Birthdays are fun at Anna’s preschool. A birthday child brings something sweet to school, and there are songs and games to celebrate. So yesterday my husband set about making cupcakes for Anna’s birthday at school. He used the new form and cupcake liners for the first time, and the first 18 came out somewhat burned. Undeterred, he mixed another batch and put them in the oven. I came back into the kitchen after Anna went to bed and taste one:
Me: They are very bitter! They are inedible. What went wrong?
DH: No, it’s because they burned. I am making a new batch.
Me: What are those red spots on them?
DH (surprised): I don’t know. There is nothing red in my recipe.
So the next batch of 18 cupcakes comes out of the oven, and they look perfect except for those mysterious red spots. We taste one and have to spit it out. At this point it’s 10 pm. We go over the recipe that was used in the past. DH swears that the only difference is cupcake liners that were used for the first part ever. He says that now it’s the matter of principle to make another batch and bake it without cupcake liners. In the meantime I rush to the grocery store to get premade cupcakes “just in case”
I come back home and my husband sheepishly says, Umm… There was one variant in the recipe. We were out of mineral water, so I added Club Soda instead.
Me: But it’s not the same! Taste it – Club Soda is a little bitter. And it has those two chemical compounds that mineral water doesn’t have.
DH: Oops, red spots again. Here go another 18 cupcakes. We are going with the ones you brought.
- Don’t try something new on the evening before your daughter birthday.
- Club Soda and mineral water are NOT the same
- My husband rocks (but I knew it already).