You found the right ingredients in your cupboard. You’ve followed the recipe step by painstaking step. But somehow, somewhere, you messed up the baking recipe and your cake looks absolutely nothing like what it’s supposed to. (On the plus side, it might scary enough for Halloween!) One of the best places to see some unexpected fails is the ‘Expectation Vs. Reality’ subreddit, home to 709k people who just love sharing that the Universe sometimes has a pretty good sense of humor. We’ve collected some of the best cake fails they’ve featured for you to enjoy, dear Pandas. So scroll on down, and upvote the best worst cakes.

Your cake might come out bad because of a dozen different reasons. You might have mixed up Celsius and Fahrenheit on the oven or accidentally used stale ingredients without checking the expiration date. Whoops! But fear not, brave baking adventurers, for all is not lost.

Bored Panda reached out to talented baker and pie artist Jessica Clark-Bojin to talk about when we should follow recipes to the letter and when we should experiment with our baking. Scroll down for our interview with her and with Canadian baker and cake designer Darci.

#1

Belle Cake

Belle Cake

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chaitu cherry
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4 months ago

beautiful

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#2

From A Kids Party To A Bachelorette Sorry Real Quick

From A Kids Party To A Bachelorette Sorry Real Quick

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
4 months ago

...For more grown-up princesses

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#3

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

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Ray Heap
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4 months ago

Baby.... Darth Maul?

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Pie artist Jessica told us that tinkering with baking recipes can be a bit tricky. We ought to learn how to walk before running; however, sometimes, experimentation can pay off if we've got the right attitude.

"There are certain chemical reactions that need to happen for pastry to become pastry, for cake to become cake, and if you alter certain variables (heat, time, acidity, etc.) you may get a result you aren’t thrilled with... That said, you may be pleasantly surprised!" she said.

#4

Tried A Mirror Glaze

Tried A Mirror Glaze

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Jenna Contreras
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't even want to know.... it looks like cat food.. devastation

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#5

Daughter Wanted A Homemade “Little Mermaid” Cake. I Tried Really Hard

Daughter Wanted A Homemade “Little Mermaid” Cake. I Tried Really Hard

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

its fine as long as it tastes great

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#6

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Aurora Amata
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahahahaah red eyes

Mark Howell
Community Member
4 months ago

Too much sherry and mince pies/cookies ;o)

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a monkey

LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

And smells like cake too

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JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

They didn't even look at the original, I'm thinking

Daniel Wang
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

shape the face first then add frosting

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a monkey...

Charles Chen
Community Member
1 month ago

unidentified

Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

Mabye se's dyslexic and made Satan.

Hagan Chu
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice Try

Caleb Stone
Community Member
4 months ago

If the photo next to it wasn't there I would never have guessed it was meant to be Santa

Among Us
Community Member
4 months ago

This Santa has seen stuff

ispeak catanese
Community Member
4 months ago

Such generosity at Christmas!

François Carré
Community Member
4 months ago

Lazy ass edition.

John Doe AKA "READ MY DAMN COMMENT OR REPLY BEFORE YOU DISLIKE!" 4 months ago

Been hitting too much of that holiday weed.

zims
Community Member
4 months ago

This can be salvaged with another couple piping bags of icing

Misterscooter
Community Member
4 months ago

If I stand back and squint, then... no, not really.

Abrielle
Community Member
4 months ago

Is he high?!?!

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

How could it be coming out that way not even using the same tools

NWB
Community Member
4 months ago

stoner eyes!!! ahahhahaa

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a sock monkey

A Random Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

I think I peed a little...

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
4 months ago

Christmas Monkey!

Katie Dales
Community Member
4 months ago

That's better than the real one!

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"And what better way to learn, 'Oh! That’s what an egg does in this recipe' or, 'Oh! That’s why they say to chill the dough overnight first' than by jumping in and trying it? If you’ve got the time, and are cool with learning from failure (something I do all the time) tinker away!" Jessica suggested that the best way to get in-depth knowledge about baking is to get stuck in.

However, if you're short on time and ingredients (and most importantly patience), it's best to stick to baking recipes without deviating from them. "Or take a few hours to research the chemistry involved in your recipe and what the correct ratios for substitutions are," the baking expert said. "There are lots of great books on baking chemistry out there—if you’re a tinkerer like me I highly recommend you check ‘em out!"

#7

Well I Tried

Well I Tried

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narmadha weerasinghe
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4 months ago

Looks like a yellow Barney

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#8

I Was In Rehab For Hard Drugs At 21, And This Is Still By Far The Biggest Failure Of My Life

I Was In Rehab For Hard Drugs At 21, And This Is Still By Far The Biggest Failure Of My Life

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LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

He ate the cake, got fat and became cake

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#9

My Wife Made A Dragon Cake For Her Mother's Birthday...

My Wife Made A Dragon Cake For Her Mother's Birthday...

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LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

The eggs are, deformed due to the parents genes

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Cake maker and designer Darci from Canada, founder of Kake by Darci, told Bored Panda that if you understand why you're breaking the rules and if you get what each item does in a recipe, it's easier to start creating your own delicious concoctions.

"Baking is a science. Every ingredient has a purpose," Darci said. "Leaveners provide lift. Gluten/flours provide structure. Eggs [act as] binders. Liquid / oils [provide] moisture. Sugars [give] tenderness and sweetness."

#10

Elsa Cake

Elsa Cake

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

this cake need surgery to fix the anatomy of face

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#11

This Attempt At A Rainbow Crepe Cake

This Attempt At A Rainbow Crepe Cake

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey that'd be awesome for halloween :DDD

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#12

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

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EA
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like Olaf could do with a little blue pill...

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Previously, Darci told Bored Panda more about baking cakes and the major mistakes that people tend to make with Darci as well. Now, according to Darci, some of the most common mistakes that people tend to make are related to adding the ingredients in the wrong order. You might have heard that baking is an art, but Darci reiterates that it’s a science and you should be careful and precise while making your cakes.

You should also take care to weigh your ingredients properly and make sure not to over- or under-mix them. “All of these small factors can make or break the cake!” the Canadian baker said.

Most of us can immediately tell when a cake looks good or bad. That line becomes blurred if you add too many unnecessary details. “I prefer simple designs and simple details. I feel like you can have a beautiful cake and go overboard with too much—flowers, candy, colors, textures. It can be a fine line between too much and not enough,” Darci told Bored Panda about the importance of simplicity.

#13

There Was An Attempt By My Dad To Make My Brother A Patrick Star Birthday Cake

There Was An Attempt By My Dad To Make My Brother A Patrick Star Birthday Cake

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

frosting is hard

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#14

Elmo / Elmer

Elmo / Elmer

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Brigs
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4 months ago (edited)

I am more concerned about what is in front of the first cake...

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#15

Minnie Gained Some Weight

Minnie Gained Some Weight

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Giorgio Prodoti
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4 months ago

pls... kill me...

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So remember, dear Pandas, when in doubt: keep things simple, follow the recipe to the letter, and only start experimenting with baking when you’ve got a dozen cakes under your belt! Otherwise, your cake might just end up on the ‘Expectation Vs. Reality’ subreddit.

#16

I Way Over-Estimated My Abilities

I Way Over-Estimated My Abilities

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Still looks cute owo

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#17

My Sister Attempted To Make A Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cake

My Sister Attempted To Make A Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cake

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Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

Temperature and frosting tips. Cold frosting holds up better

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#18

Tried My Best To Make A Roach Cake For My 8 Yo

Tried My Best To Make A Roach Cake For My 8 Yo

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Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Id prefer the second one

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#19

Friends Parents Tried To Re-Do A Chewbacca Cake They Found On The Internet For His Birthday...

Friends Parents Tried To Re-Do A Chewbacca Cake They Found On The Internet For His Birthday...

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
4 months ago

"We really do T! We swear!"

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#20

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

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Mag Marguerite
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4 months ago

For my opinion, the original was already... ugly...

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#21

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

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

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Aurora Amata
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4 months ago

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In both cases very ugly

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#22

My Aunt Tried To Make A Cake Of Dolly Parton For A Friend

My Aunt Tried To Make A Cake Of Dolly Parton For A Friend

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Kathryn Bain
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4 months ago

Tinder vs reality

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#23

I Tried Making Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake...

I Tried Making Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake...

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Snowhoepandapro
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like burst mash tattie haha

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#24

A Spoderman Cake

A Spoderman Cake

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Mag Marguerite
Community Member
4 months ago

It's not so bad ! If you correct the eyes, it's almost good

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#25

Peacock Cake Of Dreams

Peacock Cake Of Dreams

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Sanne Roovers
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4 months ago

That's actually not even that bad!

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#26

The Wedding Cake We Ordered vs. The Cake We Picked Up

The Wedding Cake We Ordered vs. The Cake We Picked Up

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Dilara Açar
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4 months ago

could've been worse

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#27

Snow White Cake

Snow White Cake

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

This is what i see everytime i see a BP article with the headline "I Draw Disney Princesses"

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#28

I Tried To Make My Girlfriend A Galaxy Mirror Cake

I Tried To Make My Girlfriend A Galaxy Mirror Cake

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

bt ended up like this...still your girlfriend likes you for your adorable efforts

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#29

Yup. My Wedding Cake

Yup. My Wedding Cake

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

It's not perfect is it

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#30

Ordered The Cake On The Left, Got The One On The Right

Ordered The Cake On The Left, Got The One On The Right

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Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Fondant vs whipped frosting. My guess is that you wanted a artist cake but ordered it at Walmart and are now disappointed. Edit: Replaced Fondue for Fondant. The commenters are not all delusional about fondue.:)

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