timprov: So if you make something that's half muffin and half kangaroo, but then you only frost it inside the pouch, is it a muffin or a cupcake? Me: Only the joey is a cupcake. The rest is a muffin. timprov: Do the cupcakes breed true when the joey grows up? Me: Look, I can make you a Punnett Square when you wake up-- timprov: I don't want to be a Punnett Square when I wake up! I want to be a Punnett Square now!
I do wish to clarify that while frosting is a guideline for the important existential difference between muffins and cupcakes, it is not the endpoint of the discussion, which is I think how we got to kangaroos. Either that or we got to kangaroos because timprov should have gone to bed half an hour ago. I'm not really sure.
I am just relieved that there was nothing whatsoever about frosting ducks, geese, or grey ducks. Because that would have been just silly.
My chocolate cupcakes have milk in them. I can't tell from here whether we just plain disagree here or whether you wouldn't know mine had milk in them from biting into one. I suppose we can try an experiment sometime if you like, with a double-blind and like that. Science applied to chocolate is good science.
Well, this makes it easier for me to tell myself that I should not set up an elaborate muffin/cupcake distinguishing session for 4th St. Because really I have other things I could do with that energy, but on the other hand...muffins! Cupcakes!
Now I'm picturing some sort of icing filled pastry that jumps energetically out of a toaster, but with muffin/cupcake consistency rather than flakiness. Of course, for it to work in a toaster means that it's not particularly muffin/cupcake shaped, but neither is a half kangaroo.