A couple of days ago I had my heart set on making cupcakes. Even though I’ve been baking and decorating cakes for the last 26 yrs, cupcakes were never my thing. They tend to be so much more work (to me) as opposed to frosting and decorating a whole cake. Given my cupcake mindset, I’ve never done well with them. As with yeast breads I’m determined to conquer my cupcake conundrum. So I mixed what I thought was a great chocolate cupcake recipe, whipped out my $store liners, and it was downhill the rest of the way. Why oh why oh why do cupcake liners crinkle when you put the batter in? Determined to give it the old college try I scraped the batter out of the crinkled liners and started over. Very carefully I spooned a little batter into each cup so that each stayed smooth. Following the recipe I filled each cup 2/3’s full and into the oven they went. I paid close attention to the recommended cooking time and checked 5 minutes before the time was up.
The sight that greeted me when I opened the oven was not the one I wanted. Those puppies had spread to infinity and beyond. The top of the muffin pan looked like a never ending cupcake. Self-fulfilling prophecy at it’s best. Once again I proved to myself that cupcakes aren’t my thing. After scooping them out I had to taste, and they weren’t bad at all. Now what? I’m a card carrying member of the waste not want not club and didn’t want to throw them away. Nothing to do but make cupcake bites.
I had a half can of cream cheese frosting in the fridge and a bag of dark chocolate melts in the cupboard. A while back I’d also bought a candy cup mold. I was all set. Check out Bakerella’s direction for making cupcake bites http://www.bakerella.com/cupcake-bites-made-easy/, she explains it way better than I could.
I hope your St. Patrick’s day has been fun. I’m also working on the end of My CNN story. The last part is the most challenging to tell and I want to make sure I get it right. You’ll have it before the week ends. Thanks for listening!