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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: Cartoon Cakes

Time for some heroes in a half shell!

By Lena's Designer Cakes

Cowabunga, dudes!

Ok, raise your hand if you saw the movie in the theater. As a teenager. With your mother.

What? Just me?

Ok, then, how about a Scooby Snack?

By crazebake cakes and cupcakes

That is fondant-free, my friends! Fondant-free, and fantastic.

This next cake is to make up for our Gummi Bears earworm post the other week:

Actually, that's a lie; I'm about to stick the song in your head again. (Brace yourself.)

Guuuummi Beeears!
Bouncing here and there and EV'rywhere!
High adventure that's beyond COMpare!
They are the Gummi Bears!

Here's a sweet detail shot, before all the figures were added:

Sub'd by Emily, and made by Liz of Artisan Cake Company (who gets special props for having an amazing airship/steampunk themed website. Love it!) Click the link for lots more great detail shots.

I know we weren't all raised on the great cartoons of the 80's and 90's, though, so here's one of them new-fangled shows, the Backyardigans:

(Baker unknown. Help me out?)

And from Invader Zim, here's an adorable GIR cake:

Submitted by Sonya P., made by Paula French (with help from Liz of Artisan Cake Company)

He loves tacos, methinks. Perhaps too much.

Another show I've never watched, but that seems to get the gosh-durned cutest cakes, is Yo Gabba Gabba:

By Alessia of Free Spirit Cake Co.

Someday I'm getting the toy yellow robot from this show, and you can't stop me.

It gets even better, too: check out these life-sized versions:

Sub'd by Justin G., made by Karren's Specialty Cakes

Actually, I'm just guessing on the "life-sized" part. Are they supposed to come up to your shins? And more importantly, does anyone mind if I hug the green mop guy? Yes? No?

Ok, enough kiddie cartoons. How about a little Futurama?

This is reader Denise G.'s wedding cake, y'all. Her WEDDING CAKE. (Denise, I believe my invitation must have been lost in the mail...)

Here's another shot:

And we can't forget the teensy little wedding cake between Fry and Leela:

(The figures are vinyl toys.)


And finally, let's end with everyone's favorite beer-guzzling slob:


The details here are just mind-blowing: look at the tiny books! And the tiny phone! And the giant, half-eaten donut! :D

Btw, I believe Erin is still recovering from an accident that severely injured one of her hands some months back. So Erin, we wish you all the best, and hope you're back to blowing our minds very, very soon!

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

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Reader Comments (103)

EEK! I love the Futurama Cake!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Scooby says: Ru-roh! Rericious! Rerectable! Rummy!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I would almost include Invader ZIM in the 'adult' cartoon grouping, if only because it is/was popular with older kids/young adults. That and it can get a bit hilariously disturbing. XD You should totally watch it. >_>

Can you TELL I loved the GIR cake? Haha!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWSTopDeck

After looking at Cake Wrecks every day for a year, I find it disorienting to see cakes that actually look like the characters they are based on.

Props to all the makers, and a speedy recovery to Erin.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I saw the Turtles movie in the theater with my kittle brother. He's 2 years younger than I am. I was in 7th grade I think. LOL We then ended up memorizing the whole film when we got it on VHS later!
My kids dig Yo Gabba Gabba. You can find a lot of their toys at Target. There is a Duplo set that has Plex ( the robot) with Muno ( the cyclops) with a car. You can make their arms flail with the push a button on their heads. the show itself gets tons of guest stars. Somehow, Tony Bourdain was one. Awkward moment there.

- Gyp

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I hear ya, SueBee. The days when neither the animation or the writing were done by computers. The days when the musical score consisted of actual music played by actual instruments, and included a number of classical works.

Obligatory PC disclaimer: I hasten to add that these cakes are cute and I am not even slightly offended.

I wonder if anyone has ever produced the 'Ruby Yacht (of Omar Khayyam)' in cake.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Oh, I'm a gummy bear.
Yes, I'm a gummy bear.
Oh I'm a yummy tummy funny lucky gummy bear.
I'm a jelly bear, cause I'm a gummy bear
Oh I'm a movin' groovin' jammin' singing gummy bear.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPurpleCakeGirl

WOW just awesome detail on the Gummi Cake. How does one even cut into such a great piece of work??

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG- my son is a total yogabbagabba fan and I have hand made 2 gabba cakes- a muno (the red one) and a brobee (the furry green one) and his eyes just about popped out of his head when he saw the pro's cakes! I am thinking he is no longer impressed with my "imposters"! If I had to sit through gabbalive tour this summer, then I suppose I can pony up for a professional cake this time around! You made my son's day though!- Jana

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrogersfamily

I was so happy to see a nice, smooth cake without any fondant! I know people like it, but I detest the taste. Have you done a Sunday Sweets that featured all smooth buttercream (like the Scooby cake?) That would be awesome!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

If these are made by professionals, they are breaking the law....
Can't sell those copyrighted items. Though they are AWESOME!

Sorry for the sugar "buzz kill"

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally NEED that Gir cake. Or, I will explode from too much cute. But I won't eat Gir! I'll just eat the piggy, then make him say "WHY PIGGY WHY?!".

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dude. That Homer cake is out of control. That's a tiny puddle of drool, for heaven's sake.

Incredible, one and all!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTwilightTwins2

The reader who had the Futurama cake made ought to know that I am about to forward the picture to my friend who is the head writer for the show-- he will be absolutely thrilled. And jealous that he didn't think to have a cake like that made for HIS wedding!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterann foxlee

Oh God, I had one of the biggest fandemoniums going on for the Ninja Turtles back in the early 90's. I've seen all three original movies and followed eight seasons of the cartoons. Ah, sweet days of adolescence gone by.

Now, show me a Thundercats cake and I'll be even happier. :)

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

sorry to say that yo gabba gabba seriously scares me....

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerrrs-uh

I love the light blue drool on the Homer cake. Is that wrong? (blinkblink).

And maybe I'm just in need of more help than I care to admit, but I always think the red "yo gabba gabba" dude looks like a walking BOB (battery-operated boyfriend).

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBADKarma!

I was disappointed that Frye and Leela were toys, but still pretty good detail on the Planet Express ship and I liked the cute tiny wedding cake.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Aww that Scooby cake! And that Simpson's cake both are so good who would want to cut into them? Though I would steal Homer's donut and not feel at all sorry about it.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

I think that Yo Gabba Gabba, as it is hosted by a DJ in a bright orange fuzzy suit, who can fly and make his toys come to life, would have fit riiiiiiiight into the 70s cartoons I watched as a child! You really should watch it if you haven't as of yet. But, I don't remember the Gummy Bears show, yet the characters look eerily familiar. Must go google years it was on...

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I'm sorry, but, the gummi "beers"?? Hehe, check that first line, that made me laugh.

Loved the Futurama wedding cake, cuuute!! And of course TMNT are awesome, always. I saw it in theaters with my brothers.

wv: I'm "aningly" correcting your spelling, sorry! :P

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarahPants5

Nive :)

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuLaNa

I have to say the best part of that Turtles cake was that it was for a 30th birthday. Genius.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCSchweigs

My husband and I went and saw all three when each came out.We were the only adults in line for the first movie who didn't bring any kids along.
Plex is the yo gabagaba robot.I think.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermousee23

Is it just me or are Michaelangelo's nunchucks missing? But other than that, HOLY CRAP I WANT THAT CAKE!! :D These are amazing cakes, all!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

I am sure these have been answered by now, but ... Yo Gabba Gabba is actually live action - adults in costumes. However, you are right, it's the cutest/awesomest kids' show on tv right now. Plex (the robot) may be the central theme of my soon-to-be-three-year-old daughter's birthday party (bless her, she's our fabulously nerdy kid, and she can't decide between pirates and robots for her party... perhaps we can have a robot pirate party?) He's stinking cute. And Brobee (the green mop guy) is also just darling. You must watch the episodes with Jack Black and Sarah Silverman. Definitely a fun show for kids and adults.

As far as TMNT goes, I did not see it in the theater as a teen with my mom, but I did see it in the theater as a tween with my aunt. Does that count?

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Hannah

The Homer cake! Awesome! Best wishes for her continued recovery.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEG

As soon as I saw the words "Gummi Bears" my head started singing.....thanks Jen, lol. I"ll be singing it all day now! (And now I kinda really want to watch the show! Why oh WHY are all the good cartoons gone?!?!)

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

I can proudly say that I also saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the movie theater, as a teen, with my mom! :) And I played the video game at the arcade in the mall every Wed. night with my dad. G.E.E.K. Yup!
The Backyardagains was my favorite kids' show when my daughter was little! Love the cakes this week! Thanks guys!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermamabearstamps

The funniest thing about the simpsons cake is that those who aren't familiar with the show (a very small minority i know)would think the over sized donut is a mistake.

However the rest of us know that Homer would sell his soul for a donut like that (indeed he already did once for a smaller one). Still... where did he get one that big anyways?

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvalis

That GIR cake is killing me!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatja Yount

@ Miss Hannah -- doesn't 'robot pirate' party mean it must be steampunk themed?

Just askin'


September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

(sfx: needle being ripped from record) You've never watched Yo Gabba Gabba? What kind of sad, dead world do you live in? Turn on the EPBOT with this:

The Jack Black stuff is my favorite.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Thank you for featuring Homer on Sunday Sweets! He was part of a display for Iron Cupcake Milwaukee: Beer Challenge, where the bakers had to incorperate beer into the cupcakes. I couldn't help but romance the idea of Homer passed out in all his slobbery man glory! The donut is meant to be huge (it's a real mini donut) basically adding to the ever overindulgent Homer. Homer is completely edible and made from gum paste...not that you would eat it (though it tastes better than fondant!) I love to put gumpaste toppers on buttercream cakes. That way the customer gets to keep the creations, yet still enjoy a yummy cake without worrying about the fondant.

I truly do thank everyone for the well wishes on the recovery of my hand. I can't even begin to express how much that means to me! It's been a very difficult struggle, both physically and emotionally, but I'm happy that I'm starting to get back into making cakes again. I'm not fully to the extent I was before, but so grateful that I didn't lose my three fingers entirely. I'm learning how to adapt to the loss of function, and find new ways to work around the disability. Again, thank you a million times!! I love reading the Cake Wrecks blog for the humor, horror, and inspiration :)

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Salerno

I've never seen any of the current cartoons. I now know why my co-worker named her new puppy Gir.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ok, raise your hand if you saw the movie in the theater. As a teenager. With your mother.

*raises hand*

I adore the Gummi Bears and Gir cakes!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

I not only saw the first TMNT movie in the theater as a teenager (without my mother), but the second one as well (saw that one with my boyfriend). Geeks of the world, untie!

@Tchann, that's awesome. I have the novelization of 'Tron', which I have read way too many times to count. In fact, here's a geeky admission: I have a collection of movie novels!

I have a friend who will hyperventilate over the Futurama cake. I think I'd better get a paper bag before I show it to her.

I wasn't a fan of Gummi Bears, but I have to admit that cake is adorable. I like Jasmine's skirt!

@Rebecca--A Jem convention? Get OUT seriously?? I had the Jem/Jerrica and Kimber dolls as a kid. I could definitely see their funky colored roadster in cake.

I was a huge She-Ra fan back in the day. I don't know if there are such things to be found, but Sunday Sweets for those would be awesome. I could just imagine a Crystal Castle made out of cake! Heck, I'd even take a Castle Grayskull! /geek

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

I watched the gummi bears when I was six and we found out my mom was having a baby I begged to name him kavin the little squire guy cavin helped the bears and the princess with their problems. all of our names start with k.
My two year old like yo gabba gabba its not the worst kids show I've seen I think its funny how many big name actors are vying for apperances on a kids show. Backyardigans however is not a show my little one has ever seen ten second of it and I had to change the channel, but they are cute.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterK.A.R.

Yay! My Futurama cake made it into Sunday Sweets! The cake was so awesome that the caterers were afraid to cut into it- the entire Planet Express ended up in our fridge after the wedding. My husband and I ate spaceship for two weeks straight. Big props to Alliance Bakery in Chicago.

@annfoxlee please do send it onto the creators- I'd love to hear their reaction.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Gibson

Hey, that Futurama cake is my actual Wedding Cake!

Not only did she go for the Futurama cake, but she also married a man with a site named after the Monster Squad.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWolf Gnards

I was totally singing the Gummi Bears theme song as soon as I saw the cake. :)

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiff

that TMNT cake is AWESOME! as for the yo gabba gabba guys, "life-sized" is actually human-sized, some even taller than the 6' (guessing?) host. i'm sure you CAN hug the green guy but that show is so annoying after 2 second of hugging you'd be over it. :)

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

sorry i just posted twice - i thought google ate my first comment. sorry!! xoxo

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

My husband is one of the cartoonists who draws the "Futurama" comic book. I called him in to see the "Planet Express" cake, and he was suitably impressed -- which is saying something, since he's had to draw the thing at nearly every angle dozens,if not hundreds of times.

However, we both agreed that something was missing: where was Bender? Wouldn't Fry have chosen him to be the Best Man -- er, Robot -- at his wedding? Then again, knowing Bender, he probably had absconded with the wedding ring and was down at the pawn shop making a few fast bucks off of it.

Great job, nonetheless.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

i lov-did you rubber piggy.......i lov-did you.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHawkfeather

If you have not seen Yo Gabba Gabba yet you HAVE to...just reading your sense of humor I know you would have endless conversations with your husband about it....bwahahaha, its like lsd for kids...LOL

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

My son loves the Thunderbirds...that cakes pretty cool ;) xx

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

My son loves the Thunderbirds...that cakes pretty cool ;) xx

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

I love Futurama! That may be the best cake I've ever seen!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen W

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