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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)

Oh, and Mika, as far as I'm aware is a girl's name. But even if it wasn't, why couldn't a drag queen or a transvestite have a beautiful cake with make-up on and the name Mike written on it?

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZarich

How could anyone possibly cut that turtle cake?? SOOOOOO CUTE!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlizzied

Cool cakes! I suspect that last tower of cakes is just their old styrofoam displays from the showroom since it isn't on a base they could carry anywhere.


August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is it super nerdy that I saw the Toaster and thought of BSG? Probably.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHH

Re: the last cake. I want a slice off the bottom cake! Does it have its own gravity well?

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, the banana and the turtle and the mac make up kit are by far the best. The turtle actually does look really real! Amazing guys

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

Is that bacon on that cupcake?

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjilly-bear

That turtle cake is absolutely amazing! I want one!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sorry, the turtle cake is TOTALLY nerdy, if for no other reason than the fact that as soon as I saw it I had the "I like turtles!" techno remix running through my noggin.

I like turtles!
I like turtles!
I like turtles, turtles, turtles.

If it prompts a meme memory, it's nerdy.
WV: ansur- The turtle cake is nerdy and that's my final ansur.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthesacredandtheprofane

no no no, the teapot is not geeky because of Russell. it's the Utah teapot, people! the original gold standard of computer 3D drawing:

i l(ed)ol when i saw it first.

and i don't know why a drag queen or crossdresser would have the name "Mike" on a cake -- she'd have her female name there.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I dig the sandwich. I also love the one with the toaster. Carohdrates rock. Thanks for posting something that has nothing to do with *ugh* steampunk, video games, vampires *double ugh* or Doctor Who. I LIKE Dr. Who, AND Monty Python, and even Red Dwarf. I just don't go around quoting skits or acting life my life revolved around it, or dressing up as characters and meeting in convention halls. Not anymore. Look, I like eggplant, but I don't have a blog about it, nor a T shirt. an Eggplant cake might be nice, though.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Davis


August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

The turtle cake was lovely, although I'm with all the others who would have difficulty slicing into it. Far too realistic!

The MAC cake was interesting, the Toaster one was a bizarre (but well done), and the big banana-- I'm sure there was a story behind that one!

Adore the Collider cake-- my friends who are engineers have definitely influenced me, because I'm left wondering how they assembled that (if it is cake rather than sculptulre)!

As for the nerdy issues-- first, I like LOJ's definitions. Second: while I don't get a lot of the references to movies, TV shows, books etc on this blog, I still still find J&J's posts hilarious, the readers' comments entertaining, and the cakes appalling (or spectacular, if it's Sunday). I'm a little puzzled by people complaining about it-- if they don't like the blog, why are they reading it???

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Oh wow! Those are amazing cakes! My favorites are the ladybug, the butterflies, and the sea turtle.

By the way, as a nerd (though maybe in some different ways,) I fully love and appreciate any nerdiness shown. :)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaz

I love it! That last cake was amazing. I could look at it forever! How and why?
Thanks for the hilarious commentary, as always.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer R.

See this is why my DM says we're such a weird group. My entire gaming group is made up of people who love to cook. Our sessions have included arancini di riso, homemade gouda, homemade artisan breads (boules and focaccia), stir frys, curries with naan, and pretty much anything else we set out mind to.

And that sea turtle is way too scientifically accurate not to be a nerd cake. It needed to be googly eyed and a tortoise on the beach.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Another non-nerd standing up to be counted. Been a CW regular pretty much since the beginning but I rarely comment because I'm just not as witty as the regular posters (you know who you are!!)

Love the blog - nerdy, non-nerdy, what ever - if it's cake it's all good to me.

John - I think that "anonymous" who left the ridiculous comment about y'all being mean and sarcastic must have been a troll. No one who regularly reads CW would feel that way. The post was "punny" and tongue-in-cheek as always.

I am vexed by the comment by Colleen Marie at 3:59 am "Based on the number of comments on EPBot, I'd imagine that the "Non-nerd" contingent isn't really all that large."

Uh. . . what do the comments on EPBot have to do with the contingent on CW? EPBot IS a nerdy, steampunk (I had to Google that) blog so of COURSE there are a lot of "nerdy" readers.

Cake Wrecks is about cake and wrecks (clever, no?) which can be loved and appreciated and snickered at by ALL of us. Amen.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelscairns

as another anonymous poster mentioned, the last cake isn't actually a cake. It is a sculpture. I am 99.999% sure it is featured in this video about the behind the scenes of making the Album cover and booklet for Katy Perry's new album.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheAmber

Really and truly the last cake is just one big mess. I didn't favor it at all. It looks like the garbage can after I've cleaned out the refrigerator of bad food.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj-e-k-k-a

The tower of cakes reminded me of this sculpture at our local airport-it is called "Sampson" and has a very similar architecture-but with less frosting!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereilonwy

for a bit more info on the last cake check out this article...awesome sunday sweets as usual john! keep em commin!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

That last one made me take pause. Wow. Epic cake is epic.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPlum

Because sandwiches are for jocks.*

Sillies! Didn't you know that" rel="nofollow">jocks are just sports geeks? (Or so says the fine print. And by the way, fine print is for nerds.)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

So...I originally wasn't going to go to Dragoncon. But, now my boyfriend's going. And it's right down the street from me. AND you guys are gonna be there...I now feel obligated.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

Mad props to you for Large Hadron Collider reference!! :)

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHellTygr

A cake with a power cord is nerdy. I can't prove it. It just is.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterserns

the collider cake is the most awesome, amazing feat of edible delight I want to worship it then order a keg of milk and have a big party! then roll in the remains and run naked thru Chico State campus.... again!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentery

'Tower of Cakes' is an excellent name for a band. Like 'Tower of Power', only nerdy. ;-)

wv: tameme.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Gosh, some truly amazing cakes here - there really are some talented people in the world!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

OMG - I am so excited that you posted my toaster cake (and it was on a SUNDAY!) My goal in life is to never end up in one your weekday posts - ha ha! Love the comments about toasters being nerdy... if only you knew what I big cake nerd I really am. :)

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarj

Being a geeky girl myself, I must point out that the turtle (or tortoise) bears a striking resemblance to the Great A'Tuin from Terry Pratchett's Discworld, and therefore is disqualified as being nerdy. But cute...definitely cute.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJura Kitten

Obviously the sandwich was one of the sandwiches made by Arthur Dent when he was the official sandwhichmaker on the planet Lamuella, in the book, Mostly Harmless. So yes it is geeky.

The butterflies remind me of those pretty blue butterflies in the Corpse Bride. So yes its geeky to.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If the tower cake is a sculpture then....

The cake is a lie


August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermystic_eye_cda

These cakes are great! I love the flowers on the teapot, and the Hadron Collider cake is hilarious (especially with the caption :)


August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

A turtle! There's good eating on one of those!

(or maybe it's a small god...)

WV: orvele:
Orvele Reddenbacker is *deffinately* a nerd.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenamarie


That is all.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTindi

Wow, that turtle cake is SO realistic looking! I actually had to really like closely to realize it was actually cake and not a real turtle!


September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

Looks like the last baker tried to divide by zero...

September 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As I'm sure fellow Doctor Who fans have pointed out before me SOMEWHERE in 188 previous comments, the banana can totally be nerdy.

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDorie

Every time someone claims the hadron collider could cause a black hole, my nerdy husband dies a little inside. ;-)

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersailor-titan

*Tips virtual hat in recognition of awesomeness*

I SO want that banana cake for my next birthday!!

That turtle is CAKE??!! I thought it was real!


November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDragon-girl

*Tips virtual hat in recognition of awesomeness*

I SO want that banana cake for my next birthday!!

That turtle is CAKE??!! I thought it was real!


November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDragon-girl

Ah you forget. Bananas are the NERDIEST of all foods. Its the Doctors Favorite.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergigi-tastic

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