Gremlins in the Kitchen

What If It All Goes Wrong?

It happens to ALL of us, no matter how experienced we are, or how much training we’ve had.  Sometimes those pesky little Gremlins just take over, and run a muck with all your hard work in the kitchen.  The only difference between the experienced pastry chef and the non-experienced pastry chef is that we “know” how to fix our mistakes without you ever knowing about them in the first place.  Then we laugh them off later.  I have CERTAINLY had more than my share of mishaps in the kitchen as well.

One time, I was fresh out of Culinary school and I was trying to make this beautiful cake.  Well ….. It came out all right in the end, and my mom and I had a good laugh over it after wards, but I was certainly in a state of panic for a bit too.  I was making a cake for a friend, and the cake just fell apart.  It did not work out how it was supposed to at all.  So.  I dumped the cake, and God forbid, I made a cake from a box.  Then I doctored it up and “packaged” beautifully, to take to my friend.  There was one lady at the party who just kept raving about how beautiful the cake was, and “how she could ALWAYS tell a cake made from scratch from a box cake”, etc., etc., etc.  Well, obviously her skills were a little overrated, because she COULD NOT tell the difference at all.  My mom and I just looked at each other and started laughing hysterically.  The lady finally asked why we were laughing so hard and what was so funny.  We decided to let her in on my secret, and she too had a good laugh over the whole thing.  My point is, it happens to all of us.  No matter what, do your best and have fun with it.  Everything can always be turned around and used as a learning experience later.  So …. send us those pictures of the “not-so-great” cakes too and tell us your stories.  It’s all in good fun.  🙂


Which baker has not dreamed of receiving a “Hollywood hand-shake”?

Or receiving the accolade of “Star Baker”?

But what if it all goes wrong?


Just a few days to go before

Sunday 24th March 2019


with special judge a jeanneinthekitchen

All of your baking photos will be forwarded to our special judge. We have left it all up to Jeanne to decide who will be our STAR BAKER.



But we all know that anything can happen! This is not a competition, but rather a fun day for our lovely blogging community. So to make sure that nobody is afraid to get involved, we have a special feature of THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF.


We would love to receive baking photos from bloggers whose creations are just as staggering as Gary’s. Special recognition will be awarded for baking creations that challenge the rules of physics and chemistry as we know them.

Gary has been been practising for the BAKE-OFF as you can read about in some of his recent posts:

I absolutely love the photos that have been received so far. Can’t wait for Sunday!

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

12 thoughts on “Gremlins in the Kitchen”

  1. Oh boy – has it ever gone completely wrong in my kitchen 😀 Yikes! Even the cat looked panicked, haha.

    I did enjoy your story of the lady who could “always” spot those boxed cakes. You showed her a thing or two! Very very cute. You made me chuckle this afternoon, thank you!

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