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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: Totally '80s

Heyyoooooou guuuuuuuys!

That's right: put your hair in scrunchies and peg your jeans; it's about get all eighties up in here!

Sorry if I got your hopes up for a Goonies cake just now (that would be an entire post in itself), but how about an awesome Gremlin cake to whet your '80s appetite?

By eat Cakes

It's sweet little Gizmo! (This movie terrified me as a child. Possibly as an adult also).


I was born and raised in the '80s (and the U.S.A! Bruuuuuuuuuce!) so I totally remember getting a Rubik's Cube in my Christmas stocking ... aaand throwing it against the wall ten frustrating minutes later. Obviously mine was defective.

Submitted by Mira C; baker unknown. Photography by bunchofpants.

But there's nothing puzzling about this great cake, because it's hip to be square!


And speaking of squares ...

Submitted by Kim D. and made by The Cake Shop of San Jose

...that was the only thing I could ever produce on my Etch-a-Sketch. Well, that and stairs. Ahh, memories! I love the Superman logo here, it's a double dose of nostalgia!


If you were also a child of the eighties, I bet you can't look at this next cake without the theme song to Super Mario Bros plinking through your head.

By Icings by Ang

(Bing ding ding, da-ding da-ding!) I know you know what I'm talking about.


Or, if you preferred to get your video game fix by hoofing it down to the Qwick Stop with a pocket full of quarters, this might look familiar to you:

Submitted by Jenn F-S and made by Sweetest Perfections

Dragon's Lair! A total classic, and if that cake is life-size it could easily be the raddest thing I've seen all year.


And here are some familiar faces — Tom & Jerry, Spider-Man, Superman, and Looney Tunes to name a few. And Thundercats! HOOOOOO!

Submitted by Melissa K. and made by The Ladygloom

Although,I do see a few stowaways from the '90s getting a little ahead of themselves in there (I'm looking at you, SpongeBob). But to be fair, do you remember Pillow People? Pretty sure those were the early ancestors of SpongeBob.


These colorful confections are sure to make you smile:

Submitted by Jennifer V. and made by The Ladygloom

"Friendship is magic!" And so is cake! Especially when it's this cute! Wasn't Pinkie Pie everyone's favorite My Little Pony? (Or did you prefer that seahorse spin-off thing, Seawinkle? That one was weird).


Hey, Color Kids! Remember Twink, the loveable sprite sidekick of Rainbow Brite? Of course you do!

By Lisa A.

This wasn't made by a professional baker, but it's a) ten zillion times better than I could ever do, and b) so adorable I want to give it a hug!


Hang on a sec. I have to make a call. Because there's something strange ... in my neighborhood.

By Brendy's Cakes

Slimer! Check out all the great details on the Ectomobile here: that logo is spot-on perfect. I ain't afraid of no ghosts!(Ok, I admit ... I was also terrified of this movie as a child.)


And if you are craving more '80s hit movie cakes, may I present: Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Submitted by Shannon and made by Cakes by Jeanine

At least ...I think that's the movie this cake represents. Is this the one with the torture pit of lava? And the little snakes coming out of the big snake for people to eat? Yeah, still having nightmares.


Maybe I'll go cuddle my Cabbage Patch Kid for comfort.

Submitted by Jen M. and made by Charm City Cakes

OutSTANDING. Ha, get it?!


Yup, anyway you slice it,

By KAMI Cakes


...the '80s like, totally rocked!

by The Cake Barn


Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.

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Reader Comments (86)

Is that a pager on top of that boom box? And weren't boom boxes from the '90s?

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCyberjar88

Oh my gosh, that's MY Gizmo cake!!! Thank you, CakeWrecks, for making my year. And I'm in great company, the other cakes posted are awesome as usual!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

super cakes! But I had an etch-a-sketch in the 60s. It must have been an 80's reissue.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLetitia

Cyberjar, boomboxes first came out in the late 1980s, at least in the area where I grew up. Alas, the '80s also brought us parachute pants, jelly shoes (and jelly bracelets), Adam Curry's hair, and "We are the World." (Well meaning song played far, far too often!)

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTXRed

The Cabbage Patch Kid had one of those noise makers that was used to blow out the candles. It was pretty cool. I was at the party- it was at the Times Square Toys R Us to celebrate the 25th birthday of the cabbage patch kids. Oh, and the older man in the picture is Xavier Roberts! The line to meet him was longer than the line to get cake!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Awesome cakes, even though I slept through the '80s....

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim C

@Fran: I remember scrunchies as far back as 1987. The reason I remember is because another teacher at a school I taught at said they looked bunched up wet panties. Okay, yeah, that sounds really nasty putting it like that, but she explained that it was like if you had gone swimming in your clothes and how your underwear gets all rolled up when you take them off. Why that story sticks with me I have no idea.

I don't really think of Etch-a-Sketch as an '80s thing. I had one when I was a kid in the early '70s!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I went to a church this morning whose congregation is largely around the 15-25 yo range. The pastor asked how many people has seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and maybe 15 people raised thier hands. I have never been more disappointed in our society's youth.

The pastor also compared the angel's visit to the shephards (Luke 2:1-20) to the movie, which makes him pretty awesome. :3

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Seriously a crime to cut into and eat any of these cakes! They're brilliant!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmie

Jen and John,

Here's a piece of trivia for you - The movie "Gremlins" came out in, I believe 1984, and due to the rating many parents thought it was a non-scary/feel good movie (like ET) and took little kids (5 and under) to see it. This movie as you know isn't anything like ET and and the only thing not creepy and disturbing is Gizmo and the family that adopts him. Polly Holiday (currently the only character name I remember is Billy)is frightning, what happens to Gizmo is really scary and they mention that there is no Santa Claus. I'm even going to touch on the actual gremlins themselves. Kids were terrified and parents were outraged. Because, originally,there was only G, M (was changed to PG in the early seventies), R, and X ratings, parents demanded a new system be developed, And that is why, today we have PG - 13 and NC - 18. I was in my twenties in the '80s and I remember a college professor sounding off his outrage at the trauma these children were going through because of this movie.
Just FYI.


P.S. It was great to see you in Pittsburgh!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Cory

Hey you guuuuyys!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermel

Lava pit, snake dinner = Temple of Doom.

Cake = Raiders of the Lost Arc

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoonatrix

Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! That was awesome.

I still have my Pillow Person! Let's hear it for the 80's!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

A friend of mine posted on my Facebook wall: "LISA! Did someone submit your Rainbow Brite cake to Sunday Sweets?????? " I was so excited to see that they had!! (Actually, I think it was me a few years ago who submitted it, but I never expected to see it here!)

Cake Wrecks, I never thought I'd find my 15 minutes of fame with this - thanks so much for posting it! You just made my 2011 and maybe my 2012!! =)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa A.

LOVE the Indy cake! The little gold idol on top defintly marks it as a Raiders of the Lost Ark tribute, but the lava pit and disturbing meal were in Temple of Doom--which terrified me as a kid, and a teenager, and an adult. The only thing keeping it on my shelf is the fact that it fills out the classic trilogy (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull never happened).

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Gremlins TERRIFIED me and my sister. In fact, my Mom took us from the theater crying if memory serves me correctly....
The Pinkie Pie cake is awesome. I tried to make a MLP cake for my daughter one birthday and made the mistake of just doing the head. When it was done, all I could think of was,"Oh my gosh, this looks like something from The Godfather." A total wreck to be sure, but fortunately she loved. it. Of course, she was only 4 at the time, so her taste was suspect....

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren H

YES! The Dragon's Lair Cake is DEFINITELY a reference to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-- 80s references AND secret nostalgia for my mid-'00s middle/high school days? WIN, Cakewrecks, win.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeg

Uhhh, I still play tetris on that Nintendo.....

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

in love with this post!

although, weren't some of these used in another post? I am positive i have seen the cube and the game system before, at least

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSierra


December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLINDA

My 21 yr. old college student son is a 'Bronie' and he would quite literally bite your head off (in a 'Friendship is Magic' kind of way) for the 'Pinkie Pie' mistake. When I mistakenly refer to it as 'My Pretty Pony' his eyes nearly roll right out of his head!

He and his roommates stay up all night to catch the latest 'Pony' episodes on The Hub every Saturday morning at 7:00am (Redmond, Washington, DigiPen Institute of Technology time.) I'll have to send in a picture of the 'My Little Pony - Rainbow Cake' he and his roommates created... Then again, maybe I shouldn't... They're RTIS students, NOT cake decorators.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEm Bee

What?! No Strawberry Shortcake?? I still have all mine in their original boxes. BRAND NEW! I LOVED my dolls! I had them all. The miniatures, the bigger ones, the rag dolls, the baby shortcakes that wet themselves... You missed Care Bears and Smurfs too! :)

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Ugh... yeah, that's the old Generation 3 "My Little Hippo" version of Pinkie Pie. Pass.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAubri

LOVE the '80's cakes!!! However, where the heck are the CARE BEAR cakes?!? Totally eighties and totally cute!! I would love to see them on a Sunday Sweets in the future!

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNoel

My childhood! It's flashing before my eyes! Well, if I scroll really, really quickly with the mouse wheel it is....

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

I must love fancy cakes more than most things if they can make me put up with '80s references. What a horrific decade. The cakes are seriously good though :P.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

omg! love that gizmo cake, too cute!

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan k

Wooo - child of the 80's here too. So I'm gonna have to get up on my high horse here (ha, get it?) - Pinkie Pie isn't an 80's pony. That cake is fabulous, but nope, PP wasn't around till this past decade.

And Seaponies were fabulous -and yes I can still sing the theme song for them too.

The Ghostbusters cake is fantastic too - and yes, that movie was scary too me as a kid, the part where she gets grabbed by the couch and then pushed into the creepy hand doorway. Ayie!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeri

Do not like Gizmo. Cake looks nice but very scary.

Cake Wrecks has turned me off eating thing with eyes and a face on a cake. Ever since the creepy baby cake - I don't even want pics or anything.

Also, why is the "My Little Pony Cake" pooping rainbow cupcakes? Oh well...they are cute

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThatDeborahGirl

I think the Indiana Jones cake is maybe Pitfall.... the video game....

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Yeah, Pinkie Pie is a G3 pony from the 2000's. A more apt G1 pony would have been Gusty, Cherries Jubilee, Firefly or even Applejack.....

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdarkshines


December 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercole

I think all of these are great! I love the Gremlin cake--Gizmo was generally harmless anyway, just don't get him wet or feed him after midnight. Otherwise he was and is just adorable!

December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I love the 80's so it was inevitable that I would love this post! Some of those cakes are so detailed, I would have never guessed they were cakes if you didn't tell me. Especially the Dragon lair arcade game! WOW! THAT'S talent!

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobbi/Sugarrrsmack

I am just became a fan of this site so I have some catching up to do. The eighties were great. About the only thing I didn't own was a Nintindo. I was not much of a gammer in those day. Even still today I prefer computer games over game system games. But those cakes are well made. The only the I could draw on an etech a scetch was a a square and stairs as well too so I didn't find them so fun. My first Rubiks Cube after a while I peeled all the stickers off and matched all the colors up calling it done. I thought why try to work this complicated thing when there is an easier way to do it. lol

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

That gremlin thingamejig cake was freakin' AWESOME dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercairo

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