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School Cupcakes

Cupcakes have transformed to the point where even the best mom would be embarrassed to take homemade cupcakes to school.

Cupcakes for School

Cupcakes have come a long way since the time of Leave it to Beaver moms.  We now have bakeries that specialize in only cupcakes.  These aren't just any cupcakes.  They are elaborate cupcakes where each bite is a delicious adventure.  Bourbon Pecan Pie, Mudslide, and champagne cupcake are just a few I have seen recently.  Don't get me wrong, I love these extreme cupcake creations, but where do my made-with-love-homemade-cupcakes fit into this new equation?
 

Case in point: My son's birthday was a few weeks ago.  His school allows parents to bring in birthday treats during lunch with teacher approval.  I told him I would be happy to make some chocolate cupcakes for him to share, and do you know what he asked?

"Mom, why can't you go down the street and buy those cupcakes with the awesome frosting on them?"

Really?!?!  Since when did my cupcakes get demoted to 2nd class?  I make really good cupcakes.  Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting are my favorite.  I can't imagine showing my cupcakes off as extreme creations.  While they impart the same deliciousness in my mouth as those bakery cupcakes, my cupcakes look a little plain in comparison.

Do you know that feeling you get when you look at pictures of magazine models and compare how you look to those pictures?  Well, that's the same feeling I was having about my cupcakes.  Leave it to me to get a complex about cupcakes.

I'm also quite competitive by nature.  I finally convinced my son that mommy's cupcakes were just as good as ones we could buy.  He was a bit skeptical, but he relented and gave me a chance to prove my cupcake skills.

In the end, not only did he let me bake my cupcakes, but he also helped me.  He passed out the cupcakes to his classmates with a proud smile and exclaimed "These are the best cupcakes ever!  My mommy made them!"  Second class cupcakes?  I think not.

Article by Danna Vach