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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)

The only thing that would make this cake more awesome is if the cake said, "I am your father."

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBG

Umm... I have to admit that I am not such a fan of the cake, but I am SO curious as to WHY... lol.

Although, Spock holding the baby would be great, I agree there--especially if Spock=Sylar from Heroes. :) (He's the one playing Spock in the new movie.) THAT is a cake I would want.

However, when my husband saw it, "Oh my God, that's amazing" were the first words he said. Maybe it's my lack of caring about Star Wars..

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

A Cake Wreck, this is not.
With this decorator the force is strong. Mmmm good this cake is.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

Some people would feel about this cake the way you feel about the camo cake with deer head toppers.

I can imagine a mirror-universe Cake Wrecks blog where the car off-roading up the wedding cake was a Sunday Sweet, while Darth Vader holding a baby with sprinkles and planets in the background is a much derided wreck.

I'm glad to be in your universe. A baby would look really stupid with a goatee.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

*grabs her hubby and points at cake*

My god, they even used appropriate punctuation!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

I love it! All these people asking what happened to Sunday Sweets...hello you're looking at it in all it's out of this world glory! I agree that it could only be made better by a "I am your father" quote. And the ruffle orber freakin awesome I want to know how to do that, it looks like double ruffle ribbon!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

I must admit that I was confused for a moment, as this is Sunday and I was expecting the usual Sweet. Ah, well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all.

-- Sonja

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterseethingheathen

Ok, so here's the story behind the cake.
This cake actually was inspired by a wreck which was, sadly, not captured on film.

A few years ago, my mom called up wuollet (my favorite bakery) to order a cake for my bridal shower; she asked for a simple sheet cake with blue flowers that said 'Congratulations Erica'. We have been ordering all of our cakes from this bakery for almost 20 years with no problems whatsoever, so my mom was absolutely shocked when she arrived at the bakery to see a cake with a big, black, frosted Darth Vader on it with 'Congratulations Erica' in red writing. No offense to Star Wars fans, but I myself have never gotten into Star Wars (although my husband is a huge fan) We unfortunately do not have a photo of this cake as my mom was in a rush and made the bakery scrape off the frosting and re-decorate the cake. This cakewreck story became infamous amongst my family and friends, and so when it came time a few years later to order my baby shower cake, my mom decided it would be funny to order a cake with a darth vader holding a baby in homage to the bridal shower cake disaster.

And no, we didn't name her Leia ;-)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I am from Minneapolis and I am shedding tears of glee and tears of pride for this cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Now THAT'S a work of artistic cake genius.:op

~Amy B.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I like it and I'm not even a SW/DV fan. It's different and the whirling galaxy/sprinkles thing is awesome. The ruffle even looks real because it's not perfectly even.

Besides, it's YOUR blog and if you deem this worthy of the Sunday Sweet title, you got it. Even if I didn't agree with you (which I do..) you do all the work, you get to make the call.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

That's from Woullet's? You just made my Sunday, they are my favorite hometown bakery! I grew up on their sweets.

So I can assure you, not only does that cake look awesome, but it will be the best cake that you have EVER had. They are so amazing!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL

Both my geek of a dh AND my 11 year old daughter saw that and gasped, in unison, "That is SO COOL!"

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangitAnge

The wavy border is ok, but the baby blanket is awesome!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

That cake rocks! I love it that it's not been done....

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awww that makes me want to have another baby....eventually.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Lord Vader has a weakness and it has been found. The Rebellion will surely make fun of him now and post the picture all over the galaxy. The empire is... Doomed!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDarth Rob

hot mess

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nope, that cake is just weird.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just sent it to Darth Vader via Twitter. He will go nuts.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I find your lack of cake disturbing..

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob Froelich


My geeky freak hubby looooves this cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather R.

That is the awesomest cake ever! I love it and I want it!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For the record, I HATE everything about Star Wars, but my husband and FIVE sons, LOVE it. If we ever have a girl, this cake would ROCK at a shower. Too cool.

That having been said, I totally agree with Flartus: "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 CommenterTable for Seven

Can't agree with you on this one. I think it's hideous. Who would ever let Darth Vader, the "force" of evil hold their darling baby girl. And the cake, even with the air brushing, looks amateurish to me. Looks like something I would do, sans Vader, and I make really ugly cakes.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Hahn

Wow. I started laughing when I saw this cake, only to scroll down and see that people love it. To each their own, but I think this cake is a hot mess.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My cousin is a cake decorator at Woullet's! I will have to find out if I can learn more about this cake - if he did it, or knows anything. I'll post here if I find out!!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust Me

My mouth is watering thinking about Wuollet Bakery. I have to drive my daughter from school in St. Paul through Mpls at breakneck speed during rush hour (not an easy task) so we can stop at the Robbinsdale location before organ lessons. Yummy! Great cake and I think worthy of Sunday Sweets. Loved hearing the story behind it, thanks Erica.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is quite "busy" with all the colors. But I'm a dork and I'm totally obligated to say that this ISNT a wreck at all :D


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommyToLeilani

You know, I think this cake is more of a wreck. It's too busy, and it just looks kind of bad overall. Honestly, I think this cake would've been in the wreck pile if not for the fact that it had Darth Vader on it. Favoritism much?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

d0rks unite! This cake is amazing and Erica's story behind it makes it even better.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

Tongue in cheek or not, I LOVE THIS CAKE. If I ever have children, I want this to be my shower cake. Too hilarious! It's nice to see Sunday Sweets that don't take themselves so seriously sometimes :)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I too was dying to know the background story to the cake, I'm glad I read all of the comments and found out!

For what the client asked for, this cake is SUPREME.

I never thought I'd like sprinkles on a cake, but these rock!

I want to know how they did the freakin ruffle too! Amazing yet simple, wish we could see it from the side.

And how could that precious babe NOT be a Sunday Sweet!?

Whimsical meets Sci Fi, who would have thought it would work.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Was this a subtle dig at the baby's father? Maybe he's not liked by the in-laws.....

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

I would have wanted a baby shower if there would have been a cake as awesome as this involved.

We are making Dalek cupcakes for Valentine's Day.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteroddharmonic

I think the only way it could have been cooler was if it was a shower for a baby boy named "Luke"...

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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

OH eye of the beholder that would be a wreck have you seen a picture of a beholder?!?!?!? (D&D fans I bow as you applaud, and for those of you who have NO idea what i'm saying seeee I wrecky fail)

As for this cake my DH and I love dh said "didn't you say a lady ran this blog?" I said well yeah, then he says "OMG she's more of a nerd than me...AWESOME!!!" I have another cakewreck convert!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha G.

Totally disappointed. My 6 yr old looking over my shoulder, on the other hand said "Wow! That must be when Darth met Leia the first time. See...he's not all bad, Mom. He loves his kids."
*sigh* Hoping for something better next week.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

Quote: Chris said...

You forgot one:

6) Correct use of an apostrophe.

That, in and of itself, is amazing.

Now I have to add...
7) and there is also actually an "s" after the apostrophe!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha G

So very ugly. Sorry, Jen. Your Sunday sweets are usually works of awesomeness (behold last week's dragons). The best thing I can say about this cake is that the punctuation is correct. Beyond that, it's wrecktastic.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

It a gril!

It would be quite pretty sans Darth, but after reading Erica's explanation, I understand why he's there. :)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

While I can understand the admiration for a baby shower cake themed as such- I don't think it qualifies as a Sunday Sweet. The airbrushing is decent, but not great, the sprinkles make it look too busy, and the white base board blends too well with the white trim. Not to mention that Darth Vader looks like he is about to drop the baby down a garbage chute- creepy.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMekoveya

I'm inspired by this cake. I now want to have a another baby so I could have He Who Must Not Be Named holding said baby with the inscription "It's a Mud Blood" on a chocolate pudding cake. Wow!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

This is the Sunday Sweet? Methinks Jen celebrated a bit too much at the pre-Superbowl party! To me this looks like something a grocery store bakery trainee would make to show off their "talents" at using every type of cake embellishment possible. Though now that Erica has posted the story behind the cake, it does indeed work as a creepy/gag cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't help but giggle at the apparent sense of entitlement that people have. They are just -so- disappointed in you, Jen. And more than half of them are -so- disappointed, they don't even have the guts to sign their names. It's terrible, truly. How dare you post something not up to their standards? Pfft.

I love this cake. Is it busy? Yes. Does it make no sense? Yes. Is it -bad-? No.

I don't like the color some folks paint their houses, but you don't see me telling them I'm disappointed in 'em. Their house. Your blog. Same deal.

Much, much love for the Vader.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershadow

Holy Moly ! That's one awesome cake and it almost makes me wish I was having a baby!
But Spock?
Yeah, now that would ROCK!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTatersmama

Worst. Sunday. Sweet. Ever.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

WAY FUNNY! Loved the story behind it, too. should SEE some of the awesome window displays Wuollets has in their Grand Ave./St. Paul location at Christmas time...incredible. Not to mention that everything they make in that wonderful place tastes incredible.

Makes me miss not living in Minnesota.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I agree with you on this being the best baby shower cake ever! But still, when I enlarged the picture to have a closer look, the words that came out of my mouth were, "It a gril!"


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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