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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
Aug302009

Sunday Sweets: Fun Wedding Cakes

Let's face it, weddings can be a little, well, predictable. That why we love it when a couple breaks out of the mold and, say, boogies down the aisle. Same thing with the cake: sure, white-on-white is pretty, but it's also kind of boring. How about a little personality? A little fun? A little pair of adorable bride-and-groom ghost toppers?

Yes! Like that!
(Found by JT and made by Sugar)

You've probably seen this one, for a pair of Katamari fans:

(Found by Christina H. and made by Mike's Amazing Cakes)

And for movie buffs, here's an ode to Event Horizon:

(Sent in by Lydia B-R and made by Peachtree and Ward.)

Now, you're probably wondering if it's possible to have a themed cake that's also elegant. I think so. I mean, check this one out:

(Found everywhere. Anyone know who made it?)

Is that not gorgeously geek chic?

Or how about this one?

(Submitted by Amy K and made by Michelle's Cake Scapes.)

That's King Kong scaling a skyscraper on top, and yet I think the baker managed a gorgeous, almost art deco feel to the cake. Sophisticated without being too stodgy, you know?

And lastly, my absolute favorite:

(Submitted by Angie Z and made by CakeFX)

Hilarious and sweet all at the same time. Sure, the topper is the first thing you notice, but check out how the baker "stitched" three different cake styles together. [kissing fingertips] Fantastico!

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Reader Comments (79)

WoW!! I can't decide which one I like better, King Kong or Frankenstein! They are both really well done.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

Gorgeous...love the little ghosts!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter:::b r a n d i:::

This makes me want to get married all over again, just to do a cooler cake! Maybe this time will be at Disney World with A LOT fewer people! Happy Anniversary, guys!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

is the groom on the last cake frankenstein or igor? looks like a cross between the two.

"what hump?"

terry lee

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

Nice! My husband and I used a little Dia de Los Muertos bride and groom. So they were skeletons holding hands w/ a snake around them. We loved it. :) Otherwise our cake was a very simple, delicious carrot cake.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBean

Beautiful! Makes me wish we did a cake at my wedding. That's now *non-traditional* we were. Cake? Feh!

Seriously -- CW4 is cool, but I wonder what they're standing on. Anyone know? Some sort of game?

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

That ghost cake is my favorite! Beautiful!

And yay for Katamari!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

i agree! that last one is PERFECT!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

Awesome Cakes! I loved the ghosts the best. :)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaJo Luz

Particle physics on a wedding cake! Sweetness!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlave

OMG The King Kong one is amazing!
The Frankenstein one - I wonder if there are three different cake flavours in it!

My WV is 'ingst' lol like ingest...like ingest some cake!!!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Princess

The Event Horizon one just looks yuck, imo. Except for the fact that the airbrushing is a lot more skilled, it doesn't look any different to me than the moldy-appearing, chain bakery wrecks. The King Kong just looks like a hot mess. Too much going on, the idea was cool and the construction is too but when I look at it I just see too much. JMO.

Frankenstein? I swooned. Love it.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

Hmmmm, I'm gettin gmarried in 2011, and this gives me some IDEAS..... The ghost win for cutest, but the aliens? are awesome. If you need a silly bride-to-be for a contest in which she gets the cake of her dreams, just let me know. I will so take one for the team.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteragent99

The ghost cake is my favorite - I love the groom's little bow tie. Adorable!!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMalibu Niki

These are all amazing. But, I think the only thing missing from the King Kong cake is if Ann Darrow was with him (and thus would have the "bride" and "groom" toppers in an untraditional way). Maybe she is there and I just can't see her, but that would make a great cake even greater.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCory

That's amazing. If I ever even attempted a decent looking cake like those I'd end up with a big pile of crumbles and food coloring. Which I guess is why my blog is called Half Assed Kitchen.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

King Kong is amazingly beautiful! I absolutely LOVE that cake. My husband would go for it too. Maybe I can talk him into a big renewal in about 8 years...hmmm...

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Wow, the "Glorious Geek" cake is by far my favourite.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Wow, a cake with the standard model Lagragian! It's not for everyone, obviously, but its a pretty cool idea for two physicists getting married.

I actually knew the happy couple, Jason and Leah Rieger, although I hadn't seen a picture of their wedding cake before. Hooray for them!

The picture evidently came from this article http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000426&printable=1 ---taken by one of the official Fermilab photographers.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuzz

I really like the Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein cake. Stitching the cakes together was a nice idea!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFanboy Wife

I am absolutely loving the geek cake! I want one for my wedding! Or a really cutsey one... oooo i just can't decide

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEden

I agree the last one is the best! But the ghosts are very cute.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNona

I can't imagine _anything_ more heartrendingly romantic that the Standard Model Lagrangian - however, it still lacks MACHO and WIMP as cake toppers.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteravocadohead

My favourites are the Ghost cake and the Frankenstein cake!! These little ghosts are just cute to the square!!

At the end of a "wrecktastic" week I always enjoy the sunday sweets!!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara Otterst├Ątter

Hello. Sorry if this is off-topic, but I was curious and this seemed the best way to get an interesting answer.

I know you try to feature occasional fondant-free sweets, and you sometimes describe them as showing what can be done using only buttercream. Other places, too, people talk as if buttercream and fondant are the only options for decorating. Do decorators not use royal icing any more, or is it included under one of the existing options? I'd have thought it pipes easier than buttercream and holds a shape well enough for pre-piping shapes and even 3D decorations. And it tastes better than fondant.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPooky

Wait- Event Horizon?!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRATSAWGOD

That ghost cake is TOO cute!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm all about the ghost cake and Frankenstein cake. Guess that makes me predictable. Anything Halloweeny is tops in my book. I almost got married on Halloween, but the Karma on All Saints Day was better, so we waited 24 hours.

Hope to see you in Orlando!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlix

The Katamari cake is wonderful! I haven't played it in so long...maybe that cake will inspire me to dust of the game for old times' sake!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim in the Kitchen

Omg, I officially know what my wedding cake will be like: Frankenstein all the way, baby! They were all amazing but that last one is truly inspired, sweet, original and yet, in a strange way, looking fresh and simple (not that it was that to make). LOVE IT!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Love the ghosties! And the Frankenstein is really clever too. But the ghosties....yeh totally want!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara_in_WA

My wedding cake had a skeleton bride and groom on top. It was a traditional design, but the flowers were orange and black over the white buttercream frosting. We had a fall/halloween themed wedding.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeddygon

I think I may have to get married again just to have a cool cake.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCara Smith

I'm loving the stitched-together cake! But my favorite has to be the Katamari cake. The figures are absolutely perfect, and the proportions of the katamari are flawless. If I wasn't sure that I'd have a simple, cheap wedding, I'd totally want something geeky and awesome like the katamari cake.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteeple333

I absolutely love this site but the "geek/chic" rhyme is about the laziest piece of writing in the English language. For shame.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those were fantastic! I was at a wedding yesterday where the wedding cake resembles a Starbucks Frapp :) It was awesome and totally representing the couple who openly admit to being addicted. Their centerpieces were even Starbucks cups filled with sand and tissue paper - to resemble their mocha frapp.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteena Holmes

I think King Kong is a sad theme for a wedding. He gets killed and plummets to earth.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome!!! I so love these... almost makes me want to get married again. ;)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Event Horizon? The movie where the ship comes back to harvest souls for hell? That's an...interesting choice.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My favorite is the frankenstein-themed cake. Love the stitched-together decorations, and esp. like that the center front matches the decorations of the BOF's dress!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMamaBear91

These cakes are fabulous!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Welch

love the ghosts and the last one, so adorable especially!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Hi folks-

The event horizon cake is mine. My husband and I are huge sci-fi nuts but we wanted to do something a little more obscure and twisted than your typical Enterprise or Star Wars cake. Yes, it is the ship that goes to hell and back, we have a very dark sense of humor. We were just surprised that our caterer was able to come up with anything.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Oh, how darling...sweet Sunday Sweets ! Thank you !

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

. . . Isn't Event Horizon the movie with a literal portal to Hell in the engine room and a guy ripping out his own eyes in extreme closeup?

Eeeeewwwwww.

Word verification: orkie. The little green guy on the last cake isn't Frankenstein's monster; his name is Orkie. Isn't he cute!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

hate to be a pain in the ass but, ummm ... credit where credit is due and all that ...

The Frankenstein cake is actually *four* cakes stitched together. And the pink chunk of cake? Has half the letters to 'sweet sixteen' on it.

Brilliant.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenters@bd

These really are great cakes...so much talent went into making them! Love the Frankenstein and ghosts during this time of year!
Christina :)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentericandy...

WOW! Wow, wow, wow!

Love the ghosties and Frankenstein the best! Wonderful!

Even the hubby liked them!

Amy B.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Event Horizon as a theme for a wedding cake.... NASTY.

That movie had so many disgusting images in it... just, yuck.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want a Katamari cake more than anything else right now. (drool!)

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercraftyashley

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