Pinterest Failure Morphs into Success!

I have never been much of a baker.  To me, it takes a person who has a healthy respect for math and measurements to be a successful one.  I am more of a cook, going with gut feel or eyeballing amounts is more my style.

When a friend of mine asked me to bring something sweet to her holiday party I decided to forgo my usual route (buying cookies at Target) and try to actually make something.  I had seen the idea for Santa Hat Brownies  on Pinterest, and decided to give it a whirl.  How hard could it be?  You use boxed brownie mix and stick some strawberries on top.  The result?

 FAILURE

 I had forgotten that I have never been able to successfully cut brownies out of a pan without having them crumble immediately.  This is precisely what happened when I tried to cut out the cute looking round brownie bites that are shown in the picture (I should mention I was trying to use a shot glass to get the brownies out of a pan).  Here is picture of the results:

So back to square one.  I was about to give up but I had already bought a ridiculous number of strawberries and I wasn’t about to let them go to waste.  Think, think think…

Ah Ha!  Betty Crocker has been a long time friend of mine and she had just the solution.  Instead of making brownies for the base I decided to whip up Betty’s famous Chocolate Cake mix, and make mini cupcakes (for some random reason I had all the ingredients I needed in my kitchen).  I also decided to go with Betty’s Vanilla Buttercream frosting instead of the Mascarpone Buttercream that is recommended in the recipe.  I don’t own any frosting decorating bags, and I am not about to invest in any, so I threw the frosting into a zipped sandwich bag and cut off one of the corners.  The result this time?

 SUCCESS!

 Yummy Santa Hat Cupcakes for everyone to share!

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