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Is it me.......?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by 16 Heath, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. ...or are cupcakes basically a cake in a round casing decorated with frosting and more decoration? Am I missing something here? Why are they so expensive?

    They are essentially acke, right? I don't get it!
  2. ...or are cupcakes basically a cake in a round casing decorated with frosting and more decoration? Am I missing something here? Why are they so expensive?

    They are essentially acke, right? I don't get it!
  3. Ooops....meant to say: They are essentially cake, right?
  4. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter


    It's an iced bun.

    That's all.
  5. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    It's not a bun, buns are made from an enriched yeast dough, it's a posh fairy cake.
  6. because people will pay for them
  7. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Indeed, and because they're a food fad popularised by Americans such as Gwyneth Paltrow and the Hummingbird Bakery lot and because they're mummsy and pink and expensive and thus popular with the yummy mummy brigade who generally have more money than sense.

    While we're on the subject - what the hell are whoopie cakes? A sort of cake/cookie sandwich hybrid full of overly sweetened butter cream resulting in something that tastes of nothing but sugar and is so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt.
    Our local baker, who should really know better, has started to sell them. I asked what they were when I first saw them and the counter assistant told me "they're the latest cake craze from America". Against my better judgement, I bought one. I won't be buying another one.
  8. All cup cakes seem to be ridiculously over iced to me. The over sweet icing really overpowers and ruins the cake and just makes them sickly. And whoopie pies i just find odd, they are also annoying in that the two halves are hard enough to make all the filling splurt out when you take a bite. Both are also very overpriced.
    I do however love a homemade fairy cake or butterfly cake. I find them really theraputic to make and will sometimes ice them but quite often leave them plain.
  9. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    In the North and Midlands a small cake is a bun. I had to learn that when I moved here.
  10. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I do love a cupcake. My favourite are lemon flavour soaked with a lemon liquer sugar syrup before icing. They are homemade though - some of the shop prices are ridiculous. They are a lovely thing to make for sharing.
    I'm with the views on whoopie pies, even homemade they are really sweet. No point in making something that takes much longer than a cup cake and has inferior taste and texture.
  11. Nooooooooooooooo - even when I were a wee lass, decades ago, fairy cakes were the norm, as a change from a cake.
    Not as commercialised back then - we had ...fairy cakes with glace icing, chocolate if you were lucky, or butterfly cakes with a bit scooped out to make wings and you stuck them into butter cream and added a dash of icing sugar (we were soooooooooooooo sophisticated) (but I still bake them).
    Whoopie cakes are disgusting.
    I also dislike the new fangled cup cakes with neon coloured icing - my kids were offered some at a party and thought they were about to be poisoned. I did say they could have one and then they screwed their faces up as about 12 tons of sugar were in the mix.
    Does nobody bake normal stuff anymore? My Sunday bake is often jam tarts and then a tray of Maids of Honours.

  12. In the NE, a bun is a bread roll. I cannot bring myself to call a bread bun a roll. I just imagine it rolling off somewhere.
    A small cake is a fairy cake.
    Cup cake is something American.

  13. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Yes indeed, CQ. I mean that the fad is for them to be renamed cupcakes, even though they're just fairy cakes, but a little bigger, and laden with thick buttercream icing and charged extortionately for in posh cafes.
    In a cafe in Chichester recently, they were charging about 3 quid for a bloody cupcake! Amazing!
  14. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I may have missed something during my 15 years in the Midlands, but I never heard a cake being referred to as a bun. A bun in the Midlands is a bread item, normally of the sticky or iced variety, or a savoury item used to house a burger!
    A roll is a cob.
    A small cake is...erm...a small cake.
    We're talking West Midlands here, by the way.
  15. Yep, in the NE too. A cream bun, for example (a sticky thing with cream in the middle).
    Or something you put a burger in.
    Or a bread bun - which is ...what you call a roll.
    Sometimes we call them a bap or a stottie, but they are dependent on texture and size and a bit on shape.
    A small cake is a fairy cake.
    Anything more new fangled is a muffin. Which again causes confusion, as a muffin is actually (as I grew up) a savoury thing you eat for breakfast. Not to be confused with a crumpet.

  16. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    We used to refer to muffin as male crumpet!! There again Muffin was a mule!

    *LR lowering the tone again*
  17. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Derbyshire - everyone calls what I, coming from London, would call a fairy cake a bun. It caused some confusion when I first tried to organize Nursery end of term parties. Before that I always thought a bun was bread based.
  18. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Aha...East Midlands then...fairy nuff...
  19. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    That's terrible! Truly awful...[​IMG]
    When we were last visiting the in-laws, we went to one of those village-fete-type-affairs and there was a cake stand - they wanted £5(!!!!!!!!!) for 2 cupcakes. And the worst thing was that there were people there stupid enough to buy them at that price!
  20. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter


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