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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)

How is it that under the first pic it says Jen and i and at the bottom it says posted by Jen?

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

ET has always scared the crap out of me. I'm not saying that its not well done, but there is a better than good chance that I'm going to have nightmares now.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

just read through kimberley's description of making her awesome cake. Wow.... just wow! How much fun would that have been!

MC from NZ

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Lisa, agreed. I've been terrified of ET since I first laid eyes on him, so I got a bit of a start when I opened the site today, lol! I'll admit the artistry is very well done though.

I have a 17 year old nephew who thinks that 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes' is a running joke between myself and his father. He doesn't believe it was an actual movie, nor that his father and I used to watch the cartoon in our PJs every saturday. Sigh.

LOVE the steampunk cake. Love love love. Is it a wedding cake?

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShinyGreenApple

I love Love LOVE your Sunday postings, not that don't like the other days' posts they're funny. But I like seeing the good cakes too.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I LOVE the Robot's and UP cakes! So cute!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Stringham 5

great cakes!
& i got most of of those in the mega geek cake

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Pooh's Pics: I hand-cut over 1500 bricks and laid about 1300ish. Mostly so I could do the Close Encounters joke. I have a little texture mat for bricks but decided to go insane instead.

Krusho and others: It's Mike from MST3K because I've seen more Mike eps than Joel eps. Plus Pumaman is my favourite MST3K pain and that's Mike. I think Joel is usually in orange and Mike usually in blue, no?

Meaghan: I'm pretty sure McCarey was spoofing his own bakery's name, hence the quotations. He had plenty of super-nice things to say about the cake that made me fan-girl-squeeful.

Barb: It took 4 months to make. You wouldn't have wanted to eat it if it had real cake.

Anonymous: That's Diana from V going down the stairs.

MC from NZ: Less fun than you'd think. Fun at the start, fun at the end, and a lot of pain in the middle. Especially watching Alien vs Predator for research. That gave me dain bramage.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

All the cakes were very well done, including the ET cake, but I'm with the poster who was upset by the massive scale error between Elliott and ET. ET is about 3x as large as he should be, he's much shorter than Elliott in the movie. But, all the rest was awesome!

wv:bourren "This site is NEVER bourren!"

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDznyjenn

@ Kimberley:

I wasn't saying anything negative about your cake: it's amazing and no one could think different! I was just amused that Jen has made me question every word put between quotation marks. :D

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeaghan

The Steampunk cake is the creation of the delightful and talented Janet Rosebeary. I know because Janet and her cake were in a show in the D.C. area this weekend.

I got to chat with Mike McCarey at the show and eventually the subject of the Austin show came up. Mike said based on my decorating style there was a cake in the Austin show that I would have loved (Kimberly Chapman's cake). He praised it to the heavens. I was laughing just listening to him try to describe it.

So, Kimberly, Mike is still talking up your cake. Direct Quote: "No photo could ever do this cake justice."

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterburton

The Gollum cake behind E.T. (picture of it is on the Flikr page)is amazing. Creepy as hell.

Love the movie theater cake!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

That Attack of the Killer Tomatoes piece takes the cake. No, wait, it is the cake. Anyhow, it's the best of a strong field. Not the fanciest, but the best.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

OH1 I was beat to it, but I aM LOVING THE MST3K ON THE TIERED CAKE. Thats such a creative idea

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

LOVE the "Killer Tomatoes" cake, and also the shot of the 'bots from MST3K on the gigantic cake. Sweet!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

are some pretty elaborate cakes. Great job!

I surprised there where no Wall-es. Oh wells, these cakes make me jealous to the extreme.

-Cori M.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFableofLife

Cute! Being proud of my nerdyness is a great thing that I rarely get to indulge, but my only complaint is...MORE STAR TREK! Come on! I know SOMEONE out there made a giant tribble cake.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I add to the call for more steampunk cakes. Wrecked or not.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

These are all amazing!
Also, I was looking at Kimberly Chapman's more detailed descriptions/pictures...did anyone else notice the "Cake Wrecks" book in the background of the picture showing the steps of the movie theatre? Just awesome! =)

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia C.

Mike & the 'bots FTW

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Matt

FYI: The ShowCake theme for our show was sci-fi/fantasy, however, that theme doesn't apply to the entire show. That is why you'll see pictures that don't fall under that category.

Kyla Myers
President, Capital Confectioners
Organizer, That Takes the Cake

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKyla

To burton:


And just when I was almost starting to sorta come down from my Mike McCarey high. :)

Thanks, you made my day!

WV: cusbe: one of many random nonsense words that came into my head every time Mike McCarey walked by the kiddie table where I spent most of the show volunteering. Like this: "And would you like a chocolate or vanilla cupcaaaaaa sneggle fuddwaa schnoop schnoop biiing cusbe calalalalalalaaaaa omfgmikemccareyCAKEGODisrighttherrrrre..."

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I adore that cake from the movie "UP" so very cute! All of these cakes are so nice I wish I could get one of them made for my birthday cake.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Kimberly's cake was the last cake I got to at the show, and my camera battery died just 2 or 3 pictures in! But it was too awesome to let it go at that, so I ran home, picked up the other battery, ran back and snapped close-up shots until they kicked me out at show close! Got to talk to Kimberly (who was freaking out b/c she'd just been told Mike McCrary wanted to talk to her, hehe), and she filled me on the 3 or 4 refs that I didn't get. Then I went home and quizzed my husband ;-) Even made it a game on FB, to see how many refs my equally geeky friends could get. There were a lot of really fantastic cakes, but this one definitely 'took the cake' for me!

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertexpenguin

If you look close, Hans' frozen in carbonite hand is reaching toward the bucket of popcorn set just out of reach. And the dalek is frying the guy in front of him because he won't quit talking on the cell phone. The details really make this cake...

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertexpenguin

Hi, I have just finished my half yearly exam (this is relevant i swear!) and tonight I read through 17 pages of your posts. Laughed so hard I cried and my mum couldn't figure out why. Thanks for the de-stresser! Much love for you blog, definitely will be bookmarking and following it!
As I'm quite sure you've realised this comment isn't about this post. Some particular posts that I liked where the Mario and Zelda cakes as well as your post about the two steps for ruining a cake with the randomly placed piles of poos. Some good laughs there. Also a fan of the puns.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilver.Storm.Clouds

Awesome pics!

Love the robots polishing the steampunk cake. Killer Tomatoes is adorable! So is ET. So are the punny movie posters on the tiered cake. Love the restroom door signs! Sugar art piece is aMAzing.

BTW, that robot is a girl, hence the pink apron, pink earrings and "rosy" cheeks.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjo

I am geeking so hard right now! Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and MST3K guys FTW!!!!

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Although the theme of the cake show was Sci Fi and Fantasy, not ALL of the cakes have to fit into that category, just the large "showcase" cakes. Other competition categories, like "Adult Intermediate Novelty Tiered" or "Adult beginner Wedding" don't have to fit the theme, although some people do choose to do so. the "Up" house was from the Category: Culinary Student, Sculpted cakes.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeachfish
March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchris

LOL! The movie theater cake/showpiece is so cool. Leeloo showing Agent K her multipass to get into the theater =D The guy from Babylon 5 stealing Quark's popcorn =D The Conehead family enjoying a night out together...

And the carpet! It's perfect even down to the carpet.

The rest were equally fun (those ADORABLE robots polishing the steampunk cake!! and LOL the last time I saw Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was at a Halloween party many years ago) but that one was really, really cool.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

"I know I'm going to miss her. A tomato ate my sister!"

That has to be my favorite cake. I now want one for my birthday :)

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What, do we -not- think that a flying house is a fantasy?

And also fantastic?

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiscellaneousLibrarian

Hey Meaghan - do a Google Image search for "Han Solo frozen in Carbonite cake" and you'll be pleased with the results! I have a few of these saved for my "to-do someday" cake list. :)

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Great photos of great cakes! It took me a while to realize that the robot from the next table isn't sitting next to the Coneheads, though! :P

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just an F.Y.I, as a nurse who assists with circumcisions I can tell you that "Big" E.T's finger is an exact replica of a fresh one. I'm sure plenty of moms and dads of newborn boys will second me on this one...I want to slap vaseline and gauze on that thing. And I too started singing "Ah-tack! Of the killer To-MA-toes!" long before I was told. What GREAT cakes!

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronemockingbirdhill

I'm going to second this comment!

Anonymous said...
Isn't that Number 5 from Short Circuit?
March 21, 2010 1:06 PM

because YES!! it has to be. I want to see this movie again...

it had a catchy little song in it.. I can still hum it. lol

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexia

Puberty, puberty love....

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Black Dog

First off, Kimberly Chapman - you rock! I have forwarded the link to your pages to all my geeky fan-girl and fan-boy friends and we love you.

Second - did you see the theme for next year?!? - Comic Books: Super Heroes and Super Villains! Can't wait...

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllegra

I know the E.T. cake was talent and hard work, but I'm sure some penicillin could fix that...thing on the tip of E.T.'s finger.

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Svedberg

The Up house is my favorite :-D


March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like turvy Robots cake.

March 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercakes to vijayawada

The house from UP probably fits into the sci-fi and fantasy theme because dogs cannot speak English and balloons do not let you fly!

I love killer tomatoes... at least the show not if they were real ::shudder::

March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie K

Oh no. Does anyone else think the robot in the pink apron looks like a penis? Maybe I am crazy.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


You should totally have the cake from the awesome pc/mac/x-box game portal!

best game ever ;)

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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