FailWin: Duck Cake

Pin Reaper: Chelsea M

Twitter: chelseapmanders

Original Inspiration:

Pinterest Fail Duck Cake inspiration

What I Did: I have never been a good cook, but I thought maybe I improved with age. This is a cake I’d seen in the Women’s Weekly cake book my mom had when I was growing up*. My sister-in-law, who is Australian, had it at her house and I was visiting her in Calgary from Toronto, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was really hopeful it would work and set aside an afternoon to make it for my niece’s 4th birthday party. I bought all the right ingredients, which is something I rarely do. I promised myself I’d follow the directions EXACTLY. Also something I rarely do, preferring to improvise. But, wow, you need to do complicated things to make this… like wait for it to cool off. Bah! It got complicated when I had to start cutting it and sticking tooth pics in it. It was a gradual decline, as the duck slowly imploded on itself. Don’t worry, we still ate it. And my niece loved it. And my sister-in-law made a Humpty Dumpty cake from the same book. And it was perfect. You live… you learn… that you can’t cook, and perhaps that sometimes it’s more fun to laugh then get things picture perfect. It’s the chocolaty insides that count.
* She never actually made any of the cakes in this book, so perhaps she knew something I didn’t.

My Result:

Pinterest Fail Duck Cake result

Next Time I Will: I would do it exactly the same. It was hilarious.

Pinterest Fail Duck Cake storyboard


  1. Munch

    That is utter gloriousness…

  2. DS

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I can’t breeeeathe! (I feel I CAN laugh at this because I had a similar experience making a Lego least the kids ate it and put it out if it’s misery ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  3. AIP

    The original cake is terrifying!

  4. Jenn

    Why would anyone want to have this original cake…yikes.

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  6. sephora

    I’m Australian and my mum used to make my childhood birthday cakes from this book. They always turned out perfect. I remember seeing the duck but never had it as a birthday cake

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