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Cupcake FAIL

5 Feb

Ever since we received a stand mixer ( <3) for Christmas, I’ve attempted to use it to whip up something scrumptious every weekend. I have been wanting one for a very long time but now that I have it I don’t seem to find any recipes elaborate enough to need a stand mixer. Our weekend brunch regulars only need a bit of hand grease to get them done…well, that does make sense since I have been making them without the stand mixer, duh.  Well I did need stiffened egg whites for that crepe recipe but it’s not very practical to bring out a giant mixer for just 1 egg white.

So there I was searching for a good recipe that needed a stand mixer. And who’s the best person to go to for recipes on baking and such? Martha Stewart of course! Well I actually prefer Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa but this time I went for Martha. Anyway I saw the video for Billy’s Vanilla Vanilla cupcakes. Apparently they’re one of the best cupcakes out there and I was excited to try it out. So excited that I bought the needed ingredients after work and started baking while the husband was making dinner.

But since I was in a hurry, I was too impatient to wait for the butter to soften. Bad idea. The batter ended up too liquid with bits of butter floating here and there. It didn’t look pretty at all. And right then I knew it…FAIL!!!

I still tried baking them, you know, just in case. It did not help that all I had as muffin tins were little individual silicone molds. It worked fine, but not great, for the other muffins I’ve done before, but for this one…FAIL!!! Since there were bits of unmelted/unmixed butter in the batter the cupcakes eventually started bursting and melted butter oozed out of the middle of the cupcakes and dripped onto the sides. And since I wanted to make sure that the dripping batter at least be cooked a bit, I left the cupcakes a bit longer in the oven. The next thing I knew, the tops were too brown but the dripping batter wasn’t cooked enough. I guess I did not set the oven temperature correctly either. Another FAIL.

The good news is that  I only made 1/4 of the recipe…so only 9 cupcakes got made – and wasted. Well, minus 2 because we did try them. Another good news – they were delicious, the part that was pretty and well done at least. So I guess it’s not a complete FAIL.

Oh well, better luck next time. But next time I’ll try to do it better and correctly. Haste makes waste they do say.

So watch this space if I ever succeed on making my cupcakes. And believe me, if I do, you’ll see it here first!