January 12, 2011

Cake or Cupcake?

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Lately, there's been a lot of talk about cakes vs. cupcakes. Is one better than the other? Is one more appropriate for certain events than the other? When I was growing up, cupcakes were definitely for children. Grown-ups had cake. Kids had cupcakes. It was a "truth" I accepted without even thinking about it. Never in a million years would I have expected to see my mom or dad having birthday cupcakes on their special days, and the idea of serving cupcakes at a wedding? Outrageous!



But in the past few years, cupcakes have been gaining in popularity, it seems. Once the thing your mom made for you to take to school, cupcakes are going gourmet. A simple Google search for gourmet cupcake shops will bring up over a million hits. I'm pretty sure there aren't a million gourmet cupcake shops in the world -- or maybe there are. No matter how many there are, there's no denying that cupcakes are now for grown-ups, with flavors like Chai Latte, Café Mocha, Mango Passion, and Fat Elvis showing up on the menu. Cupcakes even have their own TV Reality show in Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

It's not just the cupcake that's gaining in popularity, though. Cakes and cake decorating have become immensely popular thanks to shows like Food Network's Ace of Cakes, TLC's The Cake Boss, and WETV's Amazing Wedding Cakes. More people than ever are tossing around terms like ganache and pastiage, and we love watching our favorite pastry chefs create cakes brimming with WOW!

But the question remains, is one better than the other? Does it matter? Frankly, I'll happily eat both if someone is kind enough to put them in front of me. But would I have cupcakes at my wedding? I'm really not sure.

What do you think? Cake or Cupcakes? Or Both?
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