So, of course there was nothing else to do except make up a batch of cupcakes and take some to Chuck. I made a batch of Betty Crocker yellow cake (I don't think I like Betty Crocker, but am reserving final judgement. The mini cupcake liners peeled off of a bunch of the baby cupcakes again, and going back reading old posts, it was too crumbly once) and chocolate buttercream icing.
Chuck got 4 jars full of cupcakes, examples of which are pictured in this post. Cheers, Chuck!
My cousin Jenny, who, over the course of a week, actually did eat all six jars I mailed her, visited me from New Jersey this weekend. She got another half a dozen jars, and of course, I put almond extract in the icing for hers. Six jars = 12 mini cupcakes, and should be about a third of a batch of icing. Except I used an entire batch of icing on her six jars and made a completely new batch, without the almond, for the rest of the cupcakes.
Lessons learned: Don't rush the cupcaking. I was a crazy woman on Thursday making cupcakes. I could have made the cupcakes on Wednesday and iced them on Thursday, and would have been a lot less stressed. Of course, the stress helps burn off the caloric intake from icing