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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)

oh my goodness! i'm not a fan of fondant, but those space invaders cupcakes are pretty darn awesome.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlg

I just asked my husband for the Pac-Man cake for my next birthday, except I want Ms. Pac-Man.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKath

OMG Jen - I have goosebumps! This post threw me back to my childhood! I was nuts about fraggle rock, had the same Rainbow brite doll with crinkly skirt, and lo and behold - I also had the exact same nintendo system! (And I still do! Dr Mario anyone?). LOL!
Awesome post!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Schwerin

There really is a doozer in the first cake! He's the tiny tiny little dude next to his sugar rod contraption.

I bought my best friend season 1 of Fraggle Rock on dvd for her birthday about 2 years ago :)

I'm totally looking forward to Smurfs and Snorks!!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSleep Goblin

The Pac-man sheet cake is my favorite. It's simple, but it's totally awesome.

Also, I'm with Ms Sue from a few comments above--I'd love to see an Indiana Jones cake!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleikomgwtfbbq

If you look very closely at the Fraggle Rock cake, you can see a tiny doozer by the sugar structure. That cake is outstanding, btw. I am and will always be a mass Fraggle Rock fan. Awesome cakes!!!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Great cakes, especially the Pac-Man one. I second Electrogirl's request for a good She-ra cake! I've been Googling and haven't turned up a good one yet, but would love to see one. Would settle for He-man, but She-ra definitely preferred!

Or how about Voltron? Preferably the lion incarnation.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I suppose Voltron would be too much to ask for...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG Nintendo...I must have that cake! I still have an Original Nintendo...and yes it works, I even have Mario Bros w/ Duck Hunt and Tetris...I actually asked for it on my 18th birthday and my uncle found a guy who restores them...LOVE IT!
And I just had a conversation with a friend about Fraggle wierd.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Thank you for adding the non fondant sweets. Personally I think the Twink cake is a wreck because of the apparent cake to fondant ratio. The last fondant cake I ate about made me gag. Are you supposed to eat the fondant? And if not, why is it put on cakes at all?

Ok, you are not going to believe this but my word verification is "radish" Seriously, no joke. =)

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Ice Cream Diary

SPACE INVADERS. Wow. Awesome. I was good at that game.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirginiaWestfield

When you said 80s, I was hoping for some Fraggle Rock! Awesome! (Or should I say rad or cool beans?!) And Rainbow Brite too? My childhood wonders!! That Nintendo is terrific. And can't beat Pac Man. Thanks for a great Sunday Sweet theme!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I hope that means you found a Wuzzles cake! Definitely my favorite show growing up. It's weird that I remember watching it ALL THE TIME, but when I googled it a in college, I discovered that they only made like 10 episodes or something. So I must have watched them over and over. Good times!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMsTeacherLady

FRAGGLE ROCK?!?! HOW CUTE! All of those cakes are too cute to eat!

I wonder if they are chocolate...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChromesthesia

This was a trip down memory lane...

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebby

I can't even tell you how much I LOVE the Fraggle Rock cake. I'm demanding one for my birthday now. lol Even the dozer's one is cool. Talk about memories. I've still got my Nintendo somewhere too.


March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterApril
there is a thundercast cupcake out of the all

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertera

ok, they're all delightful, it must be said.

but i don't even care about any of them except for the FRAGGLE cake! i ADORE the fraggles and pretty much anything jim henson. (ergo, the Doozer cake is pretty great too).

i'm lovin' it!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I was born in 73, but don't remember Fraggle Rock. Where was I?!?! However, I agree with everyone else in wanting a Jem or SheRa or Thundercats cat. Somehow I feel in the ether a Wreck coming on via the "Thundercats - HO!" motto.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter~Anne

if anyone can find a Rude Dog and the Dweebs cake, I'll worship them until the end of time.

wait...was that 80s or early 90s?

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlinden

"Rainbow Bright, see the shining light...starlight flies right before your eyes...good times! I loved my "holographic" outfit so much, the crinkly iridescent stuff came off! And my sprites' faces washed off in their many trips to through the washing machine, so my dad drew funny faces back on with Sharpie!

Thanks for the memories. My daughter is almost three and she loves the Fraggles and Strawberry Shortcake--the whole bit. Where's the Rainbow Bright revival?

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I so want that Fraggle Rock cake!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

I absolutely ADORE the Fraggle rock cake. Dance your cares away.. worries for another day!!!

I'm looking forward to next Sunday's post because I'm headed to an 80's birthday party on Saturday and I know it's going to be a blast.

Thanks for posting these awesome cakes!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Nintendo system rocks!

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oooh, Fraggle Rock! "Dance your cares away, worries for another day...."

I was definitely grown up by the time this show was run, but adored it. And I knew a number of adults who felt the same.:)
The video game cakes are awesome! Man, do those take me back.

March 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercygirlkat

I'm giddy that you posted my Fraggle Rock cake on the same day that I won two awards for another cake at the Austin Cake Show! It's been a great cake day for me! *squeee*

There are actually teeeeeeeeeeeny tiny little doozers on mine, under the poured-sugar doozer sticks, but they're hard to see in that photo. You can sort of see them in the photo in this blog post:

I need to post more pics to the cake gallery and hope to do that soon, along with my new creation.

BTW, total non-pro over here. Nobody pays me for any of this stuff. I'm just a hobbyist.

And I love this blog. I was recommending it to people at the cake show today who I thought would appreciate the horrible cakes-gone-wrong.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Since my (now) spouse and I spent quite a bit of time in the mid-80s at arcades, I love the Pac-Man the best.

Closely followed by the Space Invaders, because I have a miniature Galaxia machine (built like an arcade machine) that I still play!

I still want to see a Sinistar cake.

Spouse and I were true gaming dorks. I can't remember the name of the first gaming system he had (I do remember my favorite game was Parsec — not sure of the spelling), but then he got an Intellivision. I liked it so much that he bought me one for my birthday.

Good times. Great times. Where are my jelly bracelets and black lace mitts? Oh yeah, still in the top drawer of my dresser.

Word verification: mudonspa. Where I want to go some weekend to get the mudbath.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScritzy

The Space Invaders "cake" is amazing and wonderful. I want one.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterViewtiful_Justin

What? No Atari?

Your "if you don't have one make one" threat is very tempting. I've been trying for ages to figure out the best way to execute a Labyrinth cake...honestly the only way the Goblin King could be even more yummy is if he was covered in buttercream. Err...ahh. Maybe I should stick to your Nintendo cake.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I too had a Raindow Brite doll!! Loved her!! Sheera anyone?? Jem - because she's truly outrageous?? The Get-a-long gang?? Wuzzles - with Bumblelion and Butterbear?? Anyone...really?! I wish the networks would just bite the bullet and make a complete 80's cartoon channel. It would be complete and utter bliss.

PS - I just watched Juno (for the umpteenth time) and I can't get enough of her Thundercats reference. Gets me every time!! I did LURVE me some Thundercats. That cheetarah - she was AWESOME!!

(also...born in 81 - totally remember all of these! Being born in the early 80's is NO excuse for ignorance of the classics!)

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeremyandgirls

these cakes are so beautiful, love the nintendo cake

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMad Hatter

Where's the Trash Heap, nyah! on the Fraggle cake? Robbed!

These are great. The Nintendo seriously brings back memories, especially since we've been playing Mario and Zelda on the Wii...good times.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbowlwoman

DOOZERS!!!! I love the doozers. I used to ask my mom to buy me doozer sticks and refused to believe her when she told me they weren't real. I thought they would tasteso good... maybe that's why I like jimaca now...

Ha Ha! I still have my nintendo! With all the orginal controllers, parts and plugs!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrianna

My husband also had a NES groom's cake. It was delicious and fun!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

The only reason we had HBO was for Fraggle Rock. Man I love that show. "Dance your cares away {clap, clap} worries for another daaay!"

That would have been my dream cake when I was younger...who am I kidding, it would be a dream cake NOW! I wouldn't even wait till my birthday. "Happy Monday Heidi! Here's a totally cool cake, just cuz."

Totally random thought, I love how the verification words are sometimes real words or close to real it's "suckle"

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi 'n' Jeff

Thanks for posting non fondant cakes from time to time. As beautiful as they are, I prefer the creativity and yumminess of buttercream (or the like) frosting.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMer

The last one is I couldn't believe it was a cake at first.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First...there MUST be a couple out there for Herself the Elf and Rose Petal.

Second...why has no one mentioned the FABULOUS 'fridge magnet lettering on the equally fabulous Rainbow Brite cake? WE FREAKIN' HAD THOSE MAGNETS ON OUR 'FRIDGE!!! (Yeah, I know they still exist, but my mom bought them for us when I was in 1983!)

Good Sunday Stuff as always!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Martiele I'm going to have that Fraggle Rock song stuck in my head for a month. Crap!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeshealle

Wow those are great!! Love the Fraggle Rock cake!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie


March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Love the pacman! That one will be great to remember next January for my hubby's birthday. Though, I think I'd have to change it to Ms. Pacman...(what is it with guys and her?!)
Great almost 7 year old loves the arcade game of Mappy, so that would be great to make for his birthday next week.

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Wait until you see the fabulous cake Kimberly did for this past weekend's cake show! It was just awesome and she won a couple of prizes!

March 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyla

This blog just makes me want to go pretend its the 80s and eat cake fo course.

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Oh my gosh! Gummi Bears last week and now Fraggle Rock!!! My two favorite shows from my childhood! I love it, I love it, I love it!!! You just made my horrible awful no good very bad day sooooo much brighter! :) :) :)

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aaaah, the Bleeding Heart Bakery! Last year they made me a Wreck homage cake, with lettering that said "Calling back with instructions". I would have taken a picture but it got eaten too fast.

I must be a real cake geek, because a mention of my favorite Chicago bakery has me all excited!

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelle Plain

Gotta note: That excellent Space Invaders creation is actually... a cupcake conglomeration cake! It can be done!

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

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