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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Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Quinacridone Gold, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Turquoise, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 10 - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Vanilla cupcake in gold foil cup with buttercream frosting

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22 thoughts on “Vanilla Cupcake Day

  1. Charlie, your cupcake is do delectable – I wish I could gobble this up! You painted it perfectly. Vanilla is a regal flavor – how can anyone not adore vanilla extract added to French toast, waffles, and pancakes, all desserts, soda (which I almost never drink but love with a squirt of vanilla) – it’s just a wonderful flavor.

    I love chocolate cupcakes or cake with buttercream frosting which is a butter and sugar confection with vanilla extract flavoring, whipped into a spreadable mixture to glop over the cupcake. I think buttercream frosting is on your vanilla cupcake.

    Or skip the cupcake and just eat the buttercream frosting out of the bowl. Yum yum yum.

  2. You did a great job painting Vanilla! And I must admit, I would totally take a vanilla cupcake over chocolate also – and a vanilla soft serve ice cream cone over chocolate every day of the week. I adore chocolate, but for cake and ice cream – it is vanilla all the way for me too! I love how you tied it all back to simple pleasures. Glad you are finding some to appreciate. 🙂

  3. I am shielding my eyes. I halfway through a 16 day cleanse before a medical checkup (I like to prepare for my exams). Your delicious drawings are tempting me! I have a plan for the 19th, the day of the test, which includes tons of whipped peanut cream on a gluten free choco banana nut cake. Okay? I’m unleashing in the kitchen.

  4. I think every day ought to be Vanilla Cupcake Day, no? I mean, that’s like pitching a Citrus Polos day 😉 (haven’t mentioned those beauties for a while!) Lovely stuff, you made a difficult doodlewash look easy, as usual. Hmm, the texture of the cake… it’s stirring up temptation for a simple cuppa and cupcake – a match made in heaven!

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