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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)

That first one's the awesomest cake ever -- but yeah, I wish it had a teeny-tiny Cotterpin Doozer.

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ha! NinTENdo! My roommate has a classic Nintendo, and we like to play it together. I can totally whip her at Jeopardy!

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFoxTrottinKate

But...but...but...THERE IS A COTTERPIN ON IT! I swear! I had to make her because she's my daughter's favourite!

Okay, okay, I'll try to get some pics up on Thursday or Friday while she's in school...

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

Wow that Pac Man cake is amazing!!!! And while I didn't have the Nintendo, I DID have Atari. Yes I am THAT old......

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I would LOVE to see a JEM cake... I wanted pink hair soo bad when I was little!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OH WOW!!! I need a Fraggle Rock cake!!!

I was amazed, actually, that in Malaga in Spain there's a club called Fraggle Rock. I was confused by the posters up everywhere advertising it, until I found their website:

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Highwater

That Nintendo cake looks so real I don't know if I would eat it!

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The PacMan cake was done by Well-Brad Bakery in Weaverville, NC

Ask and I will tell. :)

March 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaigh

Where is the ColecoVision Cake?

March 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Okay, it took me longer than expected due to allergies and Spring Break and life in general, but there are now tons of photos of the Fraggle Cake on my site, including proof that there WERE Doozers on it, including Cotterpin!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I loved Rainbow Bright as a child. I still have some of those toys packed away somewhere...

The Nintendo cake is great! I also fondly remember those painfully square controllers. I used to get red places on my hands when I played for too long. I actually almost ordered a pair of padded Video Gaming Gloves!

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBento No. 1 Blog
April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJayme

Doozer sticks!


Junior looks so good I could eat him up.


May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobbo

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