Have You Ever Really Messed Up Something You Were Baking

@ladym33 (11008)
United States
August 10, 2011 12:28pm CST
I once baked a cake and I tried to ice it before it was truly cool. I also tried to layer it. The cake just started falling apart. I would repair it with icing and then another piece would break off. Finally it was just beyond repair, and I had to bake another one. Of course my family still ate the one that fell down too though. Have you ever had a baking disaster?
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16 responses
• United States
10 Aug 11
Sorry to hear that!! Yes it happens to me all the time!! Once I made a chocolate cake and came out looking like a volcano!! L.O.L. And a couple of weeks ago I tried to make home made sugar cookies and it came out like a cake but it was really good so then I tried to do it again and it came out all wrong I put way too much baking soda or powder can't remember which one but I was trying to double everything and I guess I over did it on that part, I had to throw those out!! I really hate that when those things happen!!
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
10 Aug 11
I hate that too, it is like so many wasted and ingredients and time.
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• United States
10 Aug 11
That's funny! I bet it still tasted good, even though it was falling apart. I find that sometimes even when stuff doesn't look pretty, it can still taste really good! Well I haven't done too much baking in my life to be honest, and the worst disaster I can think of happening was when my Amish Friendship bread's chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom of the pan and when I tried to get the loaf out, it split in two. Once again, it still tasted good! lol I'm certain I'll have more disasters in the near future.
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
10 Aug 11
I did still taste good. That could have been old baking powder in your cookies that caused that or too much mixing.
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• United States
12 Aug 11
I don't think it was the baking powder... and it wasn't old baking powder. It was a cake, and all the chips floated down to the bottom. I think it came apart because the bottom was just all chocolate chips.
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
10 Aug 11
Oh yes numourous times!! ive totally given up on baking now. You see i am not a good cook or a baker as i would like to be so it happens lots of times :( the last time i messed up was when i tried baking cake. Everything on tje top layer was burnt but inside thry were uncooked. I was so angry that day goshhh!!! ansd the creme wouldnt be on my side too. Turns out i overdid it. Sighh wish i could do the kitchen work better!
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
11 Aug 11
I hear you.
• Philippines
10 Aug 11
i love to cook but i don't know why, its always a disaster when i bake.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
10 Aug 11
That sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
22 Aug 11
It wasn't really a disaster, but it could have been. One Thanksgiving, we decided to make a fried turkey. We had never done it before so we were nervous and practiced on a whole chicken. It all went fine and the chicken was really good. We had about 20 people coming over. We had to get a huge turkey. We weren't accounting for the difference in size between the chicken and turkey. We had a really hard time getting the turkey out of the fryer. We didn't know how to do it without burning ourselves or tipping the fryer over and getting grease all over the place. Thank goodness my husband is a patient man. He figured it out eventually, but we were a little embarrassed because it showed we didn't really know what we were doing.
• United States
20 Aug 11
Oh yes the excitement of icing a nice cake way too soon, this I too have done as well. I remember once baking cupcakes and getting on the phone and forgot a batch was in the oven and they way over baked. They were hard and I had to start with a new batch. lol
@GemmaR (8526)
11 Aug 11
I didn't used to be able to bake very well when I was younger, so all of my cakes went wrong practically every time I chose to try and make anything. Now, after a lot of years of practice, I find that I am able to bake things a lot easier than I was before, and this means that I am much more popular with my family than I was in the past. They're always wanting to come round in order to sample the things that I've made, and I'm even considering selling them at shows around the town to make a little bit of profit from doing the things that I love to do.
11 Aug 11
hi ladym:) yes I tried to bake before but perhaps baking and cooking is not for me, I only tried to bake simple chocolate cookies the first time I tried it it's burnt, the second time I tried it's not delicious and it sticks on the baking sheet, so when I tried to take it out on the baking sheet it's crushed already, so since then I didn't bake anymore and just leave the baking and cooking to my mom, but how I wish i'll be good at that in time.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
11 Aug 11
I've had too many baking disasters but I still try to bake in hope of improving. I remember baking scones for the first time and I used plain flour instead. It didn't rise and it was flat and came out hard as a rock. When my mother saw that, she was like "If you threw that at someone, their head would break". So I had to throw them all out. All ingredients wasted and in the bin. I hate baking disasters, they're always hard to fix.
@alizee08 (10)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
well i had tried once before. i was not really good at it, it was kinda messed and so hard-to-see that ur work was really awful.When the time that I used to let my family taste it , they always say it's really good eventhought it's not :))
@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
11 Aug 11
Oh that was a disaster but at least your family still ate it. So it wasn't a waste after all. I am still learning how to bake. Unfortunately, I do not have an oven yet so I am just using an oven toaster. i only tried to bake some cupcakes. It was ok, edible, but not perfect. I wanted to have it moist. But everytime I tried to do it again it is still not moist. I wonder why, because I followed the recipe very well too. hmmmm maybe you can give me a tip on how to make my cup cake moist.
@thetis74 (1525)
11 Aug 11
It would not have been any different when it comes to taste because it sure had been just as good and people will still enjoy it. I haven't experienced anything like that yet...yes...maybe not yet. But I did bake one some time ago that lacks baking powder and it did not grow well and it was a little tough, although it tasted just the same. It is all right when things like that happens. You can still make another one and learn from what you might have overlooked with the one that feel apart. I hope the next one was okay.
@GardenGerty (95522)
• Marion, Kansas
11 Aug 11
I hate it when that happens, and I know I have done similar. I cannot recall a specific thing I have done right now. My younger sister and her boys lived with me for a while, she was ill and I was widowed. I was working and she decided they were going to make cookies. She could not find the flour, so she used Self rising flour but did not leave out the baking soda. baking powder and salt. I only had soft margarine, so instead of using shortening, she used soft margarine. Yuk. Hard as a rock and tasted funny as well. Poor kid. I had a five gallon bucket full of flour and butter flavored shortening as well.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Aug 11
hi lady m when I was nine I baked a birthday cake for mny mom and was doing great all ingredients measured out correctly then the wind blew my recipe page to a different recipe , and i didn't realize it until afterwards.so I went to measure the baking powder and read 3 fourths of a cu p of baking powder. I checked it still sadi three fourthsof a c up so that I measured out and put in the cake .oh it rose and rose and rose. my frosting came out beautifully and I took a small bit it was sour oh so sour.but they inisted on eating it and kept saying it was delicious but what it was was sour in spite of the sugar in it. it was lopsided and just awful I cried as I felt so bad but the next cake I baked was perfect and from then o n I was on my way .
• Southend-On-Sea, England
10 Aug 11
Yes. Many years ago whilst still at school (back in the mid-1960s), I was baking a cake for a cookery exam. Us pupils were allowed to use small ingredients, such as sugar, flour etc. from the school's store-cupboard, which I did on that day. My cake making was going very well, it all mixed up properly and I baked it in the oven. It came out perfect...risen, golden on top, soft and spongy, and I was very pleased with myself. The teacher came around to each of us, marking us for the appearance, texture etc. of our cakes, then afterwards she did the taste test. My cake definitely looked better than those of all the other pupils, and I was thus confident I'd get top marks for the cookery exam. Anyway, when the teacher came to my cake for the taste test, she cut a small slice, took a bite, then shrieked...dashing out of the room with her hand to her mouth. Wondering what on earth provoked that reaction from her, I tasted a little bit of my lovely cake - only to discover I'd put salt in it instead of sugar! It was DISGUSTING! Needless to say, I didn't pass the exam!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
10 Aug 11
I have made similar baking mistakes, but those are still edible, the really bad ones are ones where it is trash..This happened one time I was making Popsicle's that needed a cup of sugar, I forgot the sugar and didn't realize it until they were frozen. I couldn't just defrost and add the sugar, because of the way the recipe went, it would not have mixed up well..:(