Babycakes San Diego


It’s no secret that I love cupcakes. If you do not like cupcakes, then you might as well take the Constitution out of its archival glass case and set it on fire, because it means you are not a patriot. (I’m awfully good at hyperbole. I should go into politics. Except I’m really a wimp).

In truth, I don’t eat cupcakes all the time. Just some of the time. And because they’re smaller than a cake, you can pretend it’s much better for you.

Well, anyway, in San Diego I made a friend take me to In n Out, where I found out about Animal Style fries. This is what happened:

Me at counter: Cheese burger, animal style, and fries.
Guy: That will be $7.
Me: Ok.
Guy: For here or to go?
Me(thinking about something else entirely): Yes.
Guy: Huh?
Me: I mean, for here. Sorry.

So dude thought I wanted an Animal Style Burger WITH Animal Style fries. The lady plopped down a tray: cheeseburger, animal-style, and fries covered in melted cheese, grilled onions, sauce, and meat. I think. I said I didn’t want them. She said, “He charged you $2 extra.” Well, I’m from Hawaii. What I paid in San Diego was still cheaper than what I’d pay in Hawaii. In n Out cheeseburgers are $2 and something. I was just happy it was under $10.

Plus, who would order Animal Style fries AND an animal-style hamburger? I know. Some people would.

While we waited for my regular fries, my friend told me about a new cupcake shop in Hillcrest. “I can take you there if you like,” she said, and would I say no? Even after I ate In n Out? Of course not.

Then we went to Babycakes.

I have chandelier envy.

Frosting shots, anyone?

So many to choose from, so little room in my belly. I shouldn’t have had a burger first.

We got these: a PB&J, which is chocolate with a peanut butter buttercream, swirled with jam; and a blood orange, which has cream cheese frosting and blueberries on the bottom.

They tasted as good as they looked.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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