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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: Childhood Friends

I don't care how old you are, there's still something magical about a 3D character cake. It's like seeing one of your old childhood friends come to life, just so you can carve him up and eat him!

Wait. That came out wrong.

What I meant was, would you look at this adorable Wall-E?

Submitted by MP & made by Devilish Delights

I'm starting to wonder why these bakers don't start shellacking their cakes and selling them as big figurines. I'd totally keep this guy on my desk, right next to my stack of shellacked Twinkies. (Preserved for posterity!)


I've never actually watched Rugrats, but I love how this cake tells a story:

By CW reader Mike S.

If you look closely, you can see they're reading a dinosaur book called "REPTAR," which Google tells me is the green dino's name. Love it. Oh, and get this: not only is Mike S. a hobby baker, this is also his first-ever fondant cake, and only his third decorated cake EVER. Yeah. Take THAT, wreckerators!


Here's a classic all of us oldsters remember:

Submitted by Brien F. and made by DeviantArt user ~Kiilani

The original Snoop Dog!


And this Piglet cake looks dangerously huggable:

Submitted by Wynn Anne S. and made by justkist

Dangerous for my clothing, that is. Do you know how hard it is to get fondant stains out of cotton?


I know this next character pretty well, considering I've never seen his movie:

Submitted by Marianna C. and made by Carla Ikeda

Totoro!! For some reason I always thought he was from a cartoon show, but it turns out he's actually from the Japanese movie My Neighbor Totoro. How did I miss that? Now I have to go find this movie and watch it. (Oh, and if you want to see the most epic homemade Totoro costume ever, scroll about halfway down this post. So. Cool.)


I don't feature too many sheet cakes on Sunday Sweets, but this Toy Story one features some stellar skills:

Submitted by Terry Z.. Spotted at the 2012 ICES Convention; baker unknown.

As near as I can tell, the figures are made with a run-in, or floodwork, technique, and then accented with edible markers and airbrushing. That's a huge amount of work, and just beautifully done. The cake itself is mostly buttercream with fondant accents. See? Proof that you don't *have* to have towering sculpted cakes and pounds of fondant to make a gorgeous, tasty Sweet!


Of course, those things don't hurt, though:

By CakeCentral user russette80

This is Kai-Lan, from the show Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!, here to remind me that I am really out of the loop when it comes to cartoons these days. (I do love me some Phineas and Ferb, though.) Also, I'd really like my hair to look like that.


A-HA! I know this next one! It's Mater!

Submitted by Emma W. and made by Cake Avenue

And WOW is he lookin' goooood! Check out the "rusty" chocolate and perfect lettering on his door. There's so much attention to detail here, even the cake board has cracks in the asphalt!


I know this guy, too, not to mention where he lives:

By Sucre Coeur

Bob the Sponge with Square Pants!! (Yeah, now I'm just messing with you.) I've seen a LOT of amazing Spongebob cakes in my day, but this is one of the best. It's just perfection.


And speaking of perfection, this final Sweet strikes just the right chord between childhood nostalgia, bright cheery colors, and drool-worthy yummaliciousness:

By De Koekenbakkers

[swoon] Mr. Men and Little Miss!

I'm a huge fan of the way the baker used cookies for the figurines. They're a much tastier alternative to solid fondant or gumpaste, plus you could make them ahead of time. And that color scheme! With the chocolate brown and the sky-blue and the bright reds and yellows and greens and etc. etc.? SO AWESOME. If there isn't a nursery somewhere out there painted exactly like this cake, then we must pledge now, as a group, to go forth and correct that grave injustice. And then we'll have cake to celebrate.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch more cartoons. (Did you know they have She-Rah on Netflix instant streaming now? Just sayin'.)


As always, please send your Sweet nominations (and yes, they can be your own cakes!) to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (45)

All I can say is these give me a big goofy grin :D

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermindy1

My Neighbor Totoro is one of the *sweetest* movies! I haven't seen the "new" Disney version (same movie, different voices), because once I fall in love with a film, I don't want anything to change, ever. It still upsets me that they rerecorded the voices for the Peanuts specials. Anyway - Totoro was my introduction to Hayao Miyazaki, and knowing more of his work has made our lives more magical! It was his birthday yesterday!

tl;dr - OMG, go watch Totoro!!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaren

Love that Mr. Men, etc one! I can just see that in a nursery! Would love to see a cake for Fairly Odd Parents. LOL

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterev

There's no reason you should know Kai-Lan. It's a preschooler cartoon on Nick Jr. So unless you're the sort to watch Bob the Builder and Thomas and Friends for fun, you'd have no interest in Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. But the cake is amazing. I thought it was a balloon at first, with that shine.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Ok, first you need to have a studio ghibli movie night, then you ought to go check out anna the red's studio ghibli dinner posts. How have you of all people missed totoro? So very cute.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Totoro is like the endearing animated version of my childhood.The environment and ephemera in My Neighbor Totoro remind me nearly exactly of my childhood - the water pump, the sidewalk shrines, the particular shrill of the crickets, the bus stop, the way the obaasans wear their kerchiefs. Even the games the sisters play, the look of the overhead light in the Dad's home office . . .

Oh sorry. The cakes are amazing!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joythe

My daughter didn't want us to cut her cake because it looked like Winnie the Pooh! And when she objected, so did all her friends at the birthday party.

We just had ice cream that year.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I seem to recall similar sentiments being expressed here about such cakes being too nice looking to eat, but they're always quickly shouted down.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAiyesha

That was my sappy alter ego up there, Haiku Joythe. I try to keep her under wraps, but sometimes I let her out for fresh air on Sundays.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaiku Joy

Hey, if you do "go forth" to make a Mr. Men and Little Miss nursery, I volunteer my nursery to be made over! ;) Such adorable cakes ... all of them!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterB. Brandt

Now I'd like to see a Theardare 3D cake. And a plushy Theardare.

I don't know why but Spongebob looks like Cheesebob to me.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVisitor

One of the best Sunday Sweets posts I have seen since I started reading Cake Wrecks a couple of years ago. I love, love, love, love ALL of these cakes. Special props to Mike S.- you did an amazing job with that Rugrats cake.

I swear I've been starring all of these Sunday Sweets posts in my Google Reader for a while now. Keep up the awesome work!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Hunter

Fantastic cakes!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Mark Mothersbaugh (of Devo) did the music for Rugrats, and Reptar provided one of the few times he sang on the show:

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P Burdell

Dude. Please feel free to come out and paint my nursery in any adorable color scheme you'd like. And um, also maybe unpack some boxes...?

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCath

My four year old daughter has watched every last She-Ra on Netflix. It. Was. Awesome. Nice cakes, by the way. Loved the Snoopy.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCookieD'oh


(ummm.... yeah go see the studio ghibli films. Most all of them are amazing - WAY ahead of Disney - Oh and try to get the japanese w/ english subtitles rather than the Disney US actors voice overs

Marvellous cakes - thanks for sunday sweets - a real highlight!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdownundersugarglider

So Awesome! Love the Snoopy cake! Love the whole post! Those are some amazing cakes!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRikki

We've been watching She-Ra on Netflix too! My boys love it and it's a nice break from their regular cartoons. Plus, my friend gave me "The Best of She-Ra" fir Christmas :)

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie-Eve Lohman

Aw, the Kai-Lan cake is adorbz!!!

Also, She-Ra has been on Netflix for a while ;). I had to make my 3 year old a She-Ra costume for a super hero party. She wanted to be a super hero princess.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBadCookie

Hahaha, I just found My Neighbor Totoro online and watched it for the first time myself. But I'm a big Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fan. Here's the link to the movie if you want to see it, it's really heart warming.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Since you say you're out of the loop on kids cartoons, I think I can help with that and leave these links here.... I write about them for a living :) and especially I live and breathe cartoons.

I can't get over the perfection on that Mater cake though. Just downright spectacular.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTori Michel

I hate to be the party pooper with all the love flowing, but I'm going to anyway. I'm missing Spongebob's six eyelashes. (Of course, this cake could be from the episode where he makes a sweater for Squidward with them.)... \ l / \ l /

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaffy Cake

I asked two of my sons, separately, what was missing from Spongebob, and they both stared a minute, and said, "The stripes on his socks."

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaffy Cake

Snoopy, Piglet, Toy Story, and complete. <Happy sigh>

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarnieB

Just another vote for you to see Totoro. And don't believe those ridiculous rumors that Totoro is the angel of death. Thanks for a good old fashioned Snoopy cake. Brings back memories.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

My Neighbor Totoro is, at least in my opinion, one of the greatest movies of all time!!!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCyberjar88

See, now I wish I had a pic of the She-Ra cake I had when I was about 7. (I also own the whole series on DVD and dressed as Catra for Halloween last year. {What? I'm a brunette, okay? ;-) }) Meanwhile, I just love the Snoopy cake!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViolaNut

Mr. Men and Little Miss! Oh I loved those books and the BBC shows based on them. :) Hmm... I had given up on decorating my kids room because my 4 year old girl shares with her 2 year old brother. Mr. Men and Little Miss might be the perfect balance. :) And oober fun too. :) Love all the cakes, although maybe not all the shows. SpongeBob can get a tad bit annoying. :)

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn L.

A huggable, plushy Theardare?!?! That just messes with the entire concept. What next, the Playmobil Department of Corrections? Some things have to be taken seriously, you know.

That said, is anyone else thinking, 'market potential' for these plushy ideas? ;-)

Me neither -- that would be crass commercialism. Money. Bah. [Rolls eyes in such a way that face really could stay that way forever]

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraigthe

Congrats to Mike for that fine decorating job!! You rock :)

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Anne

I would like to add my additional encouragement to watch Totoro as soon as possible. Also, knowing you to be a huge steampunk fan, you really need to see the rest of Studio Ghibli works, particularly Castle in the Sky and Naussica of the Valley of the Wind. You will die over the design of the Castle in Howl's Moving Castle. The entire catalogue of Studio Ghibli is worth the time. So much of what you have seen in anime is very derivative of their work. It will blow your mind how good it all is, except for maybe Pom Poko.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTyler M.

All the cakes are gorgeous, but my two favorites are Toy Story and Snoopy and Woodstock. It would be hard to eat cakes that look that pretty.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

My son is nearly two, and loves his Pooh board books, so when I showed him the Piglet cake, he got the biggest grin and giggled. If I got him a cake like that, he'd never let us cut into it.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Oh. My. Gosh. Stop whatever you are doing and go watch Totoro. Immediately. Now! I mean it!

Best movie of all time. My 6 year old watches it religiously. My 2 year old watches Ponyo and Castle in the Sky like no one's business. Howl's Moving Castle is a fast growing favorite in our house as well. Watch them. Love them! LOVE THEM!!!!

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

@Caren I totally agree about the voices. They re-recorded them and changed some of the dialogue too :( If you can, definitely watch the original English dub or a subbed version. Totoro was so magical to me when I first saw it at 6 years old :3 Love it so much!

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Totoro. You MUST WATCH IT NOW. Also, watch the Japanese version, NOT the Disney version which ruined the voices and the story.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Having seen the dubbed version of Totoro first, I can vouch that it only seems "ruined" if you see it "second". Without an original to compare it with, it's a lovely movie, and very gentle. Largely, the things that changed where the things an American kid cocooned by American movies and TV shows wouldn't get about Japanese culture.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Love these cakes. I too am a Phineas and Ferb fan. Fairly Oddparents would be awesome!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeazy

I love that last cake! I may be 33 on paper, but I'm still very fond of Mr. Men and Little Miss and even by stuff featuring the characters. If anybody ever came up with a cake like that, I'd even celebrate my birthday :)

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter_mathilda_

Another vote to go see Totoro!
Please post so we stop bugging you, but it's now your homework assignment.
My other big Studio Ghibli favorites:
Castle in the Sky
Porco Rosso
Kiki's Delivery Service
Howl's Moving Castle

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpagopago

For all the Totoro fans out there...Wouldn't a Neko-basu cake be awesome? Good or bad(I can just see some wreckorater reading these comments and wrecking a Totoro cake.

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelticat

Glad to see so many people not only recommending Totoro, but the original soundtrack, which is somehow funnier. Little girls screaming "AHHH! STUPID SISTER!!" or "Black Soots! Black Soots! Come out, come out, we'll poke your eyes out!!" in Japanese is just hysterical to me for some reason. :D

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

In Rugrats, the kids' imagination kind of takes over, so Reptar looking over the couch is especially reminiscent of the show. What a neato cake.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Um ... the WALL-E cake is very well done, but that cockroach looks a little TOO realistic if you ask me...

February 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDelibird

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