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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: Cupcakes!

A few of you still seem to think I have a problem with cupcakes. Not so! In fact, today's post features some awesome cupcake designs that get the Jen stamp of approval.

Check out this fabulousness from Bakerella:

It's everyone's favorite fat cat: Garfield! I used to collect the books when I was a kid. How cool is it that Bakerella included Pooky and Nermal, the World's Cutest Kitten, too?

Since I'm more of the Garfield generation, I don't claim to know who any of these Pokemon characters are:

But they sure are cute. Reader Kelly made them for her son's birthday. Ok, Kelly, you got me: I do love them.

And lastly, many of you have sent in these 3 beauties made by hello naomi over on Flickr:

See, now this is the way to do a cupcake-cake: don't ice them all together, and reference an 80's video game!

Another example:

I call dibs on the green mushroom!

Not only are these robot cupcakes the perfect collision of geekdom and cuteness, but the parts are also interchangeable. So, you can mix up the heads and arms and such to make different robot cupcake combos. Super nifty.

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Reader Comments (98)

I love the idea of interchangeable cupcakes. I wanna do something with that. :)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLesly

These are wonderful!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

These are all nerdy and adorable. So I coin the word: Nerdorable.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwrittenwyrdd

hi jen --- thanks for your post; as a child of the 80s (gah! it was a great pick-me-up after a supremely cruddy day. Keep up the good work!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterm

ohhh i specially love the Mario cupcakes!!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSilvia

I really agree with you on cupcakes - they must be individual - otherwise , bake a cake!!

Yes its fondant - roll it out and cut! Smoooooth.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlady jicky

Awesome!! I think I need to make the Mario ones or the Pacman ones for my hubby's 28th birthday next year. He too grew up on them.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Pac + Man = Awesomeness!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChandler

Those cupcakes are amazing! They must have use orchard icing, I think, to get it so detailed. I wouldn't want to eat them - but my 4 year old daughter is trying to eat he princess cupcake off the computer screen!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMum-me

I loved Garfield comics as a kid too! Those are beyond adorable.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpurple-goat

I'm having so much PMS right now, but just seeing those cupcakes made me feel so much better. I'm a cupcake lover by heart.

And should I feel that I'm from a weird generation loving both pokémon and Garfield (not to mention I think Pacman is great and Mario is soo cool)? :P

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEll

A Paperback Writer, I think Odie IS a serious facial issue. But you're right, the Pookie one is absolutely adorable.

I hope they taste good, though. It would be a shame to go all that trouble for an edible, and then have them be chalky or sub-par--like a few wedding cakes I could mention.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScrivvet

I think Naomi makes the most gorgeous cupcakes ever! And to think she's a robotics engineering student (something like that) by day!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVincci

Isn't fondant wonderful?? Those are really cute cupcakes. I do prefer bigger cakes myslef, but these are really cute. I happen to like the Mario ones as well.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Ellen

Wow those are fantastic! :)

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrazychickmia

I am LOVING those Mario & Robot cupcakes!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Garfield and Mario are amazing & Gorgeous . Thanks

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBunster B

yes, they're pretty. But--how do they taste?!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn

Oh those are almost too nice to eat! Can I have the one with Pac-Man on it?

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I came by to look again. Read more comments. I can't speak for the garfield/mario/pacman/robot cakes, but I am 100% certain that the pokemon ones were delish! I have used the same recipes as Kelly, and Marshmallow fondant is definitely the way to go fondant-wise. YUM-O.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkati

Those Garfield cupcakes are cute enough to almost–almost–make up for the Garfield movie.

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterplumpdumpling

Those are the sweetest cupcakes I've ever seen. I especially love the Garfield and robot ones!

November 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScrappin' Chick

*gasp!* ohmigosh it's Pookie! :D

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

You're putting so many nice cakes in! =( more horrible ones to laugh at please! =)))

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersophie

I love the interchangeable parts!

Pac-man and!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Those all look so delicious, but just too beautiful to eat. Has anyone called dibs on the Pac man cup cake? And will they make a Mrs. Pacman cake? =D

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lunar Fox

What a clever blog! I used to have zero interest in cakes or cupcakes or baked goods in general, but your blog has given me a new appreciation and makes me want to give baking a try, surprisingly enough.

I live in Japan and just passed a bakery filled with some pretty funky looking cakes but I didn't have my camera. I'll be sure to take some photos next time I walk by and forward them to you!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReannon

Those robot cupcakes are AWESOME!
Well all of them just reek wonderful anyway. Those Mario cupcakes are adorable - almost as awesome as the Mario cake! (Yeah, I'm obsessed with it)

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Pookie cupcakes!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterechidna girl

Maybe it's just me, but although these cupcakes are pretty works of art, something about the layers of fondant on top just don't whisper sweet "eat me" nothings in my ear. What ever happened to good ol' chocolate cupcakes with lots of homemade chocolate icing? Prolly gone to the great Ice Cream Social in the sky. A shame.

Alixandra Hice

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

At least they didn't slap icing across the entire thing and call it a day! Love the Pac-Man...looks like a little puzzle. Very cute. And the Garfield gang...super cute!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermousekemom

A-ha! Now we know the difference between bad cupcakes and good cupcakes: fondant.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVE those!! So super cute!!

These are all fantastic, but the robots look like the most fun because you actually have an excuse to play with your food.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMs Unreliable

Oooh! These are awesome & way too cute to eat. Jigglypuff was definitely my favourite Pokemon! :)

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

WOW. Do they sell those somewhere, because I want those for every occasion from now on. Especially the Pacman and Super Mario Brothers ones. Now that's how to make a cupcake cake! Amazing!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Oh, I love, love, love the robot cupcakes. I wish I could make cupcakes that looked that nice.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

I could never eat a Nermal cupcake... how do you eat the world's cutest kitten? ;)

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Hey, Piplup isn't a 90's Pokemon! I call shenanigans!

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

LOVE them!!!

Caroline M's son is spot on with the Pokemon....curse having 2 boys who incessantly speak Pokemon! LOL! I have plenty of useless trivia floating about my brain!

Though, I'd LOVE to know Kelly - and have her make my son's birthday cupcakes!!! Is she a professional?? Seriously - I'd love those!!! :D

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDea

Alright, everyone, stand aside and let the 90's Child identify your Poke-cupcakes for you... ;)

From top to bottom:

Snorlax: A large and fat Pokemon, its favorite thing in the world is sleeping. Its second favorite thing? Eating--it can eat hundreds of pounds of food all at once. Translation? These cupcakes would be gone like that. ;)

Pikachu: The "Mascot" of Pokemon, as it were. It's a forest-dwelling mouse that can make electricity. It stores electrical charges in those cute little red cheeks. Leaves a tingle on your tongue in cupcake-form. :P

Jigglypuff: A round, fluffy Pokemon, it can put people to sleep by singing its beautiful, soothing song. Unfortunately, this annoys it, and it then draws on peoples' faces to get revenge. I'm sure it would be placated if you left it cupcakes for its performance, though. :P

Piplup: A 'mon-come-lately, Piplup is a penguin Poke that considers itself to be nobility. It will refuse food if it doesn't consider it "worthy" of its refined tastes. These cupcakes are a shoe-in, though.

Munchlax: The "baby" form of Snorlax, above. Its priorities are reversed--eat first, THEN sleep. Watch your cupcakes. :P

Turtwig: A cute turtle Pokemon, and another recent addition. Sadly, I can't think of any cupcake jokes for this one! Oh pooh. :(

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFreezair

Re the PacMan cupcakes, black icing is black icing whether cream or fondant. YUCK.

November 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterholly

awesome! go pac-man and super mario! love them!

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I had no idea cupcake cakes could be this successful. I thought it was one of those "could never be done right" things. I'm pleased I'm wrong! These cupcake cakes are cute and lovable.

They truly reach the child in us.

January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMina

you dont know the pokemon characters?

they are (top to bottom) snorlax, pikachu, jigglypuff, piplup, munchlax, and turtwig.

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a great collection, nice and cute XD

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergazz

It will be quite a waste to eat the cake..

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaozz

Omg when I saw this it made me hungry. This was one very creative article.

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersundain

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