I love frosting but often I just can’t be a party to it. Although I believe the whole point to cupcakes is the frosting and that every cupcake should have 3 to 1 ratio of frosting to cake. I have a tendency to skip the frosting/ icing. I usually just powder the top of my baked item with confectioners’ sugar and call it delicious! It’s as if my cake is a beautiful woman’s face and my frosting is a smattering of shine control powder. Not all women need foundation. Their natural beauty is enough and so it should be with my baked stuff. Right?
A non-frosted cake can still look delicious and I don’t have to go through the extra effort and extra sugar to provide it. Today I had every intention of not frosting my Applesauce Bars but because of my own ineptitude I was forced to frost.
It was going so well.
Remember how I just had a little of flour left from my recent baking? Well this recipe called for 1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2 a cup of whole wheat flour. Perfect. I also had just enough left over dried cranberries ( not leftover from Thanksgiving thank you very much).
We have a Duggar family sized jar of all-natural applesauce in the refrigerator and that stuff turns bad in a nanosecond. I was thrilled to find a recipe using one whole cup of it!! Hooray and applesauce is a great substitute for oil or butter.
I mix the dry ingredients ( which I always do first, no matter what the recipe says. It’s my least favorite part of baking and I like to get it out of the way just like you would with homework) and then add them the wet and carefully put the sticky batter in a square pan.
I bake it up.
Awhile later as I’m transferring it from one plate to another, almost like a pizza person working their dough into a pie sized piece but without the aerial flipping) I manage to crack my uncut bars down the middle.
Now I get the need for frosting-it’s to hide a variety of mistakes. Suddenly I’m frosting these bars!
The recipe calls for milk and walnuts but I have just a little whipping cream and pecans, and use those instead. I’ve taken somebody else’s recipe and made it my own.
What was used up before it went bad
Sadly I did not use up the applesauce or the pecans. Frosting Fail!
Upon tasting Andy said ” Now I know why Graham on Master Chef lifts his head while tasting-it makes you savor the taste all the more!” In other words, the verdict is tasty!!