Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Failure of Epic Proportions

Last week I was in the kitchen whipping up two new different cupcake recipes.  Both which were out of the “cupcake bible” (as I like to call it) written by the kitchen perfectionist herself, Martha Stewart.  I posted on my twitter what cupcake I was trying to bake.  One of my pledge sisters who is also a cupcake enthusiast said she tried the same one and it turned out awful.  That should have been a big enough red flag for me.  I didn’t really think anything of it and decided to give it a try anyway.  It looked like a beautiful batter and tasted great as well, I thought everything was going well until I went to taste them.  They were as hard as rocks.  I am serious when I say that I could have thrown it at a window and the window would have shattered into a million tiny pieces.  I felt really discouraged and I still to this day do not know what I did wrong.  I am not going to post the recipe because I am encouraging no one to try this.


This is a layer of chocolate, peanut butter, then another layer of chocolate.  This was taken before they went into the oven.  This is my defeat...

The other new one I tried last week was a brown sugar pound cake cupcake.  It was a thicker cake but still really moist.  I am not overwhelmed with joy because of it; however I feel that it is a good one to have.  Maybe a Saturday morning treat with a cup of coffee.


This week I have been working nonstop on “Cupcakes for Japan.”  My local Starbucks is going to host my event, so being a regular finally paid off!  It is going to be this Thursday morning starting at 8:00 a.m.  I am planning on having eight different flavors and around 16 dozen cupcakes.  Everything is a donation to the Red Cross to help recent earthquake victims in Japan.  Also, the local Wal-Mart gave me a $30 donation to purchase baking supplies.  They thought I was joking when I said I was making homemade cupcakes.  They asked, don’t you want just a box mix?  No….sorry I don’t do box mixes. My old professor Mrs. Dr. Weeks is making a donation and purchasing all of the frosting supplies.  All in all, everything is going well.  I am extremely happy with the outcome this far.  I am taking a break.  I have two dozen cupcakes in the oven.  Lemon cupcakes make the best smile while baking; they are one of my all-time favorites.

I really hope to see you at Cupcakes for Japan if you are around the Stillwater area.  It would mean the world to me to see you support a great cause, have one of my delicious cupcakes, and to chit-chat over Starbucks coffee.  What better way to start your Thursday morning?


  1. Yeah, I can see how the PB could make it pretty dense. I wish I could be there but I have to be at work at 8. I might just have to call in a few minutes late and stop by though! Oh, and I still have that cupcake book if you wanted to look at it. I'll try to remember to put it in my car and give it to ya if I stop by. Of course, I want it back but I always think "Hey, Linds might like to at least look at this". It's got a lot of decoration stuff to them too. It's cute :)

  2. Please stop by! I would love to see one of my favorite classmates! I also always welcome a new cupcake cook book! They are the most fun to look at. Hope you have a good day at work!

  3. Why don't you just open up a cupcake shop in Stillwater? Cowboy Cupcake. There ya go!! Let me know when it opens..

  4. I have that same idea, I had a class my last semester in school where we had to develop a business. I did a cupcake shop and called it Cowboy Cupcakes. It might be possible one day, who knows?