Ah the joy of baking...
Yesterday I decided it was time to make some cupcakes. I had done careful research and found two decidedly yummy recipes. So, after a trip to the store to get the ingredients for the cupcakes and the icing I got down to business.
Note that it is a very good idea to check there are those paper cups that you make cupcakes in of the right size in your cupboard, BEFORE going to the store. Oh well...
Okay, so I started making chocolate cupcakes. After making the batter, which kinda looked a bit funny, but I managed to bully it into the paper cups and put it into the oven. The recipe said it would be 12 cupcakes, but I only managed to make 9. I guess the cookbook and I have different opinions on the definition of "regular size".
They turned out pretty good anyway.
On to the carrot cake cupcakes.
I made the batter. It looked better than the chocolate cupcake batter. I manged to pour it into the cups for baking. I got 8 of those. By now I did not have any illusions regarding the number of cupcakes yielded by the recipe so I just shrugged and put it into oven.
25 mins later I had made the frosting for the carrot cake cupcakes. That one was easy. It was the frosting for the chocolate cupcakes that made my head hurt.
It was chocolate truffle frosting. I had to boil some cream and then put in some sugar and chopped up chocolate. So far all is well. Recipe said it could be used when cool as frosting for a glazed look on the cupcakes or be whipped when cold to be spritzed onto the cupcakes.
Now, this requires the frosting to actually thicken slightly when cool or even cold.
Not so well... The frosting did not thicken when cooling. Not when I tried to chill the pan in cold water. Nor did it thicken when I put it in the refrigerator... So I put it in the freezer. It thickened and hardened. And became a big blob of frozen chocolate.
It was good, but as soon as I got it out of the freezer it became liquid again.
So, to sum it all up. The chocolate cupcakes turned out great but the frosting was a catastrophe. The carrot cake cupcakes was okay, but the frosting was great. So now I have chocolate cupcakes in the freezer and carrot cake cupcakes in the refrigerator. I don't know what to do with either of them. I'm not supposed to eat since I'm on a diet. *sigh* Oh well.
I guess I'll go for another recipe next time. Or one that I know will work since I initially had planned to bring the cupcakes to a meeting.