Fairy cake cases #AtoZchallenge

Even I’ve started calling them cup cakes, they’re fairy cakes and as I love that word, I should not be embarrassed by calling them that.. Ok, I’ve got that one out.

A funny thing happened, I had this idea of what my 50th birthday party would be like,  I’d been thinking of it for years, then a comment one of my family made completely changed everything. How I wanted to celebrate wasn’t going to work, and I had an enjoyable but small event with my family instead.

Fairy cakes

Why am I telling you this?  In preparation for the bigger event that never happened, I had been collecting fairy cake cases, lots of them, in different patterns, for a couple of years.  They weren’t as popular as they are now and it was harder to get nice ones.  Since they were no longer needed in bulk, they were perfect when I needed something to write on, that I could move around instead of post-it notes getting tatty everywhere.

cake case editing

Using fairy cake cases to draft notes on for my novels is fun and really works for me.  It’s pretty unique as far as I’m aware but I’m sure others will now start to realise how effective they are.  Fairy cake cases or a spreadsheet to keep details of your characters on?  No contest!  They draw a lot of attention and I’ve already been asked to sign one for a fellow writer which is a huge boost to my chances of getting the things (my beloved novels) finished.

What do you use to help with your writing and editing?

My AtoZchallenge posts are about writing, parts of my novels or some research I need to do for them.  I’m not allowing myself to write about anything other than topics linked to the books, my books.  The current titles that I’m writing about are ‘Bags’, ‘Holiday stories’ and ‘Dream Gardener’.


24 thoughts on “Fairy cake cases #AtoZchallenge

  1. Lynne, I’m loving your creativity! As a songwriter and fan of musical history, I’ve always been fascinated with things written on whatever piece of paper happened to be nearby at the time. There are examples of Beatles lyrics and more being written on old envelopes, gig flyers, hotel stationery and lots more besides – but, as far as I’m aware, never fairy cake cases! Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Wayne, I can’t tell you how much I have to reign in my creative gene to survive in my world! Glad someone loves it! Paper plates and serviettes have always been favourites of mine over the years. You need the right pens though, for serviettes, as they get wet easily and the writing gets very messy. ooh.. must shut off my geek serviette gene! There’s a novel that’s been fermenting a good 5 years on that topic.. one day!

  2. I haven’t heard of them being called fairy cases before, but I love it. I suspect my 8yo will too! And what a novel idea to use them to write notes.

    I’m curious though, what the plan for your birthday party was?

    Rinelle Grey

    • Nothing too creative or ott. Just family and friends together (that would be a first for most) with lots of home made food and a feast of 50 different types of fairy cakes each in different cases.. It’s the simple things of life I probably struggle most with!

  3. Love this idea! I have some cute fairy cake cases that I don’t use because my big boys like big cupcakes and now I think I may have found a use for my spare fairy cake cases.

  4. The biggest help to my writing is having several musical albums and playlists to always rely upon. They help set moods, sustain moods, and block out noise from beyond my room. There’s nothing else like it for me.

    Fairy cakes. They just sound so good…

  5. Lynne what a great idea. I used to buy up fairy cake cases too (ha)
    Ive used many things to keep notes on and in. My main characters (for my children’s books) would wear all the notes on their bodies for me.
    Now I use my blog for storage (tho there is still ribbon hanging from a tree outside where I hung something for inspiration for weeks)
    So nice to meet you
    you make us smile

    • We should swap pics.. or cases.. mind you mine are running out.. also used them for facilitation.. and in my writing class for notes while travelling. Did your characters wear fairycake cases? The fairycake case children.. you heard it here first.. tee hee. Yes, I need to hang things more.. Got lots of ribbon, must go find.. Nice to meet you too. Smiling’s good, thanks!

  6. I have never heard cupcakes called ‘fairy cakes’ before – I love it! It’s much more enchanting a name. And I like your creative use of the cases. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I’m not sure where you’re from but I assume it’s a British thing.. We seem to be moving towards calling them cupcakes which I think is an American term. Thanks for popping by and commenting.

  7. I’m still trying to work out if you mean used fairy cake cases or brand new ones! For me new cake cases are rather like pristine overly-beautiful note books. I can’t bring myself to soil them unless I have to. Most of my notes, plans etc are on the backs of used pieces of paper! And I agree. When did they start being called cup cakes?

    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

    • Brand new ones.. sorry.. No, not writing on one’s with baked cake stuck to them. I’m a messy baker and there would be bits of cake, icing and who know’s what stuck to them.. I got over the pristineness when I amassed so many!

  8. How creative, and what a great idea! I don’t do anything nearly as creative when I write my poems. I use plain notebooks or scraps of paper. Occasionally, I write on napkins. Nothing exciting. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was great “seeing” you again!

    • Thanks Dana! Ooh napkins, or serviettes are my next favourite thing to write on and there’s a whole novel fermenting on that topic. It may take a while.. Thanks for popping by!

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