Emily Johnson from Upsy Daisy Bakery has been crowned National Cupcake Champion 2012 at the National Cupcake Championships, with her cocktail-inspired Mojito Cupcake.

The Championships, held earlier today (2 July) at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London, saw nearly 60 finalists descend on the venue with their shortlisted cupcakes in a bid to win.

Georgi Gyton, associate editor, British Baker, said: "This year’s National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, were once again a fantastic demonstration of a sector that is truly thriving in the UK...if not the world. Cupcakes are as popular as ever, with the quality of the products being driven up as a result.

“We’ve had some really wonderful entries in the competition and there were certainly a few debates between the judges when it came to the scoring, with some tough decisions having to be made.

"All our winners and highly commended entrants really were the cream of the crop. Our overall National Cupcake Champion, Emily Johnson of Upsy Daisy Bakery, won with her exceptional Mojito Cupcake. It really was like biting into a Mojito in cake form - from the crunch of sugar, to the zingy hit of the lime and refreshing mint."

For a full report on the National Cupcake Championships, see the next issue of British Baker, out 13 July. Or for more information, visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk.

National Cupcake Championships – full results


Best Cupcake Made With Alcohol

Winner: Emily Johnson, Upsy Daisy Bakery – Mojito Cupcake

Highly commended: Fiona Rinaldi, Icing Bliss – White Russian Bliss

Micro-modelled Cupcake of the Year

Winner: Marianna Groves, Ria’s Cakes – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Highly commended: Khiloni Shah, Bollymix – Oh So Microsweetilicious

Savoury Cupcake of the Year

Winner: Kate Shirazi, Cakeadoodledo – Salsa Verde Summer Cupcake

Highly commended: Gill Talbot, Fantasweets Cupcakes – Korma Cupcake

Classic Cupcake of the Year

Winner: Lindsay Horn, Swirls and Pearls Bakery – Lime and Ginger

Highly commended: Fiona Pratt, Bibi’s Bakery – Bibi’s Victoria Sponge Cupcake

Best Cupcake Handcrafted for Multiple Outlets:

Winner: Adele Doherty, Adele’s Cakes – Best of British Bakewell Tart Cupcake

Highly commended: Sean Coughlan, Coughlans Bakeries – Pistachio and Raspberry Cupcake

Free-from Cupcake of the Year

Winner: Rachel Price-Whittle, Rachel’s Cupcakes – Sticky Toffee Pudding

Highly commended: Brenda Monahan, Organic Delights – Dark Chocolate & Morello Cherry

Themed Cupcake of the Year

Winner: Sabrina Collins, Lady Jayne’s Cakes – Tis The Season

Highly commended: Mary Eastman, Mary’s Fairies – Hats Off To Her Majesty

National Cupcake Champion 2012

Winner: Emily Johnson, Upsy Daisy Bakery – Mojito Cupcake