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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

Star Wars Sweets

John and I are having a blast at the Star Wars Celebration here in Orlando this weekend, so I figured I'd keep the theme going with today's Sweets. (Although I'll try to keep the Admiral Ackbar jokes to a minimum.)

Major props to Donna for actually sculpting these LEGO minifigs out of gumpaste, instead of taking the easy route and plopping on some toys. :)

More fantastic figures on this sweet wedding cake:

Somebody watch the droids, though; I hear R2 is a bit of a lush.

Submitted by Carlie S., made by Sweet Libertine Cakes

You said it, fella.

Some of the sweetest Star Wars cookies you'll ever see:

You might think a light saber cake would be easy to make, but believe me: it's not. That's why I'm so impressed with this fondant-free gem:

Made by crazEbake

I love the shading and all the detail on the handle. Truly excellent.

Hold on to your blasters, old-school icing purists, because I have another completely fondant-free sweet for you:

Sub'd by Angela H., made by Mondelli's Bake Shop

The background is airbrushed, but the ship is all piping. Now that's using the force.

Here's an engineering marvel you won't believe is actually cake:

By Crazy Cake Company

But it is!


How amazing is this?!? Lots more pics and details on Lien's blog here.

This perfect R2* has me seeing red:

Sub'd by Amelie M., made by Mark Joseph Cakes.

Go here for a step-by-step photo guide.
The detail on the legs is especially amazing.

Here's the best possible use for the Wilton bear pan:

Made by artist Antvar's wife.

Ewok cake!!

And finally, we have a new contender for the Coolest Baby Shower Cake Ever:

Sub'd By Abby G., made by Irma Rode


C'mon, baby Vader with a pacifier, PLUS a baby R2? This just might be better than our last Vader shower cake. Even if it doesn't make any more sense. Heh.

Oh, and if you like Star Wars, you're going to love my pictures from this weekend over on Epbot. Srsly. Check out the craziness here.

*We think this may actually be R4-P17. We think this because people who seem to know these things told us so. We could be wrong. Who really knows?

PS - Hey, Jane F. in Berkeley: Epi Burf Day!! May your day's forecast include lots of sprinkles.

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Reader Comments (96)

OMG! These are AWESOME! Wish we could be there at the convention with you!!

Don't forget to vote for Icing Smiles in the Pepsi Refresh Project!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenniffer the Lego figs on the first one.

Of course, you really should mention the Millennium Falcon that Duff and his crew did on Ace of Cakes, that one was awesome.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Oh, could that Ewok cake be any cuter? And I nearly collapsed in a fit of ecstasy when I saw the baby Vader and R2. Awwwww.....

WV: tatiouse. Is that the language spoken on Tatooine?

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

my only issue that Luke and Leia on the wedding cake?? that seems a little.....creepy....

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegsKathy

Wow-wee! These are incredible. BUT... I can't help but ponder and ponder and ponder some more WHY LEIA AND LUKE ARE THE BRIDE AND GROOM ON THAT WEDDING CAKE!! Creepy!

But I love the Vader Baby. I think I fainted a little.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Ugh, I hate that I'm this much of a nerd, but that droid isn't R2-D2. R2-D2 is a specific droid/character, not like, a type of robot. There are other R2 units (and a number of similar looking droids from later in-universe production lines) any number of which might be red, but the individual known as R2-D2 is not.

It might be R2-M5, a red-striped R2 unit which was in The Phantom Menace.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVague Rant

Is anyone else only able to see about half of the pictures??? Never had that problem before!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

While the decorating is really well done, I seriously wonder about a brother and sister wedding cake topper.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What great talent out there! Thanks for sharing!!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Vague Rant covered my nerdy comment for the day.

Other than that, let's just say these are AWESOME and the kids LOVED 'em. :)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~M

An incestuous wedding cake. Ewww.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrydwynn

Awww who knew the evil one was such a sweet lad. But those cakes are amazing

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awesome cakes (though I was also a bit concerned about Luke and Leia).
My dh and 9 year old son are now debating which R2 unit it may be - ds reckons R2-D4. Maybe R2-R9?

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeavenly Anarchist

Spike TV better be having a Star Wars marathon today because I need to watch them today after reading this.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Lightsabers are hard to make! One of my friends and I spent a couple hours trying to figure out how to make one with emoticons. *shifty eyes* Yes, we are huge geeks, why do you ask? Anyway, this is what we came up with:


Back to the point, those cakes are so awesome.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeet Voojagig

Count me in as another who blinked and had jaw-drop syndrome when I saw Luke and Leia atop a wedding cake. Arguably, from her outfit you could say this is from the first film, and if someone had only seen the first film, they might not actually *know* that Luke and Leia are brother and sister...but still, dude, seriously?

WV: blessne: what you say when you and someone else sneeze at the same time.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Guskin

Does it bother anyone else that Luke and Leia are getting married?

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm in agreement about the Luke and Leia cake. Only somebody who isn't a real SW fan would make that kind of faux pas. Besides, the roguish and swashbuckling Han is so much cooler than the whiny Luke. What might be awesome for a birthday cake is definitely not kosher on a wedding cake!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNate

My son (who is 5) says the red droid is R2-KT from Clone Wars.

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that baby shower cake!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Must...have...Ewok...cake! So cute!

-French Bean

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrench Bean & Coffee Bean

Yeah, the whole Luke/Leia wedding cake thing threw me off, too. Talk about a creepy element on an otherwise excellent cake.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

...gotta love Sunday Sweets. So great to showcase the totally amazing and beautiful cakes to contrast with the wrecks. Good can overcome evil!
I don't know how anyone can cut into such masterpieces. Breaks my heart!

baby vader! my head goes kersplody from too much cute....=)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertangeria

I almost want another boy baby, just so I can have the baby Vader cake!
I will definately have to show today's blog to my resident SW superfan. He's going to want that lightsaber cake for his next bday, I just know it.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

OK, count me another person weirded out by the Luke/Leia wedding cake topper...

Very cool sweets today, though.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty F.

My son insists the little red and white droid is R4-P17, Obi Wan Kenobi's droid. Either way, very cool cakes. :)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Totally agree about Luke and Leia. While the cake is very well done, it's just wrong!!

And I'm relieved to see others pointing out that R2-D2 is not red... my husband called me a nerd for pointing it out!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChe'Marie

Love the gumpaste LEGO characters! I'll bet they don't hurt as much when you step on them at 3 am! :)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Unfortunate that the wedding toppers are Leia and LUKE...
Perhaps Han might've been a better choice...

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Vague Rant took the words straight out of my mouth.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What about showing us how hard it is to make a lightsaber cake by showing us all the ones that didn't work? Lightsaber wreck day maybe?

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy D

Ahhhh The cookies are AWESOME!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTatum

I'm with Jennie's son, I think it's R4. And I love being in the company of nerds.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That X-wing fighter is completely unbelievable!!!!!! WHOA! Such talent!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I lover the baby shower cake! Adorable! :) I love the baby blue shade for R2!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sweet Moments Bakery

Those are some of the coolest cakes that I have seen. I was totally geeked out looking at those. But does that one cake company realize that Luke and Leia are siblings? I love that baby cake. That was sooo funny!!!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

I love the X-wing cake, and the idea behind the ewok cake is pure genius. But I don't know if I'd put Luke and Leia on a wedding cake together. Seems a little...incesty.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

ok... i feel better knowing that i'm not the only one geeky enough to know that yes, luke & leia on a wedding cake is just a little wrong. gorgeously rendered, but a little yucky.
but it's not the cake maker's fault -- if the couple ordering were really that into sw, wouldn't they have specified which characters go on the cake? oh well, it's still a fantastic group of cakes!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

Every time I see the Sunday Sweets that are based on movies and whatnot I wonder how much the professional bakeries paid to get past the copyright issues for licensed characters or if they ignore it and hope they don't get in trouble for it...especially if they feature them on their websites. At the shop I work at we can do a cake inspired by licensed material and then put the little toys or what-have-you on so we don't get sued...

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

I do believe that's an R4-D6.
Or is it D7?
Ahh, whatever.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalvin

According to my Star Wars obsessed 7 year old the "red R2-D2" is actually named R4-P17. :) Just thought you'd want to know. :P

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

yep, my 6yo agrees it is in fact R4-P17. He would know, I can assure you! ;)

and yes, I am also bothered by luke and leia. beautiful cake though!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennyandcompany

my star wars freak sons thoroughly enjoyed this, however, according to one of them the red r2 is actually R4-P17, who appears in the ep 2, and briefly appears in episode 3, before having his head ripped off by a buzz droid in the opening space battle above coruscant.

however, i don't know this, and shall promptly delete it from my memory. (help me)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercath c

Since the Luke and Leia wedding cake has been covered, I'll just say:
Wow, that AT-AT is amazing! And those cookies are really cute!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Given that Luke and Leia are siblings, that wedding cake is more than a little creepy, really...

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

In Jen's defense, in her caption for the red R2 unit, she wrote "This perfect R2 is . . ."
"This perfect R2-D2 is . . ."
She used the appropriate general class to refer to the unit.

And to get my geek cred for the day, I checked Wookieepedia. Of the 50ish R2 units, these are the most likely:
1) R2-A3 (astromech for Wedge Antilles)
2) R2-M5 (aboard Queen Amidala's ship in the Naboo Space Battle)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That R2 cake was what I used for inspiration when I was making my son's R2 cake last year.

We do one layer per year, and last year he was 6 for R2... today he's 7 and we've got a Despicable Me minion on the table.

All our birthday cake creations are on flickr:

(I was supposed to send you pics of my 13yo's Monty Python Trojan Rabbit cake wasn't I? OOPS!)

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlesP

Amazing! The X-wing cake has shading on it and everything.
But, as lovely as it is, the fact that Luke and Leia are on a wedding cake is just a bit disturbing. Maybe the couple hasn't seen the Return of the Jedi. =\ Hmmmmmm.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShayna


I don't know if any other commenters picked-up on this, but I believe the lovely red-machine you labeled as an R2 unit is none other than Obe Wan Kenobe's *R4* unit! Why do I say that? Because it's a *4th* birthday cake. Talk about some sweet thinking.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFysh Phoenix--

OK, I'm normally a lurker, but that first cake made me go "ooooohhhhhh" out loud in a baby-talk tone. The gumpaste lego figures were what did it.

Also - the lightsaber cake? I was trying to figure out how it was lit up like that. Awesome.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraallen66

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