Just dessert, Please! Cupcakes, Cookies, and Men.

March 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm 6 comments

My friend–let’s call her Sarah–recently turned to me and said, “Your next post should be about men and how they are like nuclear power–useful but damn hard to get rid of.”  Going by Sarah’s past experiences, I would have to say that the analogy certainly works.  Some of her former boyfriends have been very nuclear.  They start off all great and powerful and well…as she said…useful…but then BAM, something happens–a break-up, a fight, etc–and they become completely unstable.  One guy literally called her every day for a month after they broke up. So, yeah, for Sarah men are like nuclear power.  They are tricky, sensitive, and hard to dispose of properly.


Sweet, Firty, and Fun--The Cupcake

But I like to take a little more positive view of the opposite sex–if we are the “fairer” does that make them the “fouler”–anyway back on track…to me, men are not like nuclear power: men are like desserts.  Now, get your dirty little mind out of the gutter dearest.  I don’t mean the analogy like that and no jokes about “eating” them.  Seriously.  What I mean is there are a variety of lovely, not so lovely, and slightly odd men out there, just like desserts.

When we were in high school, my friend Gabi and I had a secret code.  When we saw someone we liked, when we met a new guy, when we were attracted to someone, we would rank them by their dessert type.  Over break this winter, Gabi and I sat eating cupcakes at a local bakery.  “So,” she says to me, “any cakes lately? Or cookies?” Laughing, I joke back that actually I had my eye on a really nice organic cookie, filled with wholesome bran and natural sweeteners, but didn’t think it was going to last. Gabi gives me an incredulous look and says, “An organic cookie? As in natural?!?” After all, I am typically a sprinkles kind of gal.

See, some men are cupcakes.  These are the really sweet guys, usually cute, not drop dead handsome, but cute.  The cupcakes are fun, flirty, but stable.  In many ways, a cupcake is the perfect dessert.  It’s not too much to handle, but a right fit.  I love cupcakes.  Some men are cakes.  These are those oh-so-gorgeous men you see on the subway or in your office.  The cakes are great–the epitome of everything you could ever want in a guy–but the cakes can be a bit too much.  A bit overwhelming, and sometimes, a bit too good to be true.  After all, you really can’t keep a cake all to yourself or it goes stale.  And finally, some men are cookies.  They are sweet, nice, good.  These are the guys that are the most stable.  The everyday guys.  I think most people end up with cookies because, really, cookies are easygoing and always around.

So on that winter afternoon, Gabi and I talked organic cookies, about how they were good for you, how they made you feel good about yourself when you had one, how they can be sweet but also really solid and dependable.  We talked about how odd it was for me to be interested in an organic cookie–after all they are close to nature and really quite different from my typical favorites of Heath Bar Cookies or cupcakes.  And while we discussed the pros and cons of these desserts, we were really talking about guys.

Muffins and Men

A bit immature, I know, but when you go to a gossip filled high school consisting of about 60 kids per grade–sometimes, a bit of code is exactly what you need.  Now, when Gabi calls me up, despite being a way out of high school, we have gotten into the habit of talking desserts.  Its a system we both understand.

And one I think Jennifer Crusie understands as well.  In her book Faking It–a hilarious, LOL-worthy contemporary romance–she compares men to muffins and cookies, saying, “Muffins are for the long haul and they always taste good. They don’t have that oh-my-God-I-have-to-have-that thing that the doughnuts have going for them, but you still want them the next morning.”  And I would have to say: Gabi and I certainly agree.  Therefore, in honor of spring break, the lovely Ms. Crusie, and my last post on funny contemp romances–dear friends, pick up Faking It. It’s worth it just for the muffin analogy.

Cupcakes, cookies, cakes–even pies, torts, and bonbons.  Which do you prefer?  Do you have a different classification than me, dearest friend? And remember if you ever hear me talking about a lovely earl grey cupcake:  it may be more than just dessert!


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lizzie Poteet  |  March 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Post-blog note: tonight some friends and I were talking about dessert men and house work. I commented, “What we need is a big strapping bran muffin.” To this my one friend cries, “Always a bran muffin and never a cupcake.” Dearest, at least you aren’t a burnt animal cracker covered in incing and sprinkles. Bran muffins are fine dinning in comparison : )

  • 2. Spencer  |  March 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Lest we not forget that bran muffins are good for you too! 😉

    I, myself, am a cupcake kinda girl — as both a dessert and a guy. Not only are they cute and come in an array of flavors, but you can mix and match the cake/frosting combo to suit your personal needs! 🙂

    Mm, now I must find a [literal] cupcake of my own to devour ASAP!

    • 3. Lizzie Poteet  |  March 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Agreed poor bran muffins getting a bad rep. They are super dependable and good for you! All that moral fiber and jazz. Also love the extension of the cupcake–they really are a versatile dessert! Quite addictive too–I may have gone out to the local cupcakery after writing this…and I might have gotten a wedding cake cupcake–which I am not even sure how to interpret–and a Princess cupcake–which I feel is very self-explanatory!

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  • 6. Am I Really What You Want? « Reading Romantically  |  April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    […] Sorry folks, I have no idea.  I think it’s a personal preference anyway. But I certainly prefer cupcakes. And men. And well, men who are cupcakes. Best post for you? Just Dessert, Please! Cupcakes, Cookies, and Men […]


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