Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Twilight

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This week I've discovered that there are billions of Twilight cakes out there, most of which fall in the "regrettably hilarious" category. Granted, you can't expect fan cakes to be professional quality, but it did make finding the good Twilight cakes a bit of a chore. And then, most of the nice ones I found were one of two designs: either this...

(By Sweet Austin, who I think made it first.)

Or a book cake, like this:

(Submitted by Jilly, made by Sugar Honey Tea)

Or this:

(Submitted by Annie, made by Cakes by Francesca)

I like how she used photocopied pages from the book on the cake board. It really adds to the presentation, don't you think?


Since I don't want to post a bunch of cakes in the same style, though, here are the best I could find in other designs:

(By Chocmocakes)


This one takes the book-cake idea and adds some great details:

(Made by Camille over on Twilighters Anonymous)

See the little fork? Cute!


A few cake artists did some impressive portrait work in buttercream. Check it out:

(Found here, but the baker isn't credited.)

(Submitted by Emily S., baker unknown)

Others focused on the chess pieces from the latest cover, Breaking Dawn:

(By Katie of Macon Cakes)

(Submitted by April B., baker unknown)

As always, if you know one of the bakers I don't have listed, please let me know!

And please, if there's to be any debate in today's comments, let it be over which cake is your favorite - not over the relative merits of the Twilight series, eh?

- Similar Sweets: Fantastical Beasts
Kristen said...

I'm not a Twilight fan, but these cakes are beautiful!

Marianne said...

lol, yes, I won't say anything about Twilight itself, but I do like the first cake and the stacked book one. the portraits are good too, but I like that folks kept more to the books than the movies for the decent cakes. (notice how the wrecks were mostly based on the movies? just sayin')

Anonymous said...

Those cakes look better than the books themselves :P

Katie said...

Cakes are gorgeous. I'm impressed they could actually do drawings of the characters. No easy task in cake.

Anonymous said...

I love how several of the cakes incorporate the torn red ribbon from one of the book covers!
Carla

Typo Tat said...

Pretty! My favorite is the one with the book stacks with the lamb and lion on top. Totally cute.

Personally, I hated Twilight, but I want a piece of those cakes!!

WriteCards said...

It's hard to separate the books from the cakes, but I'll try!

I did like the scattered pages effect! It drew the eye to the centerpiece . . . the cake! The sculpted cakes are nice as well.

I did NOT like the green and black cake. It just looked gruesome to me. To me, green and food, unless it's a food that is supposed to be green, just doesn't bode well in the idea of freshness.

She said...

Good luck on that request, Pandora.

Layla said...

I love the book stacked cake. The little details on it that relate back to the books are great. I especially love the fork on it, made me laugh. The lion and lamb at the top were too cute. I kind of want it as my wedding cake. (That is if I ever find someone awesome enough to marry me.)

Haley said...

These are very impressive. Especially the Edward cake in buttercream!

It looks just like him!

Love the giant chess piece as well!

Diana Dang said...

Hate the series, but got to love how much dedication fans put into their cakes.

Trish said...

No lie, I was actually looking up Twilight sweets to send to you!! Thought a sunday sweets with non-sucking Twilight would be a good idea. HAHAHA. And, well, those are the ones I found.

Natalie Decker said...

I like the Edward cake! Sure its green and black but he is a vampire after all right? And buttercream? Wow! What could be better than eating a deliciously beautiful slice of RPattz himself?

Nightfalltwen said...

The covers of those books are the only redeeming quality. Thank goodness the cakes were all based on the book covers (for the most part).

Jimh. said...

Cool Cakes...as usual! I just wanted to let you know, if you didn't already, that Cake Wrecks was mentioned by Graham Norton of the BBC talk show with his name last night. Of course, who knows how old that episode is, since BBC America tends to give us the...afters.

Katy said...

I like the chess board cake.

Syldoran said...

I hate to admit it, but these are actually some pretty decent cakes. :T

Can't say I'm fond of the one with the giant gold heart on it, though. The heart just feels messy to me.

ummpumpkinseed said...

"And please, if there's to be any debate in today's comments, let it be over which cake is your favorite - not over the relative merits of the Twilight series, eh?"

LOL!

Lauren said...

I am in love with the cake modeled after the Breaking Dawn cover... and, no, I'm not a fan of the books. But now I'm inspired to create an entire chessboard cake!

Anonymous said...

I'll admit that I am a Twilight fan, and I am delighted to see such great cakes this time around! Still, the Rob P. portrait seems to be getting into chest hair territory (see Tom Selleck--ew...) And wanting a big chess piece for your birthday cake feels a little strange to me.

It was great surprise to see "Olympic Rings," etc. on Graham Norton. Yay! He always knows what's funny!

alijacket said...

My hate for Twilight is huge, but some of these cakes are really nice... like the ones that don't have the title or the actors on them. :)

A Paperback Writer said...

What? None of the cakes sparkle? No one made a sparkly vampire cake?

Jen said...

On cake or in photographs, Pattinson always looks creepy as all get out. >.X I hope they ate his face first so that he stopped staring with those "I own you" eyes.

Jessica Kennedy said...

I like the tower of all four books! :)

Em said...

I love the four books together cake. And the book cakes in general are fabulous.

And, I will come out as a fan of the Twilight books. I also loved Harry Potter. And Lois Lowry, especially The Giver world. Also Narnia and Wrinkle in Time series. And everything by Mercedes Lackey, but especially her Valdemar world. (There's more, but we don't really have the time.)

I am a huge fan of YA fantasy fiction.

::Back to NaNoWriMo:: It's November 1st, only 30 days left! Ack!

Anonymous said...

A Sunday Sweets section based on Twilight? *yawn*

Amy said...

OMG! I love them! Especially the stacked series of books. Nice indeed! Yes, I'm a Twilight-er.

~Amy B-H

Katie said...

I have to agree with Marianne, it's interesting how the non-wrecky cakes are mostly book-based, and not movie based...

I loved the books. The movie I yawned through.

I think my favorite is the first cake, and I like the heart one, except for the heart.

S3XinthePantry said...

Just wanted to tell you I had over a dozen kids spend the night...only two or three were awake at a decent hour...I pulled up your Halloween Cakes and we scrolled through your blog and laughed the other kids out of their sleeping bags (some of the jokes were over their heads, but I have a 'wake up and hear the joke' kind of laugh)
Thanks!
-Lynn

Jiminycricket said...

I think because of her shirt, at first I thought the last one was a bowling trophy! lol

bassbone said...

Not a twilight fan, my main reaction to the series is "Kill it with fire!" (Except you apparently can't kill their vamps with fire because they're basically Superman with venom covered in glitter... grr...) Anyway, these cakes are gorgeous! Too bad the talent is wasted on the subject matter.

Ms Avery said...

Don't like Twilight, but the lion and lamb are adorable.

andygirl said...

I know zilch about Twilight but I really, really like the chess board one (gorgeous!) and the large, white chess piece. The ones shaped in books are also quite lovely. I may not have read THESE books, but a book nerd recognizes a good book cake when she sees one. :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I think I liked the portrait of Edward and Bella from the other day better. The shadowing on Edward's face is sort of looking like a creepy growth that I wish he'd have removed. Not that I could do this well myself, of course!

Jenntoo said...

My two favorites the first tiered cake and the Breaking Dawn chessboard cake. What gets me with these cake designs is that Stephenie Meyer had her vampires using a lot of pale, light colors and not so much black. I know the book cover backgrounds are black, but still, black frosting is just... eww. Lovely to look at but I wouldn't want to eat any of them.

adrianne said...

I like the first cake a lot for its merit, but am not fond of the real apple on it. It seems out of place.

and I love the chessboard cake. That's beautiful!

Madi Bo said...

I like the second to last photo of the Breaking Dawn cover. The forced perspective is super cool. Great cakes!

insiderart said...

Terri Hines...

OMG Jen Cake Wrecks has gone international TV!!! Cake Wrecks was on the new The Graham Norton Show last night on BBC1 (BBC America here)(girly screams!!!!!) It's the one with Michael Buble... I'm soooo excited for you!!!

eeeeeeeeeee (more girly screams of excitement!!) (for you not Michael Buble)

Heather B said...

I didn't know where to comment on this but I just saw Cake Wrecks on Teh Graham Norton Show on BBC America. Great overseas exposure for the funniest site in the world!

Anonymous said...

Not to sound like a hater, but the buttercream portrait cake sort of looks like one of those hook rug things that kids make with a lattice and little pieces of yarn.

*Jewels* said...

As much as I would like to suck face with RPatz, I don't want to eat his face...it's just sick & wrong.
I love the Twilight book cake with the pages in the background.
Or the one with the lil lion & lamb with the fork...too farkin cute!

Mizprynces2u said...

Favorite post EVER! The Twilight Saga owns my heart. These are just beautiful. Thank you for the great post. I want all of them!

Sharon M said...

Although I'm impressed with the artwork, I'm not sure what I think about Edward's face on pea-green frosting... Maybe a not-so-subtle remark about the decorator's feelings toward the sparkly vampire series?

Shirley said...

Er...Twilight? Sorry, I have apparently been under a rock :)

Tilly O. F. Silly said...

Oh come on TWILIGHT AGAIN! Sorry not the best fan of twilight. The obbessive fan girls will kill me someday but I don't partuiculary care. Beatiful cakes even if they are from bad books.

READ THIS (don not ignore because unlike Twilight this has information (not to mention a plot. It's comments like this that will get me murdered by all those fan girls from Transylivania or something. I'm not funny I accept that>):Also You know that post from a couple of days ago. (yes yes techincally your supposed to post it in that actual post but I'm not sure you'd read it). ANyway you remeber the green frog thing? Well in your 2008 october "Mums the word" one of the cakes is a dead cousin to this one. they even have the same creepy plastic fingers! The the dead one lacks those wonderful barf sprinkles. Just saying I thought you might like to know. (In case you havn't noticed, which you probably have)

-Tilly of Silly

JaevenStar said...

Nice cakes! I liked the one with the chess pieces on the top.

Samantha said...

I love the little lion and lamb on top of the stack of books. A-dorable.

Anonymous said...

check out these cupcakes I found:

http://sweetavenuebakeshop.com/blog/2009/11/twilight-new-moon-team-edward-vs-team-jacob-cupcakes/

Anonymous said...

Lakyn? Seriously?

Caroline said...

What about some Harry Potter cakes??

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I can talk the fiance into having a Twilight cake?!

Melanie said...

Honestly, I think this is one of the worst "episodes" of "Sunday Sweets" to date. The cakes are okay, mediocre, a 5 on the 10-scale. Not amazing, which is what I like to see on Sundays here at CW. It's not your fault that no one cares enough to make awesome Twilight cakes though. And just for the record, no, I don't like Twilight but my dislike of the series/movie does not affect my ability to judge the cakes fairly. I don't like Doctor Who (sorry!) or WOW either but some of those cakes are absolutely gorgeous. (And I really have a dislike for WOW since the Hubby plays it all the time.)

The only good cake here is the first tier cake, and it's still boring. The picture cakes are just creepy and bad; Robert Pattinson is just creepy and bad himself.

What's the obsession people?! You "Twilighters" need to show some passion for what you love!

- Melanie

Suzi said...

I guess I'm the only one here who thinks that first portrait cake just isn't all that impressive. It's loads better than the one that had Bella's hand hugely mannish (reminded me of the Man Hands chick that Jerry dated in that episode of "Seinfeld") though. That wedding cake is phenomenal though! I'm always impressed when people can do those amazing things in butter cream instead of fondant like some of the others on the list.

Adrienne said...

OMG Am watching The Graham Norton Show and he is featuring your site!

Miranda said...

Not a fan of Twilight, but the cakes were pretty cool. All that black icing, though, looks very unappetizing to me. Am I the only one who finds that black and other dark colors of icing (reds, dark purples, etc.) taste nasty?

Anita said...

Melanie is way too old to have a Twlight cake.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of your site and just wanted to congratulate you about the Graham Norton show!

eeyore spice said...

Ooh, I want a chess cake now! (Not to be confused with chess pie.) I like the suggestion of Harry Potter cakes, too. Edward Schmedward, I'll take Cedric Diggory with buttercream frosting, plz.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of these cakes at all... not because they're Twilight but because really they are all a bit wrecky looking! The stack of books one is alright. I do love the twisty Tim-Burton-looking trees on the fourth one, but what's the deal with that deformed gold heart?

I fully agree with the Anon who said that buttercream portrait looks like a kid's hooked rug - that's totally what I thought too!! hahaha

Caitlin C. said...

Wow, those cakes are so pretty they almost melted away a tiny bit of the disgust I have for the books. :P

Bookworm said...

The 5th is my faovirte--it's so cute!

Diana said...

Well made cakes.

I still hate vampires. Wussy, lame whiny love lorn Tiger Beat Vampires even more.

Bring back Nosferatu (and I do mean the original B&W movie), I say! Balding, rat-toothed anthropomorphism of plague and pestilence!

THAT is what a vampire is supposed to be.

Not some pretty-boy, overly love sick, Emo hearthrob who whines like his Elmo doll was just stolen. Pheh!

Next thing you know, Godzilla will be tip-toeing around Tokyo, afraid lest he wake his slumbering love-all the monsters are being turned into cheap teen romance icons.

Plus, a Nosferatu cake would be really cool.

Wolvie Girl said...

I love the book stack cake. And I had to laugh about how many people managed to sneak in comments on how much they hated Twilight.

And are we ever going to get any Hugh Jackman/Wolverine cakes? Good or bad? I know we've had one comic Wolvie cake, but I'd love to see some Hugh ones :D

BethE said...

How fitting that you should post this on the first day of November! The New Moon movie has never seemed closer! Oh, and the green cake looks so very yummy.....In more than one way ;)

feathergirl said...

The first cake and the book cakes are so stunningly stellar.

censusgary said...

I don't think these cakes are that great.
I haven't read "Twilight," and probably won't, so I'm only commenting on the cakes, not "Twilight."
If they didn't fit the "Twilight theme, I don't think these cakes would be on Cake Wrecks at all. They aren't horrible, but they aren't exceptionally good, either. The designs aren't all that creative, and the execution ranges from mediocre to pretty good (not great).

My cat just walked across the keyboard and typed, "009," which I take to be his rating of Twilight Cakes on a scale of 1 to 1000.

Bilby P. Dalgyte said...

These cakes are actually good :)

Christine said...

Nice cakes, but I've always thought the covers of the Twilight books were a bit of a design triumph, so it makes sense that they'd translate well into cake.

As for the Pattinson portrait cake... it's good, but green icing always reminds me of the (Broadway) Peter Pan song... Hook's Tango...

"We'll cook a cake quite large
and fill each layer in between
with icing mixed with poison
'til it turns a tempting green..."

Lucia said...

no. three one! love it!

Lucia W. said...

i have not seen twilight yet. but i want to!

Randomly G-Licious said...

Awesome cakes! Any day w/ Cake Wrecks and Twilight together is a good day for me. I do believe, however, the green and black Robert Pattinson cake is from one of his actual pictures as his hair is a little more wild than in the movies. My guess is that it's him in Mexico but I know a more experienced Rob detective could pinpoint it. Yay Twi-cakes!

Jenny Jo said...

I have to say, I'm finding that blobby gold heart a bit wrecky. The composition of that cake is kind of top-heavy and distressing.

EnchantedFairy said...

I love your site! The twilight cakes aren't as spectacular as some of the other Sunday Sweets, but they are pretty cool.

I came across your sight when it was featured on Yahoo's homepage. I love it! I've had to go back through every post and check them all out. I will never look at cakes the same way again :)

Rawpower95 said...

These are wrecks because of the subject.

Vampires DO NOT sparkle.

Kristina said...

I've never read the books or seen the movies, but I thought most of these cakes were pretty cool!

The only one I didn't care for was the first portrait cake. Is it just me or did they make Bella look a LOT like Tracey Ullman?

Little Lovables said...

wow, they are all great!

the one of rpatz looks just like him!

Anonymous said...

If only the reminder that people love Twilight and think it's cool to read and have their kids read didn't make me want to cry. Ah well, I'm sure the cakes at least tasted good

Chromesthesia said...

A pawn becomes a queen! I finally got that, and I like that series.

Haven't watched the movies, but the second one seems to have shirtless men and I like looking at those sometimes.

Also those cakes are pretty.
They are too pretty to eat though.

Greg Delaney said...

that portrait cake is actually pretty impressive

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

Meh.

Sara said...

Man... I don't like the Twilight movies, but I could definitely picture myself diggin' into a Robert Pattinson cake. That man is gorgeous.

Manti said...

no. NO. TWILIGHT NEEDS TO BE OBLITERATED. KILL IT WITH FIRE.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to like the cakes when the books are so horrible... >_>

Anonymous said...

How about some awesome POTC/Capt. Jack Sparrow cakes? I would surely eat me up some Jack Sparrow! Although Johnny Depp is mine, I'm willing to share him on cake (only.)

Kristine said...

The golden heart doesn't make sense, and it's lopsided. Not so great to me.

The stacked books are great, but I don't understand the fork. And the feather is supposed to have red on it.

The rest are really good. The portrait cakes are amazing. Even if Edward is green.

I loved the Twilight series, and hope she does publish the last book someday (her work-in-progress was leaked onto the internet, and the ensuing mess killed her desire and inspiration to work on it).

Jodi said...

These cakes are amazing! I'm a total Twilight Fanatic...(and I'm 30, so not just for tweens!) and I'd love to have one of those cakes at my party! Especially the stacked books with the lion and lamb on top!

Norkio said...

I disappointed that you have 2 Twilight posts but no True Blood posts. Meh.

Melissa (& Billy) said...

Never read the series but the stacked book cake is my favorite! The huge chess piece (is it a queen? I think it's a queen) is also quite remarkable. The apple in the first one is very, very shiny--I wonder if it's real!

The actual artwork on the others is very well done. The only one I'm not partial to is the green one. It's clever, but green is just not my thing.

SarcasmSymphony said...

Somehow, the prettiness of the cakes almost make me wish I liked the Twilight series. :/
Possibly because it is impossible to translate whiny into cake?

Sexy Sadie said...

Am I the only one who thinks the guy on the green one looks like Orlando Bloom?

Lauren said...

It would make my day if I had a birthday cake like any of those. :)

dirrty862 said...

that portrait cake is fugly!

snuzzle said...

My favorite Twilight cake has to be the Twilight ice cream cake. Google it if the link doesn't show up, it's tongue in cheek and awesome :)

http://www.geekologie.com/2009/07/31/twilight-cake.jpg

Anonymous said...

THANK you! The fiercely determined Twilight haters were getting a little tiresome.

Hey, the book ones even spelled Stephenie right! I wonder if she ever had any "Happy Birthday Stepheanie" wrecks growing up?

duncan said...

LOVE the stacked books! Thanks for the TWILIGHT Sunday Sweets---needless to say, I'm a fan - but I will agree that the series is not the *ultimate* vampire series. Anne Rice & LeFanu did it better. I agree that the sparkles are *out there*, but hell, I still love RPatz -he can bite me any day! [mmm-*thinks of RPatz feeding me cake...YUM*]
-Kat

Anonymous said...

Well, to be fair, these cakes tend to focus on the covers of the Twilight books (the best part by far of the entire series). The lion and lamb are misshapen, and the first portrait cake is pretty bad, but the first cake is gorgeous.

P.S. Golden heart? So not doing it for me...

WV: harch - a strict and unforgiving entryway

Marianne said...

@snuzzle, LOL ice cream cake! plus I'm not sure why folks are begging for Harry Potter cakes, there have definitely been several posts about Harry Potter.

VeggieT said...

I don't know about twilight, but most of these cakes are gorgeous. Though I think that the green and black edward cullen cake is actually a wreck, what with the color scheme and all... I didn't know vampires got the flu? Or is that coming in the next book... "Edward? you're looking green! Did you drink that pig blood?"

Lillian said...

The cake that would truly embody the glory of Twilight would be a sparkly belly cake full of strawberry jam and have a living dead doll in the center for dental excision. OM NOM NOM!

camelia willam said...

Hallloweem.
Well, our Halloween this year was a strange one.
I won't say it was a non-event, but it went from being an entrenched tradition to...
well, let's say a scattering and a smattering.

Portable dog fence
Portable fence for dogs

Lonley Gost said...

I hate Twilight, but DAMN those cakes looked good!

Anonymous said...

The cakes are okay, and while they're not the beautiful and original designs we usually see on Sunday Sweets, they're not really supposed to be. They're supposed to be recreations of the books or the actors, and they are-- pretty good ones, too. I hate Twilight and I am looking forward to next Sunday, but let's not sell these cakes or bakers short.

Except the gold-heart cake. That thing is a horrendous mess that I would feature in a weekday post. Eew. D:

Laser Potato said...

I actually hate Twilight, but these cakes rule. My favorite is the chessboard one!

odylic said...

Although i greatly hate the retarded novel and movie twilight, those cakes look awesome.

Anonymous said...

Go GREEN!! :)

T.O.C. said...

I think that the cake done by Chocmocakes is more of a Tim Burton style. But it could be just me.
I like the books better but the media really ruined it so I don't want to read it anymore either. :( *tear* But it is only my opinion.
~T.O.C.

Moon said...

All the other cakes make me feel slightly queasy (or maybe it's Twilight?) The chessboard cake rocks- I officially claim it as not a Twilight cake but an Umineko no Naku Koro ni cake.

bedroom dresser said...

On cake or in photographs, Pattinson always looks creepy as all get out. .I hope they ate his face first so that he stopped staring with those "I own you" eyes.

sarah said...

These cakes are awesome!! Especially the chess piece!! Can't wait, 2 more days! :-)

Not A Hater said...

I will admit to being a fangirl... though not a crazy obsessed one who worships R-Pattz. I like the books and that's all.
Pretty cool, but I'm surprised this is all you can find. Personally, I wouldn't eat any of them because black frosting is gross.

More cakes:
http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo108/princessgirl93/Twilight/twilight.jpg
http://www.cakehopeandlove.com/2010/07/twilight-saga-eclipse-cake.html
And if you want wrecks:
http://destinys-demon.deviantart.com/art/Twilight-Cake-2-109879057
http://www.kidspartycakes.com.au/photos/Kidspartycakes/twilightcake.html