Cupcake Catastrophe or Stick to Photography not Cooking
I would love to be able to say that I made cupcakes yesterday and they turned out adorably. I would love to post some photos that would make you swoon. Alas, this is not exactly what happened. It all started out innocently enough but something went wrong about the time that I added the flour while the mixer was in motion and flour flew everywhere. All I needed was a long, long trailer and you could call me “Lucy” as in Lucille Ball in the movie, The Long, Long Trailer. If you haven’t seen the movie, which came out in 1953 (I saw it much later), you really should. It’s a laugh out loud funny movie. Lucille Ball had perfect timing for comedy.
The above picture was from the movie when Lucy decides to cook a meal while Nicky is pulling the trailer along the open road, singing at the top of his lungs. It is hands down the funniest part of the movie. I didn’t exactly look like this when I was making my cupcakes, but the kitchen was a wreck.
I had such high hopes, too. Here is my story board and things actually look like they are moving along swimmingly.
See? Everything looks pretty good so far. (Note I did not photograph my kitchen with flour everywhere…so don’t ask.) I made a lovely brown sugar and cream cheese frosting to go over my Martha Stewart brown sugar poundcake cupcakes.
Then, I decided to try out my new electric cake piper/cookie maker. The picture showed someone happily piping out luscious looking frosting on an adorable cupcake. Didn’t work that way in real life. It had great potential. But, when I depressed the “go” button, the frosting started coming out in weird shapes and then when I un-depressed the “go” button, it still poured out frosting. Wha? This is not what I had in mind. After continuing to try the new gadget and having the same stupid results (what do they say about doing something over and over again and expecting a different result?), I gave up, put the rest of the frosting in a plastic bag with one of the ends clipped off and piped out the rest of the frosting. I am embarrassed to say that I used to decorate cakes (including wedding cakes) for a little side money when the kids were growing up. I should have known better because piping frosting is all about controlling the flow. Sigh.
I wasn’t going to show a picture of the poorly decorated cupcakes, but being true to my documentary nature, I will show it. Double sigh.
At least they tasted good.
(I should have stuck to picture taking and let Yes! Chef! do the cooking. He hates making dessert for this very reason.)