I’m going to tell you right now that these cupcakes almost did not make it to the blog.
It was a tragedy of epic proportions.
In order for you to understand the severity of the situation, let me take you back a few days to Friday night. It was late, the boys were hanging out in the living room, and a certain pregnant lady was in her kitchen working on cupcakes for her website.
Of course, she didn’t FEEL like working on cupcakes right then, but she was headed to Portland early Tuesday morning to meet a friend and go to Forks to be Twilight geeks, after which they would head to the BlogHer Food Conference in Seattle. So she needed to get a few recipes stowed away before her trip.
After preparing the cupcakes, cleaning the kitchen, and putting them in the spare fridge in the garage (where they should be SAFE FOR A NIGHT), she collapsed in an exhausted heap because did I mention that she is pregnant.
The next morning, after getting up and preparing blueberry muffins for the family (from a box, but still), she set up her backdrop and props and went to the refrigerator to retrieve the cupcakes.
Most of the cupcakes were missing. There were only three left, not enough for the photo she had envisioned.
Frantically her mind raced. And sadly…there was only one explanation.
She called her husband, who wasn’t home.
“I thought,” said the husband, “that those were the cupcakes you made for our Memorial Day cookout and they were old, so I gave them away”.
“The ones I made for Memorial Day had canned frosting slapped on and sprinkles. These had frosting PIPED ON WITH COOKIES ON TOP OMGWHATWEREYOUTHINKING?!?!?”, she calmly replied.
Okay. She was not calm.
“WHAT DID YOU THINK I WAS DOING ALL LAST NIGHT?!?” she asked.
It turned out, the husband isn’t always paying attention. Especially when shows involving swamp people or pawn shop owners is on.
The husband was very sorry. But the pregnant wife was beyond reason. Heartburn was burning a hole in her chest, pre-trip preparations had her overwhelmed, and her husband was giving away her hard work all willy-nilly.
“Well,” she said… “I was up late last night, working hard to earn money for OUR FAMILY, while I am carrying your CHILD, and you just GAVE my hard work away. YOU, SIR…just spat in my face!!!!”
Then he said she was taking things too far but the woman still disagrees about that.
Then she made the photo work with three cupcakes, thanking fate that he hadn’t taken one more, and then she ate one and it was really good.
Also, I may have forgotten to mention that she is pregnant.
French Vanilla Cupcakes with a Vanilla Wafer bottom are filled with Banana Cream Pudding and topped with French Vanilla frosting and more Vanilla Wafers.
You want one, don’t you?
Of course, I will be documenting my dorky Twilight adventures on Instagram, so feel free to follow. Maybe I’ll even meet a real vampire. I bet vampire husbands don’t give unphotographed cupcakes away.
Banana Pudding Cupcakes
- Box of Vanilla Wafers
- French Vanilla Cake Mix, plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare
- Small box instant Banana Cream pudding
- 1 3/4 cups cold milk
- 1 cup cold milk
- Small box instant French Vanilla pudding
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 4 oz whipped cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 oz tub)
- 8 oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin cups with liners and set aside.
2. Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Prepare cupcake batter as called for on box instructions and fill liners 2/3 full. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Place on baking racks to cool.
3. While cupcakes cool, prepare frosting: In a large bowl, whisk together milk, pudding, and powdered sugar until thick and smooth. Whisk in cream cheese until fully blended, then fold in Cool Whip. Place in the refrigerator for an hour to firm.
4. Prepare filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together cold milk and banana pudding mix until thick, about 2 minutes. Once cupcakes are cool, cut a circle from the middle using a small knife and fill with pudding.
5. In a large Ziploc bag, crush 2 dozen vanilla wafers. When frosting has firmed, pipe or frost on cupcakes and sprinkle with crushed cookies. Top with a whole cookie.
Store uneaten cupcakes in the refrigerator.