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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

Entries in Sunday Sweets (311)

Sunday
Mar082009

Sunday Sweets: Tuning in for 80s Cartoons

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks really are.

I'd like to say today's post will remind many of us of our childhood, but if you're like me you were probably watching some of these into your teens. (I especially loved Animaniacs in high school. Aw, great, now I'm going to be humming "Pinky & the Brain" all day. Dum da dum da dummm...)

First up, ZOINKS! It's Scooby-Doo!

(By the Cake Fairy, found by Margery S.)

And the Smurfs, too!

(By Sweet Treats, found by Jessica M.)

(By Nati's Cakes, found by Dorothy.)

Go Go Gadget Cake!

(Hand-painted by Denise at Cakes for You.)

How about a little classic cartoon violence? You know you miss it!


(Made by Karina's friend Cathy, who is not a professional!)

Now, some of you are going to take issue with the fact that this next one is a wedding cake, and therefore potentially worthy of ridicule. Still, it made me laugh, so I'm posting it. So there.


Cowabunga, dude! They even made a female Mutant Turtle for the bride topper - that, or they stuck a wig on an action figure - I can't quite tell. Either way, it's hilarious, and nicely done.

(I've had that pic on my hard drive forever, and have no idea whose it is. E-mail me if you know.)

Even ThunderCats gets some representin', and by Snarf no less!

(By Have Your Cake and Eat It, found by Laura.)

And lastly, you know how I've been badgering y'all to send me a Snorks cake? Well, my lovely Wresksistant Anne-Marie took it upon herself to surprise me with this last week:

Once I stopped laughing, I had to ask her how she even did this. You've got to understand: Anne-Marie is the best cook I know, but she's not a decorator. So considering she free-handed and decorated this using nothing more than a few tubes of store-bought icing, I think it's pretty darn good. And sweet, since she just wanted to ensure the Snorks were present in today's post. I just wish she didn't live on the other side of the country, so I could have had a slice. [crossing arms & pouting] Hmph.

Of course, AFTER Anne-Marie made that one, Pennie K sent in a more official Snorks Sweet:


She tells me she made it for her own birthday. Isn't it cute?

And yes, I AM happy now, thanks for asking.

Sunday
Mar012009

Sunday Sweets: More 80s

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks are. As always, if you know who made one of the uncredited cakes, please let me know!

It's been so much fun seeing what you guys turned up in your search for 80s Sweets. To narrow my selection down, I'm going to focus on things that haven't had a huge come-back recently, like Transformers and Indiana Jones. (Okay, so "huge" is relative. Boo Crystal Skull!) I'm also going to hold off on Super Mario for now, since he's got enough material out there to fill several posts on his own.

So let's kick things off down at Fraggle Rock, shall we?

Sarah A. found this insanely detailed Fraggle diorama by Kimberly Chapman. The upper left-hand corner even has Sprocket waiting beside the hole in the wall! I like that Kimberly made it so detailed without being too busy: any more and the cake would have looked chaotic, but this seems to strike the right balance.

Ah, but where are the Doozers, you ask? Not to fear; Amy R. found them!

These Doozers are sooo cute, but I'm afraid it took me a moment of squinting to figure out that's supposed to be a giant radish. (Sorry - it's been a while.) I'm curious what the Bleeding Heart Bakery used to make the lettering, too: is it too much to hope they're sugar rods?

Speaking of adorable characters, check out Rainbow Brite's sprite Twink:

Michelle M. found this cuddly bit of cakery by Dora of Cakes Garden. I had this doll when I was little, and I used to love Rainbow Brite's crinkly holographic outfit, too - remember that, girls?

Sorry, I'm veering off into extreme girliness again. Uh, here you go, guys:

Eh? A little Space Invaders action? Get a load of that pixelated perfection!
Erin C. found it over on Hello Naomi's Flickr stream.

Here's some more arcade awesomeness, and our fondant-free Sweet of the week:

I know it's "just" a sheet cake, but that piping is perfectly done and nicely detailed. Karon Z. found it here, but the baker isn't listed.

Moving along in the evolution of gaming, who among us didn't have one of these?

Ah, how I miss those painful square controllers jabbing into my palms. [wistful smile]

This was the groom's cake at Rachel G.'s wedding, by the way.

Ok, that's enough for this week. Tune in next Sunday for all 80s cartoons. It's gonna be, like, totally righteous, dude.

(Speaking of which, anyone have a classic GI Joe cake to send me? Or how about Thunder Cats? And I'm still waiting for something featuring the Snorks - c'mon, people, if you can't find one, make one! Is that too much to ask?)