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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)

These are too good to be wrecks. And Sarah is the coolest 6 year old ever.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe_SprinkleMaster

Love it.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Oh Snap.
That is one awesome kid.
This gives me a great idea for my possible birthday cake.....

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMythology

LOL I love Darth on MY little Pony. That is priceless. My niece needs that cake :)

July 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJunk car CFA

Wow. Darth Vader seems to be in competition with Batman for the title of "Comedy Gold."


July 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilhelmina

I would LOVE to see Darth Vader take on Dora the Explorer.

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

There is now a copy of Sarah's cake up over on My Food Looks Funny. Evidently even older people love her designs too!

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEtha

There are great. They actually get better with every passing year. Vader swatting Tinkerbell!! lol

August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I am the assistant manager at my local DQ. I decorate most of the cakes we send out. Oh lord, is it a real pain in the butt when you are literally working against the clock.

If I have an elaborate or fancy order, I usually have to work on it in sections and rotate out which cakes I work on. The "been sat on" look happens to some of our Chillabration cakes in the box. I guess they get melty in transport and the cardboard stays don't always work.

Kudos to the boy who did the pony cake. I get tickled pink when I get the chance to do nerdy cakes.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTomato

I was looking on here for inspiration (of the NON-wreck kind...) and saw this.

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE these, especially the MLP one. Showed them to my 9yo daughter and 6yo son, who both play with Star Wars and MLP's. Yes, he's a boy, don't judge. LOL They totally flipped out!! How cool is Sarah, and her parents. OMG bonus points for the Death Star cutie mark.

That guy does have a future in cake decorating!

November 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Vader and Voldemort Vs. Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter? Do It! I'm begging you!
(Did I spell you-know-who's name wrong? oops.)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatWag

I think Darth should be cuddling with a puppy. Hmmm, maybe for my next birthday?

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

LOL those cakes are amazing!!! I think i'm going to get a decorated cake this year, or make one :D Love the Darth Veader and My Little Poney idea, epic. LOL
~ Stormkitten77

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstormkitten77

Love the MLP:FiM (My Little Pony: Force is Midichlorians) one! I can almost hear Obi-wan Zecora saying "That's no nightmare moon. It's a space stable.".

May 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Cache

When my brother got married, he and his wife had to decide on a cake topper. She picked Belle from Beauty and the Beast. He had initially wanted to get Beast from the X-Men, but couldn't find one the right size. They wound up with Belle holding hands with Batman. I think that's a perfectly acceptable substitute.

June 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterValentine

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