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!


  • caroline kelly
    April 10, 2015

    A 3 storey frozen cake for my daughters 4th bday party πŸ™‚

  • Aimee Wright
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest disaster was trying to draw silhouette figures onto a birthday cake using food colouring – it bled into the fondant and smudged and looked a complete mess!

  • Lynne OConnor
    April 9, 2015

    Cooking Christmas dinner for friends who thought I was wonderfully organised and efficient. I took the turkey out of the oven to baste then returned it to the oven, not realising the heat from the tin had melted a plastic chopping board underneath, which welded itself to the tin. The tin with unknown attachment was then placed in the oven. The next I knew was a foul smell emanating from the oven , and melted plastic everywhere.

  • Kristy Brown
    April 9, 2015

    I baked a cake for hubbies work – and the middle sunk and the edges were black. Upon tasting it was vile….so I nipped to the shop, bought some muffins and passed them off as my own!

  • Lauren
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest baking failure was a massive Idiot Moment. I made some very very lovely cupcakes but it wasn’t until I took the tray out of the oven that I realised I’d forgotten to put liners in! I’d just spooned the mixture straight onto the baking tray…

  • Jacqueline Chapman
    April 9, 2015

    I went wrong in so many ways with these!

  • Sarah Davies
    April 9, 2015

    For my sister’s 21st I baked her a dinner table cake. A large round cake with a broderie anglaise table cloth. A centrepiece of roses then 6 place settings. The first one was all set out for dinner with a folded napkin, the next was one with the starter – corn on the cob, the next was a roast beef dinner with roast potatoes, carrots peas and a Yorkshire pudding, the following one was the dessert – 3 scoops of different colour ice-cream, the next one was the cup of coffee and the final one was the discarded napkin following the meal. (All made out of homemade sugarpaste.

  • Frances Grasby
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest success to date was the cake I made for my brother’s birthday. He’s a big Queen fan and I iced the cover of the album ‘Day at the Races’
    on the top. It was a tough job but I managed.

  • eloise mccarthy
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest success has to be my lemon drizzle loaf – its one of the few things I can make which consistently look and taste amazing πŸ™‚

    My biggest failure has to be a victoria sponge cake – it is my favourite cake. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out flat as a pancake. I tried again and it burned. I tried a third time and it looked okay but was really heavy instead of being nice and fluffy so I gave up and bought one form the deli πŸ™‚

  • carol dodds
    April 9, 2015

    Rock cakes that I made when I was about 14 on which my uncle broke a tooth

  • claire house
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest success has to be the dairy-free shortbread biscuits I made with my 21 month old son, he has a dairy allergy and this has really lead us to being creative with my old recipes, he is really into ‘mixing’ at the moment, so my success is mainly just that he loves baking πŸ˜€

  • Clare Webb
    April 9, 2015

    When I started to be adventurous in baking cakes! I could never get the icing right, always added too much water – so my snowy cake looked a mess when the icing ran off πŸ™

  • Vicky Yaxley
    April 9, 2015

    My finest baking hour was my little boy’s first birthday cake. It was a bit of a last minute job after work the night before the big day (no pressure!) and I hadn’t really planned what I was going to do apart from it was going to be a number 1 shape! It sort of gathered pace as I went along and I plumped for an owl theme as he was (still is) a bit of a night owl. I loved how it came out and was really proud I had a bash at it myself rather than buying one.

  • karen Howden
    April 9, 2015

    Had a bake off at work and I tried a carrot cake. looked lovely on outside but inside was raw….yuk

  • champaklal lad
    April 9, 2015

    Home made Indian Tandoori chicken…great

  • Karen Lloyd
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest success was a castle novelty cake that I made for my Son’s birthday, it looked great.

  • Laura Cooper
    April 9, 2015

    My biggest success was a gorgeous red velvet cake. My visitors that week all loved it.

  • linda e woodhams
    April 9, 2015

    I spent an entire day baking and everything came out great, with the last bit of pastry I made some jam tarts, then started cleaning up, had some tea, watched tv, and eventually smelled burning, the tarts were in the oven for 3 hours… the baking tray was totalled, it was Baaaaaaad, very baaaaad!

  • Sharon Witney
    April 9, 2015

    I made my brother-in-law’s wedding cake last year, which was my first and went down really well. Must have been quite good as I now have to make another wedding cake for my other brother-in-law!

  • margaret davies
    April 9, 2015

    I made Baked Alaska. Which resulted in Ice cream melting and dripping on a tray underneath. Then it spread to another tray underneath that. It was a case of sticky mess overflow. Nothing I did could stop the out pouring. I have never made it since

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