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Cupcake Impossible.

July 11, 2011

Life lesson #132. Betty does it better.

A friend and I (vainly) attempted to make cupcakes from scratch on Sunday. Often cooking and baking from scratch as well as growing up watching my mother constantly produce meals out of a variety of ingredients, I thought cupcakes would be a walk in the park. Wrong.

Not all of our attempts at a moist mini cake failed. But I did learn the valuable lesson that Betty Crocker knows what she is doing – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

(Mad props to Stef of Cupcake Project. We made her Peaches and Cream cupcake – which was the only ‘from scratch’ cupcake we were able to make without fail.)

{Adding the peach jam to the batter.}


{Spooning the batter into the pan.}


{Finished product: Peaches & Cream cupcake.}


Next up was the chocolate cupcake. After learning that chocolate cupcakes from scratch were harder than anticipated, we used the box mix.

 {Chocolate cupcakes from the box.}


{Finished product: chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cream cheese icing, topped with bacon.}


Lastly we attempted a plain vanilla cupcake, again from scratch. The result: dry, dry, dry.

{Vanilla cupcake batter.}


{Finished product: vanilla cupcake with strawberry whipped cream.}


We planned to pair the vanilla cupcake with this delicious strawberry whipped cream from the Cupcake Project. The whipped cream was just too good to not put on a cupcake. So we iced them anyway, really with the intention to lick off all the icing and toss the cupcake.

So – I don’t make a stellar cupcake, but I do make a tasty icing. I think i’ll stick to Betty’s mix for a while and experiement with the toppings.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2011 10:28 am

    Those look so amazing!! Great Job!

  2. July 11, 2011 10:31 am

    Jess- I appreciate your candor, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who experienced this! I used to think I was fairly good at whipping up baked goods, but from-scratch cupcakes were a real hit to the self-esteem. (But I still can’t bring myself to admit that Betty does it better, it’s going to take several more failed attempts to confess) Your icing job looks great, by the way!

  3. Erin permalink
    July 11, 2011 1:36 pm

    At least the LOOK fantastic!

  4. Erin permalink
    July 11, 2011 1:37 pm


  5. July 11, 2011 9:06 pm

    Stef definitely knows what she’s doing! Yours turned out great though – they look yummy!

  6. July 19, 2011 7:38 pm

    Glad you liked the peaches and cream cupcakes. Don’t give up on from-scratch baking so quickly. Whenever I figure out the ultimate vanilla cupcake recipe, you’ll have to give it a try! Great seeing you the other day! ..Stef

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