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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: The Anti-Nerd

Recently Jen and I have been informed that we put up too many nerdy Sweets. Being the big ol' nerds that we are, we hadn't really noticed. I suppose it's kinda like telling your local undertaker he wears too much black.

So, in order to cater to the needs of the many NON-nerds who read this blog, we've decided to push up our taped glasses, strap in to our Authentic Star Trek TOS Captain's Chair Replicas, and dig deep into our archives for the least... nerdy... cakes... ofalltime. [<-- my Kirk impression]


A teapot:

By Fantasticakes

Because nerds only drink Red Bull.*

A sandwich:

By The Cake Gallery

Because sandwiches are for jocks.*


By The Cake Mamas

Because nerds don't need makeup while playing StarCraft II in the dark.*

A birdhouse:

By Whimsy Cakes

Because seeing birds - or their houses - would mean leaving the comfort of our computer caves.*

Lady bugs:

By Alana Hodgson

Okay. This might be slightly nerdy.


By Sweet Stuff Cake Art

See "birds."

Toast and other homemade foods:

By The Icing on the Cake

Because nerds don't make their food. Other people do that.*


By Love To Cake

No reason. I just thought we needed a turtle in this post.

A banana:

By Kahlan4

Because they require far too much effort for us nerds to eat.
Give me an automatic banana peeler and we'll talk.

And finally, what might be the most mind-blowing cake I have ever seen in my entire life:

By Will Cotton

It's like someone built a Large Hadron Collider smack in the middle of a bakery, and it spawned a black hole which sucked all the cake toward the center of the room and someone snapped a picture just before the entire earth was sucked in and all of humanity as we know it met its dooooom!

[pushing up glasses]

But it's totally NOT nerdy.

So, there you have it. Next weekend Jen and I will be at Dragon*Con (watch Twitter to find us & win prizes!), so it's probably safe to assume that there may be a nerd cake or three. Prepare thyself!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the entire nerd community and may only apply to the author of this post, john (the hubby of Jen), who likes to refer to himself in the third person. Which is quite nerdy, if you think about it.

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Reader Comments (193)

These cakes are awesome and decidedly non-nerdy. That turtle looks almost too real to eat!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRita/Fighting Off Frumpy

That last cake just makes me laugh and makes me want to dive in with a fork! Must have been a lot of fun to make that one. (Darn, my word verification is "alpoo," which would have been perfect for some of the wrecky days, but not for today!)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonkaloosa

That's not a Turtle, that's baby A'Tuin, the world turtle from Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Totally nerdy ;-)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValdís

Beautiful cakes, although the nerd ones didn't bother me too much

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those cakes are so lush looking. I can't decide if I want the collider cakes for my Birthday next year, or one of those ones from the other week that says something like;

"32 Your old and smelly"*

*I am not old ;)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMummy

I beg to differ. Russell's Teapot is totally nerdy.'s_teapot

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I agree, that turtle is amazing! The butterflies took my breath away - I wonder if they are clear sugar.... They are amazing!

The ladybug is just absolute cuteness!!!

And the collider cake.... total awesomeness. just sayin'

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

That Collider cake is amazing! How on earth did they get all those cakes to stay together without a black hole generator? Some sort of super powerful cake magnet? Gorilla glue in the frosting mix? It boggles my mind!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKilroy!

Birds, and by extension, birdwatching = so nerdy other nerd won't associate with us. <:(

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

Okay, that Makeup cake says "Happy 30th Mike" on it. I'm going to assume that Mike is a drag queen?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFran

I love you guys...Nerd and all! These cakes are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Just an FYI since I cannot find a contact link for you all here, I gave you a shout out on my beach blog as we are socked in with day 3 of rain, we're stuck inside, and our turtles are about to hatch. I used the turtle cake, oc credited the baker. Thanks for the constant source of giggles and awe. In the case of sunday's cakes, Awwwwwww.

As a fellow nerd, J&J, I truly appreciate the nerdiness that is you, and love nerd cakes. But these cakes were cool, too, I guess. Especially the collider one- bets on how many pieces get cut before the whole thing comes tumbling down?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Didn't you see The Butterfly Effect? Might be some nerd there. It is beautiful, though.

wv: "delyso" - "I'm sure all these cakes are delyso but they look too good to eat."

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChurndash

Fran: It looks like "Mika" to me, but it's early and I don't have my glasses on yet. Is Mika a girl or boy name?
And those butterflies - **GOR-GEOUS!!!** - and "no one suspects the butterfly" (are Simpsons quotes nerdy?)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaMamaJama

The tower of cakes is breathtaking.

And Fran, drag queens are pretty much the opposite of nerds. But the cake says "Happy Birthday Mika"

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Okay, that final cake makes me nervous. I keep wondering when it's going to fall.
And in the toaster cake pic, although I am truly impressed with the detail on all the separate items, I really don't think I could eat a cupcake decorated with what looks exactly like mixed peas and carrots.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

Wow. That last cake is just. Wow.

-French Bean

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrench Bean & Coffee Bean

@Fran - It says Mika, which I believe can be used for any gender.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTam

These are all lovely. But see, I have this issue with cute animal cakes: how can you bring yourself to slice it up and eat it? The same goes for character pinatas. I just imagine a room full of 7 or 8 year olds beating the stuffing out of Cinderella.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersteen

I think the birdhouse is totally nerdy. I saw it and thought of They Might Be Giants and Birdhouse In Your Soul, yes I am a nerd!!

(and how many of you now have that song in your head!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMcConnehey

Dude, nerds totally drink tea. Because it's Picard's favorite drink. Tea, Earl Grey, hot.

Also, bananas are Ten's favorite food.

Totally nerdy. You can't escape it.

See you at Dragon*Con!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergypsyariana

The make up and the ladybug! Oh my gosh.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

There's nothing wrong with nerds or nerdy cakes! Go Nerds!! ☺

The ladybird one [that's what we call them in England] could be a computer mouse, which would be tweely nerdy.

wv: hastri. Like pastry in a hurry.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Handcart

Birdhouse took my breath away. Ladybug brought it back to say "awwww". Think the collider cake looks hideous -- a lot of work for a hideous looking cake. IMHO.

wv: sinkendi
I think I'll sinkendi my recliner and enjoy Cake Wrecks this morning.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L


"Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch, WHO WATCHES OVER YOU..."

Thanks for getting that stuck in my head.


(muttering) Istanbul was Constantinople...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Sometimes you do publish "too much" Star Trek, Dragon Con, etc., stuff that I don't care for, but it's YOUR blog, so you can post whatever YOU want! If readers don't like the day's subject/content, they should just skip Cake Wrecks for that day, as I do. I LOVE Cake Wrecks and think you all do an awesome job! Thanks for my daily laugh (minus the nerd days when I pass on CW). :)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEasier2B

the one with the multiple butterflies is absolutely breattaking! i'm guessing that the butterflies are sugar? however it was done, it is fantastic.

the last one... while impressive (it's huge, and that's a LOT of cake to balance), it's kind of wreck-y. or maybe that's the point? regardless, not a fan.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

As much as I appreciate the nerd cakes, I LOVE some of these - especially the butterflies!

And yes, nerds do drink tea. I have a Mad Hatter figurine in my kitchen. Which also has a teapot clock. And tea cups hanging from the light fixture. :D

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Stick to the nerdy cakes!! I don't share half of your geeky interests but a lot of these ones were kinda boring lol

I do love the adorable taco cupcake though :)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, wait... I think the last cake DOES qualify for being nerdy, because someone must have had an engineering degree to figure out how to get it to stay upright!!

And the turtle cake is-

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuperDaisy

Sorry to inform all the nerd-haters, but in trying to be un-nerdy, this post is the nerdiest of them all!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen Julian XIII

Sorry but the spout on the teapot is wrong, it wouldn't pour properly.(and yes ,I am English ) and that totally matters, a wrong spout makes it a wreck.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

I NEVER skip a day of CW, even when it's nerdy and I'm not! I'm just a wannabe nerd. I only use one side of my brain most of the time. And it's always the wrong side.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeg

You guys are so funny! Seriously! I love your blog, read it everyday! Keep up the great work.

werd to the nerd!


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Am I the only one that thinks the last one doesn't belong on Sunday Sweets? I think it is a wreck. Although I'm sure it was very hard to make and it took a lot of talent to do it, and I'm sure I couldn't have done it but it still looks like a mess!

LOVE the butterflies!!!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Two things:

1) It's hard for me to imagine there are a whole lot of non-nerds who read cake wrecks regularly. Just sayin.

2) I would really, really love to hear the conversation that led to the creation of the last cake. It must have been epic. For some reason I feel it should have involved a stoner, or three.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna B

You guys are so funny! Seriously! I love your blog, read it everyday! Keep up the great work.

werd to the nerd!


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love this particular post and your self-deprecating humour... This blog keeps me in stitches. Wreck on!

WV: GUALA - another way to say Voila!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Gore

Awesome sweets... but I though nerds don't eat sandwiches 'cause they eat hot pockets. Bazinga!

wv inesphit "Inesphit of brilliance, Zaphod Beeblebrox realized the question is "How many pieces of cake can one Vogon eat in a single bite?".

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraftinqueen

Bananas are the ultimate nerd food- they don't need refridgeration so they are awesome to bring to cons. Tasty and nutritious!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUsagi

Love your Captain Kirk impression.
And if you really have a TOS chair, I'm insanely jealous of you.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaptain Quirk

the last one is a plaster-and-paint sculpture, not a real cake, right?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrabi

Good catch, gypsy!

"Always bring a banana to a party, Rose. Bananas are good!"
-Totally Nerdy

Meanwhile, I love all cakes, nerdy and non. (Just more likely to order the nerdy ones for myself!) That turtle cake is something to behold, and the butterflies are utterly gorgeous, and that teapot is telling me I want spring now, just when fall is approaching, and blah blah blah, non-nerdy stuff. But what I REALLY want to know is: what are they going to do with the Collider cake now? Surely it can't be moved. Was it just for kicks? The Doctor would be so proud. He loves it when humanity does stuff just to prove that they can.

"Not to put too fine a point on it, say I'm the only bee in your bonnet..."

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Up till now I never had anything to critize on your blog. But how can you declare Bananas to not be nerdy??? Haven't you ever seen Doctor Who? (I'm talking about the new who here.)

PS. Everything else was great as always. I really enjoy your blog.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertricia

You may recall the Ninth and Tenth Doctor's affinity for bananas (always bring a banana to a party, rose. bananas are good!) So, that banana cake is obviously nerdy!

That turtle though, oh my god too cute for words. one of my nerdy hobbies is I collect turtle statuettes and jewelry, so... i suppose that's nerdy too, lol.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroffensive

I don't know, the toaster cake COULD be nerdy. It's really "Toasty the Talking Toaster" from Red Dwarf! And the cupcake toppings? Some of those could be very nerdy:
Donut - Simpsons
Tacos - Invader Zim
Bacon - bacon everything - very nerdy

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSewCherie

Nerds have the uncanny ability to take things that are completely un-nerdy and use their Authentic Nerd Lazor (the Z makes it kool) Zapper on it and BAM. Nerdy.

Those butterflies are amazing. I don't even LIKE butterflies that much and now I want them on my wedding cake!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer the Geeky

@john (hubby of Jen)

Then I had birdhouse stuck in my head, so I thought I'd watch it on youtube.

Then I found the literal video verson, and it almost makes up for grumpy children.

PS Why don't you get a capital J?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermystic_eye_cda

That turtle made my eyes widen so much I thought I was going to sprain something. So cute and realistic, in a "my god, that's edible?! Wicked!" sort of way.

And that last cake (or pile thereof) is the most astonishingly clever bit of engineering I've seen on this site so far. Frilly and chaotic and fabulous.

WV: mochiz - those really awesome little Japaneeze ice cream ballz. Someboyd should make a cake out of themmmmm. *salivates*

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

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