Thanks to Pinterest and other internet media, we have become the moms and dads that believe we can DIY anything. Anything. We an build our own houses after watching instructional YouTube videos, decorate the hell out of our kids' Valentines Day mailboxes, and believe we can bake like Duff Goldman. Those videos and seemingly easy to follow blog posts have us convinced it's sooooo easy. If they can do it, we can too! Plus, there's the fact that we're saving so much money by picking up these skills ourselves. After all, we have a lifetime of birthdays we will need to bake and decorate for. And the kids, they'll really appreciate the effort of a homemade cake (insert eye roll here).
Know what we're not saving ourselves from? Headaches, lots and lots of headaches. There's a reason why people buy cakes from professionals, and it's that they have way more experience and tricks to fix slip ups. They either spent a lifetime learning from the best or went to school to hone their craft. It's like putting a house on a roof. Could you do it on your own? Sure, you could get all the necessary materials and attempt to slap something on top of a house. Would it be waterproof? Probably not. Would it be up to code? Almost certainly, no.
While the cake isn't a bad representation of the Rick and Morty character, there's something deeply unnerving about the cake's mouth. Is that a sausage? Cherry filling? Proof of cannibalism? Who knows! Maybe this is the way Rick sees himself after he's been on the sauce for a while. Granted, being from a show that had a character by the name of Mr. Poopybutthole, Rick probably wouldn't be too bothered by this portrayal. Is anyone else as equally shook about how much this cake looks like it could be Doctor Emmett Brown? The DeLorean could fit through that pie hole of doom.
Someone took an order way too literally. Should every bakery employ an editor? We're beginning to wonder based on this cake and a few more that follow. Maybe just a second set of eyes would be helpful, someone to say, "I'm pretty sure that's not what they meant." And, after you get this cake, can you really give it to the recipient? "Hey, I tried to get you a cake, but I didn't take a look at it before now. Ummm, happy birthday anyway. At least I know how to spell your name." The lesson here- always open the cake box and double check before taking a custom item home.
Elsa, the princess of winter and wielder of ice and snow. She's elegant, opulent even adorned with ice crystals and a sparkling gown. There're a lot of words we'd use to describe the second cake but elegant and opulent are definitely not on the list. This is an Elsa who belongs on an episode of Botched. How did the plan to cut this cake go? Here you go, have a piece of Elsa's weirdly small head. Oh, you want an overly round shoulder instead? Good choice. The necklace is pretty. So there's that. She may be stripped of cheekbones or a forehead, but her necklace is fine. Aside from an editor, maybe people need a doctor to explain the human skeleton to cake makers, too?
Belle, the bookish Disney princess that also was the town's premiere stunner. The silver lining in this case could be that a Belle that looked like this cake would certainly have an easier time avoiding Gaston. The no chin nor ears and anatomical impossibility of a nose on top of her eyes would confuse even the town's least thoughtful bachelor. We hope whatever kid this cake was for wasn't too scared when he or she took the first look at it. Additionally, we hope whoever made the cake has a great sense of humor and was able to laugh at themselves. We did.
The story behind this cake is as equally awesome as the sweet itself. The poster laid it out like this, ""Congratulations Reece" was all that we wanted written on the cake. The guy @publix bakery said that he could do it. After a few minutes, he returns with the cake and says "I kind of had to fit the last few letters at the end, but is this okay?" 😂😂😂. The sad part about it is, they tried 3 more times (with the help of a 'baking specialist" that was called over). It didn't get any better!" Yes, we had a good laugh at the end result. No, we would not have taken the responsibility of paying for this abomination.
Image: Pinterest/Carla Beth
So, this one has obviously been edited a bit to really poke fun at the end result. However, you can see that the odd hands and puffy body look nothing like a snowman anymore. Instead, the maker has pointed out that the snowman now looks more like Jabba the Hut. Somewhere, this blob cake is holding a marshmallow Han Solo frozen in carbonite or maybe jello, which clearly has to be the edible version of it. What happened to the scarf? It just...was absorbed into the body? Yeah, this thing is a nightmare. It's a nightmare no amount of frosting could fix.
This is another one that makes us wonder- even if it turned out super realistic, would that be a good thing? Here's your beloved cat commemorated in cake, go ahead and cut it and eat it. Or was the cake for the cat? What events in a cat's life call for a cake? This cake offers more questions than answers, not least of which is who made the cake? That it's in a box leads us to believe this thing was purchased. That it looks the way it does makes us wonder...from where? Most places (and people) would see this and decide a refund should be in the works.
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Peeps are one of those things that you either love or absolutely don't. We can all agree that they're weird looking though. Before this, we didn't know that home baked, DIY marshmallow chicks were a thing people did. These are peep-ish all right, though they look like they are tropically sunburned, overly inflated by an air pump, and have corn mouths that are frozen in screams. Delicious, right? Also, pulling food with faces apart with your hands to eat is always a bit off putting. If our meat was served with eyes and mouths, we'd definitely feel differently about it.
We're not sure about using cake to troll someone. Is it actually a good burn? After all, no matter what a cake says it's probably still fantastic inside. It's cake. The worse alternative would be not having any. And, if you are going to try to trash someone with baked goods, make sure the spelling is right. We're not trying to be grammar sticklers, but it should be, "You're not special!" Though it does pose the question, if the receiver isn't special, why'd you spend money on the cake in the first place? We offer up this advise about exes, too. If you're still thinking about them, it's clear they still mean something to you.
The caption under the original post of this cake only said, "And this is proof that I don’t bake." We still can't pin down what exactly the goal was. There are dowels sticking out of the top, presumably to hold the cake together, although it still seems to be melting. Is that just the way the frosting looks? Why does it seem so wet? Did anybody actually eat it? We're not entirely sure what they actually are, but it looks like there're strips of bacon peeking out from the middle of the dessert. Bacon makes everything better but, uh, there's still a long way to go here.
Image: Pinterest/Cake Fails
This cake is the best! It has it all. The word sprinkles written in multi-color. The phrase "under neat." The angel figurine riding a carrot (punny carat?). It's kind of sad since the hand in frosting can't have been easy to do and even the script is tidy (here's looking at you, Congratulations cake from above). We really have to wonder if the cake itself took away from the proposal. It had to have stolen the show. After all, it's kind of an assault on the senses. There's a diamond ring, curly q words written in several hues, and a freaking flying carrot. Trippy, yes. Romantic, nope.
Image: Pinterest/Lisa L
Can't you hear the conversation for the order? "Hi, I'd like to order a Frozen cake. I mean, not an ice cream cake. One decorated with Frozen." Then, this happened. Technically, it is a frozen cake. When we think of the word basic, this is now what will come to mind for the rest of time. Like, this is the khaki pants of Anna and Elsa cakes. Worse, could you imagine promising a little girl a Frozen themed treat for her birthday and serving up this instead? Tears and confusion, a storm of them. I hope whatever birthday gifts followed this cake were phenomenal. They'd almost have to be.
Here's the thing. Cakes for baby showers do not have to depict actual babies. In fact, cakes should never have depictions of realistic looking babies because people cut cakes. It's creepy. This cake sans the bizarrely placed doll would have been fine. The pastel blue color and sprinkle of flowers is a perfectly acceptable dome shaped shower cake. The addition of the doll makes it strange and unappealing. Do you rip the doll out before you eat the cake? Is the frosting supposed to be a very oddly shaped onesie? How'd the baby get in there? It wasn't baked in (we assume it would melt). Just...no.
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Normally, it's a very kind gesture to congratulate someone on their pregnancy. Yet, maybe a teen pregnancy is one you don't want to call out with a cake. In fact, it reads and feels more like a trolling than anything else. If this was a cake for a shower, there'd be no need for the script. In fact, if this cake was meant for a baby shower, the weird baby cake from above would've been a better option. Was it uncomfortable piping those words on the cake for the baker? We'd certainly cringe if asked to do anything that was to congratulate someone on their "teen pregnancy." Frosting doesn't make that one better.
Is there an aloe flavored cake mix? If so, it sounds like the recipient of this cake may need it. The only thing we can picture is some insane, jackass style prank gone wrong that would be appropriate for Rob Dyrdek's Ridiculousness. How else could you set someone you like enough to send them a cake on fire? Hey, at least this cake is pretty, unlike some of the others on this list. We're not sure it at all makes up for being burned or whatever followed. It better taste damn good to be a first step toward forgiveness. Notice the "first step." It's probably going to take more than a baked good to heal that relationship.
Instagram's fairy lily captioned her post, "My middle child's third birthday today. Totally nailed the cake." That she included the hashtag "#pinterestfail" helps us know that she was poking fun at herself. We're a bit curious...what is that three actually made of? Is it just sliced pieces of layered cake? It looks to us that the cake she was trying to emulate was cake or rice crispy treat frosted, covered with rainbow sprinkles, and then outlined in skittles or m&ms. Mama missed a couple steps, we think. And hey, we've been there. If you know things have gone downhill to that point of no return, you may as well shrug it off, take an Instagram picture for posterity, and head to the grocery store for one of their cakes.
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In case you're like us and couldn't tell what this was actually made of, it's a layered jello cake. From what we gathered, the maker is supposed to use a bundt pan to shape the wiggly medium. One color/flavor is whipped up, poured in the pan, cooled until it sets, and then the process is repeated over and over until a rainbow cake can be pulled from the mold. It's time consuming. It looks like this person decided to throw all the ingredients together in an effort to save some time. It didn't work. Did whoever made this even manage to pull it out of the bundt pan? If so, did it still look like alien food?
Image: Pinterest/Pure Comedy
It's semantics. Did the orderer say, "Put this on the cake." If so, he or she got exactly what was asked for. It's a little bit impressive to be honest. That's a surprisingly realistic depiction of a USB drive. Why it's floating in a sea of blue frosting is a little questionable, but the artistry is there. It's not so bad it'd end up on Nailed It, even if there was clearly a misunderstanding. To be fair, we bet bakers are asked for a ton of eyebrow raising things. This was probably another one on the list of inside jokes they weren't meant to get.
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Although Marilyn has been gone for a long time, her image still means grace and beauty. The perfect women for so many and so it should come as no surprise that people want a part of her beauty in their cake celebrations. But, imagine requesting a cake that looks like the left and getting that terrifying face staring at you on the right instead. There is nothing that is similar here other than the maybe black-greyish lining. One is elegant and near perfection. The other looks like something that haunts you when you've had too much sugar and can't sleep.
Image: konditery; Shabrovich / yaplakal
We know that love comes in all different types of packages and that's what makes this world so special. We love our family and friends and favorite colors, celebrations and laughter, but this cake leaves some love out. We're not sure what happened to it, if the design on the cake on the right was perfection and it was rained on or what... but that love leaves somethings to be desired. Mostly some clarity in what the image is supposed to be. Hopefully the love shines through when you cut into the cake and eat a bite. Maybe there is more than meets the eye here and we need to hold on to that old adage to not judge a book -- or cake in this case -- by the cover.
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It's OK if you're scared too. We are terrified. It's a small oops what happened here thing, but those melting eyes are terrifying. That cake on the left is birthday party perfection. It's exactly what you'd want for your baby's birthday cake and it's simple but elegant. That one on the right... well, we imagine it tastes good but it says it's been "hand decorated" and if someone did that melty-eye look on purpose we have to question their life decisions and wonder why they hate sleep so much.
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There is a lot of talk about the Little Mermaid right now as Disney is in production phase of the new live-action. Some are excited, others are struggling to see the casting choices, but I think we can all agree that this cake inspired by The Little Mermaid leaves a little to be desired. The left side is beautiful cake that is well designed and it's actually shaped like a cake. The one on the right, well, it looks to be 90 percent fondant that isn't really edible and tastes like aired out sugar. The colors are nice and the design is cool if you're not pretending it's supposed to be Ariel.
Image: Frozen / The Walt Disney Company; cakewrecks
Now we understand that not everyone can have artistic skills and even in trying to re-create someone's design, there is a skill that comes with that. However, looking at this cake, it seems there either needed to be more time or more skill. It's awkward. It looks like the cake artist used a cake pan shape they hoped could work, but didn't and now it's scary looking. We have no doubt the cake was delicious cause hello, frosting, but still.
There are times in life when important parts of the messaging gets lost in translation. We think it's clear that is what happened here because someone ordered a cake and the decorator or person who took the order took the whole thing super literally. We doubt this is the real message that the person who bought the cake intended for it. It's hilarious none-the-less and hopefully the person who was celebrating their 30th birthday enjoyed the cake anyway.
There are some things that are important to make decisions on when you're ordering a cake for a special event or moment. We want to carefully curate the message the cake gives off, some people need to worry about the flavor or ingredients for preference or allergy. We don't want to be giving a cake with peanut butter frosting to our BFF with a peanut allergy, just as we don't want to give a "congratulations for graduating" cake to your boss who is retiring. It's awkward. Well, turns out the color of the cake is important too, or in this case... actually listening to the question asked.
Everyone loves Beauty and the Beast and while Chip, the little teacup, may seem like a nobody character, he's memorable and really adorable, even in teacup form. Someone loves Chip so much they requested a cake of his likeness. Hard, yes. Likely not impossible though. There are ways it could be executed... this is not one way we would have thought it could happen. Why not make a flat sheet cake? Why not push for a different cake all together? Anything but this!
It's not an unusual to call to request a cake with a phrase like "Happy birthday random name person" and then provide some documents or links or photos on what you want the rest of the cake to look like. We're not sure how the communication got mixed up on this one where the writing would be presumably correct. But then there's that photo to the left on the cake... a photo printed in frosting of a cake with writing on it. It's like looking into a very wrong mirror.
Again, another instance of where you send in the cake request and when you're notified that your cake is ready -- usually within an hour or two of when your event starts -- you hope that the cake is what you asked for. The right ingredients, flavors, color, and decorations. Since cakes are still decorated by hand, one would hope that the person doing to cake would use judgement, maybe not take everything literal. Or at the very least... follow up with the customer if there is any confusion. Maybe sent from an iPhone... ::eyeroll::
Remember the days when you had to use the phone to call everyone. There was no texting, online ordering, chatting through the computer. Those were the days were things got lost in communication more and if you struggled to hear on the phone, it was even more of an issue. That seems to be what happened here when a mom ordered a cake with her daughter's face on it and asked for a "cap" as in a graduation cap to be placed on in icing. They heard cat. Cause that makes sense.
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No one is perfect and we make mistakes and that's why there is the backspace button on the computer and the eraser in real life, and heck yes to that magic cleaning sponge that erases all the kid messes. Well, in this particular situation, there was no eraser available and you'd think that writing a message for a cake, you would want it to look nice. And making a mistake you would be able to see the intention. Apparently not this cake decorator. Still cute tho.