The above picture is proof positive that no matter how badly you mess something up…you can usually figure out a way to salvage it.
It’s been awhile since I’ve had to fess up to a blog post going terribly awry, so I suppose I was due. :-) But when you consider I post 7 days a week….I guess my average is still pretty good!
Besides, I blame my nephew Cameron (Bam Bam’s BBQ) for this one!
Today’s post is brought to you by Box Tops For Education. (No, they’re not the “failure” part of this post, that comes later.) I am not being paid anything to do this post, I agreed to do it because I happen to think it’s a great cause AND because over the course of the last 19 years since my oldest started kindergarten (yikes!) I have probably donated a small fortune in Box Tops. Oh, and I can’t forget the fact that there were Molten Chocolate Cupcakes involved!
America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through Box Tops for Education since the program started in 1996, including nearly $50 million just since this time last year!
More than 90,000 K-8 schools participate in the program and the money they bring in goes towards things such computers and computer software, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Lots of good stuff going on there.
The great thing about this program is how easy it is to get involved! Just buy one of the over 240 brands that participate in this program, cut out the box tops and send them to school! Each box top earns the school 10 cents. Pretty much a no-brainer. Especially when you consider the yummy stuff you can make with the products you buy!
When Box Tops For Education asked me to promote this program they sent me this “Pantry Stock Up” box which I donated to my local food bank (and which one of you will win…more on that later). But also in the box was a recipe for Molten Chocolate Cupcakes that I couldn’t stand to part with. :-) In fact, I decided I simply MUST make some. I should have quit while I was ahead. :-)
Back to my nephew Cameron. I was working on these cupcakes when he dropped by to say, “Hi”. This was a rare appearance for him so I was happily surprised! Problem is I’m not much of a multi-tasker when it comes to baking and talking at the same time and before I knew what had happened……THIS had happened!
OK…maybe it’s not COMPLETELY his fault. There were a few variables in play while baking these that most likely were the culprits. First of all I used a gluten-free cake mix, which in my experience is always a little unpredictable…but more importantly…I couldn’t find my regular sized cupcake/muffin tin ANYWHERE (I’m pretty sure the hubster is to blame for that one, but I can’t prove it!) so I was forced to use this MINI cupcake pan and I may have overfilled them a wee bit.
There, are you satisfied!? I admit it! It’s ALL my fault! :-) Cameron was an innocent bystander in all of this.
But on a positive note….I did manage to salvage most of the mess and turned Molten Chocolate Cupcakes into………..
Molten Chocolate Mini Cupcake Bites!
In a 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until thick.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 24 large muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly. Place 1/4 cup batter in each muffin cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon cold chocolate mixture on top of batter in center of each cup.
Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 1 minute. carefully remove from pan; place on cooking parchment paper. Cool 10 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with strawberry slices. Serve warm. Store loosely covered.
Amazing what a little frosting can do huh? :-) I have to admit, for a blog post FAIL, these turned out pretty tasty!!!
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