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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)

Ok, we're only gonna go over this once:

Google- Baseball field... images. In that order. Please.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy cow

Too funny! With this setup I would at least have expected a few plastic players on that nice green infield. Or a bat and ball somewhere. Are we sure this is supposed to be a baseball diamond??

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPrinceton McKinney

Also, baseball isn't played at Wimbledon on a grass court...LOL

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Courteous Chihuahua

This is great, if you're playin' baseball for Jesus.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I knew right away it was a baseball field..but it took me several moments to figure out what was wrong. Where is my coffee?

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I'm clueless about sports, and even I know baseball diamonds aren't supposed to look like that...

Maybe the red stripe is because the birthday boy is a Braves fan? *points to the Braves flag in the background*

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenya Starflight

The left field wall at Fenway Park is known as "The Green Monster." I think it may have some competition now.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOvermatter

I would hate to field a ground ball off of that infield!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKameron

I would LOVE to see more male cake decorators. I go to a class and am usually the only one!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

That's not the Braves, it's the Cleveland Indians.

Which doesn't explain the cake, I just thought I'd point that out for kenya.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Roy

Someone forgot to mow the baseball field...and failed geometry.
~Amy B

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Nope, Yankees fan. Love that nice kelly green logo on what is probably supposed to be home plate.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

@Kenya Starflight: You really are clueless at sports, hon; that's the Cleveland Indians' flag in the front of that cluster (along with what looks like the Mets, the Cardinals, and...I don't know what that "T" is), not the Atlanta Braves'.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdimloep-suum

At least it looks yummy.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


I'm one of those rare female baseball fans, and I'm trying to figure out how this game would be played.

Pitcher throws the ball...batter gets a base hit...then, what?, charges the mound and tackles the pitcher on the way to first? What if it's an extra base hit? That would require twice as much running, each base requiring a trip to the mound. And what about a walk? *shudder* Too confusing. And totally hilarious.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterk-bro

baseball field? i was thinking very messed-up putting green, or a helicopter landing pad. i had no idea of "baseball" until i read the text. ugh! wonder what the cake recipient thought of his cake?

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEtiquette Bitch

So would this cake be the new "full contact" baseball field design I've been hearing of?!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternashvillejen

You know, I think I would pay good money to see the game k-bro described. Kind of like a combination between football and baseball. FUN!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMamalemma

Dimloep, the "T" represents Texas Rangers Baseball.

As for the cake...I can't get past the green claws masquerading as a border. This whole cake is just so wrong. *shudder*

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

As a Clevelander, that is most definitly Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians and don't let anyone tell you any different!!! OTOH, I do consider the logo to be somewhat shameful.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKLZ

Well...hmmm... the logo in the top right corner looks like it's for the New York Yankees. Perhaps the cake was for someone who is NOT a Yankee's fan. Yeah... and they were um... making fun of the Yankees by saying this is how they play ball... or... um... something...

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

If it wasn't for all the Indian's decor in the background, I might be questioning if it was supposed to be a cricket field. Now that's a sport I don't understand. (I'm one of those women who likes sports...even NASCAR to my husband's amusment given my background....)

Since you started the whole stereo-typing thing (is that word hyphenated?), I'll add to it. Even if the decorator was a guy, do you really think he'd be all into sports? He' a cake decorator!! Chances are if he watches baseball he isn't paying attention to the field (Hello Matt Holiday! with your hat on of course)

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Too funny! 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.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Seeker

This made me laugh because there was a 3 year old on my son's t-ball team this year who ran the bases JUST LIKE THIS! Get a hit, run to pitcher's mound, get shooed to first base by the coaches and parents, next hit, run to pitcher's mound, get shooed to second, etc. This cake is clearly for him, bless his lil heart =)

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

I thought for sure it was an airport runway.

"Zero-one-niner, coming in for a landing.... and watch out for the men on second and third..."

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Are we certain this isn't an airport? Because that's what I first thought. Perhaps this is a birthday cake for an employee of the Cleveland airport who is also an Indians fan?

I'm trying to give the benefit of the doubt here...

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermhb

Clearly this is some twisted cross (har!) between baseball and" REL="nofollow">Parcheesi...

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSome Other Jen

Wow, I saw a cardinal rose. Perhaps Jack Sparrow's compass. I never saw parsley covered "baseball DIAMOND" as a possibility. Too funny.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjengersnap

And what's up with those green droopy wilted plant-like things on the perimeter; doesn't this cake have a built-in sprinkler system?!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Godin

Baseball field??? Hell, I thought it was an artist rendition of alien crop circles.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

At least it's diamond shaped...

...I'm still puzzled over the red stripe. Team colours?

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I'm with the seeker on the alien thing... I was thinking some sort of metallic crop circle surrounded by...giant leaves??

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lang Family

I thought it was a helicopter landing pad.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLa

I think the red line is supposed to be the reddish dirt on the baseball diamond, hiding just under the surface of the big fluffy gobs of grass. ... delicious.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm doing my part at getting the male decorator population up!

I have 3 young boys in my Wilton classes this month.

There's hope gang, hang in there!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

The landing pad is definitely the way to go on this one...however, when I first saw it I thought it was some kind of governmental infrastructure flow chart.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTracy F.

I have had a life-long hate affair with organized team sports.

I actually managed to fail Geometry.

Even I know how wrong this cake is.

What the hell was with the decorator?

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTwistie

Okay, I will say that I usually try to figure out the wreck before I read the commentary. My first thought was "golf"--probably because of all the green--and my initial glimpse of it was interpreted as a golf ball with crossed clubs behind it. Then I looked closer.


The thing is, if you don't just use frosting out of a can, using the rosebud tip can be pretty effective, or at least won't result in droopy swamp grass.

Maybe the red line is just to offset the nasty, blinding amount of Incredible-Hulk green on this darned cake. It needs something. There ain't enough milk in the world.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

oh dear god.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeaf Brown Trash Punk

maybe its not baseball at all.. maybe its cricket.. bit of a sticky wicket, that :-)

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ya gotta be kidding me! I don't like baseball but still... Didn't this decorator take PE in school? I thought every PE class covered the basics of @ least softball.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

maybe it's not supposed to be a ball field. maybe it's supposed to be a crop circle or something.

If you build it, they will come...

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdebbiearnn

I imagine with this particular version of the game, a player hits the ball and then runs straight toward the pitcher and tries to beat him senseless with the bat. Gives the pitcher way more incentive to strike him out, don't ya think?

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrish

I thought it was an airport runway! Tee-Hee!!!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

oh my goodness, this is my favorite cake wreck so far. Hilarious!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVal Cox

Ahhh...someone failed geometry. See it's called a baseball DIAMOND. Not a baseball X. :-D I don't think you need to be a girl that's into sports to see what's wrong with this.
Gotta agree I want to see the game that K-Bro describes though.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

If not for the baseball pennants in the back, I would have thought that someone just screwed up a cake that was supposed to look like a Cricket Pitch....

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKara

i actually thought this was some sort of crop rings until i read what it was SUPPOSED to be... sad... very sad LOL.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura ~Peach~

This cake hits a homerun! In an ALTERNATE UNIVERSE! I LOVE it! Too funny!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLea-Ann

Oh my. I do not even know what to say.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi

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