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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)

it's funny that you mention Poochie....I just got my daughter a Poochie book at a book swap! No one else remembered her!!!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie, Jeff and Kennedy

You just made my morning with the Gummy Bear cake. When I was a kid and had to have my tonsils removed, I got a Gummy Bear teddy bear as a gift for being "brave". One of my favorite things ever.

And the DeLorean is awesome!! Does it have its own frosting flux capacitor?

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermhb

OMG! I had a Poochie knit hat! Loved that dog!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Oh! Oh! I'm SO GLAD I'm not the only one who remembers the Hugga Bunch movie. Just this past Tuesday, I was trying to describe it (and the dolls) to some friends, and they looked at me like I was crazy. Oh, the validation.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathie

My Little Pony cakes (one of my favorite toys as an 80s kidlet)

(go to the bottom left pic on that last page)

-- Elisabeth

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterELISABETH

of course i remember poochie, but the question is, does anyone remember foofur? i had a stuffed foofur when i was a kid and that thing went EVERYWHERE with me. sadly, no one ever seems to remember him...

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiss k

This is great! I collected Garbage Pail Kids stickers, too, and had a crush on MJF (they filled part of part 3 in my hometown, and part of that by my junior high, so I'd always peer out the bus window to catch a peek). I hope someone sends in a Dungeons and Dragons cake, complete with a giant Tiamat!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Hmmm. I've got a friend whose got an actual DeLorean in his driveway. I'd love to get him that cake!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterholly

LOL, I had that Hugga Bunch special on video! I watched it much more than I'm comfortable admitting ...

Meanwhile, now I need to finally make the Pac-Man cake installation I keep meaning to do ...

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

Hugga Bunch!! My mom actually got me the DVD last year for Christmas. The 80's were a wonderful time!

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Those cakes are great but where are the "My Little Pony" cakes? Surely there must be some out there!:)

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Okay, you said Hugga Bunch movie. I love you. No one ever remembers tat movie! Do you remember when I think it was Taco Bell was giving out the little dolls? My older cousins all collected them for me.

And Gummi Bears! I just bought those DVDs late last year.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

OMG thank you SO MUCH for that link to the Hugga Bunch movie! I used to watch that movie everyday (my dad taped it for me off tv). A few years ago, I tore my parents' house up looking for the VHS, but had no success. It's just as good as I remember it LOL
I loved this week's Sunday Sweets! Really takes me back...

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I can't believe someone, besides me, remembers Poochie the Dog. Not to mention the Hugga Bunch movie with those weird apricot things. How about Popples???

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

And through an ironic reversal, the Gummi Bears cake was just the result of a misunderstanding when the customer, completely unaware of the cartoon show, asked for gummi bear candies on top of the cake.

February 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Hey, I know this isn't cake related, but check out my website of really lame 1980's young adult book covers, whee!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

I LOVED the Gummi Bears. It was one of my all time favorites! *sings* "Gummi Bears, bouncin' hear and there and everywhere. High adventure that's beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bears."

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I have a poochie stamper - with her oh-so-sassy sunglasses perched atop her pink ears!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCovering Cairo

You know, the Wheel of Fortune one is really clever, because you have all your slices sectioned out already. You can just cut out every slice perfectly. Now if only other cakes could pull that off sans the WoF theme...

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I still remember all the words to the Gummy Bears show theme song...nice to see cakes that are done well and remind us of our happy pasts !

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

thank you for posting the link Branded in the 80's. It brought me way back to childhood and I realized, I have a LOT of those same stickers! I cant wait to get home and look at my collection again! That was sure fun!


February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, I have been trying to figure out for YEARS what the memory of a live-action kids movie with an evil witch and a glass done was, and your Hugga Bunch link is IT! Never thought I would ever figure it out, let alone from a site about cakes. Heh! Thank you!!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Oh my gosh! I have literally been trying to remember for a decade the name of that movie and those dolls...hugga bunch! Thank you!!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdaniellehodgson

YES! to H R Puf'n'Stuf and the Bugaloos! I sooo had a crush on the guy "Jimmy" from HR, Davey Jones, a young Scott Baio AND Michael J. Fox. Something about those, cute, short, dark-haired guys I guess.

The era of Sid & Marty Krofft was a kids wonderland!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

What a nice trip down memory lane~ I especially LOVE the DeLorean cake! I spazzed when I first saw it!

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I love love love the Garbage Pail Kid with the Flock of Seagulls Hair-do!

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I had a Rainbow Brite cake when I was a kid. My mom gave them a picture to draw it from, and when we got the cake, they'd given the cake Rainbow Brite a mustache.

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I can't believe that you mentioned Hugga Bunch. I have this movie to this day (no I don't watch it, but I have it). I never realized it was at all popular.

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

oh wow! I'm old...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCurlyfrySC's Collage

Decent cakes, yes!

And Poochie!! I knew her well! She had "flower-power" pawpads shaped like daisies, right? And she was a little girl's pet, BUT SECRETLY an advice columnist for a magazine.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*~Stardustings~*

I still have a Poochie record! One of those mini records with a book to read along... It's called "Dear Poochie" I think. haha Good memories!

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i miss the 80's Fred Smilek is the acting president of the Society to Save Endangered Species. It was founded two years ago by Fred Smilek along with his two best friends Charles and Jonathan.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had a Ghostbusters logo cake back when I was a kid. It was homemade, and it looked awesome. Don't think I have any pictures to share tho. : /

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIke

Nice pictures

April 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWebsite design nyc

Your welcome!

{Thriller cake! muahahaa!}

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayme

Oh god, I want a DeLorean time machine cake for my birthday! Man, forget Michael J Fox, gimme Christopher Lloyd...

February 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

Oh gosh I hope there's a Rick Rollin' cake out there somewhere...

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I beg to differ, but the Gummi Bears was definitely 90's!

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjamina1

And now I'm going to have the Gummi Bears theme song playing in my head for a week. Thanks. :D

March 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGWSTB

I am not 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.

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSearch White Pages

The Wheel Of Fortune cake is mine, you have had some of my best and worst on I am a military wife and have only been making cakes out of my home for three years. This one was for a gentlemen in Camp Pendleton CA who was on the show during Armed Forces week.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I MUST have the DeLorean cake at my next birthday.

I love the 80s! I'm an 80s child and have the birthday cakes to prove it-all proudly made by my mom.

Most were made using Wilton pans but she DID freehand a phenomenal She-Ra cake for me for my 7th birthday...I must find a picture of it!

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

My name's Poochie D. and I rock the telly, I'm a half Joe Camel, and a third Fonzarelli. Get with the program, groovy dudemeister. I bite and fight and bite, All through the night, sir! Respect!
Wrong Poochie?

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryakkofan725

That cars pretty cool. My son loves Back to the Future. xx

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

i remember poochie! so 80's! remember monchichi? fluppy dogs?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

The wheel of fortune cake came from

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYvhv Hvtkē

Was Wheel of Fortune really around in the 80's in the US?

I'm sure it didn't reach our shores here in the UK until well into the 1990s. We are always so far behind the US!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweets

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