Happy Vanilla Cupcake Day! I have no idea the origin of this day, but I love these rather hyper-specific holidays. This one works for me as I’m a huge fan of vanilla cupcakes, preferring them even over the chocolate version. This is only the second cupcake I’ve ever tried to paint, however, and I have to say that painting them is super difficult and I have no idea why. I adore eating them, but trying to make one look interesting perplexes me. Probably because I’d rather just be eating them. Vanilla is also a term often used to describe something that has no special or extra features. Something ordinary or standard. Yet, I’ve always loved the simplest of desserts, with a touch of vanilla, and I think that they’re marvelous. So, today I happily celebrate the simple joy of a little vanilla cupcake.
As a kid, I was teased for my love of vanilla desserts and told they’re too boring. I would always choose a simple vanilla ice cream cone over a chocolate one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally insane. I do, of course, love chocolate. But, there was something incredibly satisfying and comforting about the humble vanilla ice cream cone. Going to weddings often made me anxious as I don’t love crowds and prefer one-on-one company, but I loved the cake! Well, sometimes the dancing if there was enough alcohol served to properly remove my inhibitions. I enjoyed the cake so much, that going to a wedding always made me incredibly excited and happy. Well, for it to actually be over, so I could run to enjoy a slice of cake.
As ever, I’m not sure the point of anything I’m currently typing. I just say what comes to my mind and I’m still running on very little sleep. If I had an actual point to this post, I guess it would be that it’s often possible to take simple joys for granted. A favorite little bit of cake can do wonders for the soul. When you’re eating a cupcake it’s actually really hard to think about anything else. For the briefest of moments the craziness of the world disappears in a sugary rush. Nothing else matters for that blissful bit of time and each bite feels like a celebration. So maybe that’s why this tiny treat managed to earn its own special day. No extra frills and features to get in the way. Just the pure enjoyment of biting into a little vanilla cupcake.
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