How to ruin a 7 year olds birthday party…

I will have you know that you taking down your website RUINED my 7 year daughter’s birthday party. My daughter had requested your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake which we served for my husband’s birthday a couple of months ago. Imagine my surprise when I opened up my browser to see that your site is no longer running. How am I supposed to make this cake if you site is down? Why put up a website only to take it down? I waited all Saturday night and all Sunday morning for your site to work, I even went to my neighbors to see if it was my computer. I am beyond upset. I had to serve a store bought cake to my guest and daughter. She was crushed.”

Oh goodie, let’s add Child Birthday Ruiner to my resume shall we, right after ball buster and before dream crusher.

First off, I did not voluntarily take my site down. It crashed. My ex (aka webmaster) was out of town and could not see what was wrong as he was in the sticks with very little connection. It crashed because lots of people are stopping by, which is awesome, but the server I have now can’t support t that. Which we are looking into a new server but we have to upgrade to WordPress 3.0. Which sounds easy, but when we do it, it messes with my blog design. So the blog design has to be fixed, which if you haven’t guessed cost money. So does going to a larger server. So it’s pay the utilities or upgrade my blog. Sorry, but the blog losses out. Feel free to help pay for it if you want. I do have a Pay Pal account…it’s the same address as what is in my contact section…my gmail account.

I’m very sorry that the child’s birthday was ruined and thanks for making me feel like crap. But perhaps if something is so important as your child’s birthday, that next time maybe you will print out the recipe WAY ahead of time. I suggest this to everyone. I planned on making something off my site as well this weekend…and even I couldn’t access it. Was my weekend RUINED? No, I made an alternative to what I was going to make. You, lovely reader, should have had an alternative cake for your child as well. Or hey, how about Google peanut butter chocolate chip cake. It might not have been mine, but it might have worked.

My alternative turned out pretty darn awesome if you ask me. These are Butterscotch-Toffee Blondies that are baked into muffin cups instead of the usually pan. Just mixing it up a little. I love the flavor of butterscotch with toffee, so these were pretty much a no brainer. Serious yum. Top with some vanilla ice cream and some salted caramel sauce left over from my sundaes and HELLO Yumville.
I would actually like to apologize for my site going down. These things happen. I try not for them to happen. Again, if you want to help, feel free. Things might get done faster that way. Or you could pay for a bag of flour. :)

Butterscotch-Toffee Blondie “Muffins”
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp.  Vanilla extract
¾ cup butterscotch chips
¾ cup toffee pieces

Preheat to 325 F.  Grease a regular sized muffin tin that holds 12 muffins.
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars on medium speed.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.  Stir in the vanilla.
Add flour and salt until well combined.
Fold in the butterscotch and toffee pieces, trying to disturb as evenly as possible. Good luck. :)
Using a regular size ice cream scoop, scoop one ice cream scoop per muffin tin. You should get exactly 12. If you did, you scooped too much. If you have left overs, you scooped too little.
Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted near the center comes out clean.  Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.  Remove from pan. Serve with ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

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  1. I have to agree with the other comments – this person is obviously rude and ignorant (a terrible combination). Although I understand the ability of one bad/mean comment (out of 100 good ones) to bring you right down into the dumps. Chin up! The entire world isn’t full of raging idiots, no matter how much it may seem like it sometimes. You’re amazing. Your site is phenomenal. Your recipes defy description. If there are people out there who lack the ability to use Google or, God forbid, open a cook book then it is not your responsibility. Don’t let it get you down!

    Oh, and that butterscotch sauce (and the glorious photograph of said sauce) had me making lustful sounds not entirely appropriate for work. Thanks a lot! :)

  2. Unbelievable! I guess it really does take every kind of person to make the world go ’round.

  3. It’s amazing that people feel they can complain about something they’re getting for free. I think this woman knows very well she dropped the ball but needs someone else to blame for her fail.

  4. I really dislike technology somtimes! Good comeback recipe:-)

  5. First of all, I have to say–total Snickerdoodle synergy! I just baked some Snickerdoodles for a friend and posted them on my blog.

    More seriously, when I was writing for Serious Eats, I remember the first baking recipe I posted told the readers to line the pan with parchment. I didn’t boldface it or stress the recipe was sticky, and one reader posted how miserable she was because she didn’t use parchment, and accused me of ruining her pan.

    I felt just awful–so even though I was laughing hysterically at your post, I can appreciate how bad you felt, even for a moment, no matter how much it wasn’t your fault. :(

    Clearly this woman is a lunatic–and stupid, given she could have Googled the recipe, or another recipe instead. And not printing a birthday cake recipe before ‘the day.’ What if there had been a power outage and she couldn’t get online at all!

    I really feel bad for the child, though–not because of the cake but because clearly something ‘not nice’ is going on in that family and the woman is taking it out on other people.

  6. That was a really great response, haha. And that looks delicious!

  7. Hmmm is it a plugin breaking in 3.0? Or a widget? Do you have a temp server to test the upgrade on? I can play around with it if you like (although if your server can’t handle super high traffic, I’m not sure moving to 3.0 is the solution, although it certainly should be done at some point). I can set up a vanilla 3.0 install and try to get your design to run on it.

  8. My own site was down this weekend as well. It said my blog does not exist. I swear that Blogger is constantly fighting hackers since the moment I e-mailed on their forum my site was up again. How do we spell relief:D

  9. I print your recipes out even when I don’t have a purpose, just so I can drool over them and finally have an excuse to make them! Sorry you were called a birthday ruiner, but you are hardly that! Someone just can’t handle accepting they waited until the last minute and their plan backfired. Not your problem at all. These toffee muffins look phenomenal – the toppings are what sends it over the top!

  10. If she made the cake once – why not keep the print out – or save the recipe in an e-mail like I do. Peabody – you make the world go round! What a burden to bear. xoxo

  11. The level of entitlement that some people possess never ceases to amaze me! I get my share of wacky emails from “readers” too, though not nearly as many as you. I love the ones that demand that I change my blog format/functions, etc., to suit THEM. Yeah, right. I’m going to pay my web designer $$$ to do that just for you! I’m glad that you didn’t take this one on the chin.

    BTW, I did Google “peanut butter chocolate chip cake” and came up with 1,060,000 results. Seems like this clod could have easily come up with an acceptable substitute if she had tried.

  12. I hope this woman is utterly embarrassed after reading this post and all the comments left in your defense.
    People make mistakes and I’m sure after reading your post she will realize what a BIG one she made by blaming you.

    Now let’s see if she sends you an apology?! That would be the decent thing to do.
    Hey lady!! get the hint, you were completely out of line and Peabody deserves an apology!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this with us Peabody.. just makes me appreciate nice people even more :)

  13. Some people! I could understand (possibly…it’s a stretch. she still should have printed it out for such an important event) if this site was a service that we paid for, but this is your PERSONAL blog!!! Some people just need to blame others for their own misfortune it seems. I just made blondies yesterday. I wish I had waited!! These look amazing.

  14. Guess you don’t need another person telling you how gorgeous these look or another person agreeing with the rest of the crew that the woman has some temper issues- poor kid- hope her dad’s got a better sense of courtesy and brains.

    But I do have to say that you’re always inspiring my brain with super wacky recipes!

  15. Oh. My. Lord. I read this yesterday but had to come back today to comment in the hopes that one more comment will help make you feel better. I hope by now you’re able to laugh it off, especially after all of the supportive comments other folks have left for you. The situation is funny on so many levels from her inability to plan ahead to her ineptitude with computers. Aside from the obvious solution of using Google cache is it that difficult to find an equally tasty peanut butter chocolate chip cake on the internet? I’m sure yours was delicious but in such a dire situation as hers I’d imagine she could have lowered her standards enough to use a lesser recipe. Surely anything would be better than a *shudder* store-bought cake.

  16. ButterscotchBB says:

    *stands up from being bent-over laughing hysterically* .. But for real, was that a real, for true e-mail you received?, That HAD to be a tongue-in-cheek piece of fiction!

  17. While I am sorry that the 7 year old’s birthday was “ruined” this was great for me. I am looking for a cake to bake for my mother in law’s birthday this weekend and this will be perfect. Thanks angry mom for bringing it to my attention!

  18. Seriously? Some people!

    This recipe looks insanely delicious! I can’t wait to try it :)

  19. Dear peabody, I went to buy underwear the other day and to my dismay I take an extra large,an extra large!!! damn you! I think this must be your fault! Your blog is the first I read everyday because it makes me smile! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  20. Seriously???? People send emails like that????

    I wouldn’t worry about ruining the birthday party; sounds like it might have been a good life lesson for mom and daughter.

  21. My husband worked for a utility and there was a bad winter storm that took out power for multiple days. My husband volunteered to work in the call center for a few evenings and was told by a lady that he ruined Christmas for all the children. I don’t if that was for all the children of the Seattle area or the world…

  22. Love your blog. My fav is still the snikerdoodle muffin, which my kids LOVE. Never printed out the recipe though. Hope you don’t ruin some random Saturday morning by having your site crash just when I go to make these wonderful delights for my family! Fortunatly for me they are so wonderful that many of your blogger fans have reposted, so I think I’m good.

    Thanks for all you do and I think we’re all hoping that that poor child isn’t scarred for life after that store-bought birthday cake!

  23. Good Lord. Seriously? her options were your fantastic cake or store bought? She had no other ability to find another recipe? Or find the cached page like everyone else could find?

    And in her world this cake-tastrophe was enough to “ruin” a birthday? Her life is clearly terrible. Such trauma over a cake. And I feel sorry for that 7 year old’s sense of entitlement… I sure hope her life isn’t ruined when she doesn’t get a BMW for her 16th birthday and then turns to a life of crime.

    You rock. You know it. :)

  24. Love your sassiness. True story.

  25. Ohmyheavenlygooeyyumminess! Yum, scarumph, drool. It’s so not fair that I’m desugaring right now. Oh and there is a saying isn’t there: “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part…”

  26. Peabody,
    In the spirit of completely asinine comments I would love to blame your site going down for the 14″ snow storm we had this weekend and for the world spinning. I obviously cannot fathom placing the blame where it belongs, so you seem like an appropriate punching bag. Thank you.
    Now, could you create a recipe using my 3 favorite ingredients? Crab, Chocolate and Bell Peppers? Thanks!

    On a serious matter, you are fabulous!

  27. People are insane. You should ALWAYS have a b list of recipes for special occasions. Just saying.

    And THAT being said I can’t believe THIS was a b list recipe. Too amazing.

  28. That lady is an idiot!

  29. @Michelle-It’s a lot more complicated than that. We have to upgrade to 3.0 to go to the server my ex wants us to go on.

  30. First of all, the email you received is hysterical. I can’t believe someone would actually blame you for their incompetence and lack of planning! I’m glad you handled it with humor :)

    Secondly, I was wondering the consistency of the blondies. I, too, made a blondie recipe this weekend that I made up, and it came out too cakey. I think maybe I needed an extra egg and no baking powder/soda…which is exactly what your recipe is like. Were they like a dense, fudgey consistency?


  31. @Amy B- these are more chewy…now I don’t know if it was my recipe or if it was baking them in muffin cups instead.

  32. Internet entitlement strikes again!

  33. You RUINED it! All your fault! You probably set it up on your calendar and timed it to go down around her daughter’s birthday, didn’t you? Seriously, as the operator of a free blog, you need to be held responsible for when people can’t access your site. Who do you think you are? She should call the cops on you.

    People are idiots. #notsarcasm

  34. Wow, I am coming out of lurk mode to comment on that horrible e-mail! I can’t believe someone would ever send that. And, I read through every comment posted because I was sure she would have realized her mistake and apologized… Just be happy to know that the more people criticize, the more of an impact you are making. I love your blog!

  35. IslandBlue says:

    Wow. Just wow. It’s all been said above, so I’m just gonna chime in “love this website, every recipe I have tried has been great and your food photography is stunning.” Thanks you for the effort you put into this site.

    Oh, and I blame you for my weight problem. It could not be my fault. LOL

  36. I want names and addresses! I’m ready to kick some unrealistic butt! I’m all for you!!! Keep it coming, we will support you!

    Gosh….are you responsible for PMS too?????

  37. Don’t let idiots like this upset you. Hubby and I just roared with laughter on reading this email. It will go down in history with the “refund muffins” :) Keep on being yourself.

    PS belatedly, thanks for the feed modifications. It works fine with the yummy photo and brief text giving some idea what to expect.

  38. Oh. my. gosh!

    Bwahaha. Cheers to you for publishing the email. People are just so damn self absorbed.

    I feel kinda bad for that kid and their ‘ruined’ birthday, but it has nothing to do with what cake they had to eat. :<

  39. i love this post, and everyone´s comments. funny!
    everyone is right. the lady is not good at planning or fixing problems. i hope she has learned from this experience. maybe therapy can help.

    cheers to you and your great blog!!!!


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