I’ve tried many things to get a handle on my anger from buying an aquarium full of fish to hiring a guru to teach me Transcendental Meditation. But there’s only one thing that works to quiet my fiery soul–and that’s eating a cupcake.
Yes, you heard me right. It’s that little sweet treat that kids eat at birthday parties and moms bring into school after just taking them out of the oven. It’s not only good for making a successful TV show–Cupcake Wars–it’s a terrific mental health intervention that could possibly save you thousands of dollars on anger management classes.
It’s not just any cupcake, mind you, it’s a special cupcake that makes your mind do somersaults and back flips. It’s that delicious mound of goodness that makes you forget what you are angry about. It makes you love life.
You have to search for that special cupcake. There’s a couple of places that I found that work for me–Crushcakes in Santa Barbara and the Mariposa Bakery in Oakland, California. Both put me in an anger-free zone.
My girlfriend once observed me eating a cupcake at Crushcakes. This is what she observed happening to me while I was eating one with chocolate icing and dark chocolate shavings. Mind you, prior to this I was angry after receiving my fourth parking ticket since moving to Santa Barbara.
“The moment he put the cake to his lips his pupils dilated and his lips spread apart into a giant grin. It was the kind of grin one gets when all your needs are met and life is rosy.” My girlfriend took out her iPhone and snapped pictures of me in various cupcake-eating poses: fork to cake, picking the piece up, placing it into my mouth, and smiling afterward. Each part of the eating process was like a slow yoga vinyasa.
I keep trying to understand this cupcake phenomenon. My best understanding of it is that the cupcake takes me back to an earlier time, a time of innocence. When I was a kid, I had delicious cupcakes at birthday parties and in-school celebrations. Cupcakes are kid food–small, simple, and sweet. It is a symbol of fun and laughter and celebration.
Whatever anti-anger chemical is in the cupcake, whether it is the creamy icing or spongy cake–it works. Crushcakes has a catchy slogan–Eat Cupcakes Not War. Mine is similar. Eat Cupcakes Not Anger.