Bats and Butterflies

By Beck

Tonight I get to make five zillion gluten free cupcakes that look like bats for the Baby’s library school Halloween party tomorrow. Gosh, I’m looking forward to this.

Actually, I AM. I love decorating cupcakes. It’s mindless and creative in an Easy-To-Succeed sort of way and there’s candy involved. I’m going to watch some stupid tv while I do it, too. It’s going to be great. And I was even going to show you pictures of Spooky Halloween Cupcakes from Days of Yore, but that’s apparently not going to happen. Hooray for technical difficulties!

Someone shocked me the other day by announcing that they “hated” cupcakes. WHAT?! Who hates cupcakes? They are cake in portable hand size, the perfect thing for bringing to little kid parties. Of course, they were treated with a bit of undue reverence for a while, but I think that Cupcake Mania is cooling and cupcakes will once again be loved wisely but not too well.

This is the kind of post I write when the economy collapses – cupcake posts! And maybe next week I’ll write a post about how I’m planning on becoming a brusque but secretly warm hearted boarding house matron and how adorable my kids are at their new apple-selling jobs.

So tonight? I’m making cupcakes. You deal with stress your way, all right? And I’ll be sitting here making little bats out of candy, something to make my youngest child’s eyes light up with pride tomorrow at her party, her butterfly wings beautiful and purple around her.

Beck writes at Frog And Toad Are Still Friends.

24 Responses to Bats and Butterflies
  1. Hannah
    October 30, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Actually, I don’t think the cupcake craze has completely faded, because there is a shop in my town that is opening its second branch just down the street from me. It’s called “Hey Cupcake.” If things get really dire for you, you could apply for a position.

    (As I subtly lure you to my part of North America, heh heh heh! Evil chuckle …)

  2. Courtney
    October 30, 2008 | 10:14 am

    Yay cupcake…my sil doesnt like cupcakes either but i never understood. I want to make some pumpkin/jack-o-latern cupcakes!

  3. t.allen-mercado
    October 30, 2008 | 11:57 am

    I am a fan of the cupcake. It almost always ensures that I do not have to share, and that is the one thing about being a grown up that I looked forward to as a child. I didn’t quite work out that I’d have to eat it in the closet or the bathroom, quietly and away from my own children. Aah details…

  4. LoriD
    October 30, 2008 | 12:36 pm

    I am a big fan of the cupcake. I always have some in the freezer ready to decorate.

    Have you ever gone onto the Bakerella blog? She makes the most amazing cupcakes (among other delicious treats).

  5. Nowheymama
    October 30, 2008 | 12:37 pm

    Cupcakes are great. And so are muffins, for many of the same reasons.

  6. Heather
    October 30, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    Mmmm. Cupcakes.

  7. Becky
    October 30, 2008 | 1:28 pm

    Cupcakes, homemade, are da bomb! I don’t care for those store made ones with three inched of piped frosting on top… sick :-p Are you gonna show pics of your batty ones?

  8. edj
    October 30, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    I want some bat cupcakes too! And I’m a firm believer in sugar and caffeine to ward away stressful situations. (Also wine, but in Muslim countries not always possible). See my posts on political unrest and how to handle coup d’etats, should you feel so inclined.

  9. Subspace.beacon
    October 30, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    Who hates cupcakes? That’s just odd. Now hating pie — that’s completely understandable. Soggy pastry plus squishy fruit plus lard is gross. But cupcakes. No. They are lovely.

  10. Kelly
    October 30, 2008 | 2:18 pm

    *Gasp.* Someone doesn’t like CUPCAKES? That’s like saying you don’t like puppies.

    Yes, pictures would be lovely. Since you’re going to all the trouble anyway….

  11. No Mother Earth
    October 30, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    I’d like to make cupcakes for a small birthday dinner – from a mix of course, I suck at cooking – but not make a gazillion of them. Any suggestions as to how?

  12. Alison
    October 30, 2008 | 2:38 pm

    I have never met someone who didn’t like cupcakes. I suspect that if I did, I would have nothing else in common with that person, either.

  13. Mom24
    October 30, 2008 | 3:34 pm

    Cupcakes are banned at our school. Dressing up for Halloween is too. Good times.

    Have fun with your Halloween celebrations.

  14. Kat
    October 30, 2008 | 3:35 pm

    I understand.
    I’ve been stressed this week so it has been a lot of cookie making and Halloween crafts at our house. 🙂

  15. tracey
    October 30, 2008 | 6:13 pm

    Cupcake haters??? Que? C’est possible?

  16. Omaha Mama
    October 30, 2008 | 6:59 pm

    Her wings are beautiful. Loved the pictures on your blog.
    Happy Halloween!

  17. Jennifer
    October 30, 2008 | 9:38 pm

    We had one year old baby girl cupcakes this past weekend, complete with colorful frosting and glittery sugar on top. The mama (my sister) is newly and surprisingly pregnant, though (miraculous but true) and the very sight of green, pink, blue, and yellow frosting flopped her stomach so badly my girls had to decorate. And then we had to keep them far enough away from the mommy that she could not smell the buttercream, lest bad things happen at the dinner table. 🙂

    THEN the one year old snapped herself in the face with the rubber band from her cute little hat and proceeded to melt down half way through the birthday song.

    Welcome to reality, oh new mother, where FLEXIBILITY is the name of the game. 🙂

    I adore cupcakes. But cookies, ah, that’s my thing. Which is why I bought yet again another cookie recipe book tonight. There is something magical about colored frostings, cookie cutters, and glittering sugar. The essence of childhood.

  18. All Rileyed Up
    October 31, 2008 | 1:13 am

    Dude, cupcakes are like manna from heaven… who doesn’t love that??????

  19. Woman in a window
    October 31, 2008 | 7:49 am

    I don’t feel the cupcake glow but that’s ’cause I’m a glutton. I resent someone restricting the size of my piece of cake. HOWEVER, I can just imagine that cupcake glow from your very non-glutinous kids. That’s sweet. I’m sending a box of prepackaged cookies. buh!

  20. chelle
    October 31, 2008 | 7:36 pm

    Isn’t it truly amazing when their eyes light up with pride!

  21. Michelle
    October 31, 2008 | 8:13 pm

    Well, you got me. I love this site and rarely comment. But the gluten free cupcake thing grabbed me! I am also a Celiac and spend an awful lot of time cooking gluten free…..would love to hear your recipe!

  22. Candace
    November 1, 2008 | 10:18 am

    Have you tried the cupcakes in the ice cream cones? They are YUMMY!

  23. bren j.
    November 4, 2008 | 2:49 pm

    Cupcakes are truly extraordinary little creations. A lady my husband works with once ate an entire batch of cupcakes when her mom left the room. I think she was three or something. She still goes by Cuppy even to this day.

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