Cupcakes have come to symbolize indulgence for many Americans.­­ We are attracted to the brightly colored, perfectly packaged confections from boutique sellers for just that reason, as Andrea Adleman found out in her article today in Food.

No eight-carat diamonds in here. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

In advance of Valentine’s Day, a Philadelphia area cupcake shop has introduced its new Sparkling Red Velvet Cupcake, which features an eight-carat diamond engagement ring perched on its creamy white frosting.

The shop, which has gone all co-op advertising with a neighboring jewelry store, is offering the confection through call-ahead orders, reports the Baltimore Sun.

There’s no sweeter way to pop the question to your significant other than with a dreamy cupcake with a diamond engagement ring sitting on top,” said Maki Garcia-Evans, owner and executive pastry chef at Cupcakes Gourmet.

The means of proposal would fit our desire for luxury and creativity, the experts in Adleman’s story suggest. But are ring-bearing baked goods the next upwardly mobile step for high-end engagements? Or is this a corny take on a proposal that has surely beendone before? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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