Used the recipe from the Martha Book.
At his point I made the (Burnt) Caramel Buttercream Frosting. Turns out I don't know exactly what "a very dark amber" is and I created some sort of hard candy. That did not stop me from trying to mix it into the frosting though. Turns out it wouldn't mix, who would have thought. I frosted and ate one cupcake that wasn't actually too bad (notice the caramel chunks).
The real secret to success, however, is to just change what you're making.
I made amazing banana bread muffins!