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!


  • Helen Huxley
    April 3, 2015

    Yeast cookery has always been a bit of a challenge for me, I’m no Paul Hollwood, but I do think I’ve finally got it right with my good Friday hot cross buns, beautiful warm with a cup of tea. Cupcakes are more my thing and easter is a great time to have fun with the decoration.

  • Di Wareing
    April 3, 2015

    My biggest success was many years ago when my brother, who is blind was playing in a band. I made him a birthday cake with all the band players on it. He obviously couldn’t see it but he had a good feel at it and was over the moon with it, saying that I had got it to perfection. It really made my day.

  • patricia lowe
    April 3, 2015

    My first birthday scone 🙂

  • Sue McDermott
    April 3, 2015

    my current favourite thing to bake is orange cake with chocolate orange butter icing, delicious

  • Shelagh Storer
    April 3, 2015

    During my Food & Nutrition practical exam in 1978, my oven caught fire & I used salt instead of castor sugar, but amazingly I still passed with a B

  • Helen Rowles
    April 3, 2015

    Please no-one mention jam roly poly’s to me. Even though it is 50 years ago I remember clearly coming home from school proudly carrying the unmentionable pudding for everyone to share and enjoy. I can still see it now in all its putty coloured glory, surprisingly weighing heavily for its size and hearing the little sniggers of the very reluctant family members brave enough to sample some.

  • Lorraine Lee
    April 3, 2015

    I made a baked chocolate cheesecake for a dinner party, it looked lovely but unfortunately a garlic clove had made its way into the base. My guests were so polite they didn’t mention it until I did. I think I’ll leave fusion food to the experts!

  • Roz Danter
    April 3, 2015

    In my teens and as a quite successful cook I tried to make a Pavlova. It looked gorgeous but needed a drill to cut. So we ate the cream and fruit and I was tempted to turn the meringue into a plant pot holder!

  • Claire Ward
    April 3, 2015

    It was a cake I made this week it was a success as in I it looked half decent… And it was my first attempt at making icing as making a cake to decorate, the failure was the chocolate icing was tooo rich and a bit bitty but I was proud of it anyway.

  • Natalie McDermott
    April 3, 2015

    We made chocolate crispy cakes at school, but instead of melted chocolate and crispier, they made us use cocoa powder!? My mam tried them and had to throw them out! She couldn’t even pretend to like them they were so bad

  • gillian h
    April 3, 2015

    I’m a terrible cook, but the worst thing I did was put a plastic microwave plate into the oven, during home economics, melting it right onto the schools new cooker 🙂

  • Eleanor Bouali
    April 3, 2015

    I used to work in a law firm and they decided to have a bake off to raise money for charity one year. I made a triple layered chocolate cake and all I needed to do when I got home from work was put on the frosting. Anyway, I got home rather late and a little bit tipsy but decided to get the job done before the morning. Cake looked great when it was finished. Then disaster struck. Just as I was about to transfer it to the cake carrier on the table, I tripped and went down like a sack of spuds and tried to protect the cake the best I could. However, in doing so I managed to tip it up and it landed on my face! I was absolutely gutted at the time but can’t help laughing now when I think back to that night. My saving grace was that my husband was not around to see it as he was working late. I know for sure if he’d caught it on his phone it’s be plastered all over Facebook right now!

  • Lisa Hesketh
    April 3, 2015

    My daughter showed me a picture of a chocolate cake she wanted for her birthday so I thought I’d give it a go. I’d never made a birthday cake before so was a little apprehensive but it turned out pretty well. My daughter loved it and I received a few lovely comments too. Needless to say the chocolate fingers hid a multitude of mishaps.

  • Julie
    April 2, 2015

    Made a Christmas chocolate log in cookery class at school, really proud of it looked great, got home set it on the dining table ready for my parents to come and see my efforts went back to admire my creation half an hour later to find an empty cake board with a few crumbs and decorations, looked round in disbelief to see the family dog licking her lips – I cried for hours 😪

  • Margaret Lee-Roberts
    April 2, 2015

    Chocolate madeira cake with milk and dark chocolate topping and dark chocolate and chocolate nut spread filling. Three years. My best cake!

  • andrea tinkler
    April 2, 2015

    Oh dear. i failed my O level cooking exam as i ran out of time. I did not have time to de pip the cherries in my cherry pie and nearly choked the examiner

  • Lydia Houghton
    April 2, 2015

    My greatest success is a work in progress… I’m teaching my children how to cook!
    I know so many adults who struggle with anything more advanced than a microwave meal. I’m determined that my children will grow up to be confident in the kitchen and it is really paying off. Yesterday my daughter Betsy, age 11, made and decorated these delicious Easter Nest cakes and on Sunday my 17 year old son, Jamie, is cooking roast lamb followed by Strawberry Shortcakes for the whole family.
    Next on the list… I’m going to teach them to wash up. Their cooking might be good, but they don’t half make a mess!

  • claire haskins
    April 2, 2015

    me and my mum once made brandy snap baskets, well tried. they all got stuck to the tin! they wouldnt budge. we should have used baking paper! so funny, they smelt so nice as well

  • Elaine Hollis
    April 2, 2015

    I once made Danish pastries but didn’t check the yeast. I should have added it to water and left it pvernight but I just mixed it in the pastry.The result was a batch of thin rock hard stones containing black blobs

  • Sharen say
    April 2, 2015

    I made my grandaughter Tilly’s first birthday cake,my first ever I was so proud of it and it tasted great to x

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