How To Eat a Cupcake (the Tidy Way)

Cupcakes are a bit of a pain to eat. It seems like they would be great since they are small and portable. But there’s the whole issue of the frosting getting all over your lips; or all over your face if you are enthusiastic cupcake consumer.  So for How-To Tuesday I will be showing you how to eat a cupcake in the tidiest way possible.

I happen to be in New York City at this moment (with my iphone for a camera. And dismal lighting.) so I’m doing a tutorial with what’s on hand. And what’s on hand is cupcakes. Particularly from Amy’s Breads.  I will be happy when this whole cupcake craze is over because I find cupcakes the least satisfying of baked goods.  I’ve never bitten into a cupcake andnot been disappointed. The texture of the cake is never right. I think cupcakes need a little heft and firmness. To add insult to injury, cupcakes are then topped with a small mountain of frosting made from (horrors) shortening. So vile.  But as long as there are children with birthdays, we will be eating cupcakes.

Here is step one: Obtain your cupcake. Today I have Red Velvet. Does anyone not like Red Velvet cake?

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Step two: Remove the wrapper. Duh.

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Step three: break the cupcake in half. No need to be exact here.

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Step four: Flip the bottom layer upside-down and place it on top of the cupcake. You have now made a cupcake sandwich with the messy icing in the middle. It will likely squish out when you take a bite, but a quick dab with a napkin will set things right. Much better than icing smeared on your lips which nobody tells you about the rest of the day.

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Step five: Enjoy your cupcake!

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16 thoughts on “How To Eat a Cupcake (the Tidy Way)

  1. I have always considered a cupcake a “two bite” treat. Now, with this new technique, I could probably knock it down in one. Thanks! (BTW, is that Chelsea Market?)

  2. What a COOL idea! However did you come up with it? I will now have less horror of cupcakes, and much less mess. I totally agree, cupcakes are less satisfying than almost any other dessert. For one thing, there isn’t enough! And then there is too much frosting.

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  3. Ack! I thought we were the only people who ate cupcakes this way! I am going to have to show this post to my husband, as it is our thing that we do that everyone else thinks is weird.

  4. I wonder if you are still in NY? I enjoyed your post, as always. You were so close to me! If you are still there, I could be there in a couple of hours!

  5. How funny, my family has been eating cupcakes this way for as long as I can remember! I think they even showed this once on an episode of Cake Boss too. Love it!

  6. How is it that I have lived 30-something years and never thought of doing that??? But I do have to say I love the frosting to cake ratio of cupcakes. And my problem with them is more the crumbs than the frosting. But I will definitely try this. It can’t hurt.

    p.s. Have I ever given you my lemon cupcake recipe? Because they have a lot of heft and body. They are divine. And the frosting is made with butter, not shortning. Let me know.

  7. My whole life, that is how I have eaten every cupcake that I can remember. It is the perfect solution! And if you have to eat a cupcake (cookies are my personal baked good of choice!), it is the only way to do it. Bon appetit !

  8. I am going to hook this up to my business site. Everyone still wants to have those at weddings much to my dismay. B/c it’s always messy. But, this may be the solution for me as a wedding planner. Maybe I will welcome them back with open arms.

  9. A fellow teacher once taught me to eat cupcakes this way – so great when in school the kids are always bringing in cupcakes! You don’t make a mess at your desk!

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