Expectations vs. Reality (16 Pics)

Things don’t always go as planned. Check out the pics below to see a few examples of what happens when our expectations get punched in the face by reality.



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188 Responses to Expectations vs. Reality (16 Pics)

  1. ben says:

    Um, he baked the icing?

    • Smiling Politely says:

      It would appear so, also they have just left a gap for the cookies, not put actual cookies in the frosting! How can you expect something you didn’t try to achieve in the first place.

      • sahmad says:

        Don’t we all at one point end up doing things a certain way and expecting something totally different? Sounds like the human condition to me loll.

        • Goodson66 says:

          My “human condition” occured after drinking to much beer and attempting to bake an angel food cake. I got rid of my shame before anyone could get a camera.That fool took the shot themselves.:-D

      • PartPants says:

        That’s not a space for the icing, the cupcake is just still in the pan and is the same color as the cookie for some reason.

      • roni says:

        ummm they did put cookies in the cupcakes, but it blends in really good with the cupcake, look and i mean really look again and then you’ll see it:)

      • Lil Dewes says:

        Actually they put the frosting on the cookies straight out of the oven & it melted, not burnt.

    • roflcopter says:

      are you retarded? it just means he didn’t wait for it to cool. the icing melted because it was still hot…

    • Muffin says:

      Looks more like he iced it before letting the cupcakes cool completely…

      • WeSoExcitedWeWeSoExcited says:

        People, it’s obviously a guy. When you first see the picture, what gender do you imagine the person making the cupcakes? Male.
        I’m pretty sure a girl knows enough to at least let them cool before frosting them…

        • dumle29 says:

          Oh stereotypes. How we love them -_-

        • JW says:

          You say that, and yet the first time I baked a cake by myself for my gramma’s birthday, I did not know you were supposed to chill the cake first. And I’m a woman. Not even a girl; a 20-something woman! I had even baked before… just nothing that required icing (cookies, mostly, occasionally brownies).

          The cake also collapsed, partly because I made the layers too thick and didn’t let them cool before putting them together and icing them. However, it also tasted absolutely delicious, so nobody including Gramma cared :)

          I think it’s funny people assume everybody knows these things just because they’re female, though. As if all females are still raised to be housewives.

          I mean, if you’re going to stereotype us (which you are, because it’s human nature to stereotype), at least update your stereotypes… for instance, I would have gone with “clearly done by a teen or 20-something who thought things that are straightforward would also be easy and thus didn’t look up how to do them properly”.

        • Caleb Hughes says:

          Love, I can bake circles around most girls I know, including my mother. And to be honest i pictured a blond “Snooki” standing in the kitchen crying about how she put so much work into cupcakes when in all honesty, she really had too high “expectations” like always.

          • Stereotypical male says:

            I would have to agree, but the only thing that really made me sad is that Cookie Monster is gone. I couldn’t care less about the people who didn’t think first.

    • Hambone says:

      I don notice you used the word ‘he’. Mabye my circle for friends are weird, but none of my male friends have ever cooked a batch of cookie monster cupcakes.

    • Anonymous says:

      hahahahah i thought the same thing

    • kristi says:

      Noooo, they put the icing on too soon, the cookies were still hot and they melted the icing.

    • Anonymous says:

      ^^That’s exactly what I was thinking! lol.

    • cookie monster fail says:

      ya what a tard.

    • Anonymous says:

      no lol.they put icing on cookie too soon..resulting in the icing to melt…

    • penelope says:

      my thoughts exactly. preeety sure that guy doesnt know how to bake cupcakes.

      • penelope says:

        sloppy sloppy work. and just look at the cake part! theres just no way he’s planning on selling those now! poor cookie and monster and friends, theyre gonners

    • Jimmmy says:

      No way that’s a he. Had to be a she.

    • 555 says:

      No, I believe they applied the icing right after taking the cookies out of the oven.
      They should have waited for the cookies to cool before adding any decorations.

    • Anonymous says:

      IK RIGHT?

    • David says:

      He probably just did not let them cool which amounts to the same thing.

    • lupee says:

      i thought they were funny:)

    • Lynn Stratton says:

      Uh, I think the heat from the stove caused the melting. (really??) Usually, one would wait for the items to COOL prior to frosting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    you guys are tough.

  3. pithypants says:

    Awesome. Yours was the first blog I found using StumbleUpon, so it’s now set the expectation pretty high. Stay tuned for the follow-up, in which I compare your site with a bunch of others that fall short.

  4. :P!!!!!! says:

    The guy most likely didnt bake the frosting…. he mightve just put it on too quickly while everything was still warm. Thats why you need to wait for cakes to cool before coating them….the frosting will just drip off. Its a common mistake.

  5. Marybeth says:

    You’re supposed to take the cupcakes OUT of the tin BEFORE frosting them! what an idiot.

  6. Fornicater says:

    All these pictures and all you guys do is hate on the person who can’t bake a goddamn cookie monster cupcake.

  7. Epic failures! Those were classic man! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    nobody expects miley cyrus in concert to be any good.

  9. Johnny says:

    Come on, people!

  10. Johnny says:

    One of the legs is definitely the same, Come on, people!

  11. Anonymous says:

    That last one was so my reality… :( Oh well, I don’t date her anymore, lol.

    • Amanda says:

      haha i know! MY fiance recently broke up with me. I’ve been pretty down about it. saw that picture, and actually laughed. it made me feel so much better haha. I don’t know why!

  12. That Expectations rainbow braid is my all rights reserved self portrait:


    I don’t know who the hell keeps attaching it to the Reality braid photo and posting it all over the Internet, but it’s a fucked up and illegal thing to do and I want them to stop. I don’t allow people to use my images without permission and I’m not sure the person in the Reality photo would appreciate her hair being compared to mine.

    I want my picture removed from this site.

    • Jeff Wysaski says:

      Mmkay. removed.

    • Ro says:

      Regardless, do you have any idea how useless copyrights (and other claims) become on the internet? Just thought I’d let you know, you’re fighting a losing battle.

      Free share information!

      • JW says:

        You know, just because copyright is much more difficult to enforce on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s not still illegal for good reason. The whole point of copyright is for the original artist to be able to control their work’s distribution, particularly in commercial channels. And while nobody has tried to commercialize that particular image from this meme, if left unaddressed by the artist, eventually somebody would try to do just that.

        This would have almost been a borderline case in non-commericial areas, though, since it could be taken as parody/satire, which often falls under Fair Use. HOWEVER…

        …there is also the matter of model releases. If it wasn’t a photo taken in a public place, then the subjects of the photos have a right to control the context in which they are displayed. Not just an arbitrary right, either: imagine a site that uses meme images like this to get traffic that gets them ad dollars… they’d be profiting off of both models! Yet the models wouldn’t get compensated for being used like that. You could go ahead and try to argue that “wah, the internet deserves to be free” but if the site is deliberately using them, not just to parody and entertain others, but to make money, then it’s no longer TRYING to be free and innocent.

        There’s a reason these laws exist, even if the issues are getting more complex.

  13. Reality sure does suck.

  14. Gin says:

    i like how a majority of the comments revolve around the cupcakes needing to cool off. xD

  15. kdeck says:

    Lol! Expectaion: Cookie monster. Reality: Perry the platypus after a freak accident enjoying a cookie.

  16. -A PLL says:

    lol miley cyrus looks so freaking retarded its hilarious

  17. Phil E. Drifter says:

    Don’t read this comment or YOU’LL DIE!!!1

  18. Elie says:

    Miley looks real sick there! :) ))

  19. justa16girl says:

    hey fyi the failed cookie monster are cookies not cupcakes. Now that you went up and check go up there again and you will see the god cupcakes are not in a tin and the other ones….well there not cupcakes at all. Also this is to true with reality. And who does expect a good show from miley cyrus at all??

  20. Nicky says:

    The mind is capable of going into realms that reality cannot allow.

  21. you killed me with the Teenage expectations and reality LOL Great!

  22. dthf allan says:

    the last one for love reality shes cring because she woke everyone up cuz she thought it snowd but it diddnt

  23. williamvi says:

    What about a Macdonald’s Big Mac :)

  24. vicace says:

    That miley cyrus photo was very funny mate. thank you for posting :)

  25. Anonymous says:

    lol u assume its a he

  26. mike says:

    if you laughed at this, fuck you.

  27. Anonymous says:

    who would do that to his face??????

  28. romina spadei says:

    that kitty is so cute and the dog too

  29. gopi says:

    nooooo! the icing melted coz the cookies were still hot! duuuuuhhh!


  30. elise says:

    i love how the teen expectations is a picture from skins

  31. Haha the cookie monster cookies (reality version) looks more like a lucha lubre mask.

  32. kalid says:

    ilaik frends good

  33. Jill says:

    Shame you don’t have onlien dating people -reality vs online profile :)

  34. Jaz says:

    Um – I don’t think the cookie monster pictures have anything to do with each other except for the joke they were meant to portray.

  35. anon says:

    The last one is so true, it’s hilarious.

  36. Anonymous says:

    haha, that last one is the make it snow girl. I saw her on Tosh.0 xD

  37. Marta says:

    Oh the hilarity. My cupcakes and snowmen definitely don’t measure up to ones idyllic expectations.

  38. shan ali says:

    lol…the cookie monster is amazing…..looks like smurfs…haha…..well nice collection…seriously hilarious

  39. That is exactly how my cupcakes would look!

  40. Anonymous says:

    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyy goooood

  41. katieee says:

    Is it just me, or do the cupcakes look like perry the platypus?

  42. ashley says:

    lol. the comments are just as funny as the pictures….

  43. Panda Rosa says:

    Don’t quite get the kitten/puppy one. Is it that the kitty reacts in such an AWWWW way, while the dog just lies there? Doggie is definitely enjoying it anyway, got a sweet look on its face, which seems more like the point of the thing. Actually the dog’s version seems more like a massage, doggie seems to be asking, “Please, just a little more, please? Please? Please?”
    For that matter, who is going to confuse a dog with a cat?
    Reminds me of a Peanuts cartoon where Snoopy grumbles, “When a CAT plays with a ball of string they think it’s cute!”

  44. Anonymous says:

    & I love the miley cyrus one.
    fucking lol

  45. Misty says:

    I think you just compared Skins to the Inbetweeners lol.

  46. Anonymous says:

    i just dont understand lol

  47. brittany says:

    what video is the last picture from? i cant seem to figure it out but i have seen it beofre. thanks

  48. Jamie says:

    Thanks for using a picture of The Inbetweeners. :)

  49. Billy Ray says:

    Miley is hot and pretty good in the sack.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I love Lion King! lol

  51. Kenzie says:

    I love Lion King! Haaa. :)

  52. Jen says:

    Ah, optimism at its best. I actually think being crammed into a kids rollercoaster eating an ice cream would be better then snogging some random man’s face whilst high on drugs…

  53. sdimitrijevic says:

    beautiful … :)

  54. krissy says:

    Hahahaha I love the last one sadly most often its true :D

  55. lol says:

    Doesn’t Miley look like she is transforming into a dolphin while then being hunted down by a fishing boat or something.. just saying

  56. brooke says:

    i like the dog <)') its wired

  57. brooke says:

    love the doggy woo hoo toot toot

  58. Tammy says:

    Jeff, what a fun post! You had me at the cookies. At the end of the day I loved the laugh all the comparisons showed us. Reality never does quite measure up does it? Enjoyed it. Now … have a laugh on me … http://www.WittyWomanWriting.com/you-wanna-piece-of-me/ Oh, and, um, don’t judge me.

  59. Hank says:

    Ha, I love the epic debate in the comments as to whether or not the cookie moster is a dude.

    click my name for a funny site

  60. Lmao omg the cupcakes are the best!

  61. Anonymous says:

    hahahah the last one is the girl who used the fire extinguisher in the dorm because she wanted it to snow XD

  62. Jax says:

    LMFAO these are the best comments ever

  63. matthew c says:

    Oh my that is so the truth. The guy baked the cookies with the frosting on them. Gotta love the snoman as well. Its funny when watch a show on the food network channel and then try and duplicate what they made, it never turns out the same.

  64. Nicole says:

    bahahaha these are twoo funny. so true on the “tanning”, “love”, and “teenage” ones!! lol

  65. SnowPyramid says:

    Hahaha the Box expectation versus the reality is an integral part of your upbringing in the USA. A really good version of the “box” versus “reality” is the cover of an old school video game versus the game itself. Paperboy!?

  66. Anonymous says:

    The person didn’t use a chocolate cupcake!!! That’s why!!! haha jk

  67. whobedat says:

    I love he attempted the cookie monster more than once thinking it would get better!

  68. Hari says:

    We expect to get an A but we get B or C.

  69. erilscatzy78 says:

    how it work????

  70. clauuuuuddddiiiaa says:

    Not sure what’s makin me laugh more, the last pic about relationships or the comments at the end.

  71. Arsen says:

    Love expectation one was cruel.

  72. Anonymous says:

    the whole cookie monster cookie/cupcake thing is wrong.

    this is coming from someone who will be majoring in pastry arts come fall 2012, and someone who has alot of experience baking:
    one, the icing obviously melted because the cookies were still hot when they put it on. if a cookie was cooled to the right temp. icing shouldn’t melt.
    two,it didn’t come out looking like fur, because they didn’t use the correct decorating tip.

  73. tummmm says:

    i love the kitty compared with the dog

  74. shelly says:

    the cookie monster debate thingy I know what happened! you guys are nubs first of all lol, But this person decided to put icing on the cupcake RIGHT after they took them out of the oven! Of COURSE they will melt duh! Let them cool! THEN put the icing on!

  75. Clayton Bigsby says:

    These are all terrible. There not true and in no way are they funny, at all. Not only did I waist my time looking at the obnoxiously stupid pictures and figures, but I am now being forced to waist my time writing this hate letter.
    Clayton Bigsby

  76. love to see this its amazing

  77. Anonymous says:

    I loved this so much!!! Awesome!!

  78. Hossam says:

    It’s good

  79. Kit says:

    The Facebook one, I have to say, my reality IS pretty much like the expectation. Not sure that’s a good thing…

  80. Rachel Heinrich says:

    Funny stuff, check it out

  81. Mindie says:

    i like how everyone is just talking about the dumbass who couldn’t make cupcakes, referred to as “he”. hahahahaha.

  82. brian says:

    In these situations I think your just plain fucking up. You could meet your expectations but you choose to complain about not getting what you want instead of putting out the effort to achieve your goals.

  83. John says:

    I think Miley just got a drip from that nose candy

  84. Liv says:

    They say expectation breeds disappointment.

  85. HA HA HA! It’s awesome !!!

  86. Aakar says:


    I like that Facebook reality. :P

  87. Jaysey says:

    What’s wrong with these cookies? They look a lot better that the ones I bake (when I do bake that is). The proof is in the eating though – hence the reason I don’t bake much.

  88. Anonymous says:

    UAHUAHUAHAUH adorei isso cara… muito bom mesmo

  89. bug says:

    5555 its true!!
    Thk 4 pic ^^

  90. Elise says:

    aaahahahahah these are so true!!

  91. Zia says:

    what happened when expectations comes in reality????

  92. Anonymous says:

    apparently when i tan my expectation becomes reality…

  93. Tina Tian says:

    It is funny!!! I like it!~

  94. greg says:

    I think its awesome that everyone relates to cookie monster!!! ME LOVE COOOOOOOOKKKKEEEE!!!!!! (and little cupcake too.)

  95. sneaky pete says:

    I thought Miley Cyrus was supposed to be hot!?
    Darn expectations.

  96. blessedthief says:

    What a waste of time!!

  97. Nicole says:

    LMAO, we bought that water slide/pool for kiddo’s birthday party. It looked big, and so much fun. Yeah, it was a bust. It was so small, and nobody wanted to play in it.

  98. Anonymous says:

    who the f cares about the goddamn cookie cupcakes

  99. ghhhhhhhhhhh says:


  100. King says:

    I bet the reality cupcakes taste just as good though!

  101. Anonymous says:

    It is so true! Things rarely meet our high expectations. Except my awesome boyfriend! :D

  102. Anonymous says:

    ssoooo true post more <3

  103. SupaJulia says:

    Is that what happens when cookie monster gets too much cookies

  104. Anonymous says:

    the facebook one is the best

  105. Anonymous says:

    too many expectations…

  106. Cynthia Jaynes says:

    Ok ok, we all know that whoever did the cookie monster cookies put the icing on prior to taking them out of the oven, thus resulting in the mekted blue icing all over the cupcakes. Stop saying the same thing! :P

  107. aaron says:

    Totally true; all of these. lol

  108. Diet Plan says:

    I love those cookie monster cakes brings back so many memories

  109. Haha, that is exactly how my attempt at making the Cookie Monster treats would turn out. I am great at cooking meals, but baking is not my forte. I have to admit I do love my sweets though. Coooookiiie!

  110. The last one about love was freaking hilarious. I laugh soo hard, I shit myself. lmao
    That’s what my girlfriend looks like, crying like a little toddler.

  111. Dan says:

    The facebook one is so true… But you forgot something, it’s when you really find like 20 notifications on facebook, and they all turn out to be some game invitations to farmville or Poker… OMG!!

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