Serious Eats NY drew my attention to a blog that got rather less excited by the cuteness of the Daily Candy NY email about Baked by Melissa than I did and I had to comment.
In her latest blog post, food writer Carolynn Carreno has a bone to pick with the over saturation of cupcake-centric bakeries in New York City.
Carolynn really doesn't seem to like cupcakes - especially Magnolia
My first thought is that cupcakes by definition are not good. As far as sweets go, I I would rather have a good cookie, ice cream, fruit desserts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate: basically anything else but a cupcake.
I have to strongly disagree with Carolynn (obviously!) - I can't really comment on Magnolia cupcakes (but come back in a couple of months and I'll be able to), but saying cupcakes by definition are not good - seriously....piffle!!!
Each to their own and everything but if you don't like cupcakes why get so upset by them, delete the email and move on - you obviously don't like them so why have a rant about them? I don't get it. I'm with Serious Eats and will have put in my two cents...I don't really care that some skinny celeb "ate" a cupcake in Sex and the City, or that Posh Spice supposedly scoffs loads (but seriously I don't think a cupcake has ever passed her trout pout) - I like cupcakes because they're small, cute and most importantly, if you're lucky taste GREAT! I've had a few duffs in my time, but not many, and the odd bad cupcakes never put me off trying another!
I love everything cupcake - not just eating them but surrounding myself with cupcake cuteness and it this means I'm trying to hark back to a bite of nostalgia from a childhood we only wished we had then what harm am I doing? Maybe I do wish we still lived in a time where kids got excited because their mum/dad/aunt baked for them, as I'm sure most kids these days have never smelt a home baked cake in their kitchen and that does kinda make me sad. I had that nostalgic childhood, in a way - my mum, my aunts and my nans were all fantastic home bakers (complete with matronly bosoms and pinny's!) and spending lots of time learning to bake with them made me a happier, well rounded (and just plain round!) child. I still remember icing fairy cakes (we didn't have cupcakes in my day really, just fairy and butterfly cakes!) and getting excited as I was allowed to do the pink icing with loads of sprinkles - I sound about 100 but things were much nicer in the old days :)