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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: Game On!

Last week you may have heard all the brouhaha over the release of Portal 2. And you may also - like me - belong to certain social subsets that not only have no interest in video games, but would, upon questioning, ask what "port holes" have to do with anything anyway.


Well, never fear, fellow gamer geeks! Because today's Sweets are all about video games, and this is a safe place to geek out *AND* enjoy amazingly made cakes.

Let's start with some old-school gamer goodness everyone will recognize:

Submitted by Erin C. & made by Hello Naomi

My favorite part? You could totally arrange the cupcakes to set up different game configurations. Maybe even do a little stop-motion animation. And then: NOMS.

Another cupcake creation that makes this girl geek squee:

Sub'd by Hareem A. & made by Clever Cupcakes

Ah, the law of miniatures: everything smaller is cuter.

Whooooo...lives in Ryan's Rapture under the sea?

Sub-ject Del-ta!

Sub'd by Barbara G. & made by her brother, Doug.

Amazing and detailed and edible is he!

Plus I love the checkered floor.

(There's another Bioshock Sweet here.)

In honor of Portal 2's release, last weekend John and I finally played the first one - finishing up right around dawn. (Have I mentioned we have a hard time quitting a game once we've started? Heh.) Needless to say, now I have a new appreciation for this companion cube groom's cake:

Sub'd by Colleen O. & made by Semiahmoo Resort

Remember: your weighted companion cube cannot speak. But if it could, I'm sure it would say, "I'm delicious."

Time for another old-school goodie:

Sub'd by Kristen C. & made by Cakes by the Pound

Who else remembers these? Eh?

(Wow. You guys are OLD.)

(Just kidding. Hey, I remember Pong! [But only because my grandparents had an old one in storage. Honest.])

Moving up to the newest handhold gaming device: your iPhone...

Sub'd by Haley B. & made by Anya Richardson

There are lots of amazing Angry Birds cakes out there now, but this was the first to go viral - and with good reason. John will tell you I've had my 'Birds obsession renewed recently with the Easter theme addition. What can I say? There's just something about knocking pink bunny ears off green pigs that's oddly...soothing. :D

Here's a game I've been meaning to try for a long time now: machinarium. It's a puzzle game you play on your computer, and it has the most *adorable* little robots:

Sub'd by Kristy L. & made by Sweet Disposition Cakes

See? ADORABLE. And just look at all that detail! Ah-MAZ-ing.

Another game I can't believe I haven't played yet is Little Big Planet:

Sub'd by Daniel K., found here, & made by Lillybit (no link)

Really, I'm just a sucker for protagonists who'd make good plushies.

More classics: we can't have a game post without Mario!

Sub'd by Michael F. & made by his talented wife.

(Love the mushroom candle holders.)

Or Zelda!

Sub'd by Valerie L. & made by Mike's Amazing Cakes

Now THAT is a groom's cake. Gorgeous.

And finally, one more iPhone game cake:

Anyone else play Cut the Rope? I did for a bit, until it got too hard for my spatially-challenged brain. John loved it, though.

Anyway, this is one of those rare Sweets that makes my jaw hit the desk. The baker used multiple techniques like modeling with krispy treats, sugar glass (for the window), stenciling, and - what I found most impressive - even made the shiny "packing tape" out of gelatin:

Truly unbelievable.

One more detail shot:


Well, that's our Sweets for today.

Now, go play!

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (71)

Love the game cakes! I wonder why nobody has made any Mystery Case Files cakes *g* I'm thinking Ravenhearst would make for an AWESOME cake maybe *g*

My favorite of the Angry Bird cakes (not featured here) is the playable cake. I saw the video of that one and that's what got me into the game.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna M.

Amazing. I must really be OLD because the only two I have actually played are the Atari (ROCKS!!! We had like 50 games when I was a kid...before the earth's crust cooled.) and the top one (can't recall the name because of aforementioned being OLD). Great post!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteveandonna

ok, i'm old. i was 15 when pong came out, and we got it finessed to where the thing would go back and forth over and over without us touching the game.

we burned the tube in the television. *G* it had a shadow of the pong screen for the rest of its life.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkitten

But the cake is a lie! :)

Pretty awesome cakes though! Love the Sunday Sweets posts.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

The Atari and Xbox ones are F'n AWESOME. I had just posted about Atari games I use to love playing. That was a great system and GREAT job with the cake, looks real

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBillyBites

Best Sunday Sweets EVAR!!!1!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNate

That Atari cake is by far my favorite!! AWESOME!! The Mario one is pretty great, too.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChiTown Girl

My husband just finished Portal 2 last night and said it was a 'genius'. I surprised him with it on release day. :)

He'll love checking out these cakes!


May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awwww :D cakes like that make me happy

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My 6 year old daughter (whose birthday isn't until October) has just decided she wants a Mario cake for her

Geek girls in the making! :P

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCami

Yeah I'm twelve and now what pong and pacman are !!!!!!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterninja dude 12

you absolutely HAVE to play Little Big Planet!! We'd be depressed, but would completely understand if you took a couple day hiatus to play through LBP and LBP2! Loved the cake too, they got the texture of the sack boy just right!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I'm old enough that Space Invaders was the only one of these I've played, until last month, when I finally played Portal. And now I've played Portal 2.

The Companion Cube cake is great.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor Tarr

i am not a gamer - not in the slightest! - but i am loving these cakes. especially love the old atari set w/ the pac man. (good lord, it looks just like the one that we had!) thanks as always...

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

I am officially thinking of an event that will require 150 of my closest friends and a cake.... I must have the cut the rope cake! My kids loved it, I loved it, who wouldn't?! I haven't got on the 'birds bandwagon but cut the rope is a favorite around here. And while I may only be 30, I grew up on Atari!! And now I have In The Hall of the Mountain King stuck in my head...

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle


(You knew that was comming)

Ok, moving on....That Xbox controller is so gosh darn adorable, its a good thing its a cupcake becuase I want to eat it up!

Also now I have "Still Alive" from the end of the first Portal stuck in my head. Thanks guys, I just got it out

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn

These are lovely, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed there's no post about the royal wedding cake. I was one of three people NOT paying attention to everything, but the one thing I was interested in was the cake. I've been waiting since Friday to see it featured here, since I figured: what an obvious nom-ination for a Sweet!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCeci

Dear just made my day..seriously amazing! Squee! Now I have to go finish portal before work and then go bake a companion cube cake for my geeky boyfriend. Also, how have you NOT played little big planet! Its the cutest game EVER!.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Oh my goodness, I love the machinarium cake! It's such a cute game too, you must play!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

You guys have got to play little big planet, it is amazing. The second one just came out and it has a level that is all steam punk and cake themed. you shoot little cakes out of a hat!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn

I love the Mario cake! Of course, I am partial to pretty much anything Mario related.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My husband's groom's cake was an Xbox 360. The controller wasn't cake, but the rest was:

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermercwin

Okay young'uns
I have Atari, just like the cake pictured, sitting in my guest room because my husband refuses to part with it. If only it were a cake- We'd eat it, it would be gone, and I wouldn't have to dust it.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuBee

I would love to have the Bioshock cake.....however, that isn't Subject Delta. That's just a Bouncer Big Daddy, with the scary drill of death.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeeketeer Amanda

i just came to the comments to make sure the required "the cake is a lie" reference had been no need for me to comment further :)

oh, except to add to the "get playing LBP now!" bandwagon as well.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I love these!!! They're so squee-worthy.

I want that Zelda shield. Badly. It's soooo pretty! Hyrule!!!!!

Can I have a Zelda wedding cake?

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlexcade

I heart gamer cakes. My b/f and I have already decided that our wedding cake will be the Weighted Companion Cube and his grooms cake will be a 1-UP mushroom. Although, he might be persuaded to get that Zelda shield if I show it to him. LOL

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

Those aren't wrecks...they are fabulous.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPBL

ooohhh I love the joysticks and the 'real wood' facing on the atari console. AWESOME!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSand Mama

Cute! I love the Mario one, but I have to say may fave is the Cut the Rope one! And I will admit I am old, we used to have an Atari. It rocked!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

You *must* play Machinarium. I loved that game. Loved, loved, loved it. My only complaint is that it was too short. Not in a "what a ripoff" way, but in a "that game really under-stayed its welcome" kind of way. :-)

The robots were so freaking cute, too.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Holy cuss! Packing tape. Who'd have thunk it? Cut the Rope kicks Angry Bird bootie any day, by the way.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissNay

I just finished the first Portal too, and am now Companion Cube obsessed and planning how to make my own plush cube that will never be euthanized... love the corner detail on the cake version!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTornadoBaby

I'm old too - we had a pong game when I was a kid...

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteri

OH my Gosh Jen! You absolutely MUST play Little Big Planet, you will looove it.
It makes me SO happy!!
I can't wait to play Part 2!!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKrantz

Hold on there, dearie. I have one of the original Nintendo systems. I may even remember when Pong was released. Or was that ping pong?

Gotta go take a nap, now.

[I don't know...these kids today, with their blogs and their crazy cakes...]

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I don't play video games old and missing the players gene, but from the first Mario game my boys got through to them moving out of the nest they always wanted Mom to watch and watch I did. Didn't watch the fighting games, yuck. Enjoyed the RPGs. Talking about cute, the lego games like the Star Wars, Indian Jones and Batman are pretty cute. Seeing these wonderful cakes to-day sure brings back memories. Thanks!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

Squeeeeking over the Angry Birds cake. Wonder if it is too late to request one for Mother's Day?

Keep up the great work, Jen & John & crew!

Yay, companion cube cake! I'm having a stack of them made as my wedding cake in about a year. (eep!) Haven't decided yet, but the top tier just might be a proper black forest cake which will not be a lie.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea M

Heh, Kinda thought the Royal Wedding cake would get a look in today. It was all kinds of detailed amazingness!


May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGerriP

That Zelda one sure brought back memories... and the joysticks, hooooboy. Yep. I'm officially old.

WV: crack. Seriously? Since when are they real words? Takes all the fun out of it...

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

Love the Angry Birds cake!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeminiWriter

Sadly, the only thing I recognize here is the Atari. Yes, I really am that old.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

OH ... MY ... GOD! my sons 8th birthday is coming up and i think i wanna get something like the first cupcake one for his birthday, he'll love it! btw, i LOVE game inspired cakes, deffintly my all time fave!

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

How appropriate is that these cakes took amazing skill and attention to detail to make -- just the kind of thing game-lovers would appreciate!

Thanks for sharing them with us.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

LOVE these cakes. I am a sucker for any game-inspired cake regardless of whether it is a game I even play. I know absolutely nothing about Cut the Rope, but that black spider/bug thing reminds me so, so much of the soot spirits from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away...just with legs, lol.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglyphs

I am getting married in October. I am weird and so is my man. I am so hoping we have a good cake but because of the insane amount of time I spend on cake wrecks, I am scared. If there are ANY bakers from Southern Wisconsin WHO CAN DO WEIRD WITHOUT SCARY, PERVY OR STRANGE, PLEASE post here and let me find you. JEN, JOHN, I am scared I will end up here and not for a good reason. . .

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I want that cupcake with the lil itty bitty XBOX controller. So darn cute! Plus that Mario cake is one I would love too lol. All great cakes.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I'd never in a million years figure out from the picture that the Zelda cake is actually edible...

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Twisted Sister

Wow, that one touch--the shiny tape--is blowing my mind.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

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