My sister Amelia’s birthday was on May 7th so last weekend the whole family gathered at my parent’s place to celebrate.
I made two types of cupcakes: Devil’s Food Cupcakes and Butterscotch Cupcakes with Salty Caramel Frosting.
1. The Devil’s Food Cupcake was the recipe from Martha Stewart I have used several times. The cake base is delicious and moist but I need to find a new icing. I used to whip the chocolate ganache but for some reason it did not set this time. I think next time I make these cupcakes I will just use a simple chocolate icing.
2. The Butterscotch Cupcakes are a recipe from Betty Crocker. They were incredibly sweet and next time I should probably follow the recipe and use 3/4 butterscotch chips rather than an entire bag. I think it would also help to melt the chips and then fold them into the batter to give the batter a smooth, rounded out butterscotch flavour.
The icing was delicious but incredibly thick and hard to work with. I had to thin out the icing twice with milk in order to make it a pipe-able consistency. I wish the icing had incorporated salt into it to give it slightly more depth rather than just sprinkling salt on top.
3. I had a major baking fiasco while making these cupcakes and I will actually own up to it. I had to melt some butter on the stove while baking the Butterscotch Cupcakes, so I had turned on the stove, melted my butter and had continued baking. I pulled the cupcakes from the oven and put them on top of the stove. After about 5 minutes I noticed a burning smell but I thought, “Hey, there is probably some stuff on the oven element, no big deal.” Another 5 minutes passes and I notice smoke out of the corner of my eye, the cupcakes on the stove were smoking. I thought the venting from the oven had burned the cupcakes but I had left the stove on, which I didn’t realize until I was completely finished baking. I only lost 3 cupcakes to severe burns which wasn’t too bad.
See – even people who are passionate about baking and do it all the time have major fiascoes.
Overall, these cupcakes were a success, a little on the sweet side but you are eating a cupcake – what can you expect? Happy munching!
Recipe for Devil’s Food Cupcakes here. Recipe for Butterscotch Cupcakes below.