They actually don't look as bad in the picture as they were when you looked at them, or held them. The tops had spilled over instead of rising, and the cupcake wasn't dense enough to hold it's shape when you picked it up.
It was only 6pm, so I decided to start over with a new recipe. I found a mocha cupcake recipe. That would work, right? WRONG! They turned out just the same. The batter wasn't thin, but it still baked up the same.
I guess I will have to go back to my chocolate cake recipe and add instant coffee granules to it. I am not going to do it tonight though...
Now what to do with all those cupcakes? They will probably be taken to work and given to some of my students. Like Mikey...they'll eat anything!