Here we are, another Tuesday and, I’m sorry to say, another rather short post from me.

This week Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen chose Berry Surprise Cake on pages 273-275. I can’t say I was terribly excited to make this one – I’m not much into berries and I left it until pretty much the last minute. That may explain some of my difficulty…

This week’s P&Q was rife with reports of fallen cakes.  I read everyone’s advice very carefully and swore I would not run into the same problems…if only it were actually that easy!

Before I started I made the decision to make this recipe into cupcakes rather than a full size cake.  It was my hope that the cupcakes would prove more portable and easier to share.  I also opted for strawberries rather than raspberries because they happened to be on sale at the grocery store this week.

Diva Eggs

The eggs and sugar beat up beautifully although it did seem to take longer than 5 minutes to result in this lovely texture.

Sifted dry ingredients

I carefully sifted my dry ingredients making sure they were as light and airy as could be.


I oh-so-very-carefully folded in the dry ingredients and the butter as Dorie described.  I didn’t have the pool of butter on the bottom that Dorie cautioned against, and the batter wasn’t in the least deflated.

prepared cupcake tin

Working quickly yet gently I spooned the batter into the cupcake tin.  The batter seemed to be holding up, so far so good!

I didn’t open the oven door (although I did frequently peer through the window), I didn’t jump or drop things near the oven, I did not in any way disturb the baking cakes.  At 12 minutes in the tops had domed quite nicely, everything looked good.  I couldn’t resist peeking in again and again – at 6 minutes left I watched through the window utterly helpless to prevent it as every single cupcake collapsed on it self leaving me with a dozen pathetic little bowls.  Needless to say I was very disappointed.

I decided to finish out the recipe as best as I could.  I wouldn’t have any cake tops on my cupcakes, but they were quite easy to fill.

Berry Filling

To make my job even easier I decided to combine the cream cheese filling with the berries directly and then spoon the mixture into the waiting cakes.

Berry Cupcake

Here’s a finished cupcake.  It looks pretty enough, but I know that it is all a sham, a culinary illusion.  Oh well – “Prince Charming” thought they were delicious so I guess it wasn’t a total loss.  But I don’t think I’ll be making this one again.

A big thanks to Mary Ann for hosting this week – don’t forget to head over to her site for the full recipe.  And of course, hit the TWD Blogroll to see how everyone else fared.