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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: More 80s

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks are. As always, if you know who made one of the uncredited cakes, please let me know!

It's been so much fun seeing what you guys turned up in your search for 80s Sweets. To narrow my selection down, I'm going to focus on things that haven't had a huge come-back recently, like Transformers and Indiana Jones. (Okay, so "huge" is relative. Boo Crystal Skull!) I'm also going to hold off on Super Mario for now, since he's got enough material out there to fill several posts on his own.

So let's kick things off down at Fraggle Rock, shall we?

Sarah A. found this insanely detailed Fraggle diorama by Kimberly Chapman. The upper left-hand corner even has Sprocket waiting beside the hole in the wall! I like that Kimberly made it so detailed without being too busy: any more and the cake would have looked chaotic, but this seems to strike the right balance.

Ah, but where are the Doozers, you ask? Not to fear; Amy R. found them!

These Doozers are sooo cute, but I'm afraid it took me a moment of squinting to figure out that's supposed to be a giant radish. (Sorry - it's been a while.) I'm curious what the Bleeding Heart Bakery used to make the lettering, too: is it too much to hope they're sugar rods?

Speaking of adorable characters, check out Rainbow Brite's sprite Twink:

Michelle M. found this cuddly bit of cakery by Dora of Cakes Garden. I had this doll when I was little, and I used to love Rainbow Brite's crinkly holographic outfit, too - remember that, girls?

Sorry, I'm veering off into extreme girliness again. Uh, here you go, guys:

Eh? A little Space Invaders action? Get a load of that pixelated perfection!
Erin C. found it over on Hello Naomi's Flickr stream.

Here's some more arcade awesomeness, and our fondant-free Sweet of the week:

I know it's "just" a sheet cake, but that piping is perfectly done and nicely detailed. Karon Z. found it here, but the baker isn't listed.

Moving along in the evolution of gaming, who among us didn't have one of these?

Ah, how I miss those painful square controllers jabbing into my palms. [wistful smile]

This was the groom's cake at Rachel G.'s wedding, by the way.

Ok, that's enough for this week. Tune in next Sunday for all 80s cartoons. It's gonna be, like, totally righteous, dude.

(Speaking of which, anyone have a classic GI Joe cake to send me? Or how about Thunder Cats? And I'm still waiting for something featuring the Snorks - c'mon, people, if you can't find one, make one! Is that too much to ask?)

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Reader Comments (113)

I love the nintendo and the pacman

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Woman

Ah, good times. good times.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAce

My niece and I are having a slumber party and last night we watched Rainbow Brite. She recognized Twink right away. (I only hope she doesn't want one for her birthday)

The "just a sheet cake" PacMan is outstanding. Yummy.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramroyo

Awww, SWEET! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane :)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZitny Clan

Aww, I thought we were going to see an Indiana Jones cake! --Sue

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That's it, I *need* a Fraggle cake!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAberdonian

Fraggles! I just had to show my husband the intro...due to his being born in 1980 he managed to completely miss out on the fraggles.


March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

So radical!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

Wow, those are amazing! I love the little Sprite cake.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Empty Envelope

I am a lurking reader and had to finally post a comment. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 80s Sunday Sweets. You are bringing back some memories. Thanks!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon

I want to see a non-wreck Loony Tunes one!
Actually does one with Buggs and Duff and Elmer even exist?

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkuro

These are marvelous! I sometimes deny myself your blog like an addiction, so it's that much better when I do read it after two or three days. Thank you for the fix :)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered

The Twink cake is totally rad!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Jemima

i still own and use my original NES. Granted, i would enjoy it more in cake form.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDi

I was born in 1980, and I remember Fraggles! Even the theme song "Down in Fraggle Rock."

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

I hope that the Doozer cake's lettering is sugar rods too--on the Fraggle Rock cake there is a litle structure (like what the Doozers built) in the middle back--do you think that is also sugar rods??

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

A Fraggle Rock cake is seriously my dream come true!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberlee

this post makes me think that the 80s were the coolest decade. ever.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkara

I was born in 79 and I remember the Fraggles. Awesome cakes!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Simply amazing. I can't believe that I actually enjoy Sunday Sweets as much as I do the wrecks themselves. It's almost like I'm not a completely horrible person after all.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPip

Fraggle Rock was my Favorite!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

Firstly, the Fraggle Rock cake is amazing. Secondly, I nearly squealed when I saw Twink, and I totally had the crinkly holographic Rainbow Brite. In fact, I'm visiting my parents this week, and my mom says she's downstairs...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Other Emily, what are you saying? I was born in '80 and remember the Fraggles!

Meanwhile, as for Rainbow Brite's outfit, one of those overpriced-"sexy"-halloween-costumes companies is making a Rainbow Brite getup now, and it's probably the best thing in their line. If I were blond and small enough to fit in their stuff, I would own it.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

OMG, those gaming cakes are brilliant. I wonder if the Pac-Man cake eats itself...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

Makes me feel old...favorite is the space invader cupcakes!" REL="nofollow">Daily Gif Blog, check it out when ya have a chance.


March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoublebanker

The Nintendo console absolutely rocks. My husband and I are wondering what the controller cords were made of.

I'm a new fan - my cake decorating cousin had a friend post a link to your blog on her Facebook page. You get around. :)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMillie

is it just me or were the 80s THE coolest decade of all time? I'm sure it had something to do with the explosion of cable tv and cartoons taking on the role of extended commercials, but why are kids shows so practical these days? What happened to the crazy winding mythologies that most of those shows embraced?

Plus, fluorescent!!!

Aghh I feel another 80s b-movie binge coming on...

also thanks for posting the fraggle cake!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarahAB

I am not sure if that's what you are looking for, but I thought they looked nice.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuhri

Emily- tell your husband he has no excuse-i'm familiar with the fraggles, and i was born in 87.
these cakes are absolutely fantastic, i really want the pac man one, though...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Fraggle Rock is back on the Toon Retro channel. My kids watch it now.
Dance your cares away..
Worries for another da---ay
Let the music play ..
Down in Fraggle Rock!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG!!! Cake #1 was made by a friend of mine!! So cool!!!! :-D

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

That Fraggle cake is astounding!

And nope, no Nintendo here, we had an Atari though - anyone remember them? And a ZX Spectrum (is that right?)?

I need to see some Smurfs next!

... from someone who spent almost an entire Sunday going through all of your blog!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShadow

OMG the rainbow brite sprite!! and hey - i HAVE that rainbow brite outfit, it's my halloween costume every year, complete with rainbow leg warmers! so don't apologize for your girliness. :)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn

Thanks for the 80s flashback! Those Fraggle Rock cakes are awesome... I want one!! :)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTristan's Mom

Rainbow Brite cake! Man, I had forgotten about my Rainbow Brite doll and her awesome crinkly holographic dress until you brought her up. Kinda wish I hadn't let Mom purge so many of my old toys now.

I want that Pac-Man cake. Not only is it well-executed and Pac-Man, it's not fondant! Since it's a sheet cake, maybe that's buttercream... mmm...

Somebody needs to post a She-Ra cake. I wanted to be She-Ra when I grew up. Pretty dress and crown, and magic sword to smite baddies with? Yes!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElectrogirl

@Megan The Fraggle Rock cake in the beginning did indeed use sugar rods. The creator does have blog posts on the creation of the cake (made for her daughter's birthday) but I decided to give her a heads-up that this was here and she can come and post a link if she has time. I know she's at a cake show this weekend though, so she probably won't.l

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKari

LOVE the Nintendo cake! That looks so realistic!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMommyAmy

OOh! I hope someone finds a Jem cake! She was truly outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.

Uuuuh nice walk down memorylane - love the first one with The Fraggles and now I've got the themesong playing in my head LOL

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterklappeklappekage

My partner loves the game related ones. He's such a big geek lol

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiranda

Yay the 80s!

That doozer on top of the radish though appears to be doing something questionable to his/herself from this angle.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

The Fraggle cake is amazing!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYou Suck at Craigslist

I love PacMan. I want that cake!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

Fraggle + diorama = Fraggle-rama!

Love it.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Now I want cake. Just not those cakes, because they are far too nice to cut into.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I turned my screen around to show Mr. Ego the nintendo cake. His reply was,
"What? I see a Nintendo."

I had to let him know that I was on Cake Wrecks. That was too cool, as was the Space Invaders cupcakes.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlter Ego

If there are no Snork cakes, I will personally make and wreck one.

"Come along with the SNORKS"

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

That Fraggle cake is, like, totally tubular, dude! My little boys love Fraggle Rock, too; we have several on dvd, and even a Wembly doll.
I am sooo having 80's flashbacks; where'd my mom hide my Tiger Beats??? :P

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

How can people eat cakes like the Fraggle Rock one? It is a work of art. Then again maybe eating is part of the fun, because once you eat it it becomes part of you.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFight Klub Ninja

OMG, Fraggle Rock! I love that show as a kid. The Nintendo totally rocks too, it just needs a TV screen flashing blue and black (or was it blue and green).

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

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