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. Holly @ on July 23, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love that quote! How true. hahahha

    Epic cooking fails: there have been so many I don’t know where to start! I have forgotten flour in a batch of cookies before. I kept stirring the dough and thinking “wow this is watery” and when I scooped it onto the pan the dough ran all over. I threw it in the oven anyway, thinking maybe they’d turn into cookie bars. Nope. They turned into a super thin sheet of black burnt cookies. Yuck!

    The cake is a beautiful color though and I’m sure the pups loved it — not a complete fail!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on July 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I have cooking fails all the time. My biggest is also a cake one – red velvet cake. I fail 50% of the time.

  3. Angela on July 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I’ve had some doozies – but none I can think of from recently. Probably because I haven’t been cooking or baking as much as I like. An oldie but goodie is when I used all purpose flour instead of self-rising and didn’t use any other leavening. That cake turned out like a brick. Eek, so flat and tough. I definitely learned my lesson though!

  4. Maura on July 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hmm, my cooking fail this week were the cupcakes I made. I blame my oven 😉

  5. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on July 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I fail at baking cakes 99,9% of the times … Such a shame because I love to do it, but for a mystic reason, can’t seem to do it right!

    I guess that you’re next try will be spot on! 🙂

  6. tanyasdaily on July 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

    yes and finally I get it right.

  7. Ilana on July 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    sometimes the baking gods just aren’t on your side! i had a baking cloud over my head for about four months and it was soooo frustrating!!

  8. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on July 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love that quote! Very true. I’m so excited for the Fashion Friday post! 🙂

  9. Meaghan on July 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    My best friend and I decided to make a whole wheat banana cake. When we tasted the batter, it was horrific. Then we figured out that she’d unknowingly gotten the recipe from the Three Dog Bakery website. Whoops 🙂 Needless to say our dogs were thrilled!

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 10:00 am

      bahaha! i love it 🙂

  10. Little Bookworm on July 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Sorry about the cake fail. 🙁 The breakfast cookie dough cereal looks amazing though! Do you just make a breakfast cookie as normal and then add extra milk to it?

    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

      yup! i skip the banana though and usually add 1/2 sliced banana on top

  11. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I wanted to make blondies recently and they came out cake-like. Still tasty but not the texture I was looking for. They did taste like my mom’s cake though! 😉

  12. Lauren Pavelka on July 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Your Dogs are so cute!!!!

  13. BridgetP on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Maybe last night baking just wasn’t in the cards? I just talked to my mom and she had a dessert cooking disaster last night, too. She’s off to the bakery to buy a replacement 🙂

  14. Krystina on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I made raw garam masala cookies which were pretty meh. I couldn’t taste the garam masala and the texture wasn’t too great.

  15. Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt on July 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    OMG…I love tres leches cake. The first time I had it was at a party and I thought I was going to cry it was soo good!

  16. Erin on July 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Oh no! My last cooking fail was when I was making a flourless chocolate cake, my springform pan wasn’t lined up properly, and when I opened the oven back up there was leaky chocolate eggy mess all baked on to the bottom of my oven!

  17. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on July 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I’m going to try to do two things I’ve never done before this weekend– make pralines, and fry okra. I’m sure one (or both!) of them will turn out less than perfect…but that’s all in the fun of it, right? 🙂

  18. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on July 23, 2010 at 10:28 am

    No epic fails lately, but I’ve certainly had my fair share! I actually just had a huge success yesterday with some chocolate PB cup cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. Oh yes, they’re trouble, and kinda pretty too. 🙂

  19. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on July 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I have always absolutely ADORED that quote 🙂

  20. rachael on July 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I over hemp protein-ed a smoothie the other day and the husband had trouble choking it down, which is really saying something because generally he will eat anything. Love your quote today!

  21. kara on July 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I managed to burn a reduction in my culinary class the other morning. Stunk up the lab and I had to scrub the pot forever… fail.

  22. Paige (Running Around Normal) on July 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Ahh boo to the cake fail…sounds like it still *tasted* delicious, though! Good luck making all the food for the dinner party:)

    And I love that quote…so very true.

  23. Stacie on July 23, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Thank you for this post. Lately, to seems everything I’ve tried to cook/bake has been a nightmare. Whole wheat bread sticks that are hard as rocks, engagement chicken that was waaayyy too lemony, whole wheat cinnamon rolls that are just…well..bland. I’m not gonna give up, because I think I could be a kick butt cook. Guess it’s just about trial and error.
    Thanks again! :0)

  24. Danielle (Runs on Green) on July 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I loveee that quote 😀

    That stinks about the cake fail. But it looks like the slaw made up for it!

  25. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on July 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I once had a major Indian Food fail!
    For an anniversary, my boyfriend and I were housesitting at his uncle’s lovely home in the woods. Since both the boy and I love Chana Masala, I thought it’d be a fun surprise to try and make some with basmati rice to boot.
    I shopped for all of my ingredients and bought like 7 new spices from Whole Foods, checked over the details a few times and then packed everything all up to take to his uncle’s place.
    Well, it was a total disaster. His uncle, a 48-year old bachelor, had no measuring spoons, so I way underestimated the spices. He had no pots for the rice, except for an old one I found he’d been using as a water dish for his dog. I scrubbed it out, only to discover (of course) there was no top. I tried using a crusty old cookie sheet but steam was still escaping the pot. I burned my hand and cursed a lot.
    The meal was never ready, more like it was done for. Nothing says ‘Happy Anniversary’ like bland, super tomato paste-y Chana and crunchy rice. And unlike your cake incident, not even our dog was interested in the dish. FAIL!

  26. Laura (B Foxy Fitness) on July 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    For whatever reason, I cannot bake yeast breads to save my life! I really want to learn, but I’ve attempted multiple times with less than stellar results. I think I’m just too impatient or too lazy or both 🙂 Awww, your pups are adorable! I’m sure they were stoked to get some cake!

  27. Paola on July 23, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Ouch! Sorry ’bout the cake… I mildly fear I have a cake fail brewing right now, I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that it does firm up a little in the fridge… or tonights I’ll have some uber-cute decorations without a cake to put them on! LOL But I’ve had tons of mmishaps in the past… too many to count!

  28. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

    oh man…bummer! as long as the flavor was there it was probably pretty insane though 🙂 i don’t remember my last kitchen fail that was cooked, but the last smoothie i made was pretty gross.

  29. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches on July 23, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I just had a kitchen fail happen a couple days ago actually! I was trying to make homemade whole wheat mac + cheese, but something went very wrong in the education. Think curdled milk + chunky, not melted cheese sauce. Gives me shudders just thinking about it.

  30. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on July 23, 2010 at 10:59 am

    No fails lately….knock on wood!!

  31. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on July 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have cooking fails all the time–you live, you learn. I love the cole slaw. I hate mayo with a passion, so I usually use vinegar in mine. So much better!

  32. Kelly on July 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I have cooking fails on a daily basis. Luckily my husband will eat anything! Baking is difficult, because we live at 7000 ft, so that definitely doesn’t help me out! 🙂
    I love doing Yoga podcasts through iTunes – there are some great options that vary in length! Dave Farmar has some good ones.

  33. Run Sarah on July 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I always seem to use the wrong cake pan size! I’m also notorious for icing cakes before they are fully cooled. Did you just leave out the mayo or did you sub it? I find plain yog is an awesome sub!

  34. Nicole @ Getting Back to the Basics on July 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I LOVE cabbage and that slaw looks awesome. Dare I say I have a new recipe to try this weekend?!

  35. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on July 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I love that quote <3

    I was pumped recently to make the Manfriend breakfast in bed. I decided upon my no-fail french toast but soon realized we only had multi-grain bread (think extra grain-y). I decided to roll with it since I've made it before with whole grain bread. I served it to him and he ate it with a smile on his face and all was well until I tasted a piece!

    I forgot that whole grain supa-grainy bread takes much longer to absorb the egg mixture esp. since it's so dense. It tasted like syrup coated whole grain toast! ICK! And the worst part was I kept raving about how I was the BEST french toast maker while I was cooking it! haha

    Eh – ya win some, ya lose some, right?? 😉

    Have a great day! XOXOX

  36. Karyn on July 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

    i think i would have cooking fails if i actually cooked 😉

    but that batter looks heavenly. i think i like batter more than the finished product

  37. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I had a similar cake fail last summer. I was having a tapas party and made this lemon sponge cake out of my Spain cooking book. Well, this cake made a BEAUTIFUL batter and smelled great and I was all excited to make it! It said to set the oven at 125 which I didn’t think was too odd because it was supposed to be in the oven for over an hour. Well, two hours in the oven (after it being liquid at only an hour) I decided it wasn’t working. It was so embarrassing because I had no dessert for all my guests!

  38. Jessica @ Rawtumn on July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I have epic cooking fails constantly. My biggest was with some nut burgers. Oh gah they were so gross. Used way too much oil and spices. I need to work up the courage to try some again.

  39. RhodeyGirl on July 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Right after I started reading your blog I made your whole wheat banana bread. The first time I made it I was so excited I pulled it out of the pan before it cooled down and it completely fell apart. So I ate it with fresh peaches and ice cream, but it could not be served to guests.

    That was back when my husband said I couldn’t bake for shLt.
    I still can’t.

  40. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I’ve had a few epic baking fails, and the one that tops the list is probably when I tried to make bagels, but they turned out more like rocks with holes in the middle!
    Happy Friday!

  41. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on July 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve definitely made cakes in a too-big pan before! At least it gives you an excuse to munch away so it doesn’t “go to waste” 🙂

  42. Exercise and Eat on July 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    So true! When tested, I fight like hell:)

  43. Dorry on July 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I forgot to flip my black beans burgers in the oven 2 nights ago so they ended up like black bean oatmeal cookies. Great flavor though! 🙂

  44. Alyssa @ Bride To Be Fit on July 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Cupcake fail a few months ago…. forgot the SUGAR. How does that even happen?!?!

  45. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana on July 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Great quote! I thought of it as how feisty I might get when someone burns my booty …;)

  46. Tina on July 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Sorry about the cake fail. I have fails like that all the time. I admit I’m no cook. Or baker.

    Love that quote. I know there are things I didnt think I could handle but made it through. And now I’m thankful for those lessons.

  47. Jenna on July 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Tres Leches is such a good cake. I thought I was going to have a major fail the first time I made it but I ended up liking my tres leches better than the one I had at the restaurant that I tried it at for the first time!

  48. Meghan on July 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    OMG!! I love tres leches cake! I found an amazing CHOCOLATE tres leches cake recipe a little while back. It was the most DELISH thing I have made in a long time! Decadent and unique!

  49. Jenn (eating bender) on July 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    That cake looks scrumptious in my eyes 🙂 I would have eaten the crust parts, too. That is always my favorite part!

    Love that quote, Gina! Way to inspire for the day!

  50. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on July 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Love the quote… I never knew how strong I was til yesterday (kidding) but I decided to reorganize my entire garage myself to make room to put a home gym in. Nothing like wrestling and moving 200 lb bookshelves alone b/c there is no man around and if I want it done, I better get on it, myself! I know you are the same way 🙂

    Cake fail…well gosh it looks awesome! I would have somehow salvaged it..maybe cut it in half and make a frosted layer cake stacking it up? But I guess if the ‘nilla was left out, that could have put a monkey wrench in things. Good thing your puppies can appreciate a great piece of cake!


    • Fitnessista on July 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      hahah i totally do the same thing… whenever tom is gone, i move furniture around 🙂

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