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!


  • Chris Fletcher
    April 9, 2015

    I attempted to make a banoffee pie, which went a bit wrong when i tried to speed things up. When making the caramel i over did it, but it didn’t look that bad at first. After leaving it to cool, we tried to cut it after dinner, but it had solidified into what could best be described as a giant toffee penny! The knife got stuck in it and we couldn’t get it out… We passed it round for a bite each but it was hard going!
    Never attempted to make one since!

  • Gwyn Sharps
    April 9, 2015

    Forgetting that I was boiling some potatoes, and finding nothing but charcoal in the bottom of the pan…

  • Jo Ulczak
    April 9, 2015

    I invited friends round for cup cakes and tea only my cup cakes did not rise, utter failure. Good job I had biscuits….

  • anita hargreaves
    April 9, 2015

    I made a big effort inviting another couple around to mine for a meal, buying a huge duck for the 4 of us, it smelt promising but when I came to carve their was only meat for one my frozen duck was all bone. We just had veg and gravy

  • Emma Fox
    April 9, 2015

    I used to take a cake mix to my Home Economics class and pretend that I had made a Victoria Sponge from scratch

  • Debbie Preston
    April 9, 2015

    My cakes never seem to rise – even with self raising flour and baking powder. They always taste ok and disappear quick

  • Kelly Hooper
    April 9, 2015

    My daughter was mad on minecraft so I spent an entire day making her a minecraft cake.

  • justine latham
    April 9, 2015

    I was making a birthday cake for my mum, I think I was about 13 at the time, it was the first time I’d made a cake from scratch by myself. I speht ages baking it and a while decorating it and gettin it all fancy, I was so made up with myself and we had this big moment where my mum sliced the cake and had a taste of my masterpiece. I’d only gone and put salt in it instead of sugar 🙁 I was so gutted and upset lol, mum being mum she made me feel better about it. Nowadays though I always double check which is which before baking! Haha 🙂

  • Sue Lempkowski
    April 9, 2015

    my disaster was forgetting to put the flour in a cake , looked ok when it came out of the oven but deflated very quickly thereafter

  • heidi brown
    April 9, 2015

    When I was younger I tried to bake my dad a cake while staying with him, but I couldnt get his old gas oven to turn on so I cooked it in the microwave, it looked great, untill we cut into it and it was black inside, hahaha! I have come on leaps and bounds since then!

  • sarah
    April 9, 2015

    when i first got my own house i decided to pake leek and potato soup, but thought if i liquidised it all first it would be faster what a disaster it was really, really awful.

  • Sue Dorking
    April 9, 2015

    my biggest disaster was when I was young, my Mum was ill in bed and I was trying to impress my Dad. I made chocolate brownies that were so hard they could have been used in a cricket match, of course I’ve never been allowed to forget it!

  • steph lovatt
    April 9, 2015

    Baking an egg and dairy free birthday cake for my little boy.

  • Patricia Avery
    April 9, 2015

    So proud to be able to make and decorate my daughter’s wedding cake and my grandchildren’s naming ceremony cakes due to skills I had learned from my Mum 🙂

  • Julie Shaw
    April 9, 2015

    My greatest baking story is making and decorating 6 cupcakes and then winning a competition with them. It took me all weekend to plan the design and then decorate, I was a novice too but determined to try and win as it had been a very difficult time for me so such a pick me up!

  • Lila Taylor
    April 9, 2015

    One of my disasters was cooking a massive lasagne for a dinner party and dropping it just before i got it to the table!

  • Samantha Atherton
    April 9, 2015

    For my little girls first birthday I tried to make a cake that looked like a carousel but after spending ages in the kitchen baking the 7 layers needed, it all went wrong when the cake started to fall apart as I assembled it. Half of it ended up on the floor when the top layers slid off & the base cracked under the weight It was a disaster.

  • Ellie P
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest baking success was when I made millionaire shortbread – so yummy!

  • sam bailey
    April 9, 2015

    I remember putting a Fray Bentos pie with the lid on in my parents new all singing all dancing microwave, it would have been fine had i moved the slider to ” oven” … whoops! One door off and mince beef and onion wallpaper!

  • Maureen Feldman
    April 9, 2015

    I did not put the loose cake tin bottom in properly and all the mixture spilled out between my worktop and oven !

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