Cake Fail

Hey everyone! Happy Fashion Friday! (I’ll be back this afternoon with this week’s style pick)

Last night, I set out to make Tres Leches.

I felt like it had to be extra amazing because I’ve have had about a thousand tres leches cake bites in my life.

The batter came out like a dream


Until it started baking and I realized that I forgot the vanilla….

and figured maybe by drizzling the glaze into the cake that it would make up for it.

I pulled the cake out of the oven

and it was a beautiful golden brown:


And then I discovered that I used a pan that was way too big and said cake about about an inch and a half thick.

It was the best night of these puppies’ lives:


They each had about 3 puppy bites, the pilot had a serving the size of my torso, and I cut off and munched some of the crunchy end pieces.

Cake fail.

One thing that wasn’t a fail?


I Fitnessista-fied the Neely’s coleslaw recipe that I made for the squadron BBQ– this one is mayo-free and was pretty face-rocking.

This morning began with a beautiful 60-minute Power Yoga #1 podcast from

yoga mat  (You can still get this yoga mat *here* for 15% off with coupon: YogaGina)

The Power Yoga #1 60-min flow is one of my faves because it includes dancer and crow—my two favorite poses 🙂

Bfast was a semi-repeat of yesterday:

cookie cereal

B-fast cookie dough cereal with blueberries 😀 I’m in lurve.

Well I’m off to get the rest of the ingredients for tomorrow’s massive dinner party and then re-make a cake 😉

Any epic cooking fails lately??

Have a lovely day and I’ll see ya later with a Fashion Friday post!



Something to think:

“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

You never know how strong you are, until you need to be 🙂

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  1. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on July 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    My most recent baking fail was when I tried to make pancakes from scratch– I used baking SODA instead of baking POWDER, and then proceed to cook ALL the pancake batter before tasting it! When I took my first bite, it tasted like PURE BAKING SODA!! So gross…

    That coleslaw looks delicious? What changes did you make to the original recipe??

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      i used goat milk yogurt instead of mayo and stevia instead of sugar 🙂

  2. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Haha I love that quote. How true. 😀

    I have baking failures all the time! One time I tried to make a muffin recipe more healthy and they turned out rock solid and tasteless!

  3. Kimberly on July 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Gina…I have a question non related to your post about about low calorie drink options when going out. I am not a huge drinker, but when my boyfriend and I go out with friends, I want to avoid the social akwardness or not ordering anything and looking odd. I see that when you go out, you order a club soda (0 cal) with a splash of cranberry? Is there anything else you can suggest???

    Thanks 🙂

    PS: please respond to my email if possible!! Thanks

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      re-send your email– my inbox is a disaster 🙂
      you could get a vodka with diet soda, vodka tonic or wine spritzer

  4. Tay on July 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I tried to make a flag cake on the 4th, but we had no round cake pans, so I had to use glass pie pans for 2 layers. Then I forgot to add the food coloring to one of the cakes, and had to take it out 8 minutes into baking and mix the dye in. Then I used a springform cake pan for one of the layers, and accidentally hit the release button when the batter was still in the pan – cake batter spilled everywhere! Then all the cakes were WAY too thick, so they all overcooked and stuck to the pans.


  5. Amelia on July 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    At least the Pilot had a chance to get a preview of the cake. Even if you think you failed. 😉

  6. Catherine on July 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    One time, I tried to make a Jack Daniels steak…I followed the directions to a T, but somehow, like, none of the whiskey cooked off and it was inedible. My boyfriend thought it was hilarious.
    The cake looked good, even if it wasn’t perfect!

  7. Kacy on July 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Sounds like it was still delicious if the pilot ate a torso-sized piece 🙂 I made breakfast for my office recently and forgot the cooking spray on a pan of oatmeal bars, so othey all stuck. I was sad, but I just crumbled it up in yogurt, so it all worked out.

  8. Angela on July 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I love that quote, so true! That coleslaw looks good, I don’t like mayo so a mayo free coleslaw sounds awesome!

  9. Jaclyn on July 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Ahh, I don’t see why that was a *cake fail*, just an excuse to make another one! 😉
    Your dinner party sounds amazing, I’m sure it will be flawless, the menu looks great and you always do such a great job with them!

  10. laura on July 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Oh dear…but i reckon for every cake success in the world, there are about 100 cake fails;) xx

  11. Jess on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Haha you should have seen the ugliness that was the sweet potato gnocchi I attempted a few weeks ago. Note to self: do not attempt to make pasta on a 100-degree day EVER

  12. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on July 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    A couple of months ago I made a high protein, low fat banana bread that was dry as sand. Epic fail! LOL Guess it needed SOME fat 😉

  13. marie @ marie would on July 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    that’s like, the best fail ever! free cake! i don’t even cook enough for there to be fails but i’ve made some pretty funky stir-fries in my day, and those are supposed to be impossible to mess up!

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    thats too bad, oh well it happens to the best of us!
    I tried making some kind of curry soup once, and it contained orange juice, it was nasty, and i would say a fail even though the recipe was followed correctly. And also i tried baking bread in the slow-cooker, with a recipe from a book i have. Total fail, it was nasty and hard.

  15. Maissa on July 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My biggest epic cooking fail was when I tried to make vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from the Babycakes cookbook. Idiot here (raises hand) forgot to put in the baking soda, without which NOTHING rises. The cookies melted together and I ended up with three baking sheets of giant cookie. I cut them into squares, they tasted good even if they were missing the fluffiness baking soda gives.

  16. Kimberly on July 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Gina, thanks for the info re: low cal drinks…my email is

    Thanks 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      will you re-send the email you sent??

  17. Kilee on July 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Aww, I love the quote you put in at the end! I’m glad the cake ended up turning out. Good job!

  18. Carrie on July 24, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Oh man. Sorry to hear that… I can sympathize, I am soooo not a baker. But your macaroons and other creations always come out looking so good i’m afraid the drool will short out my keyboard!

    My husband doesn’t consider the break n’ bake cookies to be homemade…i’m like okay then. Just pretend. 😉

    Love the pic of Bella and Viesa…. so precious… so angelic in their waiting-for-a-snack posture. Ahhh, I know it well!!!!

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