August 19, 2009

Cupcake Fun!

With all the cupcake fun going around the blogging world lately*, I thought I would join in too, I was supposed to bake my very own batch of cupcakes for the RSPCA cupcake day, but worksafe got in the way. I've been trawling the inter-of-the-net and made do with drooling over everyone's fantastic creations. There's even been a new discovery in the tiny cake world, the first ever reported siting of the muffcake! If I cant bake myself, at least I can live vicariously through others in the comfort of my own cushioned seat.

Lately I've noticed something curious, well maybe not recently.....I've only just started documenting it. Every where I look there are cupcakes, and not just the cupcakes of the baked variety, cupcakes in every shape and form. Here are a couple of fun photos I've taken over the last few weeks that are cupcake related. Please excuse the quality of the photo's, they're all taken on my mobile phone.

The first is from Spotlight, all things fabric and home deco. This was a treasure trove for cupcake paraphernalia. There was a kitchen timer in the shape of a cupcake, which I sadly didn't take a photo of and I found various cup cake mugs and dishes

cupcake dish and plate

cupcake plate

cupcake cup

I even found a cupcake place mat!

cupcake place mat

At Riot they had a gorgeous cupcake stand made entirely out of glitter and Styrofoam. I seriously wanted to bite into one of these! After asking if I could take a photo, one of the sales assistants said it was a great idea to entertain kids with. Buy a whole heap of Styrofoam balls and make cupcakes.....yeah.....thats why I'M taking a photo, tips on how to entertain children. Little did they know I was the massive kid with a cupcake fetish. I got out pretty quick after that.

Riot cupcakes

I saw a cupcake trapped in the Eiffel tower in a gift shop at Chadstone. Wish I had taken a photo, is was so freaking funny. But my favourite of all is left until last. Today I was at Boarders on one of my frequent trips to drool over cookbooks I may want to purchase if I win lotto, or a very sick rich old lady dies and leaves me all her money. Where do you find these? track....anyway I was trying to keep a low profile in the bakery section when I looked up and noticed they were filed away under "diet". Holy mother of goat, the fitness industry has finally come to their senses and made....'the cupcake diet!' I did not touch a thing and at least 4 titles were facing outwards and featured cupcakes on the cover. After taking the photo I delved a little deeper and found more cupcake books on the shelf. Freakin awesome!!

cupcake diet

I'll continue to keep an eye out for cupcaky-ness and bring you another instalment soon!

* Some of the most inspiring creations come from the most humble blogs;
Agnes from Off The Spork
Conor from Hold The Beef
Stephcookie from Raspberry Cupcakes
Sharon from We Love Baking
Lorraine From Not Quite Nigella
Trissalicious from Not Another Food Blog
The guys at Koali Life
Rilsta from My Food Trail


Julia @ Mélanger said...

Yes, it's a bit of a cupcake invasion! It's amazing how much cupcake "stuff" is around.

Stephcookie said...

So much cupcakeyness around! I remember years ago I thought I was the only cupcakemad person around and now everyone is! I want the cupcake plates, they are too cute!

Rilsta said...

Haha, cute post and thanks for the mention! :)

I can't believe they put cupcake books in the diet section - someone at Borders must be having a laugh!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

You'll have to make cupcake Christmas decorations with the styrofoam balls :)

Conor said...

Yes, cupcakes are uber cool right now! Of course, we were all down with the cupcake coolness before all these johnnny-come-latelies turned up ;)

Cheers for the mention!

Anita said...

Ahahahahaaa. LOL. I agree, cupcakes have been everywhere for a while now. I didn't know it had gotten as bad as you've shown though :)

Agnes said...

Love it - how cute! Did you buy any of the stuff?

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

Hi Julia - I know, it is an invasion!

Hi Stephcookie - The plates were pretty cute, but you couldnt put a cupcake on it, they would clash! lol

Hi Rilsta - If I worked at boarders I would do the exact same thing, but thats because I'm evil!

Hi Arwen - lol, thats an awesome idea!

Hi Conor - I was eating cupcakes in primary school thats how cool I was. Forget the fact tey were called patty cakes back then.

Hi Anita - oh its so much worse. I've only just started taking pictures, I'm sure in a couple of weeks it I'll have more cupcake evidence.

Hi Agnes - No I didnt buy any, I'm not allowed. Sigh. All I need is a secret cupcake stuff stash.

Iron Chef Shellie said...

more cupcakes! I have so many books myself it's becoming a joke! I don't even make cupcakes that often!