Cupcake Currency

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Rebecca Clanton-Lewis

This week started like other weeks usually do. I baked my cupcakes and I interacted with customers. I drove my cupcake van and I purchased supplies. I ran The Cupcake Cowgirls like normal, accepting money in exchange for my delicious product. My cupcakes are still as popular as ever!

And then I made a trip to the bank. I had to make a cash deposit, as all honest and hardworking business folks do. I handed the teller my cash and waited patiently as she began the transaction. Little did I know, this would be no ordinary visit to the bank.

Imagine my surprise as the teller looked me, startled, and said “I’m sorry; we can’t accept this $100 bill,” I blinked in confusion as she went on to explain: “It’s counterfeit.”


I was shocked. It was fake money? How could this have happened? Well, regardless, now that $100 of hard earned cash is on its way to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C.

Did someone actually come into my cute little cupcake shop and use a fake bill to buy themselves a treat? It gets my blood boiling just thinking about it. I could understand if you were hungry and needed to buy some food for dinner. I could understand if you needed to feed your children, one way or another. I could certainly understand if you felt trapped and were just trying to survive.

But my cupcakes are a luxury item. Divine little treats, extra bites of pleasure to those that feel deserving of a little indulgence. They are certainly not a necessity!

Or are they? Have I cracked the code? Have I discovered the secret to cupcake-baking at its finest? Have I made the cupcakes that cease to be an occasional treat and instead become a basic need for dessert lovers of Texas? It has, after all, always been my passion to produce a product that people simply couldn’t live without. Wow. Who knew that my little shop would inspire people to print their own money- just so they could get some cupcakes! I’ve really gone and done it now.

My mind reeled with these thoughts as I drove the cupcake van home from the bank. And then my brain took it a step further. Why not make lemonade out of lemons?

If they could do it, so can I! I could print my own money- call it “cupcake currency” if you will- and kids could earn it through good behavior. Good attendance in school, excellent grades, outstanding citizenship, and volunteer work- these and other activities of similar quality could earn cupcake currency.

I could start a currency revolution!

I realized that the fake $100 bill didn’t have to ruin my day. It didn’t have to be a solely negative situation, tarnishing my experience of owning The Cupcake Cowgirls, because I could use the dishonesty of some unknown person to fuel my creative thinking.

What better way to turn a negative, disappointing situation like that counterfeit bill into something worthwhile?

So, dear cupcake consumers, what do you think? Can “cupcake currency” be the latest, greatest thing in Cypress? Can we motivate our kids to step up to the plate and do amazing things by rewarding them with the cupcakes that people seemingly can’t live without? The sky is the limit and the cupcakes are the reward.

And honestly, can you think of a better one?

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