It calls to me, saying:
Hey, yeah you! Moron, betchya can't do this!
Usually, it is right. But this time? I owned it. Well, mostly. If the end result tastes good we can't be too critical, right?
After the fiasco that I felt was my Hogwarts cake, I was craving simplicity. I also had two boxes of unused cake mix and a mother-in-law in town. So I just had to act all domestic-ish so that she doesn't panic that her baby boy is dying of starvation whilst in my clutches.
I had seen this on Pintercrack a few times, and really, with two ingredients ... pumpkin puree and cake mix ... how could anyone screw that up?
Here is the complex ingredient list. I debated adding cinnamon or something, but I figured we'd just play it safe this one time and follow the ever so simple instructions as they were found in the pin.
The only deviation I made was that I happened to have a can (gawd knows why) of pumpkin puree, but I had the 29 oz size. Recipe calls for 15 oz, but I also had two cake mixes and the recipe only called for one. I figured I could double it and be okay.
So I dumped my cake mixes into a big old bowl.
Then I added the pumpkin, I started to mix it around with a spoon a bit just so it was slightly incorporated before I dug out my hand mixer that hadn't been used in ages.
I was panicking a bit here. The mother in law was right there in the kitchen saying something smelled good.
I said a little prayer in which I may or may not have promised my next born (if I have one) and the secession of bad word usage forever. I figure the Almighty is well aware I am no good on either of those promises, especially the former, anyway, but I was graced with kindness anyway ...
It suddenly looked right.
So I busted out muffin cups and got busy loading them up and sticking them in my little counter top convection oven thingy.
I'd like to leave the story there. But I am too honest a person, and simply cannot. *Sigh*
The little oven do-dad was on broil. The first six muffins went in and when the time was up I was puzzled why they seemed to be cooking nicely on top and not all the way through ... but I never checked the setting.
By the end of the first dozen I noticed my mistake and fixed it for the last dozen with no one noticing.
Since there are no eggs or "raw" ingredients in this, I wasn't too worried, and honestly I think the first dozen are almost better than the second.
I don't know that I would purposely do it, but the "fail that could have been" turned out okay. My mother-in-law thinks I know what I am doing (obviously not a reader of my blog) and all was well and tastey.