Fall Baking FAIL

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I have a really fun game for you.

Pick a cool and cloudy morning. One where you wake up excited to spend the day wrapped up in a warm hoodie and bum around the house.

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Take the cozy vibe up a notch by lighting as many yummy-scented candles, like Vanilla Cupcake and Warm Vanilla Sugar, as you can.

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Get super inspired by your neighbor’s tree and make the overly ambitious plan to spend the morning making Fall-inspired Pumpkin Cake Balls. You’ve never made them before, and you know there’s quite a few steps involved, but they’ll be totally worth it.

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Take a box of spice cake mix and, instead of using eggs and oil like the box calls for, use a can of pumpkin instead. You’ll save calories and it’ll be SO FALL!

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Feel your mouth water as even more sweet, spiced scents waft from the hot oven and into your kitchen as the cake bakes for 35 minutes.

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Then feel like you just wasted the last hour by crumbling it up into a bowl.

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Feel better by mixing an entire container of cream cheese icing into the crumbles.

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So much for saving calories…

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Place the bowl into the fridge to let the cake mixture firm up so you can roll it into balls, then realize your crisp, Fall-like morning has turned into a hot & sticky summer afternoon and your house is now 80 degrees inside.

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Blow out aforementioned candles, as the scent and heat are making you a little nauseous at this point.

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Go outside to finish reading Sarah’s Key and come back in a little depressed over the entire subject matter, and ending.

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Roll the sticky mess that has become your cooled cake + icing into a million little balls and wonder how even an army could ever finish them all.

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Attempt to melt white chocolate to cover said million balls with.

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Fail miserably.

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Whip up a glaze comprised of powdered sugar, maple syrup and water to cover the balls with instead. Give it a taste, start jittering from the immediate sugar buzz, but move forward with glazing them anyways.

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Spend 40 minutes repeating this process wondering the whole time why you ever thought it would be a good idea to make powdered sugar glazed cake balls – they’ll never harden and you’ll be left with mushy sticky balls.

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Step back, assess the situation, and realize that’s exactly what you’ve got.

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And, great. They look exactly like Swedish meatballs. You’ve made sticky, glaze-covered, pumpkin meatballs.

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Imagine how hilarious it would be to actually stick a toothpick in these, take them to a party on a platter, then watch people’s faces when they bite in and realize they’ve got a gooey, overly-sweet, pumpkin-spiced cake lump, instead of a savory, juicy meatball.

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Boxed cake mix: $2.09

Cream cheese icing: $1.99

White chocolate chips: $3.49

Time wasted: 4 hours

Seeing the above situation happen to Ben when he gets home from workPRICELESS.

MUWAHAHAHAHAHA! I think I might tape this!!!!! Is that mean?!

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