Wednesday, October 6, 2010

iFail

Cookie makers and bakers of all kinds....do you ever have a FAIL?  Meet mine. 
The iFail.
Our family was finishing up our month-long test drive of the Chevy Malibu and I was so excited to make little iPod cookies to celebrate the fabulous sound system.

Well, these are not the cookies that were in my head.  The screen is too small and therefore my plan for what to put on the screen didn't work.  No matter what I did to them, they just didn't look cute...and I like my cookies cute. These cookies? Blah.

Oh, and did I mention the royal icing dried all splotchy?  No?  Well, it did.
I *almost* didn't post these, but thought, surely, someone out there can share in my misery. (And, believe me, there are a lot more fails where these came from!)

So, tell me, do you have a cookie decorating or baking fail?  Want to share?
{C'mon...you'll feel better sharing!}
{PS...the sounds system in the Chevy Malibu....NOT a fail.  It was one of our favorite features of the car. Bose speakers, XM radio, AND iPod input!  We are missing our new car!  And you can learn more at Gotta Love Chevy Houston.}

73 comments:

  1. I've had so many FAILS, I can't remember LOL... But always learn from them and try to remember next time... what happened a lot was RI flowing over the piping, now I try to flood with more caution...

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  2. Oh you are too cute. I lov how your fail is still somewhere I strive to be! BUT! That being said, I know how disappointing it is to have the cookie turn out different them you imagined. That happens to me ALL THE TIME!!

    You are so cute girl.

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  3. Bridget, I can't believe you have a fail with cookies! but let me tell you,these cookies look cute and I bet they taste yummy! I do have fails all the time, right now the cookies over at my blog post are not 100% icing nice and smooth, but , oh, well! Thank you for sharing this post with us.

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  4. So adorable! You're always so clever, I love it!

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  5. My fails don't last long enough to be photographed :-) In fact my soon to be 4yo just finished eating one!!!! These are cute - I like the colors!

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  6. Oh honey....I'm so sorry! I feel your pain.
    In fact, I think I invented cookie fail.

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  7. Your fail cookies wouldn't be a fail for me...and oh yes, have had many fails. Hello Yoda! weird looking cookie!

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  8. I want to share! I just tried my first cookies over the weekend (thank you SO MUCH for all your tutorials, videos, etc). and well...definitley a fail. I am not very artistic, so the designs on top of the cookie were terrible. My flooding icing was too thick for half the cookies, and I seriously need to invest in those squeeze bottles you talk about. But I'm going to try again. I'm going to try a simpler design, straight edges, etc. It makes me feel better to know that you fail sometimes too (although I think they're pretty cute)

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  9. but your friends and family love your fails! lol

    I've had lots of failed cookies and cupcakes.....my pink lemonade cupcakes tasted terrible (looked cute)...went in the trash, and never posted them.......my root beer cupcakes, same way, although that was a simple mistake I will correct next time! lol

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  10. I think your ifails are adorable. As for my own failures, well..I am sure I have the sweetest compost box in Germany.

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  11. My fail is with a cake instead of cookies but it was a FAAAAAAAAAAAAAIL. I was about 12 years old or so when I tried to make a chocolate cake with some kind of peanut butter filling and icing. I was so not smart and put the filling on both of the round cakes. So when I went to stack it filling side to filling side it ALL just squished out the sides and all over the floor. And the top cake totally broke while I was trying to stack them. It was awful. So much so that I have never attempted that cake again and it's been almost 15 years!

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  12. We must not be looking at the same cookies because I certainly don't consider these a fail. They look super cute girl.

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  13. I strive to what you consider a fail :) They are still adorable!

    What do you do with all your fails? Toss them? I don't try often enough because I don't want to toss tons of cookies and I certainly don't want to eat them all either!

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  14. Those are cute! One time I dropped an entire pan of from-scratch lasagna (including making pasta noodles from scratch for the first time) on my kitchen floor, right before putting it into the oven. Yeah, I'll never ever ever forget that. I even have a picture of it that looks like death!

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  15. You are crazy, lady! Your "fail" is adorable. I honest to goodness really like those. I haven't had too many horrible fails - I sometimes fail to get the exact color I want. A week before my wedding, I decided I wanted to make little bridesmaid cookies for the girls. I over beat my royal icing and they just came out looking like a hot mess and we ate them. In my head, my cookies almost always look more amazing than in reality, but that's always more amazing that what people seem to expect so I guess I'm doing something right.

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  16. I've had plenty of fails. My most recent was a cake fail. I even posted it on my blog, just like you did. Kinda makes me feel better.

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  17. You are too cute. Your "worst" is still pretty dang awesome! I have many many images in my head of multi-colored frosting blobs heaped in a mountainous pile from scraping hundreds of cookies. The stories I have of fails would fill this blog and more (including such things as decorating a hundred cookies and realizing you spelled the logo wrong. By one letter.)

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  18. Hey they still look pretty cute! I haven't had many fail's lately, but i have made a few bad recipes.

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  19. Well, everyone's already told you this - but I wouldn't exactly count these as a "fail" in my book, either! Though I will say, they don't really scream "Bridget!" to me, either. They need some polka dots or glitter or something. :-)

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  20. I love these! Way too cute! I wish your fails were my fails, I would be a happier person! =)
    I always have a problem creating what's in my head on a cake or cookie! It's just easier to think it up, then it is to pipe! =)

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  21. my latest (second) attempt @ icing cookies did not go well. It looked like a vintage oil painting ;)

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  22. I've had a couple of fails in my cookie decorating. One that comes to mind is I was recently decorating 4 dozen cow-shaped cookies and got a bit overzealous while flooding and had to let 2 cows go due to overflow. And last year I made a macadamia nut liqueur cake (similar to a rum cake). I didn't let the cake cool long enough in the silicone pan and when I went to turn it out, half the cake stuck to the bottom of the pan. I gently pried out what I could and smothered the salvaged cake in the mac nut glaze. Very tasty but not much to look at!

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  23. These would be a big whopping success at my house!

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  24. I echo that your fails look great!
    One of my fails (had many) was with the infamous RED royal icing. Yup...teacher friend at school asked me to make a dozen red "roses" for her husband for Valentine's day. Made my red ahead as usual to let deepen, baked cookie roses on long sticks, (since they HAD to be long stemmed roses lol)and let dry overnight. Next day (yes, school day) expect to just pop these babies into a flower box and they looked like they had the measles! Huge red splotchy thingies everywhere!!!! Well, I quickly decided they needed some SPARKLE...red sanding sugar to the rescue...I covered those babies very generously!! lol
    As Bakerella says, "SIFT HAPPENS!"

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  25. Your fails look a lot prettier than my fails! Just had one last week with my first attempt at hairdresser themed cookies. I was embarrassed by them and went back to the *drawing decorating* board but posted my fail as well. Happily for both me and my customer the second attempt was a big improvement.

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  26. oh girl! I'm just starting out with cookie decorating... so my efforts doing even come close to your fails!

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  27. Uh yeah I've had baking fails, on Thanksgiving our turkey just refused to cook, and I consoled myself that at least the pumpkin pie had turned out wonderful. Well I was wrong, as we were eating the pie I realized that I had also forgotten the sugar in the pie. It was a major Fail all around.

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  28. I always do a rough draft cookie because they never look like what picture in my head. I wish I could post you pictures, but there are quite a lot of them!

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  29. First I must tell you I love your blog! Next I decorated my first and second batch of cookies thanks to your tutorials and they definitely did not come out looking cute LOL. My boyfriend and I are still eating my mistaks...I figure with practice comes perfect(well almost perfect) and I definitely need to practice! Thanks again for sharing with us!!!

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  30. I like them!!! Especially the colors and the star!

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  31. Well, I certainly can tell what these cookies are! Clever blog title too:) You are too hard on yourself Bridget, but now you get to eat the fails:)
    ONE of my fails that comes to mind is MACARONS! Arrrrgh!

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  32. I've failed sooo many times! But.. these don't look like a fail to me. haha they are much much better than I could do. cute :)

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  33. cheer up - your failures are much better than my best efforts! :)

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  34. Oh I had a total Cake Wreak fail yesterday for something I would have really liked to be perfect, but a last minute change resulted in me not having everything I needed. Total Fail, not like you cute cookies.

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  35. Well, for my first attempt at gingerbread I over-kneaded and over-baked them so badly they lasted three weeks on the back lawn. I had put them there because I couldn't bear to throw them out in the garbage. I was hoping that the birds would like them but no takers there. I guess they didn't want to take out a beak.
    I think, I could've built a durable tree house with that gingerbread had I enough of it.

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  36. I do have a fail: here - http://arsgratiaartis-shalyn.blogspot.com/2010/07/last-five-cookies.html

    I've been so inspired by the goodies I see on your blog that I set out to make some clock cookie, but failed like nobody's business. Failed so bad. Granted, it was my first time every trying this icing thing, but I haven't gotten up the gumption to try it again since. I will, though. I promise.

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  37. Your cookies are making me hungry
    and it's only 5:45 in the morning. :)

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  38. I so wouldn’t consider those a fail at all, they still look great to me. I do hate it when something doesn’t turn out like it is in your head and unfortunately that happens far too often when I’m baking. My worst fails are when I’ve bought lots of extra or new ingredients to try a new recipe, it takes ages and turns out completely wrong. I tried a 14 layer cake once with a special glaze, it was an unmitigated disaster, not one element of the recipe worked, it looked disgusting, tasted even worse and I wasted so many ingredients and hours slaving over all the elements. It’s funny how I knew not long after starting that it wouldn’t work out yet I couldn’t bring myself to stop and throw it all out (which I ended up doing anyway!)

    It’s a very unique pain us bakers/ decorators/ crafts people share when something doesn’t work out.

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  39. I think these are cute! They don't look like your normal impeccable cookies but they're still cute.

    What is my "fail"? Any cookie I've ever attempted to decorate. Ha!

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  40. I still think your cookies are pretty cute :) Just recently, I made pumpkin cookies and wanted to try substituting the butter for applesauce. I ended up with very, very weird textured, completely nasty cookies that ended up being thrown away :(

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  41. No matter how much I plan, my cookies rarely come out looking like the "plan". A tweak here, a slip there, but my family and clients don't look at cookies done by the pro's, so my finished products seem to be acceptable. However, my shakey and runny writing has ruined many a cookie. Fortunately, my husband is always on the hunt for rejects.

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  42. hey bridget maybe you can make them with fondant it may be easier that way , but they aren't that bad just no bridgetesque lol . thank you for posting that because i have many fails but seeing that even the pros have feels makes me feel better!

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  43. I have a blog full of FAILs :( lol kitchenfail.blogspot.com

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  44. Let me tell you about my first fail - I'll never forget it. I was about 9 and home alone. Thought I'd made an apple pie. No recipe. Made a crust anyway. Sliced up some apples, added a little brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pat of butter. Baked. Looked good. When my family arrived back home and tasted, they told me how awful it was. My feelings were hurt, but I didn't give up. Now, people order baked goods from me.

    By the way - I think your cookies look great!

    S.W.A.K.

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  45. I think these are cute! If you gave them to me, I'd eat them. :-)

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  46. I think they're adorable! :) Yup, I had an epic fail so big I even wrote a blog post on it: http://mamabearstamps.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/i-am-not-bakerella/

    Mine's a LOT worse than what you see as a fail (which I disagree with, BTW)!

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  47. I don't think these are a fail at all!!! Perhaps they didn't turn out how you pictured them, but they are still adorable!! I know how you feel though...I'm still new to royal icing and things never turn out quite how I envision them. I just need to practice, practice, practice!!!

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  48. Absolutely! But honey, your fails are my successes when it comes to cookies and gorgeous decorations!

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  49. I thank you very much that you share with us also your fails... because I have a little ones myself! And it's a great relief to know that even you have one sometimes. Oooh... am I a bad person for feeling like that? I hope not. I admire you so much! and much more even now :-)

    Thank you, you're the very best!

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  50. Even this "fail" is cute in my eyes. You are very inspiring! :o)

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  51. Very cute biscuits. I love it :D

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  52. Too many to count. I like the cookies, give yourself some credit.

    Plan B

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  53. For sure! Most of the time I feel like the "fails" are more frequent that the "successes"! But I love cookie decorating so I just keep plugging along- someday I'll get it right!

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  54. They aren't bad! I think we are our own worst critic. I hate having great expectations and then disappointing my mental image...
    Next batch will rock, I am sure-blame it on the planets, or gravity or something. :)
    That usually gets me outa tough spots. LOL

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  55. Sweet~GIRL!
    Please box those i~Fail cookies up and send them my way!
    Your "i~Fail"...would be a complete home run in my kitchen!
    Every time I DEDICATE and ENTIRE DAY to making ICED SUGAR COOKIES I FAIL!
    I always look at them and think:
    How does BRIDGET do it?
    How does BRIDGET get her cookies to look so CUTE and precise and professional?
    I always feel FAILURE!
    As much as I LOVE how they taste...
    and how my whole kitchen smells of sweet icing and cookies...I am never satisfied with how they look!
    I do think I need you to fly to Seattle...
    ferry over to Bainbridge...
    waltz into my kitchen and personally show my how to make ICED adorable sugar cookies without feeling FAILURE!
    You are a GENIUS!
    ANd I think your I~Fail cookies are PERFECT!
    xoxoxoxox

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  56. I fail on a daily basis. It still looks good to me.

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  57. I love reading your blog. It always makes me smile and makes me feel good about my attempts at my new cookie decorating adventures.
    PS- they are not that bad. you have said before, "people will just think cute cookie!" Thats my motto now, when I mess up! :) Thanks!!!

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  58. Wow your site is amazing! Love your work! So glad we connected on twitter!

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  59. I PROMISE you this is NOT a fail! Although I understand that everyone has their own personal goals... but know that they are adorable and so are all your cookies!

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  60. I've gotta share! 2 weeks ago I was trying to do a "gourmet" cookie. It was going to be hibiscus-lemonade! I was so excited for tart, sweet, pink cookies. However, they looked like spam (!) and tasted terrible! I didn't even finish baking the dough! Bleeeecchh! Good thing my originals and double chocolate sugar cookies are yummy!

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  61. well i think they're cute! they would be my successes, not my fails. :)

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  62. These are awesome! I love it when technology turns into food! :) You should see the cookies that look like Apple's logo, and try those, too!

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  63. What about earphone. Did you forget it. Anyway they're so colorful. I don't want to eat them.

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  64. You failure is s cute. Everybody experiences failure so you really don't have to be that down.

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  65. I think your 'fail' is adorable! i blogged my worst baking fail (a toppling cake) a couple years ago:

    http://hungryjaney.blogspot.com/2008/03/we-all-make-mistakes.html

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  66. Oh Bridget, I am so glad to hear that you too get the splotchy cookies, why does this happen! It makes me so sad and I just want to throw them away but it is too late! I still think your cookies were adorable as usual!

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  67. For once I can let the little ones eat their ipods. Will the homemade baked ones anyways.

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  69. Wonderful post. I appreciate your attention to this subject and I learned a good deal.

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