Ann Reardon

Are the Netflix “Nailed It’ challenges impossible?


Are the Netflix “Nailed It’ challenges impossible? That’s the question I asked myself when I saw this show. The program gave inexperienced or self proclaimed ‘bad’ bakers just 45 minutes to recreate a princess doll cake. The cakes, shown below, have a high level of detail most of which can not be done until the cake is covered in fondant. The kicker for me was that the contestants had to bake, COOL and decorate the cakes in the given time. You can see the contestants efforts on the right.

nailed it princess doll cake

Are the Netflix "Nailed It' challenges impossible

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The best way to see if something is possible is of course to try it myself. I also invited Zoe, an experienced cake decorator and cake shop owner to try it with me. We had 45 minutes on the clock, watch the video to see how it went.

nailed it! challenge

If you’d like to play along at home and try it for yourself I used my rich chocolate cake recipe and buttercream recipe.

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    I will be back next week next year next week next year I will

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      Had to try it immediately.

  3. Rating: 5

    That is such a weep….zoes gone wrong cakes

  4. Rating: 5

    Love your channel my favourite ever. Please keep doing debunking videos and clever or never

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    Hey Ann! When I first saw the show nailed it I also thought it was kind of sketchy but I assumed it was real because of there budget and equipment. When you wrote this article I really got a reminder that not all things on tv are real. Also I have been a fan of your show for years and you made me love baking and cooking more than ever.

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    That was so funny and I loved it

    • Thanks Kaylen ?

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    Hi, Ann! I absolutely love baking, and I was wondering of you have ever made lemon curd. It is one of the most delicious things in the world, in my opinion. If you have, good for you! If you haven’t, you’re missing out, AND I have a recipe I could share with you. It is extremely good.

    • Hi, Yes I love lemon curd

      • Do you like sushi? I love it.

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    Hi Ann, I’m turning 9 in 9 days! My mum keeps asking me ‘Do you wand a chocolate cake or a vanilla sponge cake?’ And I say ‘can I have a vanilla sponge cake please?’ And she says ok what theme and I say Harry Potter theme please and she says HOW AN I SUPPOSED TO MAKE THIS?! So then I showed her lots of your videos and she said WOW ca you ask her to make a Harry Potter themed cake please and I say ok so here I am now asking you to make a Harry Potter themed cake please can you make this soon because my mum was running out of ideas and you were her last option or I would have to have a store bought cake wich are dry and your cakes are 100% better than them and I would much prefer yours so please can you make a harry potter themed cake please please please. Also I love your videos you are the best Youtuber ever ?

    • I don’t think this is possible, but perhaps your mum can make it?
      Hbday in advance.
      P.S. our names are similar ?

      • Thanks Carmi I’ll tell my mum now ?

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    Hi Ann, I love your channel and videos. Do you think you can make some type of video either yourself or with other YouTubers to raise awareness and money for the Australian wildfire and all the animals and people being affected by it? Thanks

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    That is the largest rolling pin I’ve ever sen. LOL

    • *seen (it’s amazing how often I find typos despite checking repeatedly before hitting Enter/Send/Post)

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    Omg ? I can’t believe that I haven’t seen Nailed it! But Ann you are amazing at cooking ?, I’m sorry that I haven’t watched your video on YouTube, and also followed you on Instagram, I will do that when I get older because I’m only 13, so how’s your Christmas? My Christmas was so good ?, it was delicious ? because I had eggs ?, bacon ?…

    • Hi Jin, Merry Christmas and happy new year to you. Eggs and bacon sounds yummy. We had a small brekki on Christmas and a big lunch.

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