Cupcakes for Thursday

And no, I’m not inviting POTUS over for dinner. I’m not in the mood to count the silverware.

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Don’t these lovely morsels conjure the happiest of thoughts? The colors, the sprinkles; you just feel like a little kid again. Cupcakes are all the rage these days. Beside being adorably cute, they satisfy your sweet tooth without risking the bloat endangerment of eating a giant piece of cake. Or half the cake. Oh blazes, the whole cake. I’ve never done it (ahem), but I’ve watched my boy do it. Growing boys, they say. And having the metabolism of a cheetah helps. But back to the cupcakes.

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Even brides are using them in inventive ways as a stylish replacement for wedding and groom’s cakes. Here’s a website with tons of cupcake recipes. Yum Yum.

Enter MeMe Roth (I’ll let you make the ironic observation of her name, I mean really, I try to rise above that sort of stuff), self-appointed culinary police at Public School 9 in NYC (h/t Free-Range Kids). Ms. Roth has gone ballistic on her kids school, yet again, for serving cupcakes, etc. for special events. Her kids even have a special Tupperware container in which they are instructed to place all junk-foods from their school (for further inspection? Midnight consumption? Oops, sorry). School administrators have suggested she request a transfer for her kids since she believed they were “threatened” by the exposure to junk food. Described as “hostile” and “abrasive” by school personnel and PTA members…

Her extreme methods have earned her attention before: The police were called to a Y.M.C.A. in 2007 when she absconded with the sprinkles and syrups on a table where members were being served ice cream. That was Ms. Roth who called Santa Claus fat on television that Christmas, and she has a continuing campaign against the humble Girl Scout cookies, on the premise that no community activity should promote unhealthy eating.

After the constant barrage of complaints to staff, teachers and other parents, you’d get tired of seeing them walk through the door, too. Elementary school is quickly losing it’s reputation as the last refuge of any semblance of childhood.

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Both parents left feeling they were being pushed out of P.S. 9, which they perceive as exhausted by Ms. Roth’s intense lobbying for, among other things, permission slips for any food not on the official lunch menu. It would not be the first time: The Roths previously lived in Millburn, N.J., where, after Ms. Roth waged war on the bagels and Pringles meal served to kids at lunch, received e-mail from one member of the P.T.A. that said, “Please, consider moving.” That was in 2006, and P.S. 9 has been hearing about its transgressions against healthy eating pretty much ever since.

This reminds me of a little story when my kids were very young. I was firm in my commitment that my younglings would not be exposed to weapons of any kind. Then my darling baby boy, chewed off his toast in such a way that it was shaped like a gun. He’d point all around and say “Bang Bang Bang” while giggling his little baby head off. So much for that.

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Every parent is entitled to raise their children as they wish; I understand that and rejoice in the fact there are parents out there willing to raise their own children instead of turning them over to the state for mindless indoctrinaiton. So I have a suggestion, Ms. Roth. If you REALLY want to control every bite that goes into your children’s mouths and save them from death by dreaded cupcakes, quit your job and home school. That is the only way you can ensure absolute iron-clad control of their diet. Besides, they would end up better educated. Then you can take your own arugula to the neighborhood birthday parties – you’re on your own there, honey.

UPDATE: Donald Douglas of AmericanPower has more on ME!ME!.

19 Comments

  1. Sandra said,

    June 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Ugh.

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard of the “forbidden fruit”? Never ever let a kid have a harmless cupcake, and someday he will have 20. The forbidden ALWAYS tastes better than the allowed!

    My kids are so lucky they have me. LOL

  2. MadMaz said,

    June 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

    OMG these look amazing…Sandra, only adults should have cupcakes in my opinion haha lol :)

  3. Obi's Sister said,

    June 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Exactly, only adults can appreciate such yummy goodness!

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  5. Lola! said,

    August 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    WHERE’S THE RECIPE MAN!?

  6. maryam said,

    August 11, 2009 at 4:31 am

    i need recipes

  7. Julie said,

    October 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    hi name is Julie

  8. Meagan said,

    October 27, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I love your cupcakes!

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  10. Lollypop said,

    February 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

    OMG NO!!! KIDS NEED CUPCAKES SO BADLY!!! I’m a kid and I love cupcakes but my mum only lets me have them as a treat…
    SO SAD!!!

  11. BRIDES MAGAZINE said,

    February 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Hi,
    im writing from brides magazine. we are putting together a roses story and i would like to know where i can get those rose cupcakes featured on this page. please get back to me at alyssa_abrams@condenast.com as soon as possible
    thank you!
    alyssa

  12. Isabella said,

    March 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I love your cupcakes. My Birrthday is next week, and I’m doing a brunch. I would love to make some cupcakes, but I don’t know how. Could you help me out?

    It’ll be a pleasure if you’d write back.

  13. ladyvanduck said,

    March 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I really love your cupcakes! Could you tell me how to bake them?

  14. sarah said,

    May 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    beuty cupcakes

  15. j-lo said,

    May 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

    hey i wish i knew how to make your cupcakes they look so yummy and this is the real Jennifer Lopez the movie star my new movie just came out “the back-up plan” i will give u free tickets to a concert of who ever you want to see and if you could co0me to my party that would be great. i live at 3325 California street see u Friday thxs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. somebubble said,

    May 22, 2010 at 3:33 am

    yummy! the cupcakes look soooo delicious! i’ve been wanting to bake cupcakes 4 a while now… how’d you ice them so well?
    sorry… i know nothing about icing :P

  17. someone said,

    May 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    no! u adults know nothing of the joy op cupcakes! (i iz 11)

  18. a human being said,

    June 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

    wow those cupcakes look gorge and as i am a 12 year old girl they are rather appealing as to anyone however on the subject of not giving too much of them to your kid , i do agree because i look at them sometimes and feel sick if of course if i’ve have had one or two before ,dont get me wrong im not a healthy freak but i just feel that yknow more should be done to promote healthy eating as i mean girls around me who are quite umm big (no offence)are literally scoffing junk down 24/7 no offence agen, i meen everyone callz me anorexic which i am not just a bit skinny and i eat loads of junk yet dont put on any weight so yeah and i also eat healthy wich just balances it all out lol ok fine ill stop lecturing lol byee

  19. shannon said,

    August 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

    what kind of icing is used on the mario cupcakes?


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