The Internet mercilessly mocked an unfortunate-looking Frozen cake this week, but it appears that this is an instance where the thought truly does count.
Side-by-side photos were posted to Reddit with the caption, “The cake that was ordered and the cake that arrived,” comparing the disparate creations.
It’s admittedly a jarring comparison: On the left, an artfully crafted cake in the shape of Princess Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. On the right, a barely recognizable version of her.
Naturally, Reddit users piled on to mock the lesser cake. “Looks like a fly got in the teleporter with it,” wrote one user. “Does the purchase price include three free counseling visits for the kids at the party?” another added.
The highest-voted comment on the original thread acknowledges the amount of work that went into the cake, but it’s still a derisive observation: “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.”
This is a sentiment indirectly echoed by Shawna McGreevy of McGreevy Cakes. She assembled the more glamorous cake and chimed in to offer her support to the derided version.
“I think someone tried,” she wrote on Facebook. “I think someone had the guts to go for it…even when, I’m sure, they didn’t know if they could pull it off. They took the chance anyway and put themselves out there.”