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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: 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. Event Horizon is one of the most disgusting and disturbing movies I've ever seen. I'm a movie buff and have seen a lot of stuff, but that's the only one that's ever actually made me feel like I might actually vomit from what I was seeing on the screen. I'm kind of scared to think of what couple chose that as a theme for anything at their wedding. O_o

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwo Words "Hell Sequence"

Agh! I GET the 4th cake! The one with the physics on it. Omg I'm so nerdy but I'm comforted by the fact that whoevers wedding that was are ever so much nerdier than me :P

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Yumilicious cakes are there I am thinking to celebrate my past birthday this week...............

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmar

looking on your tour page.. it's so funny that i've been reading this blog so long and had no idea that we live in the same town.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOctohawk

I'm glad that you mentioned the stitching on the Frankencake; I never knew that sewing could be delicious!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrowningfashion

So, when are you going to post pics of your wedding cake? Surely that was pretty spectacular, No?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love the ghosts and the frankenstein cake. So fun!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris, Gina and Hunter

The Event Horizon (never heard of it) cake is pretty gross looking. The airbrushed planets (if that's what they're supposed to be) are done pretty well. But the mildrewed colors just make it look disgusting. IF it wasn't a geeky sci-fi theme, you'd have called it wrecky.

I know though, it's your blog, you get to It still looks like some other cakes you've called wrecks because of the color.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

love, love, love the Katamari cake!!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Katamari cake is, to date, the coolest thing I have ever seen. I want to meet the couple that was made for.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

I can't believe I'm saying this, but apparently I'm not a big enough geek to understand the "geek chic" cake.

What is it? Someone please enlighten me.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter2cool4once

s@bd - on the cakefx site, it looks like 3 cakes, from the photo angles. You can see where the pink meets the blue on the back. It does also give a good shot of the 'eet xteen' side, that is so funny!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Pooky--Jen might be better qualified to answer this than I, but I thought I'd give it a shot. =)

Royal icing (what I can remember from poring over my mom's Wilton books as a kid) is very, very hard--like candy, made with confectioner's sugar and meringue powder. You even have to keep it covered with a damp towel while you're using it so it doesn't dry out. It's often used on cookies; it makes a tasty hard shell on gingerbread, etc. It's usually not appropriate for decorating a whole cake (except maybe one of those dusty window display cakes!). Maybe some of the decorations might be made with royal icing but that's about it.

That said--the ghosts are so cute. The Katamari cake is adorable! And the Frankenstein is genius. <3

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I wonder if the Frankencake is three different kinds of cake, too?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranaceofkidneys

I want to get married again, just so I can have that ADORABLE ghost cake. Seriously, that is the cutest thing ever. And I'm not even a big ghost/Halloween person.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Katamari cakes are popular apparently. Two friends of mine also had a Katamari cake for their own wedding...

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSally Monster

Melissa (& Billy), thanks for that.

I know royal icing is hard (unless you soften it with a little glycerine), but I've often covered and decorated cakes with it (I never used meringue powder though; I don't know if that's widely available over here) and my old (home cooking) books are full of advice on how to pipe flowers and animals etc. with it.

Is it that people don't want hard coverings on cakes any more? Over here, it's the traditional covering for wedding, christening and Christmas cakes, so I find it a bit surprising, but it makes sense.

I was really most puzzled by the idea that a cake without fondant would have to have everything piped in buttercream (or possibly chocolate). Surely royal icing is so useful for making sugar decorations that it would be the obvious choice?

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPooky

According Symmetry Magazine, the physics cake photo was taken by Reidar Hahn of Fermilab. ( It is unclear who the cake was made for or who made it, but I'm sure you could contact Reidar and ask.

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLondon

AMAZING! I'm speechless!

September 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

WOW! I love the Frankenstein cake!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

To answer questions about the geek cake:

We used it in a feature article about physicists who married physicists in Symmetry magazine. (story here: We commissioned the cake specifically for the article. It wasn't used in an actual wedding, sorry to say.

The writing on the cake is what is called the "Standard Model Langragian". It is the equation that best encapsulates everything we know about the fundamental particles and forces of nature, all wrapped up in one package. It's a beast of a thing, but the universe is kinda complicated!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I love the little spooks on the first cake. Wonder what the significance is; maybe they met on Halloween?

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam Walter

That Katamari cake is fantastic! Although if I had a Katamari cake made, there'd be a child stuck to it -- there's nothing greater than the joy that comes with rolling up your first child.

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDixie Wolf

Aww, my Tonberry wedding cake didn't make the list. Nifty cakes, though!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I (sadly) haven't been keeping up with your blog - this reminds me of the rock-em sock-em robot cake at our friends wedding. I made her hot pink and black gown -

and here's the cake:

(feel free to publish the picture of the cake)

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

OW... I was hopping to see the wedding cake topping I`ve sent you some time ago. The cow and the beast.... may it was not THAT funny.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCH2R

I fell in love with the first cake (ghost cake) when I saw it. Because of that cake my fiance and I have picked October 30, 2010 for our wedding date. How many times has a wedding date been set by a cake?

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

Yup agree, that last one is prefect! xx ;)

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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