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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

Why We Need More Male Cake Decorators

Apparently this is supposed to look like a baseball field. For those of you who don't see a problem with it, do like I did and go ask your husband. (Or if you're at work, that annoying guy a few cubicles over who starts every conversation with "Dude, did you see the game last night?".)

Of course, if baseball fields were laid out this way, I bet the sport would be a lot more interesting. You know, in a Funniest-Home-Videos kind of way.

Further evidence of female involvement: that lace doily under the cake. I'm pretty sure no guy would feel the urge to "pretty up" the cake board - or for that matter, add an airbrushed red stripe on the side. What's that for, anyway?

MaryAnn C., I would say this is a home run, but on this cake you just can't do that. (The home run, that is.)

NOTE: Yeah, yeah, I know not all women are clueless about sports, just like I know there are probably guys out there who wouldn't know a baseball field isn't laid out in a giant 'X'. I simply choose not to acknowledge those people.

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Reader Comments (139)

That is awesome! Really?

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered

are you sure it is not a crop circle ??

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

Field of Nightmares

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric

With it being SO easy to find out how a baseball diamond is laid out, one can only presume that the cake decorator didn't know and was simply lazy.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Come on people, have you really never seen a baseball X before? I mean, I was playing with intoxicated apes at the time and had to be drugged by said apes in order to play, but I'm sure baseball X's are a common thing. Aren't they?

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

The red stripe makes the cake look like it's bleeding. even if you have never seen a baseball game i'm pretty sure you sholud know that blood is not usually involved.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Ok...when I first looked at this pic, I couldn't find anything wrong with it at first....then the problem eventually dawned on me. hahaha I think if the bases were set like that I would watch baseball more. :D

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Wentz

My first reaction was...what the hell, a grass sandwich?

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

To both anonymous @ 3:16am and Phillygirl64: Yup, you're both definitely right in the ultimate sense of "he will come", but I always took it to be referring to both his father and Joe Jackson.

I think that Joe was supposed to be a representation of his father, because he needed to have the journey befpre he could accept his father. Plus, I was trying not to give away the ending. :D

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaye

Well it's one, two, three strikes your out in the old ball game!----

(You see Jen this is what happens when I don't get here first. Sorry it was the best I could do!)

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterclueuin

If you blur your eyes it may be an attempt at 2 baseball bats crossed with a ball in the middle. But the "ball" still doesn't look like a baseball.

Clearly it is supposed to be some kind of baseball thing. There is a NY Yankees logo on it.

I'm dying for an explanation!!

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

a grass sandwich? :D

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwinsolu

If you build it, they will mock. Wow.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

I am the one that purchased the cake. I am the wife of a HUGE Yankee fan. It was a baseball themed party for my husband's 30th birthday. I asked the cake decorator to make a baseball field and I did have plastic baseball players to put on it.....but after seeing what she did to the cake I just left it the way it was. I didn't know the outcome of the cake until I got to the party (I had my sister-in-law pick it up for me). I was beyond upset about the way it looked...but all the guests got a kick out of it. However, the cake did taste awesome.

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryannC

Actually, if you turn it's STILL an X !!!!!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheartafire

It might not be a baseball field, but I think it's very pretty. The grass was awesomely done - it reminded me of some Greenpeace/environment thing, or maybe the top of a "green" building. Not bad.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAki

I was going to post a rant about why is a baseball infield called a "diamond", when it is clearly a SQUARE. Then AngelJoy clarified it for me... from the perspective of the stands, or anywhere on the ground, it sort of looks like a diamond. I try to avoid this perspective (being near a baseball game) unless it includes free food and drinks, so if I go to a game, I am not noticing what the field looks like. But agreed with Heartafire, turning an X does not make it look any less like an X.

And also, like Orianna, I was scarred by the mean kids and overzealous coach/parent of the 8 year old softball league who assumed all 8 year olds already know how to play. But even I know what a baseball "diamond" looks like.

ha ha!


September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was crop circles...

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Pettigrew

Looks more like a scene from "Signs" to me...

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I guess we should all be happy that they didn't try to do the Indian (see the cup in the background) or we'd all be blind.

September 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaire

It's just not cricket... (or maybe it is - Cricket is played on a straight-line pitch... the cake decorator must have been English.) :P

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKajikit

My wife, whom I love and adore, STILL does not see the problem with the baseball field. Quote, "well, it has the bases and the pitcher's thingy..." not noticing that IT IN NO WAY RESEMBLES A BASEBALL FIELD, even if it does have grass!

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthedavis

The picture on the front page of the NY Times just made me think of this post." REL="nofollow">Look! Maybe someone *did* google baseball diamond images and just picked up the first photo, which may have been something like this, and ran with it.

September 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Oops, they changed the photo. It's in the" REL="nofollow">slideshow, the fifth slide.

September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

It looks more like a crop circle cake. Are we sure this isn't celebrating someone's return from alien abduction?

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfenris-lorsrai

I'm laughing so hard at this cake and the comments that I think I've burned off enough calories to eat it.

October 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAviatrix

ROFLMAO at the post and comments!

I am not into sports at all, and even I knew this was wrong. That said...

K-bro, I would pay money to see the game you proposed! Too funny!

October 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterauntie_wolf

male -yes
baseball field - no

I thought it was what a stove top looked like after a man had used it....and left it...and left it...and green fungus had started growing on it.

October 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaylie

What's the green sprinkly stuff? Parsley? I'm a cake I can't make fun*LOL*

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHavoc

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October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPALS

Ok. I know this is WAY past normal posting time but I've been up for 8 hours reading this blog and laughing the whole time. Insomnia is a wonderful thing (please keep that in mind when you read my idea of what the cake is).

Since nobody seemed to have the same initial thought I did when I saw this, I decided to send my comment despite how old the post is.

Ya ready? Here it is...

Considering the long grass, I thought it was a set of mower blades hovering over the lawn...ya know? Because a lawn mowing enthusiast would LOVE it! ;o)

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPom

It looks like the hatch from the show LOST... except for the weird silver arms.

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I realize this post was a while ago but the cake actually reminds me of a variation of cricket I played in primary school (in Australia), with four bowlers (at the 'ends' of the cross) and either one or two (I forget) batsmen in the middle defending the wicket. If you touched the ball with your bat you had to run out to person who bowled it. Now that was a game to make kids run.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This setup actually reminds me a bit of "beep baseball," AKA baseball for the blind. The batter stands at the center, hits the ball (which is beeping), then heads towards one of three bases (which is also beeping).

However, I'm pretty darn sure that is not what either the cake purchaser or the wreckerator had in mind.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterladycrim

Kenya Starflight? I have have HAVE to tell you this. I know you will probably never read this but it'll make me feel better. That is NOT a braves flag. That is a Cleveland Indians flag. Look it up. Buh bye now.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

Even my daughter knows better(note the fact that she is a girl and is only 8)

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I thought it was an alien mothership landing pad... either that or "X" marks the spot to a hidden big book of cake decorating secrets. ;) xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

Re: K-bro's game description:

Bases loaded. Batter gets a hit.

They'd need a couple of mound coaches just to direct traffic!


January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a hard core baseball fan since I was 4, this cake made me cringe. That is NOT what a baseball field should look like!!!

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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