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. Mmmm….I love butterscotch. Have you made buttermilk syrup before? It is buttery, sweet and slightly salty.


  3. What the heck is wrong with people? I can’t even fathom the insanity required to send that email!

    The butterscotch looks freaking amazing.

  4. I seriously hope someone did not write something like that to you. If so, how could they not have printed it out before? Good grief. The blondies look amazing! Sorry for the site trouble. I hope you have a good week!

  5. I was waiting for the humor to come out of the message from this person. It didn’t. Really?

    I completely agree that if the birthday happiness HINGED on a specific recipe it should have been printed months ago in triplicate with a copy stored in a safe deposit box.

    Peabody, I’m sorry finances are tight but please don’t let comments as this deter you from continuing your exploration of foody bliss. There are far many more of us who really appreciate you.

  6. What the hell is wrong with people??????? Bet it makes you love your dog and bunny all the more. :}

  7. Global warming is all your fault, too, isn’t it? ;) This looks so delicious and the caramel puts it over the top!!

  8. Good grief. Hope this is a better week/weekend for you than the last one.

    Blondies look awesome!! :)

  9. i don’t like to judge, but, it sounds like someone has deeper problems, than your site going down and not being able to make a cake and ruining a 7yr old’s birthday (for real?). I have a 7 year old and let’s just say I wasn’t able to make a certain cake for her. She, AND I would be like “oh well” and move on. Like I said, the person who wrote that might have other issues, to be so incensed that she would dole out a flogging via keyboard.

  10. I had to wait a whole day to make the double corn cornbread muffins!! I could have been upset, but then I decided to make pistachio-blueberry mini cakes instead. Made the cornbread muffins today (yum!).

    You know what this means, don’t you? You will have to keep this blog going live each and every day for the rest of eternity!!! ;) Otherwise you will ruin some other day in this lady’s life. (Its always someone else’s fault, isn’t it…) :p

  11. Well that lady sounds a complete basket case. Don’t let her craziness bring you down.

    This looks awesome by the way…I could go for a few right now :)

  12. That is ridiculous and unfair to you. If it’s that important, you print it off ahead of time. And you explain to your child that sometimes things happen and we have to change plans, but we can still have a fun birthday party.

    But the PB chocolate chip cake does sound delicious – I am on the hunt for a birthday cake for my husband’s March birthday. I am going to go look it up now!

  13. F*ck ‘em, Gracie. Write for you and only you. You weren’t hired to share your “concoctions”, therefore no one – NO ONE – has a right to say anything like that woman did. I’m sorry you had to receive that. :(

    The blondie sounds awesome and looks even better. Thanks for SHARING it with us. 99.9% of us are very grateful for you, your blog, your stories and how you share the goodies you come up with even though you don’t have to.

    Love you, Gracie! xoxoxoxo

  14. People are f*cking nuts. Don’t let someone like that ruin your day! Like there aren’t millions of other recipes she could’ve found on the internet. Yours do look the yummiest tho :)

  15. Dear Lovely Reader/Hate Mail Writer,

    Your failure to plan is in no way Pea’s responsibility.
    Things happen. While I’m sure your daughter was bummed about not having peanutbutter cake, your reaction probably bummed her out even more.

    When life hands you lemons, make lemon swirl cheesecake bars.

  16. Michelle M. says:

    That looks divine….however for the lady she needs to get a grip on reality! Does she own a printer? She should have been planning in advance because things happen…I wonder how she acts when serious things go wrong wow.

  17. Ugh, I don’t know what is wrong with people! This is a FREE website, not a paid service that this woman has subscribed to, and thus you have no obligation to anyone! Don’t feel bad at all or feel like you need to be sorry – this woman is clearly a little crazy.

    Also, for future reference, when sites go down, you can often access the text content through the cache on google or something like the wayback machine. Don’t know if that would have helped here, but just something to know in this type of situation in the future! :)

    And finally, just wanted to say I love this site! Of all the food blogs I visit, I feel like I read yours for WAY more than the recipes (although those are also wonderful) – you’re a fantastic writer and I love hearing your stories!

  18. OMG, I can’t believe how rude some peole are! I also love that because your website was down she had to serve store bought cake. Apparently you have the only recipe out there for home made cake.

  19. Oh cripe, what a drama queen!

    Butterscotch…drools. :D

  20. Hey Peabody, I design websites for WordPress on the side. Id love to help you out. Shot me an email if you want.
    PS – LOVE this post.

  21. Dear Angry Mother with limited problem solving skills:

    Please try practicing a “24 Hour Grievance Waiting Period” as it will help you to not send emotionally charged ridiculous emails that you cannot take back.

    Also..Happy Birthday to your daughter, 7 is such a fun age. I hope she got past the cake tragedy and was able to enjoy her special day.

  22. Do you need some help with wordpress?

  23. Cheryl Newton says:

    Hi, Peabody,
    As if you haven’t had enough trouble with pain-in-the-butt readers lately, do these bake at 350? Recipe says 32. Just wanted to double-check.

  24. Firefox has an addon that is scrapbook function. Works great for these reasons. It’s saved on your pc so the only way you can not have the recipe is if your computer crashes. *sigh* people

  25. Well, I’m glad you’re back. And thanks for coming back with this kick-ass confection.

  26. @Zazzy-it’s not word press that is the issue. My blog design runs on 2.9, when we upgrade to 3.0 things get messed up or completely go bye-bye.

  27. Some people are just ignorant and like to blame. They could have taken down or printed the recipe if it was for such an important occasion (like the daughter’s birthday), and not wait till the last minute.
    On the other hand, the muffin, absolute food porn ><

  28. Good. Grief.

    Seriously woman, calm the eff down. If it was that important, you should have printed it off a long time ago.

    Sorry Peabody. When that kind of crap happens to me, I call myself the “Dream-Crusher”. I act like I’m a super hero… dream crusher, dah dah DAH!

  29. You’re awesome, amazing, and eff anybody that thinks otherwise. She’s obviously not all that with it, and I cannot believe anybody would actually react that way, much less write that to you.

    This looks amazing and I’m going to have to make it pretty darn soon. I’m a sucker for butterscotch anything!

  30. Ugh, the entitlement of some people routinely astounds me. I’m sure her daughter won’t be scarred for life!

    PS – I think you probably meant 325 degrees, not 32 :)…at that temp they might take a few days to bake!

  31. Please don’t let one whack job get under your skin or make you feel bad. I’d say she pretty much rates in the cellar as bad mom for not thinking ahead or, yes, googling the recipe. She’s a goober and you rock.

  32. wow. insanity. having made the recipe a few months ago you’d think there’d be a printed copy instead of being All Your Fault.

    simply insanity.

    please don’t apologize – these things happen. I send a sorry it happened YOUR way, because I know it’s a frustrating thing to go through.

    that kind of person serves as perspective for me – so glad I’m fairly happy and positive and don’t over react or place blame. insanity!

  33. You ruined my day cause there is a lot of yucky caramel on my screen. Ewww!


  34. Good Grief! I can’t believe someone actually sent that email! That is SO tacky.

    These butterscotch toffee muffins look AWESOME!!!! I will be making them soon. I think I’ll go ahead and print the recipe out. Don’t want my week ruined in case your site crashes! ;)

  35. What a fabulous dessert. Blondies into muffins?? Amazing!!

    Don’t let that comment bring you down. The server crashing was not your fault at all. It is their fault for not printing the recipe ahead of time or finding an alternative. There are far more important things to get upset over.. but dessert?? Please plenty of dessert options times infinite!

  36. Jeeeeze Peabody, here you go again effin up people’s lives by baking awesome yummy treats! How dare you?!?

    I will dream about caramel tonight, I can’t bake it right now and I’m having a baby on wednesday so maybe I should print the recipe just in case I don’t have internet when I decide to bake it! ;) ;)

    Love to luv ya!

  37. LOL, what is wrong with people?? Please don’t let her make you feel like crap; you did nothing wrong. If it was really that important she would have printed out that recipe months ago!

  38. thing is, she made the recipe a couple months ago.

    likely, she has it somewhere.

    you make days better. your stories are inspiring. i keep thinking about what you said about girls and their images, and i swear you have made me more confident.


  39. Oh Lawd. There are children dying of malnutrition in Africa as we speak. I shall now play the world’s saddest song on the tiniest violin for this crestfallen and aggrieved reader -.-

  40. Some people are such dicks. I mean, seriously — if you make a recipe and really like it, WRITE IT DOWN, dumbass! That way, no matter what happens to the site, you have it for the future, including when your little girl decides she wants it months from now. And if you didn’t write it down, you shouldn’t have promised it to your daughter until you had the recipe in hand again. Moron.

  41. Dear moronic lady who has time to send lengthy emails but no google skills, it’s called a cached page.

    Good on you for calling her out, Peabody!

  42. Don’t ‘cha just love people sometimes??? Ignore their drama… rock and these blondies look amazing!

  43. I’m bookmarking this. It looks amazing.

    Also, I googled “peanut butter chocolate chip cake peabody” and came up with the recipe here:

    I’m magic!

  44. LOL at Laurel’s googling!! I can’t believe someone really wrote you an email!!!! Hugs.

  45. Not funny for the child and mother, but so hilarious in a way…

    Those muffins look extremely good!



  46. I did the same thing as Laurel and had the recipe in a few seconds. This woman is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, and that is me being polite. The hide of some people. I am beyond pissed that she (or anyone else for that matter) has the audacity to send you crappy emails like this. You need an intern to take care of these things for you.

  47. Wow, what audacity that woman had. I’m a little glad the site was down just to spite her. First of all, not to take anything away from your glorious recipes, but there are probably about 12 comparable recipes via google annnnd even if there wasn’t a similar recipe anywhere to be found, why was a store bought cake the next step? Peanut butter and chocolate in general lends itself to about 1,042 recipes off the top of my head alone.
    I’m sure the child she’s raising is just as irritating and snot-nosed as her so I’m glad they dined on store bought disappointment. One day they’ll learn that the earth actually was not created for their very existence….oh wait, no, they probably won’t.
    Oh poop, reading what I just wrote reinforces the notion that I need out of the service industry stat.

  48. Sorry, I was so distracted by that numskull that I forgot to tell you how fantastic your Butterscotch-Toffee Blondie “Muffins” look. Seriously, I would intern for free if I could just learn how to take such mouthwatering photos of the amazing stuff you make.

  49. Take no notice. Some people like to blame anyone they can but themselevs. It’s not like you did it on purpose!!


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