Walnut bread excites me. No, that’s not a euphemism or an admission of a baked goods fetish. I feel like almost every book I’ve read lately, where the female MC bakes, involves her baking cupcakes.
Then I read a book in which there were no cupcakes. Our heroine made walnut bread. And I was stupidly impressed. Seriously? It’s come to this?
Did I miss the memo where cupcakes became code for something? Some femininity shorthand or test of excellence in a relationship the way women were once chosen for their child-bearing hips?
Personally? Love cupcakes. But they’re starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to being some kind of defining character trait. “Oh look! She bakes cupcakes!”
So, darlings, I’m asking you to point me in the direction of baking diversity in books. And no, you can’t just give me cake chefs. That’s just bigger cupcakes. Give me a chocolatière, a confiseur. Or how about we leave the baking realm altogether in favour of a sushi chef, a gourmand of Indian cuisine, that barbecuing grand champion?
Let’s treat the cupcake in writing, like the cupcake in real life – a small sweet bite.
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