The Week of the Baking Fails

So, here’s what the plan was for what was supposed to be yesterday’s blogpost: a recipe for some delicious homemade marshmallows. I was going to make them yesterday, they were going to turn out great and I was going to delight you all with the pictures and the not-too-difficult way of making them.

That didn’t turn out quite as I expected.

Add to that the fact that I tried (and failed miserably) to bake a peanut butter and chocolate two-minute-microwave cake-in-a-mug earlier this week, and this post was born!

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Last Thursday I bought a wonderful little cookbook for my cousin, with recipes for mug cakes that only take about two minutes to bake in the microwave. Before I wrapped it to give it to her that same evening, I figured I should give one of the recipes a try. I’d never made a mug cake before and was quite curious as to the process and result! The chocolate mug cake with a heart of peanut butter seemed pretty delicious, so I went for that one.

It was only after I’d melted the butter and the chocolate that I realised I was all of out eggs… So instead of running to the store to get some eggs, I decided to look for an easy way to replace eggs with some other ingredient. Turns out, you can replace one egg with three tablespoons of peanut butter (or so they say).

Again, that didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped.

P1020116I tweaked the recipe in a few other tiny ways as well, since I’d have to use so much peanut butter, and it started to look a little dry.

Conclusion: I should’ve just biked to the supermarket real quick to buy some eggs.

As soon as I opened the door of the microwave, the cake collapsed and lost about a third of its size. Its taste was… alright, but very peanut butter-y (what a surprise), and it was really dry and filling: I felt as if I’d eaten an entire cake after only a few tiny bites. Needless to say, I did not finish it. Experiment failed. Next time, I’ll use eggs.

P1020142Then there were yesterday’s marshmallows. This time, I meticulously followed the recipe, but that doesn’t always guarantee success, as this post clearly shows.

It’s more difficult to pinpoint where I went wrong exactly with these marshmallows, but the only thing I can think of is that the gelatin powder had expired or something, or I didn’t use enough (or too much) egg whites.

Either way, these marshmallows (or “moistmellows”, as a friend decided to call them) were way too moist and runny still, even though I left them to cool and set all the way overnight instead of the two hours the recipe indicated. It was just no use to try and make something of it — this was a definite baking fail.

Perhaps I’ll try to make them again some time, but not for a little while. To be honest, these stupid marshmallows kind of bummed me!

How about you? Did you have any baking fails recently? Or do you have any tips for me for the next time I try to make marshmallows? They’re more than welcome!

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11 thoughts on “The Week of the Baking Fails

  1. Oh I know exactly how you feel! No matter how much we anticipate/hope/expect our baked goods to turn out well, they sometimes have their own plans. I tried to tweak a pastry recipe a few weeks ago and it ended up half way between pastry and cake batter – not a great result! Learning experiences 🙂

  2. That’s so frustrating when recipes don’t turn out the way they should. I tried making a brownie muffin in a mug recently and messed it up two times in a row, the first time there was too much cacao, so next time I tweaked it and added real molten chocolate, but the texture was all weird. Ugh I need to find a recipe for this that actually works. I do like the idea though. And I tried making an egg in a mug and that did turned out right.
    And my other baking fail before that was a lemon meringue pie that failed so badly it wasnt even funny, the lemon filling was bitter, I didnt bake the dough right and the meringue didn’t get stiff. I threw the whole pie in the trash after one bite of the lemon filling.

    • I think the cake-in-a-mug thingies can be quite tricky as well, though, because of the whole baking them in a microwave. A 2 minute baking time doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for tiny changes… I’m sure there are some great recipes out there, though!
      I’ve never made a lemon meringue pie, but they always kind of intimidate me! Kind of impressed you even tried at all. 😉

  3. Baking fails? DID YOU JUST CALL ME?? Haha. Agh. Yes. -_- Baking fails is my middle name. I totally massacred a recipe for pumpkin soup the other day but surprisingly it was still edible. My mum is REALLY good at saving things, ahha. And marshmallows are kind of hard to make, agred. bUT OMG CAKE MUGS ARE THE BEST!! I definitely think the egg is a must though. xD I love making chocolate peanut butter ones (but not too much PB) and ohhhh just a few chocolate chips through it? Divine. *mouth waters all over laptop* BUT ANYWAY. I’m sad these two flopped for you, but hey, at least the pictures are fabulous, right?!

    • Hahahaha after reading your hot cross buns post I figured you’d enjoy this post. xD When I was a kid I once wanted to make M&M cookies, but my mother had accidentally put the oven on grill, so that was kind of a disaster… Yes, the egg did turn out to be quite essential xD Oh well, that’s what you get for being too lazy to buy some new ones. *sigh* And THANK YOU, I was pretty content with myself after taking those picture, haha! Especially that last one of the marsmallow goo. 😀

  4. Baking is NOT a strength for me OMG. I can’t even boil water witout making it go up in smoke! [I spilled water all over the stove and everything was sizzling – it was terrifying.] Once, I tried to make cookies and they ended up being rock hard and the chocolate chips melted in this really gross way where they were liquidy and not at all what they’re supposed to look like. I HATE buying packaged baked goods but I also can’t make anything for my life. OMG.

    • Hahaha, water can be quite scary when it does that weird sizzling thing, I agree! I do remember messing up some chocolate chip cookies quite massively as well, years ago… When I started out baking I made sure to always follow the recipe exactly! (although the marshmallows made clear that doesn’t always work out either…)

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