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!


  • Jilly Macca
    April 9, 2015

    This is my attempt at a birthday cake for my little girls 1st birthday. Working with fondant is NOT easy lol.

  • Natalie Crossan
    April 9, 2015

    I made a MAC birthday cake for a friend one year… It took me around 12 hours from start to finish. I fell asleep with my pinny on. It was a great success apart from being so hot that it started melting on the way to my friends house!! She is also Korean and if you look at the top of the cake, I’ve written “Happy Birthday” in Korean 🙂

  • Jill fairbank
    April 9, 2015

    I slow. Poked a piece of beef it was absolutely disgusting, everyone raves about doing it mine was awful

  • Susan Wilson
    April 9, 2015

    I had just been diagnosed with coeliac disease and decided to make some biscuits with gluten-free flour, which were almost black when I opened the oven. I threw them out for the birds, who refused to eat them.

  • barbara m
    April 9, 2015


  • Linda Watson
    April 9, 2015

    Raspberry and white chocolate muffins are my most sucessful bake..

  • melanie crumpton
    April 9, 2015

    When I bought the wrong joint of meat and ended up roasting a ham joint!

  • Wendy Smith
    April 9, 2015

    I tried to make my mum a whisked sponge and it turned out with a crater in the middle so I decided to save it for a trifle!

  • Diane Nicholl
    April 9, 2015

    My son’s 4th birthday, he wanted a house cake so I used a square tin instead of a normal round one for the mixture but ended up with walls less than an inch high but the centre risen up into a cone.
    With some brown icing for the surface some red for lavaflow and crumbled flake to represent an eruption, he loved his volcano cake. Sadly when he wanted the same the next year, I couldn’t replicate it and he got a house.

  • Kerry Lethbridge
    April 9, 2015

    My twins night garden themed 2nd birthday cake was my biggest success but I’d had many a failure before that

  • Ian Palmer
    April 9, 2015

    Just made black pudding sausage rolls, a triumph !!

  • Emily Knight
    April 9, 2015

    My greatest baking achievement was icing my first ever cake this year for my mother in law’s birthday…she’s a massive fan of pigs, so she had this pigs in the mud cake!

  • jenette ogborn
    April 9, 2015

    I wanted to show off my daughters baking she made this cake for her dad 🙂 he flew birds of prey !

  • Jean Stewart
    April 9, 2015

    I have made Scottish Clootie Dumplings for years and they have always been a great success. We were visiting our daughter who lives in USA and had lots of visitors coming for her birthday party. She asked me to make a dumpling. It is not too easy to get the proper ingredients in USA – the ingredients may be available but I could not find them and had to substitute a few things but could not find an alternative for shredded suet so used grated butter but that did not work and the resulting mess (there is no other word for it) went straight into the waste bin.

  • Alison Wedge
    April 9, 2015

    I decided to make a lemon drizzle cake…only I forgot to buy any lemons. But grapefruit will taste just as good right??? No. No it doesn’t. Even my dog wouldn’t eat it!

  • carmel pickering
    April 9, 2015

    My funniest was when i was first married and decided to cook spag bol. I used a whole packet of spaghetti which i broke up and put in cold water in a small pan then added a very small can of mince. You can imagine what happened when it started boiling. I was bailing the swelling spaghetti out until there was a horrible mess of very soggy stuck together pasta and minute spots of mince. Horrendous at the time but so funny now .

    April 9, 2015

    My biggest disaster was a totally blackened joint of beef – forgotten and ever so slightly overcooked by about 3 hours!

  • Jill Whitfield
    April 9, 2015

    When I was first married I used to be a little too experimental with baking cakes; however I turned my failures into successes by just serving them covered in hot custard under the heading “disaster puddings” Delicious

  • Karen Jones
    April 9, 2015

    Phantom of the Opera cake fo my son’s Birthday because he just loves Musical Theatre and this is his favourite show

  • trish almand
    April 9, 2015

    Failed my GCE cookery exam at school many years ago as we had to make lemon meringue pie without using a whisk. The egg white had to be beaten on a plate with a knife! Some people managed it but mine was a mess!!

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