Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Cutest Cup Cakes


So the great debate rages.

Is a "cup cake" simply American for a good old fashioned British "fairy cake" or a quite different creature all together?

As a child we ate "fairy cakes". They were tiny plain sponges in plain papers with glace icing.

The icing was stirred up - in seconds - by us children and apart from birthdays and Christmas was white. My mum was a bit puritan about such things so we never had sprinkles on our's


The only time butter cream went near a fairy cake was when you cut 2 little "wings" out of the sponge and stuffed them in a blob of butter cream to make a "butterfly cake".

So when I first started making cakes with my daughter we made fairy cakes. And we had such fun. Stirring up dribbling glace icing in royal red and blue for last year's jubilee and gruesome green and orange for Halloween.

So much fun and so easy with no arm aching, child defying, icing sugar going everywhere creaming of that pesky butter you forgot to put out to soften 10 hours before.

But then I realised that however much fun we had had - and however easy for mum and child - our poor little fairy cakes really didn't pass muster! On the cake stall at our annual street party our fairy cakes were rejected for their big bold American "cup cake" cousins with their luxuriant sponge in deep rich colours and oodles of twirling butter cream.

And so - with family honour at stake! - I have succumbed. The street party is coming up again soon and I am on the hunt for the cutest "cup cakes" I can find.

I am adoring all of these below - and would love to see your faves, so do link them up at the bottom of the post ... whilst I go and find myself a tutorial on piping butter cream icing with the best of them ... ;-)


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Vanilla & Chocolate-Chip-Cookie Cupcakes from Winnie




Coconut & Cardamon Cupcakes with Mallow Frosting from With a Blast




Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes from Creative Play House




Dark Chocolate Gluten Free Cupcakes Stealthy Mom




Salted Caramel with Salted Caramel Frosting from Made from Pinterest





Home Run Cupcakes from the Six Sisters on My Recipe Magic





Cup Cake Sandwiches from Life with Moore Babies


   


Death by Oreos from Spatulas on Parade





Cup cakes with a cause for our annual Red Nose Day from A Thrifty Mum





Snickerdoodle Cupcakes from Winnie 


 
 

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes from Lori's Culinary Creations




Minion Cupcakes from Fidlers Under One Roof


Do link up your favourite small cake and muffin recipes below ... and when you've got a moment come and share all you great old posts at the Mommy Archive ...

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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing our cupcake sandwiches!

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  2. Thank you for including my cupcakes in your round-up!

    Linda
    With A Blast

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  3. I love all the ideas. Thanks for including us in your round up. Cupcakes couldn't be more popular in America right now!
    Sherri @ MadeFromPinterest.net

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  4. I love all the ideas. Thanks for including us in your round up. Cupcakes couldn't be more popular in America right now!
    Sherri @ MadeFromPinterest.net

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  5. thanks so much for featuring my cup cakes!

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  6. Thank you so much for featuring my minion cupcakes! It was a great surprise! Thanks for making the weekend better!

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  7. Thank you so much for including me in this round up - I'm very honored!!

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  8. I remember good old fairy cakes too, but sorry I go for cupcake every time now too!

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  9. Aw, shucks! Thank you for highlighting my cupcakes!

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  10. I just love cupcakes! Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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  11. My name says it all....I love cupcakes! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

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  12. Love this variety of cupcakes.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  13. Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!
    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  14. I am the laziest baker ever, but these are all so cute and so yummy looking, I just might give it a whirl! :)

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  15. mmmmmm those vanilla & choco chip cupcakes sound deelish! Thanks for bringing all these great cakes together! Jill @MamaGing.com

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  16. I have to agree, they're some pretty cute cupcakes. I love the minions! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  17. This post is making me so hungry! They all look amazing!

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  18. Amazingly beautiful cupcakes! Very nice resource.

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  19. What a fun linky! I didn't realize I had so many cupcake tutorials in my archive! LOL

    Thank you for hosting AND for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  20. What a fun Link List! I love cupcakes :) I linked up some of my favorites that I've made. You should check out Your Cup of Cake by Lizzy, she has so many wonderful cupcakes! You'll love it. http://www.yourcupofcake.com. Thanks for linking this up with me @ Great Idea Thursday's! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  21. Wow - those cupcakes look so good!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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  22. I loved reading your story! I've never heard of Fairy Cakes, but I do love glazed icing. Sounds yummy :)

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