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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: Tim Burton Tribute!

We all have a favorite Tim Burton movie, be it Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, or Alice in Wonderland. (No one's favorite is Planet of the Apes. FACT.) So to gear up for Halloween, let's check out some ghoulishly gorgeous Burton-inspired Sweets.

How about we start with a little visit to Halloweentown?

Made by Making That Cake


The Nightmare Before Christmas characters were originally made from clay, so they're the perfect candidates for fondant!

Made by Celebra

Check out the hand-painted border on the bottom - so cute!


I love this giant Jack Skellington:

Submitted by Eri R., made by Bluebird Cakes

That's some talented sculpting!


I really like the abstract character designs on these more traditional cake tiers:

By Cake Central member tinazzzvikings74

What? No Zero?


These pretty packages are topped with some of the most realistic "fabric" bows I've ever seen:

Made by Chocmocakes

Ready to go under a Christmas Town tree!


What's this? What's this? There's cuteness in the air!

By Bella Cupcakes

Uh oh... now I've got THIS stuck in my head.


Look! Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

Submitted by Liz and made by chocmocakes

This cake looks way too amazing to be edible. It's like a prop from the movie!


Moving from one claymation masterpiece to another, let's check out some cakes inspired by The Corpse Bride.

This boned beauty is a replica of the wedding cake in the film:

Photo by BrixtonCat, baker not listed. Anyone know?

The topper is different from the one in the movie, but this one makes me swoooon!


This baker gets bonus points for making two cakes: one for Victor and Emily, the Corpse Bride, and one for Victor and Victoria:

Made by All About Cake

I love those very Burton-esque details, and the fondant toppers are adorable! I'll take them all, please.


I squealed like a little girl when I saw this gorgeous Edward Scissorhands cake:

Made by Christopher Garren's

Every aspect of this cake represents the magic of the film: the ice sculpture, animal topiaries, brightly-colored houses, the hill to Edward's house, and of course... Edward's house!

Absolutely delightful.


Now, for the ghost with the most, for some laughter from the hereafter, for the slave to the grave... Get ready, because IT'S SHOWTIME!

Introducing Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJU....

Maybe I shouldn't.

By Giggy's Cakes and Sweets

This goofy ghoul is the spitting image of Beetlejuice's cartoon alter-ego.


And this is from one of my favorite scenes from the movie:

Made by Pixie Dust Cakes

I never would have believe the Beej could look that cute. And check out the busted seams on the couch, and that linoleum "floor"! To die for.


As a life-long Tim Burton fan, I'd be over the moon with any of today's cakes, but this final Burton-inspired beauty is my absolute fav:

Made by LaCaketiere

It's both creepy and whimsical. Creemsical!

Plus, those dingy details really make it look like stone; hard to believe there's soft cake under there!

Take a look at the back:

It only has eyes for you. [smirk]

You can see more detail shots here.

Oh, and in all the research I did for this post, I found NO cakes for Frankenweenie or Mars Attacks! I do believe I've just given you your next mission, bakers. Hop to.


Have a sweet to nominate? Then send it to sundaysweets [at] cakewrecks [dot] com.


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Reader Comments (61)

i checked out the christopher garren's website (sad face: no edward scissorhands cake pictures) but they did have a TO DIE FOR "nightmare before christmas" cake that definitely should have been on this list!!!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterern

(also, it's nice to see you are a TRUE burton obviously a previous commenter was incorrect because the characters names ARE in face Lock, Shock (not stock, like the common phrase) and Barrel. thank you, that is all.)

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterern

To Ima Lemming: Good catch! Still have no idea how those two pics got switched.

You definitely win the "eagle-eyed" wreckporter award!

Ooooooooooo Tim Burton has been my faveourite director for years, I love all of his films (except planet of the apes) so I loooove these cakes. Thanks so much for doing a Burton post!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Seriously, who WOULDN"T love a cake version of Marky-Mark making out with chimp-Helena Bonham-Carter? I thought that movie was AWESOME!

October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShonk

did you see where postsecret tweeted about this post?

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah S.

Love the Nightmare Before Christmas cakes! I had one for a milestone birthday that my friends made:)
I also noticed no one has mentioned Sleepy Hollow, which is also one of my fave movies and a Tim Burton film.
I hope that for one of the next Sunday sweets there are some horrifically awesome cakes, as I love Halloween and all things creepy!

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie and the Bear

The Edward Scissorhands cake is beautifully done. I especially love Edward's silhouette.

As a longtime Nightmare fan I'm extremely picky about how stuff looks, and I think the one by Chocmocakes has it down perfectly. Jack's expression is great, Sally's patches are evocative, and the bow on top is "pinstriped" in exactly the way Jack's suit is. Nice job.

(I have a nitpick: The puppets in Nightmare and Corpse Bride weren't made from clay; they were made of steel armatures and wrapped in latex. So none of it was Claymation, but rather stop-motion animation.)

October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmphigorey

Creemsical!!! It's moments like these that make me truly love this blog. Brilliant writing as always!

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersan

Lovely post, but I'm afraid I must nitpick:

1) Tim Burton conceived and produced The Nightmare Before Christmas, but he did not direct it. Henry Selick (director of Coraline) was the director.

2) TNBC's puppets were not made from clay. They were primarily foam latex along with other materials over articulated metal armatures (Jack Skellington is practically just an armature with a head).

October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick McGraw

Wellll, the Burton stop-motion characters aren't made of clay - they're all molded foam over incredibly intricate, well-machined metal armatures (you should check out The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision - I picked up my copy in Disney World in 2009). The fondant aesthetic does work well for them, though.

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

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