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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: 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

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


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.


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 only way any of those cakes could be considered "wrecks" is if dozens of CW readers stuck forks in them. They are all... magical.

@CW Reader Kathryn L.: That cake made your daughter and niece is AMAZING. (I am now suffering from serious fondant envy.)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.

Maybe the crown is for Tiana?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

When I look at the crown on that last one, I actually think of one of the evil queens...forget which one. But then that wouldn't fit into the theme of the cake really, so I don't know.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

would someone clue me in on the princesses that go with the last cake? I'm having trouble. thanks

WV:mintesin-too much peppermint is a mintesin

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpeg

I think the crown is the evil queen from Snow White.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

the crown actually looks a lot like the crown worn by the wicked witch in snow white but that doesn't make any sense at all!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

OK, I think it comes from having a 6 year old daughter, figuring out what the other tiers are, or just referring back to the first one, but the crown on the last one is Snow White.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStudyaid

It DOES look like the crown for the Evil Queen from Snow White, although it seems an odd topper for such a beautiful princess cake.

LOVE the snowglobe cake for Tiana.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenniferK

Oh how pretty

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The crown looks like the evil queen's crown from Snow White, at least the shape is the same, though the red stones are different.

Ok I think the tiers are probably: Snow White, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty...(correct me if any of those are wrong) but I can't figure out the top one - were there any Disney princesses who wore green?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSummit Junkie

I need help on that last one. From the bottom I have Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty...who is the green?

Gorgeous cakes! I have also fallen in love with the Tiana cake. I'll fight you for her. Stunning.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

The crown reminds me of either Ursula's or the evil queen from Snow White. But neither of them have jewels in their crowns.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I absolutely love these cakes! I'm 23 and seriously conseridering asking for the last cake for my next birthday. Or the Princess and the Frog one, although I prefer Tangled and Rapunzel to Tiana.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I think it is the Snow Queens tiara.

As for the layers, I believe they represent Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Tiana and a bow for Minnie Mouse. Although the top green layer could certainly be for's not the aqua color she wears but it looks more like her belt.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjillkelly2945

Did you notice that all the cakes that have writing on them are for 5-year-olds? I guess that's when the princess thing kicks in. Beautiful cakes.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia L

On the last cake top to bottom, it represents the movies more than the actual princesses:
Snow White (evil queen's crown)
Tinkerbell (I think that's Peter Pan's belt buckle)
Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast

It's funny that the good fairies argued back and forth about Aurora's dress being pink or blue in the movie, and it wound up blue, but Disney frequently shows it as pink now, because they already have a princess in blue.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was scrolling down and first saw only the top two tiers of the Princess and the Frog cake and thought that it is very pretty, but when I saw the bottom tier, I thought WOW!!!! That mauve really make the cake POP! Awesome! It looks like it could be a music box, the kind you wind up. Hey, has anyone ever thought of doing that with a cake?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I know It's not Disney, but the green layer on the last cake reminds me of Fiona from Shrek.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaisley

For the multi-princess cake, I think the bottom layer is either Belle (Beauty & the Beast) or Snow White (since it's her red bow) or possibly both. The next 3 layers are undisputedly Cinderella, Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). The greenish tier looks to me like Jasmine's headdress (Aladdin) but the crown's a mystery.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJillianD

I believe the top green layer is supposed to be Jasmine's headband.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterR

The green is Jasmine. I was obsessed with her. That looks exactly like the headband I wore two halloweens in a row.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oooh, love the Tinker Bell fairy house cake and The Princess and the Frog one!

Thanks for sharing the sugary goodness =)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think that this is what the crown is based on...

It's the only thing I can come up with.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Speaking as someone who has a young daughter who has all the princess...cough crap cough...stuff, yeah they throw Tinkerbell in with them too so you're totally safe there.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDani

All that's missing are the dinosaurs...

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZazoo

Can we have a villainess Sunday Sweets soon?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrydwynn

After an extensive Google Image search, the closest crown on top of the last cake is from the evil Snow White queen. Admittedly, there are no rubies on the film stills, but no other crown comes close. Maybe the rubies were just decorator-license?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Is the bunker open on Sundays? Because if not, it might need to be. Just this once. ;-)

What is it about 5 or 6 that causes children (young goats don't get fancy cakes, at least not on purpose) to score cool cakes? Seems like after that, the wreckerators get the bid.

Since people can change just about anything about themselves these days, I think I'll legally change my age to 5 or 6. Any other takers?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

The crown belongs to Snow White's evil stepmother.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarji

I have no idea who the crown belongs to, but I'm pretty positive that it goes...

Green Layer - Jasmine
Pink Layer - Aurora
Sea Shells - Ariel
Blue Layer - Cinderella
Red Bow - Snow White
Yellow Layer - Belle

And it fits because those are the 6 official Disney princesses. Though I'm going to assume this cake was made before The Princess and the Frog came out and that's why Tiana isn't represented.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterllamagirl

Tinkerbell was briefly a Disney Princess. These cakes are wonderful! :D

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Why don't you ask "It's a Piece of Cake" what the tiers represent instead of guessing?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the top green layer is supposed to represent Princess Jasmine's headband. The crown, I have no idea.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love the fondant-free Tinkerbell one! I'm all for fondant-free.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi - seed invitations

Hate to be a buzz kill, but dress forms have necks.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"uncle walt" would be proud. these are gorgeous... i especially love that the little mermaid incorporated cupcakes in a way that works (and works well)! the tinkerbell one looks amazing as well, would love to have seen that up-close. and the carriage, and the princess and the frog, and.... thanks as always.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermickeyp415

I never went through a princess stage, but I do love my dwarfs and that first cake only appears to have 6 sides. Snow White and the 6 Dwarfs? Who got left off? In my book, that makes it a wreck, not a sweet.



January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i agree with most that the crown topper does resemble the Evil Queens, but again, that doesn't seem to go with the theme of the cake, so I was thinking maybe, the person ,for whom the cake was made, has a crown that looks like that. huh? maybe? could be...

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

@ Craig: totally. Why do children get all the fun? And anyway, will a five year old even REMEMBER that cake? No. I think it would be best for everyone involved to send the cakes to ME, so I can enjoy them thoroughly.

Youth and cake are wasted on the young.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My daughter looked at the cake and said that the bottom is Belle, the red bow is Snow White, the blue is Cinderella, the shells are Ariel, the pink is Aurora, the green is either Tiana (her guess) or Jasmine (mine), and neither of us could guess at the crown. She thinks it's just a generic princess crown.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I think the crown on the multi-princess cake is from Epcot. It definitely, indisuputably is an Epcot crown.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Faerie Girl

Could the crown possibly be Aurora's? Looks a lot like it to me.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jane

I don't know when the cake with the crown was made, but Rapunzel in _Tangled_ had a crown with rubies in it - but it was shaped a bit differently. It was a major part of the plot, in fact, since the crown was stolen by the hero.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarenF

@MariaTeresa If you look at the Snow White music box cake all seven are there... Dopey is winding up the music box key. :)

All these cakes are beautiful. I'm jealous of the five and six year olds that got to eat them. lol


January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

For me, the MOUSE on the carriage really (ahem) takes the cake. Isn't he the cutest darned thing?

Happy Wrecky Week ahead.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah in California

Wait, I thought that dress forms DO have necks, don't they?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBIN

Yeah, John!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoris Sudduth

Ooh that disney princess cake is gorgeous...I love the more "concept-y" ones. My first thought was that the crown was Aurora's but I figured one princess wouldn't be over-represented, so I agree it's probably kind of a generic mash-up of all the princesses' crowns. And I wish I had it. I'd totally wear it!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjebus llama

That Princess and the Frog one... wow. The "quilted" layer alone is priceless; all together, the colors, design, and originality are amazing. Bravo to those bakers!

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuats

That crown does look like the Evil Queen's from Snow White. I have planted the seed in my 4-year-old's mind for that cake. hehe :)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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