It’s been a while since I made a great cupcake, with the exception of the gingerbread cupcakes I made for Christmas – I made gingerbread cupcakes, frosted them with Bakerella’s buttercream (with a dash of salt added), and topped them all with a mini gingerbread man from Martha Stewart’s gingerbread cookie recipe. They tasted great.
But the chocolate ones I made for Christmas, like so many of my previous batches of cupcakes in the past weeks, were flat, short, tasteless and sort of rubbery-like. It’s really been a huge disappointment; even the red velvet cupcakes I made for my husband’s work were flat, short and rubbery.
I think the reason I have been baking cupcakes like this is that my baking powder expired 3 months ago. I only found this out within the past few days, and I encourage everyone to take note of their baking powder expiry dates! I did do a test by putting a teaspoon of baking powder in some tepid water, and it did fizz, hinting that it is still active, but I really think that it is not. There’s no other explanation to my recent string of cupcake failures.
Well, I still have no new baking powder, but I needed to bake cupcakes today because there are no other sweets in the house! I chose the chocolate mayonnaise cupcake, which uses baking soda, not powder. They rose just fine, have a nice soft texture and are very chocolatey. This is my second time baking this cupcake.
I intended on making blueberry frosting for these cupcakes, but realized that I was about 1.5 cups short of confectioners’ sugar. I did have French vanilla instant pudding, however, and knew I could make frosting out of this:
Instant Pudding Frosting
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 package Jello instant pudding, any flavor
Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with whisk attachment on high speed until the frosting is thick and spreadable.
It won’t be pipeable, though. It’s airy and light and will thicken somewhat after a time in the refrigerator. Be sure to keep any cupcakes frosted with this frosting in the refrigerator.
I know, it’s a strange combination – mayonnaise, chocolate and French vanilla pudding, but as I have done before, I assure you that you cannot taste the mayonnaise in the cupcakes.
The matching liner and frosting was a total fluke, by the way.