The Icing on the Cake: Why We Top Our Desserts

Have you ever wondered why we put icing on top of our cakes and cupcakes, even though our tongues, which do the tasting, are on the bottom of our mouths? It seems like it would make more sense to put the frosting on the bottom, or to eat our treats upside down so our tongues get the sweet taste first. However, there are a few reasons why we traditionally frost the tops of our baked goods.

The Icing on the Cake: Why We Top Our Desserts

Visual Appeal

First and foremost, icing on top of a cake or cupcake makes it visually appealing. The bright colors and smooth or textured surfaces of frosting are often the first thing we notice about a dessert. This visual appeal can make the dessert more enticing and enjoyable.

Texture and Structure

Secondly, the structure of most baked goods is such that they can support icing on top better than on the bottom. Cakes and cupcakes usually have a flat, sturdy top that can hold the weight of the frosting. If you were to put icing on the bottom, it might not stick as well, and it could make the dessert soggy.

Tradition and Convenience

Finally, tradition and convenience play a role. It’s easier to frost the top of a cake or cupcake, especially if you’re decorating multiple treats at once. And since we’ve been frosting the tops of our desserts for centuries, it’s what we’re used to.

So, while it might seem like a good idea to put the frosting on the bottom of your dessert or to eat it upside down, there are practical reasons why we frost the tops. But of course, when it comes to enjoying your sweet treats, there’s no right or wrong way – as long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters!

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