50 ‘Expectation Vs Reality’ Pics Where The Results Were Actually Better Than Expectations

The ‘expectation vs reality’ memes have been around for some time. We often see people sharing their own experiences of being robbed of their happiness because things just didn’t go as they expected. While many of us can relate to their utter disappointment, these experiences sometimes serve as a wake-up call that reality doesn’t always live up to our high standards. However, not all of these experiences are bad. In fact, there are also things that may exceed your expectations to.

So, today we’re going to look at the positive side of this ‘expectation vs reality’ thing. Well, it’s a given that when you buy something, you expect it to be as good as they’re advertised. Or when you make DIY stuff out of a recipe or instructions, you expect to achieve the same result as shown. But the end result could be a hit-or-miss. If you’re not too lucky, you may end up feeling upset with the outcome. But if you’re lucky, you may end up getting more than you bargained for. These people obviously fall into the latter. And most of us probably can’t help but feel envious of these lucky people who have won the food lottery or hit it big with the best deals.


Expectation vs reality comparisons where the result turned out better than expected

expectation vs reality bueno ice cream

Well, this just proves that reality isn’t all that ‘harsh’ after all. While there are many disappointments and failures along the way, it always helps to focus on the good things we have. The year 2020 is definitely the greatest example of the ‘expectation vs reality’ circumstance that apparently didn’t go as we all expected. But despite the letdown this historic year has brought to us so far, everyone is still hopeful that everything will be better for the year 2021. And despite all the catastrophes we have suffered this year, there are still some good things that deserved to be appreciated.


These posts feature events that exceeded expectation. You will find awesome bakes, cool tattoos and more.


“Dr. Who Cupcakes. Sent An Independent Baker The First Pic Not Hoping For Much (It Was A Short Notice). Nearly Cried With Joy When Got My Order”

expectation vs reality doctor who cupcakes


“Otterly Impressive Birthday Cake From My Mom.”

expectation vs reality mom otter cake


“When Your 3-Year-Old Asks For A Rainbow Dinosaur Donut Party You Comply. I Drew The Design And Had It Made By A Local Baker”

birthday cake turned out better than expected


“Commissioned Piece Of My Sweet, Late Persephone. The Artist Surpassed Any And All Expectations”

pet portrait better than expected


“My Wife And I Were Worried Our Daughter Would Have A Hard Time Making Friends In Kindergarten Because Of The Wheelchair. Turns Out I Have A Different Problem On My Hands”

daughter in wheelchair made friends


“My Daughter Begged Me To Show Her A Planet Through Her Toy Telescope. Expected Failure, But Found Jupiter And All 4 Moons. Mindblown!”

toy telescope shows jupiter and moons


“I Pointed My Camera Straight Up And Left The Shutter Running For An Hour To See What Would Happen. Didn’t Expect A Flowing River Of Stars”

camera captures flowing river of stars


“Ordered The Blanket From A Sketchy Seeming Website. They Nailed It!”

expectation vs reality blanket pet print


“For my birthday this year, my wife asked what kind of cake she should make… and I told her that, honestly, I’ve always wanted to try Peach’s thank-you cake from the end of Super Mario 64.”

borthday cake super mario 64 end


This one is so awesome because the reality is better than expected and a memory comes to life to


“First Time Doing A Photo Restoration Turned Out Better Than Expected (12 Hours Of Work)”

photo restoration turned out better than expected


“Client’s Sketch For Pendant vs. Finished Pendant. Expectations Surpassed”

expectation vs reality dragon pendant


“I Took A Picture Through My Sunglasses At The Beach With My Phone. It Turned Out Better Than I Expected”

expectation vs reality sunglasses


“Opened The Box To Assemble A New Office Desk & Expected A Big Headache. Was Pleasantly Surprised”

office desk assembly numbered parts


“I Think It Turned Out Pretty Well”

pig pen cake better tha expected


“Pic Given To Local Baker On The Left. Actual Hungry Unicorn Cake I Received On The Right. I Like My Cake Better”

expectation vs reality exceeded unicorn cake


“The Way We Advertise Our Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas vs. The Way I Like To Make Them For Customers”

expectation vs reality jack-o-lantern pizza


“Glad The Tat Man Knew What I Was Getting At”

tattoo design better than expected


“Looks Way Better Than The Box”

expectation vs reality exceeded led light


“Made A Unicorn Cake For My Mom’s Birthday. Considering How Inexperienced I Am With Baking, I Thought It Turned Out Pretty Good”

unicorn cake turned out better than expected


“My Friend’s Wife Wanted Us Groomsmen To Do A Pic Similar To The Bridesmaids Poster. I’d Say It Came Out Better Than I Expected”

groomsmen recreate bridesmaids poster


“Shined My Girlfriend’s Favorite Pair Of Boots And They Turned Out Better Than Expected”

newly shined boots better than expected


“Christmas Gift From My Teens Has Proven More Useful Than Expected”

dayclock more useful than expected


“Ordered From Grocery Store. Cupcake ‘Cake’ For My Daughter’s Birthday. Pleasantly Surprised”

expectation vs reality exceeded rainbow cupcake cake


Some of these prove that even when something seems to go wrong, the end result can still be good


“I Ran Out Of Filament During A Print, And As A Royals Fan I Decided To Make The Best Of A Bad Situation. Result Is Even Better Than Expected”

3d printed lion with kc royals cap


“My Mom Made An Elsa Cake”

mom recreates elsa cake


“Friend Faceswapped With A Wendy’s Cup. Results Better Than Expected”

wendys faceswap better than expected


“My Wife’s McDonald’s Cone In The Drive Through Last Night”

expectation vs reality mcdonalds cone


“Dad’s Cookies Turned Out Just Like The Picture. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies From America’s Test Kitchen”

dad makes cookies just like in the recipe picture


“Cat Bed”

cat bed comparison better than expected


“For My Son’s B-Day Pizza Party, We Told Him We Could Only Afford 1 Pizza. Expectations Exceeded”

boy extra large birthday pizza


“Pic I Sent Cookie Maker, And What I Got. 100% Impressed And Would Order From Her Again. Bonus: Cookies Tasted Great”

cookie maker does a perfect job


“My Wife Loved The Cake Most Ardently”

classic book cake better than expected


“My Daughter’s Birthday Cake From Last Year”

panda birthday cake better than expected


“I Went To 5 Guys Last Night When They Were Closing. They Asked If I Wanted Extra Bacon Cause They Were Going To Throw It Out. I Didn’t Expect This”

restaurant gives customer extra bacon


“Dyed Easter Eggs Today When I Messed Up On One. Turns Out It Kinda Looks Like The Universe”

messed up dyed easter egg better than expected


“Pretty Happy With How This Turned Out”

rubiks cube cake


“From Filter To Reality. Exceeded Expectations”

filter vs real hair color


“My Wife Did A Damn Fine Job On These Cupcakes. Delicious Too”

wife recreates cupcakes from recipe book


“My Interpretation vs. My Artist’s Interpretation”

expectation vs reality tattoo design


“This Chipwich”

expectation vs reality exceeded chipwich


“I Wasn’t Actually Expecting That”

heart-shaped potato


“I’m Seriously Impressed By This Frozen Pizza”

frozen pizza looks exactly like the packaging


“1st Time Making A Layered Cake. Expectation On Left, Reality On Right”

pinterest cake recreated


“My Girlfriend’s And Mine First Attempt At Making A Cake From Scratch. Sketch vs. The The Final Product”

making cake from scratch better than expected


“In Japan, One Should Expect To Get What One Expects”

expectation vs reality in japan


“It’s My Son’s Birthday Today, And He Wanted A Fire-Truck Cake. It Came Out Better Than Expected”

fire truck cake recreated


“My First Attempt At Cake Decorating. Nailed It”

moana cake goal nailed it


“American Cherry Pie Frapuccino In Japan”

expectation vs reality japan starbucks


“Pleasantly Surprised”

expectation vs reality loads of pepperoni

Have you ever experienced an expectation vs reality moment where the end product or result was better than you expected? If so, let us know!