Geekiest cupcake designs

Cupcakes (and a few cakes) decorated for the techie crowd

Cupcakes are everywhere, in urban bakeries dedicated to the sweet confections, headlining dozens of how-to blogs , and providing a quirky profession (cupcake entrepreneur!) for a new crop of TV and movie heroines. Tech, too, has not escaped the cupcake craze. From mainstream iPhone and Google icons to geeky Ubuntu and Big Blue logos, cupcake bakers have taken inspiration from technology for their complex fondant-and-frosting structures. Here are some of our photogenic favorites. Sadly, we can't vouch for how they taste.

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My MacBook was created by Ween Nee, who described her laptop as her "loyal companion." Ween (who used to work at Agilent Technologies) opened a retail cake shop called Sugar in Penang, Malaysia, last November.

Creator: Ween Nee
Source: Flickr
Web site: cakes by ween

Kamille Garcia's (aka Mykky) first attempt at making Android cupcakes uses traditional frosting.

Creator: Mykky
Source: Flickr
Web site: Mykky’s Etsy shop

Oh Crumbs! Cupcakes of Manchester, U.K., made these themed cupcakes for a Google business meeting. Along with buttercream frosting, each cupcake is topped with an icing decoration to represent the company's products and services, the bakery says.

Creator: Oh Crumbs! Cupcakes
Source: Flickr
Web site: Oh Crumbs! Cupcakes

This chocolate is mouthwatering, even viewed through a computer monitor. Flickr user alicia rae wrote of her Apple cupcakes: "i love everything apple, and i'm not embarrassed to say it. maybe i'm just trendy and brainwashed that way."

Creator: alicia rae
Source: Flickr

Alicia rae is also a big fan of Doctor Who. She made these Exterminate! cupcakes for a finale party, inspired by the British TV series' mutant Dalek creatures. She called them "the nerdiest cupcakes in the world."

Creator: alicia rae
Source: Flickr

Stephanie Steiner decorated these cupcakes with gumpaste and set them up like an iPhone for "a Mac geek," she wrote on Flickr.

Creator: Stephanie Steiner
Source: Flickr

Bakerella is royalty in the world of baking and decorating. Her Web posts include detailed instructions on how to make her inspired creations, such as these impeccable "Instagrahams" -- homemade graham crackers decorated to look like the Instagram photo sharing app. Genius.

Creator: Bakerella
Source: Bakerella blog

Bakerella conjured up these Mii cupcakes for a contest she ran in 2009. The prize was a Wii package, and contenders had to correctly identify which Mii was the one Bakerella played with (the green-eyed blond in the front).

Creator: Bakerella
Source: Flickr
Web site: Bakerella blog

Nathalina Backman (aka nathromeu) made this Ubuntu cupcake for a friend who kept talking about Ubuntu on Twitter. It's caramel flavored to give it the distinctive Ubuntu brown feel, she says.

Creator: nathromeu
Source: Flickr
Twitter: @nathromeu

Mixy Lorenzo of Sydney, Australia, photographed this Firefox cupcake, which she says was decorated by a friend-of-a-friend, Carol.

Photographer: Mixy Lorenzo
Source: Flickr

Mixy Lorenzo also photographed the same decorator's Twitter cupcake.

Photographer: Mixy Lorenzo
Source: Flickr

Gill Smith is the designer and creator of these Apple Mac-themed cupcakes, which she made for her brother Jez's 27th birthday. (She's also a jewelry maker.)

Creator: Gill Smith
Source: Flickr
Web site: Gillyflower Jewellery

Clever Cupcakes got a special request to reproduce its QR Code Cupcakes as part of a media campaign to promote the Technofollies exhibit at the Montreal Science Centre.

Creator: C lever Cupcakes
Source: Flickr
Twitter: @clever_cupcakes

This Xbox 360-inspired cupcake is frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with a miniature Xbox 360 controller, handcrafted from fondant.

Creator: Clever Cupcakes
Source: Flickr
Twitter: @clever_cupcakes

The creative force behind Clever Cupcakes of Montreal is Michelle Wall, who's a "cupcake-baking neuroscientist for hire," she says on Twitter. Michelle made these retro Frogger cupcakes (lemon cupcakes with vanilla buttercream and handmade fondant decorations) as part of an order for a 39th birthday party.

Creator: Clever Cupcakes
Source: Flickr
Twitter: @clever_cupcakes

Cupcake Treats created this desktop-inspired cake with a birthday mail message on the monitor.

Creator: Cupcake Treats
Source: Flickr

IBM celebrated its 100-year anniversary this year, and Cupcake Treats made some sweets in honor of Big Blue's centennial.

Creator: Cupcake Treats
Source: Flickr

Angel Hernandez at Cake Freak made this Xbox 360 cake for an 11-year-old's birthday.

Creator: Angel Hernandez
Source: Flickr
Web site: Cake Freak

Star Wars Lego cupcakes are made with chocolate fudge cake with chocolate chips and marshmallow icing. They're finished with edible Star Wars Lego toppers that were hand-cut and hand-painted by Jennifer McFadden of Death by Cupcake.

Creator: Jennifer McFadden
Source: Flickr
Web site: Death by Cupcake

Jennifer McFadden is also the creative genius behind these science fair cupcakes.

Creator: Jennifer McFadden
Source: Flickr
Web site: Death by Cupcake

TreatNYC made these Mac-inspired cupcakes -- with vanilla cake and cream cheese frosting -- for a surprise 30th birthday.

Creator: treatNYC
Source: Flickr
Web site: treatNYC

Liana Stevens created these Doctor Who cupcakes. "As a massive Doctor Who fan I definitely fall into the geek category," says Stevens, who runs Star Bakery, a cupcake and cake bakery in Nottinghamshire, U.K.

Creator: Liana Stevens
Source: Flickr
Web site: Star Bakery

These impeccable Angry Birds cupcake toppers are the work of Lynlee Beckett. She runs Las Vegas-based Lynlee's Petite Cakes, which specializes in custom cupcake designs, fondant toppers and party styling.

Creator: Lynlee Beckett
Source: Flickr
Web site: Lynlee's Petite Cakes

Lynlee Beckett took on the iPad for this set of cupcake toppers, created out of fondant.

Creator: Lynlee Beckett
Source: Flickr
Web site: Lynlee's Petite Cakes

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Android, Angry Birds and Apple were the inspiration for these cupcakes, which were made for the social media department at ING Bank, says Zoe Elizabeth Gottehrer of CAKE Amsterdam. Born and raised in New York City, Gottehrer has been working as a professional cook and baker in The Netherlands since 2002.

Creator: Zoe Elizabeth Gottehrer
Source: Flickr
Web site: CAKE Amsterdam

Betsy Weber created these cupcakes, adorned with iPods, Pacman and other geeky icons. When she's not baking, Weber is the chief evangelist at software company TechSmith.

Creator: Betsy Weber
Source: Flickr
Twitter: @betsyweber

Ashli Wood of Savoureux Cupcakery made these Lego Star Wars cupcakes for a birthday party. "I got to channel my inner UberNerd for these!" she wrote on her Flickr post.

Creator: Ashli Wood
Source: Flickr
Web site: Savoureux Cupcakery

Ashli Wood's "AppCakes" turn app icons into cupcake toppers. "I did the number 4 because that was the day my client's birthday was on," wrote Wood of Savoureux Cupcakery in Young Harris, Ga.

Creator: Ashli Wood
Source: Flickr
Web site: Savoureux Cupcakery