Geek cakes seem to fall into four main categories: 1. cakes that resemble computers, game consoles, and other gadgets, 2. cakes that illustrate one's geeky obsession, 3. cakes that are made by strange technological methods, and 4. cakes that incorporate technology into the finished product.
1. Cakes that look like gadgets. When Miles turned 15, he received a Mac Mini cake, and a Mac Mini, too!
Check out this iPhone cake Flickr user icruise received for his birthday.
There are more cakes made to resemble game consoles, computers, and iPods at YesButNoButYes. This gallery is a little heavy on Apple, but that's OK, I like apple cakes. Other categories of geek cakes, after the jump.
2. Cakes that reflect a geek's favorite pastime include this Star Wars cake recently featured on Boing Boing. It depicts Max Rebo, the keyboardist in Jabba's palace band. With illustrated steps. Also see the Death Star cake and the Mustafar cake.
3. Highly intelligent, technologically-minded people (geeks) cook, too, but sometimes by specialized methods. Colin at Instructables made this cake with intricately-designed edges by using a laser cutter.
4. Then there are cakes that do things. Dave Spencer at Instructables made a volcano cake for his son's birthday. This cake had vibration, smoke, sound effects, and a lava flow (strawberry flavored)! It required seven boxes of cake mix. Then he posted the process of building the cake, hardware and all, and a video of the cake in action at the birthday party.
Believe it or not, I'm hungry now.