Maybe you want to make up to your partner for something stupid you've done or maybe you're bored. It doesn't matter, you've found the perfect recipe and you're willing to commit the whole evening to making it a reality. Problem is, nothing is as deceiving as a recipe. Not even those icebergs that threatened the Titanic. I mean, that lasagna may look pretty in the pictures and the steps may sound so simple, anyone could do it but it couldn't be further from the truth. That, however, was enough to fool you and now you're as oblivious as the ship's captain, heading towards a disaster. A kitchen disaster.

Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest examples of food expectations vs. reality to make you feel like an iron chef. After all, we all need some encouragement. From stained glass cookies that look like they've just committed suicide to a rice bear that is more mummy than bear, these dishes make you wonder if someone was brave enough to eat them. Scroll down to take a look why sometimes it's better to simply order a pizza and vote for your funniest entries.

#1

Was Asked To Make Food Network's Brown Sugar Pecan Bears

Was Asked To Make Food Network's Brown Sugar Pecan Bears

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

Those eyes! Those eyes can see into your future...

H4unt3dF0r3sts
Community Member
2 years ago

And they've seen plenty of other horrors.....

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Tara Leigh
Community Member
2 years ago

Too much sugar in the recipe and too much butter makes them spread like that.

Jennifer Erdossy
Community Member
2 years ago

Also, too warm butter. When it says CHILL before baking, it means it!

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Kimberly Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

They look like Grimace from the McDonald's commercials, only not purple. Should slather with some purple frosting and say that's what she meant to make.

Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

They look more like obese otters now

Carol Stephen
Community Member
2 years ago

if these are pecan bears why the almond expectations?

Marie-Louise Chenois
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like they have teeth...And need to go to the orthodontist...

Mylah Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

For a start the top ones are almonds.... the pecans look like vaginas.

Eli Da
Community Member
2 years ago

They look like blobs with vaginas

Giulia Betke
Community Member
2 years ago

the originals were almonds

Valerie Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

That's exactly like mine would turn out !! LOL

d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
2 years ago

They ate too many of those almonds.

Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

I actually like these more than the original :D

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
2 years ago

The eyes look like they're in a trance!

Glentoran
Community Member
2 years ago

I still think the end result is quite sweet.

Gillian Black
Community Member
2 years ago

wow think they ate to may sugar bears while in hibernation

isaac rikard
Community Member
1 year ago

first off in the expactations those3 are almonds

Pixel Gaming and Friends
Community Member
2 years ago

and this is why we have cookie cutters

Andrea Doidge
Community Member
2 years ago

All those creatures have tummy Vaginas.

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
2 years ago

Sounds like a self-rising flour issue LOL I tried to make "lady fingers" like Martha Stewart, shaping cookie dough into the shape of a lady's finger and using a almond dyed with red food dye as the nail. But I bought premade cookie dough instead of using Martha's recipe. I got monster lady fingers.

Arhythmia Hart
Community Member
2 years ago

The 'reality' photo looks like something from Studio Ghibli, they're cute in a messed up melty sort of way!

Carolyn Apel
Community Member
2 years ago

They're overweight from eating too much chocolate????

Liz Llanes
Community Member
2 years ago

Buwahahahahs....looks like a shocked brown santa ...

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
2 years ago

I like the amateur ones better -- much cuter!

Kristen Doornenbal
Community Member
2 years ago

If they’re a pecan bear why’re they holding an almond?

John Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

If you look closely, you'll see a couple of cashews too, and a hint of something that looks like it could be a pecan. :-)

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James A. Smith Jr.
Community Member
2 years ago

My precious!

Diane Diggs
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a walrus with diseased teeth!!

Jennifer Marshall
Community Member
2 years ago

Kinda look like weird walruses!

Pamela Keown
Community Member
2 years ago

the eyes are wrong - the nut starts out an almond and turns into a pecan - I don't think so -- your "BEFORE" photo is NOT the before that belongs with the "AFTER". Who are you trying to fool.

Talise Snyder
Community Member
2 years ago

It's not before and after- the first photo is what the person was trying to recreate from the Food Network and then second was what they made.

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Beverly Rutledge
Community Member
2 years ago

Would happen to me!

Janine Randall
Community Member
2 years ago

I was going to try to make those. Now I won't be too shocked if they come out looking like Cookie Monster.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 years ago

They all look like cousins with overbites!

Bradley Roon
Community Member
2 years ago

How come the almonds turned into walnuts?

Trish Christoffersen
Community Member
2 years ago

I laughed way harder at this than I should have.

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
2 years ago

Bet your's tasted better !!

Elisha Gabriell
Community Member
2 years ago

Thriller!

Gretel Hallett
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think the 'expectations' photo is at all achievable - and possibly they have been very carefully dried out instead of baked ... the 'reality' photo is hilarious and much more realistic.

Pavlina G
Community Member
2 years ago

Did this person even try?????

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
2 years ago

So Blobby did Dracula dyed you brown...?

Zoey Coen
Community Member
2 years ago

First of all, those are almonds...

Ria Hyams
Community Member
2 years ago

The top bears are holding almonds not pecans?

Ria Hyams
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually see all kinds of nuts. Sorry my bad

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Brandy Dillensneider
Community Member
2 years ago

Clearly used the wrong kind of cookie dough; original appears to be some sort of shortbread (there are ways to make it not spread) while the fail looks like the dough for crispy chocolate-chip cookies.

Lindsay Ameye
Community Member
2 years ago

Congratulations, you have stoned pecan minions

V.D. A
Community Member
2 years ago

with pussies

Heatherz_myBoo
Community Member
2 years ago

This will forever haunt my nightmares... I hope you’re happy

十折一
Community Member
2 years ago

not bad, 感觉它们拥有了慵懒的灵魂

Anaka Blackwood
Community Member
2 years ago

Ha, my bb8 and r2d2 cookies gained some pounds too, so i know what you mean

David KH Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

Even the biscuits rolled their eyes.

S Wilmo
Community Member
2 years ago

They are still kind of adorable lol!

Victor Calamity
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL those bears are hibernating...for real

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

Did you melt your butter? Not chill your dough?

Oscar
Community Member
2 years ago

Owls

Ingrid Tsai
Community Member
2 years ago

How do you fail that badly! No offense...

Sykz
Community Member
2 years ago

I likes these much better!

Guinevere
Community Member
2 years ago

The reality bears are really cute too :)

Pat Hege
Community Member
2 years ago

Way too much butter

Crystal Hickman
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like a burnt adipose from Dr Who. I think it's cute. Hahaha

Violet Oliveira
Community Member
2 years ago

the top ones are holding almonds and cashews...not pecans...at least the reality one got the ingredients right lol

Wezbie
Community Member
2 years ago

to be honest now they kind look like cute ghosts

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

those eye make it funnier~

Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahahah! They look like little chicks! Brown chicks!

Matthew Hyder
Community Member
2 years ago

Their like clay men or something. :?

Ntosh
Community Member
2 years ago

oh wow, the reality is so me. I was craving cookies so I decided to bake them. Got a recipe online and loved it. I could picture myself eating these great nice, tasty cookies. The outcome was so disappointing I was mad at myself. I can't bake cookies. This was my second try, I am giving up now. Is it really so difficult to bake cookies. I don't even want to take a chance with baking a cake

Samantha Bing
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't give up - I made crappy batches like 5 or 6 times before the consistency and look of the cookies actually worked - when you've made that perfect batch it feels like you've climbed a mountain!

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like the dark cookies ate the light cookies

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2 years ago

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Judy Semmens
Community Member
2 years ago

Biscuits showing a teddy bear grasping something sticking up from it's groin area? That's just wrong!

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#2

Adorable Rice Bear

Adorable Rice Bear

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KK
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like this guy scream__1_...c861d3.jpg scream__1_-5a54872c861d3.jpg

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#3

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

Pizza the Hut diabetbus brother

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#4

It's A Good Thing Cats Don't Care About Cake

It's A Good Thing Cats Don't Care About Cake

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KK
Community Member
2 years ago

This one looks okay imho. It's cute.

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#5

My Wife Made Croissants For Breakfast. Nailed It!

My Wife Made Croissants For Breakfast. Nailed It!

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

You are now on the no-entry blacklist of France, for crimes against the country.

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#6

Not So Much ‘Arrrrah, How Cute’ And More ‘Arrrrraahhh What The F*** Is That?'

Not So Much ‘Arrrrah, How Cute’ And More ‘Arrrrraahhh What The F*** Is That?'

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Matthew Hyder
Community Member
2 years ago

Why did they make it with different ingredients? ^^; They shouks follow the recipe. :p

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#7

I'm No Cook But I Didn't Expect To Screw Up A Baked Potato

I'm No Cook But I Didn't Expect To Screw Up A Baked Potato

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

You baked it in lava or on the surface of the sun?

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#8

Spongebob And Patrick Have Seen Things

Spongebob And Patrick Have Seen Things

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Bored Phoenix
Community Member
2 years ago

Patrick bedwetted again!

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#9

I Don’t Think This Project Could Have Been Saved

I Don’t Think This Project Could Have Been Saved

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Bored Phoenix
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeff the Panda!

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#10

So Close...

So Close...

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Community Member
2 years ago

That's quite good :DDD

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#11

I Made A Santa Shaped Bread From A Recipe I Found, It Turned Out A Bit Different From The Picture

I Made A Santa Shaped Bread From A Recipe I Found, It Turned Out A Bit Different From The Picture

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

A bit like the villain captain from Pirates of the Caribbean...

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#12

Elmo Fail

Elmo Fail

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

Uhm, i can't concentrate on the second picture mutant Elmo because first picture Elmo has a weird erection.

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#13

Please Kill Me

Please Kill Me

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

His eye is hemorrhaging

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#14

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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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

It does look like it tastes good. Honestly the top one looks like a painted rock

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#15

Blueberry-Splosion

Blueberry-Splosion

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KK
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, next time try berries, not insects.

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#16

My Dad Said He'd Made Macarons. Expectation Vs. Reality. Still Tasted Divine Though

My Dad Said He'd Made Macarons. Expectation Vs. Reality. Still Tasted Divine Though

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Jessica Stohr
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow ! At least they still tasted good!

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#17

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

this is what happen when you don't vaccinate your cookies

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#18

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

Ordered Cake On Left, Received Cake On Right

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty close

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#19

They Are Very Yummy Cupcakes That Are Decorated In A Scarier Than Intended Manner

They Are Very Yummy Cupcakes That Are Decorated In A Scarier Than Intended Manner

redskyfood , Julia Report

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

Honestly, what I don't get is these ones that don't follow the original AT ALL. What did you expect? The eyes are those bugged out ones that come in a bag and don't look anything like the original, the nose is upside down, the ears are chocolate chips instead of discs, the colors are inverted (or maybe it was decorated hot and the sugar melted into the cupcake?) and the mouth doesn't look anything like the original. I mean, if you're not skilled or don't have much practice, don't take these liberties or the result will be...what you see here...

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#20

This Makes Me Laugh So Much Every Time I See It That Maybe It Was Worth The Fail

This Makes Me Laugh So Much Every Time I See It That Maybe It Was Worth The Fail

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Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Needs braces

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#21

Homemade Smiley Face Fries

Homemade Smiley Face Fries

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Quinn Purdy
Community Member
2 years ago

Souls of the damned

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#22

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Almost.

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#23

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

If this was homemade it wouldn't be bad. Since it was ordered, I assume it was from a bakery, in which case, no. I would ask for a refund

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#24

Chocolate Covered Banana Penguins

Chocolate Covered Banana Penguins

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Emilija Juškovė
Community Member
2 years ago

Global warming effect

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#25

Olaf Quesadillas

Olaf Quesadillas

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Bored Phoenix
Community Member
2 years ago

Too warm a hug...

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#26

Bunny Rolls

Bunny Rolls

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Luna
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah well,the eyes are sort of visible ;)

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#27

Rainbow Heart Cookies Surprise

Rainbow Heart Cookies Surprise

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Jessica Stohr
Community Member
2 years ago

The only problem is that they put three times too many on the tray!

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#28

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

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

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this is still lovely, particularly if it is self-made.

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#29

Girlfriend's Halloween Themed Cupcakes

Girlfriend's Halloween Themed Cupcakes

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Jessica Stohr
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty good still!

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#30

There Are No Words. My Sister Asked For A Peppa Pig Cake. This Is What I Made

There Are No Words. My Sister Asked For A Peppa Pig Cake. This Is What I Made

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is better than the other peps pig

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#31

Expectations Vs. Reality: Cake Edition

Expectations Vs. Reality: Cake Edition

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KK
Community Member
2 years ago

Set the eyes straight and it doesn't look too different.

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#32

The Force Is Weak With This One

The Force Is Weak With This One

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Cyndi H
Community Member
2 years ago

This is just sad...

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#33

Apparently I’m Still In A Halloween Mindset

Apparently I’m Still In A Halloween Mindset

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Ilona Z
Community Member
2 years ago

even the oreo is ugly... just... why?

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#34

My Birthday Cake Attempt. To Be Fair I Had Quite A Few Drinks Beforehand And Not The Right Cooking Utensils

My Birthday Cake Attempt. To Be Fair I Had Quite A Few Drinks Beforehand And Not The Right Cooking Utensils

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nazan fidan
Community Member
2 years ago

almost tho. not bad

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#35

We Tried To Be Creative This Christmas. It Didn't Work Out So Well

We Tried To Be Creative This Christmas. It Didn't Work Out So Well

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

It's those damn store-bought bugged out eyes! If you'd just put a little black dot instead of those giant white nipples, it would've looked 100% cute.

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#36

I'm Not Good At Frosting

I'm Not Good At Frosting

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

not ecactly the same, but not bad at all

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#37

Friend Ordered Guitar Cake. Cake Maker Said She Could Make An Exact Replica

Friend Ordered Guitar Cake. Cake Maker Said She Could Make An Exact Replica

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

cake maker overestimated his skills---

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#38

I Would Never Attempt This Again

I Would Never Attempt This Again

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Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't give up. Instead learn a bit more about how chocolate works )))

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#39

Devilled Egg Chicks

Devilled Egg Chicks

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Those are funny, better than the expectations

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#40

Paint Splatter Cake

Paint Splatter Cake

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Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of these just forgot to cool the cake down completely before starting the decorating

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#41

My Sister And I Attempted To Make A Kinder Egg Cake For My Nephew

My Sister And I Attempted To Make A Kinder Egg Cake For My Nephew

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

it's a ittle bit out of shape, but not bad

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#42

I Saw A Thing. I Tried To Make A Thing. I Shouldn't Try To Make Things

I Saw A Thing. I Tried To Make A Thing. I Shouldn't Try To Make Things

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

Marshmallows don't take long to brown. If they do burn they will come off in one piece, so the dish underneath is still ok. We did this on Thanksgiving and the sweet potatoes were still ok

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#43

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

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Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

umm, i want to scratch my skins .. trypophobia indeed

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#44

Unicorn Of The Sea

Unicorn Of The Sea

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
2 years ago

This one's really good!

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#45

Pinterest Finger Cookie Failure My Friend Did. They Were Still Delicious

Pinterest Finger Cookie Failure My Friend Did. They Were Still Delicious

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Quinn Purdy
Community Member
2 years ago

Troll toes

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#46

Dinosaur Cake

Dinosaur Cake

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

First pic: me entering at a party. Second pic: me leaving the party.

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#47

Matcha Cake Did Not Matcha Expectations

Matcha Cake Did Not Matcha Expectations

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Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

Now THIS is a true example if laziness. From the cheese to the food colouring used.

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#48

Spinach Cups For Dinner Tonight

Spinach Cups For Dinner Tonight

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Quinn Purdy
Community Member
2 years ago

Melted frogs

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#49

I Made A Mistake Early In The Process And That's Why This Is An Exorcist Swan

I Made A Mistake Early In The Process And That's Why This Is An Exorcist Swan

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nazan fidan
Community Member
2 years ago

that is good tho

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#50

My First Attempt At Decorating A Nice Birthday Cake. (I Apologized Profusely To My Mom As I Gave It To Her.)

My First Attempt At Decorating A Nice Birthday Cake. (I Apologized Profusely To My Mom As I Gave It To Her.)

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

If i gave this to my mom she would slap me into the next week.

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#51

Cinna-Meh Turkeys

Cinna-Meh Turkeys

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Patti
Community Member
2 years ago

I would eat it. Yum bacon

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#52

These Were Supposed To Be A Cute Halloween Surprise For The Grandkids

These Were Supposed To Be A Cute Halloween Surprise For The Grandkids

Kate Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

should coated the caramel separately

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#53

My Panda Bread Did Not Turn Out As Expected

My Panda Bread Did Not Turn Out As Expected

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Chelsea Letendre
Community Member
2 years ago

it's almost like they should have used an actual bread pan...

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#54

My Panda Cupcakes Turned Out Looking Rather Unfortunate With Each One Sporting A Grimace Worse Than The Next

My Panda Cupcakes Turned Out Looking Rather Unfortunate With Each One Sporting A Grimace Worse Than The Next

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Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

Better than the other attempt at these cupcake. At least yours are close

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#55

My Aunt Ordered This Cute Monster Cake For Her Son's Birthday And This Is What They Gave Her

My Aunt Ordered This Cute Monster Cake For Her Son's Birthday And This Is What They Gave Her

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Elise Mon
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