Am I the only one who feels that the world is caught up in a cupcake explosion? Cupcakes on TV, cupcakes in blogs, cupcake tweets (not to be confused with treats), cupcake holidays. …Everywhere a cupcake cupcake.
The worst of the worst has to be Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. If you haven’t watched yet – don’t. I can almost guarantee it will leave you salivating. Each episode has four bakers competing to make the tastiest and most appealing looking cupcakes. The flavor combinations are exotic and amazing. I would happily scarf down any of the rejects.
Then we have the show DC Cupcakes. I will admit I only watched once or twice. And mostly because my friends from DC had brought a cupcake (from the featured store) with them all the way to Florida on our vacation. They ate it when it was several days old, refreshed by the microwave, and swore it was still fabulous. No sharing:( After watching their favorite cupcake shop in action on TV, I was glad I was waylaid by a blizzard on my last trip to DC and never got there myself!
Blogs are filled with mentions of cupcakes lately. And I am talking about weight loss, diet, healthy eating blogs. Not foodie blogs. Not baking blogs. There is Cammy, who plotted a cupcake reward for her great workout efforts. Dear Cammy, who has posted about cupcakes more than a time or two now. Who got me thinking that maybe someday there might be a cupcake reward in my own future. Who wrote so temptingly about the 45 minutes she spent luxuriating in cupcake scrumptiousness. And then there was Food Addict’s great post about a cupcake binge that she managed to cut short. She described the divine morsels: homemade lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon frosting. Absolute food porn.
Even my local paper has been talking about the darn things. Turns out we have a local cupcake baker who was going to be featured on The View. So of course I had to tune in that day and watch the whole segment about… cupcakes. Sigh. Made all the worse now that I know there is a place, even here in my usually-behind-the-times little corner of the Midwest, where I could join in the latest junk food craze. Sigh.
Then yesterday I happened upon a blog I had never seen before, with cupcake in the title. The other word in the title was a nice, healthy, green vegetable:) That combination caught my attention. And then the icing on the cupcake was Cheryl’s tweet about a cupcake holiday that jumped out at me from the many non-food-related tweets filling the page. Have you ever noticed how once you start being aware of something you see it everywhere? For me right now, it seems to be cupcakes.
So maybe yesterday was National Cupcake Day. Or maybe that happens in March. Or December. Gotta love the internet and its conflicting information. Regardless, I’m glad I missed it or I may have decided to celebrate in style. And as a very indecisive person, I cannot imagine this kid in a cupcake shop! One of everything? I almost went with cupcakes for my birthday treat this year, but it got beaten out by gelato. I’m thinking if I had felt the reverberations from this cupcake explosion before my big day, it would have been cupcakes for sure!
I am not eating a cupcake today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day. Or anytime in the near foreseeable future. Right now I think cupcakes would derail me. And I would rather be thin than eat a cupcake. I would rather be in control of my eating than eat a cupcake. But when the day comes when I can have my cake and eat it too, so to speak, you just might be reading my own description of scrumptiousness. Until then, back to vicarious cupcake eating in the blogosphere and on TV.