I LOVE recipes…I’m kind of addicted. I just can’t help myself. I love to cook and bake and try new things. We are forever trying out a new food or a different variation of something we have done before. I’m forever tearing them out of my magazines, printing them off from online or copying one down I find in a library book.
That said, I rarely hesitate to just jump in and try something new. I’ve come to trust certain sources to be reliable. I found out yesterday that this isn’t always fool proof though…
These cupcakes WERE for my husband to take to work today for June birthdays. I was trying some new toppings from one of my FAVORITE food magazines, Food Network Magazine. I love this magazine and I want to preface this blog today by saying its a great magazine, they have tons of awesome ideas and recipes and this one bad experience is in no way affecting my opinion towards it. I highly recommend this magazine if you like to cook! I get so excited when it arrives each month.
Ok onto the cupcakes…this one was part of their “Snickers” like cupcake. The recipe is Peanut Cupcakes with Nougat-Chocolate Frosting. And here is the pic they show of their finished cupcake:
Delicious, right? The recipe in the magazine for the nougat part called for:
2 13 oz jars marshmallow creme
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
pinch of salt
So that is what I did…I got some on about 10 cupcakes…and then looked back at the start and realized it was running OFF the cupcakes. Making a gigantic mess too I might add! So I put the bowl back on the mixer and proceeded to mix in about 3 c worth of powdered sugar to thicken it up. This seemed a bunch thicker so then I spread this on. So far so good. But within a couple minutes, this is what I had…
Nothing could save these poor things! By now they were ALL a gooey, sticky mess. It was then that I pulled up Food Network’s site on my computer and read the reviews…hmmm…not good! <sigh> I also then noticed that on their website they had changed the nougat ingredients to have only one 13 oz jar of marshmallow creme. However at that time I was out of marshmallow and not really wanting to waste more trying anyway.
In the end I rebaked the cupcakes and tried a new recipe in place of the nougat that was mentioned in one of the reviews. It was basically a peanut butter chip ganache. It used 4 oz heavy cream and 8 oz peanut butter chips to make a ganache. This was delicious! Not really the same affect as the initial flavor but in the end still fantastic. You can see the finished cupcakes here: A Candy Kind of Cupcake
By the way, those messy cupcakes above are still fantastic. Just SUCH a mess. The flavor of the nougat is awesome though. I wish it would have worked out!