We Interrupt This (Ill-Fated) Blogging Break To Bring You A Holiday Baking Disaster

Hey. You know that part of the recipe? Where they tell you to make sure you have a 12-cup Bundt pan?

Well they are not kidding.


You don’t even want to know how long it took me to clean up this mess.

Or how many times the lyrics to “MacArthur Park” ran through my head.

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  1. WOW !! What a mess.. Sorry

  2. Other than the run-over cake, that has to be the cleanest inside of an oven I have ever seen. Too bad about the mess. I hope the rest of the cake tastes good. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. OH.
    Did you have to go back to the store? I hate that. To have to go back is the ultimate torture.

  4. Oh giggles! Goes to show ~ you’re human. Like the rest of us.

    I LUV it that you show a pic of a disaster! Really LUV it. You are sooooo cool to do so.

    Happy Christmas,

  5. Bahahahaha! I laugh because tomorrow I am making my first christmas dinner for the family ( I some how got out of it for the first 6 years of marriage :) and I am sure to have equal disasters in the oven or around the oven area.

    Merry Christmas BooMama!

  6. Darn those cheap 11.5-cup Bundt pans!

  7. I am so very sorry. Maybe you will get a 12 cup bunt pan for Christmas…giggle.

  8. My deepest baking sympathies. Borrow some of Big Mama’s bourbon and you’ll feel better.

  9. LOL!! I bet if Rihanna had lent Donna Summer an umbrella, things would have turned out much better!!

  10. Oh my gosh, that is just the laugh I need. So sorry for you though….but I bet it still tasted good (the part stillIN the pan, not on the bottom of the oven) –

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!!

  11. Glad to know you have baking disasters too!! I used 2 packages of cookie dough on my pizza stone thinking that’s what I had used the last time to make a cookie cake – um no it was only 1 package!! :)

  12. Bless your heart. Merry Christmas Boo Mama….enjoy your day.

  13. Oh.my.gosh! I have done the same thing with my strawberry pound cake. Soooo, I put in big RED letters on the recipe, “BAKE IN LARGE TUBE PAN”. I’ve been there and have the tee shirt. LOL!

  14. Oh my goodness! I feel for you. Is the the pumpkin/rum cake? I think you should try again, because this recipe is so good it could make you slap yo momma needs to me eaten on Christmas day!

    P.s. I would never smack my momma. :o)

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Oh LOOK LINUS! It’s the GREAT PUMPKIN!!!!!!

  16. I had a very similar unfortunate incident with a loaf of banana bread on Thanksgiving this year! I am going to make that cake someday, and I will have learned a valuable lesson from you! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  17. Oh- and your oven was so clean too! So sorry, glad to hear someone else has had a Christmas incident- ours involved a plumber and the kitchen sink over the weekend…

  18. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one that has happened to. I never bought a larger bundt pan, though. I’ve just never made that cake again. That’ll show ’em.

  19. sorry about your christmas eve baking disaster! our day included a broken loveseat arm and then later a whole dumped plate of food on the same loveseat. ah, happy holidays all around! we just laugh and move on.

  20. okay silly…you are not supposed to use MacArthur Park as a recipe guide! Uh because that part about cake in the rain is soooo not good for baking, or eating!

    I bet it was a good cake…did you bake it or just say to yourself it’s God’s way of telling you to stop(which is totally what I would’ve done)


  21. Welcome to my world!!!!

  22. Oh my gosh – I did that once with banana bread. It is a mess =( Hope your Christmas baking improves from here…. Merry Christmas!

  23. Oh No! I am sorry you had to deal with such a mess! But it can only get better from here, right?

  24. It happened to me too!!! My pumpkin pie slipped out of my hands as I was putting it in the oven… pumpkin ALL OVER THE BOTTOM OF THE HOT OVEN! I almost cried… then I couldn’t stop laughing. Merry Christmas!!!

  25. oh my, oh my…I love that you stopped to take a picture of it so you could share it with all of us. Merry Christmas!

  26. Awwww! So Sorry! Kafoffel (sp?)…and sadness.

    I found out that my friend’s recipe for “Mama Jean’s 5 flavor cake with 8 eggs” does NOT do well in Colorado (high altitude). It spilled over, like yours, and caught fire in the oven, unlike yours. I threw away the BAD-not-a-blessing bundt pan. Because, for Heaven’s sake, if I have to clean the oven, I am NOT cleaning the pan out, too. So I can partake in your sadness with understanding!
    Merry Christmas! May all your other foods be obedient!!

  27. Sorry you had this mess to deal with NOW. Once when we were first married, hubby dear decided to surprise me with a cake – – – only he didn’t pay any attention to the part in the recipe about how to adjust it if using self-rising flour, which he was using – – – – we had a SIMILAR situation in our oven when I returned home.

    Merry Christmas.

  28. OH! And all the Baptists are saying it was that 1/4 cup of dark rum…Hee hee hee!

  29. GACK!!!!!!!!!! No fun. Merry Christmas, anyway! :-)

  30. Instructions – we don’t need no stinkin’ instructions! We bake Commando style – no rules and more butter! Sorry about the mess – something about holiday cooking always goes awry – only cool thing is in years to come it is “do you remember the year you had that liquored up cake spill all over the oven?” Merry Christmas – all the non denominational Protestants are saying “what a woman! baking with alcohol instead of drinking it!”

  31. Wow!!!!! Sorry about the mess…I hope the holidays are Merry anyway!

  32. Bailey's Leaf says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. I had that happen last year with ice cream cone cupcakes for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. My sister said, “Fill ’em to the top! Then, they’ll be nice and fluffy!” Um, that did not happen. They cooked over and looked like a volcanic eruption happened in my oven. I had to go to Giant Eagle at 11 at night to buy the things that I needed– again.


  33. I’m sorry,BooMama… but your cup overfloweth. Some comments just can’t go unsaid. ;>)

    We want to know which cleaner you used to get it all off.

  34. Well, the recipe sounds good anyway! Your pic reminded me of the time that I put a cake in a rectangle tupperware cake holder in the oven to get it off the counter. I forgot about it and the next day when I went to pre-heat the oven for dinner, we had a mix of melted plastic and cake ooozing through the racks to the bottom of my oven. It was so bad that I had to throw the whole rack away because it was so imbedded with tupperware. I took the trash out after dark, so no one could see it, I was so embarrassed.
    Merry Christmas!

  35. OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well, Merry Christmas anyway Boo mama!!!!!

  36. oooohhhh, yuck! Something inside of me panicked when I saw that picture. I hate that….and like you had time for that today!!!! If you are like me you had a wonderful little plan, I’ll bake this and then this and then I’ll do such and such, and I’m sure “clean the oven” was NOWHERE on that list!! Hope it didn’t set you too far behind.

    Merry Christmas!

  37. That kinda reminds me of the time my husband baked a pie from scratch, an apple pie–deep dish. He took it out of the oven, sat it on the stove and “BOOM” it exploded everywhere! I guess there must have been a small crack in the glass somewhere. Any way you cut it, it was a mess!

  38. Oh! I am so sorry for your cake mistake :o(

    It will get better from here on out.

    Merry Christmas!

  39. I new you couldn’t break from us. Merry Christmas!

  40. Ouch! Go to Solutions.com and order yourself one of those mats that fits on the bottom of the oven under the burner, and catches all those nasty messes!

    I did the same thing with my son’s birthday cake last year. The recipe said to use three cake pans, and well, I didn’t read that part so I only used two pans. Similar results to yours :o(

    Merry Christmas

  41. Oh no! It makes for good blogging, though!

    Merry Christmas!

  42. kelli in the mirror says:

    Yay! I’m not the only one who did this! Except I didn’t take pictures. Mine was a chocolate truffle cobbler, and it was just about that messy.

  43. I am not laughing at you but I am laughing!!

  44. You kill me! My oven is dirtier than that and I haven’t even had a cake explosion in it : )

  45. Someone left a cake out . . . in the rain . . .

    And, I don’t think that I can take it . . .

    ‘Cause it took so long to bake it . . .

    And I’ll never have — that recipe — again!

    Oh, no!

  46. Oh no- what a bummer! It STILL looks yummy!!
    Merry Christmas!

  47. Oh NOOO. Oven cleaning probably wasn’t on your list of fun things to do at Christmas! Does it feel better knowing it put a smile on our faces? Not smiling AT you, of course. :)

    My sister made a mess like that with pumpkin pie once, and I still think of her when I bake them (she used a non-stick pie plate, and when she was taking it out of the oven, it slipped right out and onto the hot element).

    Merry Christmas!

  48. i just think it’s awesome you are actually baking…my cooking has suffered this season…

    good luck cleaning that yuck up! ;)

  49. This EXACT thing happened to me at Thanksgiving! I do alot of baking, but I had never measured my bundt pan before. Who knew they were serious about the size? :)

  50. Yes, yes, yes. . .but how did it TASTE????

  51. Hoooooooly moley.

  52. DOH!

    Was the whole cake scrapped then?

  53. Just in case I haven’t commented before, I just LOVE your blogsite!!!

    I am “fairly” new to the blog world (as of Sept) and am hopelessley addicted!

    You keep me smiling–and, also being a Baptist, am waiting also on the “others” to purchase necessary cooking spirits! Haha

    Have a Happy & Blessed New Year!

  54. I am with you in the disaster dept. Check it out!


  55. Let us give thanks that this calamity did not occur Christmas Day with company present.. Otherwise there would have been major meltdown from the cook, like what this author experienced personally, and I will spare you details of how ugly that can get.

  56. I keep coming back to look at this picture… and no, it doesn’t look perfect, yes something seems to have gone wrong,
    sorta, kinda…
    But a disaster?
    Really, a DISASTER?
    It would have been a disaster if the oven had exploded…
    well, maybe.
    just maybe
    or maybe not
    It would have been a disaster if the kitchen had exploded…
    well, again,
    It would have been A REAL disaster if the cake hadn’t been edible anymore… yes, THAT would have been a disaster,
    but this cake looks quite edible,
    it even looks good
    but maybe saying that makes me crazy
    if that’s the case: this cake looks horrible
    Oh who am I kidding? It looks good (the part still in the pan) and I would have eaten it. I would have loved it.

  57. OH! I hope you had lots of chocolate afterwards! It’s only fair.


  58. PS. I hope you don’t mind that I added you to my blogroll. Happy New Year!!

  59. Okay you just made me feel so much better! My turkey never thawed so we had to have Pork tenderloin with canned turkey gravy. That’s okay my kids think it is all chicken anyhow. Looks like your cake would have been a perfect side disaster— I mean side dish.
    Smiles and Merry Merry!

  60. What a hoot …. I’m sorry …. I laughed so hard! I feel for you but knowing you (or knowing what I know about you because of how you write your blog) I’m sure you made the best of a bad situation. And I wasn’t laughing at the cake mess … just your delightful way of sharing the cake mess! You Rock!

  61. Bless your heart!! What a mess!! But seriously, how long DID it take??

  62. Oh My! I’m glad I’m not the only one this stuff happens to. LOL ;)

  63. Oh dear.

  64. Oh goodness. I hope you ate something with cream cheese in it after that. It’s the only cure-all that I can think of for a disaster of such proportions.

  65. It had to happen some time…Too bad it was on Christmas Eve. :( Welcome to my world.


  66. Your ‘dirty’ oven is far cleaner than mine. You have just inspired me to clean it…well, push that little latch to the self-clean cycle. Whew, I’ll need a nap after that.

  67. I don’t know what I love more… the fact that you admitted to the whole blogosphere that this happened, or the fact that you photographed it.

    I am not known for my culinary skill, and let me just confess here and now that if I took a photo of every time something like this happened to me, there wouldn’t be enough room in all the photo albums in the world. Oh, and just FYI: lemon pie is REALLY hard to clean up off the oven door. Especially if you have a brief mental lapse and forget to use potholders when removing it from the oven and subsequently drop the hot pan. Not that I’ve ever done that, though. I just read about it somewhere. (HA!)

  68. at which point I would have asked Santa for a new oven!

  69. OOOOHH NOOOOOOO! I’m glad it wasn’t me having to clean that up! Bless your heart.

  70. It looks good. . .What is it?

  71. awww…looks like me on Thanksgiving when I dumped out my entire pan of homemade stuffing I was just putting in to bake!!!

  72. thank the Lord for self-cleaning ovens although at my house you have to set it and leave or you could die from the fumes! xoxo

  73. Ugh, that was a mess! I hate when things like that happen.

  74. Oh, that would stink! But it is funny blog fodder for us! Who, but a true blogger, would see that and think “I better grab my camera!” instead of “Oh, man, that is gonna take forever to clean up!”

  75. sister, I’ve been there. So sorry! My parents came to town just a few short days after I gave birth to my first baby. In my pain-medicated, sleepless, lactating stupor I asked/begged my mother to make some zucchini bread. It ended up exactly like your bundt. At least is was edible. Barely. But I was fiendishly hungry from all the sleeplessness and breast feeding. I might have been dirt and I’d still have eaten it! Hope you managed to enjoy yours!