Friday, June 28, 2013

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes for Josh and Anna Duff's Wedding Reception (and what happened while I was making the cupcakes)

"One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed." 
— Julia Child 

That's the quote that ran through my mind as I made a really stupid mistake.  One, surprisingly, that I've never done before.  I forgot 2 pounds of butter in the frosting. Okay, so it called for 4 pounds, and my brain somehow in a way which I currently just can't figure out, reduced it to 8 sticks.  Ah well.  

And, I didn't even realize it till I had used up all the frosting for the Vanilla Chai Cupcakes....  I walked in the kitchen to make more frosting because I had about 2 dozen cupcakes left to frost, and I looked at the recipe and had that terrible sinking feeling..... HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN 2 WHOLE POUNDS OF BUTTER??? 

Since we were taking these on a 7 hour trip all the way to NE, frosting that doesn't have enough butter in it.  So I then proceeded to soften the butter which should have been in the frosting at that very minute, and then beat it so it was nice and fluffy.  Then, armed with a spoon and lots of loud music, I scooped off the frosting.   

(You can find the recipe for the vanilla chai cupckes here- I just halved the cardamom in the recipe)

And then I beat the butter and scooped off frosting together.  Thankfully, it worked.  The frosting turned out a little softer than I would have liked, but at least it didn't end up looking funny or anything.

(and this was after I forgot the whipping cream in the chocolate frosting that I just made a few hours before that)

It just really wasn't my day.

But, the cupcakes didn't melt on the trip, and nothing else really eventful happened after that....

And I got the cupcakes all set up...

It looked good, and everyone liked them.

So yeah.  Long week.  :)


  1. Mistakes happen for a reason, but we always learn from them. ;) I bet they tasted great!

  2. Dosen't it seem like the wrong things always happen at the wrong time? I do agree with Marianela, mistakes do happen for a reason! I'm glad you figured everything out though, and they look deliciously lovely!
    Emily J.