This was for a 1st birfday party, so it was very important.
The mother had requested that I use cage free eggs, organic milk, and organic butter, and she was willing to pay extra for it–it's a poor cook who blames her ingredients, but I'm going to.
Specifically, I'm going to blame the $6/pound organic butter. I've made this cake recipe ka-zeellions of times–this is not a normal result.
The cupcakes sank too. When I mixed it up the batter seemed thinner than normal, and two much liquid can make cakes sink, so for the second batch, begun at 10pm, I reduced the liquid by 1/4 cup.
At this point I was nearly out of organic eggs and butter. I'd eaten one of the cupcakes, and it wasn't sludge, it had a crumb, it was just moister than I like, so I decided that I would trim off the high points and call the two cakes layers. The second batch of cupcakes sank too, but they can be made and cooled pretty fast, so I redid them in the morning.
I used a different recipe for the cupcakes, but again, wah-wah-waaah. A little less wah-wah than the first cupcakes, so good enough to be going on with, but not what I like to see. Why blame the butter? because this is a familiar recipe, with no changes in my dry ingredients, and of the new ingredients milk is milk and eggs is eggs but butter is composed of fat and liquid and whatever amounts of both are in $6/pound organic butter it threw off my recipe and is therefore bad and I'm going back to Kroger brand (sulk).
Did I mention that the baby's daddy is in the restaurant business? I imagine his foodie guests taking a polite bite, touching their lips with a napkin, and setting their plates aside.
The icing made with the organic butter was softer than usual, but fortunately I didn't have a lot of piping planned for the cake. The colors of the Hungry Caterpillar are bright and transparent, so I decided to use decorating spray instead of colored icing.
However it turned out on the inside, when it was done I was pretty pleased with the outside:
The feet are chocolate chips and the antennae are squished up gumdrops. Fail inside, win outside. I turned the sunken cupcakes into trifle with strawberries, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream for my local yarn shop's Bingo night.