Brilliant baking disasters: the runners up

Collapsing cakes, forgotten ingredients and disgusting desserts. We couldn't resist sharing some of our baking disaster competition runners up with you.

Jo's milky cheesecake disaster
Jo's milky cheesecake disaster
Your thumbs up can't help you now, Isabel
Your thumbs up can't help you now, Isabel
Expectations versus reality
Expectations versus reality
There were some execution issues with Jacqueline's giant cupcake
There were some execution issues with Jacqueline's giant cupcake
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Jo's milky cheesecake disaster
Jo's milky cheesecake disaster
Your thumbs up can't help you now, Isabel
Your thumbs up can't help you now, Isabel
Expectations versus reality
Expectations versus reality
There were some execution issues with Jacqueline's giant cupcake
There were some execution issues with Jacqueline's giant cupcake

Last week, we brought you Melanie Tiernan’s fantastic baking disaster story which won her a whole pile of baking stash from The Store Room.

But so many of your stories were too brilliant not to share, so we’ve decided to name a few runners-up too.

Every runner up featured here will win a fool-proof cake kit from BakedIn. Now available in the ParcMarket on all our Villages, these easy kits are made with top notch ingredients including Belgian chocolate and pure Madagascan vanilla beans. All you have to do is add the fresh ingredients for guaranteed cake perfection, so they’re perfect for whipping up something special on your Center Parcs break.

Now on with the stories…

Everyone’s a critic

“I tried to bake savoury muffins. I wanted my whole family to love them. I served up cheese and broccoli muffins to my husband Steve, my eight-year-old daughter Eleanor and my eight-month-old son Oliver. Oliver’s face (above left) sums up about how good my baking was…”

Jo

Churned up cheesecake

“I had a major cheesecake disaster last week. I had a really strong craving for cheesecake at about 8pm. I’d never made one before but found a recipe and started mixing together the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla.

So far so good. But then it all went horribly wrong. The recipe called for condensed milk, which I didn’t have, and had actually never used. So I figured regular milk would do instead, and added 400ml of semi-skimmed to the bowl.

The resulting mix had the texture of single cream. I put it in the oven for the stated hour but, at the end, it hadn’t changed. I thought it might just need longer to set so I sat in the kitchen and waited…and waited. At 1am I took it out to take a look.

It looked like a volcano, with thick brown crust around the edges and a totally liquid centre. at this point I went to bed dreaming about the lovely baked cheesecake I was going to buy in the morning, and vowing to never bake again!”

Jo O’Regan

Gelatinous chocolate pancake…thing

“When I was at university, I decided to bake a birthday cake for a friend. It was…vile. It had the texture of a pancake covered with jelly. She didn’t even try any! Ungrateful.”

Isabelle Smith

Rain-no

“This is my attempt at a rainbow cake, which didn’t’ turn out quite as the picture I was going for. I was too embarrassed to take it into school as part of our weekly class cake Friday. I haven’t been allowed to bake since…”

Eleanor Smallwood

Cupcake collapse

“I decided to make a giant cupcake for my Mum’s birthday. It was all going really well until the light and fluffy buttercream icing decided that it didn’t like the heat, and it collapsed. Everyone said it tasted very nice but was better if you kept your eyes closed!”

Jacqueline Berry

Tart? What tart?

“When I was a teenager I decided to bake an apple tart one Saturday for guests who were arriving the following day. I put it into the coal-fired ‘well stood’ (a stove a bit like an Aga that is kept lit at all times) and promptly forgot all about it. The following Tuesday my father asked, “Didn’t you make a tart the other day?” You can probably imagine the results!”

Jean Murray

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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.