Monday, November 14, 2011

Are Cupcakes a Fading Trend?

Visit to Sprinkle Cupcakes in DC
     Cupcakes are one dessert I have always loved as a child and even now as an adult.  I have recently read articles discussing whether cupcakes are a trend that is fading.  Cupcake shops and storefronts are popping up everywhere and really are thriving well.  Some talk about what will be the next trend.  Others even talk about cupcakes only being a trend for now and it will end eventually as talked about in this article.  I think cupcakes have always been popular but with shows like TLC's DC Cupcake, WE tv's The Cupcake Girls, and Cupcake Wars, cupcakes have become nationally recognized and is the happening dessert. 
     I am always inspired to see new cupcake shops open up.  Cupcakes Take The Cake had a blog post about a 18 year old boy who recently opened a cupcake bakery after graduating from high school.  How amibitous is that!  I had the oppotunity to visit Sprinkles Cupcakes in DC.  Sprinkles Cupcakes is the original cupcake bakery to open in 2005 in Beverly Hills by Candance Nelson and her husband.  She had the idea that it was "time for cupcakes to stop being the backup dancer to cakes".  She started her bakery with nothing but cupcakes and that's all.  No cookies, cakes, or even brownies...just cupcakes. 
     Speaking of cupcake bakeries, I can't forget to mention Magnolia Bakery which opened in New York in 1996.  They serve all kinds of desserts, pastries and of course, cupcakes.  Magnolia Bakery became noticed when it was featured in Sex in the City with Miranda and Carrie eating one of their cupcakes.  (Note to self...add Magnolia Bakery to my Cupcake bucket list)

     What do you think will be the next trend in desserts?  Some say that the pie is the new cupcake.  Not sure I could part from my cupcakes.

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