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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: Game On

Thanksgiving is coming up (for us Americans, anyway), which means a lot of us are about to spend a lot of time with our families. When my family gets together we like to cook, eat, laugh, eat, and play a whole lot of board games. Then we eat again.

So, in the spirit of two of our favorite activities, let's get our game on!

Scrabble ALWAYS makes its way to our coffee table during the holidays:

By Cake Central user ToniRod

And it stays on the table for days because we all take hour-long turns. I'm serious. One Christmas, I played a game of Scrabble with my aunt that lasted two and a half days. (And I totally won.)


Chess, anyone?

Submitted by JH and made by The Chocolate House

I love how the tiers and floating pieces add dimension to a traditionally flat board game. Very cool!


My aunt and uncle just informed me that Settlers of Catan will be a big part of Thanksgiving this year. So I guess I should figure out what that is.

Submitted by Emily P. and made by Ann Zeleny

Meanwhile, I'll just eat these adorable cookies.


Here's an old favorite:

Submitted by Jenene D. and made by Fields of Cake

Chinese Checkers is kinda like that game at Cracker Barrel where you have to jump the pegs, right? Except it's much harder and doesn't come with dumplings?


Ah, here's a game I'm very familiar with... on the computer. Mah jong!

Submitted by Miriam M. and made by Blackmarket Bakery

Unfortunately I have no idea how to play this in real life, though. Anybody want to teach me? Or make bracelets out of the tiles with me?


This colorful cutie has nothing to be sorry for!

Submitted by Crystal R. and made by The House of Cakes

That's "sorry," as in, "I'm sorry for eating all of the leftover pecan pie."


Here's a perfectly piped way to show the meaningful moments in a couple's life together:

Submitted by Jenn F. and made by Sweetest Perfections

So sweet! And I'd play this game a lot more if "GO TO JAIL" was always replaced with "GO TO JAMAICA."


Here's another couple who thought outside the box:

Submitted by Jenene D. and made by MichelleSugarArt

Yep, guys. That's really cake.


Make room for a childhood favorite:

Submitted by Evan N. and made by Dolce Designs

This cake makes me hungry, hungry!


And another kids' game everyone loves:

By Debbie Does Cakes

It even has gum drop mountains!


Of course, if you can't decide which game to play, why not play them all?

Submitted by Kari W.; baker unknown.

Just remember: be nice, let your little brother win, and never - NEVER - sell Boardwalk.



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


Hey Houston!  We'll see you at 2pm.  WOOHOO!!!

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Reader Comments (71)

THe last cake with the Cooties was made by Glenda Goodwitch of Goodwitch Goodies

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Those cakes bring back lots of memories---Chinese checkers with my brothers (I like the Cracker Barrel comment...), my mother's mah jongg games, Cootie, and endless games of Monopoly. Sorry was also a favorite game of ours. That first Scrabble cake is amazing! Thank you for the day brightener! I hope your next tour will include Minneapolis or St. Paul, Minnesota.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Oh wow. Just love these cakes especially my favorite game of all Monopoly! Wow what a beautiful cake!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Woohoo! Cooties!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL_Boland

Can't comment right now, feel a sudden need to play Mahjong instead ;-Þ

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren.Valinda

I just got introduced to Catan last year and I L-O-V-E it! I think you'll really get into it. Also, I'm totally in love with the Monopoly one with the couples' life. So personal!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdria

Ooh, you're going to love Settlers of Catan! After playing that game all weekend one summer, I couldn't stop thinking about trading sheep... it's great :D

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

I'm probably the only person on the planet who's never played Scrabble. I have no desire.

There. I said it.

All of the cakes are really amazing.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSalannB

You will LOVE Catan! Super-fun post!!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterETC

OMG I absolutely LOVE the Catan Cookies. Catan is probably one of my favourite board games, though I have yet to win at it >C!
I totally want them. I NEED THEM.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

I have never played Settlers of Catan, either. And am I the only nosy voyeur who wishes I could zoom in and turn that Monopoly of Life cake so I can read all the squares?

The chess cake made me think not only of Star Trek, but of The Big Bang Theory and Sheldon's invention of three-person chess.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelindaB

Cataan is the best board game ever!!! You must play it as soon as possible. I can't believe someone made cookies to look like the board -- I'm totally geeking out right now.

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVelvet

You totally have to play Settlers of Catan! My friends have been playing for years and we have all the private jokes that make people look at us strangely. Like every time you get "brick" you have to sing "She's a brick...howss!" And when you build a city you have to sing "We built this city on ore and wheat!" Then there is the ever popular, when you have "wood" and need "sheep" you have to say, "I have wood for sheep."

Trust me it's funny when you've been playing it for three hours.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My brother is mildly obsessed with Catan. As far as board games go I'm a D&D player myself, if that even counts as a board game.

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayna


But the Hungry Hippos cake is all wrong. The heads shouldn't be on the same colored bodies. Well, that's how *I* played it anyway. Always took those things apart. :D

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Catan is great! You'll love it. We've been playing for a few years...there are so many expansions - it never gets old!

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah G.

These cakes are very inspiring. I've been a die-hard board gamer for several years now, and while I don't usually play these particular games anymore, they are quite interesting to look at.

But I can't be the only one to notice that the Catan cake has one too many brick tiles, and one too few wood tiles.

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth

I know how to play mahjong. I learned from the masters (madams actually)... my two grandmas!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

All of these are very cool, but I have to ask - why there a bottle of nail polish, a nail file and fake nails on the monopoly box cake????

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosanne

The settlers cookie cake is the best.

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah R

Truly wonderful cakes...but I just gotta know if the Scrabble tiles are the actual ones, done with photo images, or unbelievably perfectly piped and cut.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kay

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