This is the story of the guy who tried to change the world, one cupcake at a time…and succeeded.
The year was 3014 and Planet Earth was a very bad place to live in. Death and destruction were common and unexplained freak accidents happened to one out of four people in every 30 kilometre radius. Tyrants and power-hungry villians were made rulers of dominant countries and the age of colonisation made a comeback. What was previously classified as Third World countries have now been recategorised as Tenth World countries as the gap between developed and under-developed nations grew wider and wider. The world economy was being monopolised by leaders whose main intention was to die rich and immensely powerful, which they so sadly took to be the meaning of success.
War occurred in almost every other country as people fought with each other for survival. Cannibalism was slowly becoming an option. The simple dreams of owning a house and car were no longer in existence. Food, drink and shelter were scarce. It was as though the so-called evolutionary process – for those who believe in the Darwinian theory – has been dramatically reversed. It was survival of the fittest once again, though the element of natural selection has been ommitted as the needs to procreate were also far from everyone’s minds.
In a small city on the outskirts of the capital, there lived a young man, who, like many others, was highly unsatisfied with the environment he lived in. It was unsafe to step outside the secure confines of his house as the danger of being killed and eaten was present. He grew weary of the daily news, which reported more and more deaths and hardship each day. He wanted to do something about it, but he didn’t know what to do. How could he promote peace to the entire world??
The answer came to him by way of inspiration. A thought occurred to him, ‘Since we’re living in a bitter place, what we need is something sweet to take the bitterness away. Sugar is sweet, but what has sugar in it? Chocolate? But where can I get enough chocolate for global supply? What about cakes? What about small miniature cakes? Then I can distribute these cakes to each and every person to make their lives a little bit better!’
He then began his task. Working to the early hours of morning, he mixed butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour together to form a batter. He then scooped this batter into inidividually prepared paper cups and stuck it in the oven for 20 minutes. While the cakes were baking, he combined butter and icing sugar to form a thick paste, which he divided into small batches and added the colours of the rainbow to them. His timer went off, signalling that his cakes were ready. As he took them out of the oven, the smell filled the entire cavity of the kitchen, and already, he began to feel optimistic about the future. Taking a bit of colour, he began drawing on the cakes, decorating them with smiley faces, colourful flowers, beautiful butterflies, white fluffy clouds and dazzling rainbows. After every single one of the cakes were covered in sweet icing, he placed them in a box, took a deeeeeppp breath and stepped out.
It was pandemonium outside. People were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Fighting openly, they resembled savage animals. Feeling brave, the young man approached a couple who was literally biting each other’s heads off and gave them a cupcake each. The effect was instantaneous! Upon biting into the delicacy, the couple released each other at once. A strange glow engulfed them and their frightening wild appearances turned into calm and smiling looks. They savoured the soft sugary goodness before walking away, hand-in-hand, perfectly at peace.
The young man was stunned, and also motivated. Hurriedly, he got closer to a little girl who was strangling an adult man who was easily twice her size. The young man gave her a cupcake, and the little girl, desperate for the mere possibility of food, took his offering. The same thing happened. Colour flooded her grey cheeks, and the glow illuminated her entire being. She laughed out, a bright cheerful sound. Smiling away, she finished the cupcake, apologised to the older man who she was strangling a while ago, kissed the young cupcake man on the cheek and walked off.
The young man gave his cupcakes to people he figured needed them and it transformed them completely. They became, from rough, uncouth creatures, to gentle and polite human beings. Greatly motivated by his unexpected success, the young man rushed home and whipped up another culinary concoction, making many batches at once. Dashing out of his house laden with cupcakes, he proceeded to restore everyone in the city to their original civilised state.
He thought about expanding his magic to the entire world. With superhuman strength and speed, he managed to bake hundreds of cupcakes at the same time. Then, using his superhuman ability to fly, he jetted off to various corners of the world, handing out cupcakes to everyone and thus, promoted peace to what would otherwise be a world destined for doom. Everybody loved his cupcakes, from Paris to Japan, London to Sydney, New York to New Delhi. They commented on its cheerful design and its delectable buttery taste.
“Where can we get more of these yummy cupcakes?” they asked.
“Here’s my card,” said the young man, handing out a rectangular piece of hardened paper, on it was written, ‘Ir. Radin Fadli, founder of World of Sweetness, cupcake chef-slash-photographer’
“Oh goody! If I want 50 pieces, do you think you could deliver it to Johannesburg?”
“Definitely! With my newfound superhuman ability to fly, anything is possible!”
Because of his achievements and successes, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, joining the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
“Congratulations young man! Your magic cupcakes have been a great contribution to the world of baking, but more importantly to this world we live in. Do you have anything to say regarding your success?”
“Yes, I have thing to say….PEACE NO WAR!” xD
This young man is now the chancellor of RMFU School of Culinary Arts, which has a waiting list of 50,000 every year. Because of his inspirational story, many young graduates have now left their professional jobs as doctors, lawyers and architects and proceeded to open their own bakery, and they owe it all to the Cupcake Boy :-D
credit to Khal for a delightful story.