Introduction: How to Eat a Cupcake

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Summer time and birthday parties can pose us with many challenges, not the least of which comes in the form of the Ridiculous Cupcake.  Here I'll show you some quick cupcake kung fu to help you out of these embarrassing situations.

I love cupcakes.  I don't love frosting. But too often, store-bought cupcakes are far to dry to enjoy without the aid of buttercream. 

So how in the world is the average person expected to navigate a standard sized cupcake with a mountain of frosting precariously perched atop??  Some techniques might include taking one bite of cake, and one bite of frosting.  Another might be to try and rotate bites so as to get the perfect ratio of frosting to cake.  Inevitably, these methods lead to unintentional sugar overload or a sad mound of frosting at your feet.

Here's a technique I learned on the interwebs about how to manage a monster cupcake without tears.

Step 1: Disrobe and Dismember

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Remove all of the non-edible parts of your cupcake.  This includes the wrapping and whatever plastic whirligigs have been embedded.

Step 2: Bifurcate

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Procure a knife or cutting implement of some sort, and cut that cake across the middle.

Step 3: Invert

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Flip the top half of the cupcake over, sandwiching the inhuman amount of icing in between the layers of cake.

Step 4: Eat

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Now you've got a perfect (or at least manageable) cupcake sandwich - even amounts of cake and icing in every sloppy bite!  While the bite itself might be larger than you're comfortable with, at least you're not left with a giant mound of frosting on a tiny island of cake that no one wants to eat.


dark sponge (author)2010-06-13

I can't believe I've never thought of this before, now my new favorite method! 5 stars!

M.C. Langer (author)2013-07-22

Ok, this is awesome!!! Audrey and you have some kind of competition? LOL!

GASSYPOOTS (author)2012-02-21

na eat it whole

coolo52 (author)2012-02-20

this is a brilliant idea, 5 stars

lameospaghetti (author)2012-01-23

p.s. i usually just break it.

lameospaghetti (author)2012-01-23

this is the ONLY way to eat a cupcake. i have been doing it for years and years.

Shany120 (author)2011-11-01

This is AWESOME!

cpeterson6 (author)2011-08-07

I do this all the time, but I don't use a knife to cut the cake in half. I simply twist off the bottom of the cake and plop it on top of the icing.. Most come off fairly evenly this way.

Plo Koon (author)2011-06-24

That looks painful.

komecake (author)2011-06-12

OH man.... I might need to make a midnight run for cupcakes here shortly. *Drools*

supertoria12 (author)2011-05-12

i've been doing this since i can't even remember. i thought i invented it, then in middle school i found out that one of my teachers ate cupcakes in this way. i was amazed that i was not alone, and kind of disappointed that i hadn't created a new way of eating cupcakes. i'm even more shocked that there's an instructable for it!
oh, and the only issue i've ever had with this method is when the cupcake is too dry and it crumbles in your hands. mini cupcakes always seem to work best.

SeaLion (author)2010-11-18

You caught me there for a moment...I paused for a while to think of how I would normally eat a cupcake...

Meesy7 (author)2010-09-07

But wouldn't the frosting explode everywhere?

thewizard42 (author)2010-06-18


nightninja87 (author)2010-06-17

oh my god! you decapitated a clown!!!! i never knew you could eat them like this till i seen it on food network the one day :)

guatsamosa (author)2010-06-17

kinda like eating pizza crust to point.... awesomeeeeeee :) might have to make an "instructable" for that... pretty self explanatory though...

darkpid (author)2010-06-15

This was taken from, but is still a nice design.

scoochmaroo (author)darkpid2010-06-15

I couldn't find it again. I knew I'd seen it on the interwebs, but I can't even find it on oddtodd now!

Well good thing you posted it. How terrible would it be for the world to forget the awesome cupcake sandwich.

bettbee (author)2010-06-14

This shouold be entered into the cutest instructable ever contest :-)

scoochmaroo (author)bettbee2010-06-14

Thanks! That would be a fun contest. But I don't know if it can beat this one

Kryptonite (author)scoochmaroo2010-06-14
  1. Complete your method
  2. ???
  3. No profit, just inhumane amounts of sugar.
mhalbrook (author)2010-06-14

too many steps, 1. Remove any plastic 2. Lick off Icing 3 Eat cake if you want.

Kryptonite (author)mhalbrook2010-06-14
  1. Complete your method
  2. ???
  3. No profit, just inhumane amounts of sugar.
lemonie (author)2010-06-14

That's surely going to be useful to me one day, thanks.
Now then, how about those pastry-pockets of fruit-flavoured molten-lava...?


T3h_Muffinator (author)2010-06-14

Ooh! The more I know :) (I only know the proper method for eating muffins. Maybe I should post that.)

frenzy (author)2010-06-14

That Poor Squashed Clown!

Marsh (author)2010-06-13

This is BRILLIANT!!!!!

Rizzy (author)2010-06-13


BrantFlakes315 (author)2010-06-13

I saw this on reddit the other day. They called it a "cupwich"

killerjackalope (author)2010-06-13

Awesome 'ible, featured...

Chikara (author)2010-06-13

5 stars! now I know what to do with my birthday cupcakes..

M.C. Langer (author)2010-06-13

Mmmmm... delicious!!! I WANT A CUPCAKE!!!!

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