Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why i shouldn't experiment without BEN!!!

Today I'm not feeling the best (think I'm getting a head cold yuk!). So to try make myself feel better i decided to do some cooking. I pulled out one of my 4 ingredients books and found a nice sounding cake recipe*. So i said to my cowboy we would bake a cake while blue eyes is sleeping. While i was getting it all ready cowboy suggested to do cupcakes (muffins as we only have a muffin tin be he doesn't mind, more to eat!) and i thought what a wonderful idea. Even though i had never made this cake before i thought why not. And then i asked cowboy if he wanted to make it different colours, that went down with a loud yelling YES!!! Off we went making the cake putting it in the muffin tray. All going well so far even with a little helper..

Here they are before going in the oven.

After a few minutes in the oven, i had an after thought.... i think they might overflow... Cowboy and i checked them, and what do you know they are starting to overflow...

Usually when i want to experiment Ben is here, and he is my voice of reason. He talks me out of doing things that he knows instantly wont work. Me on the other hand am not thinking about what happens in the middle to get to the finished product, just the fun idea of multi coloured muffins!! Luckily i made it in time to put a tray on the bottom rack so i wouldn't have burnt mixture and smoke all through the house, my brain works sometimes lol..

Once they had finished cooking, not as much at dripped off as i thought was going to.

How they looked upon coming out of the oven. Not burnt either cooked just perfectly!

The offcuts after trimming.

The final result after trimming, they looked pretty good after alot more work for a pretty simple recipe!
Now to something i made this morning that had no problems with it!

Pasta Salad! We love pasta salad. I think it works out every time i make it because pasta is easy to cook and so are boiled eggs! I can't really fail with it!

Tonight we will have roast chicken with the salad, i was going to do this today as well. But after the muffin incident i think i might leave it to Ben when he gets home from work!
Hope your having better luck with your baking! xo
* 1,2,3,4 CAKE
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of self raising flour
  • 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 140c.

Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes or until pale and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time.

Beating well between eggs.

Fold through sifter flour.

Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours (cover with alfoil if cake is Browning to quickly.) Cool in tin before turning out.


  1. I've done that before ;) Icing covers many sins! The pasta salad looks good, any chance of a recipe for that?

    Glad cooking is such a hit at your house with the kidlets - it's the same here, although Sam just wants to try and play with everything. Caitlin is really getting the hang of it! oxox

  2. I ran out of icing :(:( so i couldn't cover it :( You want to know something really funny, the recipe for the salad is a spin off from the brodies salad we use to make when we worked there hahaha. Its fairly easy, i was going to type it in here but realised it will take up alot of room!! i will email it to you :):) The boys love cooking/baking but get easily distracted and i end up doing their jobs lol They are getting better tho! xo

  3. Thanks for the email - I'll make it with Caitlin for dinner tomorrow night oxox will do a potato salad tonight and some kind of quiche-type thing lol!