We’ve had more tearful breakdowns trying to bake than doing anything else in the kitchen. We’re not afraid to admit that! Some things come naturally to us (making toast and frying eggs, for one), but baking is something that we’re learning the hard way. But mistakes only make you stronger, r-right?
Something that makes us feel way better about our culinary skills is the internet. Though there are literally millions and millions of people who are far more talented and capable than we are, at the same time, we’re not among the worst of the worst. Being average can be surprisingly nice. Today, we’re featuring some of the silliest, worst, and most epic baking fails from the aptly named r/bakingfail subreddit.
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A small online community, it documents some of the most egregious examples of baking attempts gone very, very wrong. Cursed is the word some people might use. Others might just turn around and run the other way. Scroll down and upvote your fave fails, Pandas. Just remember, we all make mistakes and mistakes are opportunities for growth. But wow, are there a ton of opportunities for that in this list!
#1 The First Thing I Ever Baked. They Were Cute, But I Majorly Screwed Up The Bread Itself, Ended Up Being More Like A Cookie Than Bread, Lmfao
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#2 Nasty Filthy Ashtray Cookies
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#3 Accidentally Made Milk Bread That Looks Exactly Like A Butt
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Founded all the way back in the late summer of 2013, r/bakingfail is just one of many different food-related subreddits that have carved out niches for themselves online. Like many others, r/bakingfail focuses on the most outrageous and impactful pics.
There are a lot of good and hearty laughs to be had here. Just remember, we’re laughing at the result itself, never the baker. It’s admirable to try something, to experiment with new baking techniques. Despite our best efforts, however, we sometimes fail.
#4 I Tried Baking A Hedgehog Cake For My Mother’s Birthday… It Turned Out So Bad
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#5 I Love The Cursed Hedgehog Cake, Here’s Mine, He’s A Baked Alaska
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#6 Frog Cupcake
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Someone who has a good sense of humor might even feel inclined to share pics of their epic disasters with the rest of the web. After all, you might have faced a setback in the kitchen, but it’s also a chance to make someone’s day by making them laugh. At least something good will have come out of it!
However, dealing with these feelings of embarrassment, guilt, and that you’ve just ‘wasted’ [insert an ungodly number of hours] doing something that couldn’t even come out right can be tough. It’s important to remember to be kind to yourself; don’t be too harsh—we can’t all be pros from the moment we pick up our first bag of flour.
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#7 My Dough Turned Into A Monster
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#8 Perhaps The Ugliest Cinnamon Rolls I’ve Ever Seen. Luckily, They Tasted Amazingly Good
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#9 No Caption Needed
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Talented and world-renowned pie artist Jessica, aka @thepieous, shared some of her thoughts with Bored Panda about baking disasters when trying to recreate something that we see online. Fortunately, many of these problems are predictable and entirely avoidable.
The baking expert shared some of them with us, from rushing the setting and cooling times and not understanding the properties of the food you’re working with to skipping steps in the recipe, being messy, and muddling things up with different ingredients/techniques.
#10 My Boyfriends Attempt At Baking For The First Time
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#11 What I Was Trying To Make vs. What I Made
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#12 Tried A Meringue Recipe For The First Time. Failed To Get The Stiff Peaks But Decided To Cook Them Anyway. As I Watched Them Slowly Deflate, I Felt My Soul Do The Same
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According to Jessica, the biggest faux pas she sees online is people rushing the setting and cooling times. “When you see a pristine cake online with perfect sharp edges and clean decorations, you’d better believe the baker took the time to allow the cake to fully cool before adding the next elements, and that those elements are the correct temperature for their application,” she said.
“You can’t pipe rock-hard buttercream straight from the fridge. You can’t smooth sweaty, hot cream cheese frosting in your un-air-conditioned kitchen. Take the time to learn a bit about the ingredients you will be using if this is your first time working with them,” Jessica noted that even watching a short YouTube video about baking techniques can save you “a world of pain.”
#13 Attempt At A Horse Cupcake Cake
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#14 That Time I Made Cookie Monster Cupcakes For My Kid’s Kindergarten Class And Scared The S**t Out Of Them
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#15 Easter Is For Traditions
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Meanwhile, your efforts in research will most definitely be rewarded. You should probably take the time to look up the properties of the food that you’re working with beforehand.
For instance, baking expert Jessica noted that some kinds of cake, like cake pop dough, are very dense and are great for handling inserted details while still remaining upright. However, cake sponge, like angel food, is very delicate and can’t bear any weight.
#16 Tried Our Best At A 3 Layer Cake
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#17 Was Going For Croissants, Lot Of Mistakes Along The Way… Still Tasty At Least
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#18 First Time Making Colored Meringue Cookies. Tasty, But My Family Said They Look Like Alien Turds
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“Meringue, whip cream, gelatin, cheesecake, sorbet, mousse, chocolate, muffin batter, pie crust, gingerbread, chiffon cake, etc., all the delicious components of our favorite desserts have their own foibles and ways they like to be treated (and not treated!) when it comes to decorating,” she explained.
If you want to get good results, especially like those fab pics that you can find scrolling on social media, you have to have the patience and diligence to see your project through. You can’t go skipping steps to save time. Otherwise, you’ll end up with something that looks like “a lumpy mess.”
#19 So I Made My First Pumpkin Cheesecake. My Kitten Decided To Jump Up And Check It Out. Kitten Tax Included
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#20 Need I Say More
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#21 My Cupcakes Just… Evaporated? Any Idea How?
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Moreover, if you want to have a pristine-looking end result, you have to work neatly and keep a neat, orderly kitchen. Clean up after yourself. Your cake, pie, and muffins will look far better that way. What’s more, you’ll avoid quite a few potential accidents, too.
#22 An Attempt At Croquembouche
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#23 My Grandmother Made Easter Cookies. They All Look Self-Aware
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#24 So The Recipe Says Divide Into 2 Loaves But I Guess It Should’ve Been 3
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“Personal expression in the kitchen is a wonderful thing… But remember, baking is a science, and some things have to be “just so” in order for important chemical reactions to happen. If you aren’t experienced enough in the kitchen (yet) to know what will happen if you swap out one ingredient for another, don’t take the gamble on an important bake. Follow the recipe and save your personal artistic flair for the decorating!” Jessica urges.
#25 Tried To Make An Opera Cake. It Went… Not Great
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#26 Cayenne Rolls
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#27 Here Are The Thumbprint Cookies I Made Last Year
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According to Jessica, you’ll know when things have gone wrong while baking when the volume or texture is “completely off from the recipe or picture” that you’re trying to copy.
“Cookies that spread out all the way across the baking sheet, cakes that collapse in the center, muffins that have puddles of melted butter soaking the paper liners… All these things are signs that the chemistry just didn’t happen for you this time around!” You can have a taste and see if your nightmarish creation is actually edible. If so, you can crumble it up and make a parfait or trifle out of it.
#28 Me Watching Beginners Guides To Piping As They Effortlessly Create Perfect Flowers Of Every Type: “This Looks So Easy. I Can Definitely Do That.” Atleast It Tasted Good
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#29 I Made Cookies
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#30 Overcooked My Cheesecake And Created The Marianas Trench
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