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

reddit.com Report

chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

From A Kids Party To A Bachelorette Sorry Real Quick

From A Kids Party To A Bachelorette Sorry Real Quick

chikken_wing_ Report

Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
4 months ago

...For more grown-up princesses

View more comments
#3

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

My Darth Maul Birthday Cake Ate Too Much Cake

m00ska Report

Ray Heap
Community Member
4 months ago

Baby.... Darth Maul?

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

AloneMordakai Report

Jenna Contreras
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View more comments
#5

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

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

noodlepartipoodle Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

its fine as long as it tastes great

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

reddit.com Report

Aurora Amata
Community Member
4 months ago

Hahahahaah red eyes

View More Replies...
View more comments

"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

reddit.com Report

narmadha weerasinghe
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a yellow Barney

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

He ate the cake, got fat and became cake

View more comments
#9

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

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

lemurvomitX Report

LOGAN HUNTER
Community Member
4 months ago

The eggs are, deformed due to the parents genes

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

sweethandz Report

chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

this cake need surgery to fix the anatomy of face

View more comments
#11

This Attempt At A Rainbow Crepe Cake

This Attempt At A Rainbow Crepe Cake

Turenner Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey that'd be awesome for halloween :DDD

View more comments
#12

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

reddit.com Report

EA
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

JRose513 Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

frosting is hard

View more comments
#14

Elmo / Elmer

Elmo / Elmer

reddit.com Report

Brigs
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Minnie Gained Some Weight

Minnie Gained Some Weight

reddit.com Report

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
4 months ago

pls... kill me...

View more comments

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

reddit.com Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Still looks cute owo

View more comments
#17

My Sister Attempted To Make A Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cake

My Sister Attempted To Make A Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cake

CoproliteSandwich Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

Temperature and frosting tips. Cold frosting holds up better

Ellaphant
Community Member
4 months ago

:) Think we more issues than temperature here

Load More Replies...
Emy Loves
Community Member
4 months ago

Mmmmk.....I'm not sure what the brown poopie chunks are at the bottom. Presents?

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Ummm

Katya Lyubivaya
Community Member
4 months ago

UUUM What can I say

mia kinlo
Community Member
4 months ago

You also have to carve the cake

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
4 months ago

I would have just given up and eaten it all

CrEaTiVe_duck
Community Member
4 months ago

did a animal poop on and around the tree?

Abrielle
Community Member
4 months ago

The Christmas tree gain some weight

Vee Lyons
Community Member
4 months ago

How old is your sister, 10? That looks terrible, almost as if she wanted it to look as horrible as possible, I mean, that thing on the top.

Tom Hardeveld
Community Member
4 months ago

... just don't drop it on a big city from a plane

Jjjane20
Community Member
4 months ago

Weird pineapple, but points for the effort 👍

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
4 months ago

I think it's yummy!

Linda HS
Community Member
4 months ago

If Santa sees, Santa runs...no presents for you😭

Katy McMouse
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks more like a monument to Oogie Boogie.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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

spikedays Report

Your Local Lizard
Community Member
4 months ago

Id prefer the second one

View More Replies...
View more comments
#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...

reddit.com Report

Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
4 months ago

"We really do T! We swear!"

View more comments
#20

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

reddit.com Report

Mag Marguerite
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View more comments
#21

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

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

bananaloutay Report

Aurora Amata
Community Member
4 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

In both cases very ugly

View more comments
#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

reddit.com Report

Kathryn Bain
Community Member
4 months ago

Tinder vs reality

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#23

I Tried Making Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake...

I Tried Making Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake...

reddit.com Report

Snowhoepandapro
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like burst mash tattie haha

View more comments
#24

A Spoderman Cake

A Spoderman Cake

falkharboush Report

Mag Marguerite
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View more comments
#25

Peacock Cake Of Dreams

Peacock Cake Of Dreams

Steebo123 Report

Sanne Roovers
Community Member
4 months ago

That's actually not even that bad!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#26

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

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

reddit.com Report

Dilara Açar
Community Member
4 months ago

could've been worse

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

Snow White Cake

Snow White Cake

reddit.com Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

I Tried To Make My Girlfriend A Galaxy Mirror Cake

I Tried To Make My Girlfriend A Galaxy Mirror Cake

bezziewezzie90 Report

chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Yup. My Wedding Cake

Yup. My Wedding Cake

juads Report

Scagsy
Community Member
4 months ago

It's not perfect is it

View more comments
#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

remaerc Report

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.:)

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 37 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.