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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: Jim Henson Tribute

Last week marked the 21st anniversary of Jim Henson's final bow. So, in his honor, I thought we'd take a look at some of the many Sweets featuring his most famous friends:

By dutch-cakebox

Not to mention my unofficial role models. Heh.

Submitted by Eri R. and made by Bluebird Cakes

This is the cutest flying bed (and miniature rubber ducky) I have ever seen. Such a great design, too!

By Cupcake Occasions

Why is there a Sam Eagle cupcake? Because AMERICA, that's why.

Now on to the "cakes you want to cuddle" section of today's post:

Sub'd by Karen A. and made by Suikertaartjes

Ernie is such a doll!

And Elmo is begging for a squeeze!

Best toy chest ever? I'm thinking YES.

These guys look like little beanie baby versions of themselves:

Sub'd by Mags and made by love-a-cupcake

I'd love to have Cookie Monster sitting on my monitor right now. So cute!

Here's a newer character from the Street today: Abby Cadabby:

Submitted by Lisa M. and made by Rhapsody Cakes

And classic Kermit never gets old:

I promise I *did* look for Sweets from some of Henson's other work - the Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, and my personal favorite, Labyrinth - but all I found worth mentioning (and that I haven't posted before) was this doorknocker from Labyrinth:

Yes, it's really cake! I actually have the matching set of Labyrinth knockers on the closet doors in my office (photo here) so I was especially smitten to see one rendered so well in cake.

So getting back to the Muppets, here are two more of my favorites (and who I'd also love to have on my desk):

Beaker and Dr. Honeydew! The baker calls this a "baby shower cake for a mom-to-be who is more into science than babies." (Note the H2O molecule on the border.) Brilliant!

And finally, since I don't have a cake version of him for you, here's the Swedish Chef demonstrating the proper use of the "cäkenschmööscher."

Bork bork bork!

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


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Reader Comments (123)

For me, the cupcakes look a little too much like hunting trophies. I'm torn between how cute they are and how they make me a little uncomfortable.

I have one of the Labyrinth door knockers on the wall outside my craft studio (there's no door) but now I feel like a total slacker for only having one of them!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliceBlue

Fab cakes! I love the Muppet cupcakes, too.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Bug

I had seen other Hensen based cakes, so I tried to find as many as I could...this is what I found:

some seriously cute cupcakes:,grouch

and here is one based upon Labyrinth!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterceruleanfleur

You need one of these:
and these:

I have both, as well as the Pigs in Space one & a giant Sweetums.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFernanda

Beaker and Dr. Honeydew have human forms... The Myth Busters.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLis.

Love, love, love the Muppets. We have raised our two boys on Muppet DVDs. You know it's gone well when one wants to dress up as Marty Feldman for Halloween when he was three! The boys had a great time looking through these cakes with me.


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Oh, my! This may be the best "Sweets" post yet! I love the muppets! this is my first post on Cake Wrecks..and I have to say..You are my new favorite person. We share the same birthday of May 12th. (I was born on Mother's Day..were you?)...and one my favorite movies is the Labyrinth as well.
I LOVE Cake Wrecks. Thank you for putting a smile on my face with all of the wrecks.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy F.

I LOVE the Beaker and Honeydew cake! So cute!!!!!!! Hmmm, I suddenly feel the urge to buy a holiday book. Oh, you have one? How coincidental!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I loved this post!
The perfect gift for a wreckerator- The cakensmoosher!
@Isolder 74- Loved the song tribute!
@VeggieT- The Swedish Chef is way too good for food network!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow, that Bert and Ernie cake is marvelous!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually the Swedish Chef cake still looks better than most of the Wrecks on this place. I'd eat that one, even if it did talk back in mock Japanese.

You do know that the Swedish Chef has been fibbing about his nationality don't you? On one of the shows it was shown that he wasn't mock Swedish, but mock Japanese.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOldish Lady

Having a baby in a month and I now know what I want for his birthday--either the actual birth or his 1st: Either those cupcakes or the toy chest.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdie Frau

LOVED the cupcakes!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDough Ball


" may cry..".....

Here I
am, a senior citizen, watching that video for about 10 seconds before the waterworks started. Big sentimental baby, me.
Ii's okay... They are REAL! I hate to see Kermit sad. That is a true GIFT~~to create something like that... to give the characters real... well, HEART.

Go well, Jim.

Your soul was-- and always will be-- that of a child and a genius.


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns


Oh, everyone cries at it. I've seen it several times and still get weepy lol. Its very sweet though, haha - Jim Henson was a gift :)

Glad you enjoyed!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEggie

those were amazing, for some reason ever since i can remember i've always thought sesame street was creepy and frightening but always loved the muppets, lol

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

Thank-you for posting all those cakes. They brought back so many memories of first Sesame Street and than The Muppet Show. Believe it or not I'm feeling weepy.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermichele

I found the knockers (heh) on ebay; these guys also have a direct online store. Info is in the listing:

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am so NOT a celebrity groupie, but when Jim Henson died, I sat on the floor and bawled--I was 36 at the time. My daughters were just 5 and wondered why I was so sad and I told them that Kermit's daddy had got sick and was dead. The only other person we mourned like that was Jerry Garcia. Some people just refuse to be strangers, whether you meet them or not. Thanks for a wonderful tribute. Now I am strangely compelled to begin my Christmas shopping.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamichic

WHERE did you get the doorknockers!that is my fave movie of all time I love david bowie and jim henson! i have looked online and did not see you remember where you got them?

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPunk With a Palate

Thank you for posting so many wonderful Sunday Sweets this week---my (adult) kids all have fond memories of watching Sesame Street. Kermit and Ernie and Bert were our favorites.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

my inbox was filled with people demanding that I come look at the cakes today because- oh my goodness- I am a total Muppet girl. (my son was *this* close to being named Grover...true story)

But seeing the door knocker from Labyrinth? (one of the best movies ever made) was what made my day.

Thank you for this fantastic collection!

(& why is it that no one ever does Pigs in Space cakes?)

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCalliope

Oh, thank you SO MUCH for this lovely tribute to one of the greatest creative minds who EVER lived! Jim Henson's work was a HUGE PART of mine and my sister's childhood. So seeing this is truly touching.

Swedish Chef clip: I have watched that SO MANY TIMES before today! It's so fitting you would post it here!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Calliope said...
(& why is it that no one ever does Pigs in Space cakes?)

That is very tempting. I'll have to put that on my list of things to try.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I'm loving these! I remember playing muppets games as a child! Love them!!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwannaplay

Ahh you made my night. I love the Swedish Chef lol. Now I want to watch the Muppet Show again. And again. Lol my favorite show as a kid and even now.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Another source for 'A Boy and His Frog' can be found on Tom Smith's website-

I LOVE that someone else has the door knockers! My brother gifted me with a pair for my birthday a few years back.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlady-zylle

Why doesn't the Swedish Chef have his own show? Probably because he doesn't take himself seriously enough.

"Wreck the Halls with boughs of folly..." Something made me think of that song for some reason. Odd.

wv: urthshas. Anyone remember those? (Earth shoes. Ok, it's a stretch.)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

Epic Wind! Jim Henson is without a doubt my biggest hero - because some of us still have them. He will continue to delight and inspire people for generations. Thank you for sharing. The world lost an amazing man way too soon.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteenceleb101

Oh my goth! I love Mrs.Piggy! She was my rolemodel when I was a kid. And that doorknocker is brilliant!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

OMG - anything with Beaker is now officially my favorite cake ever!!! I love that little guy. :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

That toy chest and cupcakes are fantastic! Although all of these cakes are pretty fabulous. How could you eat them?!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait

Abby Cadabby?! Is her name supposed to sound so morbid, as in cadaver? I haven't watched in a while.

As for the rest of the cakes, all I have to say is, "Squee!" SO DARLING!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was hoping to see some Muppets doing Bohemian Rhapsody! "Mammaaaaaaaa! Mama? MaaaMaaaaa! MamaMamaMamaMama!"
I do believe they're making a new Muppet movie and it's coming out around November.

I can't wait until I'm back in Disney World in 5 days!! Muppets 3D at DHS, HERE I COME!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

My kids just loved the cakes.. thanks! here is a fraggle rock cake I found on google

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much for the Jim Henson Tribute. I was strictly a Sesame Street kid growing up and now I have a three year old son who loves it too. I don't normally share Cake Wrecks with him, but today we snuggled on the couch to look at them together. He was so excited to see his favorite charcters (although the color of grover was off). And the video clip was a huge hit. I had never seen it, so we both were laughing when it started talking. But when it got smashed my son got sad and said "but I wanted to eat the cake".

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoyce

I don't think I could ever eat any of them!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Alas, a day late - but this might be my favoritist sweets entry ever! Now we see how Kermit OUGHT to be done. :)

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Thanks so much for sharing these, they are fantastic & soooo cute!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCanterbury Cakes

There's sooooo much I love about this post! The cupcakes were awesome--because AMERICA, that's why! Beaker and Animal are my absolute fave muppets. The door knocker from Labyrinth--A-MAZ-ING! And my God, thank you for posting the Swedish chef vid. Bork bork bork!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Great post, I always look forward to the Sundsy Sweets - so many skilled people out there!

I'm sure some of your will enjoy this: Look at this insanely awesome Fraggle Rock cake*!

*I just had to try my google-fu when she said she couldn't find any good ones of the fraggles

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Um, Jen? That Abby Cadabby is terrible. As in, if someone had done a cake rendering of a character you love to that caliber, like Mickey for instance, it would have NEVER made the cut for a Sunday Sweet, and most likely would have ended up in a Kids' Birthday Wrecks post.

I'm sure there are good Abby cakes out there. This just isn't it.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah the Nosher

Watching the Muppet Show with our kids was always a treat - we loved the humor, the personalities of the characters, everything! I agree with those who have said that Jim Henson left us way too early - he was brilliant, clever, with a huge heart.

@Lis: "Beaker and Dr. Honeydew have human forms... The Myth Busters." That is a hilarious observation! I wouldn't have thought of the Mythbusters in that regard, but you're absolutely right.

Thanks for the awesome post and trip down memory lane, Jen. We need more shows like the Muppet Show. One of the previous posters mentioned there may be a movie coming out later this year. If so, I am so in!

Hmm, I get the feeling I should ask for a book this Christmas...

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

Justin's toy box would be perfect if the real Muppets would kick Elmo out of there. Sorry, but the kid has no business hanging out with the big boys.

Love the cupcakes!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

Jim Henson is one of only two celebrity deaths that I've actually mourned - the other was John Denver. Both of them put so much of themselves into their work that it felt like a friend had died.

I'm envious of the poster who met Jim Henson, although I have met Elmo, also at an event in Atlanta (probably the same venue - the Center for Puppetry Arts). The amazing thing was how the kids related to Elmo, running up and hugging and talking to him, even though Kevin Clash was RIGHT THERE, not even trying to disguise he was working him. The kids didn't even see him, they were so caught up with Elmo.

The Muppeta are real - I have proof.

WV: andschya - Andschya it shall be, forever and ever, Amen.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I do believe you have found the video training class all wreckerators were required to take in order to "practice". I LOVE the Swedish Chef!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Is that my dear friend James's Chewy I see on the wall?

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi

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