There seems to be a lot of odd crazes that are catching on lately. For example, when I was 18, if I turned up at a party with a six pack of Strongbow Ciders instead of Beer, I would be mocked. Now, apple cider is all the rage with some pubs even offering it on tap. How did cider get to become classy???
I have also noticed the emergence of the cupcake. There are several dedicated cupcake shops popping up around the place charging up to $5 for a single cupcake. Women, including my wife, love that they are decorated individually with so much attention to detail and a co-worker even has a blog all about cupcakes!
Aren't they just minature cakes? What ever happened to the good old 'slice' of cake? When did this become insufficient? It was simple. It was easy. It was bulk. And it tastes the same! Now, it looks like they spend 10 mins just putting the icing on each cupcake. Why waste so much time on something that I am going to demolish in a couple of seconds? I can fit two cupcakes in my mouth pretty comfortably. Thats a heck of a lot of work for a small amount of enjoyment. An entire cake on the other hand...
There is a cupcake shop across the road from work that I strolled into on Valentine's Day. They said it was their busiest day of the year, distributing cupcakes into the thousands with the most popular being the 'Red Velvet Cupcake'. At $5 a pop, I didn't want to buy one for a small fortune, so today I thought I would whip up a batch. My wife loves baking, so she was easily convinced to 'help' me.
It took me back to when my mum used to bake at home. Hanging around so I could eat the cake mix and lick clean the bowl and beaters. I pretty much did the same thing as my wife went to her happy place and baked up a storm.
The end result... minature cakes. I didn't bother spending a lot of time decorating them. Heck, 3 didn't even make it out of the muffin tray before I ate them. I have a feeling a lot more arent going to make it to the end of the hour.