And that's what happens to cupcakes when you bake them for 30 minutes before realizing that the baking element in your oven has not only died, but broken clean in half. I can deal with the loss of potential delicious peanut butter cup cupcakes, but they were actually for a friend to present to his wife for her birthday, which obviously didn't work out. And that makes me extra sad.
I know it's possible to purchase a new baking element and replace it. I also know that a new baking element only costs $30-$40. I also know where said baking element can be purchased. I even know what the store hours are for the store to purchase the baking element. But what's a girl to do when she already hates the stove she has with the white hot passion of a thousand suns? The girls says "Honey, I need to buy a new stove." And well-trained Honey says "Ok."
So off we went to Home Depot to look for a new oven. I am evidently the only surviving person who hates (again, with the white hot passion of a thousand suns) the smooth top stoves. Home Depot had 2, yes 2, electric coil stoves. And both were unacceptable to me.
So we went off to Best Buy, where we found 1 electric coil stove, which was even less acceptable than the ones at HD. We happened upon a very helpful salesman who directed me to the store website where I found the perfect one. Except that it can't be here until next Wednesday. Sigh.
I guess I will have to go visit my mom and borrow her stove to re-do the failed cupcakes. I don't want to wait a week to remedy the problem - I have the frosting all prepared and waiting in my fridge.
I will have to go a week, A WEEK, without using my oven. I may cry a little bit. I do love me some baked foods.
No baked potatoes for a week? Oh, wait. I can use my crock pot. I might make it after all.