Being that I just tackled Jake the Snake, our resident bundt cake turned snake cake, I figured these rainbow cupcakes would be a cinch..
I should have known better with my own full understanding that
I don't bake.
I don't bake.
Instead they damn near gave me a panic attack...
(and I've never really had one!)We started at about 4:30pm mixing the cake mix - which I bought 2 (different brands, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury mind you) boxes of because we had to make about 30 cupcakes. I would recommend first buying the same brand as they had different instuctions and were not the same consistancy once mixed. I should have had the smarts to mix both batters together before separating for colors but I didn't...a lesson learned.
My daughter had the best time helping, cracking the eggs by herself and putting all the ingredients together so I could mix them. Then we separated the batter into (pretty much even) six bowls and added food coloring. We started putting batter into the slots, my batch starting with red on the bottom and hers starting with purple.
It took an hour - yes, almost a full hour - to get that first batch into the oven doing six layers of batter in each cupcake. Just to clarify, we are talking about TWELVE cupcakes taking an hour just to prep. I first realized this was going to be a fiasco when my first batch was almost to the top of the tin - I made the layers WAY too thick..(yet another lesson learned) which was verified when we turned the light on in the oven and they were starting to overflow. (Please keep in mind, I don't bake! Well, I guess I do now that I've done it twice now in one week but don't spread it around as I am definitely a novice!)
They all looked really pretty while they were cooling off..
The last batch paled in comparison to the first of course because by this time I was running out of batter - then I realized I didn't even use the yellow on the third batch - which was already in the oven by the time I noticed the bowl still had batter in it.
Overall, I think they turned out pretty good...
Can I at least get an A for effort?
It was also really great to have this baking time with my daughter - she had more fun than I did of course. She was quite proud to say that she cracked the eggs and I was proud that I let her do more than I normally would.
I think I may do this again maybe someday soon - they would be a great idea for Easter! Have a great FRIDAY!!