Monday, February 09, 2009

Cupcake Disaster

Lest you think I am a veritable Martha Stewart (said in jest because we all know the reason I'm not married is because I can't bake bread, wink wink!), let me present to you my latest disaster.

Because this year church doesn't start until 3:00, leaving me nearly a full day of appropriate Sabbath day activity, and because Marni and I planned a delightful Sunday dinner with Russ, Greg, Jon, and Sue after church and I was in charge of dessert, and because I've been craving summer food, I attempted the innocent-sounding tangerine cupcakes.

Looks like we really are still on for six weeks of winter, folks. I'm so sorry for my contribution to that.

I swear the only ways I swerved from the printed recipe were these:
  • I used regular flour instead of cake flour (come on... does it REALLY make a difference?)
  • My buttermilk had been frozen and had thawed
  • I used real orange juice instead of orange juice concentrate
Does any of that merit the mess you see before you? Seriously, people. There was nothing cake about it. The dough seemed fine, it even bubbled over its allotted 2/3 filling, leaving a nice golden brown ring around the edges of each cup. But then it magically shrunk down to 1/4 of a measly inch, leaving this awful gooey lemon bar-filling-type of nastiness... nothing like the vanilla cake with tangerine peel I had envisioned. I don't get it.

At least my butter pecan ice cream turned out beautifully.


JJ said...

But did you taste it? Was it one of those happy mistakes that turned out super yummy?

Tender Mercies said...

I could only bear to put my finger in it and lick my finger. NASTY. So NOT a super yummy happy mistake. That would have been great.

The Wyler Family said...

so sorry! at least you had the ice cream. yum!

Rosander said...

That is soooooo funny! And I hope you know the only reason I can laugh is because that is totally me! I can't tell you how many times I have made something and it was a total flop! Oh I'm just glad I'm not the only one! You are amazing for trying, I don't even do that anymore!

Artsy Aut said...

I can teach you how to bake bread if you want! ;) Sorry about your desert disaster! Its the worst when you are in the mood for something and then it is totally gross! Better luck next time!

Jill said...

HAHAHA! This is hysterical!!! Do you have the desire to try it again with the RIGHT stuff??