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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.!

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Reader Comments (67)

Should I be embarrassed to say that my kid would love both the princess/Darth Vader cake and the Hulk-ish nightmare?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBailey's Leaf

I just realized what to get my four year old next week.

Sheet cake with Dr. Horrible photo image. Princesses standing over him, like the Vader cake.

She'll be delighted to the nth degree.

Jen, I'll bring pics of her delight to the Bethesda signing. It won't be a pretty cake, but the girl will be so happy.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy

I've seen many bad cakes here, but that Hulk cake was the most disgustingly unappealing one I've seen. Isn't it odd to know that some humans consider that food? I'm gonna post it on my fridge to motivate me to diet and eat healthier. Barf!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That first cake is calling me. "Sarah... Sarah... two of your favourite fandoms... you know you want me, Sarah...."

Maybe with a green or blue border, though. Aurora's dress is plenty of pink for me.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love the Darth Vader princess cake. Me want!

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

I love the princess/Vader one. I thought Cinderella had the lightsaber which would have been even cooler. I know a Disney Princess/Star Wars girl (now 20) who would LOVE that cake.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy the Romancechick

My six year old now wants the Darth Vader vs Disney Princesses cake for her next birthday!

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I love that first cake <3

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereinahsketch

Yep, my 4 year old daughter wanted a Princess Darth Vader Spiderman birthday. Unfortunately, Spiderman couldn't fit on the cake and there were no lightsabers for the princesses. But... we laughed for an hour about this cake - the icing lady told us it took her alm0st an hour!! imagine that... lol

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLunamothMama

Vadar looks pretty sassy. XD

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

My niece had a Barbie and Star Wars birthday party for her 7th birthday. The cake had Darth Vader and Barbie figurines. It is nice to know she is not alone.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those were BEARS?
I thought they were singing tapeworms!

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Love these. Especially the princesses and the catwoman.

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblueiguana

My little cousin (turning 5, I think) asked for a Star Trek cake of the episode "where Spock and Kirk fight over the mean lady who doesn't even want him". It was a pretty ugly cake - we didn't have much to work with - but he LOVED it.

Pictures of our GEEK cake here:

September 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I had a Cat Woman cake when I was little, it was the greatest!

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It looks like Darth Vader is going to cut Cinderella in half. OH NO!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

I am 18 years old, and I'm the girliest geek I know. My entire dorm room is decorated in pink. If you look closely, however, you will see that my pink bulletin board is actually a nerd board, complete with "Spock is Hot" bumper sticker, Monty Python buttons, a Disney pin of Yoda and a you-must-be-this-tall-to-ride sign (Judge me by my size, do you?), and my lanyard from GenCon.

That being said, I took one look at that first cake and nearly died from joy. Disney princesses and Star Wars are two of my favorite things. I thought, "Surely this cake was meant for me."

Then I looked at the inscription. "Happy Birthday Sarah."

My name is Sarah.

Is my life complete? Why, yes, I believe it is. Or will be as soon as someone gets me that cake. ;)

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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