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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

Darth's Greatest Hits

Cake Wrecks reader Jessica H. has a yearly tradition with us: she sends us her daughter's amazing Darth Vader mash-up birthday cake, and we post it.

You might remember little Sarah's 4th birthday cake:

(This was Sarah's idea, by the way. Coolest 4-year-old ever? I'm thinking YES.)

Or her fifth birthday cake:

Ok, so it kind of looks like someone sat on it. But you have to admit: the mental image of Vader swatting at Tinkerbell with his light saber is pretty darn epic.

Anyway, Sarah recently celebrated her sixth birthday, and I think you'll agree it was her best Vader mash-up cake yet:

Darth Vader, riding a My Little Pony over a rainbow.

Oh, and the Pony has a Death Star on her butt.

Frankly, just the description is made of win.

All of these cakes were made by their local Dairy Queen, and this latest masterpiece was hand-piped by "a young guy who can't have been over 19 years old," and who was apparently quite worried that he didn't get all the details quite right.

Proving there may be hope for the nation's bakeries, after all.

Many thanks again to Jessica H., and also a belated "Happy Birthday" and "May the Force be with you," to my new favorite geek girl, Sarah, who I hear was super excited to see her first two cakes on the blog. Lookin' forward to seeing what you dream up for next year, Sarah! (And may I suggest...Rainbow Brite?)

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Reader Comments (115)

I think that last one would make a fantastic tattoo...

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

No, next year definitely needs to be Darth versus th Care Bear Stare,

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Wow that's amazing! I love it!

We recently had a My Little Pony cake disaster (if you can call April recent). We asked for the pony to be hand piped, regardless of what it ended up looking like, because we love Cake Wrecks. But the bakery decided to put on that icky photo paper with the reference pic! We were so upset, we brought the cake home, scraped off the paper and piped on the pony ourselves. She ended up hideous. I deeply wish we'd had this 19 year old baker for our cake! I hope he knows he did a fantastic job!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay for Sarah and Jessica!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEG

freakin' AWESOME

(that young man needs to NEVER take a class- he's doing just great and one shouldn't mess with natural talent)

Heh. Sly girl, you snuck in a
Sunday Sweets post on a Friday!!

-Barbara Anne

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

excellent work by the dairy queen employee. well done. look forwrd to next year's cake.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertony p. elephant

and my daughter literally went SQUEEEEEEEEEEE MOMMA LOOK THERE'S MY CAKES!! and levitated off the floor. This made her whole day, seeing her cakes all in one place :) Thank you, thank you, everyone, for reassuring us that we are not the only Vader-loving pony princess geeks in the world! LOL!! keep on wreckin', y'all!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLunamothMama

Are you sure that's the Deathstar on the pony's flank? It looks like Epcot to me.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor Tarr

She-ra versus Darth Vader... would be epic.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

So...ummm...when she hits her teen years...her cakes will be Darth Vader and whatever teen pop singing sensation is hot at the moment, right? Cause those might be some EPIC cakes. ;)

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBloggity Goddess

I vote Darth vs the the Popples. Just me. :)

This kid rocks.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shenaniganizer

I just want to know if this is the girl who grew up from the "Come to the Dark side..We have cake" baby shower cake. Good beginnings, young padawan!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

That is one cool little girl. I can't wait to see what she dreams up for her next cake.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Those are awesome. My 9 yr old would LOVE them.

I suggest DV vs. Harry Potter as a future mashup.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

now they are the coolest cakes ever especially the darthveder riding my little pony over the rainbow, can't wait to see birthday 7, lol

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

What separates a decorator from a wreckerator? A decorator is concerned that he or she didn't get all the details right. A wreckerator says, "Close enough -- break time!"

Factor in that this guy had to think about what to do ahead of time -- there is no time for 'er, um' when you're racing against the thermometer.

If word hasn't yet circulated about this guy locally, it will. I hope the management is monetarily demonstrative of their appreciation.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I want the pony one, and I don't care that I'm more than four times as old as it says! =P

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhisietari

That last one is TOTALLY awesome!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacie Hogan

My birthday is coming up and for the past few years my eldest has been making my cakes. This year I'm going to have to disappoint her and have DQ do a mash-up of Vader, He-Man, Thundercats and Thundarr the Barbarian, with a couple of Smurf figurines. Oh 80's cakes how beautiful you are!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

Sarah's wedding cake is going to be freaking EPIC!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables


June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Love love LOVE the most recent cake. Major kudos to the decorator AND Sarah for the design ideas.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Sarah, you my dear win the Epic-ly Awesome award. You go girl!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyCatsRule

Love it!!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I like Tinkerbell's pixie dust counter attack. It's why DV now likes purple horses. Norine

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow!! What cool cakes... especially the latest one. A kid with a great sense of irony and humor brings hope for the future!!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPilgrim

I like it.

But the combinations commenters are asking for are just begging to be wrecked. After all, we can't all go to the same DQ. I foresee a sudden influx of Vader wrecks this year.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeabunny

1) re: Princess cake: My 4 yr old SON ran up and said make me that cake, Mommy! He's ok. We have a very addicted 16 yr old Princesss so he sees them all the time.
2) re: next year: Strawberry Shortcake...or, I like the Barbie suggestion

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwanie7

This is purely awesome.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Little Pony Vader is my favorite cake I have ever seen on your blog. EVER.

I saw a recipe once for a 'rainbow' cake where the cake batter is dyed 6 different colors and is slowly poured into the pan in 'layers', so when you cut into the cake you see once piece dyed 6 different colors. The Little Pony Vader cake is PERFECT for that! I can't wait until my birthday! 8D

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCommentsByKate

These are all great cakes. My favorite is darth riding the my little pony. I can see my own daughter loving this cake.

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

I want I want! I need I need!
-What About Bob

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was thinking Rainbow Brite would be a great option too. And I'm jealous - I want this cake for my birthday. 32 isn't too old for that, right?


June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Epic Win!

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteveandonna

Not gonna lie, best cake ever. ;)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza A.

that dairy queen employee deserves a raise..a massive raise.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNozomi

Darth Vader playing with ponies on Deviant Art!" rel="nofollow">MY TEXT

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

That's great! My 4 year old had a princess/Spider-Man party this year.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Kelly

As a former DQ employee of 8 years, I gotta say that some of our cake decorators are awesome. I knew immediately that these were DQ cakes. They are so hard to decorate because you have to be very fast or they will melt. The girl who decorates them at my old store is amazing. She gets compliments all the time on her artwork, which turns out looking quite like the pictures here. If I didn't know better, I would have sworn that she drew these. Yummy gel icing!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApathygrrl

Um, dude? That's just...effing awesome. Seriously. Dairy Queen should put that in their little idea-book thingy. And give Sarah part of the money from each one they sell.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarilla

This reminded me of a picture I found on Deviant Art:" rel="nofollow">Darth-Loves-His-Ponies

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Those cakes kick butt. Sarah is the future of nerds, and I say that as someone in a group called the Nerd Herd. We even have t-shirts.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just in case you want to edit the post, the cake with 'hearts and math' is a reference to the webcomic xkcd, which is the most wonderfully geeky webcomic ever.


June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

that is a fabulous cake! Where is this DQ with the master decorator? I need that my little pony / vader cake!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMFG! I laughed so hard I cried. I *LOVE* that last one. This child is amazeballs and her parents are brilliant for raising her to be so awesome.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hope I'm not the only one to think that Sarah's momma should print off the kudos for the decorator and take them to DQ so he can see how much good decorating on a difficult medium is admired.

Also, that's the funniest thing I've ever seen!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimmie

My 4-year-old daughter was looking over my shoulder and has requested the Darth & My Little Pony cake for her birthday in September.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

The last cake must be made into a T-shirt for the rest of the worlds enjoyment! It's Geektastic!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeenieBopper

AND DQ cakes taste great!!!

I LOVE the chocolate crunchies between layers. Yum! Yum!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangelscairns

The Darth Vader / My Little Pony cake was featured on Slashfilm's Page 2 post today:

Good thing you watermark your photos, as there is a good amount of track-back before you find anything Cake Wrecks related. This one seems to be quite popular around the interwebs!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

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