Exploding Cupcakes?

@breepeace (3027)
Canada
January 22, 2009 12:35pm CST
I made cupcakes yesterday from boxed cake mix, as I have done a trillion times before, and they EXPLODED. It's a new kind of cake mix from what I usually use (was on sale last week), but I'm pissed because there's now cake mix all over the inside of my oven, and it was a total waste of money, plus my cake craving hasn't been satiated. Has anyone else ever had this happen? Is it the mix or my oven? I looked at them initially, and they looked like they were cooking better on one side than the other. I had flipped the muffin tray around so they other side would cook, and then when I checked on them next, they had exploded everywhere.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
22 Jan 09
If you had made these from scratch, I would have suspected too much baking powder. I suppose that this particular mix may also have the same problem. I would look for a 1-800 number on the box and alert the company to this. They will more than likely send you some coupons. They appreciate calls like that so they can have better quality control. They also may be able to tell you why such a thing would happen.
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• Canada
23 Jan 09
I was going to suggest this. You are doing the manufacturer a favour by reporting on the failure of his product. I have complained once and got some satisfaction in the form of a coupon. You should either take the product back to the store or complain to the manufacturer as you are now out the price of the cake mix. Did it say Volcano Cupcakes on the box?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
wow, what a mess! i would try contacting the company that made the mix because it may have happened to someone else and they may refund your money. i (i know this sounds gross) found a bug in a dried cup of soup mix, so i called the company and they send me several coupons to get some packages for free.
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@snowy22315 (49067)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I never actually heard of that happening before. I think that you should be able to do something about that. I would call the company and let them know what happened. it sounds like something really crazy that went on and the company should probably recall the product.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I am with you on that...with all the crazy things that are happening with food products lately I would be very concerned and want this product off the market!
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@zhuuraan (967)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I've never had that happen, but if I were you I'd call the company and complain. Insist that they at least issue you money back, if not extra for having to clean their crap out of your oven. Then of course never use that brand again and make sure you tell everyone you know not to either. Usually when a company pisses me off, I plaster it all over everywhere I can find, myLot, my blog, helium, associated content, whatever. At least that way, anyone who reads any of those knows to steer clear.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
Yikes!This has never happened to me before. I wonder why it's happening to you now? I think it must be the cake mix. Ovens don't make things explode..There must be something new in the cake mi. An ingredient that probably doesn't react well to heat. You should take a picture and send it to the company so that they can fix future batches. :) Anyway, I'm sure you can go out and buy cupcakes to satisfy your craving. You'll spend a little bi more, but at least it's yummy AND not stressful. :)
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@chemcdow (149)
• United States
23 Jan 09
That's terrible! I would defentally call, because they shouldn't explode... and what a mess that probably caused! I'm sorry you have to clean all of that!!
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@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
I've never had that experience before - and I've never heard my baker aunt relate such similar stories. Have you checked the ingredients to see what was amiss? Maybe something was really wrong with it. Thanks for the response on my discussion!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I have never heard of that happening before...it's very interesting! I have seen in happen with one of those little dessert things you put in the micro wave but never something that was in the oven! I would call the company!
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@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
Wow, that sounds strange, I can't say that this has ever happened to me before. If you saved the box, I would contact the producers of the product, you might be able to get your money back or even a free box to replace the ruined one. Hopefully it doesn't take you too long to clean your oven, that really sucks. If you want I have a recipie for chocolate cake in a cup. It takes only 5 minutes and you make it in the microwave. My friend sent me the recipie because she knows that I have a very big sweet tooth,LOL. Just add me and send me a message to remind me and I'll send it your way. Hope that helps with your cake craving,LOL.
• Canada
22 Jan 09
WOW! I dunno what the heck happened. What an awful mess to clean up. I'm so glad I now have a self-cleaning oven. I hated that job. Sounds like the oven wasn't working properly if only one side was cooking. But ovens only have 2 elements, top and bottom. I think they only cost around $20 - $30 depending on which one you buy. Maybe it needs new ones. Or check the fuses in it, too. Although I couldn't tell you where to look for them. Maybe you could make up some choc. chip cookie dough and only try and cook half the mix. Test the oven out again. If they don't cook, so what you can eat the dough anyway.