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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

Come to the Dark Side: We Have Cake

Could this be the coolest shower cake EVER?

I think so-ooo! [sing-song voice]

Seriously, let me count the ways this cake kicks every other baby shower cake's butt:

1) Darth friggin' Vader is holding an adorable little beribboned baby girl on it. Really, we could just stop there. (But don't worry; we won't.)

2) Airbrushing that's actually... pretty? [gasp] Wait, you mean that's actually possible?!?

3) Best. Use of sprinkles. Ever. Baby want sprinkles? Baby gets sprinkles!

4) The lettering! The outline! The ruffly border! The itty-bitty baby bottle!!!

[pauses to catch breath]

5) Say, did I mention that Darth Vader is holding a baby on it?

Case closed. Maximum awesomeness has been reached.

Well, until someone makes a cake with SPOCK holding a cute baby girl, that is. Aw yeah.

Many thanks to Erica for sharing her kickin' cake, and to Woullet Bakery for making it.

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Reader Comments (203)

Impressive ... most impressive.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

But is he her father?! :0)

I love that you're such a *dork* (in a nice way- I am too as is the love of my life) and that your blog is sooo popular. That's a kick up the *&^% of all those "cool" kids at high school! YAY!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrainbowmummy

Oh. My. God.

I want that cake, even though it would be for me and not a newborn. Darth Vader could be holding anything and the cake would still be awesome.


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadame Hook.

we sooo need the story behind this cake!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermartinstone

Really? I mean...there's nothing inept or incompetent about this cake...and, yes, the rendering of the baby is, indeed, adorable.'s just so...busy. The message gets lost in the galactic whirl.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlartus

Oh my! I can only imagine the fans this cake was created for. I like it-very clever. The airbrushing and sprinkles top the cake (PUN intended).

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrystle

Please tell me this was intentional!!!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

I want Spock.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophia Nightengale

Oh, I love it! That is an awesome cake!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyberrblue (Colleen)

Wait a sec, how bout Worf?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophia Nightengale

Yeah, except that Darth Vader head looks a little crunchy.

Angie (from over at

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

THAT made your Sunday Sweets?!?! Total disappointment

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's all in the eye of the beholder, I guess. I'd have that one down as a serious wreck.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterros

OMG, that cake is from Wuollet?! My graduation cake was from Wuollet! We got cakes from them all the time! Had I but known the caliber of awesome of which they were capable, I would have asked for SO MUCH MORE.

Now I know. Now I know.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

The baby bottle is a sugar comes in a pack with a bunch of baby-colored diaper pins, and alphabet blocks...very cute, though!!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Now I'm inspired to try to think of a way to make a Battlestar Galactica cake for my baby's one-year birthday coming up....

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February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC. Beth

I have no words.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

My husband is drooling...and he just asked me why our shower cakes never looked like that!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristie and Jason

You forgot one:

6) Correct use of an apostrophe.

That, in and of itself, is amazing.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Love it. (Is there any more to say?)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

My shower is in April. And THIS will be my cake...with Spock for sure.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Way cool, Woullet's is my local bakery they are pretty much an institution in the western suburbs of Minneapolis." REL="nofollow">Ellie and Werther Blog

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

OMG. THIS CAKE WAS MADE FOR ME!!!! Sorry for shouting! I am so getting this cake the next time I have a baby!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElvira

Chiming in on the disappointment with this Sunday's Sweets; it's a pretty cool cake, but really, the grocery store down the street from me could have done it. Nothing spectacular.

Also, I have questions about the composition; why is Lord Vader crouching in the very bottom of the frame? Was the decorator too intimidated to portray his full length, or even a reasonable portrait from the waist up? All he's got is a head and two hands creeping round the baby. It would have been 1000% awesome (and worthy of Sunday) if it had at least been a sort of Madonna-and-child pose.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Usually I'm so with you on your Sunday Sweets post, but tell me that you're being tongue-in-cheek! The colours, they hurt my eyes! And what parent wants Darth Vader holding their child, anyway? Isn't that just a bad omen for the future?

Say it ain't so, Jen!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

If my husband had been involved in my baby shower, this would have been my cake. Having a hubby a little obsessed with Star Wars has given me a Star Wars themed wedding (musically) and a battle over giving my second daughter the middle name "Chewbacca", no joke.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfoldreformer

The Force is strong with Woullet. That is indeed bad ass, and absolutely hilarious!

Hey, how can you tell the Christians at a Star Wars movie/convention? When someone says "May the Force be with you," they reply "And also with you."

*rimshot* Thank you! *crickets* Tough crowd.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikoli

That is HIDEOUS!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoxy

I'm seriously disappointed. The cake is way too busy.. too many colors... too many sprinkles (and I LOVE sprinkles)... too much.. DARTH VADER holding an infant girl??? seriously?! The cake isn't a total disaster; but it's definitely not a Sunday Sweet.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hee, I know a few couples who would TOTALLY have that cake. I also know someone who had Godzilla and another monster on his wedding cake. :)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMorgi

Well, I am from Minneapolis, and I just wonder which Wuollet's this is from.. Not that I would want a Darth Varder holding my baby, but it is incredible

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershawn

I must respectfully disagree here. You are excused, because we are aware of your obsession w/DV. I think that his mere presence on the cake has held you in thrall; indeed, has blinded you to all else: the indifferent and uneven ruffle border, the odd little white snake outlining the lettering, the weird border-within-a-border pink squiggle thing. Shudder. I will say, the baby face is cute, but if a regular old person were holding the kid, you'd have piled on the wrecky derision w/glee. Admit it! :D

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlinepastrychef

Aw. Darth has a softer side.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates


I want to go get preggers so I can have a cake like that. First step...find a man...hmmmm.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPeeJay

Now if the baby girl's name is Leia that would be perfect. Love this cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

Wow! Classic example of a cake too pretty to actually EAT.


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMyc

That cake ROCKS! But, you are right, it would be way better with Spock!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Don't listen to the nay-sayers; this cake is pure Sunday-Sweets awesomeness! Hasn't everyone been complaining that there are too many fondant Sunday Sweets? The only thing that could have made this cake better is if it were for TWINS

(there is another....)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

twin cities represent!

I would like to know the logic for Vader being the daddy on this one though.

Will the submitter please stand and tell the story?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDNfromMN

I love, "Come to the Dark Side: We have Cake." Hehehe! Awesome. It's a really cool cake. And it'd be really neat and most fitting if the baby girl's name is Leia.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArlynn

I have to agree that it is not a true Sunday Sweet. I am hoping you were being a bit sarcastic?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom2jjk

If I show my husband that, he is going to want a second child just to get that cake. Oh wait, I want a second child, this might work out nicely....{rubs hands together}

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarcy

This is an AWESOME post, however, not a Sunday Sweet. In my opinion, anyway =D I actually thought you had just posted it and had forgotten that it was Sunday, but you did in fact tag it as a Sunday Sweet.

Don't worry. I still love you! And that cake is AMAZING.

Just disagree with your categorizing, that's all ^^


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAverna

Where is Sunday Sweets!?
I love Sunday Sweets :[

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

OMG that is the most awesome cake I've ever seen. If you dont get why, the force is not with you. Move along.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One word: WANT.

It is the all-round perfect cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK.

Oh yeah, I am all over round two with Spock as the star this time!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaylene

I must admit, I am one of those who just doesn't get it. Usually I am totally wowed by Sunday Sweets (my favorite posts of the week). This is okay, but I'm not wowed.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKateri

If Darth Vader is holding a baby girl, then she must be a princess: Princess Leia, of course.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSeaShore

If I ever have a baby girl, or really, just another baby, I'd love to have this cake. My boys both think this cake rules the galaxies- one is a StarWars freak and the other is a future NASA employee and Mars colonizer, so this cake has something for both. Heck, they just want this cake for themselves. That cute lil baby could certainly turn Vader back to the Light Side of the Force.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

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