Monday, 26 August 2013

Hello Cupcake!

Hi everyone - hope you are enjoying the long weekend if you're here in the UK.
Now I would be the first to admit that I'm no cook (luckily my darling husband can cook so we don't starve!) and nor have I ever been interested in baking. However for some bizarre reason, since my mum passed away I have started to have a strange urge to bake something ... and specifically cupcakes! This first came over me about three weeks ago - I didn't even own much in the way of baking equipment, so I spent about two weeks looking around the supermarkets and one or two specialist shops in order to get the necessary bits and pieces together. Having got that far I had a bit of a delay as I had a rotten cold for a week and a half, but last week I finally got down to business and made my first ever cupcakes - vanilla with raspberry buttercream icing.
So today I thought I would celebrate this success (I took a few in for my colleagues and they seemed to go down well) with a pic of the cakes, and a card to match :-)
First ... the cupcakes ....

I made them in rather large cupcake cases so the recipe for 12 only made 7 lol! (and I had to sample one to make sure they were cooked before icing!!)
The icing is a bit amateurish as it was rather soft for piping so I lost all control of my piping bag, but hey they still tasted the same!!
And now here is the card I made.
I just love this adorable image - I just hope that people will continue to reach their hands out eagerly for any future cupcakes I might make!!
Stamps: LotV "Hello Cupcake"  and "Sentiment Tags"; Penny Black sentiment from "Bubbly" transparent set;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; "Shabby White" frantage in image and paper;
Paper: Docrafts "Vintage Notes";
Supplies: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; lace from Hobbycraft; heart pearls from The Hobby House; lace from John Lewis; rose printed ribbon and doily from my stash.
Shabby Tea Room #181 - Picture Inspiration + Flowers and a Tea Theme
Crafty Creations #236 - Shabby Chic
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
Totally Papercrafts #181 - Tags & Hearts
Gem of A Challenge #94 - Anything With a B
(tag / sparkle / flowers)
Crafty Ribbons #58 - Anything Goes With Ribbon
That's all for today ... back to the Christmas cards now ... and maybe I'll bake a few more cupcakes ... :-)


  1. What a completely DARLING card ... I just love everything about it from the color palette to those adorable little cupcakes! Thank you for sharing your work with us in the Tea Room :)

  2. Mmmmm yummy cupcakes and a yummy card....well done! X

  3. Absolutely gorgeous card...but then you had me at the cupcakes -haha. They looked yummy as well. Everything about your beautiful card was spot on for our challenge this week at Crafty Creations. Thanks for joining us.
    --Heather G

  4. Absolutely gorgeous card and yummy cupcakes.

  5. Such a pretty card for your entry in the crafty ribbons challenge and well done with the cup cakes
    P x

  6. Gorgeous card and a perfect match for your yummy looking cupcakes! I love making cupcakes and have found as with most things in life - practice makes perfect...and I wish my first ones had looked as good as this - lol!
    Hugs, Kat x

  7. Hi Pauline, your cupcakes look delicious and your beautiful card couldn't be any more perfect to go with them!

    There's a great cupcake class in Liverpool if you decide you want to learn more techniques.

  8. Lovely creation!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  9. thanks for joining in this week at Crafty Ribbons challenge with such a lovely creation, Kate x

  10. Pauline, what a yummy new hobby! They look absolutely delicious and a really nice matching card, super cute image and glorious colouring! Ruby x

  11. Gorgeous card Pauline - adorable LOTV image coloured so beautifully and fabulous embellies as always.
    Your cupcakes look scrummy yummy indeed.
    Thanks for playing along with us at AGOAC and TPC this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  12. Me again - just popped back to say thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Totally Gorjuss this week :-)
    Hugs, Kat x

  13. Mmmmmm, you think some of those cupcakes would survive a trip to Australia?? They look delicious, Pauline, and your card is a perfect accompaniment. All so pretty!

    Jennifer. x

  14. This is lovely and the flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Sunday Sketch & Stamp x

  15. Oh wow, great card and cakes!
    Thanks for joining us at Sunday Sketch and Stamp x

  16. really sweet card thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
    hugs sara x x


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Pauline x