This page is a gallery of our cooking experiments gone awry. HI Cookery keeps it real by sharing our food flops.


From Crumbly Muffin Tops to Pumpkin Cake Pops

We salvaged sticky overfilled muffin tops and transformed them into cake pops for a Halloween post! (Lots of practice makes pretty pumpkins.)

Pumpkin Cake Pops


A Monstrous Mess

Cookie Monster no likey maca-wrongs!!! The Sesame Street star gets the birthday blues on November 2 when the messy macaronage was overbeaten and it was too runny to pipe perfect macaron discs. As a consolation to Cookie Monster, we quickly baked and decorated chocolate cupcakes to celebrate his birthday (see our blog post here).

Cookie Monster Macarons


Van Gogh? Oh, No! It’s Hula Pie. Oh, My!

The macadamia nut ice cream bombe totally bombed when we tried to spread fudge topping on the supposed dome shape. It melted like a lava flow, creating a unique artistic design. But we continued to freeze the muddy-looking mess as is. It still tasted “ono” for an “oh, no!” hula pie food flop. Ono means delicious in Hawaiian.

Hula Pie


A Royal Pain

It took us about three times to get our galette des rois right for the Feast Day of the Three Kings. The filling kept leaking from the dough. It was a royal pain to clean up the messy drips in the oven! Then we had an epiphany—make sure the filling and puff pastry are chilled well, the dough is sealed tightly and the galette des rois is baked in a lipped pan to catch any leaks. Galette des rois is a northern-style French king’s cake that has a breadlike texture and creamy almond filling. Ironically, the French word for “bread” is pain.

Royal Pain


When Life Gives You Lemon Maracons…

…Make them again until you get them right! We wanted to welcome spring and celebrate World Macaron Day on March 20 with bright, sunshiny lemon macarons. Instead, we got “lemons”—the cracked, hollow shells were deformed discs (some were even shaped like lemons!).

Lemon Macaron Lemons


Charred Chicken

Highlander treats his wife, Islander, like a goddess—he serves her burnt offerings! On our new grill (a Christmas gift from her parents), he tried to barbecue guava-glazed drumsticks and charred the chicken. The heat was too high.


Oreo Birthday Blunder

One of our Oreo cookie pops was a flop. Like our pumpkin cake pops above, the Oreo slid down the stick because it wasn’t cold enough to handle the heat from the candy coating.

Oreo Birthday Cookie Pops


7 Responses to “Food Flops”


  1. You can always bring your food flops over to the house, it always get eaten.

  2. Lisa Lee Says:

    More More More! Food flops are a big hit! Love the sad pumpkin face and the melted pie and bleeding bread!

  3. Jamie Says:

    Brilliant and a jolly good laugh! Thanks for that!

  4. Deeba @ PAB Says:

    Ahahahaha…love your spirit! You are just wonderful! I would eat these in a heartbeat!

  5. Lea Says:

    Thanks for sharing that! :)

  6. Margarita Says:

    I feel better after seeing your flops. Thanks for sharing.

  7. FoodBabbles Says:

    Oh my goodness! I love that you post your “food flops!!” So awesome to see someone else “keeping it real.” I always post about my kitchen mishaps also cause everyone makes mistakes :) New to your blog and I really like it!

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