You've probably heard about his majesty, the king and the queen of all the delicious cakes smothered with whipped cream, the hedgehog cake. Started as a sincere baking fail by someone who thought that making such a dessert would be a walk in the park, it quickly turned into an internet craze with people deliberately making the worst hedgehog cakes out there. Take a look at some wonderfully awful examples in our previous entry right here.

But a hedgehog cake is far from the only way a cake can turn from good to decent, and then drop to a monstrosity. In fact, confectionery is the perfect environment for some of the funniest, craziest and unexpected fails worthy of a place in the camera roll hall of fame.

So today, we compiled a list with some of the most stomach-churning cakes that show you to be careful what you wish for and do not underestimate a carrot cake that your local bakery is nailing effortlessly. It doesn’t mean you will nail it too.

Scroll down, upvote your favorite pics and be sure to check out our previous posts with cakes with threatening auras, cakes made by decorators who took instructions too literally, and expectations vs. reality-type of cakes.

#1

My Cousin Wanted Cake And Ordered One. Told The Bakers To Write Whatever They Wanted Because It Was For Just For Her Anyways

My Cousin Wanted Cake And Ordered One. Told The Bakers To Write Whatever They Wanted Because It Was For Just For Her Anyways

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Not bad.

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#2

My Mom Knows I Like Hedgehogs, She Said I Couldn’t Come In The Kitchen All Day She She Spent All Day Making Me A Surprise Birthday Cake. Love You Mom

My Mom Knows I Like Hedgehogs, She Said I Couldn’t Come In The Kitchen All Day She She Spent All Day Making Me A Surprise Birthday Cake. Love You Mom

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Clark Meldrum
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2 months ago

Cute.

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#3

My Mom Ordered A Graduation Cake With A Cap Drawn On. I Guess They Misheard

My Mom Ordered A Graduation Cake With A Cap Drawn On. I Guess They Misheard

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K. Lange
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2 months ago

that's hilarious :-)

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As we can all clearly see from this post, confectionery is one hell of an art form not everyone was born to master. The skill, dedication, time and eye for detail that go into a beautiful piece are immeasurable, and so it’s only fair that when trying to recreate them at home, people will fail. And they will miserably.

One of the greatest symbols of cake fails is the one and only, notorious hedgehog cake. With so many absurdly bad attempts at recreating this edible monstrosity, it has become a meme in itself. Now, more and more people are embracing the horrible looks of the hedgehog cake, trying to make their own representation of it.

#4

Mother-In-Law Just Served Me This Piece Of Cake

Mother-In-Law Just Served Me This Piece Of Cake

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2 months ago

:0

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#5

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

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2 months ago

It's actually still really good, decorating wise.

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#6

Baby Yoda Cake

Baby Yoda Cake

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2 months ago

OMG!!!! This looks scary....

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So we spoke with Corinne Mankoo, the Co-Director of April's Baker who shared some very interesting insights on the ugly hedgehog cakes, as well as a simple cake recipe that anyone could make! “First of all, who doesn't find hedgehogs cute? Of course, so many people attempt to recreate them,” Corinne said.

#7

I Asked For A Cake Wreck Fail For My Birthday. They Nailed It

I Asked For A Cake Wreck Fail For My Birthday. They Nailed It

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2 months ago

Belle has seen some things.

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#8

The Ice Cream Cake I Ordered For Valentine’s Day Said “I Love You” But Some Of The Letters Fell Off During Transit

The Ice Cream Cake I Ordered For Valentine’s Day Said “I Love You” But Some Of The Letters Fell Off During Transit

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Kitty Queen
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2 months ago

Valentine cake for your homie

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#9

Dear God No..

Dear God No..

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Francis
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2 months ago (edited)

you were warned! don't get him wet!

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“However, although the cake might look simple, when it comes to it, some people find that's not the case. It's almost become a trend now to take on the hedgehog cake challenge and share how badly you fail at it,” she explained. According to Corinne, what makes the hedgehog cake that ugly is its teeth. “Why do people insist on adding creepy human teeth? Surely that's a recipe for a disturbing disaster,” she said.

#10

My Son Turned 1 Yesterday. This Was The Topper To His Space Themed Cake. Left Is What We Ordered, Right Is What We Got

My Son Turned 1 Yesterday. This Was The Topper To His Space Themed Cake. Left Is What We Ordered, Right Is What We Got

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2 months ago

The cake itself looks lovely...it's the face.

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#11

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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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

A fully accurate representation.

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#12

My Buddy’s Girlfriend Farted In Front Of Him For The First Time. He Got A Cake For The Occasion

My Buddy’s Girlfriend Farted In Front Of Him For The First Time. He Got A Cake For The Occasion

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2 months ago

This isn’t a fail

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For anyone who’s had enough of the bad tries at making a cake, Corinne was happy to share a recipe for a mini chocolate cake (serves 6) that will put a smile on anyone’s face who tries it. So take out your notebooks, everyone!

“Chocolate ganache: 350 g dark chocolate chips, 400 ml double cream. Weigh the chocolate chips in a bowl. Heat the double cream in a pan on a medium heat until steaming. Pour the hot cream onto the chocolate chips. Whisk together until all the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth ganache. Set aside for several hours to cool, or pop in the fridge until the ganache starts to set.”

“Chocolate sponge: 82 g all-purpose flour; 24 g cocoa powder; 56 g light brown sugar; 75 g caster sugar; 1 large egg; 0.75 tsp baking soda; 0.25 tsp baking powder; Pinch of salt; 0.5 tsp espresso powder; 0.5 tsp vanilla extract; 45 ml olive oil; 90 ml whole milk; 90 ml boiling water."

#13

Found This Cake Today

Found This Cake Today

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Might be accurate.

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#14

Mi mujer no entiende por qué todo el mundo se ríe de su pastel

Mi mujer no entiende por qué todo el mundo se ríe de su pastel

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Is that because it's actually Pegasus? (pretends not to notice the huge dong)

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#15

I Made My Friend A Campfire Cake For Her Birthday But The More I Look At It, The More It Looks Like A Flaming Pile Of Poop

I Made My Friend A Campfire Cake For Her Birthday But The More I Look At It, The More It Looks Like A Flaming Pile Of Poop

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Clark Meldrum
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2 months ago

That looks quite good, actually.

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"Method: 

1. Heat the oven to 170°C. Grease two 4-inch cake tins.

2.  Boil the water and pour in the espresso. Set aside.

3.  Mix together the oil, sugar, brown sugar and egg. Beat on high till thick and fluffy.

4.  Weigh the dry ingredients and mix together in a bowl. Add to the sugar/egg/oil mix till just incorporated.

5.  Pour the milk and vanilla into the mix.

6.  Finally, slowly pour in the boiling water. Mix together, scraping down the bowl to ensure there are no lumps.

7.  Pour the batter into the cake tins and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes till done.

8.  Trim the chocolate sponges if need be so they’re flat on both sides.

9. When the ganache has started to set but is still soft, place a little in the middle of the cake board or cake stand.

10. Stack the sponges, spreading the ganache in the middle and around the outside.

11. Using an offset palette knife and a cake scraper, smooth the ganache until crumb-coated. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes until set.

12. Cover again with a second coat of chocolate ganache. Smooth the ganache with an offset palette knife and cake scraper.

13. Decorate however you’d like, we like to use Maraschino cherries.”

#16

Tried A Mirror Glaze

Tried A Mirror Glaze

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Is that a 60s Jello salad?

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#17

How Do You Want Your Birthday Cake Decorated? I Don't Care

How Do You Want Your Birthday Cake Decorated? I Don't Care

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Happy first menstruation!

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#18

We Ordered The Cake On The Left And Received The Cake On The Right. Elmo Has Seen Better Days

We Ordered The Cake On The Left And Received The Cake On The Right. Elmo Has Seen Better Days

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Even his eyes are bleeding.

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#19

A Friend Of Mine Ordered A Picture Cake And Gave The Woman A Thumb Drive With The Picture She Wanted To Use

A Friend Of Mine Ordered A Picture Cake And Gave The Woman A Thumb Drive With The Picture She Wanted To Use

When my friend went to pick it up, this is what was waiting for her. English is the clerks second language. You can fill in the blanks here.

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Jody Brown
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2 months ago

At least it's accurate

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#20

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

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Mere Cat
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2 months ago

Ordered?! Someone took money from making this?

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#21

Throwback To That Time I Tried My Triedest To Make My Larry A Chewbacca Cake

Throwback To That Time I Tried My Triedest To Make My Larry A Chewbacca Cake

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago (edited)

Hey, I think you did OK; I was guessing Chewie before I read the caption.

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#22

My Girlfriend Brought Me A Cake To Work For My Birthday

My Girlfriend Brought Me A Cake To Work For My Birthday

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

This message was written on someone's last breath.

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#23

Unicorn

Unicorn

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KJ
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2 months ago

Uni-mullet

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#24

Yummers!

Yummers!

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BigOrangeTractor
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2 months ago

Got the teeth right.

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#25

Corgi Cake For My Boyfriend's Birthday

Corgi Cake For My Boyfriend's Birthday

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

This one looks good.

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#26

We Wanted To Create Something Beautiful For Our Wedding Cake. I Turned Out To Be A Pregnant Sumo Wrestler

We Wanted To Create Something Beautiful For Our Wedding Cake. I Turned Out To Be A Pregnant Sumo Wrestler

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Just get married in a white dressing gown to match the cake. :D

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#27

Someone Brought My Sleep Paralysis Monster To Life

Someone Brought My Sleep Paralysis Monster To Life

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

The caption says it perfectly!

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#28

I Wanted A Cake That Looked Like My Cat It Was A Fail But It’s Still Pretty Cute

I Wanted A Cake That Looked Like My Cat It Was A Fail But It’s Still Pretty Cute

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Otter
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2 months ago

Cat is so embarrassed he wants to change humans.

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#29

Olaf Cake

Olaf Cake

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Kitty Queen
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2 months ago

Did olaf play with explosive?

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#30

I Recreated The Cursed Hedgehog Cake, But As A Baked Alaska

I Recreated The Cursed Hedgehog Cake, But As A Baked Alaska

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James016
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2 months ago

Derped Alaska

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#31

Spiderman

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Kristof De Smet
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2 months ago

Looks like he broke his spine after all.

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#32

Steve Harvey Cake

Steve Harvey Cake

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Totally recognizable.

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#33

This Cake Looks Like A Wet Gremlin Went Leather Face Texax Chain Saw Massacre Style And Is Wearing The Face Of Another Wet Gremlin

This Cake Looks Like A Wet Gremlin Went Leather Face Texax Chain Saw Massacre Style And Is Wearing The Face Of Another Wet Gremlin

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Space whale
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2 months ago

Pretty accurate description

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#34

I Was Asked What I Want Written On My Cake. I Said Nothing

I Was Asked What I Want Written On My Cake. I Said Nothing

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KJ
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2 months ago

Looking at the quality of the other decorations / patterns, I would say the nothing was added by someone else.

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#35

I Just Couldn’t Wait To Share This

I Just Couldn’t Wait To Share This

Made this little guy out of a cupcake, buttercream, pretzels, marshmallows, jellybeans, and candy eyes. His expression makes me feel like he's going to hunt me down for creating him. I can't wait to see everyone's bursting creations!

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
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2 months ago

Guess it's a more realistic version of a head exploding.

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#36

Kill Me

Kill Me

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TheWickedOne
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2 months ago

Probably wouldn't be that bad if not for the nose..

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#37

We Requested A Friends Themed Cake

We Requested A Friends Themed Cake

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

I'll be there for you.

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#38

Shrek

Shrek

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Mmmmm. Shreky.

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#39

Grooms Cake Disaster, What We Wanted Vs. What We Got

Grooms Cake Disaster, What We Wanted Vs. What We Got

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Certainly a disaster.

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#40

My Mum Loves Those Pictures Of Ugly Hedgehog Cakes, So I Made Her A Zero Sugar/Low Carb Version For Mother's Day. Delicious And Terrifying

My Mum Loves Those Pictures Of Ugly Hedgehog Cakes, So I Made Her A Zero Sugar/Low Carb Version For Mother's Day. Delicious And Terrifying

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

I need the recipe.

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#41

Tried To Make A Fox Cake For My Partners Birthday And This Monster Was Created Instead (Added Sprinkles To Soften The Blow)

Tried To Make A Fox Cake For My Partners Birthday And This Monster Was Created Instead (Added Sprinkles To Soften The Blow)

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Jihan Kim
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2 months ago

fox -> proboscis monkey

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#42

My Mum Was Asked To Make A Baby Shower Cake. Let's Just Say, No One Wanted To Cut The Cord

My Mum Was Asked To Make A Baby Shower Cake. Let's Just Say, No One Wanted To Cut The Cord

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Francis
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2 months ago

well she did a great (disturbing) job, tho

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#43

Blursed Hedgehog Cake

Blursed Hedgehog Cake

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Grandma can't find her dentures.

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#44

Cake Fail

Cake Fail

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Nelson Ricardo
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2 months ago

Dolly Parton?

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#45

Made A Pikachu Cake

Made A Pikachu Cake

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Left ear looks like a hand

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#46

[oc] Kill Me

[oc] Kill Me

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Jihan Kim
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2 months ago

this is the thing innit? that deconstructed food stuff?

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#47

My Girlfriend Spent $100 To Get Me A White Claw Cake For My Birthday. She Was Less Than Pleased With The Result

My Girlfriend Spent $100 To Get Me A White Claw Cake For My Birthday. She Was Less Than Pleased With The Result

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

I'm guessing she expected more that a Xerox pasted on with frosting.

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#48

Ordered Cake On The Left, Received Cake On The Right

Ordered Cake On The Left, Received Cake On The Right

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

The first one looks like a ninja like the second one looks like me when i decide to finally get out of my house and meet people!

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#49

Birthday Cake My Mom's Friend Wanted A Replica Of vs. What She Got - 50€

Birthday Cake My Mom's Friend Wanted A Replica Of vs. What She Got - 50€

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Eric C.
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2 months ago (edited)

For a home done cake, it isn't that bad. (I'm assuming the one on the right is homemade)

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#50

I’m Glad We Only Paid €72 For This

I’m Glad We Only Paid €72 For This

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Juliet Hadaway
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2 months ago

why spent that much on a cake????

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