Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Reading Sweets

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today's Sweets are in honor of National Children's Book Week. They're also for all of us out there who like to complain when a movie ruins the book. ;)


Harry Potter:

Submitted by Dara W., made by Karen's Specialty Cakes


Lord of the Rings: (not exactly a kid's book, but who among us didn't read it in school?)

Sub'd by Julie G., and also made by Karen's Specialty Cakes

Not sure if this next one is supposed to be a specific title, but there are several Tinkerbell/Pixie Hollow books out now, in addition to the classic Peter Pan:

Made by Annie at Annie's Art Book.

That's hand-painted! And the rope bookmark is darling.


You know we have to have at least one Dr. Seuss title here:


I am so impressed by those circle stripes. They're not fondant; they're a combination of royal and run-in icing. Cool, huh?


Here's a test: can you name this classic book icon?

Sub'd by Sarah E., baker unknown

Did you guess?

It's The Giving Tree! Love it.

Another classic:

Sub'd by Tiffany H., made by The Whole Cake and Caboodle


And check out these sweet Where the Wild Things Are cupcakes:

Sub'd by Cebelamour, made by Claire Issa


The Spiderwick Chronicles:

Sub'd by Trista C., made by Lisa's Cakes

And finally, the book that became one of my favorite movies as a kid:

Sub'd by Heidi E., made by Say it with Cake

Bonus trivia: Did you know The Neverending Story was originally written in German? It wasn't translated into English until 1983, and the movie was then released in '84. As a kid I didn't realize there even was a book - I discovered and read it sometime in my twenties. (The movie follows the original story almost exactly - a nice surprise!)

Timothy said...

I love these! So cool!

P.S. I'm only putting this P.S. in because I've never been able to before: first!

Jen said...

I remember The Giving Tree, it was so sweet and sad even when I was a kid. ^__^

Dani said...

That giving tree cake made me mist up!

joyce said...

feeling ancient today. I have not read most of these, and only a few were read to my sons when they were little a mere 20 years ago?! Yikes.

Danni Shez said...

I LOVE the Neverending Story! And that Lord of the Rings cake is gorgeous with the feather. I love kids books... haven't heard of the Giving Tree before, so I'll have to get on to that.
Great feature! :)
xo

duffylou said...

They're all great, but I have to say The Never Ending Story cake has to be my favorite.

German, eh? Who knew? Cake Wrecks, so educational.

Rob said...

Sure, the movie of The Neverending Story followed the book very closely... until it ends half-way through the story. After that, the book REALLY starts messing with your head.

Laura said...

The Neverending story is much, much longer as a book. The film (and I am only counting the first, because everything after that was a travesty) ends after Bastian gets to Phantasia- the whole story after that, about two thirds of the book, is cut. So I would strongly advise everybody to read the book, because while the movie was true to the part that it told, there is much, much more to the story (also, read Momo, also written by Michael Ende)

Carol said...

There's a Neverending Story book?? I loved that movie growing up...might have to find the book now to read it! :)

Arlene C. Harris said...

Also, Michael Ende hated hated HATED the movie version of The Neverending Story because not only did it end halfway, it tacked on an ending which he did not approve of: Bastian taking revenge against his tormentors.

The book was much better, but then, you know, yeah :-)

L.B. said...

Love the 'Neverending Story' cake. One of my favourite movies. Too bad I wasn't aware of the book until long after I'd seen the movie. So, it didn't come out in English until 1983? Wow! Did Michael Ende write anything else, btw?

nastyKitten said...

"Did you know The Neverending Story was originally written in German?"

Being German myself, I knew this, of course. (Die unendliche Geschichte)

Regarding the movie I beg to differ.
I left the cinema very disappointed after seeing a movie that told only the first half of the book.

Stephanie said...

Awesome Sunday Sweets!
The Neverending Story was also one of my favorite childhood movies, I never knew it was a book! (amazon here I come!!)

ana lisette said...

Speaking as a total Harry Potter junkie, those HP book cakes are *sa-weeeeeeet*! I am deeply impressed with the detail on all of these cakes, and am proud that I've read all except the Tinker Bell book (not sure what that's about, but still totally adorable) Sunday Sweets make everything better, thanks Jenn!

Galadriel said...

I dunno... I was named for a character out of Lord of the Rings, and I read voraciously as a kid in school (adult fantasy/sci-fi, even). I *still* didn't make it through LotR until I was 15.

I do love it now, but I just didn't think it was a kid's book :)

(The cakes in today's post are great, of course.)

Anonymous said...

I can't stand Lord of the Rings (I know, blasphemy), but if there's one good thing to come out of it, it's that cake. Wow!

Also love the Spiderwick and the Neverending Story cakes. So so so pretty!

Kymm said...

I not only recognized The Giving Tree, but burst into tears the second I saw it. That is one affective cake!

Jillibean said...

I love that the Wild Things cake is for someone's 21st birthday :)
The cupcakes are fabulous, too!

JamesterCK said...

Those are all awesome cakes. And although I can appreciate the craftsmanship on The Neverending Story cake, I never liked that movie. In fact, I was downright terrified by the big ugly flying dog...I used to have nightmares. *shudder*

Shadow Rider said...

Ah, I didn't know that about The Neverending Story! Have to go read the book now. I am reminded again of how much Falkor looks like an Irish Wolfhound.

http://finnspawprint.blogspot.com/2009/10/luckdragon.html

Tamara Mitchell said...

I am only submitting this comment because the WV is: redin!

Anonymous said...

100% agree with Rob on the Never Ending Story... the second half really does mess with your head. I think it's saying that although dreaming is important, doing too much of it will make you crazy. Which I suppose is true.

Giving Tree, OTOH... at the age of 6 I learned the word "sadomasochistic," though I didn't find out what my mom meant by that until I was much older. I agree with her! Still a beautiful cake.

Zach said...

The german version of The Neverending Story, Die Unendliche Gechichte is much better than the english version. The translation just isn't very good. Even the title is translated wrong. I'd translate is as The Unending Story or The Endless Story, not The Neverending Story.

Scarlett Robyn said...

Aaaaaaaah! I've been able to read ever since I was three, and I love it!!! And these cakes are just WONDERFUL!!!

The Stringham 5 said...

Oh my...that Giving Tree cake is wonderful. I remember the first time I read that book to my daughters I sobbed all the way through it. They thought I was crazy. I loved it. Beautiful. All the cakes were, of course, but that one was just beautiful. I also love "Oh the Places You'll Go"!

The Stringham 5 said...

Okay now that I've read that other people cried when they saw the Giving Tree cake, I don't feel silly for admitting that I did too!

Anonymous said...

One thing I really like about these cakes (other than their general awesomeness, that is) is that they aren't all for children. I love that young adults still want cakes of their favorite books, and not just Twilight. That's the power of great books.

WV: gessol. Gessol have to get some of these books and start re-reading!

The Boob Nazi said...

Quite possibly my favorite post ever.

Jessica said...

The Never-Ending Story gave me and my husband nightmares as children, especially that flying worm-dog thing. I think it didn't help that we both ended up watching the movie while sick with the flu. Nothing like crazy- fever dreams spawned by a children's movie! Neither of us can/will watch that movie (and it's sequel) even as adults. Maybe I'll try reading the book...

Jessica said...

The Never-Ending Story gave me and my husband nightmares as children, especially that flying worm-dog thing. I think it didn't help that we both ended up watching the movie while sick with the flu. Nothing like crazy- fever dreams spawned by a children's movie! Neither of us can/will watch that movie (and it's sequel) even as adults. Maybe I'll try working up the nerve to read the book...

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Cake and bibliophilia - oh happy dayyyyyy....

Shirley said...

Lovely cakes, though there are several books I have not read. I suppose it would be bad minded of me to wonder why the Giving Tree has apples and oak leaves though? :)

Cheressa said...

Love love LOVE the Harry Potter books! I also adore the Dr.Seuss one and the giving tree one...I Love Sunday sweets!

Laura said...

to LB:
Ende is a rather well-like author of childrens books here. I already recommended Momo, which has some philosophical themes just like The Neverending Story (the former is a story about Time and how it gets stolen while the latter is a story about phatansy and how we determine who we really are).
Less philosophycal and more for children is Jim Button and Luke the Engine driver and Jim Button and the Wild 13. It's about an orphaned boy and his best friend having all kinds of adventures, saving a princess from a dragon and fighting piraes.
The last of his childrens books, and also less philosophical, is The Night of Wishes: Or the Satanarchaeolidealcohellish Notion Potion. It's about a cat and a raven trying to thwart their master's (a wizard and a witch) plans of, basically, destroying the world. It is perhaps the funniest of his books and greatly recommended.

Cali said...

I have to say that The Never Ending Story cake really got to me. I saw the movie on our first VCR when we first got it. I was pregnant with my son at the time. It was one of the first tapes we ever rented, in fact. We must have watched that movie three or four times that weekend. I completely lost my appetite for violent or gory movies when I was pregnant, it just didn't seem like violence and gore were conducive to creating a life, ya know? My son has just celebrated his 25th birthday, but I've never found any interest in violence and gore in entertainment again. I don't think I'm missing much.

Also, a few years later we rescued a white shitzu who looked EXACTLY like Falcor, so that's what we named him!

Kar said...

I keep holding out to see a good Narnia cake! Some of these are just gorgeous, I love them all!

A Paperback Writer said...

Bravo for book cakes!
Thanks for sharing this (even if I loathe the giving tree book -- all the others are delightful).

Liz said...

The Giving Tree is my all time favorite book. The cake is fantastic.

Love Sunday Sweets!

BrokenHaloDR said...

It might be strange to say, but I love how some of these cakes were made for people in their 20s. Awesome cakes! It makes me want to read Never Ending Story again.

Sarah said...

The Giving Tree makes me cry when I read it. I'm 27.

Sora said...

LOVE The Neverending Story cake. Falcor is so cute!
Speaking of the movie, did you know that Noah Hathaway almost died in the scene in the Swamp of Sadness? When Artax is sinking, he's actually on an elevator. Noah got caught in the vacuum and was pulled under. When they managed to fish him out he was unconscious. Also, when fighting the Gmork he almost lost an eye.
And the second movie follows the second half of the book pretty well.

Anonymous said...

So, my favorite cake is from the book I hated the most.

I mean, come on, the boy takes and takes until the once graceful tree is now a stump. And he never even thinks about the tree unless he needs something. I sure hope my kids don't grow up to be that selfish.

However, it is a classic children's book, and it is stinkin' cute, and it is my favorite cake of the day, so I suppose I'll forgive you for including it. ;)

Coty said...

I never read or saw Lord of the Rings...and I do not regret that decision.

Nikki said...

I have a tear in my eye from The Giving Tree cake. So sweet!

SusanJ said...

Love these. Real apples on the Giving Tree cake, right? There needs to be more book cakes, if you ask me. Anyone done an e-reader cake yet?

About Neverending Story--did you know The Neverending Story is a German-made film? I never knew that until recently. There's some good behind-the-scenes stuff on YouTube, but for a laugh check out the "alternate ending" by Kusper. Adult-oriented, just so you're warned.

That One Girl said...

We got out 6 year old daughter The Giving Tree for Christmas... she thought it was a very sad story. It really is. The cake was fantastic!

Natalie said...

The Giving Tree makes me emotional. That cake is such a loving tribute. Made my day. Thanks. "Courdoroy" by Don Freeman was my favorite book as a child, and if somebody could come up with something, I'd probably cry.

Amber said...

We like to tell our bunny (an albino mini rex) that Falcor from The Neverending Story is his father. He's not generally amused with our jokes.

Karena said...

I love this website & I look at it every day, but I've never posted a comment.

All of these cakes are absolutely amazing, but am I the only person to notice that on the Harry Potter cake, the top actually says "Hapry Potter"?

Ellie said...

I love the Neverending Story cake! Falkor is so adorable.

The movie was interesting...I found it very different from the book in some respects - for one thing, was anyone else convinced that the name that Bastian gives the Childlike Empress at the end was his mother's name? I was really surprised when I read the book and found out what name he actually gives her. Also I agree with Rob about how the second half screws with your head...but it's amazing.

Suden Veri said...

In college, my friend and I awarded ourselves fifteen million geek points each for going from our Tolkien seminar to our role-playing game.

Now I have the urge to re-read the LotR trilogy....

Lady J'ssem said...

I adore every one of these cakes. The Giving Tree was a bittersweet memory, where as everything else was just fin... though I admit I'm bad; I've never been able to read through LotR... I loved the Hobbit and the movies though? (Three pages to describe a field put me to sleep, and I was ashamed of it).

The "Oh the Places You'll Go" book is actually even more appropriate at this time of year. There is a tradition with some parents to give their kids this book at graduation. Both to symbolize their childhood days... and their future hereafter. So even more of a sweet on this very sweet Sunday.

wv: sinnic - A sinful cynic : You'd have to be a sinnic to hate any of these cakes!

sendingtheclowns said...

Shirley said...
"...I suppose it would be bad minded of me to wonder why the Giving Tree has apples and oak leaves though?"
=========
Wow, you're right~~ good catch!
Maybe this is a case where the apple DID fall far from the tree?
(Or, those are actually red, cap-less acorns?)
=^~.-^=

Marianne said...

I ALWAYS love it when you feature book cakes!!

Heather Nabers said...

My birthday is Tuesday and now I'm going to be disappointed if I don't have an amazing Harry Potter birthday cake.

Soprano1 said...

Those are awesome!

Not only *is* there a Neverending Story book, but the hardcover edition is printed in two colors: red when Bastian is in our world, reading, and green for the story itself, even after Bastian becomes part of it. I'm looking at my copy now--I hunted high and low for it after reading the library's copy as a teen and wanting one in red and green. They were hard to find. --Lauren

Erin said...

These are great cakes...The Neverending Story one is probably my favorite.

I was in college, I think, before I found out that the movie was based on a book. I found said book at a yard sale last year and read it in a matter of two days. I was pleasantly surprised to see how closely the movie followed the book...but only the first half. I would love to see someone tackle the second half on film.

The Vagabond Priest said...

Ooooo, how much do I want a cupcake right now? The NeverEnding Story cake is definitely sweet. I was a geek who always ran to the library to read the book right after seeing the movie, so I was very interested to discover the discrepancies. Am I a geek to confess that the theme song was one of my favorite songs as a little kid?

The cakes, though: definitely sweet indeed!

Meg said...

The neverending story is awesome!

Kate said...

Wow, beautiful cakes!
I recently finished a practical training as a teacher in my old elementary school here in Germany. When I was in the library, I pulled The Neverending Story from the shelf and found my name on the card - four times. What a blast from the past!
I must be the only person here who has read the book multiple times, but never saw the movie...

My Purpose said...

Awesome......!!!!

I too, LOVED Neverending Story as a kid (and read the book too).....


these are allll soo awesome!

Melinda said...

I must be strange, I never read Lord of the Rings in school.

Sixxlet said...

I am 40 and I never read Lord of the Rings in high school. We never read Lord of the Flies in high school either. In fact, I've still never read those two books. They just don't look interesting to me. Now Harry Potter, well, I've read that series SEVERAL times over and each time I find something new - some new detail or bit of foreshadowing that I never caught before. That series is brilliantly written.

jen bryner said...

the neverending story cake is my FAVORITE of all of these! how awesome! BUT...it bugs me that there isn't an orin (spelling?) on the front...don't you think it should be there?? my 8yo just saw it and said she totally wants a neverending story party for her next bday now :) yay!

Doubly Blessed Chef said...

*sniffles* I love the giving tree! And my geek ex husband gave me my first copy of both Neverending Story and the Princess Bride so he was good for something... I wish that cake had an auryn on it though..

Cranky said...

Boo! to fondant cakes. Nobody eats 'em. Nobody likes 'em.

Marcia said...

This librarian is absolutely thrilled. I want one of each!

Anonymous said...

Huh, I don't know anyone who read Lord of the Rings in school.

schneefink said...

Book cakes! Wheee! Fuchur :D

That said, I dislike the "Neverending Story" films, probably because the first I saw is one of the sequels and they do not have anything at all whatsoever to do with the book. (I´m not even complaining that Atréju isn´t green!, but I was disappointed.)

I read the book (in German) right after "Momo"(another book by the same author and also very very much recommended) and love it still, it´s wonderful wonderful wonderful.

Eva said...

Love the cakes, but I had to do a double take at the comment below the Never Ending Story one - the movie follows the book closely?
I have known this book since I was rather small. My mom started reading it to my brother and myself when we were rather small ( we also owned the cassettes which I still have), so it holds a special place in my heart.. and I was really disappointed in the movie when I first saw it at the age of ten, I guess (a few years after it came out). My favourite character Fuchur (or Falkor) looked and more importantly *sounded* nothing like I imagined him from the description in the book. His voice is described as sounding like a big bronze bell tolling.
Plus, as many here posted, the movie covers about a third of the book and doesn´t do all that great at capturing the soul of it (like they managed with LOTR, IMO)...
BTW-most of Michael Ende´s books are really great, Momo is another really good one. The movie to that one is also well done. :o)

Heather Justesen said...

These are seriously awesome--someday I'll make a book cake that isn't a total wreck--and the painting on these babies is very impressive!

Antiope said...

I love the Seuss one!

skcallahan345 said...

I beg to differ that the movie of The Neverending Story follows the book well. The author of the book, Michael Ende, collaborated on writing the script but was so disgusted with the deviations from the book that he had his name removed from the screenwriting credits. That being said, I adore both the movie and the book. But if you want a great book/movie combo, go for The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Hmmm... maybe I should see if I could get someone to immortalize that in cake for me...

Stacy said...

"The Neverending Story" is still one of my favorite movies. I had no idea there was a book. Thanks to you, I am going to my library to get it!

xDante said...

That Neverending Story cake is gorgeous. It's also one of my favorite books, so few books have such rich characters. The movie is fairly accurate, all things considered, except that it's only the first half of the book! Thanks for pointing people towards one of the most underrated stories of all time; this book should really be ten times as popular as it is!

SzélsőFa said...

i'm about to say something about Michael Ende's classic 'The Neverending Story'.
I read it in Hungarian, totally enjoyed it, with all its deep layers...
i loved it to pieces.
we kept reading it to our children as a bedtime story.
we anticipated the movie -
and only find it having the original meaning ruined by the movie. a movie that focuses on specific effects, gloomy characters, and next to nothing about the psychology so richly described by M. Ende.
His other books (Momo for example) are also of great value.

Ashley Alley said...

Here is the artist for the tinkerbell cake. I had seen it before so I knew I could find it for you

http://cakes.anniesartbook.com/2009/08/tinkerbell-cake-for-my-little-girl.html

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised how many people don't know there is a second Neverending Story movie! Its called The Neverending Story 2 :-) Its not as good as the first one, but it does follow the second half of the book pretty well. The original though, probably my second favorite childhood movie, after The Princess Bride.

Val

Jenny said...

There are a few Michael Ende stories translated into English these days. I'd recommend "Momo" as my second favorite after "The Neverending Story."

Lindsey said...

Awesome cakes!

I think that almost every time a book has been made into a movie, the movie falls terribly short of the book. I think Harry Potter movies are great and all, but still not true to the books.

However, one book-to-movie adaptation that is really spot on is Holes. So well done!

Kinipayla said...

Funny enough, I never did know that "The Neverending Story" was a book until now and I am in my twenties!

Gina said...

Gina
Sunday Sweets are always the cutest! but Why didn't I get my Cake Wrecks fix on Saturday? Was there some kind of update I missed?

homeschoolmom said...

Amazing cakes! I love the one of Falcor and The Never Ending story...and I totally agree about the following of the story!

Red Wolf said...

You read Lord of the Rings in school? No one I know ever read that in school.

The Neverending Story was one of my favorite books and movies as a kid too.

J. Turner said...

Aw I love The Giving Tree cake. And the Wild Things cupcakes are absolutely adorable, without being silly.

Anonymous said...

I'm inspired to go curl up with a good book now. I might even do it without cake!

Laura said...

The second movie does not follow the book accurately. It turns it into a fight between the bad queen and the good guys, which is so, so not the point of the book, even if the character is rather important. The book is full of philosophy and is, at its heart, the story of Bastian finding himself. The movie tries to turn it into a predictable fight between good and evil, when one of the most important aspects of the book is the fact that such distinctions rarely exist. Add the fact that it is also a bad movie in itself, and there is good reason to ignore it.

Chriss said...

I absolutely love the Harry Potter cake (BIG fan) and the Never Ending Story cake is fabulous

**although I'll admit, the movie Never Ending Story scared me to death when I saw it the first time, still don't know why cause it's a great movie, but I was 4 after all and a big wuss at that age**

TerraD said...

Those are wonderful! Everyone should check out cakelava's blog from today. Rick did an amazing Harry Potter book, too!

Jess R. said...

I almost cried when I saw Falkor! What a beautiful cake.

Loved that book...I love how the first and second movies both come from the same book...of course the second half of the book is WAY better than the second movie. Sequels...*grumble*

Marie said...

I disagree about the movie following the book almost exactly. That's true if you leave out half of the story. I couldn't believe it when the book went way beyond where the movie ended. The movie left out a massive amount of the book.

runwritetherapylife said...

I love the Harry Potter and The Where The Wild Things Are cakes. Two of my favorite childhood books. And the Giving Tree! Although I'd feel bad biting into something as sacred as the Giving Tree stump!

Meesh in MO said...

Ohhh Falcor has to be my favorite.

fivefreckles said...

WOW! I'm an elementary school librarian so I was thrilled to see these AWESOME cakes. (I was especially pleased that they weren't "wrecks.") They would be welcome in my library anytime! :)
I have many high-reading 5th graders who are avid readers/fans of The Lord of the Rings series so I think it fits right in with the others. It's certainly in our school's collection.
The Seuss cake is impressive because even the font style is correct!

Lenore said...

"They're also for all of us out there who like to complain when a movie ruins the book." Good to know there is at least one other person with this mind-set. People who know me roll their eyes when i say 'well, the book was so much better'. Julie and Julia was the most recent disappointment.
WV: mushemba - when a screen writer mushes, embellishes and axes critical parts of a book

ZoomZoomZoom said...

The Neverending Story is still my favourite movie. I'd love to read the book. Lovin' all of these sweets!

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I hate the Giving Tree.

Beth said...

And the tree could give no more...

jelloegg said...

If I am not mistaken, my principal from high school read several lines out of "oh the places you'll go" in our graduation. I only learned about this later because I wasn't paying attention (I was bored out of my skull).

erin said...

I have a book recommendation for you: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
It's hilarious, it's literary, it's a mystery/crime novel, it's wonderful! I think you'd love it, if you haven't already read all of his stuff. I don't know if you've read it because I bet there are no Eyre Affair cakes out there, so you haven't commented on the book ever!

Aliza said...

Lovely cakes, but it's left me wondering how it is I haven't read almost any of those titles! Never heard of the Giving Tree before CW, rebelled and didn't read LoTR (soooo many of my friends did), many Dr Seuss titles didn't make it to Australia in the 70s (and by the time we moved to Canada I was too old), and some of the others came out too late for me. Which leaves only Harry Potter... I'm one of those 30-somethings who got thoroughly hooked :)

Oh well, at least my youth wasn't entirely mis-spent: my nose was happily buried in different books. So, thanks for honouring those wonderful, wonderful imagination devices commonly known as books :)

Pais Charos said...

About The Neverending Story - my ALL TIME favorite movie since I was five (now 28). The movie doesn't follow the book exactly, though. In fact, the movie is a small snippet of the book. Like you, though, I didn't know of the book till many many years later, long after I was already in love with the movie (the first movie, at least). When I was 16 I got to visit Germany and actually rode Falkor. 'Twas a dream come true ^_^ I seriously want that TNES cake :D

Anonymous said...

I never read "The Giving Tree" as a child, nor was it read to me; I first encountered it in a college course on Childrens' Literature. I may have been overly influenced by the professor's take on the book, but every time I have read it, I can only see what he pointed out: that the boy only takes and takes from the tree, and even once he has taken the tree trunk, arguably the essence of the tree, he comes back and expects yet more. Far from teaching positive qualities, all I can see it teaching is selfishness and lack of consideration. In this day and age of self-centeredness, this seems to me to be the last book we would want to expose kids to. They are already self-centered enough; do they really need a children's book that sanctions it, and even, arguably, endorses it?

--Lisa

Arlene said...

Boy these Sunday Sweets get more and more beautiful each week. I loved all of them! Especially the hand painted Tinkerbell. Wow..

Jen said...

Loved the 'Neverending Story' cake, but now I can't get the song out of my head. ha worth it though.

Anonymous said...

To all the people who are questioning LOTR in school--in seventh grade my whole class read the Hobbit and then I went on to read 2 1/2 of the LOTR trilogy. I didn't really like the books, but my teacher LOVED them and I loved my teacher, so I read them to please her.

Now that I'm older, I'll hafta try them again.

Melanie said...

Oh, EFF The Giving Tree. I hate that book and I would throw that cake ON THE GROUND!!!! Ugh.

glassroseheart said...

Where's the Auryn? It should be on the cover of the Neverending Story book if it's supposed to match the one in the movie, which seems like the goal.

asifyoucare said...

Love The Giving Tree cake! I cannot read that book, or Love You Forever, to my kids without turning into a blubbering pile of goo by the end of the story.

April said...

Aww ... I love all of these! My grandma would read us The Giving Tree when we were little - such a great book :)

Silla said...

So amazing! I'm gonna bake a cake for birthday.. maybe one of these?

Knit Wit said...

I was glad to see that other people admit to not liking "The Giving Tree". I thought I was the only one who saw the boy as selfish. The cake is gorgeous though.

Trooney said...

The Giving Tree cake actually made me tear up a little bit! An incredible tribute to an equally incredible book. Great find, guys.

angelscairns said...

To anonymous Lisa at 5:16 and other haters of The Giving Tree -

Remember it's called The Giving Tree NOT The Taking Boy.

It's a story of unconditional love. When I read this to my kids we would discuss how the boy/man was selfish, but we loved the tree for still giving what he could.

SaraJane said...

I LOVE the book "The Neverending Story" I remember finding on my mother's bookshelf when I was about 12 years old...and being heartbroken that it actually did end!

Anonymous said...

Too bad that the Giving Tree has both apples and oak leaves. :(

~Nikki~ said...

These are absolutely awesome! I'm in awe.



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charity said...

Awesome cakes. Although I have to say your memory of The Neverending Story (either the book or the movie) varies from mine. I used to love the movie too, until I read the book and realized that the movie only includes the first third of the book and actually breaks rules from the book that are fairly important. That being said, I am now demanding someone make me a Neverending Story cake.

Oh, and as a fun note the original German publication was done in red and green font. One for the "real" world and one for the world of Fantastica. Man, now I want to read this again.

Amanda said...

As to the Neverending story, We had one of the first English copies in my HS and I fell in love with the story, I was very disappointed in the move... close, but there were plenty of things they could have added in at little to no cost to them, He also wrote a book called Moma, another good read.

Goueznou said...

Well, I for one read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. My mom recommended it because she thought I'd like it. She didn't realize it would become my favorite book and take over my mind for several years. I blame Tolkien for my abiding interest in linguistics, among other things. And I remember having a hard time convincing my high school classmates that it was not a children's book. (This was almost a decade before the Peter Jackson movies.)

I also thought the Neverending Story cake should have an AURYN (spelled with all caps) on it. And I wonder if there will be a remake of that movie one day that will encompass the whole story. That could be really cool.

Finally, someone mentioned Julie & Julia, which started as a blog, and this made me think: I would totally go to see the Cake Wrecks movie! And if they ruined it, it would be a wrecursive wreck!

karina said...

It took me awhile to get to the Sunday sweets this week - it's Wednesday. oops.

Love these. One of my all time favorite books is the Never-ending Story. Which just made me wonder, did you read it in paperback or the first/only hardback (English translation) edition, which was printed in RED and GREEN inks and completely enhanced an already charming book? My mom read it to me from the hardback. When I was in my 20s I decided to buy it, but had to search around for it and ended up with a rare pre-release copy.

Sorry, rambling. You just brought up a bunch of good memories for me!

Kristi said...

OH!!! How I LOVE the Neverending Story cake! Not only is the book a terrific rendition of the book in the movie, but Falcor is my all-time fantasy pet. WANT THIS. More Neverending Story, please. KTHX!

Goueznou said...

By the way, I know this is a bit late, but I just want to point out that my copy of The Neverending Story is a trade paperback and is printed in the red and green inks, so it isn't only the hardcover editions that have that feature. And I got it here in the USA, sometime in the last decade.

Kelley said...

I read The Neverending Story when I was very little, long before I saw the movie. It's still one of my favorite books. When I finally did when I was 10, I didn't like it one bit. So while the movie is a classic childhood memory for most, I tend to get a bitter taste in my mouth when I hear people talk about it, even though when I rewatched the movie a few years ago I rather enjoyed it. It's surprisingly true to the book; as much as a film version could be, at least.

Anonymous said...

The movie of "The Neverending Story" follows the book almost exactly -- UNTIL the finale, which in the book is a touching reunion between father and son, connected through the love of literature. In the horrible movie, the father is forgotten and the ending is a shallow revenge fantasy. I hated what they did to a great book. (My hardback copy has the "real world" in green ink and the fantasy world in red ink.)

Brian

YG said...

The Never-Ending Story was filmed quite close to me here in Germany at the Bavarian Film Institute. We saw parts of the sets where it was done, and my son got to ride on Falcor. It was awesome, esp. when they did a wee film of him riding against a green screen. At the time, he had NO idea why it was so neat, just kept smiling and waving...hehhe.

Heather Kephart said...

I love it! The Wild Things cupcakes and Dr. Seuss book are my favorites. :)

Marian the Librarian said...

I actually took German in college in teh hopes of reading "The Never Ending Story" in the original German. Sadly, my skills never go there.

I also highly reccomend Momo by the same author!

Anonymous said...

Hi. I thought you might enjoy this other book-themed cake: http://www.cakedreams.us/images/bg_images/gallery_one_tier/11.jpg
It's just the top of the cake, not the whole cake. But you can see that the cake is entitled "Livre Las Vegas," and was created to celebrate the opening of a rare book store in Vegas. That's why the books that the showgirl is standing on are antiquarian leather and gilt books.

ania said...

Seriously? The Giving Tree cake made me a bit weepy.

Livia said...

I searched the comments, but it doesn't look like anyone has mentioned that there's a whole cake/book thing. Every year. Internationally.

Edible Book Festivals

You found some amazing ones, too!

Anonymous said...

I was just recently introduced to this site, and I have not laughed so hard in years. Thank you so much for both the humor and wit of the wrecks, as well as the amazement at the sweets.

As for the kid-lit book cakes - just, wow! I admit to being one of the geeks that read LOTR in 6th grade. We weren't doing much the last week of school anyway, so I read all 3 books in about 4 1/2 days, including nearly a whole day off to get TT at the library. I would have loved that cake any time!

**Cyn

Ryn said...

Love the "Neverending Story" cake! My boyfriend loves to read to me, and this was the book he read to me on our first date. He's my Luckdragon. ^_^

Throckmorton Jones said...

I LOVE the Giving Tree cake! Even as an adult, its still one of my all-time favorite stories.

Kristy said...

I just read through all of the comments, and while a number of people mentioned the discrepancies between the Neverending Story movie and book, no one commented on the fact that one of the primary themes of the book is that if people stop reading the characters and places in books die. The Neverending Story was possibly my favorite book growing up (I've read it countless times) and that was the theme that spoke to me the most. When I learned that they made a movie out of this particular book I was disgusted. I generally dislike movies based on books (because you can never get in all the detail, and it takes out imagination), but making the Neverending Story into a movie was a travesty of unrivaled proportions, proven I feel, by the number of people who commented that they didn't even know it was a book! So sad. I hope everyone goes out and reads the book.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading The Giving Tree almost every night. My mom would cry every time she read it. Needless to say, there were many tears in my house when I was younger....