We reminisced for a few minutes about birthday cakes and the social aspects of sharing a cake. Past birthday cakes included cowboys, firetrucks, dinosaurs and bears. A big cake fan, he got glassy-eyed talking about French chocolate buttercream frosting, his favorite. After that, we discussed the flavor and texture of the cake in some detail. He prefers yellow cake, with some density; frankly, he's a bit picky about it.
"Everyone is equal when you have cake," he said wisely. "We're in it together. You don't get that with cupcakes." What an interesting thought. The more I pondered this, the more I agree. It's another "all about me" thing. "It's mine and I don't have to share." You get exactly what you want. Cupcakes are bratty and sassy and choosing them over a cake just may say something about a person.
- Cupcakes are in sync with people who are obsessed with their smartphones. They don't interact with anybody because there is nothing communal about a cupcake.
- Cupcakes are all about the decoration, which unfortunately is true of many people.
- Cupcakes are often less cake and more icing, the high calorie and high fat part. Nobody needs that, not to mention the outrageous and unnatural colors.
- Cupcakes are portion control. You feel like a pig if you eat two; with cake you just cut one big piece and no one's the wiser.
- Cupcakes are expensive. Many decorator cupcakes cost $4 or more. In this economy, people should hold on to their money.
Family lore has it that four of us ate an entire angel food cake with 7-minute icing on a visit with my parents. When it was gone, this same son, then about 2 and consumer of nearly a quarter of said cake, turned up the palms of his hands and asked in a puzzled tone, "What happened?" That may have been the beginning of his love of cakes.