19 February 2011

this week i am grateful for...

A good packet mix cake! *Hangs head in shame*!

Ok so I am not a baker, I have the odd thing that I have mastered and can confidently whip up if needed but I have never mastered cooking cakes from scratch. I dream of getting cupcakes that are nice and even and not all sagging to one side or looking like a small mountain.

So Thursday was Husband's birthday and I thought I should probably make a concerted effort to bake something to go with his dinner of choice. Whilst I was scrambling around my pantry to see what items I could whip together so to speak, I stumbled across a packet mix that I obviously had bought intending to put on my Suzie Homemaker Hat at some stage.

I whipped it up and voila cupcakes that were even on top not a single sign of a mountain peak anywhere!

My Official Taste Tester didn't have a bad word to say about them either! He may just be biased though!

Joining in with Maxabella Loves - you should too!


Cate said...

yum!! well done :-) Thursday was my monkey's 7th b'day too...hope hubby had a great day

m.e (Cathie) said...

there's no shame in that Tamara!
i wish you lived closer, then I am sure with a little practice you could have the perfect cupcakes.
believe me though, sometimes I do get some disastrous looking ones too.
as long as there are smiles on faces, it really doesn't matter how you made it.

happy weekend to you & your boys ♥

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh i love that you used a packet mix - and it seems that your little taster is none the wiser!!! have a great day x

Maxabella said...

Nothing wrong with a packet cake.

Here is a cupcake recipe that never fails me.


I lightly spray the pan with cooking oil before I put out the patty cases. Then to keep them even, make sure you shake the baking tray very gently from side to side before you put them in the oven. Like a little judder.

Rather than use boring 'icing', I do a cream cheese icing or a butter icing. I pipe this on to make them extra decadent.

The kids love these cupcakes without icing in their lunchbox as a treat.

Can't go wrong! x

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

YUM! I love a good cupcake....packet mix or made from scratch...either way, I'm a happy taste tester :)

Jennifer Reid @ Life's like a Cupcake! said...

I know how you feel...I've been searching for the perfect cupcake recipe too! But the most important ingredient when baking for your family is LOVE - & you certainly seem to have lots of that!
Keep up the great blogging! :)

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