Do you ever have one of those days where things just don’t quite go as planned? I have those quite often (inside and outside of the kitchen). I wasn’t thinking very clearly when I was baking these cupcakes and I made a couple of silly baking mistakes. But since we are all friends, I’ll tell you about it…
I found this Banana Dream Cake from The Novice Chef about a month ago and I knew that I was going to have to try it as cupcakes. The recipe helped inspire the banana/monkey theme for my little one’s 1st birthday party (along with the fact that she is a climber and seems to get herself into some interesting predicaments).
Since I wanted to have a smash cake and some cupcakes, I decided to double the recipe. This was my first mistake. Apparently I didn’t look very close at the recipe before I started doubling. I was dumping all the ingredients into my mixer and mixing away….which was all fine and dandy at the beginning…until I had to mix in all the flour and milk. I completely ran out of room in my little Kitchenaid!! I was able to finish mixing the batter by hand in my largest bowl. Around this time, I also realized that maybe I really didn’t need to double the recipe. Two 6 inch rounds and 4+ dozen cupcakes later at 1 am….I decided that I probably over did it (especially considering there were only a few guests coming).
Side Note about the Cake: Don’t look too closely. The cake almost didn’t even make the post this morning. I kept the decorating extra simple: since my little girl was going to destroy it and I was on a tight schedule.
Since I doubled the batter, I figured I should double the cream cheese frosting. But after getting out my cream cheese, I realized that I didn’t have enough to double the batch (and I definitely wasn’t in the mood to run to the store). I decided that if I didn’t frost all the cupcakes, I could call them muffins and justify freezing them for breakfasts (bananas, applesauce, healthy right?!). The only problem was I had already put the doubled butter in the bowl—See where this is going??–then I added the rest of the ingredients and finished mixing it up. I filled and crumb coated the cake and used the rest of the frosting on the cupcakes.
I whipped up a batch of buttercream to finish frosting the smash cake. As I was adding the butter I realized that 3/4 cup (the same as in the cream cheese frosting recipe) was not 3 cubes….it was 1 1/2. This is when I realized that the first frosting had twice the butter!!! Yikes! It still tasted okay, but not like the amazing cream cheese frosting I was looking forward to eating. (I even tasted it before frosting the cupcakes, but I couldn’t quite figure out why it tasted a little off). Luckily, everyone still liked them and the party was great.
Here are the lessons I learned while baking these cupcakes and cake:
- Check the ingredient list before doubling to make sure it will fit the capacity of my mixer.
- When doubling or halving be really careful to calculate the ingredients correctly….or if I decide not to double…be sure to not accidentally double.
- If there are 10 people coming to a party each person probably only needs 1 (maybe 2 cupcakes). Especially if I am serving other treats too!
- There was plenty of smash cake leftover as well and I didn’t really need to have extra/leftover cupcakes. However, small freezer-safe bowls are perfect for individual slices of cake.
- If you have leftover party food…have another party! We invited 10 couples/families from our neighborhood to enjoy the leftover goodies and it was great fun!
So, long long story short. Check out this Banana Cake Recipe from The Novice Chef. It really is amazing and I bet the frosting is delightful as well! She also has some fun banana facts on her post!!