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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
Sep062009

Sunday Sweets: WoW

Some of you know that Jen and I are currently geeking out at the biggest geek fest in the south, Dragon*Con. (For the 98.6 percent of you who read this blog but are not, in the strictest sense of the word, "geeks", Dragon*Con is a convention where the majority of the attendees could tell you, without hesitation, the complete works of Joss Whedon and how Jar Jar Binks single-handedly destroyed Lucas' credibility. But, I digress.

This week, we're going to broaden your horizons with something so geeky that even I know nothing about it: World of Warcraft. Apparently, this is a "game" where "players" spend untold thousands of hours walking around and killing things and otherwise forfeiting what was left of their "lives." To do this, I asked Jen's brother Ben, who is himself a recovering WoW addict, to help decipher these cakes. So let's get started, shall we?

(Submitted by Kelly J. and made by Swank Cakes.)

Our first cake is a laptop with a screen-shot of a member of the Horde called the Tauren shaman. We think that the book cake under it says "Shaman for Dummies."

And here's another angle:

"Gold farming" is a term loosely defined as selling imaginary money for real money. Kind of like the stock market, only dominated by Chinese corporations. (Okay, exactly like the stock market.)

(Submitted by Rachel T. and made by Crazy Cakes.)

This next one is actually awesome even if you know nothing about WoW. Since I went through the effort of finding out, however, I might as well share. She is an Alliance Paladin. Or maybe a warrior. Do you feel more educated? Moving on then...

(Submitted by JJ T. and Made by Art Eats Bakery.)

Here we have a bunch of well-made boxes with a chest on top. The only real WoW reference is the red banner with the Horde symbol. I get the impression that everybody who plays WoW is in the Horde (the bad guys) and that the Alliance (the good guys) are all "noobs," or geeks of lesser standing (as determined by those who really are in no position to judge). Got all that?

(Submitted by Tess L. and made by Anne Marie Martino.)

Okay, now we're cooking with gas. This is a shield which has been emblazoned with the symbol for - say it with me - the Horde. Nice woodgraining though.

And finally, we have a cake based on one of the most popular places in the game, the bank in Ogrimmar, the capital city of the Horde.

(Submitted by Jennifer E. and made by Eden Cakes.)

For reference, here's a screen shot of the building in the game:

On a side note, see those itty bitty game people with the colorful words over their heads? Those are your IT guys, your Microsoft employees, and your computer repair people. In short, the folks who keep the internets running and, thusly, control the world. So be nice to them, or someday, when you least expect it, you just might find yourself barred from Facebook. And then what will you do? Call somebody?

A big thanks to Ben, logger of untold hours in Horde-y land, for finally putting all that knowledge to good use.

(Just kidding, Ben! We all know nothing good comes from the Horde.)

- Similar Sweets: Star Wars

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Reader Comments (241)

RE: unexpected people in WoW.

I have talked to at least one doctor, several people who serve in the US military (THANK YOU!), a medical lab tech, school teachers, an EMT/firefighter, along with students of various ages. The doctor told me one of his patients plays WoW- an 80+ year old man! WoW is far from being the exclusive domain of kids or the socially inept basement-dwelling set. ;-)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

k, I have to say, as both a professional cake decorator AND a WoW player, I enjoy this week's Sunday Sweets theme! Buuuut... I do have to say that there should be more Alliance stuff. My main is a Night Elf Rogue, and while I do have an alt on the same server on the Horde side, I much prefer Alliance. I'm sure that's not the case on every server, but the people just seem nicer. As far as all of Alliance being children and "noobs," maybe it tells you something about the Horde that the Alliance side isn't doing the name calling. :)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Sara

I came to post a protest about the Horde being labeled as the "bad guys", only to find that dozens of people already have! Hilarious!

Seriously, they aren't. :D

"As far as all of Alliance being children and "noobs," maybe it tells you something about the Horde that the Alliance side isn't doing the name calling. :)"

It wasn't the Alliance that got called out on the front page of this site.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I have to agree with what Clandahlina said.

To build on to it though, I am really dissapointed that someone who knows about an uber geek con that attracts 10s of thousands of people, is completely ignorant of the biggest MMORPG in the world currently standing at 11.5 million players. That just seems extremely odd that a self professed geek who goes to Dragoncon (where they have WoW sessions) has no clue about it at all.
Furthermore you just went and labeled everyone who plays a computer geek, with out bothering to find out much about it other than what a few of your biased friends had to say.
I hate to tell you this but 30-50% of the people (depending on circumstance) I play with aren't geeks. They are as other people said doctors, lawyers, house moms, house husbands, kids, etc...
If I had a dime for every time I had to help fellow non-tech savy players with computer issues, I wouldn't need to work a full time job.

So please next time when you make a sweeping generalization about 11.5 million people, do some research first before you attempt to be the pot calling the kettle black.

And to another reader - the people with the yellow ! over their heads at Dragoncon weren't just costumes, but rather they were quest givers for real quests that you would earn XP for, and then turn in at the big WoW party for prizes if you were high enough. It's really cool to see that sort of thing go on.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlthonis

FOR THE ALLIANCE!!!

*Lvl 80 Human Warlock*

(30 year old DBA)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I wish I'd known you were at DragonCon! We were too, hope you had as much fun as we did.

Also, as a fellow WoW addict, these cakes are absolutely phenomenal.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeadhbh

WoW those are some pretty amazing cakes!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSvenn

nice cakes!

Have to comment though, the Horde are not "bad guys" (though the leader of the Alliance doesn't like to believe it). The Horde and the Alliance are just two opposing factions.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Woot! For the Horde =)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

haha the horde are the noobs, ALLIANCE FTW!!!!!(for the win) really though awesome cakes, great job to the people who created them, though as previously stated, the alliance is far superior to the horde

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I would just like to say a little something considering I'm one of the 'noob' alliance WoW addicts (haha) The box cake with the horde flag looks like it might be something that was Hellfire Ramparts inspired (ask your brother to explain what Ramps is :)). WoW isn't too terrible, I suggest you two try it...

Love Ms. Mysti
Addicting my friends to WoW since 2006

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love WOW - now we need GuildWars sunday sweets!!!!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Im a new comer to WoW but getting quickly addicted... im not a geek i still go to work everyday and support my family but its nice to come home and unwind with a game when you can kill people and get away with it ;)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Spicy, on what to do when you hit max level, its called Raiding and it is a big, wonderful time sucker. Oh and achievements. Though I am sure others may say PVP (player vs Player - where you kill other players rather than generated content).

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIndra

Gold Farming actually refers to what you do to get the gold that Farmers will eventually sell for cash. Such as spamming chat, or hacking accounts. Also, alliance are not the "good guys" and horde are not the "bad guys." It's just two factions. Horde just happen to have more creepy guys playing for them. Not all undead are evil. That's racist. Or classist. Or something.

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Those people with the colorful words are also your soldiers, your policemen, lawyers, nurses, doctors, celebrities, musicians, family, politicians, and everything in between. WoW brings people together that you would never guess would play.

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDocHunt

Love the cakes, especially the Org bank which I gather by now you know you spelled wrong. For the record, I rolled a horde first, than an ally and play both depending upon my vibe. That said the argument about what type of person plays which side will continue forever. Horde aren't the bad guys--just misunderstood. :-p

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Guys, lay off Jen! I enjoy the cakes and the commentary, even if it's not "accurate enough" for most of you. ;p

That being said, my younger brothers (who have played WoW much longer than I have) thought for the longest time that the city was called "Ogremeyer" because of how their friend butchered the pronunciation. xD

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhecatemahadevi

Um. Don't bean to be a party pooper, but as a previous addict of wow, now reformed, the Horde aren't necessarily the "bad guys" and the alliance aren't the "good guys" thats a common misconception. Its the impression blizzard gave the factions because blizzard favored Alliance and they wanted more people to choose those characters. Awesome cakes though :)

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Now my husband will be making requests of WoW themed cakes.

--Widow of WoW

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne Whiteley

These will be thrilling to my boyfriend. :) Although, he will most likely point out that a real gamer *always* plays on a PC. XD

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Excellent cakes!

I'm recovering from Dragon*Con myself. Hope you guys had fun! This year was by far one of the best. :)

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Just wanted to let you know that the Horde cake with the shield submitted by Tess was not in fact made by Jason. His claim to have made this cake is false. I am the real maker of this cake. Please go here: http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/34709834/m/755002463831 to see the original post in 2001 put up by my friend who took the pictures. Please remove the credit to this Jason person. If you need more proof I can produce original pictures. I can also have any number of people attest to the fact that I made it since many of them watched me take the countless hours to construct it...as an amateur home baker, not a professional. I think that the site is wonderful and I check it out pretty often. Nice job on putting thw WOW theme cake edition together. You did miss one that was done shortly after mine. Please see hers here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cakecraft/sets/72157600080736777/

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrkcdurran

I have to say, WoW is the reason I'm now re-married! (I met my hubby through our Guild) These are some fantastic pieces of art, seems a shame to eat them!

Thanks for sharing these! =)

Eli (aka Coralin, Night Elf Hunter, Kinship of Fate, Crushridge, Ret.)

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCattails Quilts

sorry to tell you, but horde are the good guys, l2lore noob

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwowplayer

As Renee said, the Horde is not evil. They're just trying to survie, just like the Alliance. Ok, I'm done.

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First of all, for the Alliance! :)

Fabulous cakes! My favorite is the Orgrimmar bank,even though hubby and I are both Alliance. In fact, we also met IN GAME! He is from Australia, and I am from the US. We had a long distance romance and are now settled in California.

We did not have a WoW-themed wedding but we did include touches of Azeroth during the reception. Hubby framed a sketch I had done of our characters for the gift table, and the guest tables were labeled with names of lands from the game instead of numbers. I included a short description of each area on the back of the table markers. The head table was Winterspring because that was where we had our first "in-game date". :)

Thanks for the pics! I'm posting a link in our guild forum. :P

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermadoka

Yes!! I love it when the geeky cakes get featured. It just makes me feel so much better that I actually know what you're talking about. (Though I don't play WoW.)
:)

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wonderful cakes, but I must protest that there are not enough of the Alliance represented.

Not everyone in the Alliance are nOObs or kids. I'm 32, female and proudly play a Night Elf Druid named Gadieler on a private server (yes, I play a male toon).

I chose to play Alliance because I wanted to play an Elf and Belves (Butt Elves) are too...delicate for me.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNokomis Snape

The Mac Cake = FAIL. No real computer geek would be caught dead using a Mac. Hilarious collection though.

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

No, no, not all Alliance people are Noobs etc. LOL. Some of us are nice, mature people who simply play where our friends play, and for me, that happens to be the Alliance side. However, these cakes are many kinds of awesome. Perhaps I'll have to make my own Alliance yumminess to balance things out.

And WOW the pickiness of the spelling. LOL. Horde vs Alliance has always come out sounding like Good vs Evil to me. I DO have my share of Horde characters tho.

Great cakes, and great posts. Thanks for sharing those!

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarianastar

OMNOMNOMNOM!!!

In before anyone else by the looks of things, haha XD

I know someone who's going to get a real kick out that "Shaman For Dummies" part of the cake. Epic awesome!

Also, new layout is new epic layout =3

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVee-Jay Hedgehog

On a side note, see those itty bitty game people with the colorful words over their heads? Those are your IT guys, your Microsoft employees, and your computer repair people. In short, the folks who keep the internets running and, thusly, control the world.

I totally resent this! I'm a pretty hardcore WoW player, but I'm a BFA student, a very hard-working one at that! The people who get addicted to this game have something wrong with them in the first place. :(

September 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

For the Horde!

September 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbabs09

Woot. Level 64.5 Undead (Horde!) Shadow Priest here (Profession: Geek). Wants a WoW cake for her 45th birthday!

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I came here to say what Jennifer post #3 said: "Orgrimmar" not "Ogrimmar". And pronounced phonetically, too.

I go through WoW phases. Right now I have my account on canceled mode from our recent budget crackdown while we were in bankruptcy.

Ahh...but how I miss flambeing things with my pyro mage. And the cute noises my gnome warrior makes when she squishes ogres XD

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

omg. I actually recognized the bank at Orgrimmar cake without reading the captions first. I can't tell if that's a good or bad thing.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFillyCream

I think I just had a geekgasm. I have to get one of those horde crest cakes someday. But the level of detail on the tauren shaman there was plainly incredible! Every single hut, very accurate.

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoran

Just a note, Alliance and Horde both constitute "noobs", but Horde are defined loosely as people that "think" they're all dark and evil, but actually are whiny.

Beautiful cakes though! I'd prefer more Allies, but still wonderful art!

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Just found your website from an article on yahoo and I have to say I love it , so I showed it to my mom and we both cracked up. The W.O.W cakes are really fantastic . Which just leaves me to say " FOR THE HORDE !!!" =)

Keep up the fun , Jessica :)

Undead Mage Champion of Undercity !

October 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

@Spicy the addicts are (mostly) those who pay for their gaming experience. tbh, i've tried free (also notably... illegal) WoW servers, and ur right... it gets boring fast. that's cause there's no challenge in it. as for the endgame content, again, only really any good if you play the paid servers... so when talking about WoW addiction, try not comparing apples to oranges.

anywho, great looking cakes... i'd love to see them at any of my birthday celebrations... at any celebration really lol

anon

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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