Cupcake Catastrophe or Stick to Photography not Cooking

Finished Cupcakes (deceptively good looking)

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 Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

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.

Check out that sad cupcake in the back.

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.)

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Karen Schmautz


11 thoughts on “Cupcake Catastrophe or Stick to Photography not Cooking

  1. I’m afraid that mine would look like that on a good day. My heart and my fingers don’t always go together.
    Actually they look pretty good to me and I’m sure they tasted wonderful.

  2. Gosh, I think they look pretty darn good! You should see what happens when I try to get “fancy” in the kitchen! You may be too hard on yourself – after all, aren’t you YesChef’s Little Helper?

  3. hhahaha, great post. Thanks for letting us learn from your mistakes. I’m sure everyone messes up in the kitchen some times but not everyone has the balls or wit to turn it into entertainment – I love it. Plus I think they look pretty good, I wanna eat one – or is your photography that deceptively good??

  4. LOL, I loved reading this post. The cupcakes are perfectly adorable, tragic and comedic. Although I must agree with most readers that they actually look quite delicious!

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