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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)

that's just creepy! I started doing a My Little Pony cake for my mates 21st yesterday (Sunday)

... get out of my head Jen...


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScotland

OMG that last cake was amazing :D I LOVED the goonies when I was a kid. The rest of it was amazing as well

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I am all OVER that splatter paint cake! It made me want to pull on my tube socks, tie the corner of my t-shirt into one of those plastic rings, and sing Cyndi Lauper at the top of my lungs.

Puppet stole my comment. Amazing collection of cakes, but technically those are '90's ponies. Someone out there's got to have an amazing Moondancer or Posey cake, right? Cherries Jubilee? No?

Yeah, I'm a geek. I still have '80's ponies that I let my sons play with (but not me... heh, heh), and some of them still smell like new pony. *swoon!*

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKitty

The 25th anniversary of Back to the Future didn't make me feel old. What made me feel old was hearing 80's music on the oldies station. It's not oldies! That's 50's or 60's. Maybe early 70's at worst. But not 80's!

If the music I grew up listening to is oldies now, that means I'm old. And I'm not old!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to shout at some young punks who won't get off my lawn.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTechyDad

OMG I love the MLP cakes... but honestly, Jem, Jem is outrageous!! :) I still miss that show...

Definitely greatest Sunday Sweets ever. I just stared at that splatter wedding cake for 5 minutes straight like, "Ooh, pretty..."

And the big reveal on that last cake blew my mind.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie K

That last cake is amazing! Even the base took some special skill in designing it to look like a cassette tape. I love all of these cakes. Thanks for the memories. But I so want a Weird Al cake.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTxmatey

I was a child of the '80s, but My Little Pony wasn't my thing. I had a Rainbow Brite poster and a Strawberry Shortcake, but I generally avoided the "girly" stuff. Okay, I watched Jem and She-Ra, but that was as close as I got. My real passion was Voltron! I want a Voltron cake... but I can't have cake on my diet. *sad*


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That Pacman machine is ace =)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWee Tait Catering

Okay, Jen. This is my first time commenting, but I had to. You freaked me out a little. I had the BIGGEST crush on a guy named Lance when I was in 4th grade, made him a mixed tape and everything! LOL Love your posts! My friend Lindsey and I are truely addicted. :-)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershygal_tlh

This post is missing pre-makeover Strawberry Shortcake. ;)

I always coveted my sister's Apple Dumplin though.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OK, so I want the cassette tape cake when I turn 40 in 3 years, and if I ever get married, I TOTALLY want the neon splatter paint AND the rubik's cube wedding cakes!!!!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraep1974

I feel bad now. I'm sorry if I made you mad or irritated you in any way with my comment about the lack of. I really like everything you do, really I do, and I hate feeling like maybe I hurt your feelings. So I'm sorry. We're still friends right? If yes, keep posting fab stuff :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

There's got to be a Weird Al cake out there! If there is one thing I love more than CW, it's Weird Al. Maybe I'll make one to present to him on Friday. He's in concert here and I plan on taking my 4-year-old son to introduce him to him mom's freaky addiction. LOL!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoublen~Erinn

I had a FUZZY My Little Pony! And a dancing flower that wiggled any time music was played...LOVED all that stuff!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordie

"Piece" and love?!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody

I'd feel sad about eating the Pony cakes. They're just too cute. I cried when people ate chocolate bunnies during Easter when I was a little girl. Hell, I still flinch when people eat chocolate bunnies and I'm 38!


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

LOVE LOVE LOVE the splatter cake! Frighteningly classy!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbats :[

the splatter wedding cake was AWESOME TO THE MAX!! I really want one but do I have to get married to get it? (I don't want to get married- I haven't done anything wrong!)

beautiful last cake (my cat was named Staypuft)

I was way too old to be into Jem but I had the doll. Her earrings lit up. :)

-Barbara Anne

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I totally want that last cake. But what about a Pound Puppy Cake? The rest of those cakes were cool too. My mom made me My little Ponies aout of cloth that were c-u-t-e cute when I was little.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

OMG! Bananaman!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I don't think you could get more 80's than that last cake. Loved it!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdorably Dead

My dear boyfriend took the reference to a Weird Al cake as a personal challenge and found this:

It's not as awesome as the rest of the cakes in the line up, but it is a nice Weird Al cake.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn the My Little Pony cake in blue...just awesome...well done

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNkese

Lynn, your Weird Al cake link made my day. Thank you!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

I helped carry the last cake by Alex. It took five of us, and that was after some of it had been eaten!!

It was amazing.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amazing! That's all I can say. I was an 80's child as well. I remember wanting an outfit like Rainbow Brite and I had almost every My Little Pony they made.

But, where are the trolls? I know they were a fad for quite a few different decades, but those were another collection of mine! LOL

Oh and LOVE the 80's rock star cake!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Rainbow Brite!!!! Well, that one sure made my day!

All that's missing is Strawberry Shortcake. The company Cake (how appropriate!) issued some Strawberry Shortcake-perfumed products and they smell *just* like my old doll did. It's like they've bottled my childhood.

Thanks for the fun walk down memory lane!

noses: The perfect word verification to go with my strawberry-scented hand cream, wouldn't you agree?

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Major

This was my most favorite post ever! I was totally singing the Jem theme song as I was reading...

wo-o-o-ah JEM! The music's contagious, outrageous, jem is my name, no one else is the same, JEM!!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree

Love the neon and chocolate cake. It reminds me of Oreos with Neon icing!

June 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGwenyver

For those that don't recognise the two caped characters on the last cake, the one in blue/yellow is Bananaman and the one in red is Superted. Two of my favourite cartoons when I was little. Disappointed at the lack of Thundercats there though!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Explorer

Okay, "young folks" point of view:
Are you sure that's not Chewbacca? And, Sloth looks like this: (Brotherhood)
Or this: (2003 anime)
Warning, the above image may be a spoiler for FMA, depending on where you are, as Sloth is an undercover agent for the homunculi.

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That was wonderful! Love going back in time when life was colorful with my toys. My friends and I would drag our little ponies over to eachother's homes to play. I had so much fun. I would play with them again. Thanks for bringing back some good memories.

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

I just absolutely heart the 80's. If only I could get my mom to send me some photos of my birthday cakes growing up. Each and every one had CareBear figures on them!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMuttpuppy

OMG, I LOVE the My Little Pony cakes and thanks Jen for taking me back down memory lane with the sweet, sweet smell of pony plastic!

*Sigh, the 80's were awesome and truly, truly, truly outrageous!

I've had that song stuck in my head for days, I was hoping typing it would get it out....NOPE! :)

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKBoogie

I love these cakes!!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

This might be my most favorite Sunday Sweets you've posted. Everything reminds me of my childhood. And the fact that I watch Harry and Hendersons last week takes the cake. Love it!

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Just Wanted to say thanks so much for all the great comments relating to the 80s wedding cake I made.

SillyRnti, (and anyone else who's interested) there are some alternate angle and close up shots of the cake on my flickr stream, along with a full list of all the 80s references incorporated. Please feel free to check it out at

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra W.

Ohmygosh, those ponies! <3

I'm not sure I could bring myself to eat Fluttershy, though. I love her too much.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

That paint splatter looking cake was amazing!!!!!!!!! Totally want one like that!!!!!!!!

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSerene

Here it is! A weird Al cake! So it says...,r:11,s:0,i:120

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