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A $55,000 sparkling, red velvet cupcake?

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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Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.


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