Cooking—it’s that optional thing that we do when we don’t want to look like lazy good-for-nothings eating cheese and salami straight out of the pack and munching on raw vegetables instead of making a salad. Even cavemen and barbarians were able to cook things well. But even with the help of modern technology, we sometimes end up absolutely butchering our meals and making mega cooking fails.

Prepare your stomachs, dear Readers, for Bored Panda has baked up a feast of the most incredible cooking fails for you to enjoy. Upvote your fave pics and leave a comment about the times you messed up while cooking. Psst. We’ve got more epic cooking fails for you to taste right here, here, and here. Remember to chew well and take your time. Patience and focus have a lot to do with success in the kitchen (and in life, but that’s another story). If you’re distracted or running around like a headless chicken then odds are, you’ll make a ton of mistakes. Before you know it, your spaghetti’s on fire. Or worse—it’s fallen straight inside your shoes. Don’t believe us? Scroll on down.

Pie artist and baking and cooking pro Jessica Clark-Bojin was kind enough to give Bored Panda a few great tips and tricks to help all of us out in the kitchen and prevent massive disasters from happening. "Kitchen 'mistakes' can range from the catastrophic, 'I forgot the pot roast in the oven and now the kitchen is on fire' to the more benign, 'I accidentally put paprika in the cookies instead of cinnamon', but in most instances, they stem from the same thing: distraction and a lack of preparation." Read on for her delicious insights into avoiding kitchen mistakes.

#1

We Tried To Make "Ladybug Rolls"

We Tried To Make "Ladybug Rolls"

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Edo Alva
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7 months ago

Doomsday is that you?

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#2

Tonight Was Foreign Culture Night In My House So I Decided To Cook A Traditional Dish From Pompeii

Tonight Was Foreign Culture Night In My House So I Decided To Cook A Traditional Dish From Pompeii

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Socat
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7 months ago

Ahahah ! I love that title x)

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#3

Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

Some are growers and some are showers.

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Jessica pointed out that anyone who wants to improve in the kitchen should start by taking some time to think about and picture in their mind all the steps before diving in and starting to bake or cook. That way, you can avoid slip ups, blunders, and setting your entire kitchen aflame.

"Make sure you have all the ingredients you need before you start baking. Work 'mis-en-place' and have all the bowls, spoons, tools, etc. cleaned and out on the counter ready for you. Measure out dry ingredients in advance, and (if called for) portion out wet ingredients and chill in the fridge. Clean up pots and pans while your mixture bakes," Jessica shared.

#4

I Was Making Home Made Chicken Stock. After Simmering For Hours, The Recipe Said To Pour It Through A Strainer. God Damn It

I Was Making Home Made Chicken Stock. After Simmering For Hours, The Recipe Said To Pour It Through A Strainer. God Damn It

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

I would have been absolutely devastated.

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#5

Yikes

Yikes

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Truth Monster
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7 months ago

You have the Cobblernomicon.

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#6

My Friend Made A “Hedgehog” For Her 14-Year-Old Son’s Birthday

My Friend Made A “Hedgehog” For Her 14-Year-Old Son’s Birthday

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

That cake is scarring.

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According to the pie expert, it's hard to make mistakes if you follow these steps. Or, at the very least, following them will mean that you'll catch any mistakes before they become really big issues. "Taking the few extra minutes to prep will give you a lovely stress-free baking experience!"

Jessica also shared that everyone in her family cooks, but they all have different dietary preferences. So tasting food can be a challenge. "We have family members who are vegetarian, vegan, celiac (and just plain fussy) and it’s not always possible for the cook to taste what they are making for everyone else. But you can always bring in a pinch-taster and get a second opinion!"

#7

Husband Tried To Make A Dolphin For My Cocktail. It's The Cutest Eel I've Ever Seen

Husband Tried To Make A Dolphin For My Cocktail. It's The Cutest Eel I've Ever Seen

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Wrong end of the banana.

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#8

My Sister Made Some French Fries

My Sister Made Some French Fries

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

More like french fires. Easy mistake to make.

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#9

Creepy Pancake

Creepy Pancake

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The one on the right is great for Halloween. I love the purple grin.

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Other professionals echo Jessica's advice, too. Katie Workman from the Associated Press writes that we should all read through recipes all the way through ahead of time so that we can get all the ingredients that we need. What’s more, we’ll be well prepared for any time-consuming surprises in advance.

You should also get all of your ingredients ready before you start cooking. After all, if you’re supposed to be sauteing your veggies but you’re still chopping your bell peppers while your mushrooms are already frying, you might end up with a weird mix of under and over-cooked food.

Finally, keep in mind that seasoning makes all the difference to the taste of the dish. So add a pinch of salt and pepper here and there from time to time. During prep. In the middle of cooking. Right before serving. Try to find the balance between overseasoning and utter blandness. Oh, and remember to sharpen your knives!

#10

Someone Left A Bread Pudding In The Back Of The Oven For 5 Days. So Here Is My New Pet Rock, Charlie

Someone Left A Bread Pudding In The Back Of The Oven For 5 Days. So Here Is My New Pet Rock, Charlie

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Charlie has seen things.

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#11

My Apple Broke The Apple Cutter And Now I Have A Weapon

My Apple Broke The Apple Cutter And Now I Have A Weapon

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Who needs a throwing star when you have an apple of death.

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#12

Friend Sent Me This. Composition: "Dad Tried To Make Wine"

Friend Sent Me This. Composition: "Dad Tried To Make Wine"

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Lou
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks more like, "Dad tried to murder everyone in the family"

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#13

My Night After Work

My Night After Work

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Sir, that is not how you are normally supposed to serve this

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#14

Found The Spoon, Honey

Found The Spoon, Honey

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Joel Lawrence
Community Member
7 months ago

You arent the little spoon, are you?

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#15

Go To Make Pasta, The First Pot Slips And I Pour It All On The Ground. Make A Second Pot And The Handle Straight Up Breaks And My Pasta Goes Everywhere. Didn't Eat; Had A Lil Cry

Go To Make Pasta, The First Pot Slips And I Pour It All On The Ground. Make A Second Pot And The Handle Straight Up Breaks And My Pasta Goes Everywhere. Didn't Eat; Had A Lil Cry

Not to mention that firstly I came home late from work and drop my open sandwich in the parking lot. 

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

Not your day, I guess...

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#16

Boiled An Egg This Morning And I Think Something Went Horribly Wrong

Boiled An Egg This Morning And I Think Something Went Horribly Wrong

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S.
Community Member
7 months ago

Rapunzel, let down your hair!

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#17

I'll Never Be Someone's Bride

I'll Never Be Someone's Bride

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

What the hell is this supposed to be?

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#18

Thought You Guys Might Like This Pie I Baked

Thought You Guys Might Like This Pie I Baked

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Darko Pešić
Community Member
7 months ago

I do, looks awesome for Haloween :D

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#19

So My Wife Grilled Corn Tonight. For 2 1/2 Hours

So My Wife Grilled Corn Tonight. For 2 1/2 Hours

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ML
Community Member
7 months ago

I read my wife killed corn tonight and I thought what an appropriate description

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#20

This Sums Up My Day. Why Isn't My Stock Simmering... It's Been Over An Hour

This Sums Up My Day. Why Isn't My Stock Simmering... It's Been Over An Hour

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

This can happen to anyone. I have turned on the wrong burner a few times. Fortunately, I have never melted a pot.

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#21

I Baked Some Strawberry Cakes In Cat-Shaped Pans, Then Iced Them. They Came Out Looking Like Burn Victims

I Baked Some Strawberry Cakes In Cat-Shaped Pans, Then Iced Them. They Came Out Looking Like Burn Victims

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
7 months ago

You do know, you are not supposed to use live kittens?

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#22

5 Minutes Before Closing After A 12-Hour Shift

5 Minutes Before Closing After A 12-Hour Shift

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MaeRose
Community Member
7 months ago

I'll just sit there and cry my eyes out

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#23

I Tried To Bake

I Tried To Bake

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh god, please end its suffering

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#24

This Cake

This Cake

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
7 months ago

You just need to level it, this happens to every cake

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#25

I Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate This. Made A Pie Today. Dropped A Pie Today

I Was Told You Guys Might Appreciate This. Made A Pie Today. Dropped A Pie Today

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

It looked so beautiful....

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#26

Bake Bread They Said. An Overnight Rise Will Taste So Good They Said. Put In The Fridge They Said. It's So A Rewarding Hobby They Said

Bake Bread They Said. An Overnight Rise Will Taste So Good They Said. Put In The Fridge They Said. It's So A Rewarding Hobby They Said

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Joel Lawrence
Community Member
7 months ago

Now you can have 5 loaves!!!

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#27

Happy Thanksgiving From My Little Sister's First Ever Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving From My Little Sister's First Ever Turkey

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like a black toad.

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#28

Guess I Cut It A Little Too Hard

Guess I Cut It A Little Too Hard

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Charlotte Wiltse
Community Member
7 months ago

what the f*ck?? this is a person to be feared

Obi Wan Kenobi
Community Member
7 months ago

The formidable apple ninja star!

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whitney sweat
Community Member
7 months ago

anybody else think of that one scene rom the incredibles?

Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
7 months ago

YAS

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Nicholas Williams
Community Member
7 months ago

Mr. incredible is that you?

Enamelcamel
Community Member
7 months ago

When the Incredible Hulk makes a quesadilla ...

PupGirl
Community Member
7 months ago

It's just like Mr Incredible from the Incredibles. (Please don't judge I love that movie)

Jamie Andersen
Community Member
7 months ago

New knife, who dis?

Calvin Suzuki
Community Member
7 months ago

Real life mr incredible

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
7 months ago

what with? A lazer knife?!

M O'Connell
Community Member
7 months ago

Probably a pizza cutter. The sharp blade scored the ceramic and it broke neatly.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

Que-sa-dilla dilla, whatever will be will be...

varwenea
Community Member
7 months ago

Need anger management class.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
7 months ago

plate may have been defective!

Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Plates are meant for eating, not as cutting boards.

P Brixey
Community Member
7 months ago

Put that cleaver down before you hurt yourself.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
7 months ago

A share plate. Lovely.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
7 months ago

Thermodynamics.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes hot food, cold plate.

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Ellen Little
Community Member
7 months ago

My sister broke a bowl in half with her bare hands yesterday, and she looked like a supervillain. It was awesome!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

Dangerous.

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Lenicat
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow

Torchicachu
Community Member
7 months ago

AAAAAAAAAAH NOOO

Celine Cornier Ahorrio
Community Member
7 months ago

that is not bad yay :)

23AClark
Community Member
7 months ago

That's okay. I ripped a chain lock off my front door once, and I was happy at the time.

Laura Johnston
Community Member
7 months ago

That's stoneware for you.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
7 months ago

when hunger wins

Mi Shield
Community Member
7 months ago

Who, its Mr. Incredible!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
7 months ago

Like, WOW!

Tessa Thompson
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone feeling a little pent up over something, needs to get something off their chest maybe? 0_o

Seabeast
Community Member
7 months ago

That's why you don't use a tile and glass scriber.

Vicki Kloske
Community Member
7 months ago

Use a pizza cutter next time.

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
7 months ago

You THINK!!!???!!!

Panda with Heart
Community Member
7 months ago

Oopsie doodle

Fan-tastic panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Mr. Incredible is that you?

Isaiah Wallerstedt
Community Member
7 months ago

Anyone else remember the scene from The Incredibles? I feel like I'm the only one (besides you ofc) who understood this reference... No idea what JessG meant, this is the only comment that references the Incredibles movie... I literally read through all of the comments trying to find an Incredibles reference :)

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Wendy Kidd
Community Member
7 months ago

Literally laughed out loud

Lazy_Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

give that to an enemy 😈

Matthew Shawn Pendleton
Community Member
4 months ago

WAIT THAT PLATE IS CERAMIC HOW DID YOU CUT THROUGH THE - YOU DO KNOW NOT TO USE A HYDROLIC PRESS, right?

cinderelly 0f sPiRiTlAnD
Community Member
5 months ago

🤦🏻‍♀️

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
5 months ago

I laughed till I cried! Sorry..

Among Us Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

i see nothingness

Julia King
Community Member
7 months ago

How does that even happen!?

Jayden Penzien
Community Member
7 months ago

is that glass??

Jayden Penzien
Community Member
7 months ago

Holy crap you are terrible

Lynn Biasini McElfresh
Community Member
7 months ago

What'd you use, a CLEAVER?

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
7 months ago

The tortilla or the plate?

Traci-Ann Dis
Community Member
7 months ago

I've done this many times working at a pizza restaurant. sometimes you hit the plate in just the right spot...

Mumof1
Community Member
7 months ago

But they were pancakes!

Groomer
Community Member
7 months ago

What did you cut with, a Klingon Bat'leth !!!????

Steven Essex
Community Member
7 months ago

Mr. Incredible, is that you?

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
7 months ago

What kind of knife did you use?

Nathan Applegate
Community Member
7 months ago

Bob Parr, is that you?

Picture Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

Chainsaw? lol

May Be
Community Member
7 months ago

What did you use? A chain saw? Killer laser?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Good plate...Not...

Lynn Morello
Community Member
7 months ago

Damn, sharp knife.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
7 months ago

Don’t use a machete next time

Donna Repsher
Community Member
7 months ago

With what--a hacksaw?

Kim Bush
Community Member
7 months ago

From a knife "Forged in Fire"

Heather Menard
Community Member
7 months ago

I have those plates and they break so easy, I had to buy a new set because I broke half of the other set

Charlie Kelly
Community Member
7 months ago

Incredibly staged, clearly plate didn't break from cutting, look at the middle lol

Bob Belcher
Community Member
7 months ago

Hulk smash!

Xavier Wescott
Community Member
7 months ago

Mr. Incredible I presume

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#29

Broiled Sids

Broiled Sids

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Jody Brown
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7 months ago

What were they originally?

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#30

Apparently Using A Syringe To Inject The Filling Of A Jelly Bun Doesn't Work That Well

Apparently Using A Syringe To Inject The Filling Of A Jelly Bun Doesn't Work That Well

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Nigel Rodgers
Community Member
7 months ago

It would be useful for Halloween

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#31

My Sister Made My Brother A Birthday Cake

My Sister Made My Brother A Birthday Cake

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The cake split, but the frosting job is not bad.

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#32

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

My Submission For Dumbest Way To Injure Yourself: I Burnt My Hand Taking Tomato Soup Out Of The Microwave. The Toast I Was Making Popped Up And It Scared Me

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The toast was sneaking up on you.

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#33

Tried Cooking A Sweet Potato In My New Air Fryer Today

Tried Cooking A Sweet Potato In My New Air Fryer Today

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
7 months ago

What you have there is a coal. Put that under some meat and have a bbq

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#34

Attempted To Make Flower Pancakes For My Wife As A Mother's Day Surprise But They Ended Up Looking Like Corona Cakes

Attempted To Make Flower Pancakes For My Wife As A Mother's Day Surprise But They Ended Up Looking Like Corona Cakes

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

The effort was appreciated, I am sure.

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#35

This Is What Defeat Looks Like

This Is What Defeat Looks Like

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Truth Monster
Community Member
7 months ago

I feel sorry for her. She looks like this is hitting her hard

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#36

Me: This Tin Should Be Big Enough. Banana Bread: Freedom

Me: This Tin Should Be Big Enough. Banana Bread: Freedom

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Banana the Hutt.

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#37

Making Some Spaghetti

Making Some Spaghetti

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Danieletc
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Sure, let a fire burn out of control. Grab a camera, not a fire extinguisher, all for your social media Maybe you cause the baby and 3-YO sister in the apartment upstairs to burn alive. But so what, your LOLz are like, SO worth it, and so much likes!

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#38

I Tried To Make A Cake With A Lobster Shaped Dish

I Tried To Make A Cake With A Lobster Shaped Dish

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I think the mold makes the cake come out like that on purpose.

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#39

When All I Want To Do Is Make Spaghetti, But All Signs Point To It Not Happening

When All I Want To Do Is Make Spaghetti, But All Signs Point To It Not Happening

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks very .... crispy!

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#40

Well I Tried

Well I Tried

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

You made a yellow Barney cake.

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#41

Birthday Cake Attempt This Weekend

Birthday Cake Attempt This Weekend

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

Did it taste good, at least?

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#42

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

I Was Making Thai Basil Chicken Then I Turned Around For A Minute And My Brother Put Blue Food Dye In It. He’s 19

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like smurf puke

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#43

Forgot To Set A Timer Boiling Eggs. The Sound Of Them Exploding Reminded Me

Forgot To Set A Timer Boiling Eggs. The Sound Of Them Exploding Reminded Me

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Stimpy
Community Member
7 months ago

Sir, I think you are supposed to use water...

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#44

Still Looking For An Answer On How This Happens

Still Looking For An Answer On How This Happens

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Jody Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

How the hell?

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#45

What My Brother Was Trying To Make vs. What He Actually Made

What My Brother Was Trying To Make vs. What He Actually Made

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Sian Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone finally killed Barney the dinosaur!

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#46

A Beast Cheesecake

A Beast Cheesecake

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Eve L.
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no, it looked so tasty!

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#47

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner

Asked My Boyfriend To Bake The Croissants For Our Dinner

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S.
Community Member
7 months ago

Break it into littler triangular pieces and... have a nachos night?

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#48

Black Bean "Burrito" My Roommate Made With Rice Paper. He Was Out Of Tortillas And Said "I Didn't Think It Would Look Like That"

Black Bean "Burrito" My Roommate Made With Rice Paper. He Was Out Of Tortillas And Said "I Didn't Think It Would Look Like That"

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

This is quite funny. I didn't expect them to look like segments of a large instestine either.

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#49

My Mom Wanted A Cherry Pie. After Making One From Scratch I Dropped It On My Way To Deliver To Her Porch

My Mom Wanted A Cherry Pie. After Making One From Scratch I Dropped It On My Way To Deliver To Her Porch

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ML
Community Member
7 months ago

What did she ever do to you?

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#50

My Own Invention: Eggplant With A Side Of Melted Knife

My Own Invention: Eggplant With A Side Of Melted Knife

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Romenriel
Community Member
7 months ago

We have this knife at home, it's a cr*p anyway.

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