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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)

Okay, it's pretty, but ... I can't get over the Darth Vader thing. Why Darth Vader?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Um, it's...cute and everything, but I must admit I am disappointed in today's Sundays Sweets. Usually you have multiple awesome cakes that astound and amaze. Today's cake didn't even have tiers! Just a sheet cake. And acceptable airbrushing. And Darth Vader holding a baby. But their weren't any tiers, and there was only one cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Shame about the baby bottle

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertramboy

First comment: WIN. Not sure why people are asking about Spock and the rest of the Star Trek crew.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey Lu

uh-mazing. i think i need one for my next child.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah the baby named Leia by any chance?

I AM surprised though that you're not upset about the Darth Vader (which incidentally means dark "Father" in Dutch) is made of plastic.

Also I'm glad to learn that I'm not the only one who had the hots for Spock when I was younger!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

VERY surprised that an ugly sheet cake was good enough for Sunday Sweets. Along with the poorly done borders and airbrushing. Very disappointed as well. :(

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Holy cow. I want that cake. We're having our first baby in May and it's a GIRL and this cake is AWESOME!!

(I admit, it looked potentially wrecky at first because it was so bright and crazy, but I have to agree with all the points you made. Wow.)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamity

The backstory makes this cake hysterical.

And all day I have wanted cake with lots of gooshy icing roses because (cue whine) I had pneumonia for my birthday and didn't have a cake and I'm still quarantined and I can't go out to get one and spouse is about to have surgery so I won't have a chance to get one before his surgery and dang, I want some sprinkles, too. (/whine and run-on sentence)

Oh, and Spock can take out Darth Vadar with one pinch. Totally.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

That this cake made it to Sunday Sweets shows how being a fan can blind you. Honestly, Darth Vader is EVIL. He's BAD. How about a cake with Dick Cheney holding a baby? Or Mao? See, its just weird.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

ahhhhhhhhh man!!!!! That is a wonderful cake

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhea

Spock from Star Trek, or Dr. Spock?


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPoetikat

I must agree that the air brushing is good, and the baby is cute, but this is not a Sunday Sweet. I am disappointed. :(

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerraD

I know others have disagreed about this one being a Sunday Sweet but I think it deserves being included in this category. Maybe not as a "sweet" so much as a SWEET cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

there sure are a lot of haters on the internet!
this cake is awesome. i LIKE that its busy... what the h is wrong with busy? you immediately read the meesage (which is the point, normally.. and with proper grammer) and the picture is just great, especially considering the back story provided in the comments.

all the people it was intended for loved it. all the haters (and supposed cake composition experts) well.. have come on here and given their lame little 'oh how uninspired' comments.

well, the haters are wrong. look at how much comment it has stirred up! some people are just annoyed that something they dont get can make other people leap up and say 'awesome!' (which, incidentally, was my reaction)


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervague_hit

You people, sheesh!

Jen puts up beautifully sculpted fondant cakes.

You guys complain because fondant doesn't taste good.

Jen puts up very nice butter cream cakes.

You guys complain that anyone can do them and, thus, they aren't "Sweet Worthy."

Jen puts up something fun, done well and to the customers specs and fifty anonymous people complain that it's a wreck.

Perhaps, just perhaps, we should all use some of our complaining energy to find cakes that we think are "worthy" and send them into Cake Wrecks.

Oh, and please, even if you can't say anything nice, put your name down. We're all family here.

Wreck On!


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of JEN)

Really, comparing Dick Cheney holding a baby to Darth Vader holding a baby? C'mon, that's a little much.
Now we're ignoring the entire CAKE... really guys, so some of us don't think the cake is the greatest. OBVIOUSLY, there are quite a few people who do. We can disagree on cake. But can we leave politics out of the Darth Vader cake?

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSerena

Oooh, Woulett! Didn't think of them for specialty cakes!

Who knew you had so many fans here in the Twin Cities!

The cake is pretty. Wouldn't be my first choice, but well done. LOL

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

Not since the introduction of the Nerf ball have I felt so undeservedly proud to be from the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I heart you, Wuollet Bakery!

P.S. They have a raspberry soufflé cake so decadent it's like the Roman Empire times Liberace! *swoons*


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

tell em John!!!!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterallier

that cake sucks, darth vader sucks

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Agreed, Jon,

This is one of my new faves. Some people are just so hyper critical. Silliness! If you don't like it, make your OWN cake wreck blog and get thousands of fans AND t-shirts. Til then, appreciate the different cakes! I liked the Darth Vader detour.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

oh crumb, hubby's in love with this, baby #4 may come along just for this cake.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have to say this is actually one adorable cake, though I'm not really sure what the person that ordered it was thinking of!" REL="nofollow">Wyatt at Pan Historia

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPan Historia

Did you choose the same style lettering from the "It A Gril" cake on purpose? If so, that's even better. Especially with the sprinkles, since then it would be a response to 3 different wrecks (your own Darth Vader cake, It A Gril, and I Want Sprinkles)!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

@Erica Love the story! A cake to commemorate a wreck--hilarious:D

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteronlinepastrychef

I think it's ugly as all hell, but I also hate fondont with a passion. And I can understand how it's done well, etc. etc., if this is what the people requested.

I mean, if they asked for like, the father holding the baby and this is what they got, than yeah, it's a wreck all the way. But that's not the case.

Keep it comin' Jen, you rock!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaleal

Hey I went to high school with some of the kids of the "Wuollet Dynasty" ;-) I should go there for any cake I need.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwitchywoman

I actually consumed a slice of this actual cake! The praise for Wuollet's bakery is much deserved. Jen, thank you so much for posting it! And of course thanks to Erica and her husband for getting pregnant with the baby that made it all possible... (and if you want the backstory, read Erica's comment about halfway thru...)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

First of all I have to say I love your "geekiness" and second, I am so happy to know that I am not alone in thinking that is the coolest baby shower cake ever!


Did she name her baby Laya? =)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBigMomma

That is one of the coolest cakes I've ever seen. Spock holding a baby on my cake would get printed out, framed and hung on my wall.

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL. Shepherd

Wow, what a bunch of crybabies reading this blog. Seriously, I think this is a fun cake that was well-made and doesn't have the components necessary to make it a wreck. Sure, it's a bit busy, but it doesn't really take away from the cake at all.

If I have a girl when I start having kids, I so want a cake like this. :)

Rock on, Jen!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

At least Erica has a sense of humor, unlike some of the naysayers here. This cake rocks, and Darth no doubt would be sending some serious Force chokes to quite a few people here.


February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is Jen Okay?
I think some people take blogs too seriously!
This is Jen's blog, right? I don't think anyone overpaid for the "Sunday Sweets".
I love this blog and Jen can put up whatever Jen wants! She is kind enough to let us all see it, and this is what happens?!
Thank you, Jen (and John)! Love the blog! I read every day and now my kids join me. I'm addicted. We walked into the grocery store yesterday and straight to the Super Bowl cakes to look for a Wreck!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

Disappointing.... can't believe a SHEET cake made the sunday sweets... nope not happy... sad very very sad

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.


If I may abuse an oldies song, it's Jen's party and she'll post-The-Vader-Ate-Yer-BayBee cakes if she wants to, you would post too if it happened to yoooou ... and if not, at least have the courtesy to sign your name instead of anonytrolling.

And, in conclusion, I STILL LOVE THIS CAKE :D And have been craving a slice of good old fashioned sheet cake with buttercream all day ... darn my car being in the shop!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Ah, are you not doing Sunday Sweets anymore? Just kidding, lol, but that definitely strikes me as a wreck more than a sweet! The juxtaposition of the baby, Darth Vader, and the sparkly pink universe in the background is just wreckily hilarious to me... :)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCattie

Very well put John (the hubby of JEN)

I must add that I sent your blog link to several friends, got nothing but positive, not just for this cake, but the whole site

Rock those wrecks (or sweets in this case) Jen!!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha G

Hooray for John!!! Nicely said.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrainbowmummy

I agree with John! Who cares if you agree or disagree about the cake itself? Did you have fun reading the blog and seeing the pics? That's all that matters. :)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

That cake has UNIVERSAL appeal!


February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrototech

This is absolutely fantastic.

How perfect for a baby shower too, for the right person! I love how the baker made it perfectly, darling-ly babyish, and precious and adorable, highlighting the Dark Presence.


February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

I seriously want to get pregnant ONLY to have this cake at my shower. I will put the baby up for adoption (maybe by some intergalactic specie) since we do not have any more room. But

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Hey, all you complainers!!!
This is definitely a Sunday Sweet.

As in...."Suh-weeeeeet."

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

Love the back story, it's hilarious, and the result of a family with an awesome sense of humor. Ignore the whiny naysayers, this Sunday Sweets rocks!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSleepwalker

I think this one might as well have been a wreck.The airbrushing looks fine, and the font is legible...

The Darth Vader with a baby, though? Poorly executed and doesn't match the color theme!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTypo Tat

Best cake in the existance of cakes.
No cake has been as awesome as this one until now (that James Bond wedding once coming in at a close second)

Awwww Vader has a soft side in addition to his dark side.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

My main question: I can't tell whether Darth Vader's head is plastic flotsam or edible. That makes or breaks the cake for me.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermalimar

THIS CAKE IS AWESOMENESS!!!!! I love it! And I'm not even a Star Wars Fan LOL

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

after getting the back story, the cake is awesome! i love inside joke food. ;) its still a fun cake. not wrecky. it is sweet and fun.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterutaduta

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