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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
Apr192009

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)

I haven't read any of the comments so if I duplicate this link, I apologize. You requested a Hungry Hungry Hippos Cake...well your Taboo creator (very talented btw!) has one on her page... http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my goodness, the CANDY LAND cake. *turns emerald green* I bet Duff and Co. had fun making that one.

The Wizard's Chess--stunning. What would you do with those pieces afterward? I couldn't munch on one of those without a serious amount of guilt (or, no doubt, breaking off a tooth!).

Despite all this artistry, the whimsy chess is my favorite. So. Cute. *wibble*

WV: Patessie: How a young French citizen talks about a bakery. "Patess'ie."

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

That game of Life cake is perfect for an 80 year old! Love it.
And the Taboo and chess cakes are amazing.
~Amy B.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

A "Candyland" cake with actual peppermints, gumdrops, etc. on it is genius in such a forehead-slapping, why-didn't-I-think-of-that way. I can't stop smiling. :D

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermike.

http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

She HAS a hungry hungry hippo cake!! You should've checked out her website a little better :)

~Jenny

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen and Pete

The second cake down was a birthday cake for my friends Katie and Erin. It was super yummy in addition to being adorable!

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDevin

These are all great, but my favorite is the Candy Land cake. I love that game. It was my childhood favorite.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

That Game of Life cake is totally a wreck. All of the buildings are in the wrong place (Millionaire Acres halfway down the board? Ok...) and the path doesn't end; it connects back at the beginning. I'm sorry, did this suddenly become the Game of Reincarnation, or is everyone just supposed to go back to college after they retire?

Bush league. ;)

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug D.

I just love all of them except that brown and green blobby cake and and "Operation" though very well done as a cake always creeped me out as a game !

I would have liked to see "Scrabble", "Twister", "Don't Break the Ice", "Hi Ho Cherrio" and "Chutes and Ladders" cakes too.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Holy crow, these are amazing! Although, I can't say the same for those belly cakes on your last entry---those are grossly disturbing.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAleesuhn_Muhree

Why haven't I thought of this?

A Settlers of Catan cupcake cake would be awesome!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSian

Ideas for geek cakes.
Control panel from a computer that many programmers have fond (and not so fond) memories of. A Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11/70.
(Here is photo) http://www.saccade.com/writing/projects/PDP11/PDP-11.html

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDalesql

I love these board game cakes. My oldest son loves Chutes and Ladders - now that would make a really cute cake. I might just have to attempt that one.

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April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMistyGirl_2008

The Life Game, totally thought that was a Duff cake, and Charm City Cakes and "Ace of Cakes" guy are one in the same. He and his crew do awesome small work like those 2 cakes! Awesome!

April 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichawn

I do the make-cakes-as-often-as-people-let-me thing too! My best b-day present is getting to make my own cake :)

And I LOVE the chess cake!

April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Our family loves to play Carcassonne, so we were excited to see it on your Sunday Sweets post. The city shapes are great!

Thanks for a fun visit.

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Okay, I have to say the game cakes are cute.

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMakeup Theory

I love the dazzling colours on the candy-land cake. Oh, and the little ladybirds on the chess set! Did operation really have a butterfly in the tummy? That takes me back.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzbomb.net

My kid liked the game much. Though I don't find it interesting. I like some more challenging one.

May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDazy

That wizards chess cake is fantastic! ;) xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

the one with the chess is from Harry Potter, it's wizards chess

March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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