With 5 kids, birthdays seem to happen quite a bit at our house. My son's birthday was this past weekend and besides his cake, he needed cupcakes to share with his class. I thought this would be a perfect time to use food storage. (they will never know, hehe) I substituted white beans for the oil called for in the boxed cake mix that I used. (white beans for yellow cake, black beans for chocolate cake)
I followed the cake mix exactly like it says on the cake mix box except for the oil. My cake mix called for 1/3 C oil and I simply added 1/3 C pureed white beans instead. They bake up just as moist and fluffy as oil baked cupcakes.
My son wanted a Lego birthday and I found a Lego chocolate mold so we made Lego pieces to sit on top of the cupcakes. After melting the chocolate I thought if I hadn't used the microwave to melt the chocolate I could have used my Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker as a double boiler and melted the chocolate that way. Why do I always think of these things after??