Monday, September 22, 2008

Why We Need More Male Cake Decorators

Monday, September 22, 2008


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.
fluffy cow said...

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

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

Princeton McKinney said...

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??

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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?

Kenya Starflight said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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*

Kameron said...

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

Overmatter said...

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

Trevor said...

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

Uncle Roy said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

dimloep-suum said...

@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'.

Beth said...

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

Anonymous said...

At least it looks yummy.

k-bro said...

Hahahaha!

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.

Etiquette Bitch said...

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?

nashvillejen said...

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

Mamalemma said...

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!

KLZ said...

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.

Lynn said...

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*

Melissa said...

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...

The Seeker said...

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.

Leslie said...

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)

Gretchen said...

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 =)
--Gretchen

Chris said...

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..."

mhb said...

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...

Some Other Jen said...

Clearly this is some twisted cross (har!) between baseball and Parcheesi...

jengersnap said...

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

Deborah Godin said...

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?!

Julie said...

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

Angela said...

At least it's diamond shaped...

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

The Lang Family said...

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

La said...

I thought it was a helicopter landing pad.

Anonymous said...

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.

Tracy F. said...

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.

Carolyn said...

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!

Twistie said...

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?

Ophelia said...

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.

Yeesh.

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.

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

oh dear god.

Anonymous said...

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

sues2u2 said...

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.

debbiearnn said...

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...

Trish said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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

Val Cox said...

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

Leslie said...

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.

Kara said...

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....

Laura ~Peach~ said...

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

Lea-Ann said...

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

Debbi said...

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

Kitten said...

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

Actually, anonymous, I was thinking pirates.

thisbagisnotatoy said...

If you build it, they will blog.

Becky said...

That's ridiculous. Everyone knows what a baseball field looks like.

Sarah said...

Oh ye of little faith...

janet said...

Actually, this new baseball field setup might be more fun than the normal one. I mean, how awesome is it to run headfirst into the other players and end up with a concussion?

SouthernSibyll@yahoo.com said...

It's called a baseball DIAMOND for a reason. A three-year-old can identify the shape of a diamond, therefore, we can only assume this decorator has the mental capacity less than this.

undertheradar76@yahoo.com said...

...and if you build it wrong, they will come and laugh at you.

OmegaMom said...

Har! Now, see, I was thinking it was a mini-golf green, but couldn't figure out what the center part was for.

Darth Rob said...

When you order a cake, even if its something simple that everyone should get, perhaps you should include a photo to clue in the decorator. Oh and that flag in the background is not the Braves, it's the Cleveland Indians http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=cle

Twinkie said...

Definitely a failed baseball diamond. My first thought was golf, until I saw Chief Wahoo off to the side. Sweet Jesus, this is painful to look at.

The only sports I like are basball and cricket, so I really appreciate the utter failure in this cake.

Neb said...

My first thought: It's Hungry Hungry Hippos... without the hippos!

Second thought: heliport.

Third: mini golf? Well-manicured airport hub? Street scene with Matchbox cars removed?

Never, ever would it have occurred to me that this was meant to be a baseball field.

PS My "captcha" is "lafnf", which seems appropriate.

Libba Roberts said...

My initial thought was, "oh! someone was trying to make a cute mini-golf cake!" Then I stared at it trying to figure out why there were 4 starting points all going to the same spot... Then, you know my next thought? honestly? "The edges make it look like the Care of Magical Creatures book from Harry Potter" - complete with teeth and red gums! :O)

Ophelia said...

@sarah - yes, but that at least is four baseball diamonds, not one with bizarre lines drawn through it.

Re: the possibility of it being a cricket pitch, I think the Yankees' logo on whatever base that is at the top sort of negates that notion.

So sad for the (presumably) little boy whose cake this (probably) is.

~Jenn Danza~ said...

wow...that is a LOT of green to eat on that cake.
<;D

Angela said...

not gonna lie..i had to ask my boyfriend what was wrong with the baseball field.

after i stared at it for a WHILE.

Terri said...

What, it's not a crop circle? lol

Anonymous said...

This is about as unlikely to be cricket as it is to be baseball. As someone with a knowledge of at least the vague basics of both I am irritated by the "Oh how could that even be baseball" comments that follow it up with "maybe it's cricket". Go google cricket pitches.

However it is a Terrible decorating job.

Kaye said...

Okay, I’m gonna get a little nit-picky here (since Field of Dreams is one of my favourite movies, and Shoeless Joe is one of my favourite books). The actually line is "If you build it, he will come.", not "they will come" (it's in reference to one person: Joe Jackson). It was appropriated for advertisement after the movie came out, and now everyone says "they".

This cake makes me sad.

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is, not only did I immediately recognize this as a baseball field, but it took me about 10 seconds of concerted effort to see the problem with it.

tlca.admin@gmail.com said...

Say it with me people "Baseball DIAMOND". I can't stress that eenough - "DIAMOND". I too was also looking for little plastic baseball players so everybody could look at the cake & say "Ooooh, that's what it's supposed to be".

Beckster said...

my bad.. Not "Sorry", I meant "Trouble"...

(its Monday)

Riley said...

Diamond, they call it a diamond, gee what american hasn't heard the baseball diamond even if they've never seen one. Oh yeah, I am assuming an American did this cake..Well it could be a whole new craze, something like a crozz between baseball and Parchesi. The red stripe, hmmmm maybe all that grass is coveing up yet another wreck ... you know the wreck layer concept.

Tracy said...

I think this is for the next Major League movie. You know, where Wolverine and Storm join the team.

orianna2000 said...

(Blogger sues2u2 said...

Didn't this decorator take PE in school? I thought every PE class covered the basics of @ least softball.)

At my schools, they assumed that we already knew how to play everything. I was clueless, which resulted in the other players hating me.

As for the cake, I recognized it was baseball, but it took a minute for the mistake to reveal itself. It does look a bit overgrown, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

"Oh no! We gave the decorator a photo of a crop circle by mistake! Oh well, they'll notice it's wrong... right?"

Anonymous said...

Ok, in reference to Kaye..you are right about the 'he' vs. 'they' coming if you build it line in the movie...and I love that movie too...but I always thought that the 'he' they referenced was ultimately his father...since that's the one he wanted to 'have a catch with'.

Oh, and by the way, that cake is just beyond words.

Dea said...

BWAHAHAHAAA!!! Ok, I hate baseball (GASP!) and even *I* would know how the stinkin' baseball DIAMOND should look DOH! Yeah - um, sad.....very very sad....

Bittersweet said...

Sarah - where did you get that link??
http://www.fotosearch.com/BDX226/bxp39715/

What is going on in Wisconsin with baseball...I don't get it..??

Lindsey said...

Wow. While I'm female and now a huge sports fan, when I saw that I thought, "What the heck is that? Looks like it's some kind of field." When you said it's supposed to be a baseball field... wow. I have no words. Even if you've never seen one, wouldn't you at least try to get a reference picture? And wouldn't the phrase "baseball diamond" tip you off that it's diamond shaped?

Christy said...

There's a New York Mets pennant in the mix, too. Perhaps this cake was meant for the playoffs last year.

My question is this - if it's four diamonds butted up together, how does the little gumpaste umpire figure out when a ball is in foul territory?

My guess on the red stripe is that it's meant to represent the stitches on the ball (though probably not the beads on a Catholic rosary).

Let's go Cubbies!

Sheri in Rehoboth said...

Okay, here's my theory.

Cake recipient is a pitcher. Cake decorator was his dear old mum or his wife, who would want him to feel like the center of the universe on his special day, which explains why the pitcher's mound is much bigger than everything else and why the bases and home plate all lead to the pitcher's mound.

Cuz he's the dude, nnkay?

Terri said...

Maybe I'm just tired, but that baseball cake made me laugh until I cried! That is so funny! I want to see the game they play on THAT field!

Terri

Summer Rippe said...

What's sad is that I had to keep looking at it, thinking, OK....what's wrong with it? Finally figured it out. :)

Ronnica said...

I think there would be a lot of bloody noses if the game was played that way! Maybe that's the subtle purpose of the red?

phillygirl64 said...

Cake Wrecks comes through again on a Monday morning

Kaye - isn't also in reference to the Kevin Costner's character's dad?

Sara said...

Ummm...what is that line on the...err..."pitcher's mound?"

Anonymous said...

The frosted lawn is fertilized with the blood of losing teams.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a crop circle to me...

amz said...

If this were an xbox, it actually doesn't look all that bad

Jennifer Foster said...

On top of the warped perception of a baseball diamond, why is the icing on the border so *drippy*?

Persnickety Ticker said...

At first I knew on some level what this decorator was trying to acheive. Then I just about died laughing. Images of little baseball players wearing eyepatches while trying to dig around in the infield looking for buried treasure at the X.

All it needs Captain Morgan with his foot on the chest on the pitcher's mound. Or at least a bottle of Captain Morgan to drown the sorrows of yet another cake wreck.

Kenya Starflight said...

To the people who pointed out my mistake about what team it was -- sorry. I don't pay attention to individual pro teams.

angeljoy said...

Yeah but if you turn it slightly, it will be a diamond and not a square.
I am clueless about baseball other than knowing it's supposed to be a diamond.
Like I said, turn the cake!
Works for me!

Pink said...

I love your blog! I ran across it somehow, not even sure how, but I love it.

I have a blog of my own if you want to check it out.

As a hobbie, I enjoy cake decorating as well....

andie said...

I'm pretty sure the "drippy" border is supposed to be leaves. Perhaps it's meant to invoke the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field? Of course, that would imply that the decorator had seen a baseball field.

Zelmarific said...

I thought it was a beautiful alien landing strip!

extrajoker said...

My first thought was helipad.

Actually, that was my only thought...other than Mreh?

Amy said...

I'm a woman, and I KNOW what a baseball field looks like. It's not that hard to look up a picture for reference people....Jeez....

L-L said...

Perhaps this is the sort of baseball played on a layer of blood.

Ruth said...

Got a laugh out of it, but wasn't this already posted? I swore I saw it on my feed a few days ago.

ShopDownLite.com said...

That is awesome! Really?
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fuzzandfuzzlet said...

are you sure it is not a crop circle ??

Eric said...

Field of Nightmares




www.goinggreenaccidently.blogspot.com

James said...

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.

janet said...

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?

Suzanne said...

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.

Mrs. Wentz said...

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

Stephanie said...

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

Kaye said...

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

clueuin said...

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

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

Anonymous said...

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!!

winsolu said...

a grass sandwich? :D

Teri said...

If you build it, they will mock. Wow.

MaryannC said...

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.

heartafire said...

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

Aki said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Alex

Rebecca Pettigrew said...

I thought it was crop circles...

Mandy said...

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

Maire said...

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.

Kajikit said...

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

thedavis said...

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!

Molly said...

The picture on the front page of the NY Times just made me think of this post. 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.

Molly said...

Oops, they changed the photo. It's in the slideshow, the fifth slide.

fenris-lorsrai said...

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

Aviatrix said...

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

auntie_wolf said...

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!

Caylie said...

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.

Havoc said...

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

PALS said...

This is awesome.

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Pom said...

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)

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

ladycrim said...

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.

Gigi said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Cupcakes Lady said...

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

Anonymous said...

Re: K-bro's game description:

Bases loaded. Batter gets a hit.

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

ROFL,
monkeybrain42