A TV show called DC Cupcakes comes on over here and I am thinking you have got to be kidding me. A reality show about cupcakes? How in the world can there be enough drama surrounding baked goods to make people hungry enough to watch.
Cupcakes must be the latest and greatest fad since several joints have sprouted in District 1 devoted solely to the art of tiny gut bombs laced with icing. About the only experience I have with cupcakes is from bake sales or the ones my mom made for school events so I was eager to bite into a seemingly new trend. Besides, the 17th was my birthday so why not just splurge on some sugar on carbs even if a day late.
Remember growing up and wishing you could eat cake for lunch and have candy for dinner, too? A pesky barrier called mom always stood in the way though with her reminders about how we need to eat right so we grow up all big and strong. Fast forward a few decades, and I finally had that elusive cupcake lunch. Yes, you read that correctly. I ate a meal consisting solely of four cupcakes only because I can.
A tiny joint called Fly at the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Le Thanh Ton in District 1 had my name written all over it. And when I say tiny, I mean this place is barely wide enough for one customer to maneuver towards the display case while another squeezes through the door. I can only imagine the gridlock if three full size westerners happen to appear all at once. A tiny counter top oven churns out the baked goods one tray after another and just shows Vietnamese ingenuity at its best. This would be like using an Easy Bake Oven to run a cookie shop in America.
Trays of cupcakes screamed take me home and within a minute I had a light blue Tiffany looking box filled with Oreos and cream, orange grand marnier, strawberries and cream, and mango. I guess I am just used to a swirl of thick, sickly sweet icing smeared atop fluffy and moist American style cupcakes made from Betty Crocker box mix. These aren’t nearly as big and the cake part is much more dense.
That’s not to say these are bad. Quite contrary actually…I enjoyed them very much even at an eye popping buck fifty a pop. The light and fluffy icing is such a nice change from the usual canned mess. These icings are comparable to a great homemade butter cream or cream cheese topping we longingly savor on one of those cooking shows.
Hungry yet? Now you see why sometimes throwing responsibility to the wind makes the day pass by so much sweeter. Go ahead…have that meal of cupcakes, brownies or pie you have always wanted! Everyone around you will be jealous for sure.