On Tuesdays, I watch my 3-year-old niece, Jayde. It's kind of become normal that she and I bake together on these days. It gives us something to do! Last week we made mint chocolate chip cookies, and I sent most of them home with her. Today I thought it would be fun to make red velvet cupcakes, and decorate them with Valentine's Day hearts.
When grocery shopping last night, I totally intended to make them from scratch and had the list of ingredients and everything. But, the boxed mix of red velvet cake mix looked so tempting...so I switched to a box and premade cream cheese frosting.
I made the cupcakes this morning, and all turned out fine. I made exactly forty (although there are now 38 ;). I pulled out the candies and went to grab the frosting, and Alas! it never made it home :( I actually checked my Wal-Mart receipt, and it's not even on there, so somehow it must have gotten left in the cart.
Normally, I would just hop in my car and drive the two blocks to the pig and buy another jar. Unfortunately, I have no booster seat, so no way to drive anywhere with Jayde. And I can't exactly leave a three-year-old at home alone!
I went to Martha Stewart's website to find frosting recipes that I could make with all the ingredients I have. I couldn't do a cream cheese, because I have no cream cheese. I decided to start with a 7-minute frosting, for which I had no corn syrup. I found online a recipe for corn syrup substitute! What luck!
I don't think I made corn syrup...I think I made some sort of crazy hard molassess type thing...absolutely disgusting. Jayde actually asked me if I was making the frosting black...
But, I attempted to make the frosting with it anyway, and when I saw how disgusting it was, I had to throw out a good deal of sugar and time. Poop.
Next attempt, buttercream frosting! The reason why I didn't choose this first was that the amount of butter used in it seemed terribly disgusting. Six sticks! Eww! But, I did have ALL the ingredients on hand.
Except that unfortunately, I neglected to read confectioner's sugar, and used regular sugar instead. You can imagine that my frosting was neither creamy nor delicious.
I do have enough butter left to try a second time at the buttercream, and since I do really have a good deal of confectioner's sugar, I try half a batch of the buttercream. I have all ingredients together, and what turns out to be a yellow powder. Yum. Wouldn't you just want that on my delicious cupcakes...
So, I have thrown out three attempts at frosting, and will no longer attempt making frosting at home. I will simply wait for my sister to come pick up Jayde, and she and I will frost the cupcakes tomorrow. For now, my cupcakes will continue to look like this: