the ugliest cake contest

November 16, 2007 at 8:06 pm 13 comments

I’m going to make a doll cake for my daughter’s 3rd birthday in a couple days. I’ve baked 2 round cakes and also a cake in a bowl. I’m not sure if I’ll need both the round cakes, but I wanted more height on the skirt than the bowl I used provides, so I went ahead and baked a couple extra.

Anyhow, attempting to make something other than than just a normal frosted layer cake, takes me back nearly 4 years when I made a dinosaur cake that was embarrassing. After that creation, I vowed to never ever try to do something creative when it comes to cake baking. Oh well, I’ve changed my mind. No matter how pretty or how ridiculous the doll cake turns out, I’m sure my little miss will be just as enamored with it as my son and all his friends were 4 years ago when I unveiled the mean looking dinosaur with the hoho mouth. I followed some instructions online and it just didn’t turn out like the picture. If I recall, it was a line drawing, so maybe the person didn’t actually ever make it themselves. That would explain a lot. It seemed like a good pattern to me.

But I digress. Anyhow, I told my Tapestry sisters that my dino cake could win an ugliest cake contest. A few of them have challenged me on that point, telling me about their ugly cakes. So here it goes. Show me your ugly cake and I’ll show you mine. If you put a picture on your blog, please link to this post. Leave a comment to let me know you’re participating and to vote for someone’s cake. If you don’t have a picture of your cake disaster, just describe it in the comment section below. The prize? There isn’t one yet. Perhaps over the next few days, a prize will develop, but for now you can just have the honor of having a cake uglier than mine.


p.s. after posting this picture, my almost 3 year old said, “ooh a caterpillar cake! ” See, she can’t even tell its supposed to be a big lizard.


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don’t drop your turkey on the floor a doll cake: even my sister might be impressed

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pam in SE MI (TOG loose threads)  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Guinever, I literally laughed out loud when I saw the picture! That is one ugly cake!!!! But you get huge kudos for trying to make what your ds wanted. 🙂 And he was pleased anyway, which is all that really matters, right?

    I don’t really do “shape” cakes so it’s doubtful I could win this contest, but it will be fun to look at all the ugly cakes! Thanks for this fun idea.

  • 2. Beth in TX  |  November 16, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    Here’s my Superman entry:

  • 3. Marsha  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Ooooh, Guinever! Beth’s cake is . . . interesting? But so far I think your’s “takes the cake!” LOL

    I admire you so much for even attempting to make a shaped cake. I guess I’m just not that adventurous! My poor kiddos get plain ol’ rectangular cakes OR an occasional angel food cake when requested! Once or twice I’ve sprung for a store bought, fancy (!?!) cake, though!

    Looking forward to your next cake creation!

  • 4. June (from TOG)  |  November 16, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    I was trying to think if I had any pictures of cakes to post but I have to admit that I will withdraw before entering after seeing yours. I’m sure it tasted good and your ds will always remember and love you for giving it a try! 🙂

  • 5. teatimewithliz  |  November 17, 2007 at 12:14 am


    That is hilarious Guinever. I had only heard stories about this cake. I never thought I’d be granted the privilege to see a picture of this cake or even that a picture existed. Way cool! Now I can’t wait to see a picture of the pretty doll cake.


  • 6. Rebecca  |  November 17, 2007 at 7:32 am

    Oh, that IS ugly! My boys would LOVE it!!!!!

  • 7. Beth in TX  |  November 17, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Guinever, thanks for posting the link in my comment section. I was at soccer this morning and realized that I need to post a link in my blog for others who aren’t on TLT, so they can see your wonderful creation. 😉

  • 8. aditive  |  November 17, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    lol, that’s horrible:) and your child would have to be crazy to recognize this as a lizard, caterpillar was the clever choice:)

  • 9. blueseaglass  |  November 17, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    You win! But its definitely a conversation piece!

  • 10. Heather  |  November 18, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Oh man, now that is a masterpiece! Actually, it looks a lot like the Loch Ness monster, so see? It’s still cool. 😉

    My grandmother is a caterer who makes spectacularly whimsical birthday cakes, so I’ve not had much chance to experiment with cakely creativity.

  • 11. Karen in VT  |  November 18, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    That is an ugly cake but I am sure it was much loved and much enjoyed!
    I don’t have a picture of the train cake I made for my dd’s second birthday (she is now 21 yo!!) but here is the story.
    The cakes was to be a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting, the recipe in Gourmet magazine complete with lovely pictures. The cake was made in a number of small loaves, frosted and then candy pieces used to make wheels and car to car attachments. I made all of the little loaves, cooled them completely and went ahead with the frosting, made from the recipe. Well, when I went to frost the cars the frosting was so heavy it collapsed the loaves! I had a pile of cake and frosting and was in tears. I asked dd if she would like a volcano cake instead, but no, she wanted the train cake I’d promised, and her little friends were due to arrive to share it with her. What a disaster. To make things worse dh came in and saw it and laughed!! I just cried more.
    Fortunately I had not attempted to frost all of the loaves with that frosting so I made a much lighter chocolate glaze and the cake all worked out. It was a really cute cake, all said.
    Late someone told me that the loaves had to be frozen to be frosted (a great tip in general, btw)–thanks, Gourmet!

  • 12. karla  |  November 21, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks for the laugh, Guinever. You are so funny! Good memories like this are just as great as pretty cakes.

  • 13. Stephanie  |  February 1, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Elijah says,”That looks like a snake that swallowed an egg!”


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