So my boss Esti has a theory about miniature desserts we call the “Tijuana Turtle Effect.” Observe:
One miniature butterfly cupcake is pretty cute.
Three mini butterfly cupcakes are kind of darling.
But a huge spread of dozens and dozens of mini butterfly cupcakes, arranged wing to wing? UNBEARABLY ADORABLE.This, my friends, is the Tijuana Turtle Effect.
As she explains it, it’s like when you go to Tijuana and see these stalls selling hundreds of small bobble-headed turtle figurines. The sheer volume of the teensy turtles hypnotizes you into thinking they’re just the cutest things you’ve ever seen, and pretty soon you won’t be happy until you own a Tijuana turtle for yourself. Of course, you get home and it’s not nearly as cute without its brethren–but that is the lesson of the Tijuana turtles. We’ve found this also holds true for all types of miniature desserts. No matter how cute something looks, it invariably looks twelve times cuter when surrounded by hundreds of clones. I made these butterfly cupcakes for my friend Heather’s baby shower. Citrus flavors are her favorite, so I did lemon cupcakes with four different flavors of citrus curd inside. The green ones are key lime, the pink are pink grapefruit, the yellow are lemon, and the orange are (you guessed it) orange. Each is topped with vanilla buttercream and a white chocolate butterfly.
Arranged at the shower:
So the next time you’re not so pleased with the appearance a dessert you’ve made, simply make a few dozen more and arrange them side by side. I guarantee they will look way cuter, and if you’re still not pleased, you now have a ton of dessert with which to comfort yourself. Win-win!