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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

Growing Geek Girls

It's time to ramp up the geekage on our Cake Wrecks "Virtual" Tour by paying a little visit to GeekDad.

GeekDad ("Raising Geek Generation 2.0") is the parenting blog over on Wired, although they feature plenty of clever tutorials, reviews, articles, and interviews to interest even the non-parent geeks like myself.

If you are a parent, though, and are looking to instill the proper geeky vices in your offspring, cakes are a great way to do it. (Right now you're wondering: Just how many times CAN she fit the word "geek" into this post? Ahh, read on and learn, gwasshoppa.) For example, say your little girl is really into Princesses. How can you add a dash of the geek while still giving her the cake she wants?

Like so.

Or maybe she gave you a lot of leeway, and just asked for something in her favorite colors, pink and yellow. Well, who's to say Wolverine doesn't go great with that color scheme?

That's right: NOBODY.

Of course, if you're really lucky, your little girl will let you order just about anything, so long as it's on a lace doily and comes in a pink box:

Subtlety is the key, of course. There's no need for overkill.

That's right, geek parents: raise your girl right, and someday she just might be requesting this on her birthday:

Er, hopefully because she likes Catwoman, I mean. Not so much because of the black-leather-and-whips thing. Heh. Um...yeeeah.

Well, on that awkward sure to check out my virtual chat with GeekDad Doug here!

Thanks to Jessica H., Erin F., Sarah R., Christine M.!

- Related Wreckage: Why So Serious?

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Reader Comments (67)

I want that little girl with the catwoman cake to be MY daughter! ;) Very hip. Raaawr!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy@Bitchin'WivesClub

Darth has a titanium alloy shin on his left leg, like Lt. Dan on Forrest Gump! I had no idea.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeekDad-in-training

The hulk cake is amazing. It looks like the product of some radioactive accident that spawned little angrier hulks. You don't eat this cake.. it eats YOU.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdnoxious

Geek Cakes!

My H2B and I toyed briefly with the idea of putting "WE DID IT!" on our cake as a little shout-out to the Watchmen graphic novel. Then we realized that only four people besides us would get it.

Am keeping my eyes peeled for Watchmen wrecks.

WV: hytemi--That Catwoman cake looks like it's saying hytemi.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFahnette

I love the Disney princesses dancing around the giant Vader lying on the floor. It's like they just defeated him and are celebrating.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeckardcanine

Hahaha, that's hilarious. I bought those SAME princess toys for my daughter's cake a few years ago. I left off Darth Vader though. :D

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

My 6 year old daughter would go for ANY of those cakes..especially the princess/Darth Vader combo. She's a very girly girl...but LOVES the boys' stuff too. I suspect it wasn't Dad's geekiness that inspired that cake..rather the dual interests of a very eclectic little girl! :) (or boy!)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Me-OW! That cat woman is scary!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterydontusteponit

On my 25th birthday my In Laws got me a DQ ice cream cake with The Hulk on it. They got it because it was the only one left but I thought it was awesome!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Nooo, *Spiderman* would work so much better with pink and yellow. Especially if you took the opportunity to make it a very red pink.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGaladriel

Is the Hulk cake a CCC? The swirls in the icing make it looks like it would separate into cupcakes.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkberwin

I love the Disney Princess/Darth Vador cake. I also think it looks like they have vanquished him. Ha! Belle's going to kick him in the frosted...head any minute now.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKPP

Someone please please please make that first cake with the three princesses actually fighting Darth Vader with tiny light sabers. I would donate $10 to the cake-making cause, just for the hilarity it would bring to my life.

Thanks for posting the Star Wars / Princess cake combo. Now I know what to do for my daughter's birthday. If I added Scooby Doo it would be the Holy Triumverate.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWriter and Cat

Ah hahaha!! Yesss cake 1 is pretty amazing! Belle looks like she has her arms crossed, head titled, about to sass Darth for interrupting their ball. Meanwhile Cinderella looks like she is trying to grab her dress so it wont get hit by the light saber. And Aurora.... is just clueless to the whole act. Or maybe she is yelling at Belle to "not screw this one up for her!" I mean it IS a man technically.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoodbread

What's wrong with wanting a CatWoman cake with a whip on it when you're 8? lol.

That girl's going to either turn out to be a dominatrix or need therapy.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

Wait . . . is the first one supposed to be a wreck? It's awesome, I absolutely LOVE it!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I LOVE the Darth Vader/Princess cake!! Darth looks so well done and it looks like the Princesses kicked his butt!! That is something I would have loved as a kid (I got those requisite scary 80's clown heads and Strawberry Shortcake!)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

team disney princesses!!

maneaters. love it.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Lee

The angle of the photo makes it look like Cinderella is wielding a lightsaber. That would make an awesome movie - move over Mulan, Cinderella's coming!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrystalline

Cat woman with a whip ... is this a family friendly site? Don't think I can put what I'm thinking roflmao!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Queen of Chaos

My oldest daughter actually requested a cake with all of the Disney Princesses along with Padme & Princess Leia for her 5th birthday cake. I couldn't find the last two in time for her party, maybe next year!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I love the first cake.

It could use some minor improvement: Get rid of Darth Vader's lightsaber, add a little plastic one to the princess on the left, and voila -- The princesses have slain Darth Vader.

But even as it is, it is excellent. I thought this was supposed to be all about bad cakes?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGustopher

Pink, yellow, and Wolverine? Yeah, I TOTALLY would've asked for that one when I was a kid. I was always so sad when we played X-men that I had to play as a girl one, because the guys had so much cooler powers.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCat

I love the Disney Princess/Darth Vader Cake. Definitely a little girl after my own heart.

I love Adnoxious's comment about the Hulk cake.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCookie

The Hulk cake is scary. Not just because it's covered with gross amounts of frosting to hide the cupcakes, or because the frosting is painted green, but because there are so many disembodied Hulk heads around it.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

My 2yo daughter would love the first cake. Her 2 favorite things are princesses & Darth Vader.

I blame her brothers for ruining her...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthreekidchaos

I love the Darth Vader cake! I agree it would be even more awesome of the princesses were holding light-sabers, too.

I like the Catwoman one, too.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

Ok so I think I have geeked my daughter enough. I am soo proud of her. As I was looking through the cake pics she was looking over my shoulder and goes, is that Catwoman? YES, she is a geekazoid lol well I kind of knew that already as she loves watching all the geek shows out there. I mean what kid doesn't love How it's Made? Right? lol or how about Batman? She is my mini geek, but she really didn't have a choice as she has parents who are both geeks. yeah no chance of her NOT being one with those odds lol

dastme- Who here's a geek? Dastme of course

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimple Complexity

My daughter wants that first cake for her upcoming b-day. Except no pink icing.

(WV = Flingeo - i want to flingeo these cakes out the window)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNyk

Oh my...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Darth Vader looks like he's about to put the light saber to those Disney princesses. D= *vwooom* "Aaaaa, you killed Cinderella!!"

Either that, or Cinderella is saying, "You can't win, Darth. If you strike us down, we will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." XD (if that's the case then he already got Hannah Montana, that girl is everywhere!)

If Simone has a whip-wielding Catwoman on her cake at 8 years old, look out! She's going to be a handful in 8 more years.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

My daughter wants a hamburger cake with Mario and Luigi for her birthday this year--that would be a total win.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Q

wow! my sister and i always wanted the same old ballerina cake, princesses, castles. ;) we were girly girls! we still are! ;)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

wow, these are incredible! though, I actually really like the first one in a kitchy way.

these could also be used for boys who like boy stuff, and princess too (like my 3 year old!)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

my kids would ask for such cakes! yesterday in the car my son told his siter he was choking her with the force. she then said " you can't choke me, i'm a robot!" haha!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterutaduta

Maybe the princess/Darth Vader cake is a much better dual birthday cake than my brother and I got as kids. My mom just drew a line down the middle and wrote one of our names on each side.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi

My soon to be 6 yr old daughter would love the first cake. This year however she asked for a Halloween themed party since we're doing it in Oct. She wants a cake that has body parts on it. She even found a severed foot to put on it. Weird girl. She thinks anatomy is cool.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Kinker Family

What exactly is Darth trying to do to Cinderella with his pink lightsaber?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkat79

I just want to say that you can be a Girl Geek and have favorite characters that are not men. Come on now Jen, the only female geek icon you have posted is Catwoman.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ GeekDad-in-training

You just made my day!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterXowie

First off, Love the princess/Darth Vader cake. I think I want one for my next birthday.

I would like to point out that not only do you get Wolverine on that pink and yellow cake, but it appears to be Magneto in the other cornor. Maybe it is not really a pink and yellow cake, but rather a pink and yellow boxing ring.

Also, I think the Hulk is a dreaded CCC. How could one possibly get those angles of swirls without cupcakes?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

I just wanted to confirm that the "Darth Vader Princess" cake was the birthday girl's request. :) (I know the mom.) She was turning 4. Spiderman was also involved in the party decor.

I agree that it would have been even better if the princess figures had their own light sabers. ;)

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhollyml

I like the Princess cake! It reminds me of Shrek 3 when the Princesses fight back...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeach Mama

The Disney Vader cake... is amazing and I must have one someday! There is nothing wrong with that at all for me haha ( ^o^)/

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterリン姫

You wouldn't like the Hulk CCC (ptooui) when it's angry...not that you really like it now.

WV snemes- Snarky friends. Not really friends or enemies, they're snemes.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

I don't care if the Hulk one is a CCC, it's awesome. He's my favorite superhero. I never cared for the comics, but I loved (and still do) the TV show with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, and the NBC cartoon from the 80s'.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBree

I love how on the first cake, Belle's got her arms folded and seems to be going, "Yeah right, buster...I took down the Beast, I'll take you too." lol...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Yay! A Wolverine cake! Happy dance time.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWolvie Girl

My youngest boy had me make daleks cup cakes for his last bday. (pics in my link) :) some times the geek wears off!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchance

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