Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine’s Day Pinterest FAIL

This blog is called the “(mis)Adventures” for a reason….. This is one of those reasons!! I had seen in my Facebook news feed a Pinterest type photo, a few times, shared by friends, and I thought, “well that looks easy enough!!” Oh how random photos on the internet can get you to do things…..

I should have know this was going to be a bad experience when I started, because as soon as I went to the cupboard to get the oil out… well there wasn’t any. So at 9 pm I ventured out into the snowy dark to get some. I was greeted by the doors on my vehicle being frozen shut, but did I give up? No way man, I was on a mission!! Then I couldn’t find my ice scrapper, so I sat in my truck while the windshield melted. And still I did not give up. I was going to be the best wife/mother EVER!!! Because I had seen a photo with no explanations and figured “well that looks easy enough!”

So once I returned home, I mixed up my store bought cake mix in a box. I had chosen a red velvet, because, oh la la, it was Valentine’s baby. Can I just ask, what in god’s name does Duncan Hines put in their red velvet cake mix that stained my fingers (and anything else it touched) red!?!?!? But I digress, we are talking about a Pinterest type fail here. So I go to grab my round and square cake pans and I can’t find my square. At this point I should have realized the universe REALLY didn’t want me to make this cake, but did I listen? NO!!!

After a complete search of the kitchen, the square pan was located and I was back on track. I filled the two pans with the creepy red batter and used toothpicks to make sure the depth on both were equal so the parts would all match up. I set my timer and I waited, with excitement. My cakes came out of the oven and after cooling them I set to work to make the heart cake that would launch me into stardom with my family. But wait….. the circle piece was WAY to big for my square piece if I followed the photo directions!?!?! Poop in a bucket, oh well, I can improvise, right? Ha ha ha……

At one point I actually thought about giving up, I really did. But I was making this (now these) cakes for my family…. I had to see this through. The red velvet cake was all but impossible to frost as little chunks kept contaminating the white of my frosting. I decided to counter this issue with probably too many heart shaped sprinkles. The end result was a cake that looked nothing like a heart and totally like a train wreak. I had failed. And to top it off, the smaller cake I made for the country kids turned out just as bad!


So why am I sharing this disaster with you? Why did I just not hide the results from the world? Because there are lessons here people, very important lessons. Oh but where to start…. In no particular order….. 1.) Store bought cake mixes can be down right scary. 2.) Listen to the universe when it tries to tell you something. 3.) Never let a photo talk you in to believing. 4.) NEVER share a stupid photo with your friends if you personally have not tried it. I mean, come on, they are your friends, you don’t want them to end up with train wreak cake do you? 5.) None of this matters because I made the cakes with love in my heart and no matter how bad they look, my family will still eat them. And while I may not have launched into stardom with this endeavor….. Well at least it brought a little humor to the world.

It was supposed to say LOVE. Yeah I know it's bad, stop laughing...



56 comments:

  1. I could see this happening to me. While I LOVE to pin things on Pinterest, I very rarely actually TRY them because I'm afraid this will happen. Oh, I can totally see the word "love" on your little cake. :)

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    1. This is why friends shouldn't share things they have never done LOL

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  2. I love it! It sounds like something that I would do too. I have two heart shaped pans so next time maybe you should borrow one :) I can't believe all that effort and it wasn't super heart shaped but it is the thought (and effort) that counts). I am sure that everyone loved them! The other cake was probably dried out and not tasty so who cares that it looked like a heart :)

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    1. *smacks forehead* There is an idea... a heart shaped pan!!!!! Bwaaa haa haa.

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  3. A cake truly from the heart.

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    1. Well it wasn't from a bakery that's for sure!!! LOL

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  4. Aw! I bet it will be delicious because of all the love baked into it! ;)

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    1. Honestly it was kind of tasteless.... worst box cake mix ever!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your fail, and with such humor, too! Makes me feel more normal for my own Pinterest fails, lol. Its all in the taste anyways. ;)

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    1. Yeah know I have never jumpped on the "hey that looks cool and I can do it" bandwagon before and well now I know why. LOL

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  6. I don't think you did bad at all! All you needed to do was cut the 'circle parts' a little bigger and it would have came out more like a heart! It looks great, and I can see the 'Love' in the second cake! :)

    All that matters is that it tastes good and you made it from the heart!
    p.s red velvet store cake mix, I have found it stains also! I wonder why..

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    1. Kristy, I think my problem was my square was too small. Next time I will just buy a heart shaped pan :D

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  7. I love this post! I bet that cake was delicious. I have a foolproof way to make a heart shaped cake - a heart shaped pan! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweeties.

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    1. Yeah Jen, I really need to get one of those!

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  8. They may not look perfect, but I bet they tasted good! :)

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    1. Actually the store bough cake mix was a little bland LOL

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  9. If I tip my head just a bit to the left I can totally read "LOVE" on the little cake! And the big one just has more love baked into it! And I will be certain to stay away from red velvet cake mixes. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. LOL Thanks for turning your head a little to the left :D

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  10. Super cute! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. I have never been hugged from Portugal before! HI!!!

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  11. I did the same thing last year for my daughter's 1'st birthday except it was the butterfly out of 2 circle cakes! I got so aggravated, that my husband ended up finishing the cake! (hangs my head in shame!) I will try to find the pictures and share them with you on Facebook!
    Lindsey from Our Simple Crazy Country Life
    http://oursimplecrazycountrylife.blogspot.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/oursimplecrazycountrylife

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    1. Oh you should have seen the train wreak train cake I made one year. OMG it was terrible but the oldest country kid knew what it was and loved it anyway!

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  12. LOL...Is it mean of me to laugh extra because I am a cake decorator and could have warned you about all the lies Betty Crocker has been telling for years?! LOL...
    I am visiting from Adventures in Mindful Living MMM link-up. I blog over at http://www.runbakeblog.com
    Those red velvet cakes are horrible to work with and should only ever be attempted with chocolate frosting, if ever!
    To make one from scratch it takes almost an entire container of red food color...so gross just to eat red chocolate cake.
    Pinterest is just evil! :-)
    Keep on baking because no matter how they look, it doesn't change the taste! (or the love that went in it!)

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    1. Feel free to laugh as much as you want! I did!! :) Thanks for the tips.

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  13. That STINKS! Pinterest fails are the worst because you are super hyped up about the project, and then the end result is NOTHING like the original picture. Here's to a better project next go around! :)

    Linking up via Turn it Up Tuesday on Epic Mommy Adventures!

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  14. Yeah, this would be my luck, too. Cakes are not my thing. Also, in high school when I tried to bake a few times, I would put m&m's on top if I couldn't find all the eggshell that got in the batter. ;) Thanks for sharing so I don't feel so alone! :)

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  15. I think it's easier just to use a heart shaped cake pan! But it really doesn't matter once you cut the cake anyway. Thanks for sharing & keep trying new things!!!

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  16. I love this post and that you shared the reality that not all pinterest recipes work out and I would totally still eat that cake! :-) Found this on lovely ladies link party!
    Cathy
    www.threekidsandafish.com

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  17. You had me at the title - I just went through this myself with a headboard makeover LOL - and posted it too!
    Personally I think your cake looks delicious - and real !!!
    Visiting from My Turn for Us.
    xxx

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    1. Think if we were all honest we have all had one (or two) of these in our lives! LOL

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  18. Oh man they make it look so easy on the post :(. I do the same share my fails ;)

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  19. You are so funny!!! I was laughing the whole way through your post. I could also kind of read the "love" once you told us what it spelled. I have seen that heart cake over and over, and even pinned it, because it looked cute. I didn't try to make it yet. Thanks for the warning. I have a link party, and would love to have you share this with everyone there. I sometimes post the things that go wrong also, like my Drunken Gummy Bears that turned into a glob. I saw that on Pinterest also. I even read how the pinner did it. Mine did not work.
    Anyway, have a great day. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2014/02/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-link.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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    1. That's what I mean about sharing things you have never tried! LOL They all look cool enough but then you get a glob of gummy bears!!! I will pop over to your hop :)

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  20. I seen LOVE straight off. :) And your cake is not bad looking. I like how you improvised! I bet it tasted just as good. :)

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    1. Fake it till ya make I say! LOL My guys didn't know what it was supposed to look like so..... *giggle*

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  21. It was nice to see that someone else did this. I decided I was going to do this for my kids on valentines day. You are right- it was made with love.

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    1. My only piece of advice, buy a heart shapped pan LOL

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  22. awww...it's still great! You did better than I would have ;) thanks for linking this up on Simple Saturdays!

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    1. Thanks for saying so but it really was bad LOL

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  23. I love that at least you have a sense of humor about it! I think that is one of the best things in this world to have! I am sure the cake still tasted good! My family always tells me- it doesn't matter how it looks, what matters is how it tastes! And the fact it was made with love makes it awesome! Thanks for linking this up with us for MMM link up party!

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    1. Thanks for hosting! You know some times you either laugh or cry.... I decided to laugh :)

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  24. This is too funny!! I love seeing pinterest fails... oh too entertaining and is exactly what happens in my kitchen.

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    1. I figured it was my duty to warn others!!! LOL

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  25. I am laughing so hard right now. Thank you for sharing that we can all somehow be bamboozled by the universe! Years ago I was walking past the little craft supply store (no longer in existence) in my little town and there was the cutest ever reindeer made out of wooden spoons. I stood there and studied it and then went and bought the supplies because it was so simply done there was no question in my mind I could do it. As my friend and I started to do this craft on our weekly craft evening, it was the worst ever project. It took us about seven hours to do this "simple" reindeer. Mine was crooked, hers was lopsided. And we laughed and laughed and laughed. I'm so glad you shared this cake with us! It's a great reminder that we can't be perfect ALL THE TIME!!!

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    1. And a reminder too that while we may fail, we can still have fun..... or at least laugh about it later!

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  26. Mmmm that frosting is making my mouth water. I have had my fair share of mishaps in the kitchen, it's ok! Actually the "LOVE" isn't so bad compared to some of the things I have cooked up! Eeek!

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    1. LOL thanks for trying to make me feel better :) but it was just bad! LOL

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  27. We wouldn't know what success is without failures. =) Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can't wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com

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  28. I am SO glad I am not the only one!! I usually have a few train wrecks like this each season. I would have never though about making sure the square and round pans were the same size.Thank you so much for sharing your humor with the world, helps me feel a little more human ;) And Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Yeah, the whole pan sizing thing LOL what a mess!!

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