This week’s cupcakes were … interesting.  Abby’s idea was to have savory cornbread muffins, with a savory cream cheese frosting, again from one of the winning cupcakes on Cupcake Wars.  Yeah … it was a winner on there, but I don’t think we followed what they did quite close enough.

The cornbread muffin was easy – I used my awesome gluten-free cornbread recipe (see here) and made it into muffins.  That was easy, the batch made about 12 muffins.  I also chopped up some spring onions (kind of like the shallots they used on the show), and added some dairy-free cheese into them.  I liked the muffins by themselves – they were light and fluffy with a hint of the savory-ness (is that a word?)

And then the frosting.  I had some dairy-free chive and onion cream cheese that I had bought to have on my gluten-free bagels (there are some advantages of living in the US and access to all these sorts of foods!).  So we used that, and added some dairy-free margarine and then … some powdered sugar to make it into a normal cream cheese frosting.  I think that was our downfall.  I think I should have watched the episode to find out how to keep the frosting savory.  I just don’t think it worked.  

2015-11-08 'Ruth' Savory cornbread muffins

But, having said that, I handed them out to the ladies at my Bible Study and 3 out of 4 who took them (after cautionary warnings from me) said they liked it.  Only one ended up throwing it into the garbage!

So, lessons learned:

  • cornbread muffins are awesome!
  • savory cornbread muffins are awesome!
  • savory cream cheese frosting … needs more work.  I found out later that Abby thought they just whipped the cream cheese and dolloped it on top – that would have worked!

And why they’re called Ruth … this is all part of Abby’s attempt to bring the Bible into our baking.  Check out Ruth 2:2 (NASB) – And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.”  Some translations use ‘corn’ for ‘grain’ … I thought it was a good reference!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our … ahem … failure.  Hopefully our next cupcake attempt will reap (!) better results!

Until next time, enjoy cooking at home … with kids!

Sarah (and Abby)

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