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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: Cartoons with Character

I'll be the first to admit I don't recognize all of today's characters, but boy are they cute!

Amanda of Bluebird Cakes tells me this is Plex from the kids show Yo Gabba Gabba. I've never seen the show, but with robots this adorable, I may have to check it out.

Wallace & Gromit are looking dapper:

(Sub'd by Eva Q., made by The Frosted Cake 'N Cookie)

To be honest, I'm not sure how much of this Strawberry Shortcake is actually cake (she may be all gumpaste), but she's so cute-tastic I couldn't resist including her:

(Sub'd by Erin S., made by Elizabeth's Cakes)

The bonnet! The kitty cat! The itty bitty strawberry!
[collapses from cuteness]

Here's something you don't see too often: hand painted cakery!

(Sub'd by Robin G., made by Natasha of Amelie's House)

This was inspired by Beatrix Potter's Tailor of Gloucester. Isn't it awesome?

(Baker Unknown)

Russ B. tells me that the little characters around the edge are are something called Hattifatteners and the hippo-looking guys are Moomins. Um. Okaaaay. Regardless, they're cute. And that cake collar? Exquisitely done.

This Thomas the Tank Engine cake finally shows us an acceptable use of edible image printing:

(Made by Irene Likokas at Sweet Irene)

Finally. Something that almost makes up for the photo cakes of people either drunk or on toilets. (I said "almost," alright?)

And lastly, the sponge everyone hates to love or loves to hate:

(Made by Kevin of K's Cakes)

I've seen a LOT of Spongebob cakes, guys, and this just might be the best. Kudos, Kevin.

- Similar Sweets: SS Visits the 80s

Update from John- Thanks to everybody who corrected us on the whole Hattifattener/moomin thing. I'm sure it's still wrong but we tried. Also, thanks to Rebecca's three year old who pointed out that Thomas is actually a tank engine. I bow to your superior knowledge young Jedi.

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Reader Comments (151)

I can't believe you've never heard of the Moomins! They were the best part of Saturday morning TV, not least because they were really creepy.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsty

So cute! I LOVE that Thomas cake...I mean my son would love that Thomas cake. Sure I do. :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

The strange hippo creatures are 'Moomins', from a Finnish cartoon series. That's the cake I am most envious of on this whole site :D

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Hopkins

My three year old would be the first to correct you..."It's Thomas the TANK ENGINE, Mom!" (Not that I've ever head that one before...)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

We <3 Yo Gabba Gabba here; me, my six year old AND my sixteen year old. CUTE cakes, especially the Strawberry Shortcake one.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaaren

The mouse cake is beautiful!!!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

That right there was my life story.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yes, the little robot is cute - but beware of Yo Gabba Gabba. That show OBVIOUSLY involved large quantities of very strong hallucinogenic drugs at some point during the creative process! I don't allow it in my house!

And I also died of cute from the Strawberry Short-Cake!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlannah

Lovely, just lovely.

But how can you bring yourself to chop strawbeyy shortcake up or worse toss her in the garbage can at the end of the party.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPoohbear

I recognized the Moomin characters right away! I think the Hattifatteners are something different, though. Wikipedia has a decent summary:

I encountered the books when I was already an adult, and loved them. Even though one of the characters has a tendency to say "Keep your pecker up!" as an encouraging phrase. I think when the books were translated from Finnish, they used a British idiom. Still....


March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanice in GA

The Moomins is a wonderful, surreal melancholic collection of characters created by Finnish-Swedish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. There are a whole host of cartoon books and novels about them. There was a Polish-German TV series based on the books produced in the 1980s which achieved cult fame in Britain, and then later, a Japanese remake. The characters on the top of the cake are (L_R) Moomintroll, The Snork Maiden, Moominpappa and Moominmamma. The hattifatteners (minor characters in the books) are around the edge of the cake. It's well worth checking out the books and the 1980s series if you can find them.

Anna, UK

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just to clarify about the Moomin cake: the Hattifatteners (never knew they were called that in English) are the little white things with arms going around the sides of the cake. The characters on top are the Moomins themselves. From left to right: Moomintroll, Snifflemiss, Moomin Papa, and Moomin Mama(although I'm just guessing because you can't see her apron here).

I'd love to know where this cake is from, because you VERY rarely see elaborate character cakes like this in Finland.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I guess I can be the first to point out that it's "Gromit" not "Grommet", as he is a dog and not a small metal ring.

Love love love the site as always.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Roy

I don't recognized all of them either. But they are gorgeous.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Technically, the hattifattners (sp) are the worm-like creatures around the cake. The four critters on the top are Moomintroll, the Snork Maiden and Moomintroll's parents.

That's a wonderful series of kid's books. I adored them when I was a child.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

yep, the moomin cake is adorable! moomins are characters created by finnish author tove jansson. moomins are extremely popular of course in finland but also in japan (where the series were made). i grew up watching moomins and still as an "adult" i think it's one of the greatest series made for children! :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Don't worry about trying to watch "Yo Gabba Gabba". It's one reason that I am glad I do NOT have cable (because I don't have to watch it). ;-)

But these cakes are seriously cute!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa


For the non-Scandinavians (and non-Suomiphiles):

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuden Veri

Omg, I want a Moomin cake! That's adorable.

But yeah, they're a Swedish/Finnish cartoon with trolls that kinda look like hippos. I came to love it when I was in Norway lol

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMinya

Great cakes! The Beatrix Potter hand-painted cake is just stellar... and a little insane. Where do people find the time, the talent, the skill? That said - I issue a challenge to find a nice/cute/gorgeous or at least mildly acceptable "Calvin&Hobbes" cake. Not that the fact of cake needs to be improved, but those two will make anything even better. Does anyone knoe of that kind of a cake? I have been secretly hoping to see one here one fine Sunday for ages.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Awww.... the Wallace and Grommit cake looks like it could come to life!
Thanks for another great post. Have a great week!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHomebody

Oh, the Beatrix Potter one is too beautiful to cut. At least when it's already a wreck, you don't feel bad about wrecking it with a knife.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

It's Moomin, with an "n" at the end -- the Moomins (or Moomintrolls) are a Finnish book/comic book series by Tove Jansson. They're a little weird, but super cute. :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter--K.

The Moomins look really good- they are from a famous children's book series which is big, well everywhere but here. They are Swedish originally.


March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Those weird little things in the tree house are called Moomins (from Tove Jansson's books), and the even weirder little things at the base of the cake are Hattifatteners. Highly recommend reading the books, not just watching the Japanese cartoon!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiina

I'm in cake heaven! Thanks for posting the Sunday Sweets. :-) How did they do the icing on Strawberry Shortcake's cake? Amazing! Love them all. :-)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBilinda S.

Moomin! I grew up with it, it is delightfully scary. :) (I think it's more more known in Scandinavia than anywhere else.)

And that Mouse-cake was so cute I could die!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilje Cathrin Olsen

The Moomims are perfect! Just believe us on that. And then go read Finn Family Moomintroll.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

The Moomin trolls are originally from Finland, and have all sorts of wierd (but admittably cute) creatures in it. My favourite is "Small My" (in Swedish: "Lilla My"), a small girl with the most crazy and angry ideas. Tove Janson was the writer of these children stories, called "Mumin" in Swedish. :)
/Camilla, Gothenburg, Sweden.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamilla

about the moomin-cake: those are characters from books by a Finnish author. very popular in scandinavia :)

if you wanna know more :

greetings from sweden :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaby

the characters in the 6th cake are called moomins or moomintrolls. they're from the books by Tove Jansson



March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Moomins rock!

These are some spectacular sweets.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXowie

*Loving* the Moomin (not Moomim) cake, from the wonderful books by Tove Jansson, recently deceased. I grew up on them. Thanks!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are Moomins, not Hattifatteners! They (Hattifatteners) look more like evil marshmallows.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Hey, wait! Where's Saturday's cakes?
But that Wallace and Gromit cake is just so cute!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthebubblegumchild

Avoid Yo Gabba Gabba. Trust me on this one. It's a kid's show on acid. It is the weirdest damn thing I have ever seen and I refuse to put it on in my house. It's the HR Puffenstuff for the next generation. Stay. Away.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCari

Ooh, a Moomin cake! I grew up on the stories, since they were written in my country (Finland), and I can recommend them to people of all ages. They are wonderfully anarchistic kids' stories, but can also be enjoyed by adults for their philosophic content.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanica


Ahem, sorry.

That one is totally my favourite, on principle, of today's batch... even though the sheer quality of the Beatrix Potter cake takes my breath away.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are super-cute.

I'm the second to point out the typo: Wallace and Gromit, not Grommet :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeci

I see the Moomins (Muumit in Finnish) are the hit of this week's Sunday Sweets. My favorite also. One of the main reasons I got a code-free DVD player was so that I could get the Moomin cartoons on DVD for my son to watch. They are very much loved in Finland and in Japan. Finnair even painted the characters on one of its planes that flew from Finland to Japan.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNooraK

Was Spongebob in spongecake?

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZhoen

You mean those hippos aren't Hungry Hungry?

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMFG a Muumipeikko cake! And it's so adorable! <3

I definitely know what I want on my next birthday cake now. :)

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

moomins are awesome. i saw a whole exhibition about tove jansson yesterday, her drawings are amazing... definitely check out the books!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterannet

Argh the moomins used to scare me so much as a kid! especially the things in the woods and that angry girl!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri, uk

These are beautiful! The Beatrix Potter cake was amazing...
And put me in the ANTI Yo Gabba Gabba club. That cake is adorable, but the show is a mixture of Barney's annoying "everyone gets along" philosophy and teletubbies' random changing of scenes/no plot line.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkristina

If I received that Strawberry Shortcake, I would spend the rest of my days guarding it from those evil individuals who think you should eat cake! So freaking cute!!!

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

the one with the hattifatteners (never heard of) looks like a piece of wedgewood! and the hand-painting on the one above is absolutely incredible! such amazing work....

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermp.

Really? That's the best spongebob cake?? It's not even sitting up

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

The Yo Gabba Gabba cake is cute, but the show is unbelievably annoying. Worse than Barney and Teletubbies combined.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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