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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

(Dr.) Horrible Sunday Sweets

If you haven't watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - or even know what it is yet - then this post is for you.

And if you *have* seen and love Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, then this post is really for you.

I was late in discovering Joss Whedon's internet gem, but within 5 minutes I was in love, and have been looking for an excuse to feature it here ever since. Fortunately, Pfoinkle of Hurry Up Cakes has provided me with several truly excellent excuses:

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First and foremost, you should know that Dr. Horrible is an award-winning musical film made exclusively for the Internet. It has a super catchy soundtrack, hilarious super-villain spoofs, and an unexpectedly sweet story. You can watch it for free online in three 14-minute segments, too. In fact... [furious clicking in the background], watch the first few minutes of this and just try not to get hooked:

[NOTE: Sorry, guys; I just learned that the above vid is only viewable here in the U.S. So if you're not in the U.S., you can either schedule a trip or buy the DVD on Amazon. (Go here to watch the trailer.)]

Ok, enough intro. Back to the cake!

First up is the geekalicious goggle cake:

Below Dr. Horrible's signature goggles are the label and some schematics for his death ray. Turn the cake around, though, and you'll see...

...the Thoroughbred of Sin himself, Bad Horse!

Next we have Captain Hammer's cake:

Penny's frozen yogurt cake:

"What a crazy random happenstance!"

And lastly, a few mini cakes to represent Hammer's groupies and Bad Horse's chorus:

Plus, if you want to make one of these cakes yourself, Pfoinkle (Her real name? Discuss.) has provided extensive photo tutorials on her site here. Thanks, Pfoink!

Thanks to April P., who I think was the first to submit this.

- Similar Sweets: Candy!!

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Reader Comments (159)

EEEE! You made my Sunday! I know what I want for my birthday cake now.

And please tell me you actually say "What a crazy random happenstance!" day to day.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTyphoid Ashley

Fantastic job, but what they really should've done was set out a bowl of un-baked cake batter and say it represents Moist.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Awesomest awesome ever! Those goggles are amazing...and the frozen yogurt is adorable!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstr4y

Dr. Horrible cakes! My rainy Sunday just improved exponentially.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCamie

So, can we expect cakes from The Guild next? For those who don't know, The Guild is a web series written by and staring Felicia Day aka Penny in Dr. Horrible. They even have a shiny new music video co-written by Jed Whedon.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Rose

To those outside of the US, the whole thing is available as a DVD, either on Netflix or if you want to really support it, on Amazon. Well worth your 12 bucks or whatever it costs.

And while the Freeze Ray is a major plot point, there IS a death ray at one point - towards the end, he has a "stun" ray that he puts a piece of tape over the word "stun" to say "death." It's what ... uhh.... he is using at the very end (almost typed a spoiler there!)

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

Between Dr. Who last week and Dr. Horrible this week, my little nerd heart is about to burst with joy.

And Galadriel and TeDiouS, it WAS a freeze ray but it is now a death ray, as evidenced by the black masking tape with silver sharpie clearly stating "DEATH." :-)

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrjb

Thanks for sharing that link! Now my fiancee and I are hooked!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelany


I just saw the TITLE and flipped out with happiness. I was not disappointed! THANK YOU FOR GEEKDOM!!!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I did not realize that "Hurry Up the Cakes" was such a well-known internet meme. (For those that don't know, it's a classic Engrish T-shirt found in Japan: )

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

My friend owns the house where they filmed Dr. Horrible's lair. There was no set dressing, that's just what his house looks like every day, thanks to it being an episode of "Monster House" a couple years prior (though the Big Chair was a separate acquisition, and really quite the most comfy spot to sit). He can be seen dressed as the purple pimp at the end of the film. He (and most of his friends) are huge Whedon fans, so we're all looking forward to the possibility of a sequel, though as long as Whedon's got Dollhouse absorbing his attention, he just doesn't really have time...

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacy McKenna

Silly Dr. Horrible fans! Of course his device was the Freeze Ray-- at first! But by the end of the show he had placed the tape saying "Death" over the original name, because he had transformed the Freeze Ray into the Death Ray to try to complete his task and get into the ELE. So the maker has this just right, by making it look like tape is covering part of the title!

Wonderful cakes! Love this show so much! I agree with the others-- if you don't live in the US, there are still other ways of seeing this. iTunes, the DVD, I'm sure there are some places around the internet you can see it for free.... do it!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I saw these cakes a couple of days ago on Pfoinkle's site because I was looking for items for my upcoming 30th birthday party, which I've pretty much decided to make Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog themed. I am THRILLED you posted these, as I wasn't sure if I should submit them to you.

Wow, what a coincidence!

I love it!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't get it, can't watch the videos. Cake wreck fail. :(

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChung Liya

very cool cakes.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

Dear Joss Whedon: Please give us more of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog! Is it bad that I'm rooting for Dr. Horrible? I want to know what happens to him now that he's part of the Evil League. I will admit, however, that I adore Nathon Fillion (he's so much fun in the series Castle).

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Perfect, perfect cakes. More people need to discover Dr. Horrible.

Buy the DVD;the extras are hilarious!

Especially the auditions for the Evil League of Evil (is that the right name - I'm relying on my memory here).


August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergigi

*sings* "[These] are perfect for me... so they say, I guess [they're] pretty okay."

They're awesome! And if you don't know Dr. Horrible, I agree with Jen... watch it. now. without delay.

WV: shifili. Get off your shifili and go find Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

Perhaps a thought to mention that the Dr. Horrible dvd is encoded Region 0, which means Region free, and can be watched on any dvd player.

Unlike regular American Region 1 dvds, which most people outside the US are just as unable to watch as Hulu content.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaaike

I twittered this to you a while back. Glad it showed up on your blog!! :)

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhbpen

Yay!! Dr. Horrible cakes! Bad Horse would be pleased. :)

I go to a geek fest every year called DragonCon, and not only am I doing a female version of Captain Hammer, but we're also going for the Guinness World Record for "Thriller" dancers. Felicia Day will be at the con, and I'm hoping to get her to dance with us.

"A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!"

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberworld

That was A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Definitely the fastest 43 minutes of my life. Thanks for putting up the Hulu link. ...And the cakes are amazing, too.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrayRat

the Bad Horse Cowboy cupcakes made my day.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchristina (the dreamer)

Amazing cakes + Dr. Horrible? I think I've died and gone to heaven.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I LOVE Dr. Horrible! I saw that it was on DVD the other day and I was so tempted to buy it.
The cakes are great- I think I like..all of them best.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

Silly Goggleheads! The good- I mean, evil- Doctor had TWO guns in the finale, remember? The Freeze Ray was meant to hold Hammerhead in place while the Death Ray (which was modified from his Stun Ray, hence the duct tape name correction) was meant to kill him. The delicious-looking Gogglecake is correct. And yes, I know I'm a huge f'ing nerd for knowing all that. LOL!

Wish I had mad cake-making skillz so I could make these myself, but I'll have to settle for drooling over them here, much as I drool over Dr. Horrible himself. *sigh*

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershadowmaat

My hubby and I <3 Dr. Horrible! Our 4-yo can sing most of the songs.
Fave line:
"Anarchy...that I run!"

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK8

YES! Dr. Horrible cakes! I love it. :)

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterselasphorus

love love LOVE Dr. Horrible! These are fantastic!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEstir_BunE

Seriously just finished watching Dr. H. for the third time (today). LOVE the music.
First thing I did was tweet this entry for my fellow Dr. H lovers! LMAO about the pie comment! Indeed it should have been.

And my 3 y/o (well, when he was 3--he is 4 now) is adorable singing Bad Horse!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraftyChris

I've tried to watch Dr Horrible before, and this time I made it 8 minutes in before I decided it wasn't worth it. How long is a "few minutes" for Cake Wrecks? Because I would definitely categorize "a few" as "less than ten." I mean, I gave it an honest shot.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIvyfree

NPH 4EVA! In cake form? I just passed out.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhornung

Never heard of it, but now I'm hooked!

thanks cake wrecks, for giving me another addiction, thanks a lot.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

Fantastic Sunday Sweet! I have this in the DVD player right now, but then again, 'I hold a PhD in Horribleness!'

wv agravoc- People get so agravoc when I sing 'Brand New Day' in public

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramanda


August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

How had I never heard of this before? Thank you for sharing the movie as well as the cakes!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBekah

Having a most squeeful day in the Pfoinkle household -- I can't imagine a greater cakey honor.

Thanks to all the commenters -- you are responsible for many of the squees.

And thanks to the folks who pointed out that the freeze ray was indeed turned into a death ray. I <3 all of you the mostest.

To "poet" -- The Guild cakes have been mulled over for some time, I just haven't sussed out something worthy.

Maybe I should get working on that. :D

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPfoinkle

I was so happy when I saw your Dr. Who Sunday Sweets feature. "What could be better than Dr. Who?" I thought.

Ha! I guess you showed me! Wait . . .

I first watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog with my 7-year old son. We regularly put it on to sing along with (ah ha ha) while we do chores. My son's favorite song (which he'll randomly burst out singing) is, "A man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do . . ."

And, btw, the DVD (which apparently has extras, deleted scenes and interviews) is available via Netflix. It is in my queue.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I always suspected you were an awesome person, and this posts confirms it. Yay for Dr.Horrible cakes!

I love the whiteboard equation at the bottom of the goggle cake. Too awesome.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

LOVE LOVE LOVE these cakes and especially Dr. Horrible and especially Captain Hammer!!!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDottiepark

I can always count on you for a new way to waste my time enjoyably! On to decorating a cake, now!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternursemom

Now I really, really, really want to have a Dr. Horrible party.


August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrekabu

AHHHH! What a wonderful post!!

Smells like... cumin.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanell

For my fellow non US people, youtube is your friend We loved it so much we bought the dvd.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

*Singing* Laundry day... See you there...

I was laughing my head off just as I was reading that! See, I have my iPod on set to that soundtrack even before I saw the post!

My best friend showed me it on her laptop about two days after it first came out, and I'm like:
"Oh my God! It's an evil musical!" *Laughs* Has anyone seen Commentary! the Musical yet? It's on the DVD.

Bad Horse? The Thoroughbred of Sin?

I meant... Gandhi...

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersadie

watched the whole thing. loved the music!! i didnt get the ending though....

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfransmomma

Dr. Horrible had a freeze ray. Which he used to freeze Captian Hammer in place, but he also had a death ray that he was attempting to use on him as well, until of course the freeze ray malfunctioned, Captain Hammer punched Dr. Horrible halfway across the room and took the death ray, attempted to shoot Dr. Horrible and it exploded causing fragments to fly, and strike Penny. Enough of that though. I've seen it a couple dozen times :)Just thought I'd clarify some points for those who were confused by the freeze ray/death ray debacle. Buy the dvd peeps.

Amazing cakes. Although on one of the Captain Hammer cakes you have to add "The hammer is my..."

BTW they are currently working on writing a 2nd Dr. Horrible project. Release date TBD.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobbleheadBen

Awesome! Dr. Horrible totally deserves cakes!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The evil league of evil
is watching so beware
the cake that you frost
may be your last we swear

so make the Bad Horse gleeful
Or he'll make you his mare
We're saddled up
there's no recourse
it's "Heigh-Ho Silver"

Signed, Bad Horse

... TELOE is responsible for cake wrecks!!! ... Actual wrecks, not the site.

Jen, I think I just fell in love with you. :)

WV: toprolie. Toprolie. As in, "toprolie over or I'll smack you.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So glad you found some Dr. Horrible cakes that are so non-horrible! Definitely a Sunday Sweet!!

I'd like to find some other tributes to Neil Patrick Harris characters. Any good Barney or Doogie cakes out there?

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

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