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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: 12 Cakes To Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

Cakes were pretty simple back when we thirty-somethings were kids - which is why my inner 6-year-old is so jealous right now:

(By Patisserie Jaja)



And check out this gorgeous hand painted Strawberry Shortcake:

(By The Painted Box)

I love that they used the original Strawberry Shortcake, not the new rebooted style.


Anyone remember this guy?

(By Studio Cake)

Careful; if not, you could make him very angry.


All together, now:

(By Tortystka)

Piiiigs innnn Spaaaaaaace!

It makes me so happy that this exists.


Depending on how old you are, these next ones will either make you squeal in delight or look completely baffled:

(By Sugar Rush Custom Cookies)

Hollie Hobbie! She was a little before my time, but I remember the wooden plaques with her picture on it still hanging in some of my friends' rooms.

Those are handpainted cookies, by the way, and if you look close you can see they're bas relief - aka slightly 3D!


Thanks to Toy Story this classic has made quite the comeback:

(By Karolina Cake Designer)

Mr. Potato Head! Such a fun design with the number for his nose, too.


Scooby Doo! WHERE ARE... oh. There you are:

(By Mladman Cakes)

Look at the flying bats! And the fun spooky trees and haunted house! SO GOOD.


Now, are you ready for some glamour and glitter, fashion and fame?

(By Faithfully Cakes)

'Cuz this Jem cake is truly outrageous.


Now, when I say "Whoa," I mean "WHOA!"

(By Ennas' Cake Design)

This Yosemite Sam has the root'nest, toot'nest cake in the West!


But it's these sweet little Care Bears that really made me melt:

(By Sweet Little Treat)

More perfect hand painting! Ah! SO SWEET.

I tell ya, this post is going to drive me to hunting down all my old toys on Ebay, just you watch.
(Remember the little pose-able PVC bears? Loved those.)


And now, everyone's favorite two comic strip characters:

(By The Caking Girl)

Anyone tearing up just a little? No? Just me?

That combination of hand painting and 3D sculpting is brilliant, by the way. Brilliant.


And finally, the Mouse who defined so many of our childhoods:

(By Svetlana Petrova)


Really digging this design, with the little paint cans and splatters, and I'm head over heels for the color palette, too!


Hope this brought a smile to your Sunday, guys! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to browse the vintage toy section on ebay...


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Reader Comments (31)

Beautiful cakes! Marvin Martian looks like he's trying to remember the where-abouts of his Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne from GA

Those are great! And do take me back. Due to my mother's choice - my nursery, and subsequently childhood room, was decorated in Holly Hobbie. Plus, I thought Jem was the coolest (at one time).

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

That was the best Sunday Sweets EVER!!!! So many memories!
I loved the PVC Care Bears too, remember the little bit of real faux curly hair? My favorite was the cloud car though. Drat, forget that, it was really dumb, you don't want it. (Scurries off to ebay)

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

OMG those Hollie Hobbie cookies are stunning! They're too pretty to eat. They belong in my Hollie Hobbie lunch box!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Most of those, while beautifully done, were not on my radar, either as a kid or later - but the Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, and (best of all) Calvin & Hobbes cakes definitely brought back the memories!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGoryDetails

Great cakes to be sure, but I'm afraid the severed pig torsos are still a bit creepy.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I'm a sucker for all things Marvin. I'm so having that cake made for my next birthday!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDegera

I need a classic My Little Pony! Not the remix where they look like anime creatures.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRb

Oh these are so amazing!

I almost lost it with that Jem and the Holograms cake... I AM IN LOVE!


April 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterthatgirlshauna

I'm not one of you "we thirty-somethings", but I remember many of these, and some were part of my three kids' lives. I hope their memories are as sweet as mine are (sigh). We (well, "they"-but I played along WITH them, lots of times) had Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch kids, Buzz, Woody...My eldest had a set of jointed figurines from The Wizard of Oz, and...Oh; now I feel like the Tin Man, but at least I won't rust (pretty rusty, already)! I've always loved Looney Tunes, too (especially Bugs). Sweets, definitely. Oh, and thinking about Mr. Potato (as "Head Counsel") reminds me: mel !

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

OMG! The Hollie Hobby cookies..... I need those for my Hollie Hobby room!!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDidi

LOOOOOONG time reader of yours and at EPBOT, first time poster. I"m glad that we didn't have these elaborate style of cake when I was little. Odds are my parents wouldn't have gotten them for me anyway because they just were not into big celebratory things. Also, I think it would have severely freaked out the 8 year old me to cut into a sculpture of Miss PIggy for my cake. And it would freak me out today for my 44th birthday in October too for that matter.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEAG46

I loved Hollie Hobby...had my fitted twin sheet until I was well into my 30's LOL

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLady Molli

Jinkies!!!!! I want that Scooby Doo cake!!!!!!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

LOVE the Calvin and Hobbes cake. The baker even nailed the font on the writing. Genius!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrieanne

Oh! These make me happy in my heart place! Especially Strawberry Shortcake, Holly Hobbie, and Calvin and Hobbs. Delightful!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMani

the six on the mr potato head is rememiscent of the toy story logo...

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAurora

Love love LOVE the Care Bears cake! I was born just a few years after the "boom" which meant I got all of my cousins' hand-me-downs, and they were easy to find in secondhand shops. I had almost all of the original bears, and I still have 'em now. ^_^ I'm disappointed that Care Bears haven't made as much of a comeback as MLP or Strawberry Shortcake in recent years, so it's always nice to see them.

I had the little PVC bears, and a cloud castle, and the car...maybe they're still knocking around somewhere in my parents' basement.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I can't believe there's a Pigs In Space cake!!!!!!! I was born in 1985, well after The Muppet Show was at its most famous but my parents had recorded a whole heap of episodes for us to watch and we were OBSESSED growing up!!! Seeing Pigs In Space just takes me right back to afternoons spent staring at the TV when we probably should have been outside (but we're in the UK so it was probably raining anyway). The cake is AWESOME!!!!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVikki Cook

I have the Wilton Holly Hobby cake pan, I use it to make a bride or bridesmaid cakes.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

Give me that Marvin the Martian cake right now, or I'LL GET YOU, YOU PUNY EARTHLINGS!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBluebonnet

Oh my gosh..the Strawberry Shortcake cake brought back the memory of the little dolls for me and how they smelled like their respective desserts! <3

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I still have the stuffed Good Luck Care Bear that my older brother gave me before I left for college in 1985. (It may have actually been the idea of his then-girlfriend, now-wife-of-29-years.) Come to think of it, the same brother gave me my first Calvin and Hobbes book!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterblissteach

Takes me right back to Saturday mornings curled up with my blanket on the couch waiting for my parents to wake up.

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

Holly Hobbie!Takes me back...yes, I am that age!

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I never knew that Hollie Hobbie was something...we had one of the profile sun catchers when I was a kid. Learn something new everyday I guess (also Scooby and Marvin are awesome)

April 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbelblue

I still want them to make a Jem! movie. If they can do Transformers and G.I. Joe, they can do Jem! It has bands, punks, orphans, industrial espionage, secret identities and holograms controlled by ear-rings. What part of that doesn't scream "Hollywood block buster"?

April 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Sharon, Jem and Holograms movie come out this fall.

April 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwill

We used to have Hollie Hobby lampshade in our room. I didn't really know what it was about then but I've learned to respect the art as an adult. ;)

Also love that Care Bears cake! Unlike the lampshade, I still have my set of glasses with Care Bears on them from 1984.

April 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish_Gal

I had a Smurfette cake with that same picture when I was little! (Not as elaborate of a cake, of course.) And I remember a Strawberry Shortcake cake that had a cookie of Strawberry's face as the decoration! I think I'm approximately the same age as Jen and I do remember Hollie Hobby. In my room in Grandma's vacation cottage, she had some 3-D Hollie Hobby artwork and those cookies sooo remind me of that. They were like a 2D picture, but then some of the elements were duplicated and put on top of the flat image to look 3D. (If that makes sense - you've probably seen it.)

April 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJen

My mom used to have plates with the very same illustrations as 'Hollie Hobbie' in fact I'm positive she still does!

December 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNathan R.

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