Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I haven't posted any of my baking undertakings lately, and I figured that perhaps it was time once again for some lovely sweets. Fortunately, my sister was visiting and in the mood for cupcakes, and so I had the perfect excuse to dust off my muffin tins.
Now it has come to my attention that perhaps some of you have developed this impression of me as some type of homemaking diva. The type that makes everything from scratch, and always has a batch of warm cookies baking in the oven when someone comes over for a visit.

And it is true that hospitality is a quality of elegant females. And that I prefer to make things from scratch. And that I do often have frozen cookie dough in my freezer. But...I am not exempt from baking disasters.
With the best of intentions, and fresh ingredients, I managed to deliver some of the worst cupcakes I have ever baked. Everything went wrong. Everything.

The middles sunk into sad hollows. The edges turned crispy brown while the centers stayed gooey.

And they were chewy. Not fluffy. Not moist. Not light and airy.

What went wrong, you ask? Well...we're not entirely sure, but the baking powder is our leading suspect.

So what did I do about my gruesome cupcakes?

I did what every normal person would do. I threw them away, went to Wal-Mart, and bought a cake mix. A cake mix that I will use later today to redeem this sad, sad baking story.
And hope that this time they turn out something like the cupcake above.

What is your worst baking disaster? Make me feel better and share your story here by commenting below!


  1. Glad I'm not the only one who has a baking failure every now and then. But you never know until you try!! The same thing happend to me with scones and some fresh berries - aweful looking, runny, but they tasted nice and the kids ate them! Thanks for your writings, they are always inspiring, even the ones that don't turn out the way you want them too!! Leah

  2. Thanks Leah! I just finished the redo from the cake mix and they turned out just fine. Which means that it's not looking good for my baking powder. But I'm happy now that I have stacks of coconut cupcakes to warm my afternoon!


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