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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

Forget the Ballgame. Just Take Me Out.

Breaking news update: The Red Sox have clinched the AL Wild Card lead. Boy, this stuff changes fast!

As of today, the Red Sox and the Rangers are tied for the AL Wild Card lead. ("Uh-huh, and...?") St. Louis catcher Jason LaRue got a hit off of Billingsley in the ninth inning, and pinch-hitter Joe Thurston doubled down the right field line to set up the top of the Cardinals' lineup. (Y'all following this?)

Then the Mets did something, the Cubs did something, and I began to zone out, wishing I had some Twizzlers and thinking how dumb it is that LOST has such a long hiatus.

But I'm aware that many folks are rabid baseball fans, so today's post is for you! (See? I do care.)

I've often thought the game could use a little girling up. I mean, why don't they use giant roses for bases? Or incorporate a little pink and robin's egg blue? Next time you're at a game, be sure to ask.

Also be sure to suggest - loudly and to anyone in earshot - that the whole diamond setup is stupid. Wonky ovals are way better.

Now flag down the sweaty guy with the tray o' beers, fork over your seven dollars for another one, and check out the pop fly ball that's heading straight for your head. In your inebriated state, it might look something like this:

Fortunately, though, anyone who's recently suffered a stunning blow to the head qualifies as an honorary Wreckerator! So quick, before your senses return, decorate a cake!

Excellent. I particularly like the random "w" - or is that a sideways 3?

Ashley P., Dawn B., Dan M. and Lori R., "your out!"

- Related Wreckage: Why We Need More Male Cake Decorators

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Reader Comments (145)

I think it's supposed to be an "IN" but it really does look like a W. i also like how randomly placed all of the words are. whoo creativity

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie


I wish I knew why Lost is on vacation so long! Maybe those montage episodes they feed us are enough to satisfy some people, but not me!

The Wrecksistant

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwrecksistant

i'm late to the game (hehe) but i thought it was "in" as well.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHenny

*tapping fingers*...waiting for the obligatory "Don't make fun of a serious issue" post, which in this case would be about Brain Injury.
But it's okay to make fun of cakes that appear to be decorated by people with no brains at all?!?
Where does one draw the line (assuming one CAN draw a line)...
Hey, I'm just in a down mood, and it's all because of Kevin. You only become a "YAY, I'm a teenager!" once...just ONCE. And look at that dismal mess he gets to celebrate with. It's so horribly sad! Someone needs to leave that cake out in the rain.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I've been staring at the 2nd cake, (it blows up when you click on it - I love it when they blow up!) and I see the white icing blobs that represent 1st base and 3rd base, but where's 2nd base?

wv: supsyn I need supsyn to help me get over this cold.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrApe

The baseballs on the last cake seem to have the cartoon illustration of "ouch." Clearly they are in as much pain as we are.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Ache

"your" "to" funny


August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHorribleLicensePlates

@ Brittany:

So I take it that you are more concerned with the wording of the LABEL than the fact that they want only $14.97 for the cake?
Don't you know a DEAL when you see one? MAN! I don't care if it's beer batter or beer cream frosting or what--I'd even throw in an extra 3 cents and make it an even 15 bucks for THAT baby!
I mean, LOOK at it.
(And whatta you mean, "Your eyesight must suck, too"?)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

oh my! i love that random "w"!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

Being a semi-rabid baseball fan (it's hard to be rabid when you've got the Royals for the home team) I looked at the last cake and took the W to mean WALK. Although the cake is so seriously offensive that it could mean waltz or window or almost any word that may or may not have anything to do with baseball.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

actually, If you look under the words Play ball, there is a little line which I am guessing is supposed to be a one; then the opposite corner has the words Strike two, so I think it is indeed, a sideways three, signifying three strikes, "Your Out"

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I love the Wonky field.

The girly one's cute, too. Wrecky, but cute.

~Amy B.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

All those bereft without LOST should join us over on Nikki Stafford's rewatch blog - we're having a great time.

Oh, and to make this post relevant: Wow, those are some pretty bad baseball cakes, all right. Yeppers.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstudiorose

LOST is awesome. That's why, Jenny. Sheesh.



August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Bunker

Actually, I thought the W or sideways 3 was the word "in."

Although I have to admit that makes just as little sense.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

I love love love the first one with the rosey bases, and the baseball that is precisely the same size as those rose-budesque bases.

In high school gym we had to play some game with a giant ball 3-4 feet in diameter where we scooted around on the floor loke crabs to kick it. I'm thinking on that rose decorated diamond they may need to adopt a new posture to move those giant baseballs. And maybe forget about using the bats. Lily

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Eek! Someone find that poor bird that's running around leaving bloody footprints over that nice white cake!!

And the others...wait, did someone say Twizzlers? mm...

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

ahhh let's not forget our grammar! you're out- as in you are out- not your as in you own the out- sheesh!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlacie tidwell

That oval field might work for Calvinball.

I'm trying to give the wrecker SOMETHING.

wv: pruct

These cakes are seriously pruct.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Hey, I think that's supposed to be Epcot!! I mean... in, not a W. Why is everyone in such a rush to correct you? so weird.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Play ball Strike 2 Your Out cake needs more cracks radiating from those baseballs so it'll be a "Busted! We know you broke the window/windshield" cake.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Perfect! I live in Warner Robins, GA, home of the Little League Softball World Series 2009 champions (and our boys are on the way to winning their second World Series, too!).

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank goodness you don't have to understand baseball to understand these wrecks. I must admit to skipping that whole what team did what bit. Even in vague terms baseball bores me.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

The "w" must be the decorator laughing at either himself or the customer for buying it ("w" is the Japanese version of "lol").

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChaosAngel999

Maybe that random "3" is really the apostrophe that's missing from "your".

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStuffCooksWant

Maybe there is a 2 under the price tag. Like 1, 2, 3 You're out! We can only hope.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I think from now on, you should update each post with the number of times it's been "Epcot"ed so far. "So far, 35 readers have posted that the W looks like in."

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


"Epcot-ed"! I love it! You've coined a new phrase!

The Wrecksistant

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwrecksistant

I wonder how much time your fans waste staring at the pictures in awe and dumbfounded amazment.

I looked at the play ball, your out and random w for a long, long time before I came to my senses.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca F.

Um, some advice on baseball terminology in the opening of your post: you don't use the term "clinched" a playoff spot until it would be mathematically impossible (given the number of remaining games in the season) for you NOT to make the playoffs. Red Sox merely have "sole possession of the Wild Card lead" as of today.

Love the post itself! And the blog! Thanks!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbeverly hudson green

Arrgh! It's supposed to be "you're" not "your"! Look I'm sticking quotation marks in my post.


August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I do believe that wonky 3/W spells "IN." Why? We're not meant to know.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLady Knits-A-Lot

It's not "Your Out" It's my out!
Stop! It's grammar time!
You're = You are. Your = Not mine :-)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Here's what I know about Baseball:

*The season never fricking ends.
*It messes up traffic on my way home from work.
*I like to refer to the "points" to annoy the people who continuously remind me that they are actually "runs."
*Sometimes during the games, nothing seems to be going on and it gets REALLY boring.
*Apparently when nothing happens for a really long time it means I should be excited about the "great pitching."
*Apparently I still know more than some of these Wreckerators!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Neither a w or a 3. Those are the secretions of that diseased jellyfish in the corner.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilkydog

Now that I've looked at these a second time, I'm absolutely convinced that they aren't depicting baseball.

They're depicting the great game of Calvinball.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

where is the cake from that has the "W", "in", "3"?

if its the midwest I'm guessing its a W, for the white flag with a blue W that flies over Wrigley after a win

not that its been doing that a whole lot lately

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLily

I think the one you think is a "w/sideways 3" actually says in...but it's hard to tell because the dye used leaked and merged the word.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The wonky stitched baseball came out of the super-clearance sports store at the outlets near my house. Super-stitched for extended play. (Three seams one way and two the other-that's one secure cover my friends.)
WV - Ebenthf Ninth, tenth, ebenthf, twelvethf. (Happened to get stung by a bee while awarding prizes)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfrigglesnitz

I thought the W or 3 was actually the word 'in'. Maybe they think that in baseball the opposite of out is in.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

What about elbows that are severly bruised? Does that qualify?
My family and I were playing baseball and our theme this year was the greatest baseball rivalry. That caused the teams to be the Yankees and Red Socks.
In the process of this nine inning game, some spectacular saves and injuries were shown on the Yankee side but, the Red Socks kicked some major and won by over fifteen points.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAAA
August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

spelling "you're" is such a challenge! Maybe I'm gifted.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary~Momathon

I think that the "w" is actually the word "in". Just my thought.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarahWalk

spelling "you're" is such a challenge! Maybe I'm gifted.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary~Momathon

Wide Awake beat me to it...only I said it was a bleeding crow. Hideous!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlbgriffin

@ Katrina:
We're on the same page! In other words, I also find baseball to be a colossal bore. How unAmerican is that?! Still, it's fun to ask questions like, "So, when the teams switch places, why don't the 'innings' become 'outings'?" Or, "Those uniforms make them look fat." :P
And I'll never get this: Why DO baseball players SPIT so much? It's gross! (Eeww) All golfers do is hit balls with sticks, too, but you don't see THEM spitting all over the place!
Football players have cuter butts, and they can't spit because of the face guards. So there!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

The "wonky oval" kinda looks like a Christian car-fish with the tail lopped off, no?

(and shame, Jen. You should want both Boston and Texas to collapse so Tampa gets back in the playoffs. They're the closest thing to a "home team" we got, so we must root root root for 'em, as per the song)

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillDarryl

Okay, I'm gonna have to go against the grain on this but I'm pretty sure the "IN" is actually a "3" and I bet there's a 2 hiding behind the price sticker. I mean, the whole theme is "Strike 1,2,3...Your Out!" So, I don't see how "IN" would make any sense here.
Regardless, it's a pretty amazing cake for $14.97.

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I don't know if it has been mentioned already.... With the last cake...The "W" is a 3, the 2 is under the "strike" and the 1 is next to the "play ball". But anyway you look at it, it's a wreck!

August 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterenterthegreenhouse

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