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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.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
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Jun262011

Sunday Sweets: Geek Wedding Cakes!

Hi guys! john (the hubby of Jen) here. Jen asked me to write Sweets this week since she is apparently "busy" doing "everything else." (What? I moderate comments!)

Now, the problem is that today we have thoroughly awesome geek wedding cakes, and I am not, in the strictest sense of the word, a geek. At least, not to the degree which I've married into. However, for your entertainment and enlightenment I will now valiantly attempt to decipher these cakes without the help of Jen OR the interwebs. (May the Shwartz be with me!)

Right then! Our first cake...

...is something steampunky! (Is that a word?) The gears and general awesomeness give it away. I also guarantee that when Jen and I get married again (to each other, I mean), our wedding cake will be something like this.

Oh, good, another easy one:

Submitted by Jess; baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?

Batman and Wonder Woman! Great colors. And I think the bottom tier is... Metropolis? Maybe?

K, now they're getting harder:

Sub'd by Amanda H. and made by Dufflet

Right. The adorable mushroom toppers are from a Mario game, and the cake is decorated in binary. Booyah. Just don't go asking me to translate it. (And if you do, I'll guess it's something like "In geekiness, and in ├╝ber geekiness, I thee wed.)


Now we're getting old school:


Oh yeah. PacMan and Mrs. PacMan! I missed a lot of my childhood because of those two. And PacMan should always wear a top hat, don't you think?

Look! It's Epcot!


Sub'd by Leah M. and made by Vallum House Cakes

Just kidding. (It's Spaceship Earth) (And no, that actually doesn't ever get old.)

Actually, I know that the thing on the side is an AT-AT because Jen has a baby one on her desk, and I know that Chewy would not be marrying an Ewok. (Though it's adorable on the cake.)

Okay! I'm on a roll! This next one is...um...

Sub'd by Chris M. and made by Pink Cake Box

No clue. I see math and hearts. Is there a video game with math and hearts? No?

(Why is Jen sighing so loudly behind me? And what is xkcd?)

Oh boy, I'm gonna get in trouble for this next one:


Sub'd by Maj G.; baker unknown

Is it... Zelda? Made of Lego? I don't... I never played it, so...

*sigh*

Look, this is harder than it looks, Ok?

Uh-oh..

Made by redpanda19

Oh! Oh! I know this! What is that show called?!? It's on the tip of my mind. It's got Bender and... that cyclops lady... Futurama!

Haha! And I've never even seen it!

Also, that crash-landing into the cake thing is genius.

This one I definitely know:

Cake by Queen of Cakes and topper by Sweet Frost Tops

Portal! Jen and I are actually playing the co-op version now.
(Well, not now now. I'm writing this post now. You get the idea.)


On a side note, I just realized something: If you write "The cake is a lie" on a cake, isn't that statement itself a lie? Technically, the lie is a lie since the cake is a cake.

Aaand now my brain hurts.

Let's wrap this up with one of my favorite cakes of all time, made by a baker who made one of our book tour cakes in Austin:

By Coco Paloma Desserts; photo by Sweet Caroline Photography


Godzilla!

And also a... transformer version of Godzilla?

Ya know, I just realized: I've never seen Godzilla. So Transformer Mrs. Godzilla could totally be in there. Huh.


Here's another angle:

Aaaamazing. Especially when you realize that the 'Zillas are edible. 'Cuz, oh yes, they are.

(And speaking of figures, did you notice the bride is holding the groom? Too funny.)

Well, I hope you enjoyed these geeky wedding Sweets, everyone. And if you have a Sweet of your own you'd like to share, please send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.

Oh, and have a great Sunday.

I'll be playing Portal.

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Reader Comments (117)

Second cake, bottom tier - That's clearly Cincinnati, OH. I mean that's Union Terminal right there.

(Yes, this is a joke because there is a rumor that the Hall of Justice was based on Union Terminal - http://boingboing.net/2009/03/25/inspiration-for-supe.html)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Cool. I just finished making a Stargate cake.

John, are you trying to get the Death Star to blast you? Can I be on a different planet first?

These cakes today are just cool. Awesome incarnate but I think the Portal cake seems to be trying to divide by 0.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

Isn't the steam punk cake from Girl Genius?

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjilltanith

@John I know I'm going to regret this, but were you kidding when said that the Death Star was Spaceship Earth?

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

an AT-AT walker on a wedding cake!! dang, I may just have to get married to get me one of those...are you allowed to have wedding cake without a wedding cause that would be EPIC WIN. (sigh)

-Barbara Anne

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh, this is so perfect-- I just left browsing the xkcd comics to check out today's sweets!

That wonderful cake (I absolutely love it!) was likely inspired by this comic: http://xkcd.com/55/

The binary one is my 0010 favourite. (I pity that poor decorator who had to painstakingly cover it with 1s and 0s! They did a fab job)

Never seen Futurama, but the collision is adorable. And I'm hopeless with most computer games (gave up due to pac man, in fact), but I did love lego as a kid. (ooo, a snood or tetris or tesserae or spider solitaire or angry birds cake would be cool... those are games even I can play!)

Always love Sunday Sweets, especially when the cake make me smile :)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

Steampunk Cake: I love the colors and detail!

Batman & Wonder Woman: I would agree on the bottom tier being the Hall of Justice from Superfriends

"Mushroom cake": No-one brought up the fact that the green mushroom is a 1-up mushroom and the blue one is a mini-mushroom (shrinks Mario to mini-Mario)

Pac-Man : Can you name the ghosts? Blinky (red), Pinky (pink duh), Inky (Blue) and Clyde (Orange)

Star Wars: Yes it's the Death Star. I would guess that the layers represent each of the 3 movies. (the original three) The first layer would be the "first" movie since it has a completed Death Star. The second layer would be Hoth from Empire. The Third would be Endor from Return. (BTW: Chewie was originally supposed to be from Endor until he came up with the Ewoks)

XKCD: i loose geek points on this one, but I'll have to check it out

Zelda: Yes 8-bit Link and Zelda. I love the little Tri-Force above them

Futurama: YAY! Bender, Hermes, Amy, Prof. Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Nibbler, Leela, and Fry. Perfect landing.

Portal: so they are jumping down into the portal on the bottom and popping up through the portal on the top. (brain not trying to reason cake = lie)

Godzilla: I love how Mechagodzilla is "Wrecking" the cake.

OK my geekiness is subsided.... a great try but let Jen handle the geeky cakes. Or you could both post on those, you could guess first :)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so glad that my brother and his wife have been married for several years now, or he'd be having an utter fit trying to find someone to replicate the Godzilla (Gojira) cake!

WV: Verpla. "The verpla blade went 'snicker-snack' . . ."
(Come on, give me some slack, OK?)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

John, I don't get the math and hearts either. But...I do love the idea of a big strong Wookie falling in love with a little short Ewok. And the old-school Zelda is great! Years ago a friend's kids gave me thier old Super NES when they got the next thing (gamecube?). The first game I played on it was Legend of Zelda. I still feel regret that I played it all the way to the last level and never beat the final level. :-( Great post!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

I love, love, LOVE the first cake! I don't think I could eat it though. I think I might just put it on my mantle and leave it there till it rots.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaprice

especially since chewie's already married (mallatobuk) and has a son (lumpawarump)..... aaaand now i feel geeky again, so thank you. :).

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercalissta7

I plan on playing portal as well ! Achievement unlocked wreckie

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterninja dude 11

Oh no! The Portal bride and groom aren't wearing Long-Fall Boots! They're going to hurt themselves. :C

Also, I have no plans to get married ever, but that xkcd cake makes a hell of an argument for it.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCommon Nonsense

Love, Love, LOVE! the Godzilla cake. When my boys were little, they played with Godzilla and Mechagodzilla toys that look just like those, so I thought the figures by the cake were plastic. Imagine my glee to find out they are real! And the fact that Mecha-G is demolishing the cake is so inspired. Great job today!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercal

Jen is AWESOME for having an AT-AT (Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back) on her desk! Star Wars is my favorite thing....guess that makes me a geek, but that's ok!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Oh wow. Oh. WOW! I LOVE that xkcd cake!! *jawdrop* Love it, I say! I hope Randall saw it!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix

Eeee, Zelda 1! I still remember how excited I was to have finally saved enough for those cartridges, even though I only ever finished Zelda 2.

Also, c'mon, link the right one on XKCD: http://www.xkcd.com/55/

<3 <3 <3

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrystalline

XKCD: A webcomic [for] romance, sarcasm, math, and language [geeks].

If you're new readers, you'll want to know two things:

1. Every comic has an alt-text (side note, extra punchline, random fact), which you find by hovering your mouse over the actual comic until a text box shows up.

2. Use the random button. It's fun.

Enjoy!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeska

EPCOT...Metropolis...and probably several more "faux pas" that are over my head! You are either a glutton for punishment or one who simply gets devious passive-aggressive pleasure from messing with people. You crack me up!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillb-ilslp

I love xkcd!!!!
That is an /awesome/ cake!
18th birthday cake idea??? I think so!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

As a closest geek and husband of the owner of Pink Cake Box, I was blown away how popular the XKCD cake has become. Anne has done all sorts of crazy/unique cakes over the years and the response to the XKCD cake has BY FAR has exceeded all other cakes in her portfolio.

For those that want more information, here is the post:

http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/xkcd-comic-wedding-cake-2010-09-05.htm" rel="nofollow">http://blog.pinkcakebox.com/xkcd-comic-wedding-cake-2010-09-05.htm

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjesseheap

I thought that ball on top of the star wars cake was the death star. But I'm admittedly not a geek, so I'm probably wrong.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those were AWESOME! As was your commentary, LOL! I love, love, love the Godzilla cake! Makes me want to get married - gotta meet a suitable man first, LOL. I think I'll share this on my blog.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Moreno

Oh... hi.

I was just in here to point and laugh at everyone who felt the need to make a correction about Epcot.

Yeah... I'll just move along now.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Ahh I love that cake is a lie lmao. Would eat it anyway and enjoy it mwhahahaha. All of them are way too cute especially the Star Wars one.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I can't believe someone ruined a perfectly good cake with that terrible webcomic.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My wedding cake made it onto Cake Wrecks, my life is complete! It was definitely worth barely anyone at the wedding understanding the cake for it to be on Cake Wrecks lol!

I hope you're loving Portal 2! Now you can settle all marital disagreements with a game of paper, scissors, rock! ;)

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMy Husband Is Wrong

If you write "The cake is a lie" on a cake, isn't that statement itself a lie? Technically, the lie is a lie since the cake is a cake.

Paradox time.

THIS. SENTENCE. IS. FALSE. Don'tthinkaboutitdon'tthinkaboutitdon'tthinkaboutit....

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Parsing the binary on cake 3 requires knowing where the start bit is. Since there is no beginning or end to a ring, there is no start bit. Meanwhile, Mario gets an extra life, but he also gets smaller. Moving right along...

Since "The cake is a lie" is part of the cake, the statement must be a lie as well. Therefore, the cake is true and the statement is a paradox. Like the statement, "there is no absolute truth." To which I reply, "are you absolutely sure?"

John was 'speaking' in the post, but down at the bottom is the usual 'posted by Jen'. What does it all mean?!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I found it very sad that John's never seen a Godzilla movie.

For some reason, I always watch Godzilla whenever I have the flu. Japanese comfort food?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate Halleron

spaceship earth? my soul just doed a little bit

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersyd

My cake made it onto Sunday Sweets! This made my day (week . . . year!) And if Jen and John ever do renew their vows, I will fly to them and make them a Steampunk wedding cake!!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

I hope John was trying to be funny when he called the Death Star, Space Ship Earth. Even if it was just to see how many people would comment on it, still not funny.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yay, the Portal cake belongs to an Aussie pal of mine!

(Captcha: fedsh, which sounds like a drunk person slurring "fetish")

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWinona

Well done, John! Anyone who uses the Schwartz has all the geek points he needs.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

The last one is Godzilla and MechaGodzilla.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanus

Hey, that's my wedding cake!

I gotta give credit where it's due: the Futurama cake was made by the fine folks at the Blue Cake Company in Little Rock, Arkansas. They took our design and created a spectacular centerpiece for our big day!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

I'm imagining that the family and friends of the lady in the last one were accusing her of becoming a "Bridezilla," and she just embraced the idea and made it hers.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjbrecken

these cakes are great, but the detail i love the most is the top of the mario/code cake. looks like the baker just took and knife or little spatula and made those impressions under the characters. what a simple, beautiful way to add a little decor to the top of a tier.

amy

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I can't believe there were no bridezilla jokes made in this post...

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuse

WV: flypo - the typo made when one is typing really, really, really fast!

And I love the Futurama crash/cake - and I don't even watch the show, either, John H-O-J! Great job on explaining everything, friend.

Merry from Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nice Cake! looking one piece for this on my wedding day!

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeraldine

Not knowing what that binary code spells out is makin me crazy! lol

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was about to say that I have that same Mechagodzilla toy sitting on my desk, until you said it was cake.

(Also, he's the NEW Mechagodzilla, also known as Kiryu, from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS. He has an attractive lady pilot and an Ultimate Zero Cannon in his chest.)

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValentineBlacker

John got broken by the paradox. he's smarter than Wheatley!!

anyone? anyone remember that part?

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn

Watch Futurama. You will seriously LOVE it. I'd bet large sums of money on it. You're a fun-loving geek... how could you not love Futurama? It's really, really fantastic.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrietastic

Oh my gosh! I LOVE these cakes! I SO want the binary-mario one or the XKCD one at my wedding!

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiss

The bottom tier of the Batman/Wonder Woman cake is the Hall of Justice from Superfriends. Gawd, I'm such a geek...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_of_Justice_%28comics%29

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My friend told me ...
"For the record (and because the blog writer didn't know), the bottom tier of the Batman/Wonder Woman cake is the Hall of Justice from Superfriends. Gawd, I'm such a geek..."

I squeeled at the binary cake and then the pac man...
Then I nearly fell out of my chair with the XKCD one. I'm so glad to see other fans enjoyed it as much as I did. :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMusic to Food

OK. So he did a good job on everything...BUT...the Star Wars cake...try again...it's not "Spaceship Earth"...that is the Death Star in Star Wars...but pretty good on the other parts of the cake :)

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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