In a universe driven largely by two impulses – attraction and repulsion – one cannot overlook the intimate connection between sexual attraction and our most well-hidden cravings for everything sweet, salty, and dripping with creamy hot fudge, strawberries and sprinkles. Yes, we lust for “something sweet” on multiple levels, and these two very different forms of “hunger” often evoke an impulsive, voracious – and, at times even uncontrollable – desire to consume, ravage, posess and “eat up” every little morsel of those delicious things which we most desire. Food and sex, however, share more than a mere figurative similarity with one another – as metaphor, simile and other figurative comparisons tend to mirror inner truths hidden beneath the flowery, poetic frivolity of these playful conceptual juxtapositions. One obvious facet of this inner truth involves the uncanny similarities in how we advertise, decorate, embellish and present our bodies [and our dessert plates!] to attract others – not only to ourselves, but also to our most sinful culinary delights. Just as the most coveted desserts visually convey a sense of indulgent, rich, and multi-layered sensual temptation, so too do we attempt to convey depth, richness, and intellectual decadence to our admirers. A more detailed discussion to follow, with lots of pictures of cupcakes – so do not miss out!