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Are you a liar?

About your cooking/baking mistakes? Do you go into denial and blame the recipe or some act of God or do you own up? This past weekend I made a birthday cake and somehow forgot the flour. Anyway, the cakes were disastrous bubbling chocolate monsters and I was really upset because people were due to come over specifically for dessert 2 hours after the cakes came out of the oven. I ended up using store bought cakes and frosting them. I lied and blamed the recipe, swearing that I would never use a recipe off the internet again. I think I should have just laughed about it though since it seems silly to feel so bad.

What do you do when you screw up a recipe that has so much riding on it? Do you own up and laugh it off or do you cover your tracks?

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