Wednesday, August 28, 2013
An Ode To The Cupcake: Part Two
Like people, cupcakes come in all shapes, forms and sizes. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some are deep. Some are a bit of an odd shape. Some even look a bit old-fashioned.
“The rise of the cupcake is very much about going back to our national identity in food, which is all about comfort,” author and editor of Gourmet Ruth Reichl told USA Today. “In these times fraught with war and a tough economy, people want to think about when they and their country were innocent.”
In fact, the very same article, in which other sources describe the Cup as everything from “a very emotional dessert” to the texture resembling a taste of childhood, showcases a photo of a wide-eyed little girl peering into a case double her size and full of cupcakes. Aren’t we that little girl, reaching over the top of the counter to cup our Cups in our little hands?
We used all our senses as children to evaluate the merits of the Cup. Our eyes expanded as we took in the sight of the glorious treat. Sometimes, we’d even imagine a spotlight from up above shining down on the prize Cup. Or maybe we’d fall asleep at night and see a world of larger-than-life Cups in our dreams. A dancing parade of them.
Ahh, school. We equated elementary school with one cupcake feast after another. We lived for our birthday because then we could bring in our favorite variety of Mr. Cup to share with the class. The whole room fell silent as we carried in the tray (a sheer masterpiece if we’d ever saw one), careful not to tip over the chocolate and vanilla – and maybe strawberry – cupcakes our mother delicately frosted the night before. We laughed with each other even if we got frosting on our nose and had to be excused to the bathroom to wash our gooey hands.
[Photos via We Heart It]