6.21.2011

The Time I (Almost) Burnt the House Down

Hello and Happy Summer to everyone!

I hope today's post will bring a smile to your face and maybe even a few chuckles at my expense!

I'd like to think I'm a pretty good cook--I follow recipes and they usually turn out the way they should.  I'd also like to think I'm pretty smart...BUT, every now and then, I have what my family refers to as "blonde moments."

One of those moments was this past Saturday.  Remember the cupcakes we enjoyed at LPC's birthday celebration?  I made those yummy cupcakes, but not without a little excitement in the E household.

You see, I had two pans of cupcakes and wanted to put them both in at the same time.  The only problem is that our oven can be very finicky.  You have to have the racks in just the right spots.  If they're too high, whatever you're baking won't cook all the way through, and if they're too low, whatever you're baking will burn.  I decided to put the cupcakes on the two middle racks.  This was mistake #1!

I opened the oven to see that the bottom rack of cupcakes had risen onto the top rack and made quite the mess.  Here comes mistake #2...

Some batter had fallen to the bottom of the oven.  I thought to myself, if I leave it and wait for the oven to cool, the batter will have hardened and it will be an even  bigger pain to clean up.  I grabbed a napkin and quickly tried to scoop up the batter...

THE NAPKIN CAUGHT ON FIRE!

I immediately started yelling "FIRE! FIRE!"  My parents came running in, I threw the flaming napkin in the trashcan and began dumping cups of water onto it.  Luckily, the only casualty of this incident was the bottom racks of cupcakes and the poor incinerated napkin.

Ugly smooshed cupcakes--luckily it wasn't  a full tray!

Pretty top tray of cupcakes.

Ugly cupcakes with the excess shaved off and taste-tested by moi.

Through this mishap, I did discover that there's nothing a little pink can't fix!

The ugly cupcakes were made-over with pink icing!

I thought this little yellow cocktail umbrella would be a fun addition!

I put sprinkles on the top batch and took them to LPC's birthday celebration.

What are some of your funniest kitchen mishaps?

Have a great day!

34 comments:

  1. now you have craving cupcakes this morning. looks like i am going to have to make a batch tonight... minus the fire! haha, I just discovered your blog today and I am loving it so far.
    -Sarah from livinglifelakeside.blogspot.com

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  2. This reminds me of the time I caught my grilled cheese sandwich on fire. A similar FIRE! FIRE! brought running parents and a dad who smothered the flames with a pot lid. I maintain you aren't a proper cook until you've started a fire.

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  3. I caught my sorority house's kitchen on fire once warming something up in the toaster over.. whoops! haha, your cupcakes look great though!

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  4. They still look delicious! I want to make cupcakes, now!

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  5. I once forgot to take the wax paper-wrapped giblet pack out of a turkey before putting it in the oven....

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  6. I can't think of any mishap right now, but your cup cakes look delicious!

    Susan

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  7. Last year my roomie placed cookies on a thin plastic cutting board which she thought was some sort of special baking sheet. Something started smelling burnt and when we opened the door there were huge flames and the plastic tray and the cookies had melted and suck onto the racks! Try scraping hardened plastic off oven racks! We will never let her live it down!

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  8. Those look soo good! even the smushed ones look good to me, can you tell i'm on a "diet"? haha The first time I made pizza, the toppings and cheese got all over the pizza stone and completely charred! It still smells like something is burning whenever I use my pizza stone.

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  9. I have so many times I can't even count... Every time I try to make pumpkin bread something disasterous happens...

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  10. My best Kitchen mishap was when my boyfriend Mark and I were making 2 side dishes for a Thanksgiving pitch in! I was running around getting ingredients ready when Mark comes in and goes what is burning? I had no Idea what he was talking about! Till he pointed to my detachable magnetic timer that had fallen off the oven and into the gas stove, where it was currently on fire!! I started screaming while frantically looking for a fire extinguisher only to see that Mark had already blown the flame out!

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  11. I can definitely relate to kitchen mishaps! I think you ended up with some pretty awesome cupcakes despite the mishap ;)

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  12. hah, well, at least they turned out okay! :)

    My oven is super weird. The temperature always seems 35 to 50 degrees off. I burn a lot of things that are still raw in the middle! It's awful.

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  13. That is too funny! I had a similar experience when I tried to make the Barefoot Contessa brownie recipe (which has a ton of butter in it) in too small of a pan, and some of the batter dripped over the sides and it caught on fire, I think all the fat made it super flammable!

    But the cupcakes came out super cute in the end so that's all that matters! :)

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  14. Allie, you are magic at bringing a smile to my face. Ever thought about having a reality TV show because moments like this ensure that I would watch it! I have those oops baking moments too!

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  15. We have all had these moments. I'm really good for ... I probably shouldn't {insert bad idea} but go ahead and do it anyway. It's pretty bad when you tell yourself "I told you so!"

    Jo

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  16. I love how the top rack came out unscathed lol, nothing like having a good story behind your end product!! I once 'blew up' the microwave by boiling a mug of water for a cup of tea! The kettle was broken hehe

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  17. Are you my long lost little sister, because that sounds EXACTLY like something I would do!! Glad it all turned out OK! PS- that baked mac and cheese you posted about a few days looks fabulous! I must try it!

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  18. That is HILAROIUS but I bet you were freaking out at the time!

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  19. BAHAHAHAHA I seriously laughed out loud when I read the part of the napkin catching on fire. The girl that works next to me looked at me really funny. I could just picture my own self doing that....I would have FREAKED! At least they turned out cute and adorable though. Good job!

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  20. Haha! I'm glad everything turned out ok in the end! And you're right, there's nothing a little pink won't fix!

    xoxo, elizabeth

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  21. So glad all turned out fine... those cupcakes still look really good .. love the pink icing!! xo HHL

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  22. too funny! This is probably one of the reasons I dont bake, ect. Everything would either be burnt or end in flames! haha

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  23. Oh my word, despite the "incident" these looks DELICIOUS! What kind of icing is that?!?

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  24. First of all: HILARIOUS! We're laughing because we have all been there, done that! (c: When I was living in Brazil, I lived with a Brazilian girl who was trying to teach me how to cook some of their local recipes...lots of them involve frying which I was *SOOOO* not familiar with...so she left me alone and I cooked up one of the things we had made and it turned out great, but took a super long time to cook. My roomie had warned me not to turn it up really high because the oil would catch on fire. Well, *obviously* I knew better than her, right! HA!!! So I crank it up and start cooking, it starts smoking so I am like "oh crap" and turn it off, but...TOO LATE. It burst into flames and it must have been hilarious to watch us running around trying everything under the sun to put it out while smoking us out of our house!!! Thank goodness we knew enough not to throw water on it!!! Thankfully, no one was hurt (including the house) and in a couple hours we were laughing about me and my mad cooking skillz. (c:

    P.S. Okay now I am seeing this is a super LOOONG comment, oopsies!

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  25. Hey they still look yummy! Nothing wrong with cupcake mistakes. I once made one very large sugar cookie by accident. I love the added drink umbrella ;)

    xo katie elizabeth
    ohheyylife.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh goodness what a story! So glad that you're okay and that the top rack of cupcakes turned out so beautifully - I love the pink frosting :O)

    Hope you can visit soon and enter our Celebrate Summer giveaway for a pair of Beach Glass Earrings.

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  27. HAhaha these look delicious! I could totally go for a cupcake right now. how are summer classes?

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  28. I'm glad it was just the napkin and not your hand!

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  29. ah! girl, this is so funny, but too bad!! love the drama of it all.... and how in the end, the pink icing made it all look pretty despite the mishaps;)
    xo
    L

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  30. OH no!! I bet you were so scared when it caught on fire! I did this one time by setting a paper towel on the stove when it was heated up. I alsooo (and this is super embarrassing) put SALT on my cinnamon french toast instead of sugar! I knew that white granules went on cinnamon french toast so I proceeded to get out the salt shaker and shake salt all over it, THEN I ate it (knowing that it tasted badly) but thinking "I know I followed the directions! Why does it taste so weird?!" Hahah, oh I can definitely be a blonde sometimes.

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  31. That's a scary situation, but glad it worked out. You know I caught our microwave on fire. :(

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  32. 175g of butter make VERY different cookies to 125g. Infact - it's makes one BIG cookie.

    - Jagiri
    http://ididtellyou.blogspot.com

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  33. When I was growing up, we had a gas oven with a pilot light that you to light with a match in order to use the oven. We didn't have those long oven lighters like they do now. So, when I was about 12 years old, I wanted to bake something in the oven. I was scared of matches (and still hate them)so when I lit the match to light the oven, I got scared and flipped it up in the air. It stuck on the kitchen ceiling and started burning the ceiling. When I started screaming, my family rushed in and put out the fire on the ceiling. I was not allowed to cook again for many years!

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  34. As long as they taste good, right?! I have had a ton of similar situations, including burning my hand when a napkin I was holding ERUPTED into a giant flame because I got it too close to a candle on the counter (smart!!). It is amazing how quickly they burn (I know, it's paper, but it still surprised me how quickly it happened!).

    xoxo

    lamb loves

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