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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: Dragon Con Treats

Next weekend John and I will be among Our People at the annual nerd mecca: Dragon Con in Atlanta. That's right, geeks, WE'RE COMIN' HOME!

Naturally, I feel we should celebrate the best way I know how: with amazing cakes themed to some of the various tracks at Dragon Con. (If you've never been, DC separates its panels into 37 different "fan tracks." It's like a geeky buffet of all-you-can-attend goodness.)

You might even be surprised by the variety. For example, there's a Young Adult Literature track:

(By Sweet Blossom Cakes)

... along with a Writer's track, Fantasy Literature, & Tolkien's Middle Earth.


Alt History is where my fellow steampunks hang out:

(By Swank Cake Design)

And if you keep your eyes peeled on Saturday night, you MIGHT even see Lady Vadore stalking the halls. ;)


My friend Stephen is heading up the Science track this year, so trust me, you're gonna love it.

(By Gimme Some Sugar)

Er, but it's not THAT kind of science, kids.

(Best use of rock candy ever, or what?)


There are also tracks on Podcasting:

(By That Cake Girl)

Any Welcome To The Night Vale listeners out there?


And Puppetry:

(By Peace of Cake)

Swedish Chef will always be my flurby durby caken-schmöösher favorite. ALWAYS.
(Love how the base looks like an upside-down stew pot. So clever!)

Last year at DC some of the real, honest-to-goodness Fraggles came to visit, along with their original performers. For reals, you guys. NOSTALGIA HIGH-FIVE.


Of course there are always the big sci-fi classics, too, like Trek Track:

(By Sugar Plum Cake Shoppe)

Resistance to this stellar cake is futile.


And everything Star Wars:

(By Fancy Cakes By Lauren)

"Judge me by my flavor, do you?
Because delicious, I am."


There are even tracks for Paranormal interests, Zombies, and Horror:

(By Gayle's Bakery)

Admit it: best. horror cake. EVER.


For those of you who like to tinker, there's a Robotics and Makers' track:

(By CW reader Jane M.)


And for those who love cartoons (GUILTY!), another for Animation:

(By Sweet Disposition Cakes)

Adventure Time!


And finally, if you're wondering where all the Whovians go, that's over on Brit Track - but careful!

(By Katawampous)

Blink and you'll miss it.


Sorry I couldn't cover all 37 tracks here, but I think you guys get the idea. If you'll be at Dragon Con next weekend, too, keep an eye out for me and John - I'll have pins! - and feel free to tweet at me to arrange a meetup, since we don't tend to stay in one place for very long. You can also watch my other blog, Epbot, for more DC details and tons of coverage after the fact.

Happy Sunday, everyone! 

Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory if you want to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!


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Reader Comments (33)

Going to DragonCon? Jealous! I saw on the DragonCon website that Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, will be there. John must be so excited!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG those are all so awesome :D love the octopus cake XD

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

That one cake with the Octopus tecnacles popping out would be perfect for Halloween ((eeeeek!!!)) and The Swedish Chef cake.....Sqeeeeeeeee!!!!! I love it!!!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigg3469

Yesterday, I found out Alton Brown is a HUGE Doctor Who fan.

Today, these cakes.

It's been a really good weekend for geeks.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

LOVE the Sunday Sweets, as usual. But....I have to ask....WHAT is that THING hanging down from Yoda??? That brown.....thing....gahhhhh! I must be a bad person because that's the first thing I saw on Yoda...and now it can't be UNSEEN!!!! But beautiful cakes!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Anon, that's his cane.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Love Welcome to Night Vale- All hail the Glow Cloud!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterceecee

@Anon -- *snerk* It's his walking stick (and you're not a bad person...)

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharyn

I didn't know I was a geek until just now because I LOVE every one of these cakes!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarie

Looked through all the events, regardless of track, and this D*C, most of my time is split between the Science and Skeptics tracks. Conveniently, in the same building.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCliff

Mostly void; partly stars.
That is a beautiful use of fondant minimalism on the WTNV cake.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJareth Palmer

All of the beautiful Nightvalian purple!
I mean, i loved a bunch of the others as well, but NightVale is the first love! also BMO!!!!!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I'd also like to invite you (and anyone else at Dragoncon) to hop on MARTA just a few stops to hang out at the Decatur Book Festival too. It has, I promise, also much geekery and nerding to offer because books!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarla

I love Night Vale! Nice to see it here.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

A post about Dragon Con but there's no DRAGON CAKE ?? I'm so disappointed!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSian

I just realized the 21science cake is in reference to Breaking Bad.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjcarla

My daughter and I *love* Night Vale! Had a chance to see them when they came through Denver. It was like a mini-con festival. Have fun at Dragon Con!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheDenverPack

All hail the glow cloud, indeed!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Any Welcome To The Night Vale listeners out there?


August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

*fangirl squee* Not able to go to Dragon Con, but will be watching your posts! Love ya CW!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheCreepyTribble

Hey, I'll be at DragonCon too! Lovely post!

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My daughter and I saw NIghtvale live in Houston! She is a BIG Nightvale fan. Another podcast I would suggest is Thrilling Adventure Hour.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBliss

I kept thinking 'That's the coolest cake ev-' and then I'd scroll down and see an equally awesome cake. Too bad DC is so far away.

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTifa

Night Vaaaaaaale.
Love it, love it so much. Got to see their most recent live show last month. So awesome.
Tamika Flynn is the role model I want for my daughter. Even if I am a librarian!

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFootnotegirl

My husband will be there too! He has a couple of different costumes he'll be sporting at various times. I haven't been since 2008 because of the kids and no one to watch them for 6 days :( I have been twice though. Oh and my husband and I are also part of the 501st!

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Lee

And WHERE is the Janitor cake huh? You think that mess just cleans itself??

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBob and/or Carl

Throw a grenade or two at Stephen while you're there. (*snerk*)

Wish I could make it. And you're even cooler than I thought. :)

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterComicBookGoddess

I dang near squeed at the Night Vale cake. WANT.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3panman

I will be escorting Danaerys/Arwen to DC this weekend. If you bring cake I WILL find you.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermomofgeek

Ahhh! Night Vale cakes?! YES!

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

How are we supposed to find you and assimilate you?

August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeven Of Nine

I love CW, but had no idea you were one of "my people"! I LOVE DragonCon, been going for the last 5-6 years, but have had to miss one due to breast feeding my twins four years ago and I'm missing this year because I lost my job so no $$. 😫 thanks for letting me share a bit of D*C this year!!

September 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Oh. joy. Another Sunday sweet full of fondant. Seriously. It's sculpture more than cake.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterS

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