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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

May The Fourth Be With You

So for some reason I started Wrecky Wedding Week before realizing that today is Star Wars Day. Whoops! Can't let something like that go by uncelebrated, now, can I? But I also wanted to stick to my wedding cake theme, so...


He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is...Darth Vader!!
On your Precious Moments wedding cake.
Just 'cuz.

(P.S. Whoever did this is my hero.)

[NOTE: THIS IS NOT A WRECK. I just thought it was funny, and it's a wedding cake with a Star Wars tie-in. So...yeah. Sometimes I post well-made cakes that I find funny. I'm sorry if this confuses you. It will be alright; we'll get through this together. Unless you start complaining about how well-made these cakes are. Then you'll be alone. So, so alone. (Unless someone else complains - at which point you'll BOTH be alone, together. [kinky])]

Another great topper:

Just don't ask which one is the Wookiee.

You *have* seen the dead Tauntaun wedding cake by now, right? Well, just in case...

(Via Great White Snark, The Official Star Wars Blog, and pretty much the entire Internet.)

This was actually made by one of my all-time favorite cake artists: Courtney from Cake Nouveau. Yes, it has entrails. Yes, it's disturbing on pretty much every level there is. But - BUT! - Courtney also posed for this picture:

And that makes it alllll better. [big geeky grin] Love ya, Courtney!
Please don't shoot me.

And finally, may the force be with us:

...because with this much black fondant, we are going to need it.

Also, they really should do something about those bulkhead doors that slide down. Ouch.

Sam B., Susan E., & Clare, are any of you seeing a white top hat under Vader there? Or is that just me?

Oh, and for more hilarious Star Wars wreckage (with some Sweets mixed in) check out the guest post I did last month for Neatorama here. It's hilarious. Trust me.

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Reader Comments (77)


Are you about to tell us that today’s cakes aren’t wrecks? Did you skip Jen’s commentary and come right here to yell at us? Well, [announcer voice] let me save you some time! Today’s cakes are a blend, yes a BLEND! We took the good, the bad, aaaand the ugly to honor May the Fourth aka STAR WARS DAY!!! We’ll return to our regularly scheduled wreckage tomorrow.

Wreck On!


I wonder how many people will say the last one looks like Darth Stewie.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

So cute... I love Star wars
A kiss from Spain

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMar

I think it's clear that the topper on that middle cake has the two guys... awkwardly bumping each other.

I'm just sayin' that sure, it can be overlooked in the heat of battle, but at some point, that's going to cause a few side glances and brisk walk-aways.

I'm so glad you posted that clip at the end. :D

I am pretty sure I want to have a Star Wars wedding cake. That is, if I get married.

Star Wars is a deal breaker...I will never be romantically involved with someone who doesn't love Star Wars.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashleyruthless

Those may be the tastiest looking entrails I've ever seen.

WV: eatal We should eatal the entrails

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

but if brides come from monsters...or if brides need to warm up inside monsters...

doesn't that make the mother of the bride a monster?

or is it saying a bride needs to kill her mother to warm up?

too much for my brain..

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoyce

As cool as the dead Tauntaun looks I don't see it as a wedding cake. The concept has a lot of wreck potential. Is hypothermic Luke 1/2 in the belly supposed to symbolize the groom's dead bachelor hood? His future of getting whipped?

I'm just wondering what the grandmother of the bride thought when she saw the caterers wheel that bad boy in.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatjaMouse

What I want to know is if the Tauntaun is usually smiling when he is dead? That cake certainly looks like it is smiling and sadly, I've never seen the movie....

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

But I really do think that last cake is Darth Stewie!

And oh how I love the Vader Cake topper on the precious moments cake, LOL.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Darth Vader and Precious Moments together?
There's some kind of transcendant perfection in that.

It's almost as good as the velvet tapestry I once saw for sale of the Holy Trinity-- Jesus, Elvis, and a Mack Truck. One of the great regrets of my life is that I passed up the chance to buy that masterpiece.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

OMG I am totally in love with Darth Vader cake.

I think I must have one. NOW. Not for our wedding or anything (though that is coming up), but JUST BECAUSE IT RULES THE UNIVERSE.

That is all.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

I rarely comment, but today I feel obligated. My wife and I love Cake Wrecks. I bought her your book and made a" rel="nofollow">carrot jockey cake for her last birthday:

I'm glad you didn't let Star Wars Day slip by. I work at MailChimp, and we're celebrating with a" rel="nofollow">custom login screen for today only.

May the fourth be with you and thanks for always making us laugh! Jason (& Amy)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason Beaird

"The Force is strong with these cakes." Now, I'm not saying which Force, and I'm not saying it's the same Force for each cake, but it's there, it's definately there. ;-)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

I used to think that I was a geek, but I guess I'm just more of a nerd.

That Darth Vader cake looks more like Darth Yoda.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWriteCards

I think nothing makes me happier than a perfectly executed "what the huh?" cake. please me.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKae

Went to a wedding this weekend with a lovely wedding cake with a handmade bluebirds topper. Next to it was the chocolate groom's cake with the action figure topper. I'm not up on my fantasy/sci-fi movies, but this appeared to be a flying dinosaur with a samurai warrior astride its neck.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I don't think the guy coming out of the Tauntaun entrails really resembles Luke, he looks like He-Man to me for some reason XD

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColette

The Tauntaun is awesome! Creepy-ish, yes, but I've done my share of cakes that are almost too creepy to eat (an Ood, from Dr. Who would have to be on the top of that list.)
I love the fact that it's a wedding cake - I love non-traditional cakes!

May the 4th be with you!

Maybe Darth is officiating for the precious moments figurines?

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Thanks for the disclaimer, John, without which you'd likely be in a world of four asterisks.
LOVE Star Wars...
GAGme with the Precious Moments.
Poor Darthcake, though; it looks as if he ran into a taut wire in the dark, and only the top 3/4 of his head was left.
(And it DOES look like an upside-down top hat!)
The dead whatsis cake is very well done. But a little too S-H-I-*-* for me; I don't particularly care for my frosting to be that sh***.
Matte or satiny, yeah. But not downright sh***.
Plus, I prefer to have my dead life forms cakes presented with their eyes closed. I'm picky that way.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

ROFL - anyone else think "Darth Ewok" on that last one?

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralynxia

I see how some people might think that last one looks like Darth Stewie. Personally I see the headquarters of the Legion of Doom rising from the swamp.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Normal

Why didn't WE think of having an entrailed Tauntaun cake?

We're so boring.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKearsie

The bracket-parenthesis-bracket after the word "kinky" gave me a nose bleed.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergaylechoo

May the farce be with you!!! lol

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoriwas

I'm just happy because today is my birthday and I'm a huge Star Wars geek! My parents took me to see Episode IV when it came out. I was only 3 but that's all it took to get me hooked. My baby shower is coming up next month and I sooo want to have the Darth Vader shower cake!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

It seems like gravitational force, specifically,seems to be strong with the last Darth cake. ;)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Gosh, I feel a little left out. At my wedding we had a plain 3-tier cake that looked like a wedding cake (okay, it DID have pale yellow frosting with chocolate scrollies--if you'd told me I was going to have a yellow and brown wedding I would have laughed you out of the room but it just sort of worked out that way). I'm a Sherlock Holmes and classic cartoons fan, my husband is a computer geek and a Broncos fan...gosh, the possibilities were endless! We failed to take advantage of the possible wreckiness like these folks did! As they say over at the LOLcats site, "oh, the Hugh-manatee!"

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

semi-related to the day:

Hope you enjoy!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeautifulmonday

I'm getting married on Saturday and a week of disastrous wedding cakes is making me a wee bit nervous. You can't really mess up fresh flowers. Right?

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I was worried yesterday when you said it was all weddings this week. I was sad because I thought you wouldn't be able to acknowledge the greatest geek holiday ever. Oh me of little faith!

These are awesome. May the Fourth be with you!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelonie

my husband and I really wanted to have Han Solo and Princess Leah as our cake topper at our wedding, but my mother was not going to allow that. Maybe I'll surprise him for our anniversary.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I must say the 2nd Tauntaun cake photo is makes me inexplicably happy. Not sure why.

As far as the last cake: yep, I saw Vader popping out of a top hat. I was thinking some magician was trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat, discovered he was pulling Darth Vader out instead, and forcefully tired to push him back in the hat after using many expletives of surprise/horror.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmilodonna

That first cake IS a wreck. You put Precious Moments on a cake, you gotta wreck. Darth is an improvement.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllie White-Stevens

Ohhhhhh, entrails. cool.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstuffcookswant

So Yoda went to the Dark Side, where they have cake. On an upside-down, white top hat. Eeek.

And I must say, it's about time the evil empire invaded the Precious Moments universe--they have so much in common.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley

Lori said...
"I'm getting married on Saturday and a week of disastrous wedding cakes is making me a wee bit nervous. You can't really mess up fresh flowers. Right?"

OH, don't you worry a bit!
All that could POSSIBLY happen with fresh flowers is...hmmm, let's see...
This is HARD, because I'm SURE nothing has EVER gone wrong with fresh flowers!
They couldn't POSSibly--oh, I don't delivered to the WRONG PLACE place? Nah--unhoid of!!
Be left in the delivery vehicle too long with the heat blasting and they droop?
Crazy impossible!
Freeze in another delivery vehicle and they die? Fuggetaboutit!

Just try not to WORRY---it'll give you wrinkles.


May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

@Lori - I didn't think you could mess up whole strawberries and nothing but the topper on the top of the cake, but my wreckerator proved me wrong. May the pixie of delightful wedding confections shine over you on your wedding day.

I still need to find that one color pic of the wedding cake to send in....

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA. B. England

My sister actually made a groom's cake that featured Star Wars figures playing baseball... probably have a picture of it somewhere.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoshiDx

That guest post WAS hilarious. The force is strong with this one.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

No, Darkwing Duck is the 'terror that flaps in the night.' But otherwise, Darth Vader + precious moments = awesome.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

There's something about jet black icing and fondant that isn't really appetizing.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdietplaid

John -- some people just LIKE to yell and complain. It's in their blood.

As to the wedding / Star Wars cakes, I love them! I do think that there should be lightsabers in here somewhere, but perhaps we are ahead of our time...

Is it me, or does anyone else see the Legion of Doom floating headquarters (from Challenge of the Superfriends) instead of Darth Vader on that last cake?

Sorry. Terribly geeky here.

And I *loved* the dead tauntaun. I think I'll try that sometime.

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjedijson

Jen!!! and hubby and various other lackeys, LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. I can honestly say that you are quite frequently the bright spot in the day here at Little Jewell School. So, in honor of that, I hereby award you the "Sunshine Award" for being such a positive influence on the world wide web! There is a badge for you at my website if you'd like to copy and paste it here. You will also find some guidelines for passing the award on to others. Share the love, join in! Have a wonderful day!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Fravel

Oh, thank you for the best laugh I have had all day! ;)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Did I hear someone say they once made an Ood cake? I'd bake up a warm plate of internet cookies in exchange for a picture of that!

So glad you decided to celebrate Star Wars Day with us, Jen! (Like I ever doubted you.)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

LOL, loved it. And I also was a fan of Darkwing Duck (my fave terror that flaps in the night). Actually rented the videogame so many times the guy at the video rental place sold it to me and my sis for like $3.00.

I would love the Precious Moments-Darth Vader combo in a wedding cake. I would love the Darkwing Duck-Precious Moments combo more ^^!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermalu-chan

The tauntaun is actually a groom's cake. I know one of the Stormtroopers from that wedding. =)

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeleste

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