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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: Gamer Goodness

As you Epbot readers know, I've been playing Ghostbusters and generally geeking/freaking out (once again) about all things Ghostbusters-related this week. Which is why when I saw this first cake I knew today's post would have to be game-themed, just so I'd have an excuse to post it.

The genius! The detail! The ghost-bustin' geekiness!

Made by Lyndsay Shrubb of Ontario

Everything you see here is edible except for the tubing and wand handle. Lyndsay made the wires and ribbon from fruit-by-the-foot and licorice.

Granted, this is one cake where you'd have to be sure to peel the fondant off before eating it (hello, stained teeth!), but that's a small price to pay for such sheer unbridled awesomeness.

Don't worry; I have more goodies, too.

Here's a cute Companion Cube from Portal:

Submitted by Undulattice, made by All About The Cake

Last month I downloaded the free version they made available for the Mac, but I haven't played it yet. Tell me, gamers, is it better on the PS3? Seems like it'd have to be, but I'd love your opinion if you've played it.

Some day I also really want to try Scribblenauts - and not just because this cake is so stinkin' adorable:

Sub'd by Alexandria DB, but I don't have the baker. Anyone know?

Although I admit the cake is helping. ;)

How about a little BioShock?

Ah, Bioshock, home of the oh-so-evil doorways...

This cake is especially inspirational because it's only the 4th fondant cake the baker ever attempted! Yep, futurestar101 is not a pro at all, but look at the amount of detail she achieved in the vending machine. Just amazing.

Here's one for you WOWers:

Sub'd by Natalie and made by nweppler

One of the best World of Warcraft cakes I've seen. I love the 3D lettering.

And finally, something from one of John's favorite games, Halo:

By Mike's Amazing Cakes

It takes a master chef to make a master chief! ;)

Have a geeky Sweet for me? Then e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (73)

Jen, you MUST try Scribblenauts! My three children are obsessed with it... it's a lot of fun and they have a blast coming up with creative things to type in. Of course, it becomes this fun sharing thing they do with friends, too.

I love this post and have really enjoyed Epbot. It's fun to know there are other geeky, gaming girls out there. Thanks for sharing!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercari

Dunno what Portal is like on a Mac, but I've played, replayed and played over & over on PC. Worth every wasted second of it. :D

...and if you feel sorry for your Companion Cube at any time, you're doing it right. ;-)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

We didn't love Scribblenauts. It was amusing at first, but then it's just wings, box, giant squid all the time.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

The companion cube totally made my day!!! Great post today. :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandace

Most Valve games (including Portal!) are made to be played on a PC, not a console. I would assume this applies to Macs as well. Can't really beat mouse+keyboard for FPS games.

That being said, you should really get around to playing it! It even uses cake as a plot point!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My daughter got Scribblenauts for Christmas and I love it. I sneak it away from her when I get the chance. It's true that it can become boring if you solve each problem the same way - but you get bonus points for using items you've never tried before, find a way to solve the level without killing anything, etc. I like to challenge myself to solve it with the fewest items possible.

Also - thanks for the WOW cake. :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Wow! My friend made me Ghostbusters cupcakes for my birthday this year -- Gonna have to tell her I need a proton pack cake next year! ;-)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVenkman's DogMom

I can't believe no one has commented with this yet, so, I'm sorry, I can't help myself.

The cake is a lie!


June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZ

Not a gamer geek, but the details are amazing in those cakes

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Scribblenauts is one of the best games I've ever played! The solve-it-with-random-craziness is fun. But my favorite part is you can just throw random things out on the start screen & see what happens.
Priest + cross vs. vampire - priest wins
priest vs. vampire - vampire wins
God vs. devil - God wins
Zombie vs. anything - zombie wins (and creates other zombies!)
Its hysterical.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterunseelieme

If you like playing "Ghostbusters", you might like playing" rel="nofollow">Ghost Master too. It's sort of like the Sims combined with "Ghostbusters" and "Mission Impossible", told from the villain's point of view. Instead of driving off the ghosts, you have to frighten off all the people and free the spirits. It's a fun game, and it's got quite a sense of humor. Worth a look!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbleujean

Jen, after ogling that AMAZING WoW cake I did a search for the creator and found her. The link can be found at Her user name is nweppler; She is a Wilton instructor from Florida. Hope that helps!

~Fawn (avid Cake Wrecks fan and aspiring Cake Designer)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFawn Kutuk

I would've just thought those first two were lawn mower engines. So thanks for enlightening the ignorant.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHalf Assed Kitchen

I played and beat Ghostbusters for PS3 and I agree it's really freaky! I didn't play it in the dark and my husband had the tendency to come up behind me while I was immersed in playing and go "RAH!" so I'd jump out of my skin. :/

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I think Portal lends itself really well to being played with a mouse. The graphics are fine, but they aren't super wicked awesome, so I think playing on the Mac has all possible advantages over console.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For my son's birthday a few years ago, I had a cake made with a still shot from Portal and "The cake is a lie!" put on it. The baker just gave me that deer in the headlights look until I explained it to her. She then said, "Oh, ok. Now we know why the guys at Microsoft are always saying that to us." :)

Portal is one of the classic games of ALL time. The PS3 version is ok, but, seriously, the PC (and presumably Mac) version is the best. My son has beat it many, many times and still plays it. He's 17 if you need a reference point. The poor companion cube....sniff.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuannan

My eight year old is positively addicted to Scribblnauts. I know I would enjoy the game if I could just pry it out of his DSi! That is/was one adorable cake.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKashmir

My boys absolutely loved today's cakes!! When they hear me laughing at the computer nowadays, their first question is now, "are you reading Cake Wrecks again?!"

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Thank you for these; I always enjoy geeky Sunday sweets

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChandiS

Just wanted to let you know that I saw your book in a bookstore in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. So, when are you coming to Africa for a book signing? ;-)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

The Maxwell (the guy from Scribblenauts) cake is awesome and adorable! And such a good game! Sure, it may get old after a while, but you have to at least try it. So many fun things to create...Cthulu, Keyboard Cat, Stealth Bomber, God, All Your Base Are Belong To Us (seriously), freeze ray (the Mr. Freeze kind, not the Dr. Horrible kind), mind-control device (which lets you ride on Cthulu)...try everything!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUnknownWarrior33

I'd have been infinitely more impressed with the WoW cake if they'd modeled the globe on top after Azeroth, the game's world, instead of the earth.
It's still lovely, though.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlabcreatedruby

The HALO helmet is awesome!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Filley

I dunno...that world of warcraft cake looks like it has nearly nothing to do with wow. While it has the globe and the lettering, it kind of looks like the sort of cake that my parents would get me while trying to support my interests as a teen. Sweet, kind of in line with my interests, but not actually in line with what my interests are about. It sure is a pretty cake though.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDravinna

OMG YES!!! SSCRIBBLENAUTS! It is one of the most entertaining games I've ever played. You have to try it. You can summon people like Michael Jackson, even!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Halo cake just made my step-son so so so happy. As he is playing Halo, I yell over "hey come look at this cake". 3 minutes of "whoa.." "sweet!" "aw man that's cool!" Now he wants one...*sigh*
I would love to see a Little Big Planet cake.. that game is freakin' adorable and strangely hard.
Thanks for sharing these deliciously nerdy cakes!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy-Mo

Have to agree about the WoW cake -- it's Earth, not Azeroth. :(

Beautiful attempt, but falls short of the goal, imo.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

BioShock is my favorite game ever!! <3 the cake ! =)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenteryogiMotion

So unbelieveable nice!!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilla

I beat Portal the second time on my Mac (for the first time on my Mac as well, on the PC via Boot Camp, haha), and here's what I think about PS3 Portal:
Portal has few enough controls that it could work on a console. However, I think console controllers are generally more trouble than they're worth for a mouse-and-keyboard gamer.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Everything Valve makes is better on the computer, in my opinion.

That's not to say that the console versions are any less fun. But there's all sorts of community gaming you can do with the console versions that isn't available on the consoles.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSillypants Jackson

Love Portal. Great teamwork game. Nothing scary. Much. Of course its better on the PS3! What isn't! :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with whoever said that Valve games are meant for the PC, but they work wonderfully on Mac, too. I'm working my way through Portal on the Mac for the first time, and I love it. I would recommend playing it on the computer, whichever OS, over the PS3. :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMuffin

Here's a tip for black fondant that isn't totally gross tasting. Start with pre-made CHOCOLATE fondant and add black coloring. It won't take as much to get it black as it does to go from white to black. Also, take my advice and never purchase any fondant other than from I have no affiliation with them. I'm just an extremely satisfied customer. It tastes DELICIOUS and comes in beautiful colors and flavors.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaddlemama

Echoing that Portal has to be played on the computer. That's how it was designed and anything else would just be weird. It's really tricky at times to use a touchpad though, so bear that in mind if you use a laptop and don't have a USB mouse.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAgent Honeywell

My high school senior BOY just looked at the scribblenauts cake and said, possibly with a squeal, "HE'S ADORABLE!!"

Heh. If you make a 17 year old boy squeal with the cute, you've accomplished some serious cute.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLara

I love Scribblenauts! It was super fun to play. With so many possiblities...what an adorable cake, too.

And I should really get around to playing Portal.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

all amazing cakes! that biosock cake is nice, but so bright green, I always think of it as a dank and dark colors... but then again I haven't seen the 2nd one, so maybe it has a brighter garden area.

Here is my halo cake, totally amateur sheet cake, but it was my first and thought it turned out pretty neat for my gamer husband's bday.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Aaaaaaaaah! These are so cute!!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Robyn

I don't have a Mac, but can't imagine playing Portal on anything other than a computer - some of the later levels require absolute control over where you're firing the gun.

However, it is absolutely the best PC game that has ever been made, and every single crafter I know who played it immediately had to make a Companion Cube in their chosen medium. Damn, now I have to go play it again. There goes my night.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

I heart the Ghostbusters cake... as an 80's baby I have to pay homage to one of my old faves! Who you gonna call???

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June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

Loved these! They inspired me to google 'Katamari Damacy' cakes (my favorite game, still!). There's a really good one at this baker's link:

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can only say one thing: wow!!!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVĂ©dis

WOW!!! After seeing the ghostbuster cake I almost wish that I had a ghost in my toilet so i could get one of those cakes and see if it really works!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

very cool!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Portal on a Mac works well - just plug in a mouse. And just to get on your side with the game-wuss, Portal scares me, it took me 122 hours to finish Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Myst will be my long-lived favourite.

Hey, have there ever been Myst cakes? Those would be pretty...

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnemarie

I love them all :D You must play Portal! It's so much fun and very funny :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

Next time you're in AZ, we will have to have these guys show up:

They dress up as ghostbusters and do fund raising.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

The only problem with the WoW cake is that that is NOT the so-called World of Warcraft on top of the cake (a.k.a., Azeroth). That is Earth. Not the same thing. I'd love it if it had the correct continents on it. :(

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE

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