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40 Valentine's Day baking FAILS that prove it's the thought that counts

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Valentine's Day baking FAILS

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Valentine's Day baking FAILS

Proof that Valentine's Day baking is better left to the professionals.

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Bacon, my heart

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Bacon, my heart

Nothing's worse than being betrayed by your one true love. Yes, I'm talking about you, bacon.

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The sweet taste of failure

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The sweet taste of failure

These are technically a FAIL, but the result still looks totally delicious to me.

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Jello surprise

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Jello surprise

I'm guessing this chef wasn't super excited about celebrating Valentine's Day this year.

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T.G.F.S. (thank God for sprinkles)

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T.G.F.S. (thank God for sprinkles)

Replace the sprinkles with kernels of corn, and you'll realize why these strawberries look familiar.

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I like big buns and I cannot lie...

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I like big buns and I cannot lie...

Sprinkles truly can hide a multitude of sins, but in this case even that was too much to hope for. 

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No more kisses

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No more kisses

These are allegedly Rice Krispies Treats, but I think we can all agree that they're actually baked potatoes.

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Little Miss Piggy

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Little Miss Piggy

These bacon roses, which look more like pig snouts than flowers, seem like an unwise Valentine's gift.

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Hide it with frosting

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Hide it with frosting

This looks more like radioactive waste than a cake, but at least there's a ton of frosting to make it edible.

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A heart too big

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A heart too big

This heart-inside-a-cake trick never seems to work out, but at least you'll get points for trying.

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Valentine's plea

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Valentine's plea

Receiving this desperate bakery-decorated cake would be creepy enough for Halloween territory.

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Just gross

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Just gross

This cake, decorated with raw chopped beef and a few salmon fillets (I think?), probably shouldn't have left the bakery.

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Just go there, already

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Just go there, already

We all know what this cake wanted to say. And if you're going to take it this far, you might as well cross the line.

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I see right through you

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I see right through you

These cookies look more like a windshield after a run-in with roadkill than an elegant stained glass window. 

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It's yogurt... I swear

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It's yogurt... I swear

These yogurt-covered strawberries unfortunately look like they were vomited onto a baking sheet.

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Is it the strawberries?

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Is it the strawberries?

I'm starting to think that using strawberries in your Valentine's Day baking may just be a bad idea.

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Flowers gone wrong

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Flowers gone wrong

I have a feeling this baker took "chocolate roses" to mean something else entirely...

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These will melt your heart

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These will melt your heart

The cupid behind these sweets melted the treats themselves instead of their paramour's heart.

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Again with the berries

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Again with the berries

These may still taste OK, but they look like a craft project covered in paste, not an elegant Valentine's Day treat.

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Say it with flowers

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Say it with flowers

The good news is you can still tell these are cupcakes! The bad news is... well, you can see for yourself.

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Truffle shuffle

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Truffle shuffle

Making chocolate is sometimes harder than it seems, but the result always tastes good.

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Cupcake mistake

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Cupcake mistake

Hey, as long as the frosting still tastes good, who are we to judge?

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Heartbroken

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Heartbroken

It's not hard to believe that these enchanting cupcakes are more difficult to make than they look.

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Early start pancake heart

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Early start pancake heart

No one wants to wake up to a broken heart, but these pancakes result in just that.

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Cookie rookie

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Cookie rookie

The tie-dyed icing on these cookies make them look more psychedelic than romantic.

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Cake top flip flop

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Cake top flip flop

When you're using cake tops and heart-shaped holes as decor and neither works, you're in trouble.

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Fit for the dogs

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Fit for the dogs

Red pepper hearts that hold an egg were supposed to be for human and dog, but I have a feeling Fido got it all.

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The way to every girl's heart is her...

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The way to every girl's heart is her...

According to the chef of these pancakes, these heart pancakes look like ovaries.

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Broken heart in the morning

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Broken heart in the morning

This breaks my heart... my achy breaky pancakey heart.

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Fail-free carbs

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Fail-free carbs

Honestly, if you're gifting someone bread, they'll be so happy they won't notice it's not heart-shaped.

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It's the taste that counts

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It's the taste that counts

True beauty is on the inside, luckily for this aspiring cake decorator.

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Use your imagination

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Use your imagination

These cookies are heart-shaped. And there's a "diamond" ring beneath them. And I'm Cher.

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Be my "valentin"

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Be my "valentin"

First they misspelled "valentine," then they made the hearts upside down. Better luck next year?

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Cake pop drop

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Cake pop drop

When you burn the cake pops, your Valentine's dreams will come crumbling down (in a chocolaty heap, that is).

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Conversation killer

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Conversation killer

If this popcorn mix manages to start any conversation, it'll probably be "what happened?"

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Broken heart, literally

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Broken heart, literally

At least the cookie's broken and not their actual heart!

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Lumpy

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Lumpy

It looks like this chocolate seized up faster than someone on the end of an unwanted valentine.

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Merry me

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Merry me

Give this to someone who's always really chipper on Valentine's Day — but don't use it for a proposal.

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Hot breakfast in bed

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Hot breakfast in bed

Your sweetie may still get breakfast in bed after this, but you'll have to do a quick run to the drive-thru first.

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Spell-check

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Spell-check

How do you show someone you really care? You use spell-check before icing the cake.

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