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Giving Thanks

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Scroll back a few posts, and you may notice a conspicuous lack of holiday cheer. While every other blogger on the face of the planet has already mapped out and shared recipes for their entire Thanksgiving dinners, or provided decorating tips for impressing the folks, or even prepared you with ideas for dealing with all those leftovers, I haven’t even said a peep about today’s festivities. It’s not that I hate Thanksgiving, and I certainly have a whole lot to be thankful for this year, but… When I realized how quickly these holidays would just keep on coming now, and before you know it, I would have squandered yet another year’s worth of merriment, well, I just went into denial. Maybe if I didn’t pay attention, it wouldn’t really happen. Of course, this is perhaps the worst plan you could ever try, because then you’ll wake up on the morning of Thanksgiving and realize you have absolutely nothing to bring to the family feast.

It’s easy to see what happened next… Quickly piling flour, sugar, and spices into the mixing bowl, cranking up the oven, and doling out paper liners at the speed of light, I figured it I could easily bake my way out of this mess. Cupcakes take no time to slap together and everyone loves them! My only word of advice here: It’s a good idea to measure your ingredients. “Why, who on earth would go about willy-nilly and not measure their ingredients?! Don’t you know that could lead to some horrible cupcake tragedy?” Um…. that would be me.

So, out of the oven came these mini cakes that looked like ground zero for multiple atomic bombs, and I only have so much time before the whole family piles into the car and takes off for Grandma’s house. Crap. Okay, should you ever find yourself in this sort of mess, don’t panic: go back to basics and think, what makes everything better? Chocolate, of course!

Good, good, they’re looking better already! Fill up those cavernous indents with ganache and I seriously doubt anyone would complain. Give ‘em a quick chill in the fridge, and you’re ready to cover up your error with a nice thick pile of creamy frosting. No one will be the wiser to your baking faults!

Then, just to tie it all together, a cheerful nonpareil makes it look like you intended to include a chocolate filling all along. Nice work, now you don’t have to come to the party empty handed! So on that note, I hope that my gingerbread cupcakes with chocolate ganache and lemon frosting are received well, because I’ve gotta get going!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving; I hope that you planned your celebration out better than I did!

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

26 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. mmm, those cupcakes are some of my favourites, and excellent save!

  2. Well saved!

    Happy thanksgiving Hannah!

  3. Hannah, I absolutely LOVE how you fixed the deflated cupcakes!! brilliant!! I probably would have just thrown out the batch, and cried, haha. Oh my goodness and those gingerbread cupcakes are the epitome of perfection – so festive too!!

    Happy holidays, my dear friend!! :0)

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Those cupcakes craved some chocolate, that’s why they sank. Well done!

  5. Oh, you are so clever! I would have thrown the whole batch on the floor and had a hissy fit!! I think your “new” version would be extremely delicious – perhaps even better than *without* the chocolate ganache! Because Lord knows I love chocolate ganache!

  6. OK – those are just about the most beautiful “mistakes” I have ever seen in my life. Very impressive!

  7. Brilliant! You should post the recipe for cupcakes with built-in chocolate receptacles!

  8. Sadly, I’ve done this more than a few times. :D I usually just fill it up with extra frosting… but I like your idea a lot better. Mmm, ganachey!

  9. Gosh I think we have ALL done this ,one time or the other!
    Good save though!
    I would have thrown them out(and then felt guilty..lol)
    (wipes drool of off monitor..lol)
    ((hugs))

  10. I don’t celebrate thanksgiving, but…

    Mmmmmh, chocolate!!!

  11. Hannah, you are an artist, my dear friend! Look at these cupcakes! You not only “saved” them, but you made them even more beautiful and delicious!

  12. Haha what a wonderful idea~!

  13. This this an awesome idea—very creative & delicious, too!

  14. Wow excellent cupcake save. :) You could’ve written this post as though you intended to do it and I wouldn’t have noticed it was a mistake! They look great.

  15. Great save- those look wonderful!
    If it makes you feel any better, I’m really bad at advance planning, too. I didn’t decide what to eat for Thanksgiving until the day before… and I’m making handmade x-mas gifts this year, which… uh… I really should get started on…

  16. Well, I’ll be…. who will ever know, except your lurkers and the 17 of us? Great Save!

  17. ingenious! nice flavors – now you’ll have people trying to make sunken cupcakes….

  18. Yum! :D Looks yummy. Are you still in the area? Come visit meeeeeee~!

    BTW. You’ve probably seen this already, but just in case -

    http://housewares.about.com/od/smallappliances/p/soyabella.htm

    I saw it on TV and thought of you <3

  19. I so wanna be able to bake more often! I think I’m gonna try cookies today though – cupcakes are a thing with my baby girl! :) those look great -

  20. Excellent recovery! they look even more delicious than if they’d never caved and needed the ganache in the first place :)

  21. those look really yummy!!!! What a great way to save the day! ;)

  22. Those look fantastic. Hehehe…I brought nothing to both of the Thanksgiving feasts that I attended, except for my empy stomach. My excuse is that I am preggo.

  23. Great job saving them, they look absolutely fantastic! Hope you had great Thanksgiving!

  24. Well, they certainly LOOK lovely!

  25. Wow, i had a similar disaster for Thanksgiving, but i ended up throwing mine away…

    nothing like flat chocolate sawdust to spoil a thanksgiving dessert.

    the final cupckae looks delish. probably better than just regular ginger cupcakes!

    yum yum! i wish i could hang over your shoulder while cooking, i would learn a few things!

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