“I like ze margadrita cupcake. Ze flav-ores are just right. But ze cake ees a lee-tle too dense. Eet eez verdy heavy.”
“Zee strawberdy daiquirdi cupcake ees not good at all. It was cooked too long, I sink. And zee icing on tope ees not right. Zee text-u-er ees a lee-tle too grainy and too sweet for my taste. Eet ees a ‘no’ for me.”
That is what Florian from Cupcake Wars would have said to me if I had presented him with the two cupcakes I made today.
I was so excited to try them and 5 1/2 hours later, I’m quite disappointed.
My friend at work is turning 21 this week. I thought it would be a great idea to bake her some cocktail cupcakes. Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita were my drinks of choice.
I scoured the internet in search of ideas, and picked the two I thought would taste the best.
Let me just say that I threw away the first batch of strawberry cupcakes.
And the second.
And most of the third.
The bottoms of them were all burned. Now, I’m pretty good at checking them after 10 minutes, then 12, then 15, because I’ve learned my lesson before. At these times, the cakes were obviously not cooked through. When the cake finally sprung back from my touch, the bottoms were burned. So I changed the recipe, lowered the temp and tried again.
Finally I decided to just make my strawberry box cake in the cabinet.
I’m wondering if my oven is running hot, or perhaps my cake pans hold too much heat. (They were incredibly hot now that I think about it.)
I managed to salvage a few of them, but I was pretty aggravated by this time. The strawberry daiquiri icing didn’t meet up with my standards either. Probably because I was so tired of being in my kitchen by this time.
Meanwhile, the margarita cupcakes were faring pretty well. They were a little dense due to the margarita mix I added, I’m sure, and they took forever to bake, but the flavor was right on! The margarita and lime icing turned out pretty well too, although I’m personally not a big fan of cream cheese icing.
I plan on bringing them into work tomorrow, but I’m not as proud as I usually am. I will most likely put up warning signs, because I hate the idea that they might whisper behind my back about how bad they are. At least that way they know that I know that they’re bad. Or at least not my usually yummy cakes.
As I learned from my Grumpy’s escapade….. experiencing new places and trying new things is very exciting. But sometimes, you’re gonna get burned.
Boy will I be glad when hubby gets back home with our new camera. This one takes rotten pics. It’s only fitting, I suppose, to take crappy pics of my crappy cupcakes. 🙂