Friday, January 23, 2009

Cupcakes~ The Darlings~

From Wikipedia~
A cupcake (the common US and Australian term) or fairy cake (the common British term), is a small cake designed to serve one person, frequently baked in a small, thin paper cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles, are common on cupcakes.

And from me..
Le or "Les"Cupcakes~

Jain organized this Darling Baker's and I was happy because of it's meaning:):

The name "fairy cake" is a fanciful description of its size, which would be appropriate for a party of diminutive fairies to share.
And you know I have and love Fairies in my gardens..

So I began with a new recipe for me..
Nigella's Fairy Cakes.
I've made "cupcakes" for years but never Nigella's Fairy Cakes..and they are on many many websites I browsed.

They certainly are as light as air..

And I find better eaten the day they are made.:)
I think I prefer a denser..moister cupcake..but these were effortless and tasty.

I kept some rounded..and sliced some of their heads off:)

My purpose for picking that I had just made a Fondant recipe.. my 3rd.. and... this one was crowned the first I would keep forever... I liked it's pliability and taste..Both!

I could use my fondant rolling pin.. but better yet..I could use these darling sugar flowers Mary had sent me in this MCB flower fairy tin last year.(I love both the tin and the flowers!)She sent them to me after I admired her own Fairy Cakes.

Thank you again Mary~

And I could use the sugared flowers I made and preserved this summer.I will make more this year.
I live in a pesticide free area..and grew these I know they are safe:)

I made the gumpaste leaves.

I thoroughly enjoyed making all of them..
I even got carried away..:)

And filled teacups with some:)

I tried tinting the fondant too and using the chocolate roses I learned to make..

It's here on a plate I found in Fl ..the original came from Debbie:)

My Hello Cupcake provided inspiration for these..

It was a perfect baking day to do these!

I wanted to add these that I made in 2008..w/ Rice papers from Fancy Flours..VIA Jain:)

Just in case any of you are perusing FF because of Jain..
She could be their spokesperson:)

And some I made even earlier.. to share the stand we can find anywhere's a good thing..

Those little gumpaste flowers I made..not as delicate at all as the ones sent by Mary.

Fun Bake-Off!

The one that stands out in my 2008 mind is the one I made for my daughter's baby shower..while we were waiting for Noah to arrive~

I want to leave you with a little gift.
I love Inspirational Blogs..Creative Blogs..Blogs that get your mind going with ideas..Blogs that let you admire artistic abilities and unique qualities..

This is my little Darling Bakers Cupcake Bake-Off link for you..

Hop on the link and talented!

Here's a peek..

Talk about Darling!

Her illustrations are Affairs Of The Heart~

I love that blog..

And a ..

PS of course..

Do you like Etsy?

I do..Look what one example of Etsy has for us:)


And cupcake jewelry too..


Or this..Etsy.

Or this one!

Or many many more!
I like Etsy..2 of my thoughtful Christmas gifts were from Etsy..
I have another necklace from Etsy..and I just received small paper art Crowns that I will share soon from there.

And there you have it.. a little cupcake exposé....


  1. From tip to toe - so very beau!

    Some day I would love a fondant lesson. Your have mastered the method so beautifully!

    Just as the sauage-making is so manly, this post is as 'girly' as can be.

    Thanks for the smiles :)

  2. you already know how much i love this post, its fairy tale perfect from the matching jewelry to the gorgeous cakes. LOVE IT ALL!!! i so love m's cake ped too, been a while since i have seen that! thanks so much for having the best blog on the net!

  3. Wait, are you a professional? Those look magnificent. I think my favorite one is the brown rose.

    By the way, thank you for your comment re pomegranate sorbet on my blog. I did not have any little glasses, so what I ended up using was a glass candle holder :)

    Please let me know what you think of the recipe when you try it out.

  4. oh my goodness, those look devine!!!

  5. All beautiful! My faves are the pics at the top with the little flowers and the one with the brown flower. Nice job!

  6. Wow!
    This is an impressive post, you have far more time than me evidently. These are so lovely I can't even pick a favorite.
    I tried leaving you a comment yesterday but the computer, augh. Anyway, I have an award for you, stop over.

  7. Olga.. I have POM juice on my will probably be the "rest your palate " sorbet before the carrot cake at my daughter's birthday in February.Thanks again.

    Kasey.. sweet of you to pop by.I LOVE your blog..
    Thank you everyone..Off to peek Amber and dessert girl~

  8. Monique, I had to come over here for a look too! They are even more gorgeous with your blogs black background! Little works of art, everyone of them! Did you have something to press those scrolls in or are they freehand?

    PS my secret word to type in to post here is "bless" true, you are a blessing to me.

  9. Monique, each cupcake is as whimsical and magical as your fairies; I can't, in all fairness, choose just one. They're all absolutely wonderful!

  10. Whimsical, beautiful, and so perfect. It all makes me wish I had a weekend in the kitchen all to myself.