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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: 2010 Cake Odyssey

Last week, I promised that we would bring you the sci-fi and fantasy cakes from That Takes the Cake, the cake and sugar art show that took place recently in Austin. I have gone through what seems like thousands of photos trying to pick out the coolest and most creative and I think I succeeded. Most of the photos here were found on snarkygurl's Flickr page and a couple were taken by Lynn Moore who should be a professional photographer if she's not already. As with last week, I only know who made a couple of these so, if it's yours, let me know and I'll credit you. On to the sweets!

This first one is one of our favorites:

What can I say? Jen and I are suckers for steampunk.

And check out these adorable close-ups of the robots:

This was made by Janet Rosebeary and you can see more of her work here.

Next we have an awesome E.T. cake:

Made by Maghan Ferguson. See more of her stuff here.

Check out the amazing details.

Our next cake was made by Kimberly Chapman and was actually far too big and complicated to get a good picture of. Instead, here are a few pictures of the tiers. For a whole bunch of photos and descriptions of all the characters, you can go here. Of course, a true geek would be able to guess them all without help ;)

And here's a sweet little topsy-turvy Robots cake:

I don't know anything about this robot. Except that he's made of awesome.

This next one falls into the Sugar Art category (no cake) but I think it took top honors:

Here's an adorable alien:

And the house from UP:

...though I'm not sure how this fits into the sci-fi and fantasy theme. Cute though! Love the balloons.

And lastly, we have a B-movie classic:

Everybody sing with me!
"Attaaaaaack, of the killer to-ma-toes..."

Nominate a Sweet or suggest a theme by e-mailing me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Similar Sweets: (Dr.) Horrible Sunday Sweets

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Reader Comments (96)

I'm pretty sure the cute house with the balloons is a representation of the movie "UP."
Cool pics. Love the 'bots!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Branem

My favourite part about the whole post was that I started to sing "Ah-tack! Of the killer to-MA-toes!" before I even got to the bottom of the picture ;)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

As I was scrolling down the page, even BEFORE I got to the caption underneath the picture of the "Killer Tomatoes" cake I started singing the theme song. Geek minds think alike.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStressfactor

I think that Up would fit right in with fantasy. It certainly is not a story based in fact, and it has its own bit of magic going on.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson

ET looks good, but why is the boy's head so misshapen?!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


You're probably right. I never thought of it that way.


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

you don't know how UP! falls into fantasy?


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTine

The Chapman cake is incredible. 5 colored bricks to represent the tones from Close Encounters? Brilliant.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZach

Any chance for more Steampunk cakes??? I find them adorable! (And I have to think of one for my wedding! ;) )

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKuro

Those robots on the first cake are unbelievably adorable.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

How could you not recognize Wall-E? You need to see that movie! ;>)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeg


Ba dump bump.



March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

OK you must LOVE the ET movie to give that oddly shaped, circumcised, penis finger a pass.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter1Kathleen

puber-tee, pu-ber-ty love...
there's nothing li-ike puberty love...

best movie OF. ALL. TIME.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNeabob


Yeah, Jen couldn't get past that either. It apparently reminds people of a dog though I'm not going there.

In the decorator's defense, I believe the finger lit up which is pretty cool. And come on! That E.T. looks like it just came off the movie set.

But there is the ding-dong finger.


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Love the "Up" Cake!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

"...they'll beat you, bash you, squish you, mash you, chew you up for brunch...and finish you off...for dinner or lunch, munch munch..."

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBellaMoccia

I love that I sand before you asked us to sing! "atACK of the Killer TomAEEEEToes!"

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

I just don't like that ET is so much bigger than Elliot. But the talent is still amazing.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

I love the Dalek on the 8th picture.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKwang Sik

Like so many of your other commenters, I too caught myself singing the "Killer Tomatoes" theme song before you even asked me to. That's gotta be one of of my favourite fandom-themed Sweets in recent memory.

Oh, and the others are pretty, too. ;)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just have to say: how is it possible that Jen has not found the sad or awesome results of someone attempting Hans Solo frozen in carbonite as a cake??

That would be AWESOMENESS!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

On closer inspection, I see that Hans is actually leaning against the couch in his frozen state on the huge tiered cake! Oops! Haha...

Still: a full cake must be made!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

I think the awesome robot is actually a girl....or maybe boy robot aren't afraid to wear pink, dangly ear rings.

And is it just me, or does that brick wall on the alien apartment building look like every brick was laid as a separate piece ?!?!?


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPooh's Pics

...I think I just had a nergasm...

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Gravekeeper

Wall*E? I think not. Sure, it has treads like his, but the head isn't Wall*E.

And yes, "Up" is definitely fantasy.. Where else have you seen a house that floats away by balloon power? And I'm pretty sure that there aren't any dodo-like birds in Venezuela, OR talking dogs. :)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoblue562


Not to mention the fact that even new WALL-Es are yellow.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpurplewowies

All of these are wonderful! Thanks!
I just have to add...
Crow, Joel (or Mike), and Tom Servo FOR THE WIN! Woohoo!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrusho

Wow, I kind of never wanted this post to end. That film festival cake is *incredible,* and it was so fun reading through all the details on the link. Geek <3.

Han shot first! ;-)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

I love the little green alien. He only wants to invade Earth for cake.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBree

What sci-fi series/movie is that person with the red and black suit (trying to figure out which bathroom to go into from)?

Heh, and that robot we can't figure out the origin for is sitting in the audience watching the movie. It's everywhere! ;-p

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Krusho,

Dangit, you beat me to it!! MST3K rocks!! I do think that is Mike, tho... the hair is too light to be Joel ;).

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

Isn't that Number 5 from Short Circuit?

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, wait! The TARDIS, a dalek, and Zayphod Beeblbrox on the same cake?! Geek heaven! :-)

Didn't catch the guys from MST3K, though. I'll have to take another look.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHobbit

I think UP fits both fantasy and sci-fi. It is fantasy because the house ca fly around the world on balloons and it's sci-fi because a collar makes a dog talk. :-)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreer

They're all pretty cool, but I just love the first one.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNumber i

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen, but that cake is AWESOME!!!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I love the Up cake! Being a cast member makes you love everything Disney... lol.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Mouse

Ooh, nerdy cakes on my birthday! Thanks for the present!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel


The steampunk robots rock!

The multi-tier pop culture icon cake (complete with Hans in Carbonite) is just too cool!

The little alien with the cake brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "To Serve Man", and

The Killer Tomatoes (yes, I immediately sang as well, just like I do when making salad, I am such a geek), if you excuse the pun, just take the cake.

One of the sweetest Sundays yet!


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

By the by, is it just me or was anyone else seriously tickled that Mike McCarey signed the Film Fest baker's apron with: Your cake was "amazing"!

I hope that was tongue in cheek. At least he remembered the exclamation mark.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

FWIW, Kimberly Chapman is also the creator of the Fraggle Rock cake that was a Sunday Sweet last year. :-)

@Pooh's Pics It's actually a movie theater, and yes, she did lay the bricks individually. Check out the page that Jen/John linked to in the post to see more detail on that cake. :-)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes RULES!!! B-Movie cakes would be a fun topic for one of those cake competition shows.

But it's not Disney cakes that have millions of dollars around it so it probs wouldn't happen... :)

Also, ET??? HOLY SMOKES!!! Hopefully ET Cake was Reeses Pieces flavoured... :)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

Hey, some of those tomatoes on the last cake are real!

wv: remobs - Those tomatoes might be planning to remobs passersby.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

G'KAR AND LONDO!!! -fangirl squeal-And it's Leeloo!!! I watched Fifth Element SO MANY times as a kid!!! And all that Doctor Who and Star Wars goodness XD All in one cake = AWESOME!!!!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

The ET cake is my favorite!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

LOVE the Avatar guy with the 3-D glasses! Too funny!

And MST3K for the win!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Wests

even though i have no idea what the whole "Killer Tomatoes" thing was all about, i still loved the cake.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Space by SpaceWest" cake is really amazing and very, very clever. Is it sad that I've seen all of the movies and tv shows it references? My only one complaint about it, is that it isn't an actual cake - it's decorated styrofoam forms. I understand that it's common for show cakes, but it's still a little disappointing to know that you couldn't eat it.


March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dear Jen,

I would like to extend my warmest greetings to your alter-ego. Please thank her for including the steam punk cake. I'm glad to hear you both enjoy steam punk as I only discovered it recently myself and was happy to find that such things have a name.

I've never commented before, but have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now and am happy for you that it is growing and expanding so successfully.

Here's to hoping the expansion remains limited to the blog and not your personality (personalities?).

Sacha :o)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSacha

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