A Little Cupcake Story

A Little Cupcake Story

Once upon a time there lived a young woman. She was often insecure and often afraid and continually questioned her decisions and ideas and dreams. She was also chosen and loved and made beautiful by her King but she usually forgot that part. 

One day a friend called and asked if she would be willing to make cupcakes for a party. “Of course!” she said, planning to just toss some cupcakes in the oven and maybe make some powdered sugar frosting to top them with. Until she heard the news.

She was not the only one making cupcakes.

The other woman who was making cupcakes was slim and gorgeous and everyone knew she was capable of creating perfect masterpieces in the kitchen.

The girl froze and wanted to cry. I will be measured and found wanting, she thought, I can’t do anything perfectly. It was just cupcakes but it was also something far, far deeper. It was her wild insecurities and her unchecked fears and her secret stumbling pride.

So she made plans. Elaborate plans. She bought piping tools and store-bought icing. She searched Pinterest and studied cake decorating blog posts. She would create perfect cupcakes. How hard could it be?

The day for cupcake making arrived and she put her supplies on the table.

As she began mixing the batter a knock sounded at the door. It was a friend with two little girls who had sparkly blue eyes and hopeful smiles. They wanted to spend the afternoon.

IMG_8904How could she do anything but invite them in? When she loved children so desperately? When nothing made her heart sing more than teaching little darlings about life and God and beauty?

The six-year-old wanted to do the piping.

The two-year-old wanted to put the candies on top.

All the young woman’s best laid plans fell into crumbles like the ones that littered her floor. But there, with icing smeared on her cheek and handfuls of candies disappearing into tiny mouths, she heard her Father speak. His voice seemed to swirl through the crazy mismatched cupcakes:

“Perfection” is found in doing what I created you to do.

She was not made to bring flawless cupcakes to parties. She was made to dance with dollies in her kitchen with icing dripping off noses and words whispering soft that God loved and created and made beauty, even with messy mismatched cupcakes. 

Even in young women who struggle with insecurities, fear, and pride.

Even in me.



Tell me, friend, how does this parable apply to your life? Is there a place where you are struggling with insecurities? Fear? Pride? Cupcake decorating? 😉 Are you blogging, writing, livingthe way that God created you to? Because if you are, oh, dear ones, if you are— then you’ve found perfection. 


  • Sarah

    I clicked over for the cupcakes and found a new parable to tuck away for my prideful, fearful, perfection-seeking days. Beautiful!!

  • http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/ Mary Bonner

    This just might be the best post I’ve read in a long time on this subject, Natasha! I LOVE this analogy. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

    • http://www.natashametzler.com/ Natasha Metzler

      Thank you, Mary! It’s nice when God uses yummy things like cupcakes to teach us lessons, eh? :)

  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    Such a sweet taste of joy and humility, a reminder to be sure to stop and taste the sprinkles, and not compare them to others.

  • http://www.amylearns.com/ Amy Tilson

    Is it weird that I am totally crying?? What a beautiful picture of truth that cuts deep this morning. Thank you. Your heart and gift are dancing together here, Natasha!!

    • http://www.natashametzler.com/ Natasha Metzler

      Not weird at all. :) Thanks for the encouragement, Amy. {hugs}

  • http://www.cravingsonline.net Carey Bailey

    Oh goodness. Arrow to the heart. The letting go and allowing yourself permission to NOT bring the perfect “cupcake” is the tough part for me. Thank you for the reminder. With Joy, Carey

  • http://www.terilynneunderwood.com/ TeriLynneU

    This is awesome. Really. In every way. {Plus, parables involving cupcakes are the very best kind.}

    • http://www.natashametzler.com/ Natasha Metzler

      Absolutely! :)

  • lcvalverde

    I love this. Thank you! :)

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    Oh wow, what a powerful truth, and much needed for this heart today! Thank you!

  • Alice

    This is so me! Came up right at the moment I needed it. Thanks a lot….