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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: Back to the 80s

I'll admit it: I was a child of the 80s. I'll also admit to telling people my name was Jem, not Jen, when I was younger. (And then I'll admit that when I just said I told people my name was Jem when I was younger, I meant I did it yesterday.)

So, dust off your Power Glove, lace up your high tops, and crank that Olivia Newton John cassette you've kept vacuum-sealed in your storage shed, cuz it's time for Sunday Sweets, 80s Style!

First, we've got to have some My Little Ponies:


By Courtney's Cakes

Submitted by Carla M.; Made by The London Cake Company

Did anyone else love that delicious, rubbery kid-toy plastic smell? Mmmm... ponies.



Remember when it was 1989, and you had a crush on Lance Davenport, so you made him a mix-tape, gave it to him between classes, and then spent all of Science class drawing "Jen luvs Lance 4-eva" on your book cover?

Yeah, me neither.
Remember when Lance Davenport invited you over to listen to the mix tape on his hot new boom box, and then he told you he had a crush on your friend Jerry?
Yeah... me, neither.



Hey, look! ROBOCOP!

Submitted by Sarah A. and spotted here, but baker unknown.

Part hardened cyborg policeman, part yummalicious chocolate and vanilla.



Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and appreciate this Ferris Bueller's Day Off sneaker cake, you could miss it!

Made by Stacy W
Bueller? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?



Check out this totally tubular and (mostly) fondant-free Gizmo cake:


Made by CW reader Jessica M.
Aww. I wonder what happens if you eat it after midnight with a glass of water.



I am in love with this fondant-free Harry and the Hendersons cake.


By Carmen Rose - and thanks to Lisa P. for finding it!

It's SO COOL. And it takes me right back to being a kid.


Next, you're going to tell me there's an awesome Jem cake out there.

Woohoo! Check out that airbrushing! Truly outrageous.
Ok, next you're going to tell me there's an awesome Weird Al cake out there.
No one? Dang.



Hey, look! Pac-Man!
I wonder if I could eat this cake as fast as I lose at Pac-Man. Probably.



Ever see a cake go 88 miles per hour?
Great Scott! This amazing 8-foot Delorean was created for the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future.



(And now I officially feel old.)



Here's one of my most favorite wedding cakes ever:
Fluorescent splatter paint! I love the 80s rock-star theme. Super cool beans.
And finally, this ode to the 80s wedding cake has it all. Check out Sloth as the officiant in front of Castle Grayskull!
Made by CW reader Alexandra W.



But, wait! This isn't the whole thing- that's just the TOPPER.


Here's the rest:

I pity the fool that doesn't love this cake.
Now, quick, who can name all the 80s references?

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


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Reader Comments (143)
I am in love with the paint splatter cake!! I wish I would have thought of that for my wedding! I'm also loving the highschool commentary - but I don't remember any of that either:)

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

A child of the 80's too! Loved this...And Im listening to some Madonna too lol!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

Doesn't that second My Little Pony have way too many front legs?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary

SaraV, I had the seahorses, too! I wish I kept all of those toys...

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennvee

I just needed to pop in and say that last cake actually gave me a little shiver of delight, it was so cool-awesome-totally tubular. Perhaps it's because I was a Rubik's Cube junkie, because Rainbow Brite, Smurfs, et. al., don't really spin my pinwheel. (Although I'm hearing SO many reccs on MLP: Friendship is Magic that I'm going to have to break down and watch.)

(Goonies! Mogwai! Ghostbusters! Ok, some of the "et al." still flip my chicken)

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscyllacat

Tonight's Food Network Challenge is Awesome 80's! This post works perfectly!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeng9803

Oh my gosh, I've loved that rainbow splatter cake for ages and never been able to find out who originally made it! Now I just need someone who can recreate it for my birthday ... hopefully the result will be a Sweet rather than a Wreck!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBriony

It might not be Weird Al specifically, but there are a bunch of great accordion cakes out there! I bet you could find a great one to add to this post.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaley Studio

"I wonder if I could eat this cake as fast as I lose at Pac-Man."

I wonder if I could eat it as fast as Pac-Man could.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am geeky, though not as geeky as Jen and hubby, so 60% of your CW geek references go over my head but I am so happy to report that I knew EVERY SINGLE reference in today's post. And the 80s cake with the rubix cube was totally awesome and cool bean-ish.

WV- Matickl- Your Goonies cake gave me the matickls.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLatinMama

One thing I DON'T miss from the 80s is being accused of buying my stuff at Kmart - as though that was about the most shameful thing you could do. That's what happened when I got a boom box for my 13th BD. EXACTLY LIKE THAT CAKE except it was a Panasonic. Just as good, right? Not to my classmates. Kids are stupid. PLUS, I'm certain my folks didn't get it at Kmart. :)

Also, what is that that Super Ted is holding?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMerrilee S.

I found a Weird Al cake. But it's not worthy of a Sunday Sweet. LOL

And not a cake, but a very cool carved Weird Al pumpkin!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimbalaya

I'm glad you shared - I love Jem! I dressed up as her for halloween last year - it was epic! (My friend was Rainbow Brite!)

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfragilehearted

Wow, that 80's wedding cake is blowing my mind. ;)

AND! Jem, er...Jen you'll be happy to know that Jem is currently being aired on a channel called The Hub. I just randomly found it while flipping through the other day!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter:: miss m ::

Is the Gizmo cake done with that "tip" blob thing that all the 1980s kiddie cakes with crazy moms were done in? (FYI, my mom probably spent a million hours doing a set of those one year for me and my sister a month apart for our birthdays).

I have no idea what it was called, but everybody swas selling the cake tins that were shaped and had topological surfaces that you then stood there forever with different colors and put dot after dot after dot on to make the icing face. Without knowing what it's called, I can't google it, and I can't see the Gizmo cake clearly enough to figure out if it's that kind of cake or not.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I *heart* Weird Al. Now I may have to make a cake.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh


Oh my God, i'm hyperventilating. So much awesome in one place.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeena

Oh my goodness, that is THE SAME BOOMBOX i had when I was in middle school!!!!

in cake.

oh, sweet memories.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlessed

I totally want to see a MacGyver inspired cake now...

BTW Red Fraggle and Cheer Bear just made my day.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Awesome awesome cakes :3 Love the ponies and splatter cake! And....I'm sorry, I hate nitpickers but gotta say... neither of those ponies are 80s :< Theyre the set that started in 2003, the blue is Rainbow Dash and the pink is Fluttershy (pre-Hub channel cartoon, Fluttershy was pink and neither had wings)
I WILL make an awesome MLP 80s cake sometime this year and totally send it in though :3

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPuppet

Bananaman and Superted aren't obscure if you're English and 31, like me. Me and my brother loved that stuff - he had Duckula wallpaper!

I could go for an 80's cake if it didn't bring back the memories.... oh the horror!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbeccy

Is that.... Bananaman?! Wow. Just, wow.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOdie childhood cake would be Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers, and Ozzie and Harriet...

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGaia

I couldn't find a Weird Al cake, but here a picture of Weird Al with a cake...

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrittymcsmartypants

I am in high school right now and my choir teacher got my whole class addicted to Jem like she was when she was young. GO JEM!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wanted to be Jem growing up. I had not one but two Jem themed birthday parties. I always hated that my initials were J.E.N. Then I got married and it they became J.E.M. So I really am Jem.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama JEM


Jem is one of my childhood faves along with She-Ra...wonder whatever happened to her?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

Best wedding cake ever. No doubt about it.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterev

I TOTALLY LOVE the Plastic 80's Toy Smell....MMMMMMM

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mind of Meagan

Love the Harry and the Hendersons cake! Would make a great anniversary cake for my husband and me as we saw it on our first date: July 28, 1987.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Zinn

O.M.G. That's friken' Bananaman!!!

This is now one of my favorite Cake Wrecks posts. :)

I'm a child of the 80's too. I was Jem for Halloween 2 years in a row. My mom sewed so she made my costume. I refused to wear a stupid coat too. I lived in Washington state and it was 40* and I didn't care. I was truly outrageous.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

a. I am also a child of the 80's. Ergo, I love these cakes.

b. I especially love the wedding cake at the end.

c. The Food Network Challenge episode on tonight is 80's Cakes. How's that for a coincidence?

@Lori - She-ra grew up and married He-man. :)

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica B.

I love the first My Lil Pony and the Jem cake! Both were my favorites while growing up--I think I still have a Pony or two in the attic. The REAL My Lil Pony, not the redos they sell at Wally World or the cheap knock offs.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

First these a-MA-zing 80s cakes, which I totally want now (all of them), then I found Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Gummi Bears AND Punky Brewster on DVD, now Food Network Challenge is 80s-themed, complete with guest host Tiffany. Today = BEST DAY EVER!!!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Bannanman was that truly talented and brilliant triple act ,The Goodies, Graeme Garden,Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor. SuperTed wasn't just British it was Welsh,and launched S4C the welsh language channel. Shame they didn't do Spotty Man as well....

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

OMG, I LOOOOOOOVE the 80's my kids think i'm weird coz of it, but i just wish there was a She-Ra cake in ... wait a minute CASTLE GREY SKULL ... THAT'S CLOSE ENOUGH ... LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!!!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramyandtenaya

Ummm... since when did they go from "ghetto blasters" to "boom boxes"? I didn't get that memo...

And that was pretty much the best time of my life. Just me, my ghetto blaster, and my Bon Jovi tape.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

*YOU* feel old?! I was in high school when BttF came out!

wv~ mervers;
I met a bunch of Mervers at the game show convention.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Where's Strawberry Shortcake?! My Mom used to buy one for herself when she bought one for me... Now I have inherited that collection... They are all brand new, in the box!!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter

*sniff* this post brought a tear to the eye of this 80's kid. I remember trading furry care bear stickers, and mix-tapes that would end mid song because the person making it couldn't judge how much tape was left :) LOVE the last cake, esp the A-team van. So, so good.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershaz

Awww, Harry and the Hendersons! The last one was beyond awesome as well!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeej

Am I the only one dissapointed that there is no Bill and Ted, Pretty in Pink or cabbage patch kids?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OH man, the ET moon on that last cake is pure genius!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGale

I made a rubix cube cake for an engineer friend once. It looked good -- but not that good!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

That last cake, and Cake Wrecks, was featured in today's edition of "Geeks Are Sexy", another blog devoted to mentions of--you guessed it--sexy geeks. Congratulations, Jen! (Or should I say, Jem?)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

Tonight on the Food Network Challenge they had to do 80's cakes (it might have been a re-run...?) and none of them held a candle to the awesomeness of the cakes in this post!

Long live Plastic Ponies!!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBakeshow

Wow I just loved the My Little Pony cakes. So cute. Who would eat them? Though I might be tempted to munch on Robocop just cause he looks delicious.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Feeling old is no fun, so I avoid it whenever possible. ;-)

When BTTF was made, I lived near the mall where the parking lot scenes were shot. I even saw them setting up. I didn't stick around, because I had no way of knowing that future history was being made. I should tell my then-self to go check it out. Who knows, I might will have been an extra.

What is the deal with MLP #2, anyway?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

He-man couldnt marry She -ra they are twins Prince Adam and Princess Adora remember? and why hasnt anyone else mentioned Indiana Jones and the Karate kid? by the way I was an 80's Mum ! my eldest was born 1981 so that might be why I have a better memory of the decade, Superted is holding the ring cushion/box and cheer bear is holding brides posy.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

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