On Thursday I decided I wanted cupcakes. It was all Ryan’s fault: he posted a picture of a cake shaped like the house in the movie Up!
Now I can’t really blame him. Ryan knows my favorite food is cake/cupcakes. He was even asked recently what meal I would chose if I were on death row, and he answered unhesitatingly: CAKE.
So now my adventure began to create cupcakes like a bakery. One of my favorite wedding gifts was a recipe book from Dillard’s called 500 Cupcakes. I LOVE this book. I’ve made some pretty great cupcakes from it. For instance, I made some strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting for my mom for her birthday. There was also the time I made banana cupcakes. Now those were yummy!
But on Thursday all I wanted was just plain ole vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Seems pretty easy, huh? I started with all the appropriate ingredients: butter, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, vanilla and mixed it together in my MixMaster (I love that thing!). The batter tasted delicious so I put them in silicon cupcake liners and baked those babies. Once cool, I made a buttercream frosting with butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Ryan and I were so full after licking the bowls, we decided we would wait till the next day to eat them. But they sure looked pretty:
The next day, Ryan grabs a cupcake and instead of the normal sighing and satisfying sounds, he is kinda silent. I look at him. “Um, honey, something isn’t quite right with these cupcakes. They taste like cornbread…” Sure enough, they tasted terrible. Even with the sweet frosting, they were awful. And to make matters worse, the buttercream frosting tasted too much like butter and not enough like cream! They were a baker’s nightmare! My only thought is that maybe I put too much baking powder or baking soda in it, or maybe not enough sugar. Who knows? But those cupcakes went right into the trash!
On Saturday, I decided I would try it again. I hadn’t met my sugar satisfaction goal for the week yet, and needed something. Cupcakes were still sounding pretty good so after a quick trip to Michael’s to get the right icing tip, I went about it again. This time I decided I would try a half butter, half shortening recipe. BOOYAH! That was the right recipe. Not only did the cupcakes look amazing but they tasted amazing too. Ryan thought they were better than the bakery style, so I feel pretty good about them. (Gaze onto the cupcake splendor:)