Frozen Cake Fail Renders Elsa Unrecognizable (PHOTO)

07/06/2015 at 02:04 PM ET

Elsa from Frozen
Walt Disney Pictures/Everett

At least cake tastes delicious no matter what it looks like.

That is the only consolation we can muster for the tragic cake posted by Reddit user OfficialBigHead, which was meant to resemble Frozen‘s Queen Elsa but instead looked like a misshapen, disillusioned alien woman with carelessly drawn-on eyebrows and a cheap spray tan.

The cake was clearly supposed to look like the Elsa pictured on McGreevy Cakes, a cake-decorating website that offers step-by-step tutorials, yet the end result fell quite a bit short.

“The cake that was ordered and the cake that arrived,” is all the Reddit post reads, which has already accumulated over 2,206 comments. Reddit user ViciousPuddin noted: “The sad thing is, as horrific as it looks, someone put serious time into making that cake. Every misshapen blob, every terrifying curve and flourish. There are hours and hours of terrible craftsmanship here.”

We only pray that this cake wasn’t immediately disposed of. We believe that all cake should be eaten, regardless of how disturbing it looks.

—Maria Yagoda

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Penny _Tration on

It looks like NeNe Leakes.

Tracy on

That’s good for a laugh.
To me, it looks like a bad drag makeover. (and I’m not making fun of drag queens because many of them look better as a woman than I do)

Tina on

Oh, chit! This is too funny.

Laralei on

That actually made me laugh. I think it’s hilarious. Someone took a lot of time and care to make that monstrosity. I’d eat it anyway for the effort put into it!

S. on

Eat it anyway or donate it to a food shelter. Just cuz it looks bad doesn’t mean you can’t eat it.

really on

This is news???

kimmie on

because what child doenns’t want a NeNe Leakes cake! haha

Desensitized on

Takes pure dedication to make a piece like that lol.

Nikki on

Tammy Faye Bakker came back from the dead!

guest on

Eek, they’re both horrible.

DaisyMoon on

If interested, you can see progression pics for the BEFORE cake by following the link above to Shawna McGreevey’s blog…it’s her post from March 17, 2014 post entitled “Queen Elsa from Frozen, Cake!”

Brittany on

It looks like the Latina woman who duped 12 men into marrying her.

Tom H. on

Reshape the jaw, add a jacket of icing, and you could call it Donald Trump.

kevin case on

Did you know that this cake was the generous donation of a baker for a terminally ill child?
If it was so important for the “real cake” to be made why didn’t McGreevy’s cake offer to donate the time and give it to the child?

thecookiegal on

checks your facts People! This cake was made by a volunteer baker, that was trying to help a sick child!!! She did the best she could!!

Shame on you

Carolyn on

Oh my gosh, this cake was made by a volunteer baker that was helping out a very sick child! This is what was posted on the Icing Smiles Facebook Page:

This is a very personal post for me. What has happened in the last few days as a result of a popular cake blog has caused me to ride a roller coaster of emotion. Unless you have been in a cave, you know that one of our cakes was unfavorably compared against the INSANELY talented work of McGreevy Cakes. It has gone viral and it broke my heart.

My heart broke for the baker because I know how much of herself she puts into her donations. My heart broke for the family should they come across the posts because it may take from their joy of receiving the gift. It broke for our team whose extraordinary efforts were used in this way. Our Sugar Angel wasn’t commissioned to copy Shawna’s work, she was asked for a Frozen cake for a sick child and she did just that.

I am well aware that all photos we publish are public domain but to use the efforts of volunteers serving medically fragile children as a source of humor is tasteless. I am well aware that my opinions are biased but I see the efforts, stress, tears and passion of our volunteers and I hate to see them lead to ridicule in any forum. In fairness to the original blogger, we do not know if they were aware of the source of the cake and as soon as it was brought to their attention, it was removed. (THANK YOU!)

When I finally got past the initial shock, I fearfully reached out to our Sugar Angel, Lisa to offer my sympathy and boy did she change my attitude. Her facebook page was loaded with comments to which she graciously replied with humor and self-deprecation. She even commented that she knew it wasn’t her best work and maybe Elsa was getting back from rehab. The best part was that she didn’t care because she made a child happy.

Lisa, I have the utmost respect for you. Thank you for all you do to make my vision come to life. I am proud to share this cake and claim it as ours! – Tracy

Linda on

I’m really disappointed that you’re magazine didn’t check the fact of this story before going public. This cake was donated by a amazing baker for a medical child via Icing Smiles. If you’re not familiar with Icing Smiles visit the website http://www.icingsmiles.org . All cakes are donated to the families by the bakers. This story should be updated and republished. You also should do a feature on Icing Smiles. Feel free to contact Tracy .

Janice Barnes on

It would have been great if People.com and People Magazine would have taken the opportunity to showcase the Icing Smiles organization instead of ripping apart the work of a volunteer “sugar angel’s” work!
Lisa wasn’t trying to recreate McGreevy’s Elsa, she simply made the best Elsa cake that she could that day for a sick child and the child loved it, which is really the only thing that matters!
I also want to add that Shawna McGreevy is not only a talented artist but a hell of a class act….someone all of us can learn from!
I hope that the one thing comes out of all of this will be, that more of you will consider helping the great work being done through the Icing Smiles organization.

lisealiseamuller on

The cake was made by a VOLUNTEER for Icing Smiles (icingsmiles.org), an amazing organization that provides cakes for seriously ill children. My daughter was the recipient of such a cake a couple of years ago and it gave my family a reason to smile in the midst of unspeakable pain. The humiliation brought to the woman who baked this (beautiful) cake is shameful. I know that the child who received it, and her family, were overjoyed that someone thought of during a very hard time.

Liz on

People Magazine, you should be ashamed of yourself!!!! Try doing a little research next time!! This cake was made by a volunteer with her own time, sweat, and money for a sick child!!! And for you to shame her nationally for her kindness and generosity is disgusting!!

treebranchcakery on

Update your article, talk about the real story! This cake was a donation to a child dealing with medical issues. The icing smiles organization is the real story!!!

Sarah on

I get that this was a donation for a sick child and that it was out of pure love it was created in the first place. But honestly, it is rather scary-a simple sugar image or plastic Elsa doll added on top the cake would have been kinder with far less work behind it.

Amanda on

This cake was for an icing smile family and they absolutely loved it! Icing smiles asks bakers around the country to donate thier time,supplies and cake to a very sick child who can not afford to purchase one. So before you judge just remember that really sick little girl that received this LOVED it! And what you ridiculous people are saying are potentially making that sick little girl very sad by your comments! Shame on you!

Rebecca Agliano on

Icing Smiles, Inc.
This is a very personal post for me. What has happened in the last few days as a result of a popular cake blog has caused me to ride a roller coaster of emotion. Unless you have been in a cave, you know that one of our cakes was unfavorably compared against the INSANELY talented work of McGreevy Cakes. It has gone viral and it broke my heart.

My heart broke for the baker because I know how much of herself she puts into her donations. My heart broke for the family should they come across the posts because it may take from their joy of receiving the gift. It broke for our team whose extraordinary efforts were used in this way. Our Sugar Angel wasn’t commissioned to copy Shawna’s work, she was asked for a Frozen cake for a sick child and she did just that.

I am well aware that all photos we publish are public domain but to use the efforts of volunteers serving medically fragile children as a source of humor is tasteless. I am well aware that my opinions are biased but I see the efforts, stress, tears and passion of our volunteers and I hate to see them lead to ridicule in any forum. In fairness to the original blogger, we do not know if they were aware of the source of the cake and as soon as it was brought to their attention, it was removed. (THANK YOU!)

When I finally got past the initial shock, I fearfully reached out to our Sugar Angel, Lisa to offer my sympathy and boy did she change my attitude. Her facebook page was loaded with comments to which she graciously replied with humor and self-deprecation. She even commented that she knew it wasn’t her best work and maybe Elsa was getting back from rehab. The best part was that she didn’t care because she made a child happy.

Lisa, I have the utmost respect for you. Thank you for all you do to make my vision come to life. I am proud to share this cake and claim it as ours! – Tracy

Omg on

It looks like Rocky Dennis. And I’m not saying that to be mean.

Stephanie on

Shame on you for not checking your facts!!! icing Smiles (whose VOLUNTEER baker provided the cake in question) is a wonderful resource for us parents of medically fragile children AND the siblings of sick kids!!! The bakers all donate their time and resources. The child or families give the baker a theme and color scheme of what our children like and then the baker does everything even sometimes delivering the cake to us at our homes or hospitals!! I hope you give as much press to the wonderful organization who spends countless hours helping our children!!!

Icing Images on

My guess is that this post will never stay on the site since People.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion. But here we go for trying.
Shame on People.com and shame on those who commented negatively. Check your facts. I urge all those reading this post to ban this magazine, ban this website and have all their followers and friends do the same. People.com thrives on negative publicity and this is what they are getting, but they do not care, they are not about the People, they are about the publicity. This is a case where freedom of the Press Fails. If you ban them and ask in all your social media to ban them then maybe they will feel the impact of what they have done to this family who’s child is suffering with a serious illness, this volunteer decorator and this amazing organization who is helping spread happiness to so many. Please BAN PEOPLE.COM

Elizabeth F on

Shame on People magazine! I was looking for a good link to post to Facebook to share the REAL story with friends and thought surely this was it.

This cake was made purely out of kindness for a medically fragile child through Icing Smiles. People donate time and materials. The child this was made for loved the cake. So to call the decorator/baker’s creation a monster is hateful under the circumstances. I’m used to better story coverage from People.

Disappointing.

Anonymous on

Hgh

So Not the Drama on

Both are creepy… eating a cake that looks like a person, real or fictional, is disturbing. But kudos to whomever made the cake because they tried real hard… and gave us this beautiful disaster to enjoy. 🙂

Ken on

I’m guessing neither one of the bakers got permission to make a cake using a copyrighted design.

Rita on

Shame on you People magazine for feeding into this bully-like behavior! How about you make things right by writing an article about Icing Smiles, who brings joy to critically ill children. Do you research before you post such a hateful article!!!

Jasmin on

This is a post from a lovely individual from the Today page about the REAL story.

Icing Smiles is a non-profit whose volunteer bakers make cakes at no charge for children with life-threatening illnesses and their siblings. We have received cakes from volunteer bakers with Icing Smiles because our son was born with a critical congenital heart defect. This post is in very poor taste as this cake could potentially be this little girl’s last birthday cake. All that matters is that she loves her cake. Much love to every single Icing Smiles volunteer baker across the country.

Anonymous on

The one that’s supposed to be the good one doesn’t look like Elsa!

Dox on

Shame on you! This cake was made by a volunteer for the Sugar Angels. They are an all volunteer group that make cakes for terminally I’ll children .

Janhavi on

If only People knew the real story- it’s an icing smiles cake, made for a very sick child( cancer). Who by the way, was very happy to have it. The baker was also going through her own hardships, but still put together the surprise for the sick child.

Rosa on

I saw a thread on FB by the baker of the original cake and the baker of the copied cake that the poor cake had been caught in a rainstorm between the house and the vehicle. What the pic shows is the result of trying to dry it off and clean it up. I looked at some of the other work by that baker and she does really nice work.

maio on

Sarah on

As the mother of a child fighting cancer, who knows Just how great the bakers who volunteer for Icing Smiles are, I am disgusted that you would publish a story like this! I am equally disgusted with the ignorant comments this story has received.The little girl who received this cake loved it, so why should it matter to anyone else what it looked like? I’m disappointed that you have nothing better to write about, and will be unfollowing your page since it’s turned into another forum that’s used for bullying.

Melissa on

SHAME ON U PEOPLE MAG! U should get all ur facts straight before u produce an article…this cake was done by an volunteer baker and through a an amazing organization icing for smiles…that’s donates cake to ill kiddos…my daughter was blessed two years ago from icing for smiles for her tenth bday…we are very thankful for all the hard work and time the baker has put into their beautiful cakes…so before u post an article please get it straight!

Someone on

Holy sh!t, I don’t even know how I’d react if I got that cake. I don’t know if I’d be angry, sad or having a laughing fit. It might taste well, though so I’d give it a chance.

Kim on

Boy am I disappointed to see this post on People.com!! I am a subscriber to People magazine and have been for years. I am also a hobby, non-professional baker and volunteer Sugar Angel for Icing Smiles. I have made and donated four cakes in the past seven months for sick children and/or their siblings and have spent countless hours looking at cake photos to get ideas for their dream cake. The actual design of the cake is not ordered by the recipient. They give a theme and colors for the cake and we bakers do the design of our choice. Lisa did an AMAZING job on this cake. Who says that she was modeling it after the professional McGreevy cake anyway? She could have been working from any photo or doll of Elsa. But, nonetheless, how about you haters and mockers try to make the same cake… using your own money and supplies and time? Sugar Angels do this out of the goodness of our hearts to bring smiles to children affected by illnesses. I applaud Lisa for her grace under fire. Kudos to her!

I hope to see an article in People magazine about Icing Smiles in the VERY near future or I will be cancelling my subscription.

Anonymous on

I’m disappointed that People jumped on the bully bandwagon without any thought to the people behind the story. And apparently without any sort of fact checking. Shame on you People.

Nancy on

This cake was actually made for free. It was give to a medically fragile child or a sibling of a medically fragile child. The baker was not paid, she purchased out of her own pocket what was needed to make it and gave her time for a good cause.

jamielholland89 on

This cake was made for a terminally ill child by a volunteer. I would expect better fact checking from a nationally recognized magazine. It’s disgusting you are willing to give a good laugh to your audience at the expense of a volunteer and a sick child. that’s seriously horrendous.

havoc on

Seems the cake designer had ganguro fashion in mind when making this cake.

here’s an example of the fashion.

Carrie on

I agree with a lot of the other comments here. I’m disappointed that this magazine didn’t check the facts about this cake prior to writing this story. Maybe you should check all of the facts before you decide to publish a story shaming and trying to make an embarrassment of the creator this cake.

Erica on

Shame on you, People. This story is old news, and most people now know that this cake was generously created by a volunteer for a sick little girl. I don’t know why you feel the need to bully, and to poke fun at someone who made this cake for no other reason than to brighten someone’s day is despicable.

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