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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 For Disneyland's Birthday

Disneyland turns 61 today! Let's celebrate!

(By Cuteology Cakes)

And while we're at it, who can name some of the original opening day attractions back in 1955?

That topper has a nod to one already: Autopia.

Now let's see how many cakes I can find for the rest!

Peter Pan's Flight:

(By Good Gosh Ganache)

Can you believe that leafy texture on the top tier?! And the nailed wood planks on the cake board?


Snow White's Scary Adventures:

(By The Vagabond Baker)

Loooove thie gray, white, and red color palette. Stunning.


Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:

(By Childs Cakey Cake)

Or, as some of us Dizgeeks prefer to call it, "Mr. Toad Goes To Hell."
It was a simpler stranger time back then, kids.

(And this cake is stunning. Love the cat tails!)


Jungle Cruise:

(By Margie Carter Cake World)

The nearest and dearest to my heart of course, since I'm a former JC skipper (though at WDW.) Free tours of the back side of water, folks, any time I happen to have a bottle of water on hand. ;)


Main Street Cinema:

(By The Chain Lane Cake Co.)

Ok, technically not a ride, but still a delightful place to watch classic Mickey shorts and escape the heat.


King Arthur Carousel:

(By Maria de Los Angeles Castro)

I half expect this cake to start moving, it's so perfect!


Mad Tea Party:

(By Torte d'incanto)

There are lots of great Alice teacup cakes out there, but I fell for this sweet vintage take - and Alice's perfect ruffly petticoats.


Storybook Land Canal Boats:

(By A Wish and a Whisk)

This bottom tier is Storybook Land themed - see Monstro on the left? But you're allowed to gawk at all the rest, too. ;)


So I couldn't find a decent Mark Twain Riverboat or Disney Railroad cake, but to make it up to you, here's a fan favorite that wasn't there opening day:

Haunted Mansion!


And you guys, LOOK at this detailed piping:

(By Disneyland Resort, more pics here)

Un. Be. LIEVABLE. Amirite?


And one last Sweet hurrah for (one of) the Happiest Places On Earth:

(By Cakelava)


Happy Birthday, Disneyland! Here's to many, many more Sweet years.


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Reader Comments (20)

No. Not that obviously porcelain elephant or the carousel. I refuse to believe those are cake. No. Just no.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterme


July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMindy1

My parents took my little sister and me to Disneyland in 1958. I believe the 4 "lands" were Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland. I did love the Mr. Toad's Wild Ride attraction.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Grew up in Southern CA. Started going to Disneyland year after it opened. Thanks for the memories Jen

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnawall

I miss Mr. Toad and when my daughter was young and we'd go on the Winnie the Pooh ride, I'd close my eyes and remember...

Also, I really want that carousel cake.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNotMe

Where are Torture Land, Explosion Land, Searing Gas Pain Land, and Unnecessary Surgery Land?

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterD'OH!!!

Ask yourself how much cake had to be thrown away to make that elephant... or the Alice...

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAisha

That Alice in Wonderland cake is to die for. Literally. Cut that baby, and you're dead meat. (But first, you have to fight your way down to the cake, so I guess you could set the teapot and Alice aside to admire later.)

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLady Anne

Froggy went a courtin' and he did ride, mmmhmm,
Froggy went a courtin' and he did ride, mmmhmm...

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngelaS

I don't know about opening day attractions, I wasn't there until sometime in August 1955. I was around 5, my birthday is the 26, I think we were there earlier in the month. For my family the Casa de Frito was a main attraction with the Frito Kid automation that delivered bags of Fritos. My father worked for the Frito Company in KC at the time and I have a couple of mugs purchased that day with the Frito Kid. I have pictures of my family in front of the Gate, several inside the park and one with my brother sitting on the counter next to the Frito Kid. The pictures are all stamped on the side September 1955 but since I had to start kindergarten the day after Labor Day, I know it was August when we were there and September when the pictures were developed.

Beautiful cakes and I am in awe!

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterfriendperidot

Sigh. What a wonderful post - so full of lovely cakes but also such wonderful memories. I went to Disneyland for the first time in 1975 - I was 27, but it was still a magical place for me. I am very impressed that you were a Jungle Cruise Skipper. I've always loved the backside of water! The animatronics of some of those old rides were just amazing. I love these cakes.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

It was more like Mr. Toad trips on acid...My favorite ride off all times. I relive it while riding around on the golf cart at work.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

My Dad helped build Disneyland and I was there on opening day - or so i was told since I was one! We went on Dumbo's ride and the carousel. We lived about 20 minutes away and so went all the time, so much so that we got bored of it! My favorite ride was always the Sky Movers. You could see everything from them and was a great place to fool around.

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

So many squeee worthy cakes!

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

"... and I'm doin' 34 shows every day and every time its the same...
Look at those hippos they're wgglin' their ears,
somebody shoot me 'cause I'm bored to tears... "

July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSkipper Dan

"She's a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise ride,
Skipper Jen is the name..."

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLee

July 17 is also my birthday (although I am 2 years younger than Disneyland) and I would love to see that carousel cake with my name on it.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

When you say cattails do you mean the Bullrushes? The Disneyfication of British favorites like Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows does make many of us Brits gnash our teeth!

July 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdiddleymaz

It's hard to tell for sure from the photo, but are the Haunted Mansion dancing couple positioned backwards, just like in the ride??? The Pepper's Ghost effect in the ballroom/ birthday party scene in Anaheim make it look like the women are leading the men. It's a fantastic cake, either way, but if the decorator included that level of detail, then BRAVO!!!!

August 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBeckyRose

These are stunning! The Frog and Toad one made me all nostalgic, it was one of the simpler ones but still so well-done.

January 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

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