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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: 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... 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

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...


Look, this is harder than it looks, Ok?


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


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 (119)

If there really is any meaning to the binary, it's certainly not 8-bits ASCII. The following Python script cycles through all 8 possible "starting points" for bytes and prints the ASCII equivalent of each. Nothing but gibberish comes out. It's no better in 7 bits, either.

My guess is it's random, and from the looks of it, probably a human random generator too. I wrote down 390 bits, so you'd expect at least a handful of strings of five ones, but there are none.

#!/usr/bin/env python

cake = [

for line in cake:
for drop in range(0, 8):
cropped = line[drop:]
cropped = cropped[:len(cropped) / 8 * 8]
for i in range(0, len(cropped), 8):
char = chr(int(cropped[i:i+8], 2))
if char >= ' ':
print char,
print '?',

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThomas ten Cate

These cakes are amazing! What on earth are they doing on a "Cake Wrecks" website?

"And I think the bottom tier is... Metropolis? Maybe?"

Looks more like the Hall of Justice. I used to watch the Super Friends cartoon show as a kid.

"Look! It's Epcot!"

This makes me wonder if Epcot center will look like the Deathstar after it grays with age.

"No clue. I see math and hearts."

Others here have already given the link to the comic strip that inspired this. You could read one of these as "What is the root of love?", another as "What is the identity of love?" and so on. Regardless, it seems that the underlying joke here is "our normal way of finding answers [using mathematical operations] doesn't work for us when we try to examine love."

"Is it... Zelda? Made of Lego?"

No, it's different Nintendo game characters (Link, Zelda, and the Super Mario Brothers mushroom) intentionally made to look like the old, lower-resolution (8-bit) video games. This is how they originally looked compared to today's standards.

"Portal! Jen and I are actually playing the co-op version now."

Hmm, I thought it was a reference to Logan's Run when I first saw it.

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill M.

The math and hearts one is XKCD, I think.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah3lizabeth

Just in case no one told you yet, the one with the stick figures and the equations on it is actually a physics joke. =) it's really funny to math nerds.

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Weite

Wow! That xkcd cake is the best wedding cake E.V.E.R. - bar none. My DH is a mathematician, and I am not joking you, when he and I first got together, I found a whole sheet of equations he once created to try to figure out why his ex-girlfriend dumped him. I love that man!

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGood2bQueen

A few weeks late to the party, but the bottom tier in the Batman/Wonder Woman cake is definitely the" rel="nofollow">Hall of Justice, first seen on Super Friends but later back-ported into the Justice League comics that the show was loosely based on (and the rather more-faithful Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons on Cartoon Network).

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

I just want to point out that the "math love" cake (xkcd) ris clearly a Naveregnide (Evan Edinger) (from YouTube) cake.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Ariel up there is right. That is totally Union Terminal (aka The Cincinnati Museum Center)! I "eep"d when I saw it. :)

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah S.

I wonder if the Mario cake had this for their first song??

It's called Mario Kart Love Song :)

September 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmberle

This is three months after the post, but did you guys hear? The creator of XKCD and his fiancee are getting married!!!

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Or rather, they got married :D
(sorry for spamming, next time I'll get my facts straight before I post)

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

The "EPCOT" Star Wars cake has the true mark of geek genius: they actually put 2 suns on Tatooine!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan.

The robot Godzilla is MECHA-GODZILLA. Built to fight Godzilla off. forget how that one ends.... :(

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuckteefa(wrecker)


November 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfinn

Shouldn't the portal cake be a pie???

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady Licata

Bottom tier of the batman cake is the "Hall of Justice"

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmika

These are awesome!!!I love them all!

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

The star wars wedding (cake) would have been a fun one to attend and be behind the camera! I am sure that was not the only star wars themed decor in the room. Love the cakes, thank you for sharing.

October 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWedding Photographer

oh wow! I love these!

February 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

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