sold to help provide funding.

As a both a former school librarian and public library employee and a lifelong book lover, I too, approve of this post. :) So lovely!

September 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermjbookwyrm

Surprised Vin Diesel's birthday cake wasn't on here. Stacked D&D books so perfectly done. Maybe she's saving those for a geek inspired sweets.

August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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