Pies v. Cupcakes

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks

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Cupcakes
5
17%
Pies
25
83%
 
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Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 17:47

So, pies are apparently poised to take over from cupcakes as the "hip" dessert treat for those in the know, at least based on this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/dining/17pies.html?src=me&ref=homepage

Which do you prefer, and why?
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby The Modernist » 18 Nov 2010, 17:55

I don't get this craze for cupcakes. There's much nicer cakes out there. I think people just like the colours.

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby der nister » 18 Nov 2010, 17:58

pies are a lost art

to do them well takes time which means money

people don't like expensive baked goods

cupcakes were a cheap novelty that could be done badly and cheaply bastardizing the succcess of Sprinkles
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 18:07

Whoa, before cupcakes get completely bashed, there are some great ones out there. My wife makes delicious, boozy tres leches cupcakes, for example. They aren't all cheap and crappy.

That being said, pie clearly gets my vote. You just can't beat that mixture of flaky, fatty crust and fresh fruit, especially when still warm from the oven, and served with a scoop of ice cream.
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Johnny Fartpants » 18 Nov 2010, 18:10

Pies are fucking great! Cupcakes are for puffs.

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby B » 18 Nov 2010, 18:14

I don't know but all these west coast people coming over here with this kind of stuff need to stop.

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 18:15

Who's the loner that voted for cupcakes?
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Johnny Fartpants » 18 Nov 2010, 18:17

Nolamike wrote:Who's the loner that voted for cupcakes?


Probably Prof. He wears a cardy you know. Say no more.

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Foxhound » 18 Nov 2010, 18:20

Nolamike wrote:So, pies are apparently poised to take over from cupcakes as the "hip" dessert treat for those in the know....

Which do you prefer, and why?


Whichever one is less hip - because they'll be cheaper to buy by the dozen that way!

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Beebsy » 18 Nov 2010, 19:31

Since when were they "cupcakes" anyway? In the US, yes but over here they're "fairycakes", and always have been.

Regardless, they're too dry, eat the top and you're done with the good stuff. Give me pie any day.

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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 19:32

Beebsy wrote:Since when were they "cupcakes" anyway? In the US, yes but over here they're "fairycakes", and always have been.


No wonder Fartpants wrote that about Prof!
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby der nister » 18 Nov 2010, 19:36

Beebsy wrote:Since when were they "cupcakes" anyway? In the US, yes but over here they're "fairycakes", and always have been.

Regardless, they're too dry, eat the top and you're done with the good stuff. Give me pie any day.


unfortunately, that is why they became a trend

bulk box mixes yield little flavor but many cupcakes, hence the cheap sweet icing

thus a trend for the untalented
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 19:39

zphage wrote:
Beebsy wrote:Since when were they "cupcakes" anyway? In the US, yes but over here they're "fairycakes", and always have been.

Regardless, they're too dry, eat the top and you're done with the good stuff. Give me pie any day.


unfortunately, that is why they became a trend

bulk box mixes yield little flavor but many cupcakes, hence the cheap sweet icing

thus a trend for the untalented


Whoa, whoa, whoa! I'm not talking about box mix cupcakes v. homemade, fresh pies here. I'm talking cupcakes made from scratch, with homemade icing, with some creative flavor combos (essentially, like they sell in all of those cupcake boutiques that have popped up in every American city) v. homemade, fresh pies.

If you wanna talk about shitty box-mix cupcakes, then the comparable pies would be those lame frozen ones from the grocery store.
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby der nister » 18 Nov 2010, 19:47

nolamike,

I am sure your cupcakes are great. I am just talking about what the trend was based on.

Actually the cupcakes were/are emblematic of our time, all shimmer and no content.
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 19:54

zphage wrote:nolamike,

I am sure your cupcakes are great. I am just talking about what the trend was based on.

Actually the cupcakes were/are emblematic of our time, all shimmer and no content.


I don't think the trend was based on those mixes, though. For example, here in New Orleans, we have at least two small bakeries whose whole focus is cupcakes. They are really into sourcing local products, they use high quality chocolate, etc., and make everything from scratch. If you go to New York or LA, you'll find dozens and dozens of places like that - that's the cupcake trend I was getting at, more so than the standard box mix thing.

But yeah, the wife's cupcakes are great - though not quite as great as her pies. :D
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby LeBaron » 18 Nov 2010, 20:04

The cupcake trend is fucking asinine and emblematic of the recent sad reign of the infantile hipster jet set. Down with this sort of thing.
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby sloopjohnc » 18 Nov 2010, 20:08

Baron the Minx wrote:The cupcake trend is fucking asinine and emblematic of the recent sad reign of the infantile hipster jet set. Down with this sort of thing.


I've never ever considered a food's "cool quotient."

That whole wraps thing just passed me by a few years ago.
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 20:10

Baron the Minx wrote:The cupcake trend is fucking asinine and emblematic of the recent sad reign of the infantile hipster jet set. Down with this sort of thing.


The cupcake trend is freaking annoying, and it stinks that pies may be next on the hipster radar. But a good cupcake is a nice treat - although I'd rather just have a slice of a regular old full-size cake.

Hey Baron - you ever been to Wimberley? They've got a great old school pie shop there - pretty much all they sell is pie (it's generally meant to take home - I don't think they even sell coffee!). It's fantastic.

http://www.wimberleypie.com/

This quote from the "contact us" page sums up the place pretty well:

After numerous extended periods of total cyber meltdown, we have happily discovered a higher quality of life without e-mail. We also do not accept orders from the web site since e-mail is very unreliable for us and because we do not have e-mail capability inside the bakery--I have to do everything from home. Therefore, if you have questions for us you are welcome to write but your e-mails may not be seen for a week or more. Sorry for the inconvenience but I highly recommend the higher quality of life part!
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Nolamike » 18 Nov 2010, 20:11

sloopjohnc wrote:
Baron the Minx wrote:The cupcake trend is fucking asinine and emblematic of the recent sad reign of the infantile hipster jet set. Down with this sort of thing.


I've never ever considered a food's "cool quotient."

That whole wraps thing just passed me by a few years ago.


Oh man, wraps! :x Fuck that!
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Re: Pies v. Cupcakes

Postby Cosmic American Girl » 18 Nov 2010, 20:11

Cupcakes because they make people happy!
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In fact I'm just getting ready to whip up a batch of double chocolate cupcakes.
When the hipsters have long moved on to the next big thing I will still be championing the tasty little bites of heaven. Not that I have anything against a good slice of pie.