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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: Leaping Lego Lizards, Batman!

I've got a Geektastic Sunday Sweet for you this week: the cake made for the Lego Batman video game premier. These photos come from creator Elisa Strauss over at Confetti Cakes, who reports that the cake took her and her team 12 straight days to complete, and weighed in at nearly 300 pounds. Three hundred pounds, people! So, you ready to see it?

Here ya go: get a load of the Gotham goodness:

Yep, it's all cake - vanilla cake, chocolate cake, and red velvet cake, to be precise. Don't you just want to gnaw off that water tower? Or is that just me?

Let's move in for a closer look, shall we?

See, now this is the stuff you never notice from a distance: there's an oil slick puddle on the side, and the trash bags are even shiny!

I'm starting to see why this took 12 days...

The water towers are wood-grained, and the "stone" is even chipped in places. Wowza.

I know you're going to find this hard to believe ('cuz I sure did), but the figures are also completely edible. Honest.

Who wouldn't want the whole set on their desk, though? Kinda makes you wonder if anyone had the heart to eat them...

If you want to see more of Elisa's work, you're in luck: her new book Confetti Cakes for Kids comes out in just a few weeks. Her cover cake is "monstrously" appropriate for this month, too:

Cover photo courtesy of Ben Fink

Elisa, I'm pretty sure I've never wanted to hug a cake before now. Can I have this little guy in plush? Or at least a desktop figurine? Please?

Check out Elisa's book on Amazon here.

UPDATE: Click here to watch the Batman cake being made!

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Reader Comments (87)

Hard to think of this as actual cake, more like sculpture using edible sweet materials, in all their 12-day-old tooth-chipping glory. Still, it's amazing!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

Holy awesome cake, Batman. And, all my favorite cake flavors got representation. Dang, that's some talent!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

This is simply beautiful. I don't know how I would feel about consuming an edible garbage bag, though.

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe IBEX Scribe

Just one question:

How did the cake manage to stay edible for 12 days?!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Wow. Do I eat a piece of the building or one of the characters first? I almost don't want to, but cake is meant to eaten!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I love that little guy on the cover. So cute!

October 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeri

Model Railroader finally goes to the kitchen!

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterR J Keefe

Im not even gonna show my son OR husband! They will both want that cake!!! That is amazing!!!
I'd dive right into the oil slick its really yummy.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Jenn Danza~

goodness! that cake is beyond rad.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkelcie.

im sorry, but it would be SO hard to convince me to eat that. know why? it is, hands down the BEST cake ive ever seen. i think that just might be on a level above that wall-e cake, but thats just me...

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjordan

I suppose it's too late to mention that "the cake took 12 days" really means that all the figurines and other details were started on T-12, and the cake itself was done later just a bit before final assembly?

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is an amazing cake!! WOW...I can see why is took 12 would take me about 2 years! LOL Thanks for posting!! XOXO

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterglam R baby

My two year old daughter saw the Confetti Cake and said, "Eat it all up!"

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Tried It

It looks too pretty to be eaten.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMad Izatie

People, people!!! You wouldn't want to eat that cake anyway, even fresh. It's probably only about 25% actual cake inside that thing. It's dowels and cardboard, pieces of metal and probably hot glue. Cakes like that require a tremendous amount of support inside.

It doesn't matter how old the cake inside it, cakes like this aren't made for eating and aren't judged on the quality of actual cake. It's strictly for the construction and decorating results.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterholly

really really cute.. i like it

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermechelle


October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

Did anyone actually eat this cake? And at what point of the 12 days of making did the edible part come into it? I'm just thinking that 12 day old cake is pretty gross... I can appreciate the work that went into it and all, but I guess I just don't quite see the point if no one is going to eat and enjoy.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBelle" REL="nofollow">

Stuff like this never fails to delight. It shows just how niche human interests can be, and just how skillful people can become at those niche interests.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

This woman is awesome! She came to our pastry class to teach us some cake decorating techniques. She's really friendly and loves to say "Did I do that in the demo? No I didn't!" I just wish I can do something half as good as that.

And we do some major showpieces in class just to show that we can do it. I made the David Bowie "Aladdin Sane" CD cover out of chocolate for a project. No one ate it afterwards, it was just for show.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

"Sweet" is right -- they did a tremendous job on this cake! I hope they kept it refrigerated during those 12 days, though.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron of Minneapolis

Yep, I'm sure the cake part, under all that fondant, wasn't 12 days old but rather the sculpted bit - what wasn't really meant to be eaten but made of edible materials - was what took so long.

It's...holy crap, Batman. Amazing, amazing.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

That cake making lady is very talented, but I've looked at her site and the 'Philly cheese steak cake' is several different kinds of wrong.

I am however going to buy her book if I can learn how to make the cupcakes with the rubber ducks on top.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

As Jess said, No Alfred, no cake...after all that I can't believe there is NO Alfred.
Absolutely Fantastic Cake tho!!!! I am truly amazed and impressed!

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeckster

we are playing this game right now on Wii! That cake is unreal! I love it and wish we could have some LOL.

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAccountant By Day

Holy kraut! That is one sweet looking cake!!

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

i love batman :]

October 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That has to be the most awesome of the Sunday cakes so far! What a talent!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChibyMethos

This cake is AWESOME!!!! My son would have fits if he saw this cake! Heck I'm even geeking out about it!

October 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoetry Sue

To Jesurgislac: O.k hon, it looks as if someone has to say it just one more time. It was cut into and eaten and from the looks of the video it looked like it was doing a fine job standing up without wire or hot glue.......
(Mumbles: I'm just glad no one mentioned the O word today!)

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

I couldn't ever eat a cake that looks like that; it's too perfect to ruin!

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

The Batman cake is truly amazing. If I saw that picture on another site, I never would have guessed it was a cake. Wow!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternc

Just a clue, being a batman superfan, the little Lego figures were happy meal toys, availible for Two Dollars each until the last week in October. The only way I would've known, with the quality of that cake, is if I didn't have them already!

October 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKataHrafnsdottir

That is outstanding! Must show my 8 yr old when he gets home from school.

~ Carrie

October 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

That was one of the coolest things ever! It looks just like the video game.

January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

My husband is an uber-geek and still wants to be Batman when he grows up. Christmas gifts to him for the past 2 years have been the Lego Batmobile kit and all 8 Happy Meal characters from the Batman Lego video game. ;)

This is one of the most amazing cakes I have ever seen. We play the video game (of course!) and it looks exactly like it!! The video is fascinating, thank you for the link! I can't believe how spot on the characters are and the attention to detail, wow! Amazing...

March 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

*Jaw drops*

I want that cake. I want it now.

Alternatively, I'll take the Joker and Harley Quinn figures, preserved so I can have them on a shelf somewhere...

July 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterInvisibleJester

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