I was at a high-end grocery store the other day and saw these huge muffins in the display case. I couldn’t stop myself from staring. The guy from behind the counter asked me if I was OK because I was standing there with my mouth wide open. Honestly, I wasn’t just staring because they looked so good. I was hypnotized because I’ve developed this weird obsession with cupcakes.
I know that it’s not just me – everyone seems to be talking about cupcakes. There are shows on TV about cupcakes (ever tried to watch Cupcake Wars and NOT want a cupcake?), coupons for a free dozen on Groupon and even a fabulous cupcake food truck in Orlando called The Yum Yum Truck that I frequently change my route home to check out their menu.
I’m all over a good cupcake. I’m not talking about the kind that you get from your grocery store. Or the ones you see at a kid’s birthday party. You know, when the mom gets all fancy and makes a cake out of cupcakes. I’m talking about that good kind of cupcake that usually has a funny name and costs as much a cup of coffee from Starbucks. The kind that makes a person drive an extra 10 miles out of their way so they can they can pick one up for dessert.
Looking at those enormous goodies in the store made me think … why doesn’t anyone care about muffins? I always imagined that the danish with that fruit stuff on top was more like the ‘red-headed step child’ of the pastry world but the muffin?
I’ve certainly eaten my share and contributed to the total muffin consumption count. One of my favorites is the delicious pumpkin muffin they serve year-round at Panera Bread. Sometimes I order the pumpkin muffin like a dessert to go along with my ‘too large for me to eat in one sitting’ salad.
Sure they’re a bit heavier than a cupcake, bigger in size and they have that bad connotation connected to them with the term muffin top. And yeah, maybe they’re not center stage like the fancy named cupcakes but they certainly have their place in the bread world. They get to show up to the morning event party and they’ve been known to add a tasty treat to the spread at an afternoon meeting for coffee.
Everything has its place in our world and that’s why I’m going to start the trend to look at muffins differently. Muffins should be looked at with a higher status because in my opinion, the muffin really is the cupcake’s cousin. And nobody messes with the cupcake’s family.
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Photo credit: Muffins