Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Tuning in for 80s Cartoons

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Sweets is my weekly NON-Wreck feature, the better to show how wrecky the Wrecks really are.

I'd like to say today's post will remind many of us of our childhood, but if you're like me you were probably watching some of these into your teens. (I especially loved Animaniacs in high school. Aw, great, now I'm going to be humming "Pinky & the Brain" all day. Dum da dum da dummm...)

First up, ZOINKS! It's Scooby-Doo!

(By the Cake Fairy, found by Margery S.)

And the Smurfs, too!

(By Sweet Treats, found by Jessica M.)


(By Nati's Cakes, found by Dorothy.)


Go Go Gadget Cake!

(Hand-painted by Denise at Cakes for You.)

How about a little classic cartoon violence? You know you miss it!


(Made by Karina's friend Cathy, who is not a professional!)

Now, some of you are going to take issue with the fact that this next one is a wedding cake, and therefore potentially worthy of ridicule. Still, it made me laugh, so I'm posting it. So there.


Cowabunga, dude! They even made a female Mutant Turtle for the bride topper - that, or they stuck a wig on an action figure - I can't quite tell. Either way, it's hilarious, and nicely done.

(I've had that pic on my hard drive forever, and have no idea whose it is. E-mail me if you know.)

Even ThunderCats gets some representin', and by Snarf no less!

(By Have Your Cake and Eat It, found by Laura.)

And lastly, you know how I've been badgering y'all to send me a Snorks cake? Well, my lovely Wresksistant Anne-Marie took it upon herself to surprise me with this last week:

Once I stopped laughing, I had to ask her how she even did this. You've got to understand: Anne-Marie is the best cook I know, but she's not a decorator. So considering she free-handed and decorated this using nothing more than a few tubes of store-bought icing, I think it's pretty darn good. And sweet, since she just wanted to ensure the Snorks were present in today's post. I just wish she didn't live on the other side of the country, so I could have had a slice. [crossing arms & pouting] Hmph.

Of course, AFTER Anne-Marie made that one, Pennie K sent in a more official Snorks Sweet:

She tells me she made it for her own birthday. Isn't it cute?

And yes, I AM happy now, thanks for asking.
Garland said...

I'm actually watching the snorks right now! LOL! Love the 80s cakes!

Vashti said...

they are great!

croquecamille said...

I forgot how much my brother and I used to love Thundercats as hildren! And I never missed an eposode of Scooby-Doo. Happy memories. :)

daundelyon said...

There was a female Ninja Turtle for a short time. Her name was Venus. She stared in one of the many cartoon series, but she wasn't around for very long.

Morgi said...

"but if you're like me you were probably watching some of these into your teens."

I'm STILL watching some of them! The advent of all our favourite old TV shows on DVD is a wonderful thing! I have the Animaniacs and the Tick, and I spent $170 on the ginormous shiny box set of the Real Ghostbusters...

Davor said...

Don't be too hard on the Ninja Turtles as a theme for a wedding cake. It's simply melding popular culture with the ancient belief that the world rests on the back of a giant turtle. The loving couple simply want their marriage to be based on such a strong foundation! Right? Besides, it could have been worse. It would have been the Herculoids.

karina said...

Wow! Those are all great! And I have now officially been a contributor!

very married said...

oh my gosh! i LOVED the smurfs as a kid. then i watched it again recently and it seems to have lost some of its charm... i don't understand! it was so cool!

amroyo said...

The Fraggle Rock cake from last week is still the champ but I LOVE the TMNT wedding cake. Even if it is snark worthy.

It is YOUR wedding day and if you want to celebrate ninja turtle love then why not?

I want to see a JEM cake. So much wreck potential.

Movie Meg said...

I would love a TMNT wedding cake.

:::b r a n d i::: said...

Super cool cakes for today! The Snorks make me happy too!

TychaBrahe said...

Back in 1986, we had a friend in college who was a huge Inspector Gadget fan, because she loved Don Adams. Her birthday happened during one of the breaks, so when we all got together again, we gave her a cake with his image that said, "Happy belated birthday, Lori. Sorry about that."

OK, "Sorry about that," was a Get Smart catchphrase, but she was thrilled.

Sophia said...

that wedding cake is the sweetest thing I've ever seen!

I've got to watch the Snorks. I've never seen it!

Tiff said...

Loving the TMNT wedding cake! The only way to make it better would have been if the tops of the layers were decorated like manhole covers. Makes me wonder if they color coordinated the rest of the wedding - can you imagine the bridesmaids' dresses?

DNfromMN said...

I'm sorry but that last snorks cake looks like it's made of play-doh. ew.

Half Assed Kitchen said...

Those are awesome. Now where's the Schmoo cake??

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

dp said...

I push the button!

I don't think Anamaniacs was on before I was in high school, but I was a huge fan. I worked in an animal lab throughout my undergrad and had two pet rats named Kinky (bent tail) and The Brain that I sneaked out in the early years.

Queen Rosebud said...

Wow! So many memories! Thank you! I was watching the Animaniacs in my teens and 20s and LOVED them, too. Remember Freakazoid? That one was fun, too.

Chey said...

My childhood is coming back to me! I used to watch Scooby-Doo every single day after school. (I still watch it sometimes. xD) And the Ninja Turtles and animated Inspector Gadget! They were awesome. I still love Pinky and the Brain...

Thanks for this trip down memory lane. ^_^

GeeRome said...

I vote "FRIGGIN' SWEET!" on the TMNT wedding cake. That definitely belongs far away from the "wrecks" category!

Anonymous said...

What, no Animaniacs cake?

VeggieT said...

Even though I spent my early years in the early 90s I loved inspector gadget and get smart. Although I must point out that Scooby Doo is actually a 1970s cartoon, and tom & jerry have been around since the 1930s (although some my favorite cartoons of T&J were made in the 50s/60s) although I thought that the Tom & Jerry cake had to be the best!

-- Samuel (from http://www.cafepress.com/samssillystuff/)

Bittersweet said...

Would these really qualify as 80s?? I mean I was born in 1991 and i grew up on most of these shows too. LOL! love 'em either way

Anonymous said...

More cute cakes this week!

TMNT cake should have had April on the top!

Hannah said...

I'm nearly 18, and I remember most of those from my early childhood...I loved the smurfs, and I was sad when they weren't on cartoon network anymore. Most of what aired after that was awful anyway....so yeah. The smurfs were good.

Sharon said...

Uhm...what's with the matchsticks surrounding Snarf? o.O

Glory von Hathor said...

sunday sweets.

Sunday Sweets.

SUNDAY SWEETS!

Hoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Ross Donaldson said...

Brilliant! Of course, now I'm going to be running around going "Snaaarf" all day...

Given the recent wreckage, I'm surprised we haven't seen a He-Man cake -- y'know, to redeem the genre of "Cakes Modeled After Rippling Torsos."

Anne Marie said...

Those smurf cakes/cupcakes are amazing! I want one!
And the TMNT bride has more than a wig... it looks like they gave her cleavage, too! Haha. Shame it makes her look like a body builder.

Sarah said...

I loved Animaniacs too, but I have trouble watching it now that my college roommate dated and married the kid who did the voice for Skippy the Squirrel. It's too weird.

I don't know if my roommate reads this blog... I guess I'll find out now. :)

Carlyn said...

I always felt like the Snorks were underrated, being in the shadow of the Smurfs and all. I'm happy to see the Snorks get some recognition in the form of a yummy dessert!

Kisa said...

Ohhh! I love the TMNT wedding cake! it's fab XD

Josh said...

AllStar Seaworthy and Occy!!! The Snorks ruled Saturday mornings!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuCq0aZiPT0

Jon said...

Aww man, one time I saw a mystery machine in a thrift store that looked like that cake, hahaha!

Check out my blog about thrift store nightmares to read about it:
http://thriftstorenightmares.blogspot.com/

Jess said...

Not only am I still watching these, my kids are. I love 'em.

Anonymous said...

Great call on the wedding cake--it's adorable! I wonder if there's a backstory to why the couple chose it.

Aja said...

I love the Inspector Gadget one...=DDD

Electrogirl said...

Tom and Jerry cake! It's so cute and cartoonishly violent! Man, I used to love that show.

And I'm still wondering where the She-Ra cake is.

Trish said...

Great cakes :) I loved the Smurfs as a kid and Scooby Doo (the newer version sucks now, though). I LOVED Schmoo and Captain Caveman. That last cake is the cutest!!! Holy 80's flashbacks, Batman! The Animaniacs seriously seemed like a cartoon for adults with the guise of being for kids (lots of jokes that adults would catch, but not kids). The Mafia Pigeons were too funny as well.

My 6 year old son is now heavily into Pokemon now. Would LOVE to see a Pokemon cake!!!

Kaishay said...

Not so bothered about most of those, but Snarf did it for me.. i loved the Thundercats!

I want that Snarf Cake!

MommyAmy said...

Ok, I TOTALLY loved today's post! So many great cakes... and great memories. :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else, but I wouldn't mind doing 80s Sunday sweets for the rest of the year! I loved the Smurfs and Inspector Gadget.

Please let us know when you find an Animaniacs cake. I watched that show in junior high, and I still love watching it because now I get the jokes that used to go over my head! :D

Erica said...

I know a couple who would totally have had that TMNT cake at their wedding!

Love the Smurf cupcakes (cookies?) but WHERE is Azriel?

I DEMAND ANIMANIACS! (I briefly dated a guy who did a spot-on Wacko and knew ALL the lyrics to ALL the songs - off to Amazon to find that CD...) Morgi, marry me. Or at least burn a copy of them for me. please? "o)

wolfmom said...

I only know these characters because our daughters watched all these shows...but I have to say that I think the Ninja Turtle wedding cake is my favorite.

As always...Sunday Sweets are always so much fun.

Holly said...

I love the Thundercats cake!

Michele said...

I can't believe that Tom and Jerry cake isn't professional! She should be a professional, if you ask me! Great work!

Jenn said...

I need to show that TMNT wedding cake to my brother. He is still obsessed 25 years later. :)

Kristen said...

Snorks! I'm so glad that they haven't been forgotten :)

Becky said...

Animaniacs was the BEST. I watched it obsessively, and was thrilled to get the entire series on DVD for Christmas this past year! (Before that, I actually had a bunch of episodes on homemade DVDs that someone burned off of the TV somehow, thanks to my also-Animaniacs-loving best friend who contacted the person and got copies for both of us.) You should find an Animaniacs cake if possible-- that would be faboo!

Geri said...

TMNT cake is great!! I would love to see a Voltron cake. Of course, He-Man and She-Ra would be cool, too.

leikomgwtfbbq said...

The only bad thing about the Sunday Sweets feature is that, if they were placed in front of me, I wouldn't be able to eat it because they're too pretty!

(Also, I wouldn't be able to eat Scooby.)

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for a cake with one of my favorite cartoon of the 80's, Muppet Babies. They were my top favorite along with Thundercats and Ninja Turtles.

linz said...

the snorks always bring back a fond memory... when for some reason i was playing with a stuffed snork by the toliet and *kerplunk!* that was the end of that snork... i guess it was destiny to end back up in the water.

The Cunningham Clan said...

TMNT Wedding is fantastic. Probably one of the best wedding cakes I've seen.

Kaze said...

It's all my childhood friends! :D Well, except Thundercats and Snorks... those were before my time... But the TMNT cake! Egads! If I thought I could get away with it, I'd get one for my wedding! :D

cactuswren said...

They're Kinky and Deranged
Kinky and Deranged
One's into leather
The other likes pain
They're dirty little mice
They're into every vice
They're Kinky --
They're Kinky and Derange, 'range, 'range, 'range, 'ranged!

DangGina said...

I LOVE that Tom and Jerry Cake. So much! The TMNT one is creative, but I think it's a little bit sad that it was somebody's WEDDING cake. (sigh) I always love the Sunday Sweets edition...

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That TMNT wedding cake is...wow. I want to meet those people.

Laura Moffitt said...

Theses cakes are so amazing! Takes me back

SANDYG said...

Umm... I guess I am the only one who cares but most of those characters are from the 70s. Scooby Doo actually late 60s. Tom and Jerry 40s. Truly cool site, though. Sorry to be a hater.

Ace said...

Ah, those were the days! I actually watched Smurfs most of Saturday!

someBrad said...

Jabberjaw, predictably, gets no respect.

lizzied said...

I LOVE THE TMNT CAKE!!!

ADR said...

I love the TMNT cake, even more so because it is a wedding cake.

I think that is the best use of tiers I've ever seen.

I'm going to send this to my sons and tell them that when they find a girl who will let me have a TMNT cake at their wedding - THAT'S the girl to marry!!

Kristin aka kjnohr aka Trekkie Gal said...

You teased us with an Animaniacs reference and then....NOTHING! No Animaniacs cake at all! Wait, what decade were they from? :D Oh wait, the 90's. Well now you have to do a 90's cake series!

stage3design said...

Hmm, the Ninja Turtle cake is very well done, but as wedding cake? Grounds for an immediate postponement of the ceremony until there's been some serious discussion about other design/decorating decisions regarding artwork, drapes, carpet, etc!

MissCritta said...

My son is obsessed with Tom & Jerry. He would love that T&J cake!!!

Lynn said...

Oh, those are all so cute...I just wonder about the wedding cake...what kind of bride would allow a cake like that ? If it were a groom's cake, OK but the wedding cake ? So wrong !

Mrs. B said...

LOVED Pinky and the Brain. It was the only cartoon my dad laughed at as much as I did. I also agree with whoever posted that Cartoon Network as gone down hill since dropping the Smurfs.

Kelly said...

Hooray that Snorks were found and that you, Jen, and all of us 80s children can rest better! :) I can't believe someone was so "cowabunga dude" over Ninja Turtles to have it as a wedding cake, but then again, we all have our obsessions!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember the snorks, but Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain had such great theme songs....whatever happened to them??? How could they be replaced by some of the stuff I am subjected to via 3 kids????

Sherry

Anonymous said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Scooby Doo -- I even went to see both of the live action movies at that theater when on opening weekends (would've been better off watching old shows at home!) So I adore the Scooby cake and want one for my birthday!

Tracy F said...

Actually really sad when there wasn't an Animaniacs cake. You got my hopes up. :(

lish said...

To all of those people saying "why did Cartoon Network drop the Smurfs????" They technically didn't. They're on Boomerang now. Along with the Snorks, Scooby Doo (and some with Scrappy too... ugh), the Jetsons, Flintstone, Amazing Chan, Superfriends, Hong Kong Phooey, Jonny Bravo, Swat Katz, Tom & Jerry, and well you get the idea. No, I'm not a rep for CN, I'm just a cartoon freak who's had Directv for a while now.

Anyway, I second whoever said 90s cake theme! I would love to see a Doug cake, Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, Batman, X-men (it won't be legit unless it has Gambit), Gargoyles, and of course anything Animaniacs related (that includes spin offs). Oh and Tiny Toon Adventures too... but I doubt you'll find any of that.

Where in the world is a Carmen San Diego cake? Has there been one already?

Andy said...

I have had an aweful day today. I have been sick, and all of that junk. So then I log onto Cake Wrecks, looking for a good time, and you make fun of pinky and the brain. Thats just the icing on the cake "Bu dun ts". I named my fish after them when I was 7 i hope you know!

Andrea said...

I "LOVE" cakewrecks more than anything in the wrold! I have even purposely made cakewrecks for my co-worker who shares the love of cakewrecks.com [Fireworks] However, I find it sad that real cakes rarely find their way into Sunday Sweets. No, frosting isn't as pretty or easily shaped as edible clay..er..I mean fondant, but that's what cakes are - fluffy sweetness with frosting on top.
I'm starting to think that maybe you just like cute clay figurines and you don't really like cake? I'll let it slide though because you're hilarious, but please, for "cake's" sake...add some real cakes.

Bento No. 1 Blog said...

I love the TMNT cake! Awesome.

I saw Snorks on TV a few weeks ago. Apparently some channel actually shows that cartoon.

Sara said...

Awesome cakes indeed, but where's Jem?! You asked for GI Joe in the previous post, but not her! Or He-man (he hasn't made a comeback right?), or She-ra.....oh man....the memories.....

Sara said...

....and The Jetsons.....oh man!

Jeremy said...

Omg...the prospect of a Ninja Turtles wedding cake like that just MIGHT make me want to get married just to have it. That is so awesome.

Michelle W. said...

Just going through the archives and came upon this post! Awesome!

I gotta say, I need to recommend the Ninja turtle cake to my fiancee'!

As an uber nerd myself, I have vital input! (Right?) Despite there being a female turtle for a brief time, that figure atop the cake is definitely the Donatello action figure with a wig and white bandanna! You can tell by the tone of green the body is.

*Ahem, I'll get back in the corner now!*

Anonymous said...

I am 11 and i luv most of those shows so they arent just 80s