Some people like to cook more than others. Some people are also better at cooking than others, but even people who are experienced in the kitchen can sometimes have major cooking fails.

We’ve probably all had that time when we forgot something in the oven and it burnt, but hopefully it didn’t start a fire. Some of us have probably also had those times when we’ve tried to recreate something we saw on social media only to end up with our cooking creation looking nothing like the picture we saw online.

We can try to eliminate cooking failures by paying attention to how long something is supposed to cook and by realizing that some of the cooking creations we see on social media are harder to recreate than we probably think. It also helps to remember that nobody is perfect, and that’s okay. When a major cooking fail happens, ordering takeout is 100% acceptable.

If you want to feel better about your own cooking endeavors, scroll down to see examples of some of the worst cooking fails we have ever seen. Hopefully you haven’t had any of these cooking fails happen to you.

  1. French Fries Caused a Kitchen Fire

    My sister made some french fries

  2. He Was Trying to Be Thoughtful

    Husband tried to make a dolphin for my cocktail. It’s the cutest eel I’ve ever seen. from r/ExpectationVsReality

  3. Her Poor Son

    My friend made a “hedgehog” for her 14-year old son’s birthday from r/shittyfoodporn

  4. This Is a Face Palm Moment If We Ever Saw One

    I wanted to cook my wife a fancy meal for her birthday, so I started with a slow-cooked home made chicken stock. After simmering for hours, the recipe said to pour it through a strainer. God damnit. from r/facepalm

  5. That’s One Scary Ladybug

    We tried to make “Ladybug Rolls.” from r/ExpectationVsReality

  6. If We Could Recreate This, It’d Be Perfect for Halloween

  7. Blueberries Don’t Always Look Like You’d Think in Pancakes: Lesson Learned

  8. We’re Not Even 100% Sure What This Was Supposed to Be

  9. At Least Charlie Didn’t Start a Fire

    Someone left a bread pudding in the back of the oven for 5 days. So here is my new pet rock, Charlie. from r/KitchenConfidential

  10. This Mess Was Caused by an Attempt to Make Wine

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  11. The Pasta Looks Delicious Too

    My night after work from r/funny

  12. This Would Be Another Great Idea for Halloween; Otherwise, We Think We’ll Steer Clear of Strawberry Cake

    I baked some strawberry cakes in cat molds. Once iced, they looked like burn victims. from r/mildlyinteresting

  13. We Would Probably Cry Too

    Came home late from work, drop my open sandwhich in the parking lot. Go to make pasta, the first pot slips and I pour it all on the ground. Make a second pot and the handle straight up breaks and my pasta goes everywhere. Didn’t eat; had a lil cry. from r/Wellthatsucks

  14. Hopefully That Spoon Was Oven Safe

    ….Found the spoon honey from r/funny

  15. The Egg White Even Looks Like It Has Legs

    Boiled an egg this morning and I think something went horribly wrong from r/awfuleverything

  16. We Can Only Assume She Forgot She Was Grilling Corn

  17. Proof That Even Professionals Have Kitchen Fails

    5 minutes before close after a 12 hour shift… from r/KitchenConfidential

  18. Investing in Some Decorating Tools Would Help a Lot Here

    I tried to bake. from r/ExpectationVsReality

  19. Let’s Just Pretend They Were Supposed to Be Brains

    Apparently using a syringe to inject the filling of a jelly bun doesn’t work that well… from r/shittyfoodporn

  20. This Is Our Greatest Fear When We Bake Something Beautiful

    I was told you guys might appreciate this. Made a pie today. Dropped a pie today. from r/Wellthatsucks

  21. We Doubt That She’ll Offer to Host Thanksgiving Next Year

    Happy Thanksgiving from my little sisters first ever turkey! from r/pics