Competition: Ever Had a Soggy Bottom?

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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!


  • Andrew Boyle
    April 2, 2015

    I once baked a Victoria sandwich cake, my wife watched and helped me as I have never managed to make a cake. Everything went to plan, until I took the cake out of the oven, it was thinner than it had been when I put it in! My wife encouraged me to sandwich it together and we both managed to eat a piece. We then left it in the living room whilst we tidied the kitchen, when we came back it was gone. We found it in our dogs bed with our 3 dogs looking very puzzled as to what to do with it.

  • Sarah Keer
    April 2, 2015

    I was making honeycomb but instead of 2 teaspoons of Bicarb I read the recipe wrong and put in 2 tablespoons- honeycomb explosion all over the counter!! tasted disgusting too!!! Made it again with right amounts and it tasted lovely!! 😀

  • Kerry Brearley
    April 2, 2015

    I tried to make chocolate chip cookies once….not sure what went wrong hahahaha!

  • Tracey Parker
    April 2, 2015

    Chocolate mousse cake, it had looked lovely on coming out of the oven, but soon went so very flat.

  • Maxine Owen
    April 2, 2015

    I made a beautiful chocolate cake for my boss at work. I put it on the lid of a tin with the rest of the tin on top. When my boss went to open it, she turned it upside down to open the tin.
    Upside down chocolate cake 🙁

  • Jilly Macca
    April 2, 2015

    This is my first attempt at a birthday cake for my daughters first birthday. It may look a bit rough around the edges but it actually tasted really good 🙂

  • Rachel Stephenson
    April 2, 2015

    Making a baked cheese cake. the top was like yogurt but the worse part was when I took it out the tin, the water had leaked in from the foil giving it a soggy bottom, which also had blue pen all around from where I had draw around the tin and cut the baking paper out :[

  • Emma Nixon
    April 2, 2015

    My first ever attempt to do a cheesecake was at school. It looked great but did not survive the school bus journey home. Bumpy road = cheesecake stuck to the lid. Scrambled cheesecake! Tasted nice though!

  • Lance Bellers
    April 2, 2015

    I had a go at the Charlotte Royale from one of the Great British Bakeoff episodes. Although it does look a bit like a brain, I was reasonably happy. Didn’t make quite enough to fill the bowl and the bavarois wasn’t quite right (I kept ending up with scrambled eggs, this baking lark seems impossible sometimes) but eventually turned out ok and we enjoyed…

  • Marie B
    April 2, 2015

    I made some goat cheese souffles for my husband on our anniversary. It took quite a bit of time to make but the results were suprisingly good.
    I’ve made them twice now and they’ve come out brilliantly!

  • Sandra Lane
    April 2, 2015

    When we first got a microwave I decided for some odd reason to reheat my home made Christmas Pudding in it. Not really understanding the timings on the machine I set it for 30 mins. When the pudding came out it was the consistency of a brick and we used it as a doorstop for the next few years.

  • Karen laing
    April 2, 2015

    My worst baking experience was many years ago when I had to make some home baking for a primary school fayre,To this day I don’t how I did it but somehow between making packed lunches ,getting gym kit packed and children bathed I added salt instead of sugar! The strange thing was everything looked ok and it wasn’t until a friend had a sneaky scone that we realised what I had done.I rushed to the local bakers and bought as much stuff that looked home made then basked in the praise of other parents about my home baking!I suppose my guilty secret is out now.x

  • Alison Forsyth
    April 2, 2015

    Decided a few Christmases ago to make a Christmas log. This one did not turn out as planned and collapsed. Iced and finished it off anyway and it tasted lovely. Due to it’s flat appearance it got nicknamed a Christmas Plank and the name has stuck ever since!

  • janet ashworth
    April 2, 2015

    My mum used to make egg custard tarts & they were delicious, she baked for hours on gas 2 & we was never allowed to open the oven door before the time as they would flop, i decided to make them but was impatient & could not wait to eat them & i opened the door before they were ready & they sunk & was inedible, moral of the story, always listen to your mum, lol, i tweeted marcus wearing about my mum’s egg custards as he is famous for making one for the queen & he re-tweeted my tweet, i was over the moon, x

  • Jackie Foster
    April 2, 2015

    I’m quite a good baker now and really enjoy it but it hasn’t always been so , when I was first married my new husband requested some “Lovely Scones” an hour or so later I presented him with flat hard discs of what looked more like ice hockey pucks ! He’s never let me forget it .

  • Amy Withnall
    April 2, 2015

    My first attempt at vegan baking for my wife’s birthday. I didn’t have the right sized heard for the hidden heart cake so had to compromise with a smaller one.

  • jayne hall
    April 2, 2015

    many years ago having freinds around for a birthday party for a vegan and not cooking the scones properly only half cooked

  • clare davies
    April 2, 2015

    i could do with all the help i can get! tried to bake easter cupcakes and they exploded in the oven! think i might of used to much baking powder!! oopsie!! x

  • Diane Radford
    April 2, 2015

    Rock egg road for Easter, success as I’ve been asked to make it again.

  • LynneH
    April 2, 2015

    Making a Christmas cake AND pudding, using cracked wheat (which stayed rock had, despite three hours’ cooking), instead of sugar

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