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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
Jan162011

Sunday Sweets: Pretty As A Princess

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Princess.

Submitted by Cathy & found at the 2010 Royal Adelaide Show; baker unknown.

...who had a rockin' carriage:

Sub'd by Shanna R., made by Jane Asher Party Cakes

...and three beautifully airbrushed Princess friends:

Sub'd by Jessica P., made by Maria Luisa Mijares Arte y Reposteria

(Seriously, how amazing is that painting? Gorgeous!)

I have to stop the story now, or else I may never get to this next fondant-free beauty:


By crazebake cakes and cupcakes

Ok, so she's not technically a Princess, but Tink and her forest cottage here are still royally awesome.

Now, clap your hands if you believe in eating fairies!!

Wait. I think that came out wrong.

Look at this cake! Isn't it neat?


Wouldn't you think our collection complete?

Well, it's not.

'Cuz I still have to show you this FABULOUS fishbowl design for The Princess and the Frog:


Submitted by CW Reader Kathryn L. and made by her daughter and niece.

I'm thinking of asking this cake to marry me. I hope John won't mind.


Next, a cutie-patooty mini-cake:

Sub'd by Tifany D., made by Cupcake Envy

This is the secret to non-creepy torso and clothing cakes, guys: no neck stumps. So long as it looks like it's hanging on a dress form, we're all good. Got that, bakers?

Now, I realize that Disney has the corner on the Princess market, but we geek girls will always have a special place in our hearts for Mario's Princess Peach:

Sub'd by Vin, made by Chica And Jo

Bob-OMB!
And check it out: the blue gems are handmade hard candies! Power up!

And finally, ONE SWEET TO RULE THEM ALL:

By It's A Piece Of Cake

Or at least to incorporate most of the classics. Heh. Love the ruffles, and the bow, and the way you can easily recognize each princess (well, can't you?), and, ok, I pretty much love everything about this cake. Although I don't recognize the crown - maybe it's supposed to be kind of all-purpose? Or am I forgetting someone?

Well, the important thing to remember is how especially amazing these Sweets are when you compare them with these. [shudder] Yeah.

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CCC Final Tally!

Hey, remember our charity countdown? Well, donations are still trickling in, but I figured it was high time to reveal the final tally! Ready? Ok, so, as of earlier this week, for all 12 days and charities together, you guys raised [drumroll, please] $24,859.60! Rock on, Wreckies!

However, I should point out there was a distinct downward trend: the first three days of the CCC each charity had over $3,000 donated, the next five or so, around $2,000, and after that, they just barely cleared $1,000 each.

Obviously we all were very busy, and many of us were away from our computers for the holiday, so this isn't surprising. Still, if you started off the countdown but weren't able to finish, please, feel free to catch up! All twelve donation pages are still live, and your dollars can still make a huge difference. Just go to the Cake Wrecks FirstGiving page to see the complete list, along with links to give a dollar to any you might have missed.

And thank you all again for your amazing generosity. John and I are proud beyond belief to count you among our loyal Wrecky henchpersons.

Now, back to conquering the world! If you please.

Update from john: Some people think the crown on the last one is Snow White's or the Evil Queen's. However, the Queen's didn't have rubies and, from what I can tell, Snow White's is a round diamond tiara. And I'm a large, scruffy man in construction clothes sitting at the computer researching Disney Princesses. Which is pretty darned cool. -j

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Reader Comments (113)

The crown symbolizes the overall theme of the cake, royalty/princesses. The layers of princesses are so good, but yet it feels awkward...

...like someone took a slice of of each princess, stole a crown, and was going to feed it to a witch. BUT that's just me.

~Aaryn J.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Dude, that 5 year old has one awesome cake. I hope my wedding cake can compete to that. Geez!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPandora

Since when would Belle get top billing over the original Disney princess, Snow White?

The bottom layer is most definitely Snow White, red bow and all.

Wendy

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Check out that Little Mermaid cake! See, cupcakes aren't evil by nature, they just tend to turn on people when they're mistreated.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

Poking head out from under the table.
That Princess and the Frog cake has to be the prettiest thing I've ever seen! Wow!
Now I'm going back to hide from the Epcot!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHuskymom

My faith in airbrushing has been restored.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

As a self-professed Disney-ophile (who should probably seek a 12 step program immediately!) this is my theory. The top of the multi layered princess cake IS the Evil Queen's crown, which would have logically become Snow White's after she fell off the cliff at the end of the movie. Every doll in our house of Snow White (that doesn't have her wearing the red bow) has her wearing a pointed gold crown decorated with a red stone of some sort, so I guess that makes sense. And I guess that would also make the bottom layer Belle, as Snow White's dress isn't ruffled like that anywhere on it.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTish

I was thinking Ursula on the crown as well, and I don't know a thing about princesses. But someone pointed out that hers is sans jewels...

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashley

I agree that the last cake is

Belle (yellow ruffles)
Snow White (red bow)
Cinderella (blue)
Arielle (seashells)
Aurora (pink/white)
Jasmine (headdress - some pictures do show her in green)

Maybe the crown is just supposed to be a generic princess crown? Can't seem to find a specific Disney princess that it fits.

(If you enlarge this picture below, Jasmine is definitely in green.)
http://www.drrobynsilverman.com/body-image/a-challenge-to-all-the-hype-over-disney-princesses/

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I think the crown on the last cake looks like the one Snow White's stepmother wears, but of course, doesn't deserve.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

The unknown crown actually looks the most like the one the Evil Queen from Snow White wears.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the green one is Princess Tiana. Isn't the crown Princess Jasmine? She's one of the main Princess's and hasn't even been mentioned.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They spelled my name wrong on the Ariel cake! It's Kaitlyn, not Caitlyn. Also, I'm not 3--but if we flip the 5 around the right way, we can fudge it to 23...

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn

My guess is the green layer is for Jasmine and they screwed up. Does Jasmine ever wear green? I don't think so. But the design is exact excepting for the non-shiny stone. And the crown topper is most similar to the Evil Queen's except for the rubies.. huh.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The crown on the last cake looks like the evil queen's from Sleeping Beauty. That one and the Princess Peach are my FAVE!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

The top tier is definitely Snow White, NOT the evil queen's crown. If you look up "Snow White's Crown" in Google, you can see that her red bow is replaced by a pointy gold tiara with red stones.

The next tier is definitely Tiana. I've never seen Jasmine get included in the "Disney Princess" line up, and that is green, not aqua!

The obvious ones are left: Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle.

=D

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA.M.P.

Jasmine always gets included in the princess line up. As mom of 2 girls, I get inundated with princess crap. That top green tier is definitely Jasmine. That's her headband.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

The crown is the evil stepmother's in Snow White!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

The crown on top looks like the evil stepmother's in Snow White!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I refuse to like any of the Aurora ones. Her dress is the wrong darn color!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdragoon811

yup do agreed with Dragon on Aurora dress color. Nevertheless these photos do bring me back to my childhood memories :) thanks for the good job.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOliva

At the end when Snow White trades in her red bow for her crown it looks alot like that one. not the evil queen's.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterorangechick1

Actually I thought the crown was Queen Malificent's from Snow Wite. I don't quite recognize the green top layer with the sash, is that supposed to represent a Dwarf?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Another gorgeous series of cakes for a Sunday. I do love Sunday Sweets!

I was never into princesses, when I was five or... um, let's just say "five-plus". But I agree with @Craig-- I want a cake like this for my next birthday. So, in order to increase the odds, I now declare myself FIVE! (going on 40?).

That airbrushing, wow! The decorator is a real artist. I guess the cakes pay for the acrylics/oils/watercolour supplies? Because that person needs to work in some permanent (and less tasty) media too!

And Tinkerbell's house is just stunning. The work and detail are gorgeous. Paige/Ariel is lovely-- I agree, that's how cupcakes should be presented! And the two-bite size is brilliant for little kids.

I'm not sure how that cute mini-cake fits in with the theme, but it's lovely. (And dress forms do have shoulders and necks, for fitting of collared garments, but I agree this version with the lovely portrait neckline works sooooo much better for cake!). As a sewer, I particularly appreciated that one :)

The last cake's nice (and even *I* know the bottom layer is Belle, in the final scene, dancing on the beautiful marble floor), but it's a bit too vague for my taste since there's debate even here about which layer represents which princess. Although, I concede that it does take a lot of talent to do each of those layers that well, and have a cake that colourful and busy and still look good!

John's Googling of Disney princesses-- love that!

And wow, that's an awesome tally for the donations. Which reminds me, I forgot to make mine... off to get the ol' credit card...

WV "readise". What one has to do in order to figure out what the inscriptions on Cake Wrecks says. Except for on Sundays :) (Cross between "read" and "surmise")

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

I liked the cake with blue-brown-orange girls the most. Beautiful!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGhost

I wonder if there are any Mulan or Pocahontas...they're like semi-princesses or something, often included with them but not technical princesses. And now we have Tangled...can't wait to see what it inspires.

I don't like that Kiara seems to get left out all the time...she wasn't human but she was still a princess.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Oh, the Tiana cake is BEAUTIFUL. The theme fits so well with the film, with the water lily sand cat tails.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the top crown is supposed to be Belle's(sorry if I spelled that wrong) crown from beauty and the beast

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersoftballchick27

The crown looks the most like Princess Aurora's (sleeping beauty) to me! Hers is gold with rubies on the 50th anniversary cover and I instantly recognized it, although it's a little different.

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I want all those cakes. So pretty. I would put them behind glass and keep them pretty lol. Just like I suspect half these bakeries do with some display cakes that they use year after year..

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

Okay so I guess I will clear this up,the Princesses from top to bottom are-

Jasmine
Aurora
Ariel
Cinderella
Snow White

The crown is your everyday run of the mill crown, it doesn't represent any particular princess ,just added it as a cute topper.

Jasmines tier was made using Turquoise colored fondant.
When compared to Ariel's tier it is clearly not just *green*. Making her tier darker balanced out the cake and kept it from looking too pastel and washed out.
That's the beauty of my job, I get to be creative and switch things up when I want too, it's awesome.

So there you have it, the mystery of the Princess cake is solved.

Thank you for posting it on Sunday Sweets ,and thank you all for the lovely comments makes me feel all famous and stuff :)
Jessica aka It's A Piece Of Cake

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

the crown on the last cake looks kind of like the one the evil queen (from snow white) wears...

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeagan

I had to look twice...isn't the little mermaid cake technically a *cupcake* cake?

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBoo

i desperately want that aurora dress cake to turn around and be the exact same dress in blue!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthegecko

I'm SO not a Disney chick, but I love the Fairies, and that cake ROCKS. I also love the Princess and the Frog one...too cute!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAelwyn

Love, Love, Love Tink's cottage! Too pretty to eat!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I agree with Jessica-Its a piece of Cake. That was the exact order I thought which caused me to say "Hey, where the hell is Belle?" Belle and Jasmine were always my favs. Other princesses that seem to be forgot are Pocahantas (her dad was chief) and Nahla! So what if she was a lion, she was still a princess!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalfsh0t

I want it!!!

www.ollbol.blogspot.com

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbobol

THANK YOU Jessica for clearing that up! :) it was kinda making us all a little crazy. Your cake is BEAUTIFUL and I wish I wasn't all the way in Alaska for the next 4 years so I could have one similar to it. Maybe the Air Force will send us closer to civilization next time? :)

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTish

The crown in the last one is the crown of the evil queen from Snowwhite

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternoiashui

I love the ladys reflection in the first picture lol. Priceless

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOCD-ACD

Thanks so much for including our Princess Peach cake in your collection! Those gems you see on the cake are actually hard candy that we made ourselves. (Visit our site for free tutorial!)

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChica and Jo

they left out jasmine! she is my favorite disney princess!

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm envious of anyone who receives one of these cakes, but most of all I'm envious of Jane Asher. Not only does she get to make fabulously gorgeous cakes, but she got to date Paul McCartney when he was the Cute Beatle! Sigh...

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

There are 10 official Disney Princesses. Mental_Floss even did a quiz based on it. I could only come up with 9 on my own, but my 3 year-old niece helped me with the last one. http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/74744

January 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

I'm going to join the other posters in pointing out that dress forms do have necks. That one looks like a homemade pincushion- a cardboard cutout bodice and a gathered "skirt" over something round. It doesn't look one jot like it's on a dress form.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

the green dress near the top is Tina and the crown reminds me of Malifisant from sleeping breuty, but I think its ment to remind us their all princesses.

Peg: yellow= snow-white
bule = cinderalla
pink aura ( sleeping beauty)
green Tina ...I think

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicky

I love these cakes!

I think the crown is an all-purpose crown to top off all the layers of princesses.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Absolutely love that forest scene.

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuthie

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