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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

Darth's Greatest Hits

Cake Wrecks reader Jessica H. has a yearly tradition with us: she sends us her daughter's amazing Darth Vader mash-up birthday cake, and we post it.

You might remember little Sarah's 4th birthday cake:

(This was Sarah's idea, by the way. Coolest 4-year-old ever? I'm thinking YES.)

Or her fifth birthday cake:

Ok, so it kind of looks like someone sat on it. But you have to admit: the mental image of Vader swatting at Tinkerbell with his light saber is pretty darn epic.

Anyway, Sarah recently celebrated her sixth birthday, and I think you'll agree it was her best Vader mash-up cake yet:

Darth Vader, riding a My Little Pony over a rainbow.

Oh, and the Pony has a Death Star on her butt.

Frankly, just the description is made of win.

All of these cakes were made by their local Dairy Queen, and this latest masterpiece was hand-piped by "a young guy who can't have been over 19 years old," and who was apparently quite worried that he didn't get all the details quite right.

Proving there may be hope for the nation's bakeries, after all.

Many thanks again to Jessica H., and also a belated "Happy Birthday" and "May the Force be with you," to my new favorite geek girl, Sarah, who I hear was super excited to see her first two cakes on the blog. Lookin' forward to seeing what you dream up for next year, Sarah! (And may I suggest...Rainbow Brite?)

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Reader Comments (115)

Or Jem and the Holograms!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wish I had thought of this. My soon-to-be 13 yr old is LOVING this. Lol.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShygaltiff


If I get it, you're totally invited. I live in Orlando. :P

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwirly McSwirl

My daughter is 12 and thinks these cakes are totally cool. Except she asked if DV could be riding a unicorn.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My name is Sarah and this post makes me really super happy. I wish my parents loved me enough to get me cakes like this!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah K.

Those cakes are amazing! Kudos to the guy at DQ for doing such a fine job with all of them.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizzy Leigh

Ummmm, do all Sarah's like Darth Vader and girly stuff?

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Awesome!!! I love it!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin E.

I know what cake I'm getting for my birthday this year!!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBabsiegirl

I'm amazed they got such a nice cake from Dairy Queen. That kid has a future in cake decorating. I wonder what Sarah's cake will look like next year.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann

Okay, lol, scratch that. I didn't read, just looked at pictures.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Yay! I wasn't the only little girl to love Darth Vader! Awesome cakes. Can't wait to see next year's.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Ruby Atsma

Sarah is awesome!!! My Little Darth Pony is the best!!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiggysmack

Do they have any room to adopt a nearly 30 year old? Because they are insanely cooler then my parents were!!!

WV: Rerfoe

The Pony was a rerfoe for Darth, but he conquered her anyways.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermzmclean

very creative little girl!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpring

yummyyy cake!!!!!!!!!!!----Tiffany f

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany f

Someone give that Dairy Queen employee his own Food Network/TLC show!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeggles

cool ideas sarah!!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm seeing smerfs battle Darth in her future.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Dizzy

Happy birthday, Sarah!

May I suggest next year's theme: Darth Smurf.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGin

A friend of mine suggested that a Care Bear driving K.I.T. should be chasing them!! :)

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJust Sayin'

Care Bears next year please Sarah! Kudos to the Dairy Queen Kid. Actually, he should change his name to that and start up on his own! x

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebs@

May I suggest Darth v Barbie in one of her occupational disguises? Susana B.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusana B

I have been sweet talked (pun intended) to try to duplicate this for my own 5-year-old's birthday this coming Tuesday. She asked if I could have Darth Maul riding behind Vader, but I told her that was a little beyond my capabilities. Hopefully the Force will be with me on Monday night as I attempt to pipe this from a copy off my printer.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOverhauler

I love how this post is on my birthday and I so want these cakes, especially her 6th birthday cake! BTW - I turned 30 today.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

CareBears! a little Care Bear Stare Vs. Vader just has Awesome written all over it :)

Not that I'm hoping ill upon her parents, but I kinda want to adopt Sarah now :)

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTisforTonya

This is a thousand kinds of awesome! May I suggest for a future year, Hello Kitty? Only because I can hear James Earl Jones in my head saying "Hello...Kitty."

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngieN24

After showing this post to my 5-yo daughter, I have been commissioned to create a Yoda/Hello Kitty cake for her 5th birthday this coming Tuesday. With me on Monday, I hope the Force is. Yes, hmmm.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOverhauler

As much as I LOVE the My Little Pony cake, I am compelled to comment on her 4th b'day cake...

Extra points for the lightsaber pointing at Cinderella! Sleeping Beauty would be in her blue dress if it wasn't for her! Each Disney princess needs their own color and Aurora got stuck with pink despite the fact she spends most of the movie (and all key scenes!) in the blue dress. That hussy Cinderella stole her color... (Yes, I have had this conversation before and yes, my friends have suggested I seek help...)

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica W
The funniest thing you'll ever see. And the little girl's name is Sarah!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSummers School

How could you forget the "It's a girl" cake with Darth cradling it in his arms?

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

What AngieN24 said!

Darth Vader riding My Little Pony is genius. Sheer. Genius. (Hear Wile E. Coyote in your head saying to himself, "Sheer. Genius.")

Oh, wait - how about Darth Vader chasing the Road Runner? :-)

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfurpurrson

Long time reader but first time commenter here. This cakes are flippin' awesome! I agree that next year needs to be either Smurfs or Carebears. Isn't there a new Smurfs movie coming out sometime before then? The timing would be perfect.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpictureperfectcooking

Sarah for future president.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

That last one would be the COOLEST. TATTOO. EVER.

For a while, anyway...

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterD.B. Echo

I used to be a DQ cake decorator, and I know first hand that it's doubly hard to get things right when your cake is literally melting as you work. That guy at DQ has incredible skills!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonkeyville

I think that Vader should slay some smurfs on next year's cake...or even annihilate some Care Bears...

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Diva

The's a Muppet movie coming out --- Darth and Miss Piggy? Darth and Elmo (yes, I know that's Sesame street)?

WV: redue. I'd lie a redue on my 6th birthday so I can have a Darth Vader and My Little Pony cake!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Total awesomeness!!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMomma Kelli

Does Sarah want a 42 year old pen pal? Not to be creepy, but I do have a 7 year old I'm trying to train to be a geek (she resists me with her pure girly ways...).

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLDarroch

That's it! I'm off to DQ for a baby shower cake! ;p

WV: sners. Nobody sners at Darth Vader anything. Nobody.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdnana

I do remember that 4th birthday cake... my son saw it and wanted something very similar for his own birthday cake!! (He has an older sister who was very into the princesses.)

Happy Birthday Sarah!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

I know she's only 6 but Sarah has got to be the coolest girl in the world

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTinetastic

Current DQ manager here - and i would just like to say, I knew the cakes were DQ before I saw that at the bottom of the post ;) the melty border on the "sat on" cake is a dead give away. So hard to do a lot of piping on a melt-able canvas. Very cool post. And I'm glad to see DQ cakes are getting your national approval :) although, I must say... we aren't bakeries... so your hope in bakeries, may still be false.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJujuBrie

The amount of epic that these cakes have shouldn't be possible in our universe.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCgirl60

Awesome! Those are some uber-cool birthday girls! Dig their style,

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Erickson

Oops, I meant 'girl". Gotta love a girl who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Erickson

That last cake is made of WIN. I want one too.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnna

So many possibilities:
Darth v. Smurfs
Darth v. Teletubbies
Darth v. Seven Dwarfs
Darth v. Muppet Babies

wv: stologgy
The study of the Three Stooges

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

I have a 3 year old girly girl, I am so ramping up for her 4th birthday with something interesting. Great inspiration, great cakes!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn Haley Morton

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