Competition: Ever Had a Soggy Bottom?

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015 404 0


With the arrival of Easter, we’re giving you a chance to win a bunch of home baking goodies worth over Β£100! Whether it’s your home-made piece de resistance or something worthy of a dog’s dinner, we want to hear about your greatest baking stories (You may even want to upload a photograph as well).


To enter, simply leave your answer / photograph in the comments section below. Competition closes Midday, Friday 10th April 2015, to which the lucky winner will be selected at random and contacted by email the same day. Gardens and Homes Direct reserves the right to remove any answers deemed inappropriate or offensive. Entrants must reside within the UK mainland. Good luck!


  • Ben alder
    April 2, 2015

    I baked a two colour sponge and covered it in cream however when we cut it to open it wasn’t cooked in the middle. Oppss

  • Angie King
    April 2, 2015

    My worst baking failure was a recent attempt to make gluten free brownies :/ complete disaster which went straight to the bin πŸ™ sadly this has made me feel quite hesitant about my baking skills despite years of successful bakes, including this lovely chocolate and Guinness cake which my hubby remembers with fondness πŸ˜‰ think I need a prize of some baking goodies to restore my confidence xxx can’t seem to add a pic here so will do on Facebook page xxx

  • Joanna ButlerSavage
    April 2, 2015

    Yorkshire puddings that did not rise!!

  • iain maciver
    April 2, 2015

    I made my first beef wellington it was lovely

  • Jo Young
    April 2, 2015

    It has to be the time I tried to impress my new in laws with pavlova. 2 dozen eggs later I gave up and bought a frozen one!!!

  • Leanne Bell
    April 2, 2015

    These chocolate & Oreo brownies were a huge hit at work. I’ve never really had much success with Brownies, but these were spot on. x

  • Joanne Blunt
    April 2, 2015

    I really struggle with making a Victoria Sandwich but I was determined to make one for my husbands grandmother as she was coming to visit. I tried four times but every single one sunk in the middle. I still haven’t got a clue what I did wrong, but for some reason this cake just defeats me. In the end I gave up and just piled loads of whipped cream and fruit onto one of my sinken bases. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it still tasted really good. Maybe a disaster turned success?

  • Sophie Jones
    April 2, 2015

    My mum and I attempted to make a sponge cake a few years back. It turned out like a pancake 😐 how on earth?!

  • Suzanne
    April 2, 2015

    I seem to get much better results when relaxed and baking scones, gingerbread, etc. at my leisure. They never seem to turn out quite the same when I have to meet a deadline.

  • Jo Glasspool
    April 2, 2015

    I was baking my son’s birthday cake in a rush. Opened the oven door to see if it was ready, and managed to drop it on the oven door. Long story, short, we had to put his candles on the inside of the oven door!

  • Maggie Little
    April 2, 2015

    my first attempt at peshwari nans was shocking! You could have tiled the floor with them! But I’m awesome at making cheesecake, my daughter and I are doing a creme egg one & a Bueno one tomorrow for Sunday’s pudding

  • Jackie Coleman
    April 2, 2015

    On 2 separate occasions when I cooked my dear husband a Bobotie… he ended up in hospital but thankfully not due to my cooking but he never lets me forget and the 2nd time I cooked it – I only had hot chilli powder and put 2 tablespoons in… PHEW!!! That was “lekker” hot, as we say in South Africa. Otherwise, I cook it perfectly, without ANY glitches πŸ™‚ I promise!

  • Anne Thompson
    April 2, 2015

    Doorstop bread was an epic failure, but spurred me on do a course and now its perfect

  • Cheryl Lovell
    April 2, 2015

    When I moved into my first home I wanted to make some chocolate crispy cakes. When I had finished and was tasting them, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong……until my mum pointed out that I should have put them in the fridge NOT the oven!! I have never lived that one down πŸ™‚

  • Julia Linsley
    April 2, 2015

    Biggest failure was when I asked my daughter to measure out the veg oil to add into my beautiful Red velvet cake – it baked beautifully and I decorated it beautifully but it had an aquired taste ! Yes … she used the Chilli oil

  • Alison MacDonald
    April 2, 2015

    I tried to make a ginger cake years ago a round one and it came out looking more like a huge doughnut the outside bits tasted gorgeous but the middle was one big flop. I have never again attempted that particular ginger cake recipe although I have successfully made other types of ginger cake since. πŸ˜›

  • Andrea Dalziel
    April 2, 2015

    I was making cakes to take to my friends baby shower, which was themed as an afternoon tea.
    I thought I’d go all out and make triple layer sponges. They looked gorgeous, so I popped them into their pretty cake boxes and drove them to the hall, only to find they had slipped all over the place by the time I’d arrived!
    The bottom layer had stayed put but the middle and top layers had gone in opposite directions. A desperate fix up job later and they were just about edible…..πŸ˜•

  • Jackie Heaton
    April 1, 2015

    thankfully no soggy bottoms here (well apart from my own lol ) which is good as I wouldn’t want a floppy giant cupcake which is one of the main thing’s I love making for my friends and family πŸ™‚ I am a home baking nanna and one of my latest ones I made for my granddaughters school I donated it along with 300 hundred cupcakes for them to raffle and sell for Red Nose Day they took me 2 days to do and they raised over Β£400 so one of my proudest bakes πŸ™‚

  • Gaynor brown
    April 1, 2015

    I once had a dinner party at home and decided to make sticky toffee pudding and fresh cream for afters I thought all went well except is used the egg mix that my partner had mixed up in the fridge for bread for fishing it had been in the garden for 5 days before being put in the fridge ready to soak bread all our guests were food poisoned and 1 had to go hospital I was mortified and to be honest I still am today when it gets brought up everyone can laugh now but I still cringe and they all refuse to eat my cooking now lol xxx

  • katherine grieve
    April 1, 2015

    I made my sisters wedding cake πŸ™‚

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