Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Game On!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks are.

This week I'm featuring some classic game Sweets. We all know there are TONS of video game console cakes out there, but what about the classics? You know, board games, card games, that kind of thing? Well, here's what I've got so far:

Here's the perfect board game to celebrate an 80th birthday: LIFE!

(Found by Veronica K here, and reportedly made by "that Ace of Cakes guy." Heh.)


Or how about a perfectly sweet Candy Land cake:

(Found by Cristy J, and also made by Charm City Cakes.)

And I just love this Taboo cake:

The most impressive part of this cake, though, is the young lady who made it. Melia is sixteen, and makes cakes as often as friends and family will let her. So check out her site here, and take heart that the future of cake art seems to be in good hands.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting a real nostalgia jolt from some of these cakes over here. Remember Operation?

(Found by Jessica C. over on Pink Cake Box.)

It even comes with tweezers! Nice touch. Now if we can just find a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake, my trip down memory lane will be complete. (Oh - and Mouse Trap. And maybe Battleship, although I'm not sure that counts as a board game.)

Here's one for my good friend John G.:

(Submitted by Myra B., who ordered it from Piece-A-Cake Bakery.)

For those of you who don't know, the game's called Carcassonne, and John G. digs it. I played it once, but I'm definitely more of a Pictionary kind of girl. At any rate, this sweet cake is our Fondant-Free Sweet of the week.

How about a few unconventional Chess sets? First, one in the kickin' Harry Potter style:

(Submitted first by Omegamom, and made by Bronte Cakes.)

Cool, huh? Believe it or not (I didn't at first) each chess piece is handmade without any molds. If you look closely, you'll see that they are all in fact slightly different:

Bron (the baker) also reports that it took two months to make all those pieces out of sugarpaste. Yowza.

And lastly, here's Dahlia's far more whimsical take on a Chess set:

You know me: I'm lovin' all those colors. The side texture is gorgeous, too.


That's it for now! If you have a classic game cake (or any other amazing cake design) you'd like to share, just send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

Or, if you have an idea for the world's best Geek cake, submit it here for the chance to see your design brought to life by Melissa of Wild Cakes. I'll be helping Melissa & the Great White Snark himself choose the winning entry, and the resulting cake will be featured here and on GWS. So get your geeky creative juices flowing, and enter as many different ideas as you like.
-botanycreek- said...

As a self-confessed lover of board games and cake, today's post just hit the spot. Just one question....where is RISK? LOL

Jess said...

I love the Whimsical Chess cake- adorable! :)

Bilby P. Dalgyte said...

Whoa! those are some pretty epic cakes there :D I'd love to have one of those sometime! The harry potter cake was truly an epic accomplishment in cake making!

peasandcarrots said...

I would LOVE to see a Mouse Trap cake! I'm lovin the Life cake too.

How about a Connect 4 cake? ;-)

Erin M said...

Awesome throwback cakes! What a walk down memory lane. And Melia, bless you child! You've renewed our faith in the next cake-making generation!
SHE has a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake, too!
http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

Bridgete said...

I want a chess set that looks like that last one.

Diana said...

Went to the website of the 16yo who made that fabulous cake in your post and she has a hungry hungry hippos cake!! keep scrolling til you find it -- it's adorable! Diana

Meg said...

I love Carcassonne! Those cakes are really well done!

Tracey said...

Melia has a Hungry Hungry Hippos cake http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

saffry said...

Melia had a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake too. http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

B said...

Never a huge fan of operation, but I am definitely a fan of the LIFE SIZE version of the game.
http://www.kansan.com/photos/2009/mar/22/5280/

TEN TIMES MORE FUN!

The taboo cake is absolutely perfect!
*LOVE* the wizards chess :)

Anonymous said...

I did find a hungry hippo cake made by the same girl who made the Taboo cake. Here.

Christy said...

Hey Jen,

The link to Melia's website has a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake!

Judi Hahn said...

The Operation cake was also made by Charm City Cakes. Theirs worked! They had it fixed with batteries, so you could actually play the game. That was on their TV show.

Chris said...

Am I . . . first? :O

LOVE those cakes. The Candyland one looks like one I'd get for my husband - he has fond memories of the Fudge Swamp with Gloppy. <3

Jennifer said...

Hungry Hungry Hippo cake...Melia has one here
http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

Flynn.n.c.reilly said...

The first chess set is the "wizards chess" set from "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and it looks fantastic. Man I love cakes...and Harry Potter.

-Flynn

Legotech said...

Am I the only one who cringes when she watches Ace of Cakes? Those guys all play with their hair, their faces, then work on the cakes...last week they showed a sculpture part fall over onto the floor and they just cleaned it up! Yikes!

Brandi said...

These are awesome. I love the LIFE and Operation ones the best I think. The Harry potter chess is pretty sweet too.

Cristine said...

That wizards chess cake is fantastic! I love hp, so hp cakes make me strangely happy

Melanie said...

Those are GREAT and Melia that is just wonderful keep up the good work!!

Bethany said...

I was about to link to Melia's hungry hippo cake too, but it seems that's been taken care of. However, I thought you might like her royal flush cake here!

Valerie said...

You missed the Hungry Hungry Hippos cake at mmmeliacakes: http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

wolfmom said...

Hands down, the Whimsical Chess set because it is incredibly cute, clever and colorful, and the Taboo cake...just for absolute clarity of the design...

WV: storin...I be storin' those cakes in the freezer for a long time...

Whitney G said...

Oh my god, I want that Candyland cake.

Also, I would love to see a Clue cake done up right by one of these masters of confections.

Mags said...

Brilliants works.

I thought the Life one was a bit morbid for an 80th birthday--you're almost at the end of the game! But they made it so it doesn't end, which is nice. :)

Laura said...

As good as it is, I'm disappointed in the Operation cake. There were multiple ailments missing, including "Water on the Knee".

And Melia: You Rock, kiddo!!! Keep up the good work, and you'll be giving the Ace of Cakes a run for his/their money.

Suzanne Dargie said...

Ha! It's funny but my 11 year old son keeps asking for an Operation game. He would keep that cake and PLAY it instead of EAT it. Looking closely at the photo, it looks like there's a tiny lightbulb in the nose! How cool is that?
The game of LIFE is a really cute idea and so is a Candy Land cake. That would be great, to have an edible Candy Land game!
The chess sets look far too nice to eat.

Diane - DB Impressions said...

Those are truly wonderful cakes! I think my personal favorite might be the Operation cake, but it was really, really hard to choose today!

Ben said...

Screwball Scramble cake, with working ball bearing traps.

Mella said...

I always lost at the game of life.

Scritzy said...

WOW! Those are awesome!

I'd like to see a Monopoly cake —what I consider the most popular board game ever!

Think of making all those houses and hotels of molded sugar. MMMM ... I'd like to buy four houses for Boardwalk, please.

Mary Anne Whiteley said...

Someone needs to tell Melia to stop using that foil on the cake boards. It really takes away from the cakes!

Just A Midwife said...

Oh my goodness, and did you see the 17 yo's Robot Cupcake Cake? I HATE cupcake cakes, and I think it's about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I was decorating cakes professionally at that age (strictly Wilton method, thank you, in 1978) but I never had anything near that much talent or creativity.

Melinda said...

Fantastic! They are all terrific, but I really like the Operation cake.

Twister said...

Note: Not only does Melia have a hungry hungry hippo cake, she has an awesome royal flush poker cake. Or Cakes I guess since its five flavors. I'm just sad there was no Risk cake.

Trisha said...

I want a Chutes & Ladders cake.

kerry said...

These cakes are awesome! Fun!

Jen said...

charm city cakes (aka that ace of cakes guy) has a scrabble cake.
http://www.charmcitycakes.com/images/gallery/scrabble.jpg

They also did operation
http://www.charmcitycakes.com/images/gallery/operation.jpg

and candyland.
http://www.charmcitycakes.com/images/gallery/scrabble.jpg

The cakes are beautiful and amazing but the hygiene (or lack thereof) bothers me too.

Carrie said...

I'm not sure I've ever left a comment on your blog before...but I had to say that I love that you found a Carcasonne cake! I've never known anyone that's played that game except my husband's family, and it's hands-down their favorite. I'll have to make sure to show him the cake!

LHSES said...

All the cakes are awesome, but that Carcassonne cake!!! Let's see, one of the best games ever, fondant free, and really well done with lots of detail. WOW!!

Does anyone know anything about how the tiles were done on the Carcasonne cake? I'm really curious because I've never seen anything like it before.

Hot Toboggan said...

Awesome! One of my cakes was picked!

Heather said...

The Melia cake site has a Hungry Hippo cake about 20 cakes into it. Talented little booger she is. All my cake attempts could make up their own cakewrecks site. Sigh. I have witnesses to vouch for me.

Donna said...

The Wizard Chess cake is just...WOW!

Anonymous said...

Melia is amazing! I'm bookmarking her site. I can't wait to see what she does next.

Simple Things said...

Just FYI. There is a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake on a website you posted about in your last post.

http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

Bronte.cakes said...

I would like to thank everyone on Cake Wrecks for featuring my HP chess set.... What an honour! It did take about 2 months to make all the pieces...but I work full time (in my other job) so I made them at night and during my lunch hour...any moment spare. I have made a tutorial of how I did a chess pawn and posted on flickr and at Cake Central if anyone is interested in seeing how it was made...Thank you all again Bron H.

augustvows said...

Mmmeliacakes did a Hungry Hungry Hippo cake! It shows one hippo, but it's definitely from HHH -- has the stretched out neck and everything! You can see it briefly on her Special Video on the blog.

marin said...

looks like I'm a little late, but I was going to tell you about melia's hungry hippos cake too :D

Kat said...

Yea! I love Carcassone!! Sweet! I have friends getting married this weekend and there Grooms Cake is supposed to be Settlers of Catan I think...I'll try to get a pic and pass it on. I'm hoping it will be awesome but you so never know...

Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of the comments so if I duplicate this link, I apologize. You requested a Hungry Hungry Hippos Cake...well your Taboo creator (very talented btw!) has one on her page... http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

Little Scarf Girl said...

On Melia's website, she has a Hungry Hippos cake:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4cDIuOceXIU/SFh4uQE0qPI/AAAAAAAAADk/thZbL4qCVSY/s1600-h/everything+092.jpg

:)

Melissa (& Billy) said...

Oh my goodness, the CANDY LAND cake. *turns emerald green* I bet Duff and Co. had fun making that one.

The Wizard's Chess--stunning. What would you do with those pieces afterward? I couldn't munch on one of those without a serious amount of guilt (or, no doubt, breaking off a tooth!).

Despite all this artistry, the whimsy chess is my favorite. So. Cute. *wibble*

WV: Patessie: How a young French citizen talks about a bakery. "Patess'ie."

Amy said...

That game of Life cake is perfect for an 80 year old! Love it.
And the Taboo and chess cakes are amazing.
~Amy B.

mike. said...

A "Candyland" cake with actual peppermints, gumdrops, etc. on it is genius in such a forehead-slapping, why-didn't-I-think-of-that way. I can't stop smiling. :D

Jen and Pete said...

http://mmmeliacakes.blogspot.com/2008/06/hungry-hungry-hippo-cake.html

She HAS a hungry hungry hippo cake!! You should've checked out her website a little better :)

~Jenny

Devin said...

The second cake down was a birthday cake for my friends Katie and Erin. It was super yummy in addition to being adorable!

FreedomFirst said...

These are all great, but my favorite is the Candy Land cake. I love that game. It was my childhood favorite.

Doug D. said...

That Game of Life cake is totally a wreck. All of the buildings are in the wrong place (Millionaire Acres halfway down the board? Ok...) and the path doesn't end; it connects back at the beginning. I'm sorry, did this suddenly become the Game of Reincarnation, or is everyone just supposed to go back to college after they retire?

Bush league. ;)

Lynn said...

I just love all of them except that brown and green blobby cake and and "Operation" though very well done as a cake always creeped me out as a game !

I would have liked to see "Scrabble", "Twister", "Don't Break the Ice", "Hi Ho Cherrio" and "Chutes and Ladders" cakes too.

Aleesuhn_Muhree said...

Holy crow, these are amazing! Although, I can't say the same for those belly cakes on your last entry---those are grossly disturbing.

Sian said...

Why haven't I thought of this?

A Settlers of Catan cupcake cake would be awesome!

TiwazTyrsfist said...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/41509

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/41514

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/40738

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17916

Four lists on Board Game Geek featuring board game themed cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and in one case, a Pizza Settlers of Catan.

Dalesql said...

Ideas for geek cakes.
Control panel from a computer that many programmers have fond (and not so fond) memories of. A Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-11/70.
(Here is photo) http://www.saccade.com/writing/projects/PDP11/PDP-11.html

MistyGirl_2008 said...

I love these board game cakes. My oldest son loves Chutes and Ladders - now that would make a really cute cake. I might just have to attempt that one.

Julie from
Kids Cakes and Kids Party Supplies

Michawn said...

The Life Game, totally thought that was a Duff cake, and Charm City Cakes and "Ace of Cakes" guy are one in the same. He and his crew do awesome small work like those 2 cakes! Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I do the make-cakes-as-often-as-people-let-me thing too! My best b-day present is getting to make my own cake :)

And I LOVE the chess cake!

Jennifer said...

Our family loves to play Carcassonne, so we were excited to see it on your Sunday Sweets post. The city shapes are great!

Thanks for a fun visit.

Makeup Theory said...

Okay, I have to say the game cakes are cute.

fuzzbomb.net said...

I love the dazzling colours on the candy-land cake. Oh, and the little ladybirds on the chess set! Did operation really have a butterfly in the tummy? That takes me back.

Dazy said...

My kid liked the game much. Though I don't find it interesting. I like some more challenging one.

Cupcakes Lady said...

That wizards chess cake is fantastic! ;) xx

Anonymous said...

the one with the chess is from Harry Potter, it's wizards chess