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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. The 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 horrible expectation vs. reality food disaster.

Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest examples of food fails 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 at why sometimes it's better to order a pizza and vote for your funniest expectation vs. reality food pic 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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Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

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Why Do We Find These Expectation Vs. Reality Food Photos So Funny?

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We’ve all been there - funny food fails that leave us with burnt dishes, collapsed cakes, and croissants looking like sharp dough sticks rather than buttery crescents of glorious flakiness. But let’s be honest here: while these epic food fails can be quite maddening, they’re also pretty hilarious. Besides, there’s also something so relatable about them! It’s almost like we are all in this together, trying to master the art of culinary excellence, one food fail at a time. 

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Let’s not forget the visual aspect of these expectation vs. reality food pics, either. There’s something inexplicably hilarious about seeing regular food items come into this chaotic jumble of gooey textures and incredible colorations. Sure, this can be called a part of the creative process, but we think these unexpected visual plot twists are what make these epic food fails so deliciously funny. Plus, sharing these moments of culinary catastrophe can bring us closer together, as laughter is a social glue that connects us.

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At the end of the day, funny food fails remind us that we're all human and that it's okay to make mistakes. Even the most seasoned chefs have been there or started there. So go ahead, cherish the imperfections, and have a good laugh.

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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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#5

My Wife Made Croissants For Breakfast. Nailed It!

My Wife Made Croissants For Breakfast. Nailed It!

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Hans
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#8

Spongebob And Patrick Have Seen Things

Spongebob And Patrick Have Seen Things

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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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#15

Blueberry-Splosion

Blueberry-Splosion

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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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#17

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

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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

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Nadine Ducca
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#23

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

Ordered A Birthday Cake For My Niece

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#26

Bunny Rolls

Bunny Rolls

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#27

Rainbow Heart Cookies Surprise

Rainbow Heart Cookies Surprise

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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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#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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#31

Expectations Vs. Reality: Cake Edition

Expectations Vs. Reality: Cake Edition

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#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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#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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#38

I Would Never Attempt This Again

I Would Never Attempt This Again

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Ana
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#40

Paint Splatter Cake

Paint Splatter Cake

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Anne
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#46

Dinosaur Cake

Dinosaur Cake

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Vlad Horobet
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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#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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