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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)

I must get this cake for my best friend when she has kids! Sure, she doesn't live in MN, but I do, and she would come up for that! She's a total Star Wars freak, and in love with Vader--she even made me watch all 6 in one night once! Personally, I'm not a fan of movies in space...but I like the idea of a character holding a baby...Now, how can I work LotR into it for MY baby shower? (Which shall not happen for a very, very long time!)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCassi

Is this the Sunday Sweets? Wah wah wah.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergreenbean

Now I'm confused. This cake is a Sunday Sweet, but some of the awesomely done cakes from the Redneck post are wrecks? Sorry, that doesn't work for me. I know this is your blog and you can post what you want to, but this site is quickly turning into 'Does Jen Like the Cake' instead of 'Cake Wrecks'.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Now, I'll buy almost anything Star Wars.. but this?? This is a wreck.
Not so much in the sense of the subject; people have varying tastes. But it's busy and poorly executed.

I'm very very surprised that this was included as a Sunday Sweet!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I believe this is to Star Wars fans what the Deer-Headed cake is to hunting fans... the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I, too, am a Star Wars fan - and LOVE Star Trek - but find the idea of Vader holding the baby a teeny bit creepy (is he planning to interrogate her?). Spock on the other hand, thumbs up - can't wait to see it - if it's out there. This one is an odd selection for Sunday Sweets, but I get why it's here from a fan standpoint.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterC

I love this cake. It is like a "daddy's little girl" moment that Vader never got to have. But it is NOT a Sunday Sweet.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzekesmom10

My friend sent me an email with a link to this blog because she saw the cake and thought of me. This site rocks, and I wish I had this cake when my daughter was born. Total awesomeness! Thanks for sharing. And MTFBWY!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

I can't wait to see what happens when others order a cake like this from their local bakeries! Just imagine the "missed marks" wrecks that will follow! It will be awesome!

Keep up the good work Jen!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

This is many kinds of awesome. Pretty colors, proper punctuation... and Vader-as-babysitter. Love it -- and I'm totally waiting for the Spock version. :)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

BODY DOUBLE! Seriously, check out the Tax Cut ad on your page. It is right next to the zoomed in photo of the baby on "it's a girl" cake. It's almost like you planned it!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdizzy mom

This is such a well executed cute gag! I'm looking forward to a "Live Long and Prosper" Spock cake :)

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

Now, how can I work LotR into it for MY baby shower? (Which shall not happen for a very, very long time!)

Well, you could always have Gandalf holding the baby (though if you put the galaxy background in, people might think it's Obi Wan Kenobi). Might have to find a decorator who's a fellow LOTR fan.

Yes, this is definitely a Sunday Sweet. I find others' lack of faith disturbing.

--Blue Jean

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love your site but you can be so bias! TRY telling me if this cake had someone besides Darth Vader on it that you would not throw it right into the Wreck pile! AND as a Sunday Sweet?! Not even close!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's so adorable! I love it!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVellum

shadow, couldn't agree more! Took the words out of my head.

Besides, all the folks grumbling about putting "evil" on the cake apparently haven't seen the original Star Wars movies? Ends up Darth actually isn't so evil after all, cares for his son and all :p

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNakia

This is a Sunday Sweet?

This is not the quality of a Sunday Sweet I have come to know and love from this site. This is a clear wreck, and I'm a Star Wars fan. I agree with the previous poster that the "wreck" redneck cakes you presented earlier in the week were better.

Also note that Darth Vadar is holding the child in a totally awkward fashion. The baby looks like it's going to be dumped forward any moment. Then again, Vadar was never a very good parent.

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHourglass Keeper

We are expecting twins and I am shocked, SHOCKED, that my hubby didn't demand this to be ordered for my shower!!!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Seriously!? I kept re-reading the post, hoping I was just missing the sarcasm.

And man, I didn't realize how many women are in to Star Wars! I thought it was just a nerdy male thing.

The back story is WAY better than the cake.

Oh well, I still love the blog!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I want that cake! If I had gotten that cake when I was born, THAT WOULD BE SO AWESOME!!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertoyboxgreatone

I read this blog all the time, but I never comment. However, I have to comment on this one. That cake is freakin' awesome!

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I think this cake is cute and amusing, but I do not understand why it is considered a Sunday Sweet when the "redneck" cakes were considered wrecks. The "redneck" cakes did have a generally unpopular cultural focus (hunting), but they were well-made cakes and they weren't THAT bad. After giving the Darth Vader cake a MUCH closer look and reading what you liked about it, the cake did grow on me and I now appreciate it. However, I won't first thought upon glancing was, "WRECK!"

February 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter.....

Eddie Izzard did a skit about Darth Vader offering his foes cake, or death. They all chose cake unsurprisingly. Wonder if it looked like this one?

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKath

Awesome! My husband carefully picked out which Star Wars t-shirt he would wear to welcome our daughters into the world... he would've killed for THAT cake! :)
I love it! Not enough to have another baby... but I still love it a lot!

~ Megzy

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegzyTred

To answer the question you raise in #2, I offer this quote from The Empire Strikes Back, along with Darth Vader's deleted response:


Vader: No it isn't.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

Now of only the baby had pastry-snail hair. :D

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Oh if only they would name the little girl Lucy!
"Lucy, I am your Father."

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

The child in question is obviously in for a seriously psychologically damaging upbringing.

Also, the cake is a lie.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Narcissist

This is a Sunday Sweet?

This is not the quality of a Sunday Sweet I have come to know and love from this site. This is a clear wreck, and I'm a Star Wars fan. I agree with the previous poster that the "wreck" redneck cakes you presented earlier in the week were better.

Also note that Darth Vadar is holding the child in a totally awkward fashion. The baby looks like it's going to be dumped forward any moment. Then again, Vadar was never a very good parent.

Anyone claiming to be a Star Wars fan but can't spell Vader correctly is a liar. You are obviously a redneck in disguise trying to promote your pro-hunting agenda.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthe Brayn

I don't get why some have to be so defensive about this one, really. My not being an SF fan is completely beside the point; I don't find this cake aesthetically pleasing. Carry on.

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I didn't realize James Earl Jones was having a baby. I'm sure that's it... that would make perfect...

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillski

Too bad it wasn't fraternal boy-girl twins.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What's up with all the concern re: DV holding a baby girl? It's not a real baby and DV isn't a real person. If they had..oh, say Ted Bundy holding a baby, then I might be concerned.

Even after a few days, I still agree that this cake is awesome. My 16 & 21 year old sons agreed and they of the ages not ususually impressed by baby cakes.

February 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Haha, Holly, I was thinking the same thing! It's FICTION (on a cake), people, get a grip. It's not like it's Hitler or something. Besides which, there are many people who enjoy dark and humorous over traditional and clich├ęd.

Anyway, I think the cake is rad, and I think it's hella sweet that there are a lot of women expressing their admiration. From one sci-fi nerdgirl to all the others: Live long and prosper! Ladies who don't like it, kindly take your stereotypes and gender bias and shove 'em. There are more of us than you think, and we're really happy being us

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Oh my gosh, my son and I stood there staring that "girl's" baby shower cake laughing for about 2 minutes. Then I started making my way through some of the favorites cakes. Laughed myself to tears. I can't take any more.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDorci Harris

Totally love this cake :P

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Tricked out awesome! Must blog this.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterboliyou

Wow, i would actually buy this cake. AND OFF THIS WEBSITE. wow. that is really a first.

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVolleymaniac

A cake decorator friend of mine made me a cake for my baby shower that said "The Force is strong with this one"...had a baby in the center and Star Wars characters all over. I'm a HUGE SW fan (I'm a stormtrooper in a largest SW costuming club) so this was an awesome treat. Glad to see others following suit! :)

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthekingfamily

Makes me wanna get knocked up.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

That's awesome!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

It should have been ackbar.


February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

A jar jar binks cake would top that!...ok, maybe not.

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlpha 1 Cowboy

I think if I ever get pregnant, I knwo where I'm going for my shower cake. Yeah baby.

March 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHungarican Chick

Now if we could get some TIE fighters, x-wings, clone troopers, death stars and all that stuff in there we would have the most awsome cake in the galaxy.

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacob Lyman

Okay, I've gotta put in my two cents.

I've only watched the first Star Wars movie (yes, I know, I'm a heretic), This is just amazing on so many levels.

I'm only 16--FAR too young to be a mother--but when I do have kids, I certainly hope I can get an awesome, geeky cake like this.

July 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Cassidy

This is my favorite sweet. You can see awesome cakes all over the internet that are perfect, pretty, and tiered (an apparent necessity) but its fun to see a cake that's just damn awesome for none of those reasons. I find it amusing to read the comments of the "dissapointeds" I mean seriously, even if it is favoritism of whatever, hey guys it's her blog it's her deal. I think it's a cool and fun cake (I totally die for a Spock one though)

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShortieOrigami

Sorry, but in my bakery this cake just would not cut it!
It would end up in the rum balls.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Winston

Oh for heavens sake. It's JUST A CAKE not the bl**dy Mona Lisa. Have a BIG reality check. It's kooky and fun and not likely to be put in the Louvre any time soon; you'll be quoting a la "comic book guy" about what's missing from Darth Vader's costume and frothing at the mouth and missing the point entirely. When a client comes in and wants a design, who the hell are you to nay say it if you want the business; as crass as it may be?
It made me laugh and feel good and isn't that what cake is supposed to do? Make you feel good?
All those nay sayers need to get out into the fresh air more and check their reality meters.

You would have to eat this cake carefully. You couldn't use a knife or a spoon you would have to use (drum roll) THE FORKS! (wah wah waaaaaaahhhh!)

November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBettina

I realize this post was done over a year ago, but I just wanted to come back and relive it. Plus, I am now expecting my very own baby girl, and I'm trying to figure out how to either get my friends to recreate this cake for me, or do it myself, but I must have this cake!
Still the best baby shower cake evah!

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

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