Pearl’s hope was to create a cupcake that would be the talk of the town. It would lure the mailman known as “Fizz’ into her bakery, Pearl’s Pastry Shop. He used to be their mailman, but his route changed. Pearl didn’t realize her fond feelings for Fizz until another mailman made his debut. She needed to bake something that would be the carrot and draw Fizz back to her shop regularly. Once this happened, it would be her feminine wiles that would convince Fizz of their mutual attraction.
Pearl heard through the grape vine that he was keen on chocolate and so this was the center of her recipe. She decided to use dark—a bit more seductive– instead of milk chocolate, and add a special “Pearl combo” to the batter. It was kind of like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with so much good “stuff” loaded in every bite, but this was the baked version. Her imagination soared and the “Everything” cupcake was born.
Pearl asked Melissa, who works Mondays & Fridays, to hand out samples to passers-by on his mail route. This was to ensure that Fizz was offered a sample every day.
With each taste she handed out, Melissa would site her memorized spiel describing the “Everything” cupcake. It went like this: “The cake part is dark chocolate with shredded coconut, slivered almonds, chunks of milk & dark chocolate, dried cherries & pretzel pieces. The frosting is milk chocolate with slivered dark chocolate chunks surrounding the edge like a chocolate fence. It’s a holiday in a cupcake. Good stuff.” With that speech, who wouldn’t want a sample?
Fizz never refused a taste of Pearl’s cupcake. The samples led to many fans of the “Everything” cupcake, especially a 12 year-old boy, Kip, but no Fizz.
Then, on the day of the full harvest moon, the stars aligned. Pearl was tasting the result of her new sassy scone when the bell to her pastry shop jingled. She looked up. There, reflected in her eyes was Fizz her coveted mailman. Her heart danced. <3