A Word About Cupcakes

Hello, my fellow females. Hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to take a moment to sit down with you and talk about those tiny cakes we commonly refer to as cupcakes. The ones they sell at those stores with names like “Sweet Relief” or “Sugar Kisses” or “Diabetes”. The ones that Sex & The City apparently made famous. The ones that incur screeching and clapping from grown-ass ladies. The ones that come decorated with adorable designs that make me think I might be eating children’s wrapping paper rather than food. Those cakes.

Listen, I took some women’s studies classes. I learned a thing a two about how great we are. But I’ll tell you what takes us back a few steps in the boss-lady movement, and that’s going all-out bats**t crazy over these things. I’m not saying you shouldn’t eat them, make them or appreciate them, but I don’t know when it became a thing where women react to cupcakes as though they’re living in a third world village that just got a shipment of fresh drinking water. I mean, I’ve been to a bakery or two (or twelve, or forty) where I’ve seen women literally trample each other to get to the last red velvet cupcake – I’ve witnessed actual arguments stem from an announcement that ‘the buttercream frosting’ is sold out. You guys are aware that we still get paid less than men, right?

I’m all for enthusiasm about desserts. I love a treat as much as the next person. But this phenomenon has gotten out of hand. It’s time to take a step back and put these baby cakes in their rightful place, like say, your mouth. Just make sure you don’t have a toddler-sized freak out every time you do so.

Feature image via Natalie Dee

  • http://www.facebook.com/jess.bender Jess Bender

    YESYESYES to all of the above. I never understood the hyping of food. Just eat it and move on with your life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jena.pasko Jena Pasko

    At one point, I think there were like, three reality shows on TLC dedicated to cupcakes. Seriously? I mean, they’re delicious, but it’s getting out of control.

  • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

    i have mixed feelings about this. on one hand, YES!!!!!! enough with the cupcakes and the obsession with cutesty kitchsy GIRLIE things that populates the etsyish indie culture. but on the other hand, (to me) feminism is about every woman having the power and the ability to be the woman she wants to be. so if she loves cupcakes and wants to go batshit over them let her, you know? it’s a conundrum! have you seen julie klausner’s post about this stuff:


    it’s pretty controversial! i agree with much of it, but disagree, too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jena.pasko Jena Pasko

      Thanks for posting that! It was very interesting and I with a majority of it. And I think it’s helped me pinpoint my reasons for not liking Katy Perry.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jena.pasko Jena Pasko

      I left out a crucial word: agree. I agree with most of what she wrote.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.dobben Anna Dobben

    Well, with the title, A Word About Cupcakes, I definitely thought this was going a completely different way. Instead, you’ve made me think. And I really appreciate that.
    I think I, among others, need to do a better job of seeing the line between Cupcake Crazy and yet knowing that there are people who put love and artistry into their baking. Thank you so much for this article Albertina!

  • Albertina Rizzo

    Thank you ladies. You are all very nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/notheresunshine Alexandra Rae


  • http://www.facebook.com/alicenhayes Alice Hayes

    I’d just like to throw out there that the last time I went to a bakery and there was only one red velvet cupcake, my roomate and I talked it out and decided I should get the red velvet because the flavor is more important to me. She got some sort of chocolate mousse oreo concoction. It was one of the best days of my life

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742372782 Shawna Dandois

    Cupcakes don’t make me squee. Do you want to know what does? Chicken Wing Dip. That’s right ladies, it is AWESOME. Just sayin.

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