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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: When Gamers Marry

After seeing today's Sweets, I think you'll join with me in saying: Play on, Playahs - play on.

First, a cupcake mosaic (yes mosaic) that gives new meaning to the term "Link Love":

(Submitted by Sarah, but darned if I can't find her e-mail to source it. A little help?)

If you like this, be sure to check out the "classy" Zelda wedding video here; it features a similar Link cupcake mosaic. (And yes, "classy" IS in quotes.)

Here's one for you Wind Waker fans:

(Submitted by Amy & featured on Kotaku. Baker unknown.)

Moving beyond the land of Zelda, how about a Disney/old school SNES/Mii mashup?

(Submitted by Julie, made by Jen's Cakes, & topper by Paul Pape Designs)

All together now: Awwww. Love how the bride and groom displayed their Disney name tags, too.

And finally, we have to end with some serious Mario love:

This astoundingly detailed bit of Awesome was made by cake hobbyist Frances Clayton. (That's right, guys, she does this for a hobby, not a living.)

And when I say "astoundingly detailed," I mean astoundingly detailed. Check it out:

From a distance I thought all these tiny bits were printed on edible paper, but if you look closely you can see that they're all either molded fondant or piped icing or both. Yowza!

And it gets even awesomer.

Next, we take the amazing Mario wedding cake and surround it with amazing side cakes!

Mario Town*!

Frances' daughter Mariel sent in the first photo to brag on her mom, and then Frances herself sent in the second pic. Thanks, ladies!

*Yes, that IS a lame Taco Town reference. Sorry.

Oh! Wait! One more thing, while we're talking gamer sweets: if you're one of the few people on the planet who haven't seen these yet:

...then you need to check out the 100 Games Cupcake Game. It's 100 cupcakes, representing 100 games. If you can guess them all, then you get the geeky gamer gold star. (In a purely virtual, metaphorical sense, of course.)

- Similar Sweets: Super Mario Wedding Cake

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Reader Comments (80)

I read often but rarely comment.
these are amazing cakes. SWEET!

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Thanks for the cupcake game link-- it was fun to remember some of those!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Now, in my time, I have seen some wonderfully detailed cakes, but never, EVER have I seen one with such detail and preciseness that I think it is a screen print. Being a person with low vision, it is just... I am out of words.
Me and a friend will take on the challenge of 100 cupcakes, and see if we can do it. Has it been done before today?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

those cakes are insanely creative

I am so totally out of the loop here. I DO know who Mario is, but that's it. I know nuttin' else! I was a geek/nerd growing up, but one who had her head stuck in books and science projects. We owned one video game our entire lives . . . and I'm really going to date myself here . . . it was "Pong!"

But the cakes are gorgeous and I don't have to understand the content to admire them!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

WOW! That is love for video games! That wedding cake with all the Mario stuff is just AMAZING! That must have costed a fortune!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaloma

To anonymous:
lama is a word - it's a Tibetan monk. (

They weren't merely misspelling llama.

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I love, love, love the Mario cake!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Oh, how cute! A Q-Bert cupcake! (I used to love playing that game).

The Mario cake just boggles the mind. Wow. 0_0

And hey! The only CCC in existence that doesn't send everyone running and screaming! =D

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

I feel so absolutely and wonderfully nerdy because I *squee-ed* when I saw that the first few cakes were for Zelda-lovers. And the Mario cake made my jaw drop. GORGEOUS work!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaazju

Best Sunday Sweets everrr!

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnney

Oh come on, SURELY someone has made a tiered Donkey Kong cake, right?

January 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhandsome greg

not a total game nerd but I do love me some mario! and that amazing cake PAIRED with those OTHER Amazing cakes actually gave me chills.. And I know exactly what I'll be doing tonight! (no, not baking, but maybe shoving cake in my face whilst I kick some bowser arse)

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrzylady

The Mario cake is the best one I've ever seen. Ever. Truly amazing.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Harvey

Centurion? WTH?

Ahhh...look sweetie! We can't name him John. He looks just like a little Roman soldier, so let's name him Centurion instead.


January 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjensenly

Or in the words of Ogden Nash:

"The one-L lama, he's a priest.
The two-L llama, he's a beast.
And I would bet a silk pyjama
There isn't any three-L lllama.

[Footnote: The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.]"

WV: caentest. Like the Washington Post Style Invitational, I suppose, only posed by a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, while he lived.

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuinapalus

The Mario cake is f'amazing! I've been playing the GameBoy version of Super Mario Brothers, so when I saw the close-up, I was all "HOCRAP I JUST PLAYED THAT EXACT LEVEL YESTERDAY!!!1!eleventyone" The attention to detail is superb. :D

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That top cake (the mosaic) is from our wedding! We had to shoo people away from it because they were eating it before we even got to "cut" it lol. All of these cakes are absolutely amazing though and that Mario cake is a piece of art!

January 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSketch Customs

There are no words for the awesome... and she does it as a HOBBY.

The only thing that makes me feel better about the fact that I just did red and white buttercream with fresh berries is that my cake was quite tasty. I wouldn't want to cut any of those ones, so while they're probably as nummy as they are awesome, I would never know. :D

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

Omg, seriously, who wants to marry me? Only condition is to organize a ChronoTrigger (Cup)cake-thingy and share the feeling of romantical awe with me. :)

No, really, it simply makes me happy that there are people out there who get the most romantic feelings when videogames are involved in a cute and nerdy way. This is so touching.
Thank you for sharing the awesomeness! <3

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfraeuleinwunder

When my husband and I got married, we had a traditional bridal cake but an awesome Pac-Man cake (you can check it out here:

The best part? The topper was super-sculpy, so we will keep it forever!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelfLife

i think it is scary and maybe deserves to be on the main page. go check out #90. it is the game of life (sorry for the spoiler) but the women (the pink sticks) just dont look right... they maybe remind me of something else!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuzi

WOW... that first Link one... Unless I'm mistaken, isn't that the first cupcake cake that you've ever given a pass to?

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hi everyone
I'm Frances and I am the person who created the Mario cake. It is a dummy, and unfortunately the bride and groom for whom it was made could not take it home with them. So if any of you out there would like it, you can have it. I live about 20 minutes west of Toronto, Ontario.

January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was so happy when I saw that Wind Waker cake, having just recently got my Game Cube out again and played it through... until I noticed the Cucco/chicken.
There aren't any in Wind Waker! It should be a pig!

Oops, let my inner geek show a bit there, sorry ;)

January 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoconut

I'm just wondering, in the 100 gaming cupcakes, why is there Duke Nukem, Quake, WoW, Halo... But there's no Doom? It's insane!

That Wind Waker cake looks mighty enticing.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHIM357

I would have to say that the Mario cake is totally my brother. In fact he is even playing New Super Mario Bros. Wii right this second!

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna :)
August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhosauce

After the mario cake either a zelda or final fantasy tribute seem to be in order. A cake with the Master Sword from Zelda set still in the stone, complete with ivy running everywhere and hylan runes on the stone's base would be awesome. Lots of options for a final fantasy cake though - not sure you could pin down any one iconic thing to base it on that would actually work for a cake.

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

I went to that 100 cupcakes thing and whisper-yelled when I saw a symbol of a game that I knew.The ones I knew were mostly board games, but I'm not that geeky and 10 years old, so that explains why I only knew apples to apples, candy land, scrabble, etc.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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