Tomato Soup Cupcakes



Let’s talk a minute about this little sitcom that everyone seems to watch. One that kind of haunts my day to day life. Seriously, The Big Bang Theory. I can not tell you how often people step into our comic shop with wide eyes like it’s a strange and foreign land wondering what it must be like to ‘live in The Big Bang Theory”. No really. That show has made us all neurosurgeons and physicists or blond flakes. And since I’m the girl, they often assume the latter for me as well. Thanks. And I’m pretty sure my father had finally stopped thinking working at a comic shop was just like the comic guy from the Simpsons and was finally starting to think it could be ‘normal’ right around the time Sheldon appears to the world. No really, thanks.

So, naturally, every time someone walks in and says, “This must be what it’s like to be on the Big Bang Theory…” I fight the urge to roll my eyes (only proving that flake thing right) and remind them that the Big Bang Theory is a made up show.

Sadly though, it hit me this weekend, as my first customer was a Big Bang enthusiast and it was his first time in my shop. He set up camp and started a rather thorough exploration into the anatomy of a comic shop and as the morning rolled on it happened. My Sheldons, Leonards, and even an Amy or two were arguing about various topics around the store.  And as much as I enjoy their company and their amusing arguments that none are going to let the other ever win any way, I realized that this man who was watching us all was absolutely right. Yes, there are perfectly normal people at comic book stores. There are also extremes that sway in all directions. And there are even twitchy social awkward physicists. The last one just happens to be the one everyone is hunting for right now.


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  1. says

    Tomato makes total sense. It’s sweet. Weird, but sweet. I wonder if Dudette would like them after I told her what was in them. :)

    I am proud to admit that I’ve never watched The Big Bang Theory. Hubby loves it, but I think it’s obnoxious. I’ll stick with Castle and Bones. When my man and a friend of his get together and start talking about the show, I DO roll my eyes (and I dare either one of them to even hint the word blonde in my direction!). :) Stay warm, Kita.

  2. says

    I have heard of these but have never taken the plunge to actually make them. I’m so glad to hear someone I actually trust say their good. I’m with you on the Big Bang Theory. Never seen it. I try to avoid shows with a laugh track. I don’t like to be told when to laugh (:

  3. says

    I can totally relate. People find out I have a PhD and ask me if I like the show. Or wonder how I’m so normal.

    Anyways… I’m totally intrigued by these cupcakes. I even have a can of tomato soup in the cupboard (leftover from my sick day last week!) that I can experiment with!

  4. says

    Just think about all the money that show is bringing in though! And bringing new comic enthusiasts! I need some more people to argue with about if Batman is a superhero or not… Tomato soup is crazy original! It definitely caught my eye!

  5. Jill says

    Sounded weird at first but I can’t wait to try them. With the marscapone in the frosting, do you need to keep them refrigerated? Thanks Kate!!

  6. Carolyn says

    My family has been making Tomato Soup cake since the 50’s (when BHG and Family Circle Magazine had categories under “lunchbox” cakes – i.e. no frosting so you could cut it up and put it in a lunch box with little or no mess). My(grown and on there own) kids will just love this,one of my son’s best friend still begs for this everytime I see him!

  7. says

    The show is funny…but I think comic book nerd types differ than physicist nerd types, which differs from computer nerd types, which differs from engineer nerd types. Sigh, you have to know a lot of nerds to know the differences I guess.

    Tomato soup, huh? Who would have thunk?

  8. says

    oh, this cracks me up. at least you have people coming in to check it out but it’s funny how their impression of the store is based upon the show.

    I’ve always heard from people that tomato soup cake is great. I think the special ingredient just mentally tricks people. gotta try them out for myself.

  9. says

    I am loving the idea of a wintery carrot cake actually. It’s different – but hey – love tomato soup – so why not. I’ve found black bean fudge to be delicious.

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