Cooking is often more of an art than a skill, and nowhere is that truer than when trying to replicate more complicated recipes. It turns out, though, that when it comes to whipping up plates of food, some people aren’t following in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci; instead, they’re more like toddlers with finger paints. Still, even if the following chefs all produced some rather calamitous-looking cuisine, at least they made the effort…
These adorable brown sugar pecan bears almost look too good to eat. At least, they do in the original picture. The disastrous attempt to recreate them, however, looks too bad not to eat. After all, you basically just want to put them out of their misery at that point.
To be fair, this does look like a rather advanced recipe. But somewhere down the line, something has gone tremendously wrong with this poor hedgehog. For starters, it looks like someone’s accidentally melted the original. And the use of three large M&M’s for the eyes and nose isn’t really helping matters, either.
We don’t profess to be pastry experts, but that’s definitely unlike any croissant we’ve ever seen. Still, food isn’t all about looks. In fact, as long as it tastes good, we’d be hard-pressed to turn down this example of one of France’s finest exports – even if we did feel the need to close our eyes while we ate it.
Of all the culinary adventures that humanity has ever undertaken, cooking a potato into a microwave isn’t one of the most magnificent. It should, however, be one of the easiest to get right – unless you’re this unlucky individual, of course, who somehow managed to mess up even this simple dish.
Icing work like this takes a lot of time, patience and finesse. None of those things seem to have gone into this attempt to recreate a Smurf-inspired cupcake, however. And as a result, the final product is something that looks like every moment of its existence is pain.
Yeah, you’d definitely be on the naughty list for this one. And just imagine Santa Claus piling down the chimney to find this monstrosity awaiting him instead of milk and cookies. He probably wouldn’t just put all of your gifts back into his sleigh – he’d take away all of your existing possessions, too.
“A dragon on a cake? Why, that sounds perfect for my dragon-loving friend!” you think to yourself. Unless you’re a highly skilled baker, though, be warned: what comes out of the oven may make your buddy cry tears of sheer disappointment.
Fancy the Star Wars logo browned into your bread? Well, don’t rely on this Darth Vader toaster; apparently, that’s too much of an ask from this particular Lord of the Sith. In fact, there’s a valuable lesson to be learned here: you best not mess around with the dark side of the toast…
Frozen’s Anna may be needed here, because whoever had a go at this clearly doesn’t know how to build a snowman. Or, at least, the shape of the Oreo-topped guys here totally eluded them. And what’s resulted is certainly no Olaf…
Let’s get something straight: if you’re going to follow a recipe, it’s usually a good idea to keep the ingredients the same as those listed. Sure, you can swap out different herbs and spices for those that match your tastes. But in the main, stick to the plan – otherwise you may end up with something as nightmarish as this.
The trick to any kind of fried egg art is making sure that the yolk stays intact. And, yes, doubling the amount of yolks for this cat’s eyes makes this recipe tricky, but that just means you have to be careful. Unfortunately, though, this budding chef wasn’t up to the challenge, and so the result only makes us want to go and hug our own cats.
If you’ve ever eaten a macaron, you’ll know how delicate they are. It makes sense, therefore, that they’d be difficult to recreate. But no matter how much of an amateur baker you are, your macarons would probably turn out looking better than this.
We know expectations for non-professional chefs should be low, but let’s get some perspective here. How on earth did the person behind this sorry Santa think it would turn out the same? And while we’re not saying that said disaster has killed our Christmas spirit forevermore, it’s definitely sapped it a little.
If you’re attempting to cook something that’s supposed to look like it’s smiling, you’d better be darn sure that you can pull it off. After all, you might end up with food that displays whatever you’d call this distressing set of emotions. Indeed, these are less smiley face fries, more existential despair fries.
That’s… not quite right. Almost, but not quite. Well, we say “almost” – what we really mean is, that is way, way off. Unless the overall intention was to create a pair of chicks that look like they’ve been smushed by some incredibly heavy hats, that is.
Part of the genius of this adorable rice bear in a blanket is how simple it looks. It’s a pretty tricky thing to pull off well, though, as one person soon found out to their detriment. Still, maybe they could make their horrifying mummy again for Halloween…
SpongeBob SquarePants has seen things. Horrible, horrible things. How else do you explain why his eyes are positively bulging out of their sockets? And while Patrick is at least a little more proportionally correct, the lack of pupils on his eyes is weirdly unsettling. Yeah, probably best to start this one over.
Please, someone just put this panda out of its misery: no creature, real or food, deserves to live like this. And while we can’t imagine anyone would have too hard a time devouring it – after all, it’s probably still delicious – they may just have to do so in a darkened room.
We’re not saying that Elmo’s cute-as-buttons appearance is the reason that he’s remained popular all these years. We’re just saying that he probably wouldn’t still be a hit with young kids if he’d looked like this terrifying cake. In fact, this disastrous baking endeavor is probably only suited to a Sesame Street horror spin-off.
Fruity ice cubes sound like a great idea. Unfortunately, though, the way that idea’s been executed here leaves a little something to be desired. Maybe it’s the lack of color; maybe it’s because they’re so overfilled with water. Either way, you won’t find us putting these in our drinks.