The Worst Home Cooks and Their Hilarious Kitchen Fails
| LAST UPDATE 08/30/2022
There's no doubt about it: Cooking is not nearly as easy as it looks. It takes a few soggy pancakes and pots of flaming pasta to learn how to channel your inner master chef. But you're not alone... Take a look at these hilarious kitchen fails.
The Simplest Omelette Recipe
What makes a dish a French omelet? It seems straightforward, since beaten eggs and a frying pan is all you need. However, many have come to learn that this is certainly not an easy dish to accomplish.
One needs to know when the omelet is cooked. As we can see from the picture, this person couldn’t correctly determine this fact. So, they ended up with a browned or burned dish. Maybe the pan wasn’t hot enough. After all, you should cook eggs gently, not just quickly.
Reheating the Pizza Box
Most of us have been there, done that! Reheating pizza is a smart and efficient solution. After all, who wants to throw the pizza away when you can have it for breakfast the day after? At first, it doesn’t seem like a complicated action. However, some people make mistakes, even for the simplest of dishes.
Take this person as an example. She wanted to reheat her pizza. But she put it along with the pizza box. So, the result was quite disturbing. She ended up with crumbling, black pizza fused to the box. As we can see from the photo, the pizza crust is so burnt that no one could bite it.
The Ultimate Ramen-Ketchup Combo
The last thing we would do is judge someone, especially for their cooking skills. After all, most of us are busy with other things, to then spend long hours in the kitchen. So, the question is, what is the second-best thing after spaghetti with tomato sauce, if you had enough of it?
According to this Instagram home cook, the answer is ramen with ketchup. Instant ramen noodles have gathered massive attention in the last couple of years because, as the name suggests, you can cook them in no time. But we're just going to go ahead and assume this wasn't so tasty.
When your Cooking Is On Fire
In the last few years, most of us came upon the slang term ‘on fire.’ In most cases, it is a positive comment, something like lit, or performing at the height of one’s abilities. However, when we say this person’s cooking is on fire, we do not mean figuratively but literally.
After all, this person has proved that even boiling spaghetti can turn into a disastrous event. If you are questioning how this happened, we are sorry to disappoint you. Even after a thorough inspection of the photo, we couldn’t determine what led to this cooking misfortune. Most probably, they turned on the wrong hob.
Having a Glove for Lunch
Baking is a skill not everyone can master. It requires the cook to be patient, organized, detail-oriented, curious, and creative. Even more importantly, the baker needs to have composure under pressure. Or at least properly select the ingredients for the oven. But, as we can see, even the greatest of cooks can make mistakes.
According to the cook’s son, “My mom accidentally cooked my sister Farrah’s glove. This is where I get my cooking skills. #bakerislife #terriblecook.” Even so, we cannot determine what led to this event. But no matter who put the glove into the pan, it indeed turned cooking into a short horror story.
When You Forget the Dish
Many people tend to be easily distracted. So, they might start doing one thing and end up completely forgetting about the other. In most cases, the crisis is quickly averted. Well, unless you turn on your oven and you leave your dish in there for a while. After all, this can start a fire.
Fortunately, this home cook didn’t face such extreme consequences. However, they still lost their tasty meal. According to their Instagram post, “Sometimes things just don’t work out the same way as you’d like. This is supposed to be a chicken dish with cheese and satay coating.” Too bad it didn’t turn out as one!
A New Way of Cooking Eggs
There are so many wonderful things we can do with eggs. After all, we all have different preferences and tastes. Someone may prefer over-easy eggs, with a runny yolk, and a not cooked through white. Others may choose over medium, over hard, basted eggs, or even sunny side up eggs.
But what was this home cook aiming for? It’s probably a new, innovative recipe of an egg overly cooked on one side, as we haven’t seen it before. Or is it just a person with a busy schedule who forgot their meal on the pan while they were getting ready? It was probably better to grab breakfast on the way.
Kale’s Shrinking Effect
Even though you can eat kale raw, massaging a bit of oil or lemon juice with your fingers, many people like to cook it in boiling water, on a frying pan, or in the oven. Each method takes up different time and skills. But what is crucial, is for the kale to be soft and not mushy when you cook it.
Even more, you should take into consideration that kale shrinks significantly. This person, for instance, has overseen this fact. So, even though they put a considerable amount of kale in the oven, they ended up with nothing more than a meal for ants. Well, unless they planned the kale for a side dish only.
The Frozen Dumplings Fail
Many people have turned to frozen food as the easiest and fastest way to prepare a meal. What’s more, there are numerous recipes for preparing frozen dumplings on the Internet. However, this home cook probably may have missed that memo. So, they’ve ended up with an unfortunate meal, if we can call it that.
Most probably, the home cook could have prevented this occurrence if they properly boiled the water and stirred it during cooking. Anyhow, they have burned the dumplings from one side, leaving the other one uncooked. Even more, the food was probably still frozen on the inside. It could happen to anyone, so take notes.
When Cheesecake Doesn’t Stand a Chance
Cheesecake is almost always a crowd-pleaser. However, it consists of several layers, including the thickest soft layer and a crust. So, the recipe is more appropriate for experienced cooks. If you aren’t convinced, take a look at what happens when you try to prepare a cheesecake at home.
This person was probably determined to cook the best cheesecake for themselves, their family, or guests. However, they ended up with nothing more than a messy oven to clean. After all, cheesecake can be the best dessert in the world. Well, at least for the ones that know how to prepare it.
The Undercover Boiled Eggs
The question is, would you have recognized what was on the picture if it hadn’t been for the caption? This person certainly took over boiling eggs to another level. They have probably forgotten the eggs in the boiling water for an hour or a few. But be careful, as this can lead to more severe consequences.
Luckily, this individual ended up with a ruined meal. Even more, they made history. Who would have guessed that eggs can look this way? Fortunately, we have the Internet to see all kinds of successful recipes. Or, in this case, unfortunate mistakes that classify as the funniest cooking fails.
When Expectations Exceed Reality
In the last couple of years, we have seen all kinds of pancake recipes on different cooking forums. Even more, most people love posting yummy looking pancakes on Instagram accounts. However, things aren’t always as they seem. After all, this can be one of the hardest dishes to master.
This person achieved the ultimate 'Expectations vs. Reality' dish. Initially, their goal was probably blueberry flavored, fluffy pancakes for breakfast. However, they ended up with a burned meal and a couple of lost ingredients. We live and we learn friends, next batch will be better!
Part of channeling your inner master chef, requires you to figure out which tools work best for certain actions. This is part of the reason why as you grow older, you discover your favorite salad bowl or cutting knife. Moreover, you might just enter the world of appropriate serving spoons.
This is an essential part of mastering your kitchen skills. As you can see, this person grabbed the first available thing which was a spatula, and while this is a nifty tool, it wasn't the best choice. All they're left with now, is a massive mess and a wasted dish. A moment of silence for the fallen pasta please...
The Spaghetti Squash Explosion
Also known as vegetable spaghetti, spaghetti squash is a mix of Cucurbita pepo, and it can be super tasty. In the last couple of years, people worldwide have gotten to know the recipe, simultaneously coming up with many variations. However, it takes a few experiments, some successful and some terrible.
The point is to roast the ingredients for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned on the outside. Even so, this person seems to have missed it. Honestly, we cannot determine what went wrong. It was probably the temperature, or they might have left it longer than they needed. Anyhow, it was quite messy or difficult to clean.
Roasting At another Level
By roasting, we refer to using slow and dry heat for cooking things. However, this person took it to another level. After all, we never thought that a chicken might match the color of the oven or barbeque itself. It is quite rare to see this level of burned or black chicken. So, what happened?
Honestly, we don’t know the exact explanation. But something must have gone wrong for this person to forget the meal cooking for so much time. Not that we're judging, we've all been there before. Chicken can be the best and worst thing when it comes to putting a dish together...
‘Bob the Builder’ Horror Cake
Most of us recognize the character of Bob, the Builder, especially when we hear the catchphrase, “Can he fix it?” Unfortunately, even if the cartoon character came to the rescue, there is nothing he could do to fix this cake. After all, it looks like a horror movie character, not one appropriate for children.
According to the mother, “This was seven years ago, for my son’s third birthday. It was supposed to be Bob, the Builder.” On the one hand, we are happy that she decided to share this birthday cake misfortune. But on the other hand, we are sorry they had to experience such a fail, mostly because they paid for it!
At Least It Was One-Of-A-Kind
Unicorn cakes have gathered massive media attention in the last couple of years, as they symbolize uniqueness. So, many people, have chosen unicorn cakes for their birthdays. While this person didn’t get what she expected, she certainly had one-of-a-kind cake, one that no one could imitate, even if they wanted to.
We couldn’t determine what could have happened to lead to such an unfortunate, crumbling cake. Luckily, the woman shared a brief explanation, along with the expectation vs. reality picture. She said, “The icing was so heavy that it peeled off the cake.” Well, we're sure it tasted good?
Another Pasta Misfortune
It is quite confusing how home cooks continually manage to put spaghetti or pasta on fire. Luckily, this person decided to share the experience in full to understand the reality behind this occurrence better. She took a picture on her Snapchat with the caption, “I tried to adult so hard, and I failed!”
She also added, “I wasn’t even drunk or anything. I lit the stove, and IDK, I literally turned my back for one second, and there it was. I took a photo before tossing it in the sink. I haven’t cooked pasta since.” We believe you honey... Cooking can be a fickle and challenging task.
The Intimidating SpongeBob Cake
Many moms decide to prepare the birthday cake for their little ones by themselves. After all, there are many recipes on cooking blogs as well as on Instagram. Most cooks tend to present these procedures as easy and time-efficient. But in some cases, this is far from the truth, as reality significantly differs from expectations.
Take this mom, for instance. She was dedicated to preparing a Sponge Bob cake for her child, as it’s probably their favorite character. Instead, she ended up with a horrifying cartoon character with too much lipstick. So, maybe try a few practice rounds before the final product.
The French Macaroons Fail
If you have tried to prepare French macaroons at home, you are probably well aware of the different challenges or the recipe’s overall difficulties. Undoubtedly, there are many macaroon recipes on the internet. However, you need some advanced cooking skills to be able to prepare this dessert properly.
This person, like many others, had a failed attempt in the kitchen. She posted a picture depicting what she expected and what she got, along with the caption, “When you get inspired to make some French macaroons and end up with nipple cookies.” But at least she tried to advance her skills.
The Festive Holiday Bread Break Down
Even the most inexperienced and unskillful cooks tend to get creative around the holidays. After all, it’s a period that most of us spend with our families. So, we like to cook something for them, or at least try. Unfortunately, this person had quite an unsuccessful attempt at creating festive holiday bread.
Along with her picture, she posted a brief explanation of the misfortune. She said, “I tried to make a Nutella pull-apart Christmas tree for dessert one year — yeah, good thing we had some brownie mix.” The point is, you won’t always be successful in your cooking attempts, but it’s the thought that counts.
When Cookies Spread a Bit Much
Most of the cooking fails we’ve presented up until now have resulted from the wrong assumption. Many home cooks have underestimated how much the food can shrink or how fast the ingredients can burn. Similarly, this individual has underestimated how much her cookies can spread on the stove.
So, instead of preparing twelve separate cookies, she ended up with one giant, connected cookie. Her friend said, “My best friend’s brother sent these to me. We’ve never let her forget it, and she hasn’t attempted to bake on her own since.” What a misfortune for a young and aspiring
Festive Cookies’ Spookiness
When it comes to preparing festive cookies, the decoration is as important as the mixture. For some people, properly decorating the cookies is the topmost priority. So, things indeed take a wrong turn when someone doesn’t dedicate as much time as needed. Or that’s simply the best they can do.
For example, this woman has posted their poorly decorated festive cookies along with a caption. She said, “This is what happens when my fiancé decorates Christmas cookies.” After all, the primary purpose of preparing Christmas cookies is to look appealing and festive, not spooky. But, at least, they are tasty!
Same, Same, But Different
Groot cupcakes from Guardians of the Galaxy are quite the popular recipe among baking rockstars. However, not everyone can adequately execute this recipe, as it requires extensive cooking skills and experience. And even the smallest details can modify the result of these figures. Let’s see how!
This person has properly followed each step of the Groot cupcakes recipe. The overall figure is quite similar, and the details are correctly placed. Even the base is in an attractive green color. But still, something is missing. When it comes to cooking advanced desserts, “Almost the same” is not enough.
The Chicken Wings Camouflage
Who would say that chicken wings could turn out as black as in this photo? Probably none! However, the Internet is here to show us the most epic fails one could ever stumble upon. The question is, ‘What should one do to end up with extreme or overly burnt chicken wings like these?’
Fortunately, the woman posting the photo was happy to share her experience. The exact photo caption was, “They were chicken wings, and my husband fell asleep. I came home to a house full of smoke, and this deliciousness for dinner.” So, if you aim for this recipe, you should only go to sleep and let the stove make the magic.
Melting the Cookie Cup
As time goes by, there are more available tools for facilitating cooking on the market. However, one needs to know how to use them properly to achieve the wanted result. Even more, sometimes, it’s not the cook’s fault. It’s the quality of the kitchen tools that accounts for cooking misfortunes or unsuccessful attempts.
For example, this home cook revealed her cookie fail, saying, “Turned into more of a cookie crumble.” Even so, we cannot determine what really happened here. Did she turn the heat way too high? Or she messed up the cookie mix? No matter the case, we hope it tasted good.
When Cookies Collide
It’s not rare for home cooks to end up with one giant cookie instead of several separate ones. The question is, why does this keep happening? Most of all, this is a consequence of a poorly prepared cookie mix. However, the reason may also be the wrong temperature or not preheating the oven.
As we can see from the picture, the person was aiming for peanut butter cookies. However, she ended up with a huge, flat cake. What can you do if this happens to you? If the mix is tasty, you can cut it in squares to not go to waste. Even so, you won’t be able to serve it to guests.
Preparing a Happy Meal
Lately, moms on Instagram and cooking blogs have come up with the most creative recipes for their little ones. More exactly, they create all different shapes and sizes that look appealing to the children, just so the kids would acquire the required vitamins. However, not all mom cooking attempts are successful.
Take, for instance, this mom who tried to prepare a pancake with a smiley face. She wrote, “Tried to make happy face pancakes. They came out more creepy than happy.” The important thing is that she tried her best. So, you should be disappointed if you don’t succeed the first time around. Good things take time.
The Mac and Cheese Fail
In general, people find macaroni and cheese an easy and fast recipe. However, even the quickest of meals can turn into cooking fails if you forget to add an essential ingredient. For instance, this person tried to cook mac and cheese but ended up with burnt, miniature pasta.
The question is, how did this happen? According to the woman who decided to share her unsuccessful macaroni and cheese attempt on Facebook, she “Forgot to add water to my son’s easy mac.” So, make sure to follow the recipes, even for the easiest-looking meals, to prevent such cooking fails from happening to you.
Holding Up the Pizza
Lastly, we present the ultimate pizza cooking fail. As we can see from the picture, this home cook ended up with a pizza that somehow had a hole in it. The question is, why does some pizza remain on the oven rack whereas another one may fall through? Simple internet research has quickly answered our question.
Apparently, the pizza should be either frozen, one with a pre-made crust, or a cooked pizza that you want to reheat. In these cases, the ingredients will not fall through the oven racks. So, if you aren’t willing to risk your pizza falling through the gaps, you may as well follow these tips.