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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: Cartoon Cakes

Time for some heroes in a half shell!

By Lena's Designer Cakes

Cowabunga, dudes!

Ok, raise your hand if you saw the movie in the theater. As a teenager. With your mother.

What? Just me?

Ok, then, how about a Scooby Snack?

By crazebake cakes and cupcakes

That is fondant-free, my friends! Fondant-free, and fantastic.

This next cake is to make up for our Gummi Bears earworm post the other week:

Actually, that's a lie; I'm about to stick the song in your head again. (Brace yourself.)

Guuuummi Beeears!
Bouncing here and there and EV'rywhere!
High adventure that's beyond COMpare!
They are the Gummi Bears!

Here's a sweet detail shot, before all the figures were added:

Sub'd by Emily, and made by Liz of Artisan Cake Company (who gets special props for having an amazing airship/steampunk themed website. Love it!) Click the link for lots more great detail shots.

I know we weren't all raised on the great cartoons of the 80's and 90's, though, so here's one of them new-fangled shows, the Backyardigans:

(Baker unknown. Help me out?)

And from Invader Zim, here's an adorable GIR cake:

Submitted by Sonya P., made by Paula French (with help from Liz of Artisan Cake Company)

He loves tacos, methinks. Perhaps too much.

Another show I've never watched, but that seems to get the gosh-durned cutest cakes, is Yo Gabba Gabba:

By Alessia of Free Spirit Cake Co.

Someday I'm getting the toy yellow robot from this show, and you can't stop me.

It gets even better, too: check out these life-sized versions:

Sub'd by Justin G., made by Karren's Specialty Cakes

Actually, I'm just guessing on the "life-sized" part. Are they supposed to come up to your shins? And more importantly, does anyone mind if I hug the green mop guy? Yes? No?

Ok, enough kiddie cartoons. How about a little Futurama?

This is reader Denise G.'s wedding cake, y'all. Her WEDDING CAKE. (Denise, I believe my invitation must have been lost in the mail...)

Here's another shot:

And we can't forget the teensy little wedding cake between Fry and Leela:

(The figures are vinyl toys.)


And finally, let's end with everyone's favorite beer-guzzling slob:


The details here are just mind-blowing: look at the tiny books! And the tiny phone! And the giant, half-eaten donut! :D

Btw, I believe Erin is still recovering from an accident that severely injured one of her hands some months back. So Erin, we wish you all the best, and hope you're back to blowing our minds very, very soon!

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

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Reader Comments (103)

Yes, I saw Teenage Mutant Turtles in the theater, as a teenager (barely) but without my mother. Scooby was awesome. That Backyardagains cake was sweet. My kids love that show and it is one that my husband and I enjoy watching with them- as opposed to the shows that make us want to run from the room screaming, which we mostly don't let them watch. Love the details on Homer.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG! I LOVE the Gir cake! So cute!!! :)

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJes

I saw the movie in the theater, with my mother. And then went to the bookstore afterward and bought the novelization, which I immediately read. And reread multiple times over the following years (there's an extra scene in it that was cut from the movie).


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTchann

I love the Backyardigans one, even though that cartoon is reeeaally annoying.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

Those are awesome cakes! I love reading your posts every day. My daughter just turned 13 and I wish I had seen that GIR cake 2 days ago!!! Do'h!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly's Korner

Yo Gabba Gabba, besides getting awesome cakes, is TERRIFYING. It defies normality and leaves me in a state of mind-blowing fright.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClara

Some of us were raised on the great cartoons of the 60's and

Only me???


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSueBee

A GIR cake? Love. The little rubber piggy on top is perfect.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Just awesome cakes. Wow. I want that Gummi Bears cake for my next birthday and I'm going to be *cough* 46 years old.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

Saw TMNT in the theater, as a teen, with my whole family. Later purchased the cassette single of "Turtle Power" by Partners in Kryme. Played frequently while doing homework or jumping on the trampoline.


Thanks for the memories, and the gorgeous cakes!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I can top that! I was obsessed with New Kids on the Block (during the Ninja Turtles golden years) and went to the NKOTB laser show at the science center with my dad and little sister and her friend as a teenager. Sad...

I think this was my favorite Sunday Sweets yet. So many memories! Love the Futurama and Homer cakes!

You definitely have to check out Yo Gabba Gabba sometime. It's really trippy and goofy (and some of the characters look like adult toys) but the songs are cute and catchy.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The Turtle Cake? Honestly when I saw that..yes its well done..yes its well put together...gorgeous but...I think it needs to be put in the wreck area. Let me put it this are a kid. You see the 4 turtles..with no arms, no legs...and their weapons infront of them laid about in a vaguely ready to eat sorta fashion..with plates (the white things at the bottom).

Like I said..I saw that and thought this musta been a 'wreck' day heh :). Maybe there should be a 'beautiful wrecks' day. All the nice and well done cakes that...are still freaky :P.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStafir

SueBee, I'm with you. Hence I saw the TMNT movie as an adult in the theatre, with my boyfriend. Yikes. These cakes are amazing.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

My son would think he died and instantly went to heaven if he got the GIR cake for his birthday...he LOVE LOVE LOVES GIR! MUST OBEY THE TACO MAN!!!

That being said, they are all so gosh darn cute!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom_Of_Three

My husband and I saw the TMNT movie in the theater as grown-ups (albeit youngish ones), without bringing any children with us. We were the only adults without kids in the theater...

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

Awesome cakes!

Yo Gabba Gabba is the best. It's made by the singer of my favorite band, The Aquabats.

I totally have plushies of Plex (The robot) and Brobee (the green one). >.>

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAgentKaz

yo gabba gabba isn't a cartoon. it's a bunch of people in ridiculous suits. and it's awesome--if you want your baby who is too young to be watching TV anyway to have no brain anymore.

also, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands totally sold out by making it. turn off the idiot box" indeed. hmph.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Birthday to me!

Thanks for the sweets today. They are just what I wanted! :)

I was raised with the great cartoons of the 60's and 70's, too. My daughter has just recently discovered Underdog! Woohoo!

Speed of lightning, Roar of thunder...

Kim in ID

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I NEED that Futurama cake like I need the air I breathe.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

Does that TMNT cake say it's for someone's 30th birthday?!?! 30!?!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That GIR cake is amazing! I love it so much! Must research tiny vinyl Fry and Leela while singing the Gummi Bears theme.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

aww..Yo Gabba Gabba and The Backyardigans are two of my favorite cartoons! um...for my kids I mean :D

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeyna

i just love the donut on homer's belly , that just makes it!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I saw TMNT in the theatre as a teenager but I was with my Dad.

The Backyardigans cake is adorable but my daughter was all over the Yo Gaba Gaba cake (she may be the pink one, Fufa, for Halloween)

My favorite has to be the Futurama cake though. I love that show.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDani

These are awsome, especially the Gummi Bears cake!!

Ironically, I've just returned from a trip to ultimate geeky 80s fandom...a Jem convention!! So I issue a challenge to thee...find me a truly outrageous Jem cake!!! :D

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

If I got that GIR cake, I wouldn't be able to eat it... Just... too... awesome!

As for TMNT, I'm pretty sure I was a few years shy of my teen years when I saw that WITHOUT my mother.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I'm sorry, but the Simpson cake just looks like the whole thing is made of Playdough. Well made, but inedible.
(But then I'm old and never got into the whole Simpson thing. On the other hand, I do like cake...)

WV: deproor To feel badly about if you live in Princess Bride-land.
"I deproor the fact you are living such a wetched life."

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

ninja turtles! im sure there was a grooms cake like that somewhere.
the yo gabba gabba is cool- how could anyone cut into that

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elepgant

went into the bookstore yesterday and found a

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiny purple elephant

*stares at Livia cake* Woah, somebody stole my name! That was weird o.o

And I freaking looooove the gummi bears cake. That gets 2,000 awesome points ^.^

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterksaldria

Squeeeee!The Invader Zim cake.... I neeeeeds it!

I <3 Grr, he's so cute :)

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The most awesome part is the TMNT Cake is for a 30 year old! That gives me hope that I may get a Puffnstuff cake for my 45th next year!!! :)

wv: shiddy - what these cakes are not!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I gave a copy of the Cakewrecks calendar to my local baker. He was puzzled at first, but soon the entire bakery was convulsed with laughter. I think you have several new fans.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDidoCarthage

What is most interesting about these cakes is the different ages they seem to be made for- I can't believe that the gummi bears cake is made for someone so young (does it say 5?). Do they even show it on TV anymore?

I was sincerely impressed with the TMNT cake- there have been a rash of Halloween costumes of TMNT in the last few years. I'm always happy to see a blast from the past- but no one ever includes Splinter (my favorite character) or Tokka and Rahzar (who I think are freakishly adorable for some odd reason)

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstitch, philadelphia

I saw the Turtles in a theatre... I can't remember if I was a teenager. Let's leave it at that.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it when you have "fondant free" Sunday Sweets!! (I'm still balking at fondant)

Oh, and my grandson hates the Backyardigans, but loves Gabba. Got me. (personally, I have no TV)

No idea who/what GIR is, but once I figured out that 'it' was lying on 'its' side.. awesome!

Dude, awesome Turtles/Scooby, etc. I'm waiting for Tweety/Sylvester or Road Runner/Wile E Coyote when you mention 60's CARTOONS.

Thanks again for a sweet Sunday Sweets post. Sometimes one day CAN wipe out all the terror my eyes beheld Mon-Sat at this same site.


September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I just want to know if the creator of Yo Gabba Gabba was in an adult store prior to creating that red creature cause I'm telling you ...

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The first half of this entry was LOST ON ME because I wasn't allowed to watch cartoons (technically the rule was "anything with commercials). But when we got to GIR, I squealed. Then Futurama. Then Homer!

I'm bakin'da cake!" rel="nofollow">

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

P.S.: Why the crap is that doughnut so huge?" rel="nofollow">

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate
September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteri-cant-talk-now

The cakes are awesome (Homer especially) and I agree with Clara about Yo Gabba Gabba. I don't even let my kids watch it after seeing a few episodes though they still seem to know so many of the no no NO...oh great now I have a song in my head... "Don't...don't...don't bite yer frieeeeends!"

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

Love them all!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCouture de Papier

I had a flashback to the great Dueling Disaster Wedding Cakes Debate of '10, and had to laugh about the wedding cake in this group. I'm all about sci-fi. However, the spaceship cake, along with your commentary, made clear the double standard of what may be considered tacky. I think someone said (on the other post) something about wedding cakes being cool if they represent the personality of the bride and groom....

Yeah, I know it's all in fun....Just sayin', is all.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterania

While cute, most of these were lost on me. I grew up on the cartoons of the 50s and 60s. (Crusader Rabbit anyone?) I've heard of TMNT and Scooby Do. I only found out that there was a Gummi Bear TV show when it was mentioned here a few weeks ago. I have watched the Simpsons and I've been forced to watch a few episodes of Futurama (for which I do not particularly care), but I have not ever heard of any of the other shows. I guess I'm old and I have no children/grandchildren. Life is sweet!

- MariaTeresa

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The Backyardigan cake is too adorable. I think it should be hidden from the eyes of all preschoolers, because it might make them want to watch the show. The show is the only kid's show I simply cannot bear to watch- the constant country singing drives me insane!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaley

LOL, not only did I see the TMNT in theatres (I was way younger than a teen, though) I have them all on DVD. And watcht hem constantly. Love that cake!!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

The Gir and Futurama cakes are awesome.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterB

OK, Jen. This is at least the 2nd time you've posted Yo Gabba Gabba cakes, and you still haven't watched it? Do yourself a favor and spend 20 minutes of your life watching one of the most bizarre things you'll see on TV. Especially try to catch the episode with Jack Black. Pure awesomeness.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Maples

Yo Gabba Gabba is, without question, the most irritating show ever made on or near tv.

But on the other hand, the original TMNT and also Futurama are brilliantly brilliant, so I guess that balances the post out :)

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimone

I'm too old to have gone to the movie, but when I spent nine months in the hospital, TMNT was one of my favorite shows.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermjlayman

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