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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 to Make Henson Proud

I have a huge statue of Kermit the Frog occupying the corner of my desk. It has light-up fireflies behind Kermit and plays the Rainbow Connection. I love it.

I mention this by way of introduction to today's featured NON-Wreck, made by Heather Haynes of Clarksville, Indiana:

Yes, it's all the characters from the Muppet Show, modeled in fondant, on cake.


The Electric Mayhem is looking mighty groovy.

And I love Camilla the chicken. Say, have I mentioned that my hubby John does a fantastic Swedish Chef impersonation? Seriously. If you ever meet him, ask him to say "Bork bork bork" for you. It's downright uncanny.

Of course a Muppet Show cake would never be complete without their in-house peanut gallery, Statler and Waldorf. Still, I'm guessing even those two curmudgeons wouldn't find a thing to complain about on this sweet creation.

I don't have any info on baker Heather; I only know this cake won the blue ribbon at the 2007 Kentucky State Fair. If anyone has more info or a website for her, be sure to let me know.

Also, there's a nice slide show of these and more photos here. Thanks to all of you readers who sent in the link!

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Reader Comments (113)

I love Beaker! Too awesome. This cake is amazing!! No wonder it won!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAppsNChaps

I don't think I could ever eat it though! I love the Muppets and so do my kids. I think somehow the idea of taking a bite out of Kermit is wrong :| And I'd keep Animal...he's always been my favorite, hehe.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterV. Nicharico

Incredible. I wish I'd had this for my wedding cake 23 years ago!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiddle Aged Woman

I love the muppets and I love this cake.She did such a great job on it.I hope you find out some more info on her.I would love to see some more cakes designed by her.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSgtSudsWife

Absolutely remarkable!!!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRipleyVT

That is fabulous!

She's even got the Professor and Beaker.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

That's great!!!

My husband actually does a fantastic impression of the Swedish Chef, as's one of the things that attracted me to him, when we met waaay bak in middle school. Funny guys = good. :-D

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhockeyheretic35

I love the Muppets; I love this cake. I still get sad when I about Jim Henson being gone.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

That thing is awesome! Great details.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Her name is Heather Haynes and she is from Clarksville, Indiana. She won honorable mention in 2005 in Wilton's Cake Decorating contest with a cake called "A Mad Tea Party." From what I can tell, she has no web site or anything.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShan

This cake is fantastic. She did a terrific job. I'd be scared to eat it.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Well, sorry to disappoint you all, but the Swedish chef doesn't speak Swedish. We don't understand him either...

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCyberhippien

This cake is great! :) We've been renting all of the Muppet Shows from nine-year-old loves them. I can't believe it's been so many years since they were on!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

That is the best cake I've ever seen.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElissa in NJ

That's absolutely stupendous!

When Jim Henson died, my first thought was, "I wonder if Kermit is OK." Silly. I know. But that's how lifelike and endearing The Muppets are to me.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWildhair

This is quite impressive, I can't imagine eating it though. I'm with v. nicharico, isn't it wrong to bite off Kermit's head?

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Attitude

Statler: You know, there's nothing like a good cake.

Waldorf: Yeah, and this is nothing like a good cake.

Both: Dwoah! Ho ho ho ho!

Sorry, I had to!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

It's time to put on make-up, it's time to light the lights...

I would admire the hell out of this cake, take many hundreds of photos, and then eat it with great enjoyment. Yes, MOI!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCorey Wilde

I don't know how you can eat something so beautiful! (I feel the same way when I watch Ace of Cakes and see all that work go into something someone is gonna eat!)

I love the cake - it's a piece of work (and I am from the muppet era so I'm LOVING it!).

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Davis

These cakes came out so good it's almost sad to think they have to be eaten.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternh92

That is an awesome cake! I miss the Muppets! :(


September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

ZOMG!!! Professor Bunson Honeydew and Beaker!!! The Electric Mayhem!!! Gonzo!!! Camilla!!! Scooter!!! Sam the All-American Eagle!!!

(faints dead away from the awesome)

You know, when The Muppet Show was on the air, my family judged the relative coolness of celebreties by how they interacted with Muppets. My father's brain nearly imploded the night Alice Cooper was on. Here was this freaky guy wearing makeup and singing songs that creeped him entirely...but he was so great with Muppets he had to be cool...but he was a freak...but he was was amusing to watch.

I'll never forget the one with Rudolph Nureyev, simply because he looked like he was having the time of his life dancing a spoof ballet (Swine Lake) and singing a duet with Miss Piggy.

I'm with middle aged woman, this would be a wedding cake to stand up and cheer for...even if I would feel guilty eating Kermit.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

That is awesome! I love the Muppets- what an incredible cake! :)

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

This is an incredible cake. I'd have to take all the fondant characters off, shellac them, and put them on a shelf. I couldn't eat them.

Not only because they're the muppets, but because look at all the loving effort that went into making them? All that detail. Sam's feathers! Rolf's fur! Gonzo's argyle sweater!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIndigo

I sooooo want that cake!!!!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertwenty pound tabby

This is WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing non-wrecks.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterprofp

How is it that someone from Indiana enters the Kentucky State Fair?
I don't remember seeing this cake when we went to the fair last year, and I know we stopped by the baked goods and such...
Hmmm... I'll probably remember it later...

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaylyn

To recreate the characters so true to their form? Truly a gifted person!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCakeEater

Jen, this is one of my all-time favorite cakes - I can't believe I didn't think to send this for a Sunday blog. You get extra props for posting this near Jim's birthday, too, which was this past Wednesday, 9/24.

I'm huge fan of the Muppets. I entered my wedding reception to "Mahna Mahna" (wish we'd had this cake!). My car's license plate is MUPPET (and the car's name is Camilla). My blog is named in honor of the Swedish Chef. For all of these reasons, I tip my hat to you for honoring this cake.

For anyone who's looking for some Muppety fun and news, I'd recommend checking out!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

That cake is incredible! You've got to love the Muppets!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Woohoo! I love it! Last year for Christmas, my Hubby got me season one of the Muppet Show. The whole family loves to sit down and watch it!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

This cake is AMAZING!!!
I miss the muppets so much. Looking at this cake makes me wanna go out and rent muppets in space. hahaha
The chicken is my favorite, it just looks so darn cute. :)

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Wentz


September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarni

Props to a fellow Hoosier!

I'll have to show this to my kids. We just watched The Muppets Take Manhattan last night!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That's an incredible cake!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

oh man where's Pepe the prawn? He is my favorite
great post. Thanks for the pictures

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I love the muppets! How cute!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Seeker

That is the best cake I have seen in a long time! I grew up watching that show and unsuccessfully tried to get my kids to watch it. They never got hooked, but I still am :) Awesome cake!!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I was also amazed when I stumbled upon this at the 2007 state fair. I spent more time admiring this cake than I did anything else at the fair that day. And took lots of pictures, too.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

As long as John doesn't say:

"BJork Bjork Bjork...."

-Laura R

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is AWESOME! I'm seriously in awe. I've been renting the Muppet Show for my kids....good times.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

This is so beautiful!! My one complaint is that I'd never want to eat it. :-D

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia

Wow! I think this is the best thing I have ever seen. I don't think I would be able to desecrate it by eating it.

who has a tshirt "I appreciate the Muppets on a much deeper level than you"

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNee S.

I LOVE the Muppet Show. As a child I never wanted the episode to end and as an adult I've bought the DVD sets. I'm just as excited to watch the shows as my children are! This cake is amazing!!

If I could buy it, I'd find a way to perserve it forever!!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Simply AWESOME! I would buy that cake in a heartbeat! Too bad it is almost too perfect to eat......almost.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPersnickety Ticker

I think it is the most fabulous cake I've ever seen!!!
I agree, I don't think I could have eaten it. For sure I would have taken the fondant characters off and preserved them, somehow....
She is awesome and the likenesses are FABU!!!
Jim Henson would be so proud!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is a beautiful cake! I love it!! That is amazing!

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter~Jenn Danza~

Wow that is amazing! I'd hate to cut it though it is too pretty to eat.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNeen

Absolutely gorgeous!!! The only notable (IMO) missing is Rizzo the Rat.

Surely Jim is up there somewhere smiling down on Heather for her faithful re-creation, and on you Jenn for spotlighting them this week.

(Netflix has The Muppet Show?? OMG, I'm signing up TODAY! My 18 m/o daughter needs the exposure!)

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Wow, fantastic. How do you serve a cake like that, though? I wouldn't know where to start cutting...

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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