Houston, we have a problem…

Um yeah, so this happened yesterday. Oops. Big oops. Big, messy oops.

Baking Disaster

See, I was making cupcakes. I followed a recipe. A recipe out of a cupcake book written by a wildly popular multimedia mogul (who shall remain nameless so that her uber empire doesn’t come crumbling down due to one negative review by the Brown Eyed Baker… oops, did I give it away?). I made the batter. “Wow, that looks insanely runny, I thought to myself. But I carried on, remembering that the recipe for my favorite chocolate cake produces a very thin batter as well, and that this might be the same, resulting in wonderfully moist cupcakes. But, I was wrong. I should have listened to my gut instinct. Yesterday, it was so glaringly right.

So why am I showing you this epic disaster? Because the biggest reason I maintain this site (other than sharing recipes and my love of food) is because I want to give home cooks and bakers the tools and confidence to tackle kitchen projects. Big or small, easy or difficult. And I think that it helps to know that we all make mistakes and we all have bad days in the kitchen. We all have catastrophes, and sometimes they result in being subjected to 3+ hours of inhaling the smoke from a self-cleaning oven that is emitting a distinct burnt-sugar smell. We’ve all been there.

Oven self-cleaning after baking disaster

But, now that the mess is cleaned up and the oven is sparkling, I’m back at it. And I’ll see you tomorrow with some mocha-licious cupcakes. You won’t want to miss them.

In the meantime, so that I’m not left on this smokey, burnt island all by myself, care to share your worst kitchen disaster with me?

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  1. monica on August 12, 2010 at 12:28 am

    well then, i’ll go first. last thanksgiving was my first attempt at brining a bird. in a new kitchen. with hardwood floors. and just as i was finishing pouring the brine in the bag with the bird i thought, “i should probably wait for hubby to come home and hold this bag open, but i’m almost done”. rookie mistake. the bag slipped and gallons of bacteria-laden brine water poured all over the hardwood floor and under the dishwasher. yikes. at least my husband wasn’t home to watch me clean it up with gallons of bleach spray. at 11:30 at night. what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.

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  2. Leslie on August 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I have also had a major cookie disaster with a recipe by a multimillionaire, multi-media mogul! The worst chocolate chip cookies ever! They were a huge, runny, unsalvageable mess. Even with a really great mixer and multiple Silpats, I wasn’t able to make the recipe work. I did better using the recipe on my generic bag of all-purpose flour and tweaking the ingredients slightly. Thanks for the post!

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  3. The Housewife on August 12, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Yikes… so sorry you had to experience this! Its so frustrating when you put in so much of an effort and then.. *poof*. I’ve had one too many kitchen disasters (one which includes setting an entire muffin pan on fire.. yes, there were real flames leaping out!) But you would think that the er… media mogul would have better qc for her books.. how sad!

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  4. Wendy H on August 12, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Listening to a friend that was giving me directions on how to cook a steak. I was using my le creuset grill pan on the oven top and he told me to crank it up as high as it would go(I have an electric oven and he uses gas). It was also my fault for not reading the directions that came with the pan and the fact that he had a regular cast iron pan without any type of coating. The pan ended up actually stucking to my oven burner once it got that hot and the enameled coating started melting. It was a mess and I ended up burning my hand because I thought I still had the pot holder on and it had slipped off.

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  5. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking on August 12, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Oh no!! I’m sorry! I’m so glad you posted pictures, though, because sometimes kitchen flops are the most fun to share and see! I’m going to post a flop on Monday :)

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  6. Charlotte on August 12, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I one made a cake that just would bubble out of its form and splash everywhere in the oven. I couldn’t even pinpoint where things had gone wrong, because the dough seemed well enough. At first I thought it was just too much dough, scraped off the first wave and continued baking but then I ended up in the fairy tale with the pot on the stove with the porridge that would never stop cooking and swamp the whole world with porridge. I definitely know what happened to that person before anyone ever wrote the whole story down.

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  7. rose on August 12, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I have been learning not to mourn when kitchen disasters happen. A while back before I started watching top chef, I would mourn and not sleep well after a mistake. Now I know that even well seasoned cooks make mistakes too. That has helped me to be patient with other people too. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Nicole on August 12, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I have also experienced total failure following the very same mogul’s recipe, with one minor exception. It was totally my fault. I was making ginger molasses cupcakes. The first batch came out burnt on top and completely raw inside (like still very much a liquid). I couldn’t figure it out, so I reduced the temp on the SECOND BATCH. Same thing. It wasn’t until I was done burning all the ginger molasses cupcake batter I could make that I realized the oven had been on broil the entire time. Oops!

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  9. Stacey Lowe on August 12, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Oh my what a mess! That’s why I prefer to make recipes from your site or others that I feel confident someone has tested. Especially so when you follow a recipe to the tee! A wise friend of mine quite a few years back explained to me the importance of recipes coming from a tried and true source,otherwise all your efforts could be futile! I think I have an idea to the source; I have tried a few recipes from online and a small magazine and none were sucessful even though you would suspect the opposite! I am all for taking responsibilities for changes make to a recipe that may alter it but never happy when the original is not what it should be!

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  10. Amy K on August 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Oh NO…yikes! I would guess that it’s safe to say you won’t be trying that recipe again?! :)
    My disaster..are you sure you want to know? Back when I was just a youngin’ and didn’t have a covered roasting pan, I wanted to roast a turkey for hot turkey sandwiches. So, I started roasting my turkey in a 9×13 pyrex. The young, inexperienced cook that I was, about midway through, I decided there wasn’t enough juice in the bottom of the pan – guess what I did…..I added water to that HOT, GLASS pan…..guess what happened next….the pan shattered into about a MILLION pieces, right there in the oven! Ugghhhh, I was so angry at myself, and not only that, had to quickly come up with an alternative to feed a group of people!
    Needless to say, this happened a couple months before our wedding. We all got a good laugh when one of the wedding gifts we opened was a set of two roasters!!

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    • Michelle on August 12th, 2010 at 9:53 am

      Amy, I too have had a Pyrex 9×13 pan explode! It was back when I first started baking, and was making bread and it said to put a “roasting pan” in the bottom of the oven when you preheat it and then when you put the bread in, you pour water in the roasting pan to create steam and a crisp crust. Well, I didn’t want to dig for my roasting pan and figured this would be just fine. Um, yeah not so much. I actually vacuumed glass out of my oven for hours. I have since learned from my mistake :)

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      • foodlvr on August 12th, 2010 at 10:40 am

        I have also had a Pyrex pan explode on me. I didn’t have a roasting pan at the time. I made a casserole in an 8×8 Pyrex from the Martha Stewart Every Day line from K-Mart. I thought the casserole was taking too long so I pressed the Broil button. When I went to take the casserole out, and it hit the air, it exploded all over the place. It totally freaked me out.

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        • Kathryn on July 12th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

          Ooh, well, yeah, that happened to me. The pyrex thing. Only mine, I think, was a manufacturer’s error. I was making chicken (from frozen, started it in a cold oven so everything would heat at relatively the same rate..) and about three-quarters of the way through, the entire thing exploded inside the oven. I didn’t know what it was, because the oven was closed and I wasn’t really paying attention. It sounded like a distinct pop, almost as though someone took a cork-gun and shot it under my window? So it baffled me. I checked the oven, finally, and realized my chicken was sitting on a nice large shard of glass (none got inside the chicken, oddly enough..) and was surrounded by a bunch of miniscule shards lying on the bottom of the oven…That was SO much fun to clean up =] I feel y’all’s pain…

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  11. Linda in TX on August 12, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Well did you ever use baking soda instead of baking powder? 4 times in a row just because you were so sure of your recipe? And me too for flames in the oven – after my daughter burned butter all over the bottom of the oven and then just turned on ‘self-clean’. Fun times these. (and yeah – the inhalation is wonderful)

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  12. Madison Mayberry on August 12, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I had the exact same thing happen with Martha Stewart’s carrot cake cupcakes. They rose up, overflowed, and then left me with sunken little gooey messes when I took them out of the oven. I was so shocked that one of her recipes could turn out so terribly wrong! Thanks for sharing your experience, too!

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  13. Kacey;s Kitchen on August 12, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Not sure if it was my WORST kitchen disaster story, but it sure made quite a mess. While waiting for the water to boil for hard boiled eggs (eggs are in the pot at this point), for some bizarre reason I thought I’d have enough time to run upstairs and check my email. So I got busy doing just that….reading emails, writing emails, browsing random useless stuff…for about AN HOUR. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary until I heard this explosion from the kitchen. “Oh Shit.” Apparently it took that long for the water to evaporate and the eggs to get hot and dry enough to burn and explode, throwing the lid off of the pot and insuring that microscopic pieces of blackened egg were wedged in every nook and cranny of my kitchen.

    The smell was horrible for days, the pot was destroyed, and I found pieces of egg for weeks…no matter how hard I cleaned.

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  14. amanda @ fake ginger on August 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

    How does that even happen?! They just exploded? I think you should share the recipe so that none of us try making it any time soon! ;)

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    • Michelle on August 12th, 2010 at 9:49 am

      I actually don’t think they exploded. I think that the batter was so runny/liquidy that it actually boiled in the oven and then overflowed. There wasn’t anything on the walls of the oven, just the mess in the cupcake pan and then below on the floor of the oven.

      The recipe is for mocha cupcakes from her Cupcake book.

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  15. shelly (cookies and cups) on August 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Yes, you should definitely share the recipe, because I might just have that very book staring at me on my bookshelf and I will absolutely positively blame you if this happens to me ;) Well, not really, but you should share…or at least give a little hint!
    Biggest disaster? oh man, there have been so many…probably burning my biscuits to a hockey-puck crisp, all while the children yell, “mom set off the smoke alarm again!” Love those kids ;)

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    • Michelle on August 12th, 2010 at 9:50 am

      Hi Shelly, the recipe is the mocha cupcakes from the Cupcake book. I was really surprised because I made her Pumpkin cupcakes from the same book last year and they were absolutely fantastic!

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      • shelly (cookies and cups) on August 13th, 2010 at 8:44 am

        Thanks! I have made many cupcakes from that book and some have turned out really great, while others..not so much. Although, I have to say…no messes quite like yours! I will definitely avoid that one ;)

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  16. Jeanine on August 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Ha! That his awesome! Glad I’m not the only one that has had this happen. A year or two ago, I was baking some potatoes, the same way I’ve always baked them. Scrub them down, put them in straight in the oven at 425*, and walk away. This one day, for some unknown reason, they exploded. Like seriously, exploded! They burst open and all the white fluffiness from inside was all over my (self-cleaning, thank goodness) oven. Not just one potato either, I think it was 3 or so. Horrible mess. Actually let it dry, vacuumed it out (never done that to my stove before!), and then ran the self clean. Crazy mess.
    Thanks for sharing your “WHOA” moment with us, made me feel not so alone in this crazy cooking adventure. :)

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  17. Barbara on August 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I haven’t had this experience, but my Aunt put together a family favorite cookbook and had it printed. We discovered later that when it was printed (I am guessing that someone didn’t know the difference) the recipes called for canned milk and the printer entered condensed milk instead of evaporated milk in place of the canned milk. We all would have known what canned milk meant. It was trial and error whenever you made a recipe from that book. Should I use Evaporated or Condensed:) We all got a good laugh out of it.
    So you see, it could be the publishers fault not the author that made the mistake.

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  18. Caroline on August 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

    My worst disaster was probably when I was trying to make lettuce wraps. I not only set off TWO smoke alarms, I also had insulation from the ceiling pouf out of my oven vent and threaten my food. I went between practically laying over my pots and pans to protect my hard work from fiberglass insulation to running from room to room removing the batteries from the offending smoke alarms. All at 11:30 pm.

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  19. Amber on August 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Oh, the same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I tried to fit a full cake recipe into two 8 inch round baking pans instead of 9 inch. I didn’t think it would puff up as big as it did! Wow, was it a mess! I then halved the recipe and it fully filled the cake pans when baked. I will not make that mistake again! I don’t have a self cleaning oven!!

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  20. Rebecca on August 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I was dog-sitting at my sister’s house and using her cast iron skillet and gas stove (neither of which I have any experience with!) to brown some chicken. I set off the smoke alarm and didn’t realize it was hooked up to the alarm system until the fire trucks showed up! The chicken turned out just fine but my friends (who I’d invited over for dinner!) and I had a great laugh at my expense!

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  21. Dani on August 12, 2010 at 9:08 am

    My husband and I were having friends over on Halloween for dinner and movies and while we were going to order dinner in, I wanted to make these incredible pumpkin cupcakes I’d had recently (http://fieryirishangel.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting/). I mixed up the batter and thought that it looked a little different, but having only made them once, I couldn’t put my finger on what was “off”. I ran through the recipe and the steps in my head and couldn’t find anything I missed, so I put them into the oven. 20 minutes later I pulled out something that looked remarkably like your photo, though it blessedly stayed contained in/on the cupcake pan (http://fieryirishangel.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/cupcake-fail/). I was crushed… and our friends didn’t get any cupcakes that night. To this day I have no idea what I did wrong, and coincidentally, I haven’t made that recipe again, but I’m sure I will this coming fall.

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  22. Laura on August 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

    At least you have a self cleaning oven…

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  23. Foodlvr on August 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I agree with Leslie. I have made cookies from a major multimillionaire, multi-media mogul! The worst chocolate chip cookies ever. I agree. They were too thin, melted into each other and just made a big mess. I think that this popular multiple millionaire mogul deletes ingredients from her recipes or gives the wrong amounts in her baking recipes. I have made several with bad results. I have had luck with some of her cooking recipes though.

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  24. Angie (Telly's Tasty Tidbits) on August 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I once tried to roast a whole chicken. It was from a Williams-Sonoma recipe and every recipe of theirs I’ve tried has been fantastic. The top of the chicken was wrapped in bacon. Well, the bacon was spitting grease ALL OVER my oven… the smoke detectors kept going off, I kept adjusting the temperature to try to stop it… on and on. Needless to say I gave up on it the 4th time the smoke detectors went off. I’ve been terrified of roasting a whole chicken since then :(

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  25. Jim-49 on August 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Well Ladies,I could always cook meals and cakes,etc. But,I found a pound cake in the news paper,about 4 years ago,while taking care of a terminally ill wife .Well it all went well,for about 20 minutes,then it like blew up,all over the top,and sides.I have done better,in other things,and learned alot,from all of you.I will tell you this,you got a friend in the pulpit,because,I tell those working husbands,you have days just like us,and things go bad,and lay off the fussing!! I know how it is,when kids cause delays,family,sickness,etc,and it just don’t work out.Yes,we did sometime come home for dinner,and wonder,”boy must have been some TV show,or at town too long.Now,I know better,and should have understood,many years ago!!

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  26. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle on August 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Well, I have had my own kitchen disasters but hard not to comment on a lot of the comments! Big media mogul; probably doesn’t really do much cooking; husbands that don’t get it? Been there, done that…he’s GONE!

    But my worst kitchen disaster. Making some spaghetti sauce and had to run and pick up a kid from something (that hubs being GONE…meant I did it all…oh yeah, that’s why he was where he was, huh?). In my frenzy to get it done, get younger daughter’s shoes on…feed the dog, well, you know…I forgot to turn it down. I’m glad to say the house did not burn down, but when we got back, the smoke was so think you literally could not see.

    And then I find out the problem with burning a protein; yep, that smoke was thick and stuck to EVERYTHING. Wasn’t just curtains that had to be cleaned,, or sofas…but walls. Took weeks before the smell wasn’t evident upon entering the door.

    So one thing I’ve learned, the baby can go without shoes on to pickup the sis…but don’t forget to turn down that heat on the stove!

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  27. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on August 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I loved hearing this. Makes me feel better about a disaster I had while making caramel corn. The sugar was boiling, and I added the baking soda, which caused 90% of the hot sugar mizture to bubble over the pan, something that I spent 3 hours scraping off!!
    I wrote a bit about it –
    http://yumsiliciousbakes.blogspot.com/2010/07/caramel-popcorn.html

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  28. SuzyQ on August 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

    My sister was having a pool party and requested the fruit pizza cookies…done with slice and bake cookies. Which I have never bought/used before. Sliced them, threw two pans in the oven and later looked in to see a runny goo spreading over the cookie sheets (how I would have killed to have one with sides then!) and onto the bottom of my pristine oven. (No self-cleaning oven, either.) Grabbed a spatula and scraped up what I could, which wasn’t easy due to the heating elements on the bottom!

    Threw everything outside for the raccoons (did I mention it is going on midnight by this time?) and decided to make sugar cookies from scratch. Except we had only one stick of butter in the house and I had to have them done first thing in the morning. So I found a recipe that also had vegetable oil in it. Did not sound appealing AT ALL, but beggars can’t be choosers. Turned out to be some of the best cookies ever, and everyone raved about them!

    Still not sure how you can screw up slice and bakes, but I did!

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  29. Tuscan Foodie in America on August 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I guess she is the same media mogul that sells a line of kitchen tools at Macy’s that break after one single usage?

    Anyway…

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  30. Steph@PlainChicken on August 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I am going to have get my Cupcake book out and check the recipe out. You have made me extremely curious. I hate when this happens, but thank God for self-cleaning ovens!

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  31. April on August 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Thankfully I haven’t had a true disaster in my oven (yet!!!) but when I was a teenager sitting in the kitchen doing homework I heard a low hisssssssssssssss….before I had a chance to process it, BAM!! Explosion! Mom had left the empty glass teakettle on the stove and left the eye on. We had to spend a while searching for pieces of glass that flew all over the kitchen.

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  32. PaintingChef on August 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

    The first pound cake I ever made… WHAT a disaster. My grandmother was a caterer so I had been, under her watchful eye, mixing up cakes for years. But that was in her professional kitchen in a controlled environment where all the correct ingredients were right there in handy, professional dispensers. One afternoon when I was in middle school, my mom said to me “You are going to get home before me tomorrow. I need to take a pound cake to the neighbor, she just had a baby. The recipe is on the counter, can you bake the cake, please?” Duh. Of COURSE I can bake the cake. So. I had no idea that there was such a thing as self-rising flour or that it was different from plain flour or that one needed to even READ the bag of flour because all the flour I’d baked with was in a large white tub in a professional kitchen. So… pound cake… self-rising flour…

    My mother comes home and I’m a wreck. “I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!! IT JUST KEEPS GROWING AND GROWING!!” The cake, in the over, was like the Blob. It was this ridiculous living, breathing, growing mass that never cooked. It just inflated. My mom, of course, just laughed and laughed because she knew, instantly, what I’d done because she’s done it herself only a couple of weeks ago…

    what a mess…

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    • Jen on September 8th, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Haha, that was a beautiful bonding moment for you two!

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  33. Jess on August 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I just recently realized how much I love being in the kitchen so every chance I get I will try a new recipe. I was baking a cake using sprite instead of eggs, oil and butter. It was a recipe my mom had picked up. She forgot to mention when you bake the cake it expands… a lot!! The cake was great, the mess was not!

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  34. Pam on August 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’m sorry it happened but glad to hear I’m not the only one! I’ve had my share of disasters and the worst might be the one and only time I put 2 Idaho potatoes in the micro and set it for way too long by accident. I left the kitchen and then heard an explosion. Not nice! Potato everywhere and the micro was on fire.

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  35. Natalie @ The City Sisters on August 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

    My sister, Emily, and I were making a cake a few years ago. We may have put a little too much batter in the pans and may have forgotten to slide a baking sheet under the cake pans while they were baking in the oven (and maybe drank a little too much wine). Cake batter over-flowed all over the oven!! It was a MESS! We just laughed, popped open another bottle of wine, and got to scrubbin’! It may have been a disaster, but it’s definitely a night I will never forget!

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  36. Theresa on August 12, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Oh no – that is bad. I’m amazed that there’s nothing left in the actual cups of the pan!

    My worst recent kitchen disaster was last year, when we had my family over for Christmas. They all spent the night and I planned to make my favorite cinnamon buns for breakfast. I put the dough together, rolled and cut the buns and placed them in a pan in the fridge the night before. The next morning they had risen in the fridge overnight and the pan was pretty full. I figured I could skip the second rise and just pop them in the oven. Baaaaaaaaaaaad idea. The cinnamon buns expanded even further, oozing out of the pan and onto the burner at the bottom of the oven. Smoke filled the kitchen and the smoke detector went off with my firefighter dad standing there watching the whole thing! I ended up having to overbake them because the center was still raw. Ultimately the cinnamon buns still tasted fantastic, but my kitchen smelled like burnt sugar for a week after that!

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  37. Katie on August 12, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Oh dear, it happens to us all sometimes. I have managed to shatter a pirex dish by adding cold liquid to it while it was still hot and I once grilled my sisters birthday cake by accident instead of baking it. I’ve also put a plastic bowl on top of the hob while it was still hot without realising. I came back to find molten plastic oozing its way across the cooker. Sigh…, we all live and learn

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  38. Mary Lynn on August 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    This past Easter Saturday, I decided to try a new recipe for scalloped potatoes. Two 13 x 9 pans and a lot of heavy cream. Hubby checked it, looks okay. Less than 5 minutes later the kitchen is filled with smoke and the alarm is now sounding FIRE FIRE FIRE. Thank goodness the alarm company called, before they sent the fire trucks. Saving embarrassment and $100.00. The oven is self cleaning, which means more smoke . We used the new products on the market for self cleaning ovens, have cleaned it three times, and it still continues to smoke a bit. Can’t see where it is coming from. I see a new stove in my future.

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  39. Evie on August 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

    No worries! I poured curdled milk into a cornbread batter yesterday. Epic fail.

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  40. Melissa on August 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    My biggest goof happened when I was softening butter. I used to have a lot of trouble getting the timing right on softening butter in the microwave so I would put the butter in a bowl and put the bowl in the oven while it was pre-treating to soften it. This was working great for me until the day I forgot about it. When I did remember, I was moving so quickly to get the bowl out that I didn’t stop to think how long it had been in there or hot a glass bowl would actually get in a 350 degree oven. I grabbed the bowl with my bare hand and dropped it almost immediately. Upside down. Melted butter dripping down into my oven. Butter burns to a glossy black puddle on the bottom of the oven. A puddle that hardens and is close to impossible to clean up. Burned hand, burned butter, and no chance of baking cookies…bad all the way around!

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  41. Sarah on August 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve had had several fails-thank goodness none of them involved something blowing up in the oven :)
    1st-I was young and thought I knew it all…recipe calls for confectioner’s sugar. I thought to myself, “Confectioner is someone who works with sweets so I guess its just a fancy name for sugar” WRONG-pie turned into gloppy mess
    2nd-Trying to bake a cake for a cake walk for a Fall Fest last year. I followed the recipe exactly in the cookbook that came with my KitchenAid mixer. I thought when I was mixing it that it looked way thicker than the cake batter I was used to but I threw it in the oven anyways. Needless to say, I turned out with something that looked more like a pita than a cake.
    3rd-I was making pies for my grandmother in law using a recipe of another media mogul who has sweet southern charm. Well her chocolate pie custard never got thick. So I wasted not one, but 2 pies (hoping if I cooked it longer, it would set up-no such luck)

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  42. Christine on August 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    WOW – that is really bad – the cupcakes actually disappeared!

    And yeah for self-cleaning ovens – I love using mine!

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  43. Kathy on August 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    My big oops happened many years ago when I was in junior high school. It was my job to make the bread for the family every week and this one time I forgot to add the salt to the recipe. Dear God, it was the worst bread ever- was solid like a brick and tasted like cardboard. Even the birds would have nothing to do with it. I’ve never forgotten the salt since, and nobody in the family has let me forget either. Funny thing is I’m now the official baker for all holidays and get togethers.

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  44. Joanne on August 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Oh my gosh! Which recipe did you try to make so I can avoid it at all costs forever and ever?

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  45. Erin @ The Houndstooth Apron on August 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    My first semester in college was a complete nightmare. One night I was cooking a frozen pizza in our little dorm oven, and I was talking on the phone at the same time. I tried to balance my phone on my shoulder and take the pizza out at the same time and ended up dropping it on the oven door. It hopped out of the pan and landed face down on the kitchen floor. I cried and ordered Dominos when my friends arrived. Thankfully it wasn’t some culinary masterpiece or I would have really lost it.

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  46. The Teacher Cooks on August 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I cannot begin to tell you the mistakes that I have made while cooking at home and at school. Just remember that cooking is just a scientific experiment!

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  47. Tom on August 13, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Not sure how good there are but here is something I saw online that might help to minimize those cleaning up baking spills in your oven http://www.shopgetorganized.com/item/non_stick_oven_liner/25399

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  48. Cheah on August 13, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I seldom buy cook books because I don’t trust their recipes, be it from whoever, or what celebratory chefs. I’ve had some disaster too, made the ‘kuih bangkit’, tapioca flour cookie which is our Chinese New Year item from our local newspaper cook column. The dough was so runny, can hardly be manhandled, had to add in plenty of flour to make it pliable, in the end, I just roll it out and cut with a cookie cutter. It was supposed to be a fairly firm dough to be inserted into the wooden moulds. After a few attempts and surfing the net, I finally concot my own recipe and posted it on my blog. I prefer to visit fellow bloggers’ blogs and choose on the recipes that I find interesting.

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  49. MissJillian on August 13, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Not that you need it, because you have a self-cleaning oven, but they sell liners you can put at the bottom of your oven just for easier cleanup for mishaps like this (or those pizza cheese drippings). Think they sell them at Bed Bath and Beyond and Target too. I love the one I have, since I tend to drip, and my oven is (unfortunately) not a self-cleaning one. One of the best Christmas presents I’ve gotten. :)

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  50. sana on August 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Now I know that I should have purchased a self cleaning oven instead :( When I got married I decided to bake a cake with a boxed mixed (even though I knew how to bake) and use my new microwave in its convection setting. Since my kitchen was new I didnt have baking pans and I decided to use microwave proof plastic containers (yeah I know, how dum was I?) Needless to say, 10 minutes later there was smoke in the kitchen and I ran to turn it off. The plastic had melted and the batter was everywhere. Luckily I had put in only half the batter, so I took the remaining to my neighbours house and baked it there. We all enjoyed the cake and had a good laugh!

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