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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: Game On!

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks are.

This week I'm featuring some classic game Sweets. We all know there are TONS of video game console cakes out there, but what about the classics? You know, board games, card games, that kind of thing? Well, here's what I've got so far:

Here's the perfect board game to celebrate an 80th birthday: LIFE!

(Found by Veronica K here, and reportedly made by "that Ace of Cakes guy." Heh.)

Or how about a perfectly sweet Candy Land cake:

(Found by Cristy J, and also made by Charm City Cakes.)

And I just love this Taboo cake:

The most impressive part of this cake, though, is the young lady who made it. Melia is sixteen, and makes cakes as often as friends and family will let her. So check out her site here, and take heart that the future of cake art seems to be in good hands.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting a real nostalgia jolt from some of these cakes over here. Remember Operation?

(Found by Jessica C. over on Pink Cake Box.)

It even comes with tweezers! Nice touch. Now if we can just find a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake, my trip down memory lane will be complete. (Oh - and Mouse Trap. And maybe Battleship, although I'm not sure that counts as a board game.)

Here's one for my good friend John G.:

(Submitted by Myra B., who ordered it from Piece-A-Cake Bakery.)

For those of you who don't know, the game's called Carcassonne, and John G. digs it. I played it once, but I'm definitely more of a Pictionary kind of girl. At any rate, this sweet cake is our Fondant-Free Sweet of the week.

How about a few unconventional Chess sets? First, one in the kickin' Harry Potter style:

(Submitted first by Omegamom, and made by Bronte Cakes.)

Cool, huh? Believe it or not (I didn't at first) each chess piece is handmade without any molds. If you look closely, you'll see that they are all in fact slightly different:

Bron (the baker) also reports that it took two months to make all those pieces out of sugarpaste. Yowza.

And lastly, here's Dahlia's far more whimsical take on a Chess set:

You know me: I'm lovin' all those colors. The side texture is gorgeous, too.

That's it for now! If you have a classic game cake (or any other amazing cake design) you'd like to share, just send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Or, if you have an idea for the world's best Geek cake, submit it here for the chance to see your design brought to life by Melissa of Wild Cakes. I'll be helping Melissa & the Great White Snark himself choose the winning entry, and the resulting cake will be featured here and on GWS. So get your geeky creative juices flowing, and enter as many different ideas as you like.

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Reader Comments (72)

As a self-confessed lover of board games and cake, today's post just hit the spot. Just one question....where is RISK? LOL

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter-botanycreek-

I love the Whimsical Chess cake- adorable! :)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Whoa! those are some pretty epic cakes there :D I'd love to have one of those sometime! The harry potter cake was truly an epic accomplishment in cake making!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

I would LOVE to see a Mouse Trap cake! I'm lovin the Life cake too.

How about a Connect 4 cake? ;-)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpeasandcarrots

Awesome throwback cakes! What a walk down memory lane. And Melia, bless you child! You've renewed our faith in the next cake-making generation!
SHE has a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake, too!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin M

Went to the website of the 16yo who made that fabulous cake in your post and she has a hungry hungry hippos cake!! keep scrolling til you find it -- it's adorable! Diana

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I want a chess set that looks like that last one.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBridgete

I love Carcassonne! Those cakes are really well done!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

Never a huge fan of operation, but I am definitely a fan of the LIFE SIZE version of the game.


The taboo cake is absolutely perfect!
*LOVE* the wizards chess :)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB
April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersaffry

Hey Jen,

The link to Melia's website has a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

I did find a hungry hippo cake made by the same girl who made the Taboo cake." REL="nofollow">Here.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I . . . first? :O

LOVE those cakes. The Candyland one looks like one I'd get for my husband - he has fond memories of the Fudge Swamp with Gloppy. <3

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

The Operation cake was also made by Charm City Cakes. Theirs worked! They had it fixed with batteries, so you could actually play the game. That was on their TV show.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Hahn

Hungry Hungry Hippo cake...Melia has one here

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The first chess set is the "wizards chess" set from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and it looks fantastic. Man I love cakes...and Harry Potter.


April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlynn.n.c.reilly

Am I the only one who cringes when she watches Ace of Cakes? Those guys all play with their hair, their faces, then work on the cakes...last week they showed a sculpture part fall over onto the floor and they just cleaned it up! Yikes!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLegotech

These are awesome. I love the LIFE and Operation ones the best I think. The Harry potter chess is pretty sweet too.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

That wizards chess cake is fantastic! I love hp, so hp cakes make me strangely happy

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCristine

Those are GREAT and Melia that is just wonderful keep up the good work!!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I was about to link to Melia's hungry hippo cake too, but it seems that's been taken care of. However, I thought you might like her royal flush cake" REL="nofollow">here!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

You missed the Hungry Hungry Hippos cake at mmmeliacakes:

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Hands down, the Whimsical Chess set because it is incredibly cute, clever and colorful, and the Taboo cake...just for absolute clarity of the design...

WV: storin...I be storin' those cakes in the freezer for a long time...

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwolfmom

Oh my god, I want that Candyland cake.

Also, I would love to see a Clue cake done up right by one of these masters of confections.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney G

Brilliants works.

I thought the Life one was a bit morbid for an 80th birthday--you're almost at the end of the game! But they made it so it doesn't end, which is nice. :)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMags

As good as it is, I'm disappointed in the Operation cake. There were multiple ailments missing, including "Water on the Knee".

And Melia: You Rock, kiddo!!! Keep up the good work, and you'll be giving the Ace of Cakes a run for his/their money.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Ha! It's funny but my 11 year old son keeps asking for an Operation game. He would keep that cake and PLAY it instead of EAT it. Looking closely at the photo, it looks like there's a tiny lightbulb in the nose! How cool is that?
The game of LIFE is a really cute idea and so is a Candy Land cake. That would be great, to have an edible Candy Land game!
The chess sets look far too nice to eat.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Dargie

Those are truly wonderful cakes! I think my personal favorite might be the Operation cake, but it was really, really hard to choose today!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiane - DB Impressions

Screwball Scramble cake, with working ball bearing traps.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I always lost at the game of life.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMella

WOW! Those are awesome!

I'd like to see a Monopoly cake —what I consider the most popular board game ever!

Think of making all those houses and hotels of molded sugar. MMMM ... I'd like to buy four houses for Boardwalk, please.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Someone needs to tell Melia to stop using that foil on the cake boards. It really takes away from the cakes!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne Whiteley

Oh my goodness, and did you see the 17 yo's Robot Cupcake Cake? I HATE cupcake cakes, and I think it's about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I was decorating cakes professionally at that age (strictly Wilton method, thank you, in 1978) but I never had anything near that much talent or creativity.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJust A Midwife

Fantastic! They are all terrific, but I really like the Operation cake.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Note: Not only does Melia have a hungry hungry hippo cake, she has an awesome royal flush poker cake. Or Cakes I guess since its five flavors. I'm just sad there was no Risk cake.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwister

I want a Chutes & Ladders cake.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha

These cakes are awesome! Fun!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

charm city cakes (aka that ace of cakes guy) has a scrabble cake.

They also did operation

and candyland.

The cakes are beautiful and amazing but the hygiene (or lack thereof) bothers me too.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I'm not sure I've ever left a comment on your blog before...but I had to say that I love that you found a Carcasonne cake! I've never known anyone that's played that game except my husband's family, and it's hands-down their favorite. I'll have to make sure to show him the cake!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

All the cakes are awesome, but that Carcassonne cake!!! Let's see, one of the best games ever, fondant free, and really well done with lots of detail. WOW!!

Does anyone know anything about how the tiles were done on the Carcasonne cake? I'm really curious because I've never seen anything like it before.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLHSES

Awesome! One of my cakes was picked!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHot Toboggan

The Melia cake site has a Hungry Hippo cake about 20 cakes into it. Talented little booger she is. All my cake attempts could make up their own cakewrecks site. Sigh. I have witnesses to vouch for me.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Melia is amazing! I'm bookmarking her site. I can't wait to see what she does next.

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Wizard Chess cake is just...WOW!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Just FYI. There is a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake on a website you posted about in your last post.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimple Things

I would like to thank everyone on Cake Wrecks for featuring my HP chess set.... What an honour! It did take about 2 months to make all the pieces...but I work full time (in my other job) so I made them at night and during my lunch hour...any moment spare. I have made a tutorial of how I did a chess pawn and posted on flickr and at Cake Central if anyone is interested in seeing how it was made...Thank you all again Bron H.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBronte.cakes

Mmmeliacakes did a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake! It shows one hippo, but it's definitely from HHH -- has the stretched out neck and everything! You can see it briefly on her Special Video on the blog.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraugustvows

looks like I'm a little late, but I was going to tell you about melia's hungry hippos cake too :D

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermarin

Yea! I love Carcassone!! Sweet! I have friends getting married this weekend and there Grooms Cake is supposed to be Settlers of Catan I think...I'll try to get a pic and pass it on. I'm hoping it will be awesome but you so never know...

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

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