This past Sunday, Brandon and I invited his parents over for dinner to celebrate his dad’s birthday.
For weeks now, I’ve been super excited about the dessert I had planned to make for George.
He loves Golden Oreos …
… so I had the brilliant idea of making cupcakes with Golden Oreos.
I found a recipe on a blog that called for regular Oreos, and I figured I would just substitute Golden Oreos!
So I crushed my Oreos …
… and folded them into the batter.
Then I held my breath while they were baking. The result?
They tasted more like muffins than cupcakes. Not bad, but definitely not suitable for a birthday.
So I decided to move to “Plan B” … make the buttercream frosting with crushed Oreos, and then just put the frosting on cupcakes made from a box mix.
But then the frosting came out with a weird texture.
OK, forget Plan B. Time was ticking, so I had no choice but to go with …
… Plan C!
I ran to the store and grabbed a box of Funfetti cake mix and Funfetti frosting.
I ran home, quickly mixed the batter, and threw them in the oven. After a quick frosting, I stuck a Golden Oreo into the top of each cupcake. Done deal.
Kristen’s Lesson of the Day:
Do not attempt a new recipe on the day of a big event!
For the dinner portion of the evening, I chose to make my Crispy Apricot Pork Chops, Oniony Potatoes (using a pack of Lipton Onion Mix), and a new recipe (I know I know, but this one actually worked! ) …
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
(Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart’s “Great Food Fast”)
- 2 bunches of asparagus (I used the skinny asparagus)
- 1.5 tbsp oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Approx. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Remove ends of the asparagus. Wash and dry asparagus.
- Put asparagus on cookie sheet and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss asparagus around to coat evenly, then spread the asparagus on the cookie sheet so that it isn’t all bunched up.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Put baking sheet in oven for 10-15 minutes, until tender.
I was so excited to dig in, that I forgot to take a picture until I was halfway done with my meal … oops!
George doesn’t really like vegetables, and Brandon cringed when I said I was making asparagus, but George ate his serving! He said it was good … and I’m going to choose to believe him.
Personally, I really enjoyed this side dish. It was super simple, but had a nice flavor and the asparagus didn’t get soggy. I will definitely make this one again!
Question for ya …
What did I do wrong? Why would the cupcakes taste like muffins? Too much flour??
Ever had to go with Plan B or Plan C? Tell me about it!