Friday, January 22, 2010

standing my fairy cakes

Look what the Internet can do to you. There was I harmlessly admiring casapinka's art class birthday cake, when I suddenly felt a yearning for a new cake stand. I suspect that I've been seeing cake stand images here and there for a while, and this was the one that clicked me into consumerism. More cake stands! A collection of cake stands! An armoire in which to display them!


Well, you know how it is with Internet shopping. A few minutes of busy googling later I'd moved beyond ordinary cake stands (so common) to individual fairy cake* stands. With glass domes, no less, or cloches, as I learned to call them.

(*America, a 'fairy cake' is what we call a cupcake.)


Aren't they rather beguiling? And also suitable for cheese.

I like to think that one day the Blogmobile, a giant floral camper van, conceived in Saudi Arabia, upholstered in ticking with a lace filigree trim, will draw up outside my door and all the commentators will pour in for afternoon tea in a thrilling flurry of hats and fabric samples, trailing statement sleeves and exquisite perfume. We'll sit round my table chatting lightly of arthouse films and chandeliers and how nice our hairstyles are, a perfect fairy cake on its stand in front of each guest.


Please don't call around just yet, though, as none of the online retailers I found is in Ireland and my fairy cakes remain unstood.

38 comments:

  1. Love the cupcakes in the first photo - looks like something my daughter wants for her fifth birthday.

    On another note - my husband and I traveled to Ireland for our honeymoon 10 years ago. Beautiful place - such fun! We hope to go again someday.

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  2. How fabulous! However, when I come to visit I'm happy to have the bun on a plate, saucer, or even just a cup of tea in my hand. I'm going to be too busy playing with your cushions and moving your stove into the boot of the car to worry about cake stands.

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  3. Can I just tell you that "fairy cakes" is such a better name than "cup cakes?" You Irish folks get it right.

    I'm so sorry about the online retailers not shipping to Ireland. I'm sure if they rolled up to your pad with the beautiful view, they would realize their mistake and correct it immediately.

    Until then, perhaps it's time to learn how to blow glass? I kid. ;)

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  4. I'm sure you'll come up with a creative idea for displaying your fairy cakes. Enjoy the challenge.

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  5. I think that we need to make the name transition to fairy cake over here in America. I love it. Also, I have seen handmade cake stands on more than one occasion. Attach a saucer or plate to a candle stick and ta-da! Imagine the possibilities.

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  6. I'll be there - just let me know when your fairy cakes are suitably standing :-) (Personally, they would stand for so little time that it really doesn't matter to me what they stand on...)

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  7. The cupcake/fairycake world is a magical place isn't it.....cakestands, cloches, the list goes on :)

    Lovely images and your post did make me smile :)

    Happy Friday!

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  8. I know, aren't cupcake/fairy cake stands just the cutest thing? I've noticed a few of them while out and about, in precious little housewares shops and such.

    An unusual development: my *boyfriend* is kind of into the cupcake fad lately. He goes to trendy "cupcake" bakeries and brings home designer cupcakes packed in fancy boxes and bags. Maybe he needs his own fairy cake stand, no?

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  9. I love that they are called fairy cakes! Why don't we call them fairy cakes?

    I've recently decided that I should collect vintage cake stands. Milk glass and fire king azurite specifically.

    Do I have bake cakes? Well no.

    Perhaps this would be better.

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  10. Yes. Everyone needs multiple cake stands! :) these are darling! And I'm starting to call cupcakes - fairy cakes. Thanks :) too cute.

    I'm featuring a new artist on my blog today! She's an emerging painter from Canada. Please check her out! And have a great weekend!

    xo, Jami

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  11. I will definitely be a passenger on that giant floral camper van! The day you finally track down your cloche-covered fairy cake stands I hope you'll let us know, because you can be sure that a whole clown-carload of us will come calling on you! xoxo Gigi

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  12. I love cake stands...domed, plain, fancy. I find so many uses for them.

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  13. mise
    i agree with the other north americans.. fairy cake definitely sounds more magical and definitely less carbs.
    ~laura

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  14. I do believe in fairy cakes...I do, I do...I do believe in fairy cakes...I do, I do. Meredy xo
    p.s. I also have a deep faith in all things cake and homewares related...this current state of fairy cake cloche-lessness shall not last I am sure.

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  15. I'll be happy to drive that delicious ticking (stripes)van. Just scurrying around to balance some saucers on some candlesticks a la Courtney!

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  16. yes, I'll be there for my fairy cakes. but I'll be the one lumbering clumsily out of the van in trainers and jeans with bird's nest hair unfortunately.

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  17. Count me in, Mise. As for the stands, they are enchanting ~ I do hope one has plenty of space in the whitewashed armoire...

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  18. Oh... baby cloches!! How gorgeous...
    Can't wait to see yours... once your fairy cakes are 'stood'!! xx Julie

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  19. i would like some mind blowing psychedelics for that blogmobile road trip and i I'd like this particular cake stand in front of me , http://craft.bosh.me/2009/12/09/folksy-upcycle-project-update/
    for when i arrive....preferably full..and all for me .
    can't wait ,can't wait.

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  20. I love visiting here - you always make me laugh, Mise. Thank you. (But I can't believe you'd tease us like this..! I want to come over - fairy cake stands or not. I'm easy that way.)

    xo,
    -maria

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  21. Oh, I'm so into these glass cloches Mise. Some can be quite expensive (usually the ones that I like !!) but, whilst shopping in Saffron Walden, I was in a junk shop and found one for £2. Result !!
    Don't forget to look in junk shops. You never know.
    I love that we call them fairy cakes...it conjures up so many possiblilities. XXXX

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  22. Yes I must agree - they are quite the nicest cake stands I've seen this year.

    Just one thing... aren't cloches what people grow cucumbers under?

    Nothing wrong with that of course - perhaps you could get your cupcakes to multiply!

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  23. When I was little they were called queen cakes, which I haven't heard anywhere outside my house! Maybe it's a Tipperary thing. If I chance upon a stand I'll pick one up for you Mise.

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  24. Adorable...I admire these each time I step foot in Dean & Deluca...oddly I always thought of them as being strictly for cheese but they are so cute with the cupcakes!

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  25. I am a cakestand addict. Can't resist. thanks for the lovely post. xx

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  26. Oooh! So many beautiful cake stands!

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  27. Jen, I'm glad you had a good time in Ireland! Let me know when you're returning and I can watch out for that splendid hat of yours.

    Speccy, the stove is heavy; you'll need steel rollers and your parish football team. I'll make extra buns for them.

    Jaboopee, I'll have that stand copied and fill it up with cakes with extra icing for you and your friend with no google account.

    Two pounds, Jacqueline! I need time to visit Vintage Emporia but it's either that or blogging.

    Thanks Tara!

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  28. when you have this party with fairycakes and conversation? Please invite me.

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  29. oh wow, i will never ever have enough cake stands!

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  30. You know how much I love cupcakes! These are wonderful stands.

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  31. Oh, I am there! What a delightful afternoon it will be! And will there be mismatched cups and saucers and teapots? Or will it all be perfectly matched?

    I admit to having a penchant for cake stands too. Though have only two at the moment. I'm working on it though! :-D

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  32. Perfect for slowing down a fairy cake gorge fest - you know - tape the lids on so you don't end up feeling quite as ill. Did I just embaress myself in this comment. Oh well, breastfeeding must eat.

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  33. Hang in there...it will happen! Great selection!

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  34. Oh my goodness, they are simply gorgeous and I must have some!

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  35. You are just too entertaining of a writer :) Can't get enough! xo

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  36. i collect cake stands...have had to stop buying them b/c they are very difficult to store, but I adore them!

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  37. Eeek! two years old is this post but you're making me want to spend the grocery money - I think I have a need.... and need for tiny raised glass fairy cake stands! ...and, then, when not making fairy cakes (which I never do, even though I own two books and some one-and-a-half year old sugarpaste to make the tiny roses that should go on top), I can use them as terrariums!!! Brilliant.

    a x and a o for the idea!

    katy

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