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Bake Me A Geeky Cake….

Occassionally, and by this I mean very, very rarely, geeks find significant others and get married (in the real world, not Second Life!). When such an noteworthy event happens, blissful geeks have been known to go all out on their wedding cakes, creating frosted confections of such phenomenal nerditude that I had no choice but to reproduce a few here for your gawking pleasure.

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In addition to the link above (check it out for more cool cakes), I had to do a bit of my own investigating and find some more nerdcakes.

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Its-a meeeeeeee……..

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A circuit-board cake:

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All your base are belong to cake:

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There’s a lot of nintendo-themed cakes out there, but this one is Martha-approved.

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I hear Churck Norris’ tears cure cancer…


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Wow, an iPhone cake. Now thats REALLY nerdy.



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  1. #1 Dan
    September 1, 2007

    I like cake.

    Unfortunately, I’m not geeky enough to know what that gold thing is on top of the first cake. Help me?

  2. #2 Casey
    September 1, 2007

    The gold thing is definitely a Gamecube. I think that the gold one was a special release in Japan, but it might have been released here too.

    I think making a cake with the most important plot/concept of your thesis for your PhD defense might be fun.

  3. #3 Harlan
    September 1, 2007

    I can no longer decypher ASCII byte codes from memory, but I looked ’em up, and the “cake” byte array decodes to “red roses”. FYI.

  4. #4 Dan
    September 1, 2007

    Thanks Casey. You have no idea the good you’ve accomplished today.

  5. #5 RPM
    September 1, 2007
  6. #6 Shelley
    September 1, 2007

    The gold thing is definitely a Gamecube. I think that the gold one was a special release in Japan

    Wow. That just adds a whole new level of nerd to it!

  7. #7 Dan
    September 1, 2007

    I want a Dalek Cake.

    I think that’s pretty much the limits of my nerditude.

  8. #8 Eldritch Anchovy
    September 1, 2007

    The Discworld cake is amazing.

  9. #9 Alioth
    September 1, 2007

    Oh, god, it’s a FACS plot cake…

  10. #10 Guy Plunkett III
    September 2, 2007

    It wasn’t a cake, and I sadly don’t have any pictures (at least none that I can find), but when I was in graduate school it was a tradition that your lab provided refreshments after you gave a departmental seminar. For one of my colleagues’ seminar we bought a set of alphabet cookie-cutters and made a bunch of As, Cs. Gs, and Us so that we could lay out the sequence (and secondary structure) of a small RNA molecule she had sequenced.

  11. #11 Nate MC
    September 3, 2007

    Sadly on the wiimotes one of them should have the second light illuminated, they can’t both be player 1

  12. #12 Shelley Batts
    September 3, 2007

    Guy: Thats awesome!! Your story as well as these cakes make me want to bake a huge hair cell or a cochlea cake for my defense. Nerd cakes rule.

    Nate MC: Good catch. I guess Martha’s minions shoulda been paying better attention.

  13. #13 Leon Barrett
    September 3, 2007

    I’ve eaten cakes that geeky! One friend had a Bender cake, and another had a Zelda Tri-Force cake. Unfortunately, my wedding was groom’s-cake-free.

  14. #14 Miriam
    September 3, 2007

    Mmmm… nerds

  15. #15 Chris
    September 3, 2007

    Um, are those plastic homogenizing pestles featured in the last cake (the black plastic things coming out of the flask)???

    Cause if so, thats the best use of non-toxic lab equipment utilized in cakes I’ve ever seen.

  16. #16 Mark Jaquith
    September 3, 2007
  17. #17 The Flying Trilobite
    September 4, 2007

    Don’t forget this great link to Trilobite Cookies.
    Unless by mentioning cookies, I’ve opened a whole new topic.

  18. #18 Ithika
    September 4, 2007

    Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, but my girlfriend’s 21st birthday cake was a Petri dish, with glossy blood agar and several ‘streaks’ and ‘colonies’ created in different colours. It looked awesome. If I can find a photo I’ll come back with a link…

  19. #19 Shelley Batts
    September 4, 2007

    Ithika, I wait with baited breath!

  20. #20 Tiffany
    September 4, 2007

    Brilliant. I love that the top one is the wedding cake, not the groom’s cake. That adds a whole new nerd level. Love it.

  21. #21 wRitErsbLock
    September 4, 2007

    I don’t know if our wedding cake counts as a geek cake or not. We got married on Halloween and had Nightmare Before Christmas as our theme.

  22. #22 Rob
    September 4, 2007

    I’m not sure much can top this discworld cake:

  23. #23 daniel
    September 4, 2007

    the gold game cube was a zelda-themed limited edition that was released in Japan and is high coveted in the US

  24. #24 k
    September 4, 2007

    mmm. cake.

  25. #25 Calliope
    September 4, 2007

    Hopefully this works, but you can check out my uber-geeky Magic:The Gathering birthday cake I made for my husband a few years ago. Its an artifact(Summon Cake), the mana cost was 29 (his age), and the text reads: (T) Make a wish, blow out candles. Birthday cake ages you by one year and your wish may be granted.

    Hopefully this link works:

  26. #26 barffie
    September 4, 2007

    Now now how I wish I can find a baker who’ll do that for me.

  27. #27 Ford
    September 5, 2007

    My wife and I made cookies that looked like legume root nodules for a seminar once, but I liked the flow cytometry cake.

  28. #28 li ze
    September 6, 2007

    Wow. I’m *totally* impressed. I like to bake cakes too…

    It’s not quite a science cake, but a science experiment cake… Though at first glance, you might not notice, it’s actually a Martha Stewart recipe.

  29. #29 DustPuppyOI
    September 9, 2007

    (Visiting from Pharyngula.) Here is an interesting cake via

  30. #30 Mollie
    September 9, 2007

    My (aerospace engineer) fiance is making a groom’s cake in the shape of a Little Joe 2 rocket for our rehearsal dinner on Friday!

    He’s also making a card box in the shape of a mouse (for me, a neurobiologist in a mouse lab) for the reception itself.

  31. #31 George Baker
    September 11, 2007

    Makes me hungry just looking at them. It’s cool that geeks can also cook and decorate.

  32. #32 Jenna
    September 11, 2007

    Very impressive. And while its IS a rarity for nerds to meet and marry, some of us do find our geeky soulmates. My husband and I skipped the geeky cake….

    he was too busy building the custom royal blue lightsabers (combat capable and able to take a 32 bullet without breaking) as groom’s gifts. I may well be the only bride in the world who got left at the side of the dancefloor so her new husband could go 4 rounds with assorted stormtrooper wannabe’s!

  33. #33 Marcello Moraes
    September 11, 2007

    Great, really great… Mario’s Cake doesnt even look like a cake, it looks like some tematic plastic made promotinal thing from Mario’s world! ehehhe

    Great cakes,

    now I am hungry, bye.

  34. #34 joo victor br
    September 14, 2007


  35. #35 Gary
    October 26, 2007

    My son and daughter-in-law business

  36. #36 Gary
    October 26, 2007

    My son and daughter-in-law business

  37. #37 Ashley
    November 27, 2007

    We make funny cakes for our friends’ birthdays at work. Some of them are nerdy (Munchkin cards), some are gross (one that looked like cat litter in a litter tray), and some are just freaking sweet! This Katamari cake was made for a friend who is obsessed with the game! We couldn’t find a figurine, so I molded one out of clay. Besides the figurine and a pirate added to the top of the ball, the rest of the cake was edible, including all the candy and the giant ball of rolled up goodness.

  38. #38 manek
    December 5, 2007

    WOW! The Pictures are amazing and the idea of making a Cake in different shapes is very nice.

  39. #39 Victoria
    December 19, 2007

    In my Food Tech class, last year at school, I made a pink iPod cake ^^

    To persuade my daddio to get me an iPod for Christmas. lol. These cakes are awesome!

    lolsies =]

  40. #40 Baris
    December 28, 2007

    Great Cakes…. 😀

  41. #41 queen-of-the-dorks
    February 8, 2008

    well. i can certainly say that my brother made a dungeons and dragons borad game cake for my sweet 16th. i didnt want to eat it but in the end i gave up trying to put it in cryogenic stasis and decided to eat it. but it tasted really nice. but i kept the little figures off the top.

    my party was a game theme. i decided to go as zelda. she rocks. my boyfriend adam, went as link.

  42. #42 ScienceJunkies
    March 9, 2008

    Encouragement towards being geeky starts early in my family! Come see our Mad Scientist Cake: We didn’t stop at the cake – see the rest of our nerdfest here:
    Great Cakes! Thanks for posting them!

  43. #43 Logan
    August 20, 2008

    The top thing is a Gamecube.

  44. #44 film izle
    September 25, 2008

    Very nice stuff. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  45. #45 oyun oyna
    October 1, 2008

    thanks alot

  46. #46 film izle
    October 1, 2008

    great article very for post

  47. #47 film izle
    October 17, 2008

    The cake is appearing very beautifull 😛

  48. #48 online film izle
    October 29, 2008

    nice cakes =)

  49. #49 film izle
    October 29, 2008

    good sharing, thank you.

  50. #50 filim
    November 17, 2008

    oo beatufull very nice thanks

  51. #51 dmg
    November 22, 2008

    the gold game cube only came out in japan

  52. #52 film izle
    December 1, 2008

    He’s also making a card box in the shape of a mouse (for me, a neurobiologist in a mouse lab) for the reception itself.

  53. #53 film izle
    December 7, 2008

    thanks a lots of..

  54. #54 Film izle
    December 27, 2008

    My wife and I made cookies that looked like legume root nodules for a seminar once, but I liked the flow cytometry cake.

  55. #55 indirmeden film izle
    January 3, 2009


  56. #56 Pixelim
    January 8, 2009

    Heheh nice idea. Where is “Apple” Cake? 🙂

    Pixelim Media

  57. #57 Jessica
    April 10, 2009

    I made this cake for my husband for his 28th birthday. I tried to make it look like an old apple, and I made a space invaders screen ’cause that was his favorite game. It was one of the hardest icing colors to make, it was also one of the most delicious cakes I have ever made.

  58. #58 Kathryn
    April 26, 2009

    We had a potluck and poster session for our Electron Microscopy final. I brought a sheet cake decorated as a black-and-white EM negative. (OK, it was still in the pyrex cake pan and I frosted it while people were eating, but considering I had to finish my poster too…)

  59. #59 18 film izle
    May 28, 2009

    I cant apply a twirl effect it’s grayed out.

  60. #60 Eric Salat
    November 19, 2009

    I need to eat that I phone cake….

  61. #61 yeliah
    November 22, 2009

    turtlez rock

  62. #62 julia
    November 26, 2009

    you are good at making cake and send me cake picter.thank
    you.take soon

  63. #63 hahahahaha
    June 28, 2010

    ha ha ha i likle the wii remote one!!!

  64. #64 Taylor
    September 12, 2010

    i love mario

  65. #65 obajimi motunrayo
    February 15, 2011

    i want 2 learn how 2 bake

  66. #66 neha shinde
    March 4, 2011


  67. #67 redlex
    March 22, 2011

    i m workning in SAP. so, it is not useful to me at all. But i will send it to my friends. It may be useful to them.

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