Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Menagerie: Literary Cake Wrecks

While scouring the net, looking for a theme for this week's Monday Menagerie, I came across a Super Punch post promoting Jen Yates' Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.
Can you guess where this is heading?
Anyway, after less than ten minutes of poking around the Cake Wrecks website, I had more than enough examples of literary-themed baked goods to fill out this post, with the added bonus of providing an extra bit of early hype to Yates' 9/4 release.

Warning: Do not view before baking. You'll have the inspiration sucked right out of you, only to have it replaced by a crippling feeling of foreboding that'll leave you curled up on the kitchen floor in the fetal position.

First up, Spider-Man! Notice how the baker used a subtle 'sperm meets egg' motif to illustrate the 'Happy Birthday' message? That's art, y'all. But why so glum, Spider-chum? Is getting old really so bad?

Next up: Harry Potter and the Extremely Bad Hair (and teeth, and glasses, and face) Day. Or is it Tales of an Eighth Grade Quasimodo? Tough call.

Q: What if, instead of sexy, high school vampires, Twilight was about gnarled-handed trolls?
A: It would've sold a helluva lot less copies, and the cover would've looked like this.

Stephen King's It. (Honestly, I'd totally buy this one. Can you imagine leaving it inside the fridge of a clown-phobic friend? That's one less present you'd have to buy come the holidays!)

To Cake Wrecks' credit, for every dozen or so disasters, Yates usually highlights at least one or two confectionery creations like this gorgeous Where The Wild Things Are cake...

...and this insanely complex Lord of the Rings: Return of the King cake.

Remember: Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, in stores September 4th!