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The worst cake I ever made

Although I say it myself, I am usually good at making cakes. I must have been a bit distracted yesterday, that's all. Perhaps it was the sleep deprivation that has come as a result of the annoying gales keeping me awake.

I was quite excited to find a recipe for a gluten-free chocolate cake (not that anyone in our family needs gluten-free cake, but I thought it was worth finding out how to make one) and I was thrilled to discover that for once in my life when hit by the baking bug, I actually had all the ingredients in the store cupboard at the ready.

It was a really simple method, which just involved beating together all the ingredients - ground almonds instead of flour, eggs, olive oil (yes, you heard right! Just make sure you pick up the plain variety, not the one that's infused with garlic), vanilla essence, cocoa...........and sugar.

Yes, would you believe I actually forgot the sugar! I didn't even weigh it out and leave it standing on the side. I actually just totally missed the sugar on the list of ingredients. I didn't find out until I took the cake out of the oven and cut a slice. I cannot begin to describe how awful it tasted. I needed several drinks of water and a biscuit or two to take away the revolting bitter taste.

So instead of being proud of myself for using up some store cupboard standbys in such a creative way, I am now kicking myself for wasting 3 good eggs. That's 3 poached egg breakfasts I've done myself out of.

Have you had any culinary disasters?

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Nar2Reviews wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:51 PM

Well, lesson learnt there! I have often been able to burn pans dry when I was a student. I have soon learnt!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:08 PM

I dont think I have ever forgotten the sugar. I have forgot the eggs or oil before. Not both at the same time but it wont bake up right without either one. But at least you gave it a try, I am not sure I would have.

GedWrites wrote on January 12, 2015, 1:33 PM

haha sugar would be first on my list, if I did a lot of cooking I would probably being making mistakes all of the time

kat123456 wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:45 PM

I should imagine I have, but I have given up on baking cakes now - like you say it wastes good eggs if it goes wrong!

JeanC wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:59 PM

Frequently. I have taken to making sure I have things set up mise en place and I TRIPLE check the ingredients before I start to make sure I have it all handy. Otherwise I will discover I forgot something critical.

Oceanblue wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:05 PM

I remember a stew I made once it was uneatable and I am not sure why but it was horrible. Luckily it doesn't happen too often.

k2705 wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:32 PM

Oh dear, last Easter I wanted to make a cake as we had Family over and twice the cake ended up flat, my cakes always rise, they didn't get wasted though I used them in trifle the third attempt was ok though.

j2401 wrote on January 12, 2015, 3:55 PM

When I first got married I made a jam roly poly that was so hard it had to be tackled with a knife and fork.

Fleur wrote on January 12, 2015, 4:34 PM

The only one I've ever done was quite recently, I made a normal sponge cake but I actually forgot the flour!! Is that worse? It was edible at least!

McIntire wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:30 PM

Aww, don't be so hard on yourself. I think all of us who bake, at one time or another, forget an ingredient. This usually happens if we're side-tracked by someone, under stress, tired, or just distracted. Did you try feeding the cake to the birds?!

Telynor wrote on January 12, 2015, 10:06 PM

Oh I have had many! I tend to try and learn from when I screw up.

peachpurple wrote on January 13, 2015, 3:05 AM

lots of laughter! Sorry I can't use the short codes here since admin said no. I had baked 2 disaster cakes too. One cake was over oily, too much butter and the other was too much cinnamon, tasted odd

AliCanary wrote on January 13, 2015, 5:45 AM

My worst cake was the one I made for my dad's birthday when I was about 11 or 12. I left out eggs, so the cake was pretty dense--enough for my dad to refer to it as "The rock of Gibraltar." That said, he gamely ate it. It actually tasted fine; it was just a textural challenge, lol

mrsmerlin wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:13 AM

My ex's mother made a chocolate cake once and was really upset that nobody would eat it. It was only when she came to check her cupboard for her shopping list that she realised she had used gravy browning instead of chocolate powder. I am lucky as I love chocolate but can't stand chocolate 'flavoured' things as they are always sweet and just wrong lol

LilyDay wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:12 AM

I went off in a few unexpected directions when I was just starting out with cooking, but I have never had a culinary "disaster."

arthurchappell wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:11 AM

Anything past beans on toast by me equals culinary disaster

zabelle51 wrote on January 15, 2015, 3:40 PM

Oh yes I have them quite frequently mostly because I am always distracted by writing, reading and commenting lol :)