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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!

Last week you may have heard all the brouhaha over the release of Portal 2. And you may also - like me - belong to certain social subsets that not only have no interest in video games, but would, upon questioning, ask what "port holes" have to do with anything anyway.


Well, never fear, fellow gamer geeks! Because today's Sweets are all about video games, and this is a safe place to geek out *AND* enjoy amazingly made cakes.

Let's start with some old-school gamer goodness everyone will recognize:

Submitted by Erin C. & made by Hello Naomi

My favorite part? You could totally arrange the cupcakes to set up different game configurations. Maybe even do a little stop-motion animation. And then: NOMS.

Another cupcake creation that makes this girl geek squee:

Sub'd by Hareem A. & made by Clever Cupcakes

Ah, the law of miniatures: everything smaller is cuter.

Whooooo...lives in Ryan's Rapture under the sea?

Sub-ject Del-ta!

Sub'd by Barbara G. & made by her brother, Doug.

Amazing and detailed and edible is he!

Plus I love the checkered floor.

(There's another Bioshock Sweet here.)

In honor of Portal 2's release, last weekend John and I finally played the first one - finishing up right around dawn. (Have I mentioned we have a hard time quitting a game once we've started? Heh.) Needless to say, now I have a new appreciation for this companion cube groom's cake:

Sub'd by Colleen O. & made by Semiahmoo Resort

Remember: your weighted companion cube cannot speak. But if it could, I'm sure it would say, "I'm delicious."

Time for another old-school goodie:

Sub'd by Kristen C. & made by Cakes by the Pound

Who else remembers these? Eh?

(Wow. You guys are OLD.)

(Just kidding. Hey, I remember Pong! [But only because my grandparents had an old one in storage. Honest.])

Moving up to the newest handhold gaming device: your iPhone...

Sub'd by Haley B. & made by Anya Richardson

There are lots of amazing Angry Birds cakes out there now, but this was the first to go viral - and with good reason. John will tell you I've had my 'Birds obsession renewed recently with the Easter theme addition. What can I say? There's just something about knocking pink bunny ears off green pigs that's oddly...soothing. :D

Here's a game I've been meaning to try for a long time now: machinarium. It's a puzzle game you play on your computer, and it has the most *adorable* little robots:

Sub'd by Kristy L. & made by Sweet Disposition Cakes

See? ADORABLE. And just look at all that detail! Ah-MAZ-ing.

Another game I can't believe I haven't played yet is Little Big Planet:

Sub'd by Daniel K., found here, & made by Lillybit (no link)

Really, I'm just a sucker for protagonists who'd make good plushies.

More classics: we can't have a game post without Mario!

Sub'd by Michael F. & made by his talented wife.

(Love the mushroom candle holders.)

Or Zelda!

Sub'd by Valerie L. & made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

Now THAT is a groom's cake. Gorgeous.

And finally, one more iPhone game cake:

Anyone else play Cut the Rope? I did for a bit, until it got too hard for my spatially-challenged brain. John loved it, though.

Anyway, this is one of those rare Sweets that makes my jaw hit the desk. The baker used multiple techniques like modeling with krispy treats, sugar glass (for the window), stenciling, and - what I found most impressive - even made the shiny "packing tape" out of gelatin:

Truly unbelievable.

One more detail shot:


Well, that's our Sweets for today.

Now, go play!

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

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Reader Comments (71)

Love them all!! And definitely play machinarium sometime, it's a fun little game!!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirren

That Machinarium cake is *precious*! I have played it, and the robots are indeed adorable. I'm not much of a gamer but I've had a go at Little Big Planet and Cut the Rope too, and I've seen hubby play Portal so I know about the Companion Cube. Excellent cake selection this week! But I am also curious about the royal wedding cake...

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia G

Love the old school cakes! The Atari looks just like the one I used to have, but I'm sure much more tasty. I hesitate to show my son the Xbox controller because he'll want me to make. Poor deluded child thinks I can do stuff like that.

@Cami: your daughter sounds awesome to me! If I had a daughter, I would totally want a "geek girl"! I'd probably end up with the Disney Princess kind, though. :D

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

We recently did a game cake as well. World Of Goo. It was featured on a few gamer sites, including World Of Goo's 2D Boy:

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Startt's

Little Big Planet 2, has a 'enterprise' ship for the 'space' level and steampunk outfit with goggles! My daughter plays, I just watch in awe....<3

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Love the Bioshock cake, and love the Zelda cake EVEN MORE! :)

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiki

Have you guys tried "The Clockwork Man" & "The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World" yet? I finished the former in a night. ADORABLY steampunk! Also don't forget, as a side note, that Steampunk World's Fair is in Somerset, NJ, May 20-22.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmity L.

You totally need to play Little Big Planet! I'm not even a gamer and I love this game.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatiemckinna

The companion cube cake literally made me squee. I want a plushie of that thing.

"The cake is a lie."

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah B

The companion cube cake literally made me squee. I want a plushie of that thing.

"The cake is a lie."

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah B

You should be making commision on these games! I just tried cut the rope (free) and purchased the full version about 4 minutes later. Such a fun game!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Momma L,
That is the FIRST CCC I have seen and actually LIKED!!!

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous claim to have no interest in video games: "And you may also - like me - belong to certain social subsets that not only have no interest in video games...." But then your post goes on to describe all the games on which these cakes are based (all of them awesome, by the way) and which ones you've played or want to play: "In honor of Portal 2's release, last weekend John and I finally played the first one - finishing up right around dawn. (Have I mentioned we have a hard time quitting a game once we've started? Heh.)"

Curious, indeed!

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGina

How sad is it that my 3 year old immediately recognized the angry birds cake? "look, mommy, its the game on the phone" lol

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidiJ1304

You MUST play Little Big Planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in shock you haven't yet!!!!!!!

May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I heart the Cut the Rope cake!! It's absolutely impeccable! I have played that game obsessively until I beat every level with all 3 stars, which means I am oh so pathetic...but love it!

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Curnows

I love the companion cube, but there's a mistake on the Zelda cake.
Hylian shields are blue, not black.(Sorry. i'm a die-hard Zelda geek)
also: is the companion cube a lie, and it's really plastic? 'cause that's what it looks like to me...

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittleNannyWimboBot

Out of all of these, I've played four XD (Machinarium, Portal, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope). And now that you've finished Portal, you need to get Portal 2. It's very amazingly amazing. Despite the fact that you're being insulted. ("Look at you, soaring through the air like an eagleā€¦ Piloting a blimp." "You know what you are? SELFISH." "You're here because we need the best, and you are it! *Snort* Nope, couldn't keep a straight face.")

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe_SprinkleMaster

When I saw the Mario Bros. cake, I uncontrollably screamed out "Ima Wario, Ima Gonna Win!!!" and scared the crap out of my mother :) Thought you would appreciate that.

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTherese

Wow! These are awesome!

September 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa


February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie D.

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