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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)

That last one looks like the perfect wedding cake for two Chaos Theory mathematicians.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNan Bayes-Koenig

That last one looks like the perfect wedding cake for two Chaos Theory mathematicians.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNan Bayes-Koenig

These are some of the best cakes you've ever posted. As a sculptor, I have to say that the turtle is just about the most realistic cake I've ever seen!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterk

I gasped audibly at the sandwich cake. OK, I admit I didn't get lunch today, but still. *drool*

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNana Jackie

I have never posted before because I feel that by the time I post anything everything has been said.
This is another time where I have been proven correct but I do feel as though I have to put in my two cents worth on the general nerdiness.
Definitely why I continue to read this blog beside the fact that you guys are hysterical. With your sense of humor and your general geekiness, I feel as though we've been friends a long time. Have fun at Dragon*Con, which I will sadly be missing.

P.S. Isn't StarCraft 2 amazing?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

oh my crap that last cake is INSANE! how do you even cut into it? my mind? blown.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandygirl

Just because we may or may not want to see less of the "nerdy" cakes doesn't mean you need to be sarcastic or mean spirited.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Gotta love the Hadron Collider someone who used to do wedding cakes as my present to the "happy" couple, it reminds me of my fantasies when people would keep changing their minds, the size, the shape, etc..and this was for free!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

I'm LOVING the turtle. It's so freakin' cute. And real-looking!

That last cake took some real talent. And vision. Fantastic.

wv: femesses The plural, female nemesis. (Non-nerdy post, but a nerdy wv)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Too nerdy TOO nerdy?

Your words make no sense...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

From the website, I can't tell if the last one is an actual set of cakes or a painting. The artist seems to work in both mediums (paint and frosting).

Love the butterfly cake! I've seen chocolate butterflies in the hello, cupcake book, but those pale in comparison to the Sunday sweet butterflies!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMuria

The top of the Collider cake looks like Pilot from Farscape.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wait, what's wrong with being a nerd?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosa

The turtle looks way too real! I could never cut into it. And that last one... it's the most amazing mess I've ever seen.

ceck out my blog:

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Nikki~

Anon @ 6:56,

There was absolutely nothing even remotely mean spirited about this post and I'm really surprised you would say there was. Definitely sarcastic but then we're sarcastic everyday. This post used a comedic tool called Self-Deprecating Humor. It may be good to look it up.

Sorry you didn't like the post.


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

I loooove your nerdy cakes! But you did sneak in some nerdiness,: Doctor Who #10's favorite fruit is a banana.

My youngest daughter adores ladybugs -- I'll have to show her the sweet ladybug cake tomorrow.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie j.

I thought the turtle cake was amazing, and then I saw the very last one. Wow. My mind is officially blown.

(Oh, and the geek vs. non-geek comments had me snickering. Nice.)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Ha! Everyone knows that the last cake got that way because it got sucked into a Protoss Motership's gravity vortex!

Oh, and I totally agree that that is a world turtle from Discworld...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris Davis

I'll have a piece of that Perfectionist's-Reject-Pile cake.

And Jim Gaffigan would love that bacon cake.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

The turtle is totally nerdy. Turtles carry elephants which hold up worlds and all. But, Wow! Those are fabulous cakes. I want to use the birdhouse's color scheme for my daughter's furniture. :)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterevolutionofagardener

I like the nerdy posts... The commentary is priceless and you can tell it's all coming directly from Jen's geeked out little heart.

While all these were beautiful... I think Cake Wrecks should just do what feels right... And being nerdy feels so so right.

Are there really people who frequent this site that think "Nerdy, ew!". How have they made it this far?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAi

The TMP captain's chairs with the fold-down arms would be easier to strap into than the TOS model. Never looked as comfortable, though.

That said, the turtle cake is amazing! So's the LHC cake, just in a very different way.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlailthroughs & Co.


August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

That Sea Turtle cake is completey AWESOME!!! It is, however, nerdy, because harnessing sea turtles is how Jack Sparrow escaped his island prison... I'm just sayin'...

And I want the Collider Cake for my wedding, if I ever get married.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

Oh, btw - if you are having trouble opening bananas, you're opening them from the wrong end.

You need to watch how monkeys open them. Don't open the stem end that they are attached to each other at. Turn it over, squeeze between forefinger and thumb, and it will pop open as easily as ... as ... well, it will pop open neatly.

Just thought I could help out a fellow nerd.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

that turtle looked so real. i would not be able to cut into him. can you imagine the head on a plate looking at you?

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

Jen, you give me courage in my nerdy/geekyness.

Thank you.

WTF is that HUGE jumble of cakes? honestly...

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

#1 Nerdy for anyone who can name the manufacturer whose work it is modeled after. (I can't -- just sayin'.)

#2 I thought the meat cakes and the non-wrecky turkey cakes (if that isn't an oxymoron) messed with people's expectations -- this takes the cake! It should be served with fried cake 'fries' and some sort of savory 'dessert'. Heh heh heh. I'm a technician; where I work, real sub sandwiches are always welcome (we like cake, too -- may the two never meet, except after swallowing).

#3 If there wasn't a picture, I would have assumed it was made up. Har.

#4 Sort of Lewis Carrol-ish, is it not? Thus, nerdy.

#5 My, it certainly is shiny. Nerdy for entomologists, perhaps. Also vaguely resembles a Roomba. I would ask what's inside, but that would mean finding out. Speaking of bugs...

#6 One or more people out there can say with assurance how many species of butterfly are represented -- and which they are -- thus, nerdy.

#7 Uh, I could probably fix that toaster for ya. Ok, the nerd tie-in is a stretch, but still there.

#8 Oh my. It's so... realistic. Sea turtles always make me think of the aliens from 'The Lathe of Heaven', thus this gets a nerdy nod as well.

*9 Doesn't that banana look a tad bloated? Definitely not your typical Cavendish.

#10 Anyone with an engineering background -- myself, for instance -- is going to want to know how that was done, which is the essence of nerdiness.

Cakes like these attract people who systematically dissect blog posts and generate numbered lists of comments.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Hmmm... has there ever been a Brave Little Toaster cake?

I think it's just the season for massive Nerdiness right now between the blockbuster movies, big SFF/Anime/Game/Etc conventions, Pensic for the SCA, back to school time, new tv shows soon...

The Squee is Out There.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiwi

I see a bit of nerd in every one of these cakes. Just goes to show nerdom is everywhere.(Or I'm too much of one.) =D

And have fun at Dragon*Con. I'd go if it weren't for AWA being only two weeks later.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNerd Tootsie

LOVE the turtle cake, but it brought to mind the baby cakes. Eating its head would seem very anti-endangered-species to me.

Thanks for the great cakes! :)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Nerds don't cook for themselves! I have just two words for that Alton Brown!!!!!

Those cakes are awesome. The last one makes me wonder what's holding it together.

WV: Churator: A guide at the International Museum of Fried Pastries, Mexican wing.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Although the last cake pile up is not nerdy, it would have needed much math to make the thing not fall to the ground. (That might be a touch nerdy! Would that be PI?)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Anyone who thinks that the last cake is EITHER a wreck OR not nerdy should click on the Will Cotton link below it--he considers his sweet things "performance art"! They're amazing and worth checking out!

ps: after MONTHS of reading this blog, I JUST got the word verification joke! It was making me batty!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Deirdre

Those cakes are SO awesome! I especially love the tea kettle and the birdhouse.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBabeeLove

Wonderful cakes!

I will be at Dragoncon too! I'll be in a giant Transformers G1 Bumblebee costume on Saturday! I am so excited! My friends and I shall be looking for you! lol

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Much to my disappointment, I think the last cake is sculpture rather than real cake, despite the fact that the artist does bake real cakes sometimes.

Go to and click on "sculpture" and you will see a similar-though-not-quite-as-spectacular version of the black-hole cake made of "polystyrene, acrylic polymer, pigment, gypsum"

Honestly though, even as a sculpture, it's still incredibly cool. And I love the commentary, so don't you dare take down the picture!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The banana cake is very nerdy. The Doctor (from Doctor Who) loves bananas. They're a good source of potassium. Plus they're good.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Frakking toasters.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

IMHO Nerds rule the world!!!

Did love today's post still.

Dragon-con is awesome. A cake of Simi from the Dark-Hunters would rock and that might be the place to find it.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Aww that turtle makes me just want to hug it. Not eat it just hug it lol. Too darn cute. That last cake made me stare at the screen for awhile trying to figure out how the heck they got it to stay up. I say invisible duct tape lol.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

That last cake is like an elephant's graveyard for wedding cakes, where the wedding cakes go to die.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

The last picture is like the wedding cake version of an elephant graveyard. It's where the older wedding cakes all go to die.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

This post was a breath of fresh air. I admit, I am one of the nerd-cake haters. I used to read CW every day, but it got to a point where every other day, the theme was video games or wizards or Star Wars or Star Trek or Star Somethingelse. (well, if felt that way, anyhow.) I thought at one point, John and Jen should start another blog all about their geeky passions so we can go back to just funny cake wrecks (and when I say "we", I really mean John and Jen since it is their blog after all and they can do whatever they want and I am just an admirer who doesn't share their geekier passions). But then you DID start the other blog and the cakes here were still running 5:1 nerdy cakes (am I exaggerating again here? yeah, probably a bit).

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, "thanks for dialing the nerd factor down a notch."

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Ah, the highlight of my creative week is the major artwork of cakes I find upon this site. The butterflies are my favorite, simply because of the color, and butterflies are cool. I might start drawing again.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

on further reflection I can see that if you put tea in the tea pot cake it would all just run out as the spout is totally wrong, so it is definitely a wreck. The trtle cake is just too real to eat and the sushi and bacon cupcakes? Im a vegetarian! and no I am not pedantic!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

There's absolutely nothing wrong with nerds and nerdy cakes!

That said, I did enjoy all of the cakes in today's post, especially the DRD. Yes, I know it's a ladybug, but my first thought was "Cool, a DRD!" *sigh* I miss Farscape.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSulien

Based on the number of comments on EPBot, I'd imagine that the "Non-nerd" contingent isn't really all that large.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Marie

thanks for keeping the non-nerdy post still nice and nerdy! Delicious.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Well, I don't know who told you guys that you post too much nerdy stuff but that's quite rude.... I mean, it's YOUR blog so you get to post what in the hell you like, right? And, having said that, I quite like the fact that nearly all the cakes featured have some kind of nerdy connotation. So, well done there!

I find the Hadron cake less than appealing (why would you order a traditional cake at all, let alone a pile of them?) but the turtle was out of this world beautiful.

Teapot - Russell
Sub - Homer Simpson
Ladybird - ladybird children's books?
Turtle - Terry Pratchett
Pile of horrible cakes - Hadron
Butterflies - chaos theory
M.A.C - Ok you got me there. Although I am a nerd and I LOVE M.A.C.
Birds - twitching is uber nerdy

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZarich

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