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Trouble in Paradise: Cupcakes Don't Save the Day

Apparently Santa Maria has been studying the Victoria marinara jar. Yesterday afternoon, she responded to a commenter on this site who wanted to know if there were any fillers in the sauce by listing, verbatim, the ingredients on its label: “imported Italian tomatoes, pure Italian olive oil, fresh onions, fresh basil, fresh garlic, sea salt, spices.”

Last night I had planned on preparing our quick Indian weeknight special, but when I came home from work, there was a bowl of freshly cooked pasta waiting for me, topped with the Victoria sauce, chopped mozzarella, and freshly grated parmesan, with a side of Hot Robot Spinach. Santa Maria had made me dinner.

I took a bite of the pasta. “It’s so good, isn’t it,” she said with a sly smile. “I see no reason why we would ever have to make homemade sauce again.” Uh oh, I thought, am I out of a job?

To impress her with my culinary knowledge, I told her about a website that I had found that afternoon: Cupcakes Take the Cake, which links “to over 400 bakeries (divided into NYC bakeries, non-NYC U.S. bakeries, and international bakeries)” and aggregates recipes from bloggers and elsewhere for the delectable treat. “Oh, I’ve known about that for ages,” she said. What’s a guy to do?

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