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Why Cupcakes are HOT!
By Rachel Kramer Bussel

The allure of the upscale cupcake is lovingly chronicled on "Cupcakes Take the Cake," a blog founded by Rachel Kramer Bussel. She is also an editor of erotic literature and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice. We asked her to draw on her two areas of professional expertise and detail the sensual charms of petite pastry.

hile cupcakes are largely known for their kid-like appeal, there's a softer, sexier side to this dessert that cannot be overlooked.
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I consider a hand-delivered cupcake the perfect way to seduce someone. More than cookies or brownies, cupcakes can be individualized, decorated in shades that will appeal to a specific personality. Their size means they'll last for several bites, and the recipient doesn't have to share -- unless they want to. Since there are so many ways to eat a cupcake, watching a lover delicately lick the frosting, or savor both layers, can be an intimate act, especially under direct, voyeuristic supervision.

Bottom line -- the burst of sugar on one's tongue from a rich, oozing buttercream frosting cannot be rivaled. The red velvet cupcake has emerged at several bakeries as the "sexy one," but any cupcake can be made into an erotic treat under the right circumstances.

Place it in a box with some tissue paper, sprinkle candy hearts on it, or tell your special someone to close their eyes, open their mouths, then insert at will. Like an ice cream cone, you can swirl your tongue along the upper layer of frosting, or delicately swipe a finger through its luscious topping, making it a beautiful, and hands-on, delight.

The very word "cupcake" has become a double entendre of the sexual variety. I've heard the term "cupcake" referred not-so-delicately to a woman's breasts (which they do resemble more than any other dessert) as well as genitalia. Seattle bakery Cupcake Royale offers cheeky buttons saying "ask me about my cupcakes," and I've certainly been on the receiving end of raised eyebrows when offering someone a cupcake, which can be considered a come-on.

The erotic allure of cupcakes is in the eye of the beholder. They can morph from innocent delight into weapon of seduction all with the twinkle of an eye, an accent on "cup," and an elaborate swirl of frosting.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an editor and journalist ( in New York City, where she hosts the monthly In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series. Her most recent anthologies are "He's on Top: Erotic Stories of Male Dominance and Female Submission" and "She's on Top: Erotic Stories of Female Dominance and Male Submission (Cleis Press).

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