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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: Jim Henson Tribute

Last week marked the 21st anniversary of Jim Henson's final bow. So, in his honor, I thought we'd take a look at some of the many Sweets featuring his most famous friends:

By dutch-cakebox

Not to mention my unofficial role models. Heh.

Submitted by Eri R. and made by Bluebird Cakes

This is the cutest flying bed (and miniature rubber ducky) I have ever seen. Such a great design, too!

By Cupcake Occasions

Why is there a Sam Eagle cupcake? Because AMERICA, that's why.

Now on to the "cakes you want to cuddle" section of today's post:

Sub'd by Karen A. and made by Suikertaartjes

Ernie is such a doll!

And Elmo is begging for a squeeze!

Best toy chest ever? I'm thinking YES.

These guys look like little beanie baby versions of themselves:

Sub'd by Mags and made by love-a-cupcake

I'd love to have Cookie Monster sitting on my monitor right now. So cute!

Here's a newer character from the Street today: Abby Cadabby:

Submitted by Lisa M. and made by Rhapsody Cakes

And classic Kermit never gets old:

I promise I *did* look for Sweets from some of Henson's other work - the Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, and my personal favorite, Labyrinth - but all I found worth mentioning (and that I haven't posted before) was this doorknocker from Labyrinth:

Yes, it's really cake! I actually have the matching set of Labyrinth knockers on the closet doors in my office (photo here) so I was especially smitten to see one rendered so well in cake.

So getting back to the Muppets, here are two more of my favorites (and who I'd also love to have on my desk):

Beaker and Dr. Honeydew! The baker calls this a "baby shower cake for a mom-to-be who is more into science than babies." (Note the H2O molecule on the border.) Brilliant!

And finally, since I don't have a cake version of him for you, here's the Swedish Chef demonstrating the proper use of the "cäkenschmööscher."

Bork bork bork!

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets (at) Cake Wrecks (dot) com.


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Reader Comments (123)

I love the muppets, and I loved the muppet babies rendition of ernie!

I must also say that the swedish chef is SOOO much better than sandra lee IMHO... why doesn't he have his own program on the food network??

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Re the cakensmoosher: one of the few times where you can actually see the hole in a surface.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasini

Glad to see the tribute, now WHERE did you find the door knockers?!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarci

Heh, you showed us your knockers ;P

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I have an overwhelming urge to buy a holiday book......WEIRD!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are just fabulous! The only problem is I don't think I'd ever be able to cut into any of these cakes.

Love's the Swedish cook clip! Talking cakes!! who knew?


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermn_me

OMG so much cuteness in one post-makes me smile :D

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermindya

Here in France, we have Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's living, breathing twin -- and he cooks!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Kim- F.T.W.!! LMAO

Beaker and Animal side-by-side!! Sam!!! (no Sweetums?? oh, well, I'll survive)

When you do find the Swedish Chef- don't wait for a Sunday Sweets and just post it for us!!

-Barbara Anne

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What a great way to start my rainy Sunday before hitting the books for finals.
I love Kermit and those cupcakes are the best.

Search youtube
Muppets/Ode to Joy/Beaker

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertiny p. elephant

Not a fan of fondant (in general), but these guys are Adorable!
The Swedish Chef is my #2 favorite, after Julia Child (who's even funnier).
Happy Sunday, Sweets!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Want. Door knockers.
Probably "not available in Canda" like practically everythng else that's cool, but please tell us anyway...
The "awwww" factor of those cakes is double digit..just wonderful...

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermizdarlin

Hahaha Bork bork bork! Cake no. 11: I actually have a friend called Yvonne whom we call Beaker! :D

Pink Peril

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just when I thought they couldn't get any cuter, they did! I so want cupcakes of the whole gang...but then they'd be too cute to eat!

RIP live eternally through your creations!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteveandonna

So....I'm wondering, who answers when you knock on your closet? Is there cake in your closet?

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My reaction to the door knocker cake--"BAHAHAHA SWEET!!". My brother and I grew up on Labyrinth! It was always our first choice when our mom let us rent a movie on the weekend--I still love it, 23 years later.

These cakes are all amazing. Wonderful tribute!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel

SQUEEEE! (or should I say, Meeeeep!)

I was all prepared to be disappointed by a lack of Beaker, seeing as my favorite loveable lil guy is almost never featured in Muppet collections, but I should have known you wouldn't let me down. You've made my day.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermin

The Bunsen/Beaker cake made me (no joke) start meeping out of the sheer cuteness. I am WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more into science than babies, so I'm going to save up so I can get that cake for my 40th birthday.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

those are all pretty amazing, but those cupcakes blow me away. such detail!

thanks as always.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

OK, I am slow this morning... I don't get the "America" thing. Is there a pun? Am I saying it wrong?
Where did you get those door knockers?

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

When I think about this wonderful genius being gone, the same song always springs to mind. I apologize for the length, but I'm sure you'll indulge me.

Saying Goodbye, Going Away,
Seems like goodbye such a hard a hard thing to say
Touching a hand wondering why
Its time for saying goodbye

Saying Goodbye, why is it sad?
Makes us remember the good times we've had
Much more to say, foolish to try,
Its time for Saying Goodbye

Don't want to leave but we both know,
Sometimes its better to go.
Somehow i know, we'll meet again,
Not sure quite where and i don't know just when.

Your in my heart, so until then,
Its time for saying goodbye.

Somehow i know, we'll meet again,
Not sure quite where and i don't know just when,
Your in my heart, so until then,
Wanna smile, Wanna cry,
Saying Goodbye

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi D

This was great. My son was Jim Henson in a living wax museum last month so he was excited to see this post too. Thanks.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercreeandme

RIP jim, you made my childhood a happier place!!!
I agree with Jen, the two old guys in the balcony were my role models too.....loved them.
Adorable cupcakes :)
The color of ernie on the bed cake seems a little off.
Bummed about no fraggle rock cakes and yes, now have that theme song stuck in my head....down at fragle rock *clap clap

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Ernie #1 needs to lay off the self-tanner, me thinks. Rather than a muppet orange, that's pure Snooki color right there!

Love the cupcakes. And really love the Beaker baby shower cake! Perfect!


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Did you know....the gibberish the Swedish Chef speaks was actually based on Danish?

::insert "The More You Know" logo here:: xD

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Want. Those. Cupcakes.

And now we see why Cake Wrecks exists: because those decorators learned from the Swedish Chef.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre

I LOOOOOOOVE the Muppets and all things Henson. I subjected my little sister to Fraggle Rock just two days ago. :)

Oh, and I checked to make sure that no one else has said this (because no one wants another Epcot/King Cake), but it's only been 21 years since Jim Henson died, not 22. When I was born, both he and Dr. Seuss were still alive, and I'm only 21.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

SO cool. Love the pics! Happy Sunday =)

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Penny Wise Chick


Thanks for the heads up. I just changed it.


MUST. HAVE. DOOR. KNOCKERS...please please pulease tell us where you got them.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe OBlanc's

I am immune to your Jedi mind tricks!

Oh, hey look, new Cakewrecks book. :P

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMisty


I was all ready to say how huge a fan I've always been of the muppets, can't get enough of their shows and clips, have you seen the banana sharpener? etc., etc.,

...but then I saw the door knockers. You simply can't put that picture there without giving us more info. It's just wrong.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermouse

I absolutely wouldn't have the heart to cut any of those cakes. Just too darling.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wonderful cakes and cupcakes!

I can't believe it has been 21 years! I was already an "old" married adult when Jim Henson passed away...I still get teary when I think about the kids who were worried that the Muppets had also died.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLadybug914

My muppet/Henson loving heart can hardly handle these cakes! <3 I Looooove the Labrynth door knocker!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

The Swedish Chef was the original Wreckerator.

"You remind me of the babe.
What babe?
The babe with the power.
What power?
The power of voodoo.
What do?
You do.
Do what?
Remind me of the babe."

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaraCVT

21 years? Seriously? If I hadn't felt old before, I do now.


May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHaley Studio

Thank you for the Tribute to Jim Henson. He is missed still to this day. Jim truly loved what he did. When he met my daughters,he knelt down to their level and very much focused on them and thanked them for the help they were in setting up an event in Atlanta many years ago. To this day they remember "Uncle" Jim.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i wouldn't want to eat any of those, that's the trouble.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why are there so many wrecks about muppets?
I'm so glad there sweets on the other side!
Wrecks are visions and I wish just illusions there at least sun somewhere.
One day well find it, the sweet convention, for baker and sweettooths and me!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsolder74

I know this was going to be good the moment I saw the tops of Statler's and Waldorf's heads.:-) Kids today are so deprived...this was great television!
cupcakes were pretty sweet too. Gotta love Sam the Eagle.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarnie

well if you haven't seen it - a wonderful tribute to Jim Henson is Tom Smith's song "A Boy and his Frog" link:

You would have to log in to view it because its been flagged as inappropriate (probably because you may cry while watching)
But I'm sure you can search and find it elsewhere. (This is just my favourite video)

Enjoy! It's beautiful, I promise.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEggie

My baby girl loves the Swedish Chef; you should have seen her grin while we watched the clip! Thanks for that. :-D
I lovelovelove that door knocker cake. A-mazing!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJasry

So that's where cake wreckers get their lessons from! So now when we see a random pile of icing and one thin orange(?) we know where they took lessons from. From now on all your lessons blog post are going to be in Swedish chef voice in my head.

and DUDE Where did you find Labyrinth door knockers! Those are AWESOME! Google search commencing in 3...2...1...

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZiggyeor

I literally squee'd when I saw the Chewbacca pictures on your wall! Baby Chewie is so cute! XD
I love those knockers too, but I don't have any doors to put them on.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteri

Have to say one of my favorite posts :)

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh my God - I love them all! *instant love*

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPiskeriset

I kept humming the Muppet Show theme..catchiest theme song EVER on TV

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhoebe Muse

LABRYNTH IS MY FAVORITE TOO! Great post today, as always. Thanks for all your work to bring us all so much joy! ~ Theresa Sanford

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

The bed cake is from "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures." It's a newer segment on Sesame Street where they are done in claymation. Not sure if you knew -- my 4yo watches every day. :) Very cute and a nice cake to match! Love Jim Henson's stuff!! Thanks!

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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