Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcake Failure

Using this Taste of Home recipe, I tried to make some pumpkin spice cupcakes today and they just were a total failure.

Like check out the picture below and feel free to LOL. :)

cupcake failure-sunken in

As you can see, they were sunken in, not just flat!

I think two major things went on--I may have overmixed the batter and I completely forgot to let the butter and eggs get to room temperature before I incorporated them.



My baking powder wasn't the issue. I did the test with a teaspoon and 1/2 cup of warm water.

I wanted to post this failure because:
1) I rarely see baking failures posted in the blog world.
2) It's a good reminder to myself to not do/do the things I think caused the problems with the cupcakes.

The one thing that turned out really good was the frosting. It is delicious, just really sweet! Too bad I don't have the energy to make the cupcakes over again this evening. I'll refrigerate the frosting and attempt baking again on Monday or Tuesday night.

On that note, any good pumpkin cupcake recipes to share with me by linking in the comments below? I'll check out Foodbuzz and other sites in the meantime. I think this All Recipes Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe sounds better already. They even have a reminder to make sure the eggs are at room temperature. :)


  1. This is the best pumpkin cupcake recipe that I've tried -, which is from All Recipes, I just modified the frosting part of the recipe. I had one failure and one success today...which is the 50/50 rate that I'm content with :)

  2. Thanks so much. I forgot that you had one on your site! I'll try that one. It definitely has a few different ingredients than the Taste of Home one I tried.

    I had a success with making hummus today, so I considered my failure just fine too. :)

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  4. So sorry that your cupcakes didn't work out! Normally, I am a scratch baker, but this recipe makes really, really good cupcakes: