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Over the weekend, I suddenly got a hankering for pumpkin.

Well, let’s be honest, I often get a hankering for pumpkin this time of year. But this weekend, I decided to use some of the cans in my cabinet and whip up something yummy.

After perusing the internet for a good recipe (i.e. one that called for items I already had in my kitchen), I was all set. About $30 worth of ingredients (and some sore forearms from the hand whipping the 6 egg whites called for) later, I popped that sucker in the oven, practically drooling at the thought of the pumpkinny goodness that was about to come my way.

This particular recipe was for a pumpkin roll. While I’m really not much of a baker (I can rock it at cooking, but baking? Not so much), and I’ve never attempted to roll any baked goods, I’m also an optimist. So I assumed all would go well.

Uh, yeah. It didn’t.

After slathering the top of the cake with the cream cheese frosting (which was delicious – and why not? Two packages of cream cheese mixed with maple syrup and vanilla? What’s not to love?), I began to slowly roll.

With frosting squirting everywhere, the dense cake (I’d say the texture was akin to something like a brick) flipped and flopped and broke into pieces. Nearly all of the two packs of cream cheese squeezed out of the cake itself and into the grates of my cook top (because why wouldn’t I be rolling this sucker on top of the hardest surface in my kitchen to clean?). Approximately one teaspoon of the frosting mixture remained between the layers of fractured pumpkin cement.

But the flavor? Not bad. Oh, you know I still ate that bad boy right up. After all that work? I deserved a treat.

Do you have any good baking fail stories to share? Or are you a whiz with your oven?

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