I don’t have a good baked good transportation system. Our Tupperware collection is small, and I lack a container large enough to transport a dozen cupcakes, let alone a layer cake. Wonktheplank and I have had some harrowing experiences transporting dozens of cupcakes on public transportation that threatened to slip off their plates.
But in spite of these perils, I always enjoy transporting my creations because they get such good compliments and appreciative stares of my fellow Metro passengers. I also force Wonktheplank to be my cake-bearer, so I usually don’t have to carry the stuff myself.
This weekend we had an especially fun time traveling with a chocolate cake that was destined for a post-concert party. I didn’t cover the cake with anything, after I messed up some of my Hanukkah cupcakes when I covered them in plastic wrap. The cake itself wasn’t exactly a success (too much oil in the cake, too much sour cream in the chocolate frosting), but the excited Inauguration tourists sure seemed to like it.
One tourist said that he couldn’t believe we were taking the uncovered cake on the Metro, as though cake transportation were a daring feat. Another couple in the Capitol South station did a double take at the cake and called out to Wontheplank, “Did you make that?” “She did,” Wonk replied, gesturing to me. Other passengers just stared, hungrily, at the appealing chocolate color and my rather messy decorating job.
Considering the response, I wonder what would have happened if I had brought Obama cupcakes on the Metro? I think I’m going to have to try that in 2013.