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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)

The butterflies are printed onto rice paper then cut out with scissors, they're not sugar. They do look nice, though.

I wonder what event the banana was for...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

LOVE the Kirk impression... spot on!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwinMint

I want that birdhouse to be made into a statue and then displayed prominently in my house forever more.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLacy

Hahahahahaha!!!! Very funny, as usual! Love the nerd humour! Keep it up. :-)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarsi

The Collider cake almost gave me a heart attack. HOw...? But... it's ... yeah.

Saweeeet Discworld Turtle!!!

As to the foody one... one appropriate place for bacon on cake does not negate the need to outlaw bacon on cake.

Awesome Sunday Sweets, and I loved the Kirk impression. It was so good, I could hear it.

Yes, nerd, geek, cakebaker - that's me.


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The turtle one was AWESOME! As was the ladybug and butterfly cakes. But that last one ----!!!!!
And BTW - is it REALLY possible to have too many Star Trek, Dragon Con, etc. references? Discuss among yourselves.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Whoa, wait! That turtle is a CAKE? I assumed it (plus the comment) meant "I put a cute picture of a turtle in this post just to be silly" and didn't catch on it was a cake until reading the comments! (Yeah, I know should be obvious, but . . .)

And that last cake? BY nerds, FOR nerds. Because not only did it required an engineering degree to design it, you'd have to be an engineer to figure out how to cut it without the rest of it crashing down!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Qualls

I'm sure someone else did this already but I didn't look through all the comments.


And holy crap that last cake with all the cakes...was AWESOME! and fascinating.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnaka

Because I just watch Parellels (TNG) yesterday, the cake with all the cakes, reminds me of this...

Lt. Commander Data: The rate of quantum incursions is increasing exponentially. At this rate, the sector will be completely filled with Enterprises within three days.

Lieutenant Wesley Crusher: Captain, we're receiving 285,000 hails.
Alternate Captain William T. Riker #1: I wish I knew what to tell them.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

It really doesn't matter if these cakes are nerdy or not, they're AMAZING!!! That last one of the pile of cakes is unreal! I would definitely display any or all of them on a shelf. Gorgeous!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Well, by definition, a "geek" is somebody lacking social skills, but a "nerd" is someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about a given subject. Nerds, therefore, are pretty awesome.

And any of these wonderful cakes would require a lot of specialized knowledge and passion to create; therefore, all awesome cakes are made by cake nerds.

You just can't have good cake without nerds.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoJ

Is it bad that I just want to love and squeeze and hold that little turtle baby?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

I am not a fan of the cake tower either--that is a TON of work to be that ugly--it almost HAS to be cake dummies, doesn't it? The only use I can see for it is as a display for a bakery window. That would stop traffic and definately get people to come in!! In which case--it's genius! If it really is all cake, who needs that many servings?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You're lying to yourself if you think that there are a lot of non-nerds reading this blog. I say, embrace it. Nerds forever!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Finally something for us normal people:D

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStefunkc

"always take a banana to a party"
"I think I just invented the Banana daquiri a few centuries early"
1: "Hold on to the banana!"
2: "Why!?"
1: "It's a good source of potassium!"

All of those are Dr. Who quotes, and are, therefore, NERDY!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRache

I. Want. That. Turtle. Cake.
That is all.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

If I'm ever allowed to get married I want the butterfly cake. It's so beautiful it made me all misty. How could anyone ever cut that?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWidget

@Fran - I think it says Mika, not Mike

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I am in love with the turtle cake and the butterfly cake!! They are both too good looking to eat!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpotsyinaz

How could anyone hack onto the turtle cake without feeling like a murderer?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

as a particularly nerdy person I have always loved your selection of sunday sweets, but once you mentioned it I knew it was true, they can be very nerdy, and you haven't done any better this week, these are still nerdy. This are still nerdy because they are still theme cakes and they still have a kitschy vibe, they are not just super posh cakes.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Hadron Collider cake leaves me dying to know things: how many people are going to that wedding??? How did they get those layers to hang out like that without breaking??? And where will they start cutting???

Inquiring minds want to know (and isn't that a little bit nerdy?).

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually, that last cake IS nerdy, and I LOVE it! It uses cantilever construction, and totally reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

The butterflies. ZOMG.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All that turtle needs is 4 elephants standing on it's shell. And Discworld on the backs of the 4 elephants.

That last cake is hilarious and amazing. How in the world could you slice it up to eat without fearing it would collapse into a singularity? Did the creators make individual cakes, ice them, and then stack them?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I kinda come here for the nerdy....

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love them all!! Especially the ladybug and the butterflies! The turtle is beautiful and the last one is phenomenal!! :D

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCall_Me_Little_'D'

I love all the nerd cakes!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathym

The breakfast cake and cupcakes are awesome!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My first thought about that last mind-blowing cake(s?)...

"So THAT's what happens to all the day-old cakes that don't sell..."


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMBC

The amalgamation cake is awesome!

There's a lot of biology in this post which is still nerdy... birdwatching, insects, the realistic sea turtle.

And its funny, since many nerds I know also love tea, sandwiches, and bananas (suddenly! bananas!). I am also a nerdy biologist and love baking.

I guess you just can't get away from your roots.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love these non nerdy cakes! And I will try to find you at Dragon*Con next weekend!

~Bonnie B

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

All these cakes are wonderful (the last one truly is a wreck with all those cakes crashing and colliding together). I love the ladybug because it's so cute ( can I have it for my next birthday please??) and the butterfly cake is awesome for its simplicity and artistry. Nerd cakes are fun too, even more so when they don't quite get it right!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Hahahaha! I love the nerdy ones, but that's because I'm a nerd myself. However, these are spectacularly beautiful. I love the colourful butterflies, the amazingly realistic turtle... and that last one, WOAH.

wv: conas -- alternate spelling of Konas, as in Kona coffee... the caffeine-buzz-generator of the sophisticated nerd ;)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The non-nerds have had their day (what is wrong with you people? join the nerds, it's fun! we have candy and caffeine!). Lovely cakes, very cool, super shiny ladybug, etc.

On behalf of the nerds I'd like to request some "Serenity"/ "Firefly" cakes? CAPTAIN TIGHTPANTS FTW!!!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterintothethickofit

Oh my gosh I love that turtle!! <3<3

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

These are all so cool! The turtle cake is wonderful - it would be immensely creepy to cut, but it looks faboo! And dude, what's keeping the last cake up??

Now, for those of us who like nerdy, you might like the video blog "Stone Soup: The World According to Sci-Fi Geeks" at *dashes off after shameless self promotion.*

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNansJns

@ Lori said...
"Actually, that last cake IS nerdy, and I LOVE it! It uses cantilever construction, and totally reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater."

Perhaps Fallingwater after the 7.0 earthquake.

I don't think I could cut up the turtle cake. Would feel like I was killing an endangered species. Kind of like the baby cakes.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I like turtles.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

This nerd loves tea. (Especially Earl Grey. Hot.)

Even so, the teapot cake is beautiful. These are all beautiful and amazing cakes.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I agree with Jamie. This is what went on that day in the bakery:

Head Baker: "OK, time for the last layer...careful...careful...And lower it gently...there!"
[clapping, cheering, general high-fivedness]
Intern Becky: " do we move this?"

wv: obles. Because sometimes, you need to pop a couple of obles to get you through family dinner.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

As one of your non-nerd readers (it seems many comment posters doubt our existence!) and doubtless one of the few who did not get your Monty Python reference of several days ago (hate Monty Python), I have to say that I appreciated your walk on the non-nerd side (and your justifications for each cake). I loved the M.A.C. cake! And the butterfly one and the last one.

Nevertheless, keep rocking your nerdiness to your hearts' content. Part of what I love about this blog is that there is such a strong personality to it. And, even if I don't get the references, I can still appreciate a good wreck (or, a beautifully made cake on the nerdy Sunday Sweets!)

Anyway, as I'm currently dating a physicist, it's probably to my benefit to gain passing familiarity with things like who Terry Pratchett is. You do me a valuable service. So thanks for that. :)


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I like the nerdy cakes!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are all awesome cakes, but why would anyone request a turtle cake? Can you imagine hacking into that poor thing?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that rainbow butterfly one. The wings are so perfect! Almost makes me want to start planning a big lesbian wedding for myself.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Are the butterflies on that cake edible? If so, I will be their slave forever.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne
August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny B

OK, maybe a banana peeler hasn't been invented yet but I know of a pair of intrepid scientists that have a banana sharpener. See the video" rel="nofollow">here!

Good luck with that!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmazing Cakes By Vanessa!

I love nerds & all their cakes! You can never have too much nerdiness!

- Kelly

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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