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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

Sunday Sweets Visits the 80s

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

I grew up in the 80s, so I have a bit of a soft spot for the music, the movies, and the retina-searing color combinations of that decade. I also make funny squealing noises when I see references to nearly-forgotten loves like the Wuzzles or that Hugga Bunch made-for-TV movie. (Hey, even geek girls were girly girls at age 6, right?)

All that to say, here are some fun 80s-inspired Sweets for y'all.

Remember these guys?

Sing it with me, Carrie G.: "Gummi Beeeaars! Bouncing here and there and EV'rywhere..."

This next one combines 3 great 80s icons: the Rubik's cube, Super Mario, and the oh-so-popular Garbage Pail Kids. (I had a whole album of those cards growing up. I'm guessing a little after the Hugga Bunch phase.)

Marylse found this on Jessica Claire's photography site (which you should check out to see pics of the raddest 80's prom-themed shower ever) and it was made by Sweet Gems Custom Cakes.

And I know Wheel of Fortune is still on the air, but since I had a Vanna White t-shirt in 4th grade it will always be 80s to me.

Sara D., would you like to buy a vowel?
(Note: sorry, I've once again lost track of the original e-mail link, so if you know who made this, please let me know so I can credit the baker!)

And lastly, Karen C. found a cake that really takes me back...

Love it love it love it. And I still have a crush on Michael J. Fox. [wistful sigh]

Ok, this was just too much fun to stop the 80s theme now. That's right, you heard me: the e-mail lines are NOW open, folks, so go forth and find me 80s Sweets! I'm talking the cartoons (Snorks, anyone?) the games, the toys (Slinky, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch - you get the idea), the movies (GhostBUSTERS!), and yes even the music (I know there's a Thriller cake out there somewhere). Send your finds to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

And if you find all these blasts from the past just as fun as I do, you should check out the sticker section on Branded in the 80s. Anyone else remember Poochie the dog? Anyone?

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Reader Comments (147)
did you see these cakes?

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I just dig that Wheel of Fortune cake.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I'm so glad someone else remembers the Wuzzles!!! "We're the Wuzzles...oh oh yeah!" :) moment is over. Carry on.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertarajackson

OH wait!! AND the Popples!!

If someone can make a Popples & Wuzzles cake, they would be the most awesome cake baker ever. :)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertarajackson

I used to get up early with my brother to watch Gummi Bears. And I had a little stuffed Poochie dog. :)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

i thought they were Cabbage PATCH kids??

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdani

I'm a child of the 80's and have never heard of the Wuzzles or Hugga Bunch! Maybe it was for really little kids in the 80's? I was 11/12 in 1980.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKELmomRN2b

The '80s ... a very good decade for me, since that's when I met and married spouse!

My favorite is the Rubik's cube.

Eighties cakes I would like to see: MTV logo (back when it really DID mean Music Television); Weather Channel cake (when Jim Cantore, who is one of my great loves, still had hair); and a SINISTAR cake, since that is my all-time favorite video game!

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

Best Sunday sweets ever! I am an 80's lover as well and had a lovely trip down memory lane as I followed your link to the huggabunch movie (Yes I am over 25 and just spent an hour watching the huggabunch made for tv movie!)

Your Awesome!

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBigMomma

A couple of summers ago I was in Romania visiting a friend's family, and had my back to the TV, which was on and tuned to a Hungarian station. I jumped about a foot when I heard a familiar theme song, and turned around in disbelief to see... Gummi Bears, in Hungarian.

Totally awesome. :-D

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

although i wasn't technically an 80's kid, i was conceived in the 80's, and i was a HUGE fan of the gummi bears. i've asked countless people if they remember them, yet none do.

so today this made me super happy. i know now i'm not completely insane.


February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk8lynr

Not only do I remember Poochie the dog, I still have Poochie the dog.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm thinkin' we need some Smurf wrecks. :)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommyAmy

Wuzzles and Popples, oh yeah. They somehow managed to bring back the Care Bears, I notice, but you never see a Wuzzle anywhere (except on pictures of my kids' Halloween costumes, 1986.)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can I request someone make a GlowWorm cake??? My granny still has my green one in her closet full of toys :)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervmdesign

SWEET! Love the 80s! LOL
~Amy B

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

bareknittingtogether ...

Oh, thanks. Now I got 'One banana, two banana, three banana, four ...' stuck in the soundtrack to be followed the next half hour with 'H.R. Puffinstuff -- he's your friend when things get rough.' Yep. 'Can't get a little, can't get enought!'

Love the Rubik & Mario. Neat cards -- edible ink on white chocolate?

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermsyendor

Jen- I love you for mentioning Poochie. I have a collection of over 200 Poochie items from all over the world.

I have my original puppy my Mom gave me when I was 4 (she also made me a fabulous Poochie cake). Then I've added to my collection books, stampers, tape players, radios, tea sets (plastic and ceramic), halloween costumes, hair accessories, note pads, pencils, figurines, puppets, bath towels and even an original animation cell from the cartoon.

She's my obsession and one day I am going to put together a website for her.

If anyone wants to share a Poochie story (or has questions about her) email me at amrose _ you (at)yahoo dot com

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramroyo

That was such a fun flashback! These cakes were so awesome.

And I will readily admit to spontaneously bursting forth with the Gummi Bears theme song at random times. (Just ask my husband...)

Hey- if you are into more 80's flashbacks, I am currently featuring an awesome collection of 80's tunes on my blog-

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

The 80's had the REAL Wheel of Fortune - back when people still got to go shopping on set with the cash they'd won. They almost always had to use up the last bit with one of those horrid porcelain dalmatian sculptures...

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

I made a pretty rad Ghostbusters cake for my brother's most recent birthday, but I don't think it really qualifies as a sunday sweet ^_^;

Verification Word: panti. *snark*

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

"You made a birthday cake out of DeLorean!?"

Awesome. Simply awesome.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikoli

I still remember EVERY WORD to the Gummie Bears theme song. The 80's...what a riot.

And I think I'm going to request the Wheel of Fortune cake for my next birthday.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Dying to see the technical skills required to make a Slinky cake...

Jem and the Holograms....truly, truly, truly outrageous!

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

Poochie! I remember Poochie. In fact, my mom nicknamed my little sister Poochie because she randomly found a videotape of a Poochie episode and watched until the tape wore out. My sister is twenty years old now, and Mom still calls her Poochie.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlacy

I LOVED Poochie!!! I had a little stamp of here, her paw prints were flowers!!! Awwwwwww.....

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

I NEED a Delorian cake. And of course I remember the Poochie dolls, I had one. Along with some sort of giant plastic/rubber Poochie-themed sheet with rubber sticker-like things that went on it. It had a very particular smell that I will never forget.

Which reminds me, I smelled something the other day that was a dead ringer for the Strawberry Shortcake doll. Sweet and plastic, oh baby.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthefunctionalweirdo

Ah, I heart the '80s. I actually pulled out my '80s-era sticker books a few weeks ago.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNYCGirl

What an adorable blog! Someone commented about how much they liked your blog on my blog so I had to stop by!


February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Great, now I have the Wuzzles theme song stuck in my head. Hahaha! Man, I loved that show!

Ooh they got with a split personality!

I adore the 80s extravaganza!

Those are some totally 'sweet' cakes.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Sadly, I too, am too old to even know what Poochie is/was, BUT, the 80's to me are: polo shirts, Kaepa tennis shoes, Ralph Lauren jeans, M-TV (with actual music), Sony walkmans, very large car phones, Duran Duran. Oh My GOD, like, totally!

Love the DeLorean!

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

I still remember the Gummi Bears fondly. It was one of the great shows.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterehudwill

I was driving to a friend's house one evening and actually saw a DeLorean being driven down the road. I couldn't get a picture of it because I was driving, and my 6 year old didn't have steady enough hands to take a picture with my cellphone either.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeisty Irish Wench

Remember Poochie? But of course. I had a tea set and a stamper. You pushed on her head, her ears would go up and a stamp on her bottom hit your paper. Loved her!

PS..So glad I'm not the only one who remembers the Hugga Bunch movie. People always look at me like I'm crazy when I bring it up.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanyel

I was listening to Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourn while looking at this. total 80's over here! I love the Delorian cake.

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZombie Edward

I was so excited to see the Gummi Bears cake! When hubby & I were in Vietnam 2 years ago, Gummi Bears was on every morning during breakfast. Ahh, the memories. The first day trying to remember why we knew the show & then timing our breakfast each day to catch the latest episode. Good times...

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterthreekidchaos

I googled "thriller cake" and here is what I found-

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchrystal

These cakes are all kinds of awesome!

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

Oh my gosh! I almost stopped breathing when I saw the Gummi Bear cake! I want one! I want one! The Gummi Bears was our favorite show when we were kids! It was actually just released on DVD, and we definitely got three copies in my family this Christmas...

By the way, I've been following this blog almost since it started, and I absolutely adore it, but this is the first time I've commented - yay '80s! :)

February 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I remember Poochie! Her pink sunglasses were AWESOME! The Hugga Bunch movie was great, I wanted to go through the mirror. Gummi Bears rock, we still sing that song. Thanks for the nostalgia!!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon & Aimee

I had poochie shrinky-dinks and yes a stamper as well.

Does anyone else remember the monchichis?

pound puppies/purries?

Good times.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

You want 80's? Icanhascheezburger has a new user submission site:

All the nostalgia for you kids of the 80's!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

I used to love watching Gummi Bears!! :) I have to admit that I started singing the theme song straight away!! :) [I should say that I was born in the mid-eighties, but I love 80s-themed stuff!!]

I also remember Poochie a little bit...I still have my Poochie toy!! Talk about vintage!! LOL :)

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiv

Oh, the 80s! I remember my mom made me a Popple cake for my birthday one year. It was really impressive, at least to me at the time!

This just makes me think of a great music video mashup of 80s teen movies... let me dig it out...

Oh, the 80s. How we sort of miss you. And your hair.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraris-tgd

Rubix cubes are so not over--my sixth grade students are obsessed with them! There are always at least five floating around on a given day.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Hanson

They're so cute!

My childhood's never looked so sweet before.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUtahime Lorelei

HUGGABUNCH! Oh god, I have such a love/hate relationship with that movie. I absolutely LOVED it, up until I had my first ever (remembered, at least) nightmare because of it. I had a dream that I was pulled through the mirror into nothingness and woke up terrified lol. Ah, the mind of a child... hehe.

80's KIDS, UNITE! :D

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

OH. MY. GOSH! I didn't know other people remembered Hugga Bunch! I made my friends watch that at every slumber party until I was 13 (shortly after which my brother taped over it). We thought it was hilarious.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKati McCauley

AH, the memories! Am I the only one, who after watching the Hugga Bunch movie, stood in front of the mirror, hugging the crap out of my hugga bunch doll and pressing the mirror, just in case it really worked? I can't be the only one!

Those cakes are totally rad for sure!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBudgyrl

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