The best laid plans of mice and men are nothing compared to the visions of a baker.
A month or so ago I saw a recipe for Lemonade cupcakes, and
Well yestersay, I sit down with the recipe again, and read through some of the reviews. Most of them were very good (which is why I picked the recipe in the first place) and there were a few that said they were too dense for cupcakes.
Excuse me one moment while I rant... one of my pet peeves is when people comment/review a recipe and say in the recipe how they made this change and that change, then complain how it wasn't a good recipe and give it a low rating... you didn't follow the recipe!!! Grrr....
OK, I'm done .:steps off of soap box:.
So, as I am mixing all the ingredients, I notice that its is a very thick mixture... way thicker than if I had followed the recipe on the box (it was a recipe which uses a box, and "doctors" it up). Little bells start going off in my head, thinking, "Hmm, this looks like it could be very dense, like those reviewers said", but I get them in the pan, and in the oven.
25 minutes later, I pull them out, and low and behold, they feel very dense... not light and fluffy like in my vision.
I let them cool, and do a taste test, and I am not happy. The flavor is great, but very dense, more like a brownie or muffin texture than a cupcake.
Now I did end up using them...the hubby convinced me they still tasted good, and the icing I had made was very good (cream cheese with a hint of lemon), so they got decorated.
This was the first time I used the "Grass" tip from Wilton (tip 233 if you're looking up by number). I looked at the how to online, and it looked simple enough. I had to play with the thickness of the icing. It said to use medium, but what I thought was medium seemed to thin. Today, when I went to decorate them, I'm not sure if the consistency was again too thin, or if my kitchen was too warm for the cream cheese, but again, they got a little melted look.
Overall, I was not very happy with them... I MAY have yelled at my husband, and even growled a little when things were not going as smoothly as in my vision (no worries, I have since apologized). Needless to say, I am looking forward to next week when I start my second decorating class to brush up my skills.
Here are a few pictures (no step by step this time, since I was too frustrated).
One good recipe I made was this one for Baked Ziti:
The ONLY thing I would change would be to cut the amount of Ricotta Cheese... I think it was just a little too much, but that's just me.