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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: Tolkien Treats!

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday yesterday, how about some Middle Earth-themed Sweets to celebrate?

(By Mike's Amazing Cakes)

The White City in white chocolate? I APPROVE.

And look, you can even see a tiny White Tree of Gondor in the upper court!


So is it too much to hope the Dark Tower is dark chocolate?

(By Market Salamander)

I see you... IN MAH BELLY. Nomz.


Or, if you prefer something a little more understated, how about these perfect Elvish leaves with the One Ring's script?

(By Cake Central user Jasley)


Or just the One Ring itself?

(By The Cake Whisperer)

I like how the cake board looks like molten gold - and I'm super impressed they managed to emboss the script on the inside edge!


Hmm, but I think we need some cute in here, don't you agree?

(By Love is Cake)

BAM. So cute.


And while we're at it, behold!

(By Imaginarium Cakes)

Epic facial hair has never been this adorable.


This one was inspired by Rivendell:

(By Cake Central member ChinaDoll652003's husband & sister)

Wouldn't it be perfect for a wedding? With the rings on that pedestal?


I love the way Sting "glows" on this one:

(By Coco's)


And one more Hobbit hole, because I can't get enough of that round green door:

(By Mother And Me Creative Cakes)

Also diggin' the stone steps and woven fences.


This wedding cake brings together Rohan and Gondor with emblems from each land, plus an Eowyn & Faramir topper:

(By One Sweet Slice)

Can't decide if the finish looks more like bronze or leather, but either way, I like.


And finally, the most jaw-dropping Smaug cake I've ever seen:

(By I love Cakes By Sheila for Cakes From Middle Earth)

His wings are made of rice paper, the body is sculpted of both fondant and modeling chocolate, and the flames are pulled sugar with LEDs inside. WOW.

Here's a close up:

No other words. Just WOW.


Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Reader Comments (34)

Holy crap that last cake could be a sculpture :O

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

This maketh my day with smiles.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHAL

Stone steps on second hobbit hole cake are cool, but it is surprising that a hobbit (who loves comfort, after all) would not have any stairs leading up to his DOOR.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkt

How did the artist get Smaug up in the air? and what is the inscription? I can make out "fire" and "death" but not the rest. And..., yeah, just WOW.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermsanthrope

Amazing! The first and last cakes were my favorite.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVioletRose

Smaug is breathtaking. Incredible how it holds without toppling over or breaking. Awesome.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

The Smaug cake... how? It does not seem possible. Wow!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJessica H

Am I the only one who noticed that the first cake, the White City, is ALSO a wedding cake? With a tiny bride & groom (presumably Arwen & Aragorn) on the second level, below the White Tree? So appropriate.

@msanthrope: I had to zoom in to see, but I am fairly confident the Smaug cake reads, "I am FIRE I am DEATH"

Which is true.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

I think the Smaug cake says "I am fire I am death". Amazing!!!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterM.D. Wingerson

That Smaug cake literally had me gasping. UN! BE! LIEVABLE!!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDenita TwoDragons

@msanthrope it says I am FIRE I am DEATH
Freaking awesome!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

@mssnthrope - I believe it would be "I am Fire. I am Death." Quote from the book/movie :)

These cakes are AMAZING! I have done a hobbit house but it is a wreck compared to these!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLadyShatana

@msanthrope: It reads "I am FIRE I am DEATH"

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChazz Arcturus

Amazing, especially the Smaug cake!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLuLu

I think that it looks like leather with bronze adornments.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJinxe

The smaug cake has 'I am fire, I am death.' It's in the scene: Benedict Cumberbatch says it quite well. (1:42 if you want to just watch that.)

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJinxe

I used to date a guy who spoke Quenya - I bet he'd want the Rivendell cake for a wedding. I, on the other hand, want the Smaug cake. Not to EAT, of course, just - DRAGON! :-D

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterL

Am I the only one who gets the willies when someone uses the One Ring as a wedding cake? Yeah, it's lovely, and it's a ring, but . . .

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

The Smaug sculpture is wonderful, but it has left the idea of cake far behind. There may be a small residual layer of cake under the lava icing, but this is a cake as a dragster is a car.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTachybaptus

Those tasty pastries could even made Bombir smile with delight!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

There's an interview with Sheila about creating the Smaug cake here:

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

That is the most epic dragon cake ever! Wow! I cannot believe that amazing sculpture is made is made to be eaten. I could never

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJess f

If only the white city also had Denethor on fire jumping off the edge, then it would be perfect.

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Tolkien sweets, yay! This made my weekend.

Wow. Gorgeous, all of them. I think my current favorite is the Rohan/Gondor wedding cake, but I've changed my mind three times already, so maybe I should just say I love them all. =-)

@TXRed - No, you're not the only one who cringes when people use the One Ring or the writing from it for decorative purposes. I'd definitely shake my head to see it used at a wedding. However, it's possible that these cakes may be for other purposes.

The finish on the One Ring cake (fourth down) is amazing, and reminded me of the time when I was a teenager, babysitting my younger brother, and we happened to look at our Tolkien calendar (we always had a Tolkien calendar) and noticed that it was March 25th, the date the Ring was destroyed. So we decided, on a whim, to dig out my mom's Bundt pan and bake a ring-shaped cake to "destroy" for dessert that night. We didn't have any frosting, so we decided to make some, but we couldn't find any yellow food coloring. After a few failed experiments with lemon juice and yellow Crisco, we actually knocked on the door of our next door neighbor (a cake decorator, coincidentally) and asked if we could borrow some yellow coloring from her, then made a fresh batch of frosting with that. The cake didn't come out anything like the stunning cakes pictured today, of course, but I can at least say it was better than the wrecks here on weekdays. =-)

My mom was a bit taken aback when we greeted her with the cake when she came home - whatever she'd thought we'd be up to that afternoon, that wasn't it - but my Dad (as big a Tolkien fan as I am) thought it was great. This was back before the Internet, when I thought we were the only crazy family that did things like that, or celebrated Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, or noted J. R. R. Tolkien's birthday on our calendars. =-)

Anyway, I'm going to go back to swooning over that White City and that glowing Sting and those adorable round green doors now. Thanks for sharing these!

January 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeabird

Holy crap, that Smaug cake is simply...well, breathtaking! I don't know what the client paid for it, but it was worth every penny. Simply AWE-some.

The Elvish cake is gorgeous too, though--the sides are gorgeous. And who doesn't love Rivendell? Too hard to choose, this week.

And can I say: DRAGON! Cool.

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHitch

These are epic! Especially the dragon cake. Though I'm also partial to the Eowyn/Faramir wedding cake, because they are my favorite couple in all of geekdom.

@TXRed- I actually have a friend who used the One Ring as her wedding ring. On the one hand, I admire her commitment to the fandom, but on the other hand, evil ring of power is not exactly the visible symbol of my marriage that I would pick...

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Take my money now...?

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Martin

Very impressed with the gold ring, but-- wow! Wouldn't that much edible gold on one cake run into some serious money?

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterms_xeno

Thanks for not including a Richard Armitage as Thorin cake, as I probably would not have been able to continue working today. :D *drool*

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwildmaven

I know this will put me in the minority, but what's the PURPOSE of the Smaug cake? What part do you actually EAT??? Cuz for me, it can look cool & well executed, but at the end of the day there had better BE cake! (and frosting, lots of frosting)

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Nono... One must have the proper description for the Smaug cake...

"My armour is like tenfold fondant, my teeth are sugar, my claws frosting, the shock of my tail is marzipan, my wings are rice paper, and my breath delicious!" - Smaug, Chiefest and Greatest of Caketoppers.

January 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Bobcat

Am I the only one who noticed that the first cake, the White City, is ALSO a wedding cake? With a tiny bride & groom (presumably Arwen & Aragorn) on the second level, below the White Tree? So appropriate.


Good eye. :) That's my wedding cake, and those are totally a tiny Arwen and Aragorn (stolen from the LotR Monopoly set, ha) on the top. ♥

I was wondering if my wedding cake would ever make a miraculous appearance on Cake Wrecks. :D Now I feel internet famous! XD

(PS: For the record, the whole thing, except the White Tree and Arwen and Aragorn, was edible. Lots and lots of white modeling chocolate, heh. And it was delicious -- even the top tier, which we saved in the freezer for a year. I'd recommend Mike's Amazing Cakes to anybody, anytime.)

January 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSora Battey

Oh dear! I loved this post and this tribute and these fabulous creations, but that Elvish cake with the leaves! That's Elvish script, which, while the same as that used on the ring, is definitely not "the One Ring's script" (unless it's actually the same inscription? is it? I can't tell for sure, but it doesn't look like).
Nitpicky? Maybe. But I know my favorite cake geek would care!

March 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The script on the chocolate One Ring cake looks wrong because it's upside down! The inscription is correct, just upside down. I know because my kids can read and write in Tengwar, which is the script used on the ring. Yes, we've officially achieved nerd-dom.

January 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertolkien freaks

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