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 £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!


  • Paul Walsh
    April 9, 2015

    I burnt the whole batch of hot cross buns I made after accidentally putting them on the wrong heat setting

  • Alison MacDonald
    April 9, 2015

    Some years ago I tried to make a big round Ginger Cake but for some reason it all went horribly wrong and ended up looking more like a poorly ring doughnut. The outside of the cake was delicious however the rest was a gooey mess. I have never tried to make ginger cake of any type since then 😀

  • Andrea Miles
    April 9, 2015

    every time I try to cook meringues it’s a disaster

  • Kristina Trick
    April 9, 2015

    my attempt at a carp cake for my boyfriends birthday, I don’t have a cake tin or rolling pin. I think if I had some better equipment I could do a lot better if I tried again.

  • Nicola
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest failure so far was trying to make my mums birthday cake, the sponge layers were so thin I used about 6 to make it look slightly reasonable!! My biggest success is still to come…….

  • Victoria Prince
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest failure was the time I made biscuits for a Christmas sale and completely forgot the sugar! Oops

  • Miss Janet Carter
    April 9, 2015

    Had my biggest disaster at school when making vienesse fingers.The teacher opened the oven door and asked quite loudly who had put a tray of fat in the oven.Some bright spark had put butter and sugar in minus the flour and yes it was me.Was so embarrassed .I have never made them since.

  • Jessica T
    April 9, 2015

    I was so lucky with how this Easter cake turned out. Thankfully it was only for my children – who didn’t notice my lack of technique and skill and scoffed it down regardless.

  • Paula Phillips
    April 9, 2015

    Over Easter I made my first hot cross buns they tasted rather nice.

  • tarba gill
    April 9, 2015

    I’m really not great at cooking meat… I even had to ring my partner to ask if I’m suppose to remove the string off the chicken’s leg before it goes in the oven… Years ago.. I cooked a chicken with a bag of giblets still inside.. it hadn’t cooked properly and the dish that I had it in decided to crack, splitting into two whilst the chicken fell to the floor… sliding under the kitchen table to get away..

  • Louise Blackah
    April 9, 2015

    Pavlovas are my forte. I have a friend who fails everytime, and I have to make them for her too, so easy with the Kenwood, little ones with a dab of cream, coffee flavoured, chocolate ones, HUGE ones with lashings of cream and strawberries. Brightens a table and looks fab!

  • Martina Alban
    April 9, 2015

    my first ever three tier birthday cake for my sun in the shape of a minion he loved it and I felt for the first time like a baker not a buyer

  • Lance Bramley
    April 9, 2015

    My daughter wedding cake. Three days hard work And thankfully a great success

  • Jenni Carroll
    April 9, 2015

    The cake I made for my parent’s anniversary 🙂

    (chocolate cake with a chocolate orange centre, covered in golden marzipan, icing and sugar flowers)


  • Barry Gorman
    April 8, 2015

    Baking blueberry muffins but forgetting to add sugar. Tasted terrible!

  • Jayne K
    April 8, 2015

    Forgot to add flour when making a Christmas pudding. Still tasted great but was quite toffee-ish.

  • Sophie Lester
    April 8, 2015

    My biggest success was when I made a dessert I named snowball surprise. It was cake in the shape of snowballs filled with yummy goodness that I entered in to a school competition when I was 10! I am 25 now and to this day I remember winning the competition for the best Christmas invention!

    April 8, 2015

    Rock buns, only fit for door stoppers (even the dog didn’t want one)

  • LIZ
    April 8, 2015

    My greatest success is the chocolate banana loaf that is usually eaten by my family while it’s still on the cooling rack! Still to master a decent lemon drizzle cake though.

  • Holly Boyd
    April 8, 2015

    Every year I make a cake for my sisters birthday and every year it goes terribly wrong. I am not a bad baker but somehow I can never get her cake right. Once there was somehow even soap added to the mix.

    Last year the oven was put on grill instead of normal settings and although it was spotted it wasn’t before it ended up with a lovely browning.

    Once I tried to bake a cake with the doll in the middle so the cake looked like the dress. I didnt think and used chocolate cake and well it mixed with the icing and made it look like she had poo’ed herself.

    Maybe I am not cut out for the kitchen.

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