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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: Doctor Who

I'm proud to say that I was raised by geeks. Star Trek and Doctor Who were staples in my household, and when I was little my folks even bundled me and my brother off to a Doctor Who event where I got to meet the late Jon Pertwee. At the time, of course, I was more impressed with the full-scale model of the TARDIS control room where I got to push ALL the buttons. Anyhoo, naturally it was only a matter of time until I found enough Whovian Sweets to justify a post. Ready? Here we go...

Presenting the most scrumptious looking Cyberman you will ever see:


Made by Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes, appropriately enough.



There's nothing more iconic than the TARDIS:

Found by Emily S. on diongillard's Flickr stream.



Here's one honoring my parents' favorite Doctor, Tom Baker:
Made by abbietabbie

This next on isn't actually cake; it's gingerbread. And K9 is looking suh-weet.



Found by Eric G, & made by LiveJournal member Therru



Lastly, here are some shops that know just how to dress a display window:

Posted on The Gallifreyan Embassy, but the bakery isn't listed.


Hannah C. found this display at The Cake Shop in Liverpool.


I don't know about you guys, but I would *totally* shop there. Why don't we have displays like this here in the States?


Update from john: This photo just came in from Leigh Henderson of (She's the maker of the infamous thorax cake, so click the link at your own risk!)

Yup. It's cake. And no, she's not a professional. I can't believe it either. But that's not all...

It has an inside! She did it with mirrors and LEDs. Wow. Freakin' wow. (See more insanely detailed progress shots here.)

And did I mention wow?

- Similar Sweets: Star Wars


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Reader Comments (184)

wow, these are most awesome! loving the scarf peekingo out of the tardis.

I still have my dad's Dr. Who shirt from the 80;s, love it!

ps... any browncoat (firefly/serenity cakes anywhere?)

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

I have been waiting to see Who cakes since I started reading! They were awesome!

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMM

So cool, I so want a tardis cake now!

But isn't the Abzorbaloff a bit out of place? if that's supposed to be Martha. Unless they met another abzorbaloff ( haven't watched all the Martha episodes) because he was with Rose for the L.I.N.D.A episode..

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthisisnoone

wow! oh, wow, oh wow!

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucia

As a serious Doctor Who geek I find these just wonderful! I soooo want a David Tennant cake.
(650 quid for a cake, though? Between the cost and the cute factor, who would actually want to stick a knife into it?)

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Best Sunday Sweets EVER! I really, really want a Tardis cake for my birthday.

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSally

These cakes are great. Problem is that this site is about cake wrecks and not great cakes. It's disappointing in that regard.

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCeleste

Dear Celeste,



August 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

ExtermiCAKE! ExtermiCAKE!

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDenise G

Total love! Now, do Blake7! ... No, better not. The show itself was such a wreck, it would surely show through in cake form.

Nevertheless, I adore this Sunday Sweets post. The Daleks are definitive Who material no matter which Who, and of course I am partial to the scarf cake as well. Tom Baker was 'my' doctor, although I do admit that I somewhat prefer Jon Pertwee, but you can't fight nostalgia.

Despite Trek running deep in my veins, I have to say I'd choose a good run of 3rd or 4th Doctor 'Doctor Who' over it if I really had to.

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

LOVE!! Love love love. I was also raised by a geek-my grandfather who loved the Doc-tah! I even had one of those corny "my other car is a TARDIS" bumper stickers on my first car *blush* I want that first TARDIS as my next birthday cake.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I have never seen dr. who. Nor have I ever seen a cake that makes me want to go out and see a show...until now.

They're very well done.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbodoba

AAAAHHHH!!! That Cyberman is so cute! And it's practically like a real one!

And holy...that last one! It looks like it's actually bigger on the inside =D! This makes my geeky heart happy =D!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoyciel

I thought I got all excited with the Harry Potter post. I wasn't. We were just talking Doctor Who and Torchwood yesterday! We were on an "alien" hunt. So naturally, conversation turned from, the weird kangaroo/bunny/alien we were looking for, to the good doctor and Capt. Jack! Can't wait to show everyone!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Loved the one w/ the scarf stuck in the door of the Tardis. :D

And had to share this, since I think the crowd will get it:

I saw a cartoon years ago that showed two Daleks looking up a staircase. One says to the other "well, there go our plans for universal domination."


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWalk On


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Auditor

Lovely Who cakes! Never seen that Cyberman before. Just.. wow.

As for no U.S. window-displays... well we just have to be a little more self-reliant and creative in expressing our Who Love then! : D

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiwi

wow to the power of wow for that last one. i love all of these cos i heart 'who.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlorrwill

Just to let you all know, Dion's Tardis cake was made by Planet Cake in Sydney Australia, I'm pretty sure it was made by Margie Carter there, it looks like her writing to me, but don't quote me on that.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFran McGregor

TARDIS cakes--I am inspired. I'll have to try to fashion one of my own, now!
I've loved your blog for a long while now, but this post is really the icing on the cake (pun, of course, sadly intended) and compelled me to comment for the first time. You're a Who fan? Sweet indeed :)
I never knew Cybermen could look cute before . . .

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercpsk

Ah Dr Who ,wonderful,as a matter of fact i can just remember the first and second Doctors and as I live in South Wales i live in hope of seeing them filming! Havnt caught any yet but I know lots of places were Torchwood and Dr have been :) The latest one has already been seen filming at a local beach that was were Rose and Tennant Dr said goodbye.And yes I raised all 4 of my kids on Trek,Who and Thunderbirds with varying results you can show em but you cant make um!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

This is probably the first and last time I'll say this, but that Cyberman is damned adorable. I absolutely love it.

I love the Tardis cakes too, my friend and I meant to make one (although not on that scale) for our birthdays but we lacked both a rectangular cake-tin and a oven that actually cooked.

I now have the urge to rewatch the episodes I have on DVD. Which, bizzarely, include a lot of Five. And Nine. And Ten. *snuggles*

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterclairebear_nz

It is absolutely amazing to me that anyone would put so much effort into something that will be consumed. I would be so sad to see all my hard work eaten. I mean, I'm really glad that someone actually does these cakes. What talent they have!

I love looking at them but, man, maybe they should do sculpting or something more permanent.

Great post.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterItalo

Oh my God, I've never commented before but had to say this post is TOTALLY AWESOME. Seriously, you made my day. And, I too have just finished rewatching series 3 and 4 - definitely something timey wimey going on. I'm young enough that Nine is my doctor (sadly not represented in cake form) but I love the Ood on that display cake. I might have to see what the bakery on town could do on the Doctor Who front...I'm in the UK, and I think the reason it's so much more popular and not seen as hopelessly geeky is that it was on Saturday teatime BBC 1 for decades, so EVERYONE over a certain age watched it as a kid. And it's such a huge part of pop culture here that the rest of us grew up sort of immersed in it - there was no Doctor Who on the telly until I was 19, but when I was little I still knew about the Tardis and daleks and cybermen....apparently in a recent National Trust survey about twice as many 8 year olds could identify a dalek as could identify a barn owl :)

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

AMAZING!! As a Dr Who fan, I am very much impressed by ALL of these. Wonderfully done.
I want to have a Dalek cake for my next birthday!!!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGargoyle

AMAZING!!! Fantastic cakes. I want the Dalek cake for my next birthday!!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGargoyle

Doctor Who!!!!!

Tom Baker was my favourite too. He's the first one I remember. I knitted a scarf like that once.

I remember squealing and hiding in terror behind the couch when the daleks would say "I am a dalek" and my sister and I would freak each other out pretending to be daleks.

Ahhh. Good times, good times.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

That last TARDIS is amazing. Is the inside bigger than the outside?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I absolutely LOVE the K-9 cake. These non-wrecks have done a fantastic job with their Dr.Who cakes. Thanks for posting the pictures.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyra

You have a typo for the K9 cake. Just sayin'...

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine


August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

All I can say is these cakes are AWESOME SAUCE!

Awesome cakes!! I love the mini Cyberman and the Tom Baker scarf and the... oh who am I kidding, I love them all!

Thanks so much! Are there any Adipose cakes out there?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMK

Are they amazing? As K-9 would say, "Affirmative!"

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Omygodomygodomygodomygodomygodomygod!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm only 13 but I love Doctor Who and I so wish I had those cakes! WOW!!!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDani

Now that's what I call *proper* Doctor Who. I was raised on it too, can't bring myself to watch the latest stuff, neither can my Dad. Those cakes are just AWESOME.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

Squeeeeeee! :::claps hands like little girl:::

Sorry...been a Who fan since about '84 and I *adore* these. (The new series is fun, but there's nothing like the Classic episodes. :))

They're all fanTAStic, but the last one is just spectacular. Wow, just wow.

Gotta post a link to this at Gallifrey Base....

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercygirlkat

I would never ever be able to eat any of these...they're just too pretty! =) I love the Tom Baker one, and the K9 is fab!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

That gingerbread Dogbot looks like RALPH from Flight of the Navigator! That takes me way back. I wonder if that's out on DVD...

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersuperalzy

What a perfect post for my son's Sunday birthday! I've loved your blog a long time, but this was a special treat for our Doctor Who-loving family. All those cakes are amazing, especially the Tardis one you can see inside!

My husband and other son both joked about having Doctor Who themes for their birthdays earlier this year, but I couldn't find anything related in the US without waiting too long for mail order. Now I do have some Dalek goody bags and a toy Tardis for the next occasion...too bad I can't make a cake like any of these, and I doubt I could get one from a local bakery, either!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

OMG, I love them all! Those of us raised on PBS & BBC from the 60's know all the Doctors. Raised by Geeks is good. What a wonderful line up of tribute cakes you gave us on this site. I would almost be a shame to cut them; I said almost. Thank you, I salute you.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPLATEMATE

I love these! After catching Dr. Who on BBC America the past year or so, I finally broke down and started watching them in order just last week. I started with series 2 - what can I say, I like David Tennant. I was raised geek, too, but Dr. Who was never part of the repertoire. I have a lot of lost time to make up for!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Dolgner

Love the Master! When's he going to show up in the new one anyway? Or has he already?
I was so lame I used to watch old Dr. Who episodes on new year's eve with my parents growing up. I'd be the only one awake at midnight, watching Dr. Who + companion get away for the fifth time with the help of K-9 or the handy dandy sonic screwdriver. :)

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I love these!!
I am a Doctor Who geek... I actually just got an offical Doctor Who TARDIS usb hub in the mail today so it was perfect timing that I checked your blog! :)

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternikita

Wonderful cakes! My whole family love Doctor Who! We actually found weeping angels in Asuncion, Paraguay ...

My daughter is studying Baking & Pastry Arts and your website is an inspiration (and caution!) I'm hoping for some Doctor Who and Buffy cakes!

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTía Hillary

As the maker of the last cake, I just wanted to pass along a link to my website, where you see more photos of the cake, including some post-cutting views that prove that it is, in fact, made of cake. I'm working on a full writeup of the construction process, which I hope to have done in the next couple days.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh


You've made this Whovian a very happy fangirl. That cyberman is just adorable (which is kinda wrong, but whatever). And so many lovely Tardises. I especially like the horizontal one with the little chrome door handles. And the gingerbread K-9. (And here I thought David Tennant's Doctor was the one who wanted to be ginger. [/pun] I'm so sorry.)

The trouble is I wouldn't want to eat them. I'd just want to gaze lovingly at them.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Absolutely fantastic cakes. I adore David Tennant so was very pleased to see him as a figurine!

Great blog,
CJ xx

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Jigsaw

Truly scrummy and perfect for any Who fan's birthday.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpowerjen51

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