And now, I'd like to tell you all a little Mardi Gras story. It's the story of how one baker was given this picture for inspiration:
...and then asked to make Madison's sweet 16 birthday extra sweet.
This baker was no common decorator, though. She preferred to blaze her own path, rather than lowering herself to such common standards as "pretty" or "appetizing."
So the baker made a cupcake cake (ptooie!), used up all her colored icing outlining the bottoms of the cupcake wrappers - guaranteeing sticky hands and stained fingers - valiantly knocked a few sprinkles on top, and then bravely did battle with both common sense and decency before heroically charging Madison's family $34.99.
Thanks to Madison H. for that stirring tale of highway robbery.