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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.

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- Jen
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Sep122010

Sunday Sweets: Dreaming of Dragon*Con

As you know, John and I were at the ultimate geek gathering, Dragon*Con, last weekend.

[wistful sigh]

Ah, how I miss my people.

Fortunately, I have this week's awesome Sweets line-up to help heal the hurt.

By Nicole D., an amateur baker. (!!) Found here.

Beware the Cthulhu, a monstrous creature of gargantuan size which evokes terror in all it encounters!!

He also likes ice cream.

Made by Rebecca H, another hobby baker, and based on the artwork "Cthulu's Day Out" by Ursulav.



You score 10 geek points if you can correctly identify this next cake:

By Jane's Cakes

A better angle:


Did you get it? Did you guess Disc World?

Yes?


Wow, you guys are GEEKS. Yeesh.

:D

Here's a close up of the top:


That's all sugar! Oh, and it was a wedding cake.

Yep, these are my people, I tell ya.

Who out there remembers these?


Excellent.

If you're familiar with my other blog, Epbot, then you know one of my current obsessions is steampunk. Steampunk was also huge at Dragon*Con this year, with a fashion show, exhibition, and enough costumes to make this geek girl giddy.

So, imagine my glee when I saw this:

By Pastrygirl

Awww yeeeeah.

I'm not sure who this next chibi character is, but she's fondant-free and absolutely adorable:

I still can't get over the fact that Don uses nothing but icing to get that incredible shading. Wow.

[Update: I'm told this is "Saber from Fate Stay Night." Here's hoping that means something to somebody out there. :)]

And finally, a fitting homage to Dragon*Con:


Detail shot:

And that's it! Thanks very much to all of you lovely readers who found us and said hello last weekend; it was a blast meeting you! I can't wait to do it all over again next year.

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (142)

There is not enough squee for that post, especially as I just made a Pratchett reference on WoW and got chirping crickets. Seriously. NO ONE said ANYTHING. Anyway, I also adore all of Ursula's stuff, so seeing Happy Cthulhu made me giggle as well. :D

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTindi

I squealed when I saw the Discworld cake. I have almost all of his books, they can be impossible to find used here in the States.

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Jeebers Crisp! Details! That is way awesome. Especially th turtle that carries the world. I love mythology and these mythological cakes are excelent. The old Actari system is way cool too!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershikishinobi

@Kat...

I've been helping you out there, I donated the entire Discworld collection (to that point) to Goodwill to free up some space on my bookshelves a few years ago, and have been regretting it ever since. Yes, I'm in the process of re-buying books that I've already spent money on, never mind read.

The Great a'Tuin floored me, as did Chthulu. Today's post put me in geek paradise.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercorianne

Wow I love all of these cakes but that dragon has me going WANT WANT WANT so much hubby had to take a look lol. I normally just sit and stare in awe but that cake just has me drooling in glee. Beautiful!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I did a Discworld cake eons ago for my hubby. It was one of my first cakes, actually. I've always agreed that Jane's is better than mine by far, but I did record my construction process and have had a tutorial posted for ages, in case any of the commenters desperate for one want to make their own:

http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/cakes/discworld/discworld.html

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

For the commenter who wants something like Discworld to read: Try Tom Holt, he has a similar irreverant sense of humour.

I love the Discworld cake - I sent it in as its the same person who did my wedding cake.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvilm

First of all, LOVE the Great A'Tuin cake! (If it were mine, I'd want little Rincewind and Two Flower figures tumbling over the edge... or caught in the Rim Net)

Secondly, the only video games we ever owned as children were Atari!

Thirdly... this is possibly my favourite Sunday Sweets post. Ever. (Though, Jon's Harry Potter ones are pretty fabulous, too.)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdele

That is one amazing Great A'Tuin, and the way the water cascades over Tubul, Jerakeen, Berilia and Great T'Phon is fab! (do I get bonus points for naming them all?)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterButterfly Design

Goodness, that Discworld Cake is better than any figurine of Great A'tuin I've ever seen! Its pure madness, who would eat a masterpiece like that? I'd cry if I saw someone cutting into it. I'm a huge discworld fan, Pratchett is a god with pen & paper (*pun intended*), I especially enjoyed his last works with Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mc Feegles :D I just finished "I shall wear Midnight" yesterday. Thank you very much for showing me this cake. I shall drool over it for all eternity.

Yours,
Akhuna

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatharina

SEIBAH!!!!!!!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree with what She said... and do we get a bonus roll for being able to name ALL the cake-y references??
For once, I can stand proud in my geekishness, because I'm in good company :-)

kez

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! We were at Dragon*Con too! I got lots of pictures. I do think that Gingerbread Man was following me and my hubs around throughout the entire convention. It was a little strange! :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandi

I LOVE the Atari cake! *want*

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

My eldest asked to go to school as the Great A'tuin for World book day when he was 6. So I knew who the turtle was immediately! Spent ages on the costume which we thought looked great... but none of the children (or parents) understood who he was and kept asking him if he was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He was not impressed!

Loving the geeky sweets!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrawn to Caricature

The Discworld cake is made of so much win, I could explode.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMay

Wow, thanks for the photos! The Discworld Cake was excellent!
And yes, I miss the DragonCon atmosphere as well - everyone was so darn polite down there!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJelly

I was at DragonCon too!!! Had a wonderful time! The best place to get your geek on! :D :D

And as always, the Sunday sweets are FABULOUS!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I'm impressed they did a chibi Saber well enough that i had to resist the urge to squee when i saw it. (and i say that as a guy of course)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

Terry Pratchett, FTW!!! Possibly the yummiest version I could imagine of Discworld.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

...I need a discworld cake. OMG.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKassiane

DISCWORLD. I wish I could have that cake for my wedding. I don't think i'd get much argument either. xD

@The Nolans, if you're looking for a similar kind of humour, try books by Jasper Fforde. It's not as much high fantasy, but I highly recommend his writing.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I identified the discworld instantly. I even have the word "pictsie" as my license plate. No one has ever asked me if it was related. Anyway, I am glad I am not alone in the multiverse.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPratchett Fan

I was just barely intorduced to steampunk via etsy.com last week. I was searching for a locket for my birthday, and found some awesome steampunk lockets, and cuff links. you should check it out if you haven't already:)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Joy

Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett rah rah rah!!! P.S. to Shieldmaiden96- I'm a UU and we had a sermon based on Small Gods once-it was a beautiful thing :).

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I can not tell you how much I now regret my perfectly adorable wedding cake, (which had turtles on it!), now that I have seen the A'Tuin cake from Discworld. You have ruined a perfectly good cake memory.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynnette DePung

De-lurking to say "Yay for the Discworld cake!" I'm also thrilled to see so many Pratchett readers here -- my husband and I are in the process of re-reading the entire collection, and don't know anyone else who reads them (we have tried to get some of our friends turned on to the Discworld series, but no luck so far...)

The cake is exquisite, and I'd love to get one for my husband's next birthday.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertle

Yay! A Discworld cake! And they even got the sun going over it. Fabulous. :o)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

Ahhhh, Discworld!!! Awesome. And yes, I'm old enough to remember the Atari. Also, the steampunk thing makes me laugh uncontrollably especially since I'm also obsessed with the ongoing Regretsy "things that are not steampunk"....

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

That Discworld cake (and yes, I guessed instantly) is the best thing I've ever seen. Made of cake and sugar, I mean.

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRedHead

There is an amazing Steam Punk cake that was done for this wedding if you have not seen it yet. http://www.empblog.com/?p=2295

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Turtle Moves!

September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarenG

Ah! Discworld!!! I <3 those books. And that cake is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing that awesomeness, it really made my day!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFräulein Emma

Very cute, thanks for the photo shot.

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrental mobil

I'm actually friends with Mur from the Cthulhu cake! How cool!!!

September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMae

I can't thank you enough for posting the Discworld cake... It's my wedding cake!
Jane is my mother, and I happened to be at her house reading your blog when I saw the pictures! I screamed, 'My wedding cake is on Cake Wrecks!' and she got the wrong idea and thought you hated it! I had to set her straight! Thanks again! X
(Yes, I hated having to cut it, but it was delicious!)

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicola

Discworld wedding cake?! Incredible!! And that dragon is mindblowing!!! So much awesomeness *mind explodes*

Hahahaha XD

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

It is great to see so many Disc World fans...I'm glad to see I'm not the only one ...I have to say that cake is incredible!!! The attention to detail is phenominal and spot on. What a very lucky bride :)

Maybe someone should email a pic of it to Terry Pratchett? I think he would appreciate it...not many authors can boast that their books get turned into wedding cakes :)

Ali

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It is quite obvious. The girl in the second-to-last picture is me in chibi form.

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah A

Do I get 2x nerd points for being only fourteen and identifying the Terry Pratchett cake?

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Yay you'll be at Dragon*Con this year! Do you have a dealer's table? Where do you usually hang out?

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Amazing smaug!

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElanor

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