As a kid, cupcakes came out of a Duncan Hines box and the frosting out of that flimsy tub. My favorite combo was yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I still love it. My brothers and I used to draw straws to see who would get to lick the egg beaters. That was then this is now.
The Cupcake has experienced a baking revolution. They are so trendy I am surprised they are not accessories at runway shows. Cupcakeries are popping up on every corner like Starbucks. I just saw a Cupcake Truck on 5th Ave. And the flavors being experimented with out there are unimaginable. I was recently blown away by lavender cupcakes!
I don't want to spoil the cupcake fun, but I am food trend forecasting and I have this peculiar feeling that pies will become the new cupcakes. This is not to say that cupcakes will be replaced by pies. I mean who doesn't love a good cupcake all the time. I think that pies are going to experience a very similar baking hysteria soon and I cannot wait. I love pies! I want to see mini-pie shops everywhere with a gazillion fancy pie flavors. Basically, I want to have my pie and cupcake, too!
Want amazing baked goods without all the calories? The place where all this cupcake craze got started and the only source for everything cupcakes is EVERYDAY IS A HOLIDAY. Their "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake" Art (above) was featured in the NY Times!
So I wasn't surprised when I asked Jenny & Aaron "Pie vs. Cupcake?" and the verdict was:
Fine, cupcakes win at Everyday Is a Holiday, but I did notice this amazing Apple Pie A La Mode Original Art Work (above) that makes me want to bake an apple pie right this second! Then eat a cupcake, of course.
I also talked to Melissa Love, AKA punk rock Martha Stewart, AKA the Bakestress/Vegan Cupcakestress herself and she had a lot to say on this matter:
Morta Di Fame: "Is pie the new cupcake, Ms. Love?"
Ms. Love: "
Maybe its just this crisp fall weather that has me in a pie craze, but I just have this hunch. No one is on board yet, but I can see into the future and alongside those cupcake shops, I see pie shops. Its not about cupcakes moving over and making room for pies, its about getting fatter in order to accommodate both, which is the American way, which is so apple pie. A red velvet cupcake with slice of pecan pie to chase. And don't forget the fresh whipped cream.
I'd love to hear everyone's opinion: Is Pie the New Cupcake?
Some inspiring cupcake/baking blogs:
And one pie blog I found: