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Vanessa, these cupcakes are adorable! That shot of the chick cupcake brigade would look great on a greeting card.

Nowadays, the dime store has matured into the dollar store, unfortunately!


They look yummy! I am trying to perfect the icing stage - my sponge is always ok but the icing is my downfall. It is either too thin or too thick, or wrinkly. Any fool-proof tips gratefully received!
Cathy X

elizabeth of course

Oh I adore cupcakes! This is your first time making them?! Do you not have box mixes in the UK? An add egg and water type thing?
I have quite a collection of cupcake liners and sprinkles, too! I can't walk past them in the store, they have to come home with me! I'd LOVE to see your collection! do share!

The Antidote

This post is so pretty.
I always use a bun tin to put my cupcake cases into before baking, this gets them to hold their shape a bit more.
I think yours are lovely all the same x

kitschen pink

Rest assured, a bun case collection is not at all weird in baking circles! Who can resist! I have quite a few vintage ones but they go so brown when heated they're better for cold fondant sweeties. Scrummy pinks and greens! t.x


A D O R A B l E !!!!!!!!
Too Cute *~*
The colours, the chicks, the cup-cake cases are all totally divinelicious *~*
Did you use the normal kind of icing sugar or the fondant kind? If you used the normal kind, try the fondant kind. Saying that, they don't really need improvement - they're gorgeous!

Marie Allen

I hope Tara is ready for the competition because you are showing definite signs of cup cake giftedness. Utterly adorable!


so cute! i have the same little chicks. maybe next easter i can pull it together to make cupcakes too.
thanks for your kind comments on my blog :)


Those cup cake cases are truly adorable. Love the Chick crusaders on their cakes. Great photo.


just gorgeous.

I remember a coloureed vs white cupcake case in blog world a while ago, The Magpie files I think.... it was very funny.
try buying instant fondant icing (it's not as easy to find as instant glace but it's worth it - sainsburys sell it) makes a really lovely glossy finish.


I liked your crimped icing actually.

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