I’m just getting back into baking after a bit of a hiatus and have begun rounding up recipes. The idea of eating cupcakes has to be one of the happiest notions on earth, and I don’t partake often enough, so it’s on my to-do list… to-eat and to-bake.
But I feel compelled to say something about the cupcake mania, that perhaps credit is due somewhere, which might have fallen by the wayside. Back in the late 90’s I was living in New York part-time ~ summers were spent at my then-boyfriend’s mother’s place in the village, and each year when we returned there would be new restaurants to check out.
One summer I was walking along Bleecker Street and stopped dead in my tracks to gawk at a corner store window display. That window belonged to Magnolia Bakery.
Now I can’t say for sure when the cupcake revival formally began, but I’d like to offer Magnolia as one of the trailblazers. Taking a seat amidst their retro decor and everythings-from-scratch granny vibe was one of those ah-ha moments that has stayed with me in my eclectic aesthetic journey.
All that said, I’m going to start slow, trying my hand at the classic ~ and my personal fave ~ white on white cupcake. How hard can it be? No idea. I’m just really looking forward to biting into one very soon ~ not to mention licking the batter bowl clean!
Last but not least, the top photo is from an adorably straight-up site called Ming Makes Cupcakes. Her enticing recipes will be next on my list.