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The Secret Lives of Cupcakes

Um. What.

What do cupcakes do after the bakery closes? This is a question I think about a lot. I like to imagine them as little elves, getting to the real work of misbehaving and making magic after hours. And after I received this wonderful batch of cupcakes decorated to look like my Cuppie character at the CakeSpy Official Book Launch Party, made by New York Cupcakes and wearing wrappers by Bella Cupcake Couture, I had a chance to see for myself. Here's what they did:

This little cupcake took a ride on a pug...

Cupcake riding a pug!

This little cupcake helped me bake...

Cupcake helped me make frosting

This little cupcake considered cannibalism...

These look great!

These little cupcakes like Bakerella...

I just love Cake Pops!

This little cupcake didn't even know it was being hunted...

Pugs want cupcakes

This little cupcake dreamed of unicorns...

Cupcakes dream of unicorns

This little cupcake enjoyed the harvest...

Mellowcreme pumpkins surrounding cupcake

These little cupcakes hung out with some hotties...


This little cupcake made a big mess...

Cupcake from book launch party

This little cupcake didn't fear death...

Naughty cupcake!

But perhaps he ought to have.

Goodnight, sweet cupcake

...the end.


Epilogue: a giveaway! For week 2 of the CakeSpy book giveaway bonanza, simply leave a comment on this post answering the question: have you ever encountered a sweet treat that was so cute that you couldn't eat it? Be honest. The winner will receive a signed copy of CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life and will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 27, at 5pm PST. Entrants from all over the world welcome!

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Reader Comments (118)

I couldn't eat these cupcakes that someone decorated to look like Yorkies. I didn't want to bite off their little faces! Haha.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterCaley
Never! If it's made of sugar, I will eat it!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterAmber F.
A marzipan piglet... so cuuuuute! So I apologized profusely before biting its little head off. Nom, nom, nom!
October 19 | Unregistered Commenterowlchick
I made a Teddy bear out of fondant for a cake topper. He was so cute not only was I against anybody eating him, i seriously considered making another topper so I could keep him!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterLexy
Yup, definitely... I don't think I could have eaten the cupie cupcake!
I have a tendency to save things if the are cute, prob. not food, but other cute thing and don't want to "use" them. I know, odd.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Definitely not. I might take a picture or two first... but it doesn't stand a chance!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
I don't think there's such a thing as a sweet treat that's too cute to eat. If it's yummy, it goes in my belly!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
One time it was a close call, but no.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterLori
oh, the cutest little marzipan piglet that I bought in Germany years ago! I kept that piglet for years & he just kept getting harder & more shriveled looking. I just couldn't eat him!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterKaren C
Never has cuteness stopped me from fulliy enjoying a dessert!! I might delay to gaze on it and take some pictures of it before I start to devour it, but in the end I will always eat it. Wouldn't it be wrong to not eat it and then waste the food??
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterCrash
Yes. My grandma made this darling little chick cake pop that I just couldn't bring myself to eat. Unfortunately, my consumptive procrastination meant his eventual demise via the garbage can. :( What a sweet waste.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle
My first successful Jack-o-lantern style pumpkin bread. I was young, and was far too proud of the creation to eat the essence of it. Slowly I sliced off pieces from the back and sides, but I just couldn't eat it's sweet little face.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
YES! Very beautiful edible chocolate flowers they still sit in the back of my freezer, they were a part of my daughters first birthday cake.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
Yes, this actually happens to me way too much! A little chocolate molded into the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge is the first one that comes to mind, but trust me, there have been many more!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Nope. It's meant to be eaten and I'm a eatin' it!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Nope... I've had some beautiful, elegant, seductive treats before but not cute. I'm glad you exist to open my tummy to new horizons. Now, will they be too good to eat? The beautiful, elegant, and seductive didn't fair well, so I doubt it.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterShalonda
Nope! Food is meant to be eaten.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Rachel
Yes... I make chocolate boxes for weddings and gifts and there have been times that I couldn't eat them because they turned out so cute. I find that happens often at weddings but it is always the women you see leaving with the box, them men have already eaten thiers!! I couldn't eat your Cuppie - I would be sad if I did!!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterSonnie Hoots
Oh my gosh. First, the answer to your question - I have never NOT eaten a baked treat due to cuteness...but I often bring home leftovers from events where other people won't eat mine because they're "too pretty" - I think every good treat deserves to be eaten. :)

Second, I just had to share, I went into my favorite local shop in St. Louis and found CakeSpy socks!!!! I was so unbelievably excited to find a local place that carries at least a small bit of your adorable stuff. Now my business card holder matches my socks. Thanks for being awesome.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Almost, almost, were these teeny tiny button cookies I made too cute to eat, but they smelt soooo good I couldn't resist!! I love these cupcakes!! Especially the dreaming of unicorns one!!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterSara
I've encountered ones that were cute enough to put off eating but I don't think that ever saved them in the end :)
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
sweet tooth always beats the aww factor!
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterTeri
No; nothing is safe around me. Rats.
October 19 | Unregistered Commenterkris
I'm not going to lie, I have a really hard time with sugary-representations of living things. I feel really guilty about eating gingerbread men or chocolate bunnies, for instance. I have spared the life of particularly adorable cookies and chocolates several times.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterEmily M
Never. Noting is too cute to eat when it comes to dessert.
October 19 | Unregistered CommenterHattie

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