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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

Star Wars Weekend

Tomorrow John and I are going to the Star Wars Weekends out at Disney. This is the event that causes our friends who work at Disney - even the hardened sci-fi geeks - to go blank-faced with terror, so needless to say I'm pretty psyched about it. (Apparently we Trekkers have nothing on Star Wars fans in the crazy department.) So in honor of the occasion, and for those of you too distant/sane to attend, here's some Wreckage to get you in the intergalactic mood.

This fun little number features a puddle of R2D2 (or possibly an attempt at Captain America's shield?) in the upper left-hand corner, and a Ferengi Marauder in the lower right-hand corner. [head tilt] Huh.

Hey, uh, Wreckerators? It's probably not wise to cross the sci-fi/geekery streams. Especially the Trek/Wars streams. You never, ever want to do tha...

Oh no you di'n't, Matt B.!

(Ok, so Matt's friends Wrecked it on purpose. It's still funny, though.)

Come to the Dark Side. We have granite texture-in-a-can.

Plus, our storm troopers have huge...



Yeah, let's go with goiters. No one knows what those are, anyway.

Bobble-headed Yoda you will love. Awesome is he:

His lack of legs, disturbing I find.

Little known fact: the first R2D2 prototype was made using only Styrofoam, blue painter's tape, and a Sharpie:

Plus, did you guys know that R2D2's birth name was Reginald Dillingham? It's true. I wouldn't lie to you. (Unless it was funny. Or I was bored. Or cake was involved. But this, this is true. Honest.)

And lastly, J. Williamson's local paper featured this as a "hot new trend" in weddings:

So naturally you're thinking, "Gee, Jen, people are serving Wolfman's head on a platter at weddings?"

(This is Wolfman, by the way:)

The answer, of course, is no - and I laugh in the face of your childish naivete. Hahahah! Ahhahaha! Mwaha. Ha. Aha.

Yes, as I was saying, the answer is no - because people are in fact serving Chewbacca's head on a platter at their weddings. That's Chewbacca. See the resemblance?

That's what I thought.

Debra B., Luci, Katie R., Brandi M., & Anony, when it comes to cake, use the forks.

Related Wreckage: Do These Taste Chewy To You?

NOTE: Today's post is dedicated to CW reader Jacob Taylor, since I hear he's a big Star Wars fan. Jacob is 8 years old and was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last month, so he and his family could use all the good wishes, prayers, and warm thoughts you'd care to send their way. The good news is that he's responding well enough to radiation treatment that he's back to reading again this week. So, hi, Jacob! Say, you bakers in the Cincinnati Ohio area, how's about whipping him up some organic cake to celebrate? (He's on an all-natural diet these days.)

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Reader Comments (141)

Oh, I am so envious of you getting to go to a Star Wars weekend. Don't miss the Dancing with the Star Wars Stars stage show.

(And yes, the symbols on the first cake are those of the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Sorta. Kinda.)

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbats :[

So I have been looking at this site everyday for about 3 months now and I love it!! I have gotten many people hooked on it as well. As I was looking over today's wreckage's I realized that I recognized the Chewbacca/Wolfman grooms cake. I thought of all the sites that I have looked at lately and then it hit me. The baker who made my wedding cake. And sure enough there it was! I can't believe it! Luckily her other cakes are amazing and I loved mine!! It was exactly what I wanted, not a wreckage at all!

Thank you for making my days just a tad bit more hilarious! Can't wait to see more awesome wrecks!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHIllary

Sending much love and strength to Jacob and his family all the way from sunny England!

Keep strong little man - I just know you're going to pull through. *cuddles*


June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXowie

Since I am working at the annual Superman Celebration I think I could see your crazy Star Wars fan and raise you a fat guy in blue tights!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi Jacob!
I'll be praying for you, lil' trooper!

Word verification: yoness.

Chewy/wolfman on a plate: Does this platter make my head look fat? Be yoness!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayme

Just found this blog...I absolutely ADORE it!!

I used to work for a bakery in a grocery store and used to see these types of "cake wrecks" ALL the time unfortunately!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercakegirl68

Jacob, stay strong buddy...a friend of ours beat brain cancer last year with treatments and surgery and is on an all raw diet that is really working for him...may the force be with you and I'll be praying for your recovery too !

Hey Jen, that Darth Vader cake looks like "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and the Anonymous #1 is correct, those are the emblems of the Empire and Alliance.

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn


Love it. :)

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda M.

oh my gosh- my eyes are crying and my gut is hurting from laughing while I am trying to be quiet while my son sleeps. This blog is soooo stinkin funny. The only thing that is better than the horrible cakes is your witty comments! You crack me up! I am totally linking to your blog from mine!!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Hey Jen! We've been at Disney all week and our last day is tomorrow! Wish I knew where to find you so we could meet up :)

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

The emblems on the first cake are emblems of the Empire and the Rebellion, not Ferengi and R2D2 :-) I happily and joyfully leap off into nerd land!!!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArt Kilmer

The Star Wars nerds are right, the blue/white mess up at top is the symbol of the Galactic Empire (which is usually done in gray or some other dark color) and that anchor thing is a lop-sided symbol of the Rebellion. It's pretty obvious, if you're a hardcore fan. :)

I hope we get to see some Star Trek/Wreck cakes, too! :D (I've been loving this blog, by the way.)

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aw, Jacob...virtual HUGS heading your way from a complete stranger...but one who "somehow" senses-- (okay, I'm magic)-- that you are exactly tough enough to get good and mad at this stupid, mean disease and kick its butt. Hard!
You have a lot of STUFF to do!!
Everyone's right, too, about the laughing; check in here every chance you get. This place is funEE! No one EVER laughs enough, really.

Hey--doesn't anyone else think that the Wolfman photo looks like Bill Clinton???

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The Darth Vader cake has everyone fooled; it wasn't baked--it was KNITTED!
That's the worsted thing I've ever seen...


June 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

On that second cake, are those little pink Darth Vader Erasers? And why are they pink?

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Jacob!!!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOKBridetoBe

Goiters! Hahahahahaha!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The storm trooper with the... uh... goiters reminds me a LOT of the Cuttlefish on Gaia Online. xD
They're cute little pixel fish you put in a pixel aquarium. They're "emo", apparently, in a pun on their names.

As for Star Wrecks... I was helping a friend out with a Star Wars themed party back when the "new" chapters were just about to start hitting theaters. My friend bought the cake pan shaped like Vader's mask and we decided we had enough cake mix to make two. Only... one got a little.. dark.
We shrugged it off and set to work frosting the GOOD one (complete with line piping, colored sugar shading, etc.. went all out on it). I got to thinking.. and an evil plan formed. I hacked off the worst of the burnt spots, iced the whole blob, and cut it into chunks. Round about two inches square, I would guess, maybe smaller. Both were served side by side... Vader and.. well.. Cakey Carnage.
When the guests arrived for our Star Wars Marathon (complete with a listen to an original vinyl LP of the soundtrack), we made the announcement. Tonight, they could choose between... (wait for it)

Before OR after the Death Star exploded.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStrange

Yoda it is not, the Queen Mother it clearly is

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Hey Jacob! Glad to hear you're back reading with the rest of us!
Stay strong and hang in there, and we'll see you tomorrow!

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi, I am Jacob's grandmother. I am overwhelmed with the love that people have sent from all over the country. Here is his web site on Caringbridge:
His youtube videos are jacobee817.
These kind words really do lift us up. My email is:

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Long time lurker, first time poster.

My son and I just went to Star Wars Weekend yesterday and it was AWESOME! He was picked to participate in the Jedi Knight training and got to fight Darth Vader! Check out photos here:

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexs_mom

My 13 year old could not figure out how the granite texture on the Vader head was achieved. I had no idea that she had never before witnessed a cake completely decorated with tiny rosettes. Wow.
I remember the extreme creations of the 1980s and 90s when the Wilton mania for rosettes swept through parties all over North America.
I wonder if we could have a selection of retro-wrecks one day which would introduce the younger generation to the wonder of the stippled cake?

WV: (appropriate!) Dockle: to completely cover a cake with rosettes of frosting.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Hey, I work at Studios!! Did you see the Beauty and the Beast show, because I was totally there today...

But on a more exciting note, did you see the Hyperspace Hoopla? It's definitely the best part of SWW.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

HI JACOB! Star Wars is AWESOME! You rock kid! Keep up the good fight! May the Force be with you, as all our hopes, dreams and wishes are.

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that meant to be Darth Vader, or did Jabba the Hut steal his helmet?

- Renee

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi Jacob! Prayers coming to you from Washington State. :o)

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, good, I'm not the first one to post that the first cake was supposed to have the rebel and imperial symbols, not R2 and that blob. Poorly done, yes, but I definitely know what they were supposed to be, haha.

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervaluemeal2

Hello and good luck to you, Jacob! I am praying each day for you to "live long and proper". I can just feel that you are going to come out of this just fine. I hope you have a 100th birthday cake...and I hope it's a funny Wreck!

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

God bless Jacob!
Every time I come to this website I want to eat cake!! LOL! :)

June 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

come on, jen! the ferengi marauder is clearly the insignia of the rebel alliance!

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wolfman/Chewbacca head looks to me like it's made of clay!

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love these! As always!

Speaking of crossing the lines, did you happen to notice that R2D2 is in the new Star Trek movie?

There was a contest on FB to find him!

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

Has anyone noticed the Trek/Wars cake said

"live long and PROPER" ??

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I think Star Wars Weekends is a great tradition that has grown over time to cover a lot more events and a whole lot of fun for the Star Wars Fan in you. Make sure you save some time to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and experience it first-hand. Happy exploring

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDazy

The Darth Vader head is from the Wilton cake pan that came out with the Empire Strikes Back.

The grey with touches of black color is black icing not completely mixed, and not quite enough black. This could have been a photo of my first try at that cake in 1982.

The decorating is actually pretty close to what Wilton wanted if I remember correctly. Black on black just makes a bland cake.

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterealden

I think the symbol on the first cake is supposed to be the Dark Horse Comic symbol. They're the ones who made the SW graphic novels.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDefinitelyAGeek

how do I know the symbol on the R2D2 puddle cake is the Red Squadron emblem? Because I once met someone with that tattooed on his leg. forever.

November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMamaleh

I know it's been said a few times over that the first cake is supposed to have either the galactic republic on the galactic empire emblem on the top left, and the rebel emblem on the bottom right, but I thought I'd post a link with photos so those who aren't total nerds know what we're talking about. heh.

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July 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergood

give one of these to Linda Skywalker-Effron!

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the Chewie head looks like Dargo from Farscape got really messed up while being decapitated way more than it looks like a wookie head. My first thought was that it was another case of crossing the sci-fi or geek streams

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermelly

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