The wheel, the compass, paper, gunpowder, the printing press, the light bulb, the steam engine, the internal combustion engine, the telephone and the airplane were all great inventions and fire and electricity are also great discoveries, but cupcakes in my opinion must rank up there with all of these things. Cupcakes have been around since the late 1700’s. The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simms. The earliest documentation of the term “cupcake” was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook. The cupcake rose to prominence because they saved preparation time and they weren’t as likely to burn in hearth ovens.
My name is Kyle and my friends call me the cupcake kingpin, because of my love for this desert. I went to the annual Cupcake Extravaganza which was held at the Javits Center in NYC and that is where I met this lovely woman named Chris, who shared my excitement for cupcakes. More than 2,000 different cupcakes were featured and our eyes met while we were both looking at the espresso cupcakes. I was uncertain about approaching her, as I saw an engagement ring on her finger, which made me act dilatory. I lost my nerve seeing that engagement ring on her finger, but I said, “I am glad that you saved one for me” just to start a conversation that was free and playful. She replied, “Uh, I didn’t save this cupcake for you” and I responded, “then why does it have my name on it?”
She smiled at me and said that she did not see my name written on the cupcake and she had no idea what my name was. I introduced myself and told her that I was a baker from Milwaukee and that I have always been fond of cupcakes. She told me that her name was Chris and that all of her friends called her Cupcake Chris because she worked in a cupcake shop in Detroit. She said that this was her first time being here in NYC and she was enjoying herself seeing all the sights and going to some Broadway plays. I asked her if she was here with her fiancée as I pointed to her ring. Chris told me that she was single and that she only wears that ring to confuse men that try to pick her up. She said that she was open to dating, but it’s certainly not her top priority and the ring is helpful to keep random guys away, who try to approach her.
I turned our conversation back to the cupcake, by saying, “Cupcakes seem uniquely suited for almost any occasion, being portion-controlled, portable, easy to make in batches, open to lots of decorating strategies, tasty and they can be inexpensive to make.” Chris said, “Did you know that where I work, we make a nightly batch in advance and freeze them. The cupcakes freeze well and defrost quickly, and we just set them out for an hour and then add frosting for a simple, quick dessert. Sometimes at home, I make a cannabis strain cupcake, which is so good it is to die for. One day after eating a batch of these special cupcakes, I had a reflection about my Dad who used to call me his cupcake, because he considered me to be non-threatening and adorable.”
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Dilatory, for the Daily Spur prompt – Reflection, for FOWC with Fandango – Kingpin, for July Monthly Writing Prompts – Espresso cupcakes, for Ragtag Community – Strain and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Nightly.