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What I Did: I decided to make a “Shark Cake” for my Mom’s birthday. Her main hobby is Shark Fishing on the coast where we live. I found this awesome shark cake on pinterest, and said, “Easy Enough, I can do that!”

1st Fail
Mixing the icing with food coloring to create my own colors of icing sounded easy, My grey turned into seafoam of the actual shark

2nd Fail
Trying to shape the cake into an actual shark didn’t quite… work out. So I raided my pantry and found rice crispy treats and molded them into a shark, I then iced with my gorgeous seafoom/snot colored icing.

3rd Fail
The Teeth! By this point I just had to start laughing and have fun with it as it was a complete disaster. The more teeth the better, the more crooked the teeth were, perfect.

4th fail
My “Happy Birthday” writing slid on the brown “sand” and looks like “Happy BrithVdap”.

There are many more details, but I would say this was an overall major fail, and I have SO much respect for those who actually can bake!

My Result:

pinterest fail shark cake jaws nightmare hilarious birthday

Next Time I Will:  I wouldn’t change a thing about this cake. My mom loved my attempt, and it has been a great conversational piece and has gotten a lot of laughs from many different people. Totally worth the Fail 🙂




  1. Anne

    It looks like a Pacu fish, which is kind of cool.

  2. maryann

    I haven’t done a shark so you have me beat on this. For the gray I would suggest using an actual cake frosting color black. A little will go a long way. I did a fire truck using it.
    For the shark I probably would have cheated and used a pound cake and started to shave it to shape.

  3. Sydney

    I laughed so hard at the shark cake. Great website!

  4. shar

    This is brilliant, I’m trying so hard not to laugh aloud at work. It’s a shark with crazy teeth in a litter tray. Love it.

  5. Sharmila

    Bwaaahahaha! Shark with gingivitis!!!!!

  6. Suz

    This cake, oh my god. I’m dying laughing! Thanks for sharing- I’m certain your attempt is better than mine would be haha!

  7. Débora

    I have to say that yours is much more scarier than the original one – which I think is the aim of making a shark cake.

  8. NoCrafts4Me

    Love this! The only thing missing is braces on the teeth.

  9. Anna

    Ahahahahha! AMAZING cake!!!! I`m actually crying from laughing! SO funny!

  10. Ashley

    Hahahahah! So glad you all enjoyed! Love hearing all the comments and laughs :):):)

  11. Christine

    Oh my God! I stumbled upon this post for the first time just now and I…am….DYING!! There are literally tears streaming down my face!! What a much needed laugh! (Although as amazing as that was, I guarantee that yours came out better than mine would have. At least yours looks like a shark, somewhat. Pretty sure mine would just look like an angry gray turd with teeth.)

  12. Raquel

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, I pissed myself, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  13. Ashley Williams

    How crazy! I saw a picture of this cake after you gave it to your mom, (per Mr.Bernard). So I’m scrolling through this list of pinterest fails and I saw this picture and thought “Oh my goodness! I’ve seen this picture before! “. I clicked on the link and saw your story and knew it was the same cake I had seen before!

  14. Andre

    OMG!!! I know this cake hahaha!! How ironic my Ashley found this Ashley’s cake 🙂

  15. MesqSandra

    Thank you for helping me clear my lungs! I laughed so hard I started tearing up. I love the way you set up your post, too. Wait for it, wait, wait, B-A-M! Perfection. In writing. In baking, not so much. Reminds me of piranha teeth.

  16. Betsymee

    Yes, I too peed my pants. You dear, are wonderful. Keep trying, for all of us out there! Hugs and kisses.

  17. Jayme

    I laughted so hard I just woke up my kids from there nap!

  18. Barbara

    Just found this website today and just died laughing at your story … wonderfully written … the icing on the cake (pun intended). My first thought, when seeing the picture of your shark, is that you created a new shark species just for your Mom! hehehe Great work!

  19. Michelle

    This is beautiful. Moms love things that are homemade!

  20. Audrey

    I laughed so hard I cried. Then a few minutes later went to get a drink of water, thought of the cake and laughed so hard water came shooting out everywhere. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Thank you for posting.

  21. Jessica

    I laughed, cried and pee’d all at the same time. I love your version. I

  22. sara

    many of these fails have me unimpressed, this one however had me laughing so hard I was crying. HILARIOUS!!!

  23. Robin

    Thank you so much for posting this! For the last hour I’ve been flipping through the pages of this awesome website, smiling here and there, but just came across your shark cake and laughed so hard I cried! OH MY GOD I LOVE YOUR CAKE!! I’m at work and am trying to laugh quietly but it’s not working. You have totally made my day! THANK YOU!! 😀

  24. Elle Michelle

    Is nobody going to comment on the fact that your mom’s favorite hobby is hunting freaking sharks??? Pardon my french, but I think the proper term for that is “bad ass”.

    • Storm

      No the term for that is “wrong” many sharks are endangered species. She’s committing a CRIME.

      • Nancy Jones

        Oh, for god’s sake – lose the criticism and loosen up! Have you even thought she may not kill the sharks??? Just enjoy the moment of a great Pinterest fail, which, BTW, is a much better shark cake than I could come up with, and a pee-in-my-pants laugh that is good for what ails us all. All this “greenie, tree-hugging” crap is what’s wrong with too many. Enjoy the fails!!! ROFLMAO!!!

      • Ashley

        Its all catch and release, she wouldn’t hurt a fly.

  25. Donna

    This is the first of over a hundred fails/wins that actually made me laugh out loud. Brilliant!

  26. J

    Your version of the shark cake is a thing of beauty, never change it.

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