As you can probably tell from other posts on this blog, I love cakes – baking them, decorating them, especially eating them! But my fondness for cake does not extend quite so far as the highly fashionable Cupcake trend that has swept the UK over the last couple of years.
True, with all their wonderful, glittery decorations, cupcakes are certainly a pleasure on the eye. I would even go as far to say that the first few mouthfuls are indeed a delight to the taste buds. Unfortunately though, that’s where cupcakes and I part company. The problem is, they are just too much. A muffin-sized cake with a mountain of icing on top is just too many calories for one girl to take. It’s not even as if I’m a tiny waif – I’m well known for being able to put away my food! I just find cupcakes a bit too sickly and filling to eat a whole one.
I think my lack of enthusiasm for cupcakes stems from a far greater appreciation of the humble fairy cake. A smaller version of the cupcake, fairy cakes provide ample opportunity for the same mouth-watering varieties and beautiful decorations, whilst still remaining small enough to eat in 3 or 4 mouthfuls. More importantly though, the unassuming fairy cake is a nostalgic reminder of the cakes mum used to make for the school fete and birthday parties, usually with white glace icing and a cherry on top. Butterfly cakes with their creamy, buttery icing, sponge wings and dusted-sugar tops, were another of my childhood favourites.
Having said all this, I genuinely would not want to offend the very talented cupcake makers I’ve met in real life and through blogging. Some of the creations I’ve come across are just truly the most beautiful edible things ever made. I’d never have the patience (or bravery) to attempt cake-making professionally, but can point you in the direction of my friends Mary and Rosie at MooRoo Cakes in Lincolnshire and also a lovely lady called Julie I met through Twitter, whose company IceMaidenCakes is based in Somerset.
For further cupcake/fairy cake inspiration, check out English Mum’s lovely foodie blog, where you will find lots of photos from the cupcake competition she ran back in February and details of her current baking challenge for July. You still have time to join in (I’ll be posting my entry tomorrow!) Finally, any cupcake makers out there who want to change my mind, please do send me a sample and I’m sure I can be persuaded!
Above: Birthday cakes I made for my Nana’s 95th birthday party last week, Happy Birthday Nana!
Below: Choc fudge heart cakes, valentine cakes, fairy cake selection