“Plan C.”

This past Sunday, Brandon and I invited his parents over for dinner to celebrate his dad’s birthday. Gift with a bow

For weeks now, I’ve been super excited about the dessert I had planned to make for George.

He loves Golden Oreos …

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… 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! Thumbs up

So I crushed my Oreos …

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… and folded them into the batter.

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Then I held my breath while they were baking.  The result?

They tasted more like muffins than cupcakes. Annoyed  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. Annoyed

OK, forget Plan B.  Time was ticking, so I had no choice but to go with …

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… Plan C!

I ran to the store and grabbed a box of Funfetti cake mix and Funfetti frosting.

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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!

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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! Winking smile) …

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Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

(Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart’s “Great Food Fast”)

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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.

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  • Sprinkle with cheese.

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  • Put baking sheet in oven for 10-15 minutes, until tender.

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I was so excited to dig in, that I forgot to take a picture until I was halfway done with my meal … oops! Winking smile

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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. Smile with tongue out

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!



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14 Responses to “Plan C.”

  1. Jessica

    Your cupcake recipe made me think of this recipe I saw on a blog: http://picky-palate.com/2011/09/15/oreo-and-peanut-butter-brownie-cakes/ She seems to have many recipes involving Oreos…yum!

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    haha love your perserverence! i don’t think golden oreos have as much “oreo” flavor as the regular kind, so that might be why you had trouble with the first batch!
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  3. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw I’m sorry about your baking blunders!! That’s something that would happen to me haha. And you can’t go wrong with funfetti…I really want some now!
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  4. Kat

    yup this basically ALWAYS happens to me!! Ive learned to test the recipe out first if I want to try a new one. Making it the day of only leads to disaster!!
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  5. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Girl – I have so been there! One night my in-laws were coming for dinner and my husband was going to grill steaks. I was just going to keep it simple with roasted sweet potatoes, salad, and bread. Then he got called out on a fire call and didn’t get to come home to thaw or cook the steaks. I got home ten minutes before they were supposed to be there with NOTHING to cook except the sides… I decided to thaw out some ground beef as quick as humanly possible and make a “cheeseburger casserole” that I knew they liked. I went to make my biscuits to put on top and was out of buttermilk… so I made my own. I was so frustrated and flustered, but it turned out great and they loved it. :)

    Roasted asapagus is the BOMB!

  6. Janelle

    I almost always have to fall back on my Plan B/C – I guess I never learned the lesson of trying a recipe before the day of an event! Haha. And I’m stealing that asparagus recipe, that looked awesome!
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  7. Theresa

    There has only been a handful of times that i’ve made cupcakes from scratch but it might have been a problem with the balance of the cookies and ingredients in the batter..it might be hard to work the premade cookies in the batter and have them still come out “cupcakey”

    I have definitely learned my lesson with preparing recipes beforehand…especially with my recent experience making eggplant rollatini..the first time i made it, it was subpar, but we adjusted the recipe the second time and it came out SO much better!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, I’ve had a few issues with both cakes and cupcakes from scratch. Brownies and cookies, no problem. Cake-y desserts seem to be the issue for me!

  8. Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well.

    I just did this the other day! I tried out a brand new recipe (super healthy, almost completely sugar-free brownie) right before my guests arrived…I think they were just being nice when they said it was good :( Oh well! Less learned!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Lesson learned for both of us! ;)

  9. Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Whoa, cookies into cupcakes. That sounds SO good! Although, maybe the cookies themselves made them taste like muffins? I know oreos lose some of their flavor when baked..so maybe the golden ones bake to taste like muffins.

    • notsodomesticated

      Yeah the Golden Oreos definitely baked into the “cupcakes” (or muff-cakes, as my husband refers to them haha!). Oh well, it was a nice try! ;)

  10. Pamela

    Kristen, that is such a funny story! Sorry your cupcakes didn’t turn out how you like them, but it looks like your main dish was excellent! I make a similar asparagus, and even roasted cauliflower like you described, and I love it! It’s never soggy, just perfect, and the cheese gives it a little saltiness that is so good! Glad you got to celebrate your father-in-law so well!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, the cheese gives the asparagus just that hint of saltiness. So yummy!

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