I hate icing. I’m just going to let you know that right off the bat. This fact does not affect my feelings towards cupcake design though. As an artist, I can appreciate creativity in any media whether it’s paint, pastel, wood, or in this case cupcake. I’m actually a little addicted to Charm City Cakes with Chef Duff, their cakes are amazing and so creative! I could never order a cake from him though because a) it would be too gorgeous to destroy by eating it and b) thats a lot of money to waste on something that will go bad if you don’t eat it eventually.
But onto the cupcakes. They’re everywhere. Starbucks even has them, and you know something is popular when Starbucks taps into that market. Their cupcakes unfortunately look disgusting. This opinion may be slightly biased due to the large amounts of icing(ewwww) that are just plopped on top. But they’re no creativity in them, they don’t even have any Starbucks insignia on them! I think the siren would look great decorating the top, but that’s just me. Maybe green isn’t a colour that makes people want to eat.
And the gross amounts of icing piled onto ordinary pastries doesn’t stop with Starbucks. They seem to be a growing number of cupcake bakeries around town without lots of colours and little creativity or eating appeal.
But the point of this is to showcase some very creative, very dandy cupcakes that I might even consider buying, even if just to look at and give away to someone with an icing craving.
This is my personal favourite:
Now here’s the challenge part of this post. No, you don’t have to go bake cupcakes as awesome as these, I know I couldn’t. Well I could decorate them if someone else wanted to bake for me. The challenge is to find a cupcake store, that specifically sells only cupcakes that does not have a cupcake logo. It’s so obvious and unimaginative. Cant’ there be another way to describe the store in picture form? Something unique, intriguing, something that might draw customers in? I mean you’re going to have the word cupcake beside it so why not have a picture of a frog? And does every cupcake identity have to include scripty writing and the colour pink?
Ok so that last one didn’t have a cupcake as the logo, but it’s the cupcake baker alongside a pink and brown scripty word that spells out cupcake. Boo.