CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rainbow Pinwheel Cookie – BEAT IT! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:31 +0000 Read More »]]> rainbow swirl cookiesThese rainbow pinwheel cookies (original recipe by Shelly Ruybalid on Souders Studios) look super-complicated, but the recipe is surprisingly simple. All you have to do is tint sugar cookie dough different colors, and roll it up according to the easy instructions. The hardest part sounds like not eating all the cookie dough before you’ve baked it!

Except for in the case of CraftFail reader Katherine, whose mistake was… not following the easy instructions. The recipe she used called for mixing the various colors of dough together with a spoon. Here’s what happens if you use a beater instead.

rainbow swirl cookies failBoy, that is really swirled together. Like, REALLY swirled – instead of looking like a pinwheel, it looks kinda like I feel after getting off the Tilt-o-Whirl.

rainbow swirl cookies nailed itFor more mixed up funny business, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Martha’s Matzoh Mansion Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:44 +0000 Read More »]]> matzo houseIf you’ve spent any time on Planet Earth, you won’t be surprised to hear that the matzoh house (excuuuuuse me, the “wonderful addition to any Seder table”) pictured above is by none other than Martha Stewart. Generally speaking, any table decor that’s more architecturally ornate and more beautifully landscaped than my own actual house MUST be the work of Martha.

What might surprise you, however, are the instructions. Creating this kosher castle, according to the website, can be accomplished in FOUR STEPS.

Yup, that’s right, just four steps – which is ridiculous, even by Martha standards. I mean, this thing has topiaries in the yard. It has shingles and a cobblestone path and a pediment over the door. There’s a BIRD perched on the chimney, for crying out loud! Four steps, my a$$.

Nevertheless, my good friend Anna from Random Handprints went temporarily insane and decided to construct one of these things.

It’s important to note here that you might remember Anna from such craftfails as her mangled matzoh manicure, or her dreidel cookie disaster, or perhaps her infamous glitter pumpkins. To say she’s had experience with less-than-perfect crafts and recipes is like saying that I get a little chuckle out of her less-than-perfect crafts and recipes. Huge understatement.

For this project she started with the cardboard infrastructure, which her mother took two days to measure and assemble, ensuring it was exactly the size of a sheet of matzoh since you can’t break them (Martha failed to mention that small obstacle in her tutorial).

Then, per Martha’s instructions, Anna slathered the cardboard house in melted chocolate and stuck the matzoh on.

Except, it didn’t stick. Because matzoh is, you know, bumpy, and wasn’t made to stick to vertical surfaces. (Martha didn’t mention that, either.)

matzoh house phase 1

At this point Anna probably started wondering if Martha had ever even seen matzoh before, let alone crafted with it, but she forged ahead and decorated the house/ramshackle crap heap anyway. She started with frosting to make the candy stick, but she only had one kind in her pantry.

funfettiOh good, Christmas funfetti frosting? That should be perfectly appropriate for a Jewish holiday craft! I bet you can imagine how awesome it looked, too. But, at least the kids seemed to be having fun.

matzoh house in process

That’s practically exactly like Martha’s version, right? Oh well – HOORAY! for crafting with the kids, but BOOO! for dealing with kids that are high on sugary candy that wouldn’t stick to the frosting (which, for the record, they also ate). Hopefully they’ll calm down by next Passover.

matzo house nailed it

For more funny and more failing, follow Robyn over to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Swirly Easter Bark – blech! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:00:18 +0000 Read More »]]> Easter barkWhat you see here is some delicious Easter bark by The Browy Blog, made by melting chocolate of different colors (oh yes, chocolate does come in different colors, though I’m usually eating it too fast to notice) and tossing in some “Smarties,” which are like the M&Ms we have in ‘Merica, but we can’t have them here because we jumped the gun and already named some other candy Smarties.

CraftFail reader Chelsey had the ingenious idea of using this recipe and adding a dash of love – by making a Valentine’s Day version! Pink and red and chocolate all swirled around together should look pretty appetizing, right?

easter bark fail

Sure, if you like sheets of chocolate bark that look like internal organs, this looks delish! Here’s what Chelsey had to say about it:

I had just become a new mom. I was a great baker. Well things change when you have a kid and you are rushed to do anything at all times. So this was my attempt with a 5 week old son. What a mess!

Oh, you had a 5-week-old baby hanging off you while you were making it? Then never mind – the fact that you were alert and mobile enough to even find the kitchen is a win in this mom’s book!

easter bark nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures – where she’ll happily eat whatever kind of Smarties or busted up chocolate bark you wanna share.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cake Mess Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:00:35 +0000 Read More »]]> mint-chocolate-chip-cakeThis chocolate cake with mint chocolate chip frosting by Shugary Sweets has some secrets. For example, it contains no ice cream, even though it looks like a solid hunk of chunky mint chip. Also, this cake has coffee in it, which I’m pretty sure qualifies it as a breakfast food.

I think I had a third thing for this list of secrets, but now I’m distracted by the thought of breakfast cake…

Anyway, CraftFail reader Jordan and her friend found the cake on Pinterest and made the classic Pinterest mistake – assuming it would turn out anything like the original.

mint cake failMmm, an oozing pile of… lumpy toothpaste? Yum! I’m not picky about my breakfast chocolate – bring me a fork!

mint chocolate cake nailed itFor more laughs, check out Hollow Tree Ventures – where Robyn is currently researching the effectiveness of brushing your teeth with minty cake.




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Crooked Chinese Coconut Cookie Chicks Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:00:18 +0000 Read More »]]> Easter cookies

Leave it to Chocolate-Covered Katie to make healthy macaroons, and then turn them into super cute coconut cookie chicks for Easter. Yummy, adorable and (my favorite) EASY – just a few ingredients, hardly any cooking whatsoever, then some simple decorations to turn cookie lumps into sweet little bite-sized birdie treats.

One of my favorite things about Katie’s recipe is that she encourages you to “get creative with whatever ingredients you have on hand” when decorating your cookies. She used all kinds of healthy mumbo-jumbo, most of which I’d never even heard of, but notes that she saw similar cookies with faces made of chocolate chips and jellybeans.

CraftFail reader Anita really took that advice to heart when she created her chicks.

coconut cookie fail

Okay, let’s overlook the fact that they’re a little lumpy and some of the faces are… sideways. Crooked cookies are charming! My question is, are those chow mein noodles sticking out of their heads?!? I bet even Katie hadn’t thought of adding Chinese food to her cookies!

easter cookies nailed it

Come to Hollow Tree Ventures for more giggles, where Robyn’s improvisation results in questionable dinners… and questionable parenting.

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Cherpumple? Piecaken? Delicious. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Read More »]]> piecaken

I’ve learned about a lot of new desserts here at CraftFail, but this one takes the cake. And the pie.

It’s a cherpumple – cherry, pumpkin and apple pies, encased in three different kinds of cake. Yes, you heard that correctly – three pies, stacked up, inside three cakes. It also goes by the name piecaken, which I thought was a typo at first but actually is a reference to the turducken, a savory meat dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. Both the turducken and piecaken are increasingly common sights at Thanksgiving, a time when people are encouraged to eat so much food that apparently we can’t even eat things one at a time anymore (also known as “every single day” at my house).

The invention of this dessert-stuffed dessert is credited to Charles Phoenix, a humorist, test kitchen food inventor, and (I’m guessing) the patron saint of elastic-waist pants. He encourages visitors to his site to bake this towering stack of sugary treats and send in photos, one of which is featured above.

Isn’t it glorious?

CraftFail reader Anita must’ve thought so, because she couldn’t resist giving it a shot.

piecaken fail

She got one layer in, and just couldn’t get more desserts to pile on. It still appears to be one dessert inside another dessert, though, which I wouldn’t really call a fail – I’d just call it a deliciously good start!

piecaken nailed it

For more funny visit Hollow Tree Ventures, where Robyn really piles on the laughs (and the calories, too).

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcake-alanche Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:00:35 +0000 Read More »]]> ice cream cone cupcakes

Ice cream cone cupcakes are one of the few things I’ve seen on Pinterest, attempted, and actually made successfully.

Okay, full disclosure: I could never make these successfully. But my mom did, and I was nearby when it happened. So… close enough.

What’s especially impressive is that my mom didn’t even have the benefit of the clever DIY cupcake cone pan that Allison of House of Hepworths invented (without knowing that something similar had already been invented) to hold the cones upright in the oven, which helped create the frosted cupcake beauties you see above.

CraftFail reader Amanda used a different DIY solution while baking her cones – a cardboard egg carton! So clever! How did that work out?

ice cream cone cupcakes failUmm, I think that one on the left is going to come out a little lopsided. And probably the ones on the right, too. And in the middle… umm… Maybe we can just change the party theme to “drunk ice cream cones”? Pepto Bismol eruptions? Melting cupcake-alanches?

Luckily, cake is delicious – no matter what shape it is!

ice cream cone cupcakes nailed itFor more giggles, and maybe even some drunk cupcake cones, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!



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Melted Crayon Blurred Word Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Read More »]]> melted crayon art by Dilly Dali Art

Here’s a new twist on that melted crayon art project Pinterest keeps telling us to try!

Now we can add words and letters to our drippy wax masterpieces – just mask off part of the surface with tape before blow-drying your crayon bits, resulting in customized art like this lovely melted crayon monogram by Dilly-Dali Art.

CraftFail friend Sara got extra fancy by adding a whole word to her crayon canvas! She carefully arranged her colors in the shape of a heart, hot glued them in place, and taped off her word. A few minutes with the hair dryer and…

melted crayon art fail

Fabulous! I “LOvE” it!

melted crayon art nailed it

For more laughs join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she’s going to refrain from pointing out that a heart without the bottom point just looks like a… bottom. Because she’s WAY TOO MATURE FOR THAT. (Not really.)

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Polar Bear Cake Pop Flop Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Read More »]]> polar bear cake popsFancy cake pops are all the rage, and some of the cutest around can be found in Bakerella‘s books – like these polar bear cake pops found in Cake Pops: Christmas (you can also find the recipe reprinted with permission on Sweet Living).

CraftFail reader Sydney must be a real cake pop enthusiast, because she owns the whole book. And, unlike me with my books, she actually read it! And tried to use the information inside!

Unfortunately, the results of her cake pop were sort of a cake flop.

polar bear cake pop flopPoor guy looks a little like a Dr. Seuss disaster. Sydney reports he took SEVEN HOURS to make – but was he delicious? We’ll never know, because this pop flop went plop – she accidentally dropped him trying to get this picture. Oof.

polar bear cake pop nailed itFor more laughs, failure, and (on most days) dropping stuff on the floor, join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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The Ghost of Easter Past Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:23 +0000 Read More »]]> Spring Chick CupcakesI don’t often get my holidays confused, especially with uber-Eastery foods like this Easter chick cupcake by Bird on a Cake fluttering around the Internet. If this doesn’t adorably scream EASTER into your face (and your taste buds), I don’t know what will.

At least that’s what I thought – until I saw the version cooked up by CraftFail readers Kayla and Kelsey. They couldn’t find sanding sugar to sweetly dust the cupcake tops, and they couldn’t quite get the frosting dark enough, either, which resulted in this:

Spring Chick Cupcake failUm, is that the ghost of Easter past? Some sort of undead, zombie Halloween bird? I’m not sure, but instead of saying “cheep, cheep, cheep” this chick ended up as some kind of holiday creep.

Easter chick cupcake nailed itFor more laughs visit Hollow Tree Ventures, where Robyn’s toddler just wandered in the room and announced, “They needa fix dat white one up like dat orange cheese one.” Yes, honey – exactly.

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