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10 June 2010

Cupcake Disasters

So I told you guys that I would be sharing with you - my cooking disasters once a week. Turns out finding any time to cook has been an absolute mission. I decided that I would attempt to make red velvet cupcakes and I used this recipe here. It was all going really week (I tell a lie) and everything looked exactly as it should be (that may also be a lie) - It started off promising.
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{& then quickly changed}
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{I struggled on & got this}
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They didn't turn out red which was a bit disappointing, however once the icing was on they didn't taste too bad. I still can't work out where on earth I went wrong, but I will try again and again until i'm a cupcake pro.

58 comments:

Katie said...

Hey, at least you kept going! I would have thrown it all away!

Lily said...

Oh they still look beautiful my dear! For next time though if you cream the butter first and then add the sugar that will make them so much lighter and fluffier..also huge rule when baking: always sieve flour, baking powder etc otherwise they'll turn out far too heavy and won't rise!

Hope this helps sweets:)

xxxx

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I am sure they were delicious! Practice makes perfect, before we know it you will have an online cupcake business!

kirstyb said...

Looking fab in your forties - wouldnt that be awesome xxx

kirstyb said...

Lily - thanks for the tips i will be sure to try this. Next time im thinking whoopie pies xxxx

Elena said...

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Dany-fashiontowear said...

haha, im sure they wouldn't look better with my cooking skills...
at least they taste good...

Milly. said...

I would mix things in one at a time?! And also melt the butter a little - it mixes in easier :)

I'm cupcake obsessed so no doubt I'd still eat them. The finished ones look cute! xx

Chelsea and Korina said...

That's too bad. I'd love to see them if you eventually get it right!

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Emilie said...

Ahahah! It didn't turn that bad and I'm sure they tasted good ;)
x

Dixi Wonderland said...

Answer: yes she dose :D

janettaylor said...

Just yummy!

Krimly said...

It looks so tasty!! I'm not really good cooking but I love eating cakes! haha ;P

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pinkpeas said...

omg lmao. ew! :] jk love

Jammer said...

Taste will trump everything else when it comes to cupcakes! :)

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Platform Princess said...

I mix butter, eggs and suger first, then throw in the flow last. Did I not tell you I was a baking mistress? lol.

xo

Susu Paris Chic said...

You're trying and that is what counts. I would like to learn how to cook a bit better in the near future. Omelets, pasta bolognese, salty pies... we'll see!

Milly. said...

Like actually your bedroom or you wish it was your bedroom?
If it is I am SO jealous. And will put a fat off sign saying KIRSTY'S BEDROOM by it..! x

Lindsay With An "A" said...

LOL You're so cute :)

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Egoitz Azcona said...

Oye, no me puedes hacer ésto, eh? Estoy a dieta y me está entrando un hambre nada sano! jajaj

Kara said...

lol Kirsty you are beyond adorable!! I am definitely no cook so I give you major kudos for challenging yourself! :)

hiyaluv said...

you are funny! as long as they taste good, rock on!
smiles,
gina

Maddy said...

Sounds like my own war stories when it comes to baking!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh no! Well, you tried.

Elena S. said...

you should try making them from the package and not from scratch. if you want though i have an excellent red velvet cupcake recipe from magnolia bakery in nyc!!

also , the secret is to fill it up almost to the top so the cupcakes look rich and fluffy

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Anonymous said...

Ha I can't cook either I could burn a salad it's true!

Cindy, fashionsbeauty said...

haha! It looked pretty scary in the first few pics! But u didn't give up, that's the spirit! well done! xoxo

passport in my pocket said...

those are better than what I can make, so cheers to you! :)

Josie said...

Haha, at least you persevered, my dear -- I have a tendency to throw things out when they aren't working right. However, once you put enough icing on something, no one can tell if it's good or not, I promise!
xxoo Josie
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Lauren said...

ha ha your too funny! keep trying practice makes perfect x

Jessie said...

hahaha I cant cook either dont worry! At least we have some years to work on it!

xx
Jessie
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LadyBugSays ... said...

Good attempt, at least you perservered! Next time try softening the butter and creaming it with the sugar before you add the flour and other ingrediants. Should make the whole misture alot smoother!

Victoria D. said...

aww hahaha. this happens to the best of us dear!

Fashion Thief said...

Lol, I'm sure they tasted well :)
Wishing you more luck for the next time!

LaLa said...

lol I love your dedication, that's great, you'll get it! ;)

Sophie said...

yummy,i´m hungry:D

Jen said...

if you fail, try try again! at least they were still yummy :)

Fitness freak said...

They are not a disaster!!! they are yuuuummy!!!!!

Karoline said...

They still look good;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh well...Dont worry....I think they look cute:) Well done for finishing them:)
Kisses darling and see you soon:)

Shannon King said...

The link for your recipe doesn't work.... But you need an electric mixer. & You probably need a better recipe. Always separate liquid from dry ingredients, and read the directions perfectly. Good luck! xx
ps. the Martha Stewart cupcake book will save you.

Pippa said...

I am interested, but only to find out about it at the moment.

I have a 6 waist :/
Will it be too big in all seriousness? xox

Closet Fashionista said...

They still look pretty tasty ;) And don't worry you'll get better I still stink at a lot of recipes, hah
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Style, She Wrote said...

They still look pretty delish to us - even if they're not the right color!

Everton Terrace said...

How much red food coloring did you use. I use at least an entire bottle to get mine red. But hey, it's the taste that matters so I wouldn't even worry about it.

Isabel said...

it looks to me like you didnt let the butter soften before you mixed it with the sugar. i always let it sit out for an hour or so..then mix the butter a bit before adding the sugar...i read somewhere that the creaming part of recipes is important for getting fluffy results...but as long as they tasted good thats all that matters :)

Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

libys11 said...

this happened to me the first time i tried velvet cupcakes.. hmm, what food coloring did you use? i found that using a paste type rather than a liquid one helped in the color of the finished product. :D

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sharonlei said...

Keep on trying. :) Maybe next time you can start by creaming the butter with a whisk or electric hand mixer and then adding the sugar. :) I'm sure the cuppies still tasted delish!

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Kirsty said...

Looks like everything just was not mixed well enough! But you do not know unless you try.

Like some of the other commenters have said, cream the butter (easiest with electric beaters) first, usually it will go a little lighter yellow. Add the sugar and keep beating. It should dissolve into the butter. Check the butter/sugar mixture between two fingers to see how well blended it is.

Then, add the eggs one at a time and make sure they are fully mixed in before you add the next one.

Do you have caster sugar in the UK? It is finer than standard sugar and should mix in more easily.

PS Try muffins, they work best if you do not mix them too much and there are recipes that do not require any creaming of butter!

Good luck!

Fitness freak said...

Yea try muffins please :) I would sooner eat them than your cheese scones! As it seems to be my job to consume all the stuff you bake I think i should get to choose what you make.
My list is...
Chocolate Fudge cake
double chocolate fudge cake
fairy cakes
cheese cake, any flavour, but no fruity bits in it please! (new york cheese cake is my fave)
Banoffee pie
chocolate trifle
chocolate rice crispie cakes
chocolate frostie cakes
a chokolate cake with hiddin goodies in it like, smarties?

Ive made myself hungry, Im going to go eat one of your cupcakes now :)
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Fitness freak said...

Chocolate chip cookies!!!!

Savvy Gal said...

baking is so precise. that is why i like cooking more.

closet obsessions said...

mmmm, jealous! <3

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Marinka said...

Love those, they look delicious

Drakulya said...

Keep going! Practice is the secret! I'm with you! May the force be with you! (Ok I go ..)

XoXo drakulya

fizzleout said...

keep trying! practice makes perfect! and good on you for cooking them from scratch - makes such a better cake.

my only advice is to follow the recipe EXACTLY. in baking it is so important (and I'm so not a recipe person). I found that I had to use a whole bottle of red food colouring (gross I know) to get the proper red colour.

Check mine out here:
http://fizzleout.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/red-velvet-christmas-cupcakes/

recipe from:
http://pinchmysalt.com/2009/02/04/red-velvet-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/

NuNuZa said...

aww so cute for sharing!!

Keep practising with the cupcakes - ull b a star at it!