Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Adventures in Baking

Last Thursday night I spent the evening watching my favorite TV shows and baking cupcakes for my sister's surprise birthday party. While watching Community, I was startled by the sound of my smoke alarm going off.

I began running around like a crazy person! I ran over to the smoke alarm to fan it off, but then a second smoke alarm starting ringing too. Smoke alarms in stereo is probably the worst sound ever!

I ran back into the kitchen after I realized I needed to take the cupcakes out of the oven. Then I ran back to the smoke alarm, forgot a towel, ran back into the kitchen, ran back to the smoke alarm, and began jumping and fanning at the same time. Ran back into the kitchen to turn on the exhaust, then back to the alarms. Finally it was silent again (except for Joel McHale on the TV in the other room).

How was it possible that my cupcakes had burned? There were still four minutes left on the timer! A few minutes later my oven started beeping at me. The display read E2 F3. That was familiar. I had this same problem last year.

My oven is a Whirlpool Gold Gas Range (Model #GW395LEPS05), less than two years old. It was brand-new when we moved into our house in January 2008. Less than five months later, my oven started burning cupcakes. The insides of the cupcakes were exploding everywhere! I called a repair guy who ended up replacing my temperature sensor. The sensor wasn't telling my oven that it was hot enough, so it just kept getting hotter and hotter. I think it got to 600 degrees when the repair guy was there!

Now my oven is doing it again. Unfortunately, my oven only had a one-year warranty, so it won't be free this time. I called Whirlpool this morning, told them my story (the same problem that was repaired last year), and they offered to send me the parts for free. Yeah! My wonderful husband will be doing the installation.

The big question is: Why does this only happen when I'm baking cupcakes :)


Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

I don't know, but that sounds awful!

Skyler said...

the chances of it happening while you bake cupcakes is pretty good since at least 4 out of 5 times that you bake, you are baking cupcakes. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

You're not lucky. I have a new oven since November 2007 (a Kenmore). And it's working perfectly. I'm satisfied a lot.

Chats the Comfy Cook said...

Your oven is talking to you. Maybe, you are not feeding it enough cupcakes.

Joni said...

I think 5 out of 5 times you bake should be cupcakes!

Kate said...

I googled GW395LEPS05 and the 5th link down was this 2 year old blog post of yours. I just had the same issue 30 minutes ago, but it was scones and not cupcakes. This is the first malfunction with the oven for me. Is the part difficult to install?
Before the disaster: http://i.imgur.com/rY0Wi.jpg
and after http://i.imgur.com/WhZb0.jpg

Cupcake Activist said...

I don't think the part was too difficult to install, but my husband had to pull the whole stove/oven out. Good luck!


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