Can you fail at cupcakes? Yes.

So i’ve trumpeted the amazingness of the Donna Hay Buttermilk Chocolate Cake far and wide. “It’s the best chocolate cake ever! It never fails!” I said. Well, we all know what happens when you get too cocky.

This happens.

So just to set the scene, it was a weekday evening. I was trying to do a million things at once, and one of those things was bake cupcakes for a staff morning tea. Where I worked before my faculty always did the best morning tea so I was determined to produce something good for my new workplace! I normally take all the ingredients out of the fridge and the cupboard before cooking just to be sure I actually have all the ingredients. That night, I didn’t.

Can you tell what is wrong with these cupcakes?

I knew something was amiss ten minutes into cooking time. There was no rising action going on in that oven. No action at all! I knew I had put the bi-carb in. I know that sometimes I go out and cant remember if i’ve left my hair straightener on, or even if i’ve locked the door, but I had a crystal clear memory of adding bi-carb.

The cupcakes were dense and sticky and just doughy. Awful. Turns out that clever clogs here had forgotten to add the buttermilk (as in one of the key ingredients) AND the eggs. Go me. Word to the wise my lovelies, always get your ingredients out before you begin baking!!

Of course, I couldn’t leave it there. So I rallied, and made another batch. Avec buttermilk and eggs this time!

Ta da! Keep it simple stupid.

Enough for everyone!

So my lovelies, what crucial element have you left out of a dish before?

By Katie

What can I say? I love sweets, in all shapes and sizes! You only live once, so why not indulge once in a while? Or, in my case, most of the time...


  1. i forgot the sugar in my cake once. and the other day i used a springform tin even tho i was supposed to put it in a waterbath…

  2. oops with the sugar suze! At least you didn’t use salt instead of sugar? I have used springform tins in water baths, but I wrapped the outside with two layers of aluminium foil to make sure that no water would get in. All is not lost!

  3. I don’t tend to forget things, but I do read the instructions wrong ALL THE TIME! Recently, I discovered to my horror that my cheesecake only had 250g of cream cheese instead of 500g. Epic fail!! And it means several trips back and forth to the shops to collect more ingredients that I’ve forgotten! Oh and I also wrap my springform in foil too, never had any probs (touch wood).

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