The Cheats Guide to Pretty Cupcakes

You know all these women producing cup cakes with all the finesse and mastery of a fine artist? I can barely fathom how they manage it, because every cupcake I produce looks like somebody sat on it.So I trawl cupcake blogs in total awe, astonished at what these seemingly ordinary people are capable of achieving with a piping bag and a bit of ingenuity, and holding their talent with a handful of chopped nuts in the same regard I usually reserve for brain surgeons and plumbers: certain, absolutely bloody certain that they all know a secret the universe forgot to tell me.

And so because my culinary finesse just won't play ball, I have decided to cheat: to master one perfect fairy cake sponge recipe, get clever with a spatula aka this terribly nice woman from The Magnolia Bakery on the videos below and then dress them up with fancy paper holders and pretty things on sticks.

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And these things on sticks of which I speak? These darling little cupcake packs from Meri Meri, because they've got us covered Housekeepers! From Pirates to Princesses, to Space Cadets, Thanksgiving and Wedding showers, there is a themed pack for every occasion and I rather think a cute cupcake holder and a paper doll are all we need to bring a little cheer to afternoon tea don't you?

I am nothing if not a Mistress of illusion. Now to master sponge that doesn't sink faster than the Titanic...