Very Posh Chocolate Cupcake Display

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When my eldest daughter started at her sixth form college, after years of private school, she got labelled “posh”.

For one thing she said “prep” instead of “homework”.

Posh kids say “mummy I haven’t got any prep tonight.” Apparently.

I bought her one of those old school badges you can get in novelty shops that said “posh” on it. She wore it on the lapel of her jacket with pride. It became a bit of a joke in our family.

If you met us you would know instantly that we are anything but posh.

I don’t drink tea out of china for one. Two I am American.

Posh and American. Not likely!

Still it was nice to think.

Then her new friends came to our house. They saw our kitchen. It is very big, I admit it. But then there are 6 of us and I’m a Cancerian. That makes it the most important room in the house.

Anyway that didn’t help.

So the other day she tells me a little story.

After getting to know her, spending time with her, seeing her in action some of the boys in her class conceded that while she was posh she was not at all snobby. In fact, unlike a lot of the other girls, who tried to act “all posh” but just ended up being bitchy, she was a really nice person.

I always quite liked the expression “too posh to push”. The irony not being lost on someone who has had four kids naturally with nothing but gas and air.

But too posh to be nice. That’s just wrong.

Chocolate cupcake display

Very Posh Chocolate Cupcake Display

Somethings are just naturally posh. This is one of them. You don’t have to put much effort in to the effect, it just comes out rather special. Although it helps if you have the right props. The cupcake stand was an Amazon purchase and the roses can be found in most good cake shops. The rest is up to you I’m afraid!

The recipe for the devils food cupcakes can be found on a previous post and the top tier courtesty of Amanda (without the toffee element). The icing is my favourite vanilla buttercream from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.  I use it every time and as long as you whip it up feverishly for as long as you can bear, it makes perfect icing for piping.

Devils food cupcakes with pink icing

Traditional Vanilla Buttercream Icing

1 cup or 8 ounces unsalted butter, very soft
8 cups or 64 ounces icing/confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup or 4 ounces milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and add half the sugar, all the milk and the vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy about 3-5 mins. Gradually add the remaining sugar, about a cup/8 ounces at a time, and mix for a  1-2 minutes each time until it is thick enough to spread. You don’t need to add all of the sugar if you are worried about it being too sweet. If you feel like a bit of colour, add some food dye now. Use and store icing at room temperature as it will set if it is chilled. It can be stored in a sealed container for  up to three days.


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18 thoughts on “Very Posh Chocolate Cupcake Display

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  2. I haven’t been by for a very, very long time (sorry!) but I found a comment on my ‘About’ which needs updating and so I got curious, I’m so glad I came. I’ve put on half a stone just looking at that delicious display 🙂


  3. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my poem, I really apprecaite it.
    I love this interpritation, I’m so glad your daughter wore the posh badge with pride, it could have went horribly wrong. It’s funny how people label others just because they don’t say or do the same things as they do.

    And the chocolate cakes, now they are gorgeous. xx


  4. Love the idea of the Posh badge, good work mama! And gorgeous lovely scrumptious looking cakes as always. We moved our big two kids into the village school from posh international school on our return to UK. Suffice to say both have moved on now due to inability of inbred villagers to appreciate anyone with a different upbringing, label them as posh & then bully them until they are a shadow of their former selves. Only Son (now joined by Little One) is now back in a posh school and all is right with the world. I’m not bitter. Not at all. Just bloody skint.

    Love the cakes. Am planning an extravaganza of cake this week for Little One’s 3rd Birthday. I may just gain another few pounds this week. *sigh*

    MD xx


  5. We have that too now the two middle children go to the local comprehensive. I don’t think it bothers my daughter though. I love this display so much, gorgeous. Funny, I was just looking at my post where I used your recipe for the devils food cupcakes, they’re so easy to make look different and I love the pink icing, so elegant. 🙂 xx


  6. Oh I think you are wonderful and that display looks divine and delicious. I was called toffee nosed at school because my dad always insisted I had the correct pronunciation. We are not posh, we are Northern and he built ships for a living and my mum was a lollypop lady. It was a real shock for me when I moved down South as people assumed things about me due to my accent. I love the fact that your daughter is posh and nice, I think she is a credit to you.


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