I foolishly decided to make the cupcakes myself. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a foolish decision and ulitmately a futile effort. I didn’t realize at the time that the cupcake gods were against me. If only I could have sensed the impending disaster, I would not have had my garbage littered with cupcake carcasses. The batter of cupcake is on my hands and I don’t know if it will ever wash off. I still have nightmares.
It all started when I realized at 7:30 at night that I had yet to make the cupcakes for Soso’s Halloween Party. It was a little late to start because I still hadn’t finished cleaning up after dinner, Soso needed a bath and DH was not home to help me. Never the less, I started forthwith on baking. I even made it an activity for Soso and I to share.
I gathered all the ingredients together, 3 eggs, 2/3 cups of water, 1/2 stick of butter. Simple enough since this was a boxed cake effort. We mixed everything up, poured into 24 little mini-cupcake liners and popped the tray into the oven. 15-20 minutes later, I checked the oven and realized that something was off. The cupcake looked a little flat. I took one out and tasted. It was hard to peel off the liner and the cake itself felt a little too spongy, but it didn’t taste too bad. I even had Soso do a taste check. She said “Good” and I continued on with cooling and icing.
Still, I knew something wasn’t quite right. When DH came home, I had him do a taste check. He said it tasted OK, but perhaps I should make another batch since the cupcake crumbled when he tried to peel it off the liner. It was now 9 PM. I really didn’t want to spend another hour baking, but I swallowed a sigh and started it all over again.
I took out another box and I realized where I erred the first time. I read 1/2 cup of butter as 1/2 stick of butter. I remembered thinking it was odd, but that’s what my tired, hurried eyes had read! So, this time, I used the whole stick, 3 eggs, and 2/3 cups of water. As soon as I started mixing the batter, I again felt that something was off. The batter seemed too watery. I looked at the measuring cup, it said 2/3! I continued on filling 24 more mini-cupcake liners and pouring the rest of the batter into a cake pan. 15-20 minutes later, the cupcakes had not risen. I checked the measuring cup again. I had mistaken 1 and 2/3 for just 2/3. Of course I had to throw the entire batch out.
I cannot believe that boxed cake defeated me. I cannot believe I messed up 2 boxed cake effort!!! Mind, you I had just made pumpkin bread from scratch! I blame fatigue. I blame my hurried life. I blame the cupcake gods. Whom am I kidding, ultimately I blame myself.
Luckily for me, I was only dealing with 3 year old palates and their penchant for icing and sprinkles. So, I made sure that the first batch of cupcakes minus the 1/2 stick of butter had plenty of icing, sprinkles and mini M&Ms.