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The cupcake fiasco

I had a notion for Dahlia's Birthday I would make healthy but good cupcakes for her party. I have this idea I have to make organic, home made meals for Dahlia when ever possible and stay away from store bought and boxed stuff. I'm constantly failing in so many ways to live up to these ideals and many others it's not even funny. I was given a cook book called deceptively delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry's wife) http://www.deceptivelydelicious.com/site/

I thought I'd try and make the yellow cake recipe that called for pumpkin puree and yogurt instead of oil or butter. I followed the recipe as best I could but I substituted a few things and this may be where things went wrong. It called for a standard yellow cake mix from the store but with how much crap and dye is in those things I bought a cake mix from Trader Joes that was a more natural version without the coloring. I mixed up the recipe and baked up the cupcakes. They looked like normal cupcakes coming out of the oven but as soon and they sat on the counter to cool they collapsed in on themselves. They went from a 3 inch high cupcake to a squashed, chewy, dense less then an inch high hockey puck. They were still some what edible. You can ask Martin he ate most of them to get rid of the evidence of my failure.

So now it's the night before her party and I don't have any cupcakes. In a panic I pulled out the yellow cake mix (Dunkin Hines) with its yellow #5 and who knows what else and mixed it up. Of course I'm short on cup cake foils since I used them all on the last batch so I had to scrounge around for others that I could use. So none of them matched and they barely fit in the muffin tins I had. I made the cupcakes and they at least looked like cupcakes when I was done.

I waited till Saturday morning to frost them. I mixed up a cream cheese frosting cutting out 3/4 of the sugar they tell you to put in. Oh my god. The Betty Crocker cookbook cream cheese frosting called for 4 cups of powdered sugar. You have got to be kidding me. So I put in ½ a cup at first, made M taste it, and then added a little more only using a cup of sugar total. I also did not use butter but a little ½ an ½ instead.


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May. 14th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Huh - wonder what else wasn't in the Trader Joe's mix? Shame that the test didn't work. Sometimes you gotta fiddle several times with something. But I understand the freak out and frustration of needing it done and then it fails.
May. 14th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so last minute with stuff like that I would have ended up taking the hockey pucks to the party and trying to pass them off, I'm sure.

Autumn and I made banana nut bread on Mother's Day and it came out wonderful. I used half the butter called for and 2% milk instead of buttermilk, then added a cup of vanilla yogurt as a substitute.
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