My cupcakes just weren't quite what I'd been craving.* The flavor was good, but they didn't mound up nicely, and the buttercream, um, just didn't do. It probably needed more butter, because it was drippy. Too much lemon simple syrup? And definitely too much food coloring- but they do match the johnny jump ups.
All of my cupcakes have been falling flat lately- even my old reliable Everyday Food one-bowl chocolate cupcakes. They all get flat and spread out rather than being nice and fluffy and mounded. Good thing my boys don't notice things like that!
*Sick home from school preschooler report: "Mama, I don't like this bottom part of the cupcake." Yeah, me neither, son.