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While most of us can probably scratch together a decent dish or two, baking is a whole ‘nother ball game. There is no touch and go, no feeling, just cold, heartless measurements and temperatures that have to be achieved. Naturally, things tend to go wrong all the time. 

We’ve gathered the worst cake-baking and decorating fails people thought had to be shared online. From decoration “art” that might inspire horror, to cakes so poorly baked they don’t even hold together, get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote your favorites, and be sure to share your own cake fails in the comments section below. 

#1

Every Time My Wife Or I Look At This Cake I Made, We Immediately Cry Laughing

Every Time My Wife Or I Look At This Cake I Made, We Immediately Cry Laughing

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#2

My Daughter Requested One Of Our Cats As Her Birthday Cake. It’s The First Birthday Cake I’ve Ever Made For Her (Cat Included For Comparison)

My Daughter Requested One Of Our Cats As Her Birthday Cake. It’s The First Birthday Cake I’ve Ever Made For Her (Cat Included For Comparison)

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#3

I Made Cake Toppers For My Wedding And Forgot To Check The Oven's Temperature Before Putting My Fiancée In

I Made Cake Toppers For My Wedding And Forgot To Check The Oven's Temperature Before Putting My Fiancée In

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For better or worse, bad cake content does appear to be quite popular. Baking show aficionados know that for every series documenting the best things professional bakers can make, there is a show dedicated to amateurs trying and failing. Take Netflix’s Nailed It! which centers on home cooks attempting to recreate professional cakes.

As one can imagine, it goes horribly wrong most of the time. Even without the pressure of a time limit and competition, people at home mess up constantly. After all, baking is a science, while decorating takes hours of practice. In that sense, a delicious, gorgeous cake takes such a cross-section of skills that it might be best to leave it to the professionals. 

#4

So, There Is Going To Be A Cake Competition Fundraiser At My Little Sister's School, And She Made This

So, There Is Going To Be A Cake Competition Fundraiser At My Little Sister's School, And She Made This

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Good cakes simply take a lot of planning. Your oven and dishes need to be ready, and your ingredients measured out properly. Temperatures have to be managed, you can’t let your butter be too warm in certain situations, in others, it can’t be too cold. Don’t overmix, but also don’t undermix, let things cool, and don’t overbake, the list of things that can go wrong simply goes on and on. 

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Because the oven and mixer are doing most of the work, the “human” element of making a cake has to be managed perfectly. Cooking a dish often has more leeway, you can taste, add, and adjust as you go. Even with the plethora of bad cooking tips out there, most of us can make a tasty dinner, given time. 

#10

My Friend Made A Danny DeVito Cake For Her Friend. It's Worse In Person

My Friend Made A Danny DeVito Cake For Her Friend. It's Worse In Person

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#11

My 17-Year-Old Wanted An Owl Birthday Cake And Sent A Photo Of Her Favorite Design. My Dad (81-Year-Old) Decided He'd Make It

My 17-Year-Old Wanted An Owl Birthday Cake And Sent A Photo Of Her Favorite Design. My Dad (81-Year-Old) Decided He'd Make It

I have no idea why, as he's a retired power station design engineer. He unveiled his cake (2nd photo) with a flourish, and I laughed so hard, tea shot out my nose. 

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#12

I See Your Ugly Hedgehog Cake And Raise You My Hedgehog Cake

I See Your Ugly Hedgehog Cake And Raise You My Hedgehog Cake

My sister made this for my birthday and brought this bad boy into a restaurant for a grand reveal. It was quite the spectacle, and the servers stopped to get pictures of this beautiful boy.

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Of course, even if you have mastered the cake batter and baking process, no mean feat, there is also the question of decorating. Applying frosting, managing its temperature, and mixing food coloring to get the right effect isn’t exactly easy as well. It’s like painting, except your tools are five times larger than the more ergonomic paintbrushes. 

#13

I Tried To Make A Baby Yoda Cake For My Boyfriend's Birthday, But I Didn’t Have Enough Cake For The Ears, So He Didn't Have Any. Then My Friend Edited A Photo Of My Cake

I Tried To Make A Baby Yoda Cake For My Boyfriend's Birthday, But I Didn’t Have Enough Cake For The Ears, So He Didn't Have Any. Then My Friend Edited A Photo Of My Cake

Update: I left the cake on the side while I showered, and my cat licked all the icing off.

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#14

See Those Eggs? They Are Supposed To Be In The Pies. I Made Two Hot Oily Chocolate Garbage Circles

See Those Eggs? They Are Supposed To Be In The Pies. I Made Two Hot Oily Chocolate Garbage Circles

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once made box mix brownies and forgot the eggs. I turned on the oven light about half through the baking, and hollered, "Mom, are they supposed to be boiling?"

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#15

Easter Cake My Friend's Mom Made. Those Eyes Rub Me The Wrong Way

Easter Cake My Friend's Mom Made. Those Eyes Rub Me The Wrong Way

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Once you add in fondant and modeling chocolate, you are in a world of pain until you learn how to do it. After all, chocolate needs to be tempered, which feels like a particularly cruel chemistry experiment. Fondant has to be rolled and modeled, colored, and painted. All this just to make a cake slightly more pretty before it’s sliced up and consumed. 

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#16

We Sent This Cake Photo (Left) To A Cake Shop, And This Is What We Got (Right)

We Sent This Cake Photo (Left) To A Cake Shop, And This Is What We Got (Right)

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now I’m going to send this photo to my cake maker to continue the cycle

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#18

"It's Going To Look Just Like That!", It Didn't Look Just Like That

"It's Going To Look Just Like That!", It Didn't Look Just Like That

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The end result is that many will fail, as can be clearly seen here, but there is then all the more glory for the bakers who can manage to turn out something beautiful. So if you struggle to bake something that is edible, keep trying, this article is evidence that most people, including some professionals, simply can not make it. 

#19

Your Daughter Will Go Far

Your Daughter Will Go Far

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#20

A Betty Crocker Attempt Was Made. I Tried To Make My Mom A Hedgehog Cake For Her Birthday. For Context, I'm 34 She Was Turning 62. Tasted Great

A Betty Crocker Attempt Was Made. I Tried To Make My Mom A Hedgehog Cake For Her Birthday. For Context, I'm 34 She Was Turning 62. Tasted Great

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#21

I Made A He-Man Cake Today. Let The Hubby Decorate. Likeness Is Uncanny

I Made A He-Man Cake Today. Let The Hubby Decorate. Likeness Is Uncanny

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#22

The Cake My Wife Ordered From Walmart. She Called Me Upset And Said She Wanted To Take It Back. I Told Her Nahh It Can’t Be That Bad

The Cake My Wife Ordered From Walmart. She Called Me Upset And Said She Wanted To Take It Back. I Told Her Nahh It Can’t Be That Bad

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#23

I Told The Child That This Was The Last Time I Would Mix Anything With Food Coloring. I'm Not A Baker And I Don't Create Any Masterpieces

I Told The Child That This Was The Last Time I Would Mix Anything With Food Coloring. I'm Not A Baker And I Don't Create Any Masterpieces

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#24

He Had One Job - To Write "Happy Birthday"

He Had One Job - To Write "Happy Birthday"

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#25

The More I Look At This, The Better It Gets

The More I Look At This, The Better It Gets

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#26

I Tried To Make My Long-Distance Friend A Cake To Celebrate His Birthday. There Were Not A Lot Of Supplies. It’s Really Bad

I Tried To Make My Long-Distance Friend A Cake To Celebrate His Birthday. There Were Not A Lot Of Supplies. It’s Really Bad

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#29

I Made A Cake For My Friend. It’s Pretty Obvious But Just To Make Sure It’s Sonic

I Made A Cake For My Friend. It’s Pretty Obvious But Just To Make Sure It’s Sonic

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#31

Tried Making A Frog Cake For My Boyfriend, I Think He's Going To Leave Me

Tried Making A Frog Cake For My Boyfriend, I Think He's Going To Leave Me

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#32

It's My Spouse's Birthday, So Here's A Throwback To The Time He Said He Wanted An R2-D2 Cake (His Mom Still Had The Cake Pan From His Childhood) And I Made This Monstrosity

It's My Spouse's Birthday, So Here's A Throwback To The Time He Said He Wanted An R2-D2 Cake (His Mom Still Had The Cake Pan From His Childhood) And I Made This Monstrosity

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#34

I Tried To Make A Unicorn Cake Once And It Turned Out To Look Like Godzilla. It Was An Angry Unicorn

I Tried To Make A Unicorn Cake Once And It Turned Out To Look Like Godzilla. It Was An Angry Unicorn

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#35

If My Writing Career Fails, I Can Always Fall Back On Cake Baking. It's Such A Relief To Have A Backup Plan

If My Writing Career Fails, I Can Always Fall Back On Cake Baking. It's Such A Relief To Have A Backup Plan

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A nude woman with uneven nipps being surrounded by sharks for a 9th birthday?

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#36

May I Offer You A Frog?

May I Offer You A Frog?

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JM
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ll take a hand-holding frog with a strawberry hat any day of the week!

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#37

My Horrifying First Attempt At Using Fondant For A "Phantom Of The Opera" Birthday Cake. It Was A Big Hit

My Horrifying First Attempt At Using Fondant For A "Phantom Of The Opera" Birthday Cake. It Was A Big Hit

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#38

Wedding Cake. What I Asked For vs. What I Got, Publix Edition

Wedding Cake. What I Asked For vs. What I Got, Publix Edition

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#40

Asked My Mom For A Hulk Cake. Nailed It

Asked My Mom For A Hulk Cake. Nailed It

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#43

Best Eat That Cake, Before It Eats You

Best Eat That Cake, Before It Eats You

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like an escapee from hell. And WTF is up with those teeth?! It sure is something…

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#44

My Dad Tried To Bake A Cake For My Mom's Birthday. Tried

My Dad Tried To Bake A Cake For My Mom's Birthday. Tried

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#47

It's My Daughter's Birthday And I've Made Her A Cake. It's Been Cooling Down In The Fridge. Let Me Just Check On It Real Quick

It's My Daughter's Birthday And I've Made Her A Cake. It's Been Cooling Down In The Fridge. Let Me Just Check On It Real Quick

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#48

Cake I Made For My Boyfriend's Birthday

Cake I Made For My Boyfriend's Birthday

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#49

When Whole Foods Tried To Make A Little Mermaid Cake

When Whole Foods Tried To Make A Little Mermaid Cake

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#50

First Time Baking A Cake For Wife’s Birthday. YouTube Shows Make It Look So Easy

First Time Baking A Cake For Wife’s Birthday. YouTube Shows Make It Look So Easy

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like it has chocolate in there. That might save it.

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