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Cake Wrecks: Irish Coffee Cake


October 23, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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I wish I could tell you that my cakes always look like this yellow cake with chocolate frosting from my husband’s 30th birthday.

Chocolate Frosted Birthday Cake | Cake Wreck | #cakewreck #chocolate #buttercream #frosting #fail

Or this yellow cake with chocolate frosting from my 27th birthday.

Chocolate Frosted Birthday Cake | Cake Wreck | #cakewreck #chocolate #buttercream #frosting #fail

But sometimes…

Bad things happen to good cakes.  Forgive, Betty Crocker, for I have sinned.

I was so excited when my sister asked me to make her birthday cake this year- I can’t remember the last time we were able to celebrate together.  She requested Irish Coffee Cupcakes, one of my favorite recipes.  Sam took a super long nap so I had time to prep most of the ingredients before he woke up.

Irish Coffee Cake Fail | #cake #fail #broken #irishcoffee

It got a little messy.

I decided to make a layer cake instead of cupcakes.  This was my first mistake.  When making cupcakes, the cake can be light and fluffy.  Layer cakes require a sturdier crumb.  I think it’s the melted butter in the Irish Coffee Cupcakes that makes them super tender.

My 2nd mistake was not letting the baked cakes cool completely in the pans before turning them out on the cooling rack.  Despite my thorough buttering and flouring of the pan, they bottoms stuck and the tops fell off.

While debating what to do, I ate some (a lot) of the broken cake.  I decide to go ahead and frost the completely lopsided, but still delicious Irish Coffee Cake.

Irish Coffee Cake Fail | Cake Wreck | #cake #fail #broken #irishcoffee

Sprinkles and frosting cover a multitude of baking sins.  Glad my sister loves me (cake) enough to look past the wonky cake wreckage and see the boozy buttercream.

A quick poll of my Facebook fans gave me some great options for my next cake wreck- check out their suggestions:

How to Deal with a Cake Wreck 

  1. Make cake pops.
  2. Crumble into an ice cream cake.
  3. Use it in a trifle.
  4. Frost it and serve it with a smile!

Ever had a cake-tastrophy?

How do you deal with a recipe fail?


  • Oh, no! I’m sure it still tasted amazing! In regards to what I do with a cake fail? Being the perfectionist that I am, I CRY! I just KNOW that the world is over and whoever I’m making the cake for is going to be SO disappointed…then I eat some of said cake and all is right with the world again. :) Glad I’m not the only one with cake fails!
    Stopping in with some love from the Daily Blog Boost! <3

    • BettyCupcakes says:

      I thought about crying, but the cake crumbs looked so inviting. If it had been for a professional event, I would have died. Glad my sister is low maintenance!

  • I love a good fail, then I know it’s not just me! ha

  • I’ve had way too many fails in the kitchen, mostly cake pops though.

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