David Bennett of the Sunshine Bakery in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, is the newly crowned Cupcake Champion of Great Britain 2010.
Bennett set up the business only six months ago, having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants for 17 years, five of which were under Marco Pierre White. He switched from chef to baker and has quickly found success with his winning Banana & Mango recipe, tweaked from a Passionfruit & Mango recipe that sells in his shop for £1.50. He beat over 60 professional cupcake bakers to the title.
The competition was organised by British Baker as part of its build-up to National Cupcake Week, 13-19 September. The week is sponsored by Renshaw and Chevler and supported by BFP Wholesale and Robert Dyas. Food Network UK is the media partner and will be showing highlights of the competition on the channel (Sky 262, 263+1) during National Cupcake Week.
There are seven winners in total, representing each day of the week, as follows:
Monday: Chocolate Ginger Cupcake (vegan) - Lisa Harris, The Cupcake Theatre, Bournemouth
Tuesday: Tropical Explosion - Natalie Penzer & Rachel Brown, Cupcake Garden, Beaminster
Wednesday: Ernest Hemmingway - Vicky Parker, Sweet Tooth Cupcakery, Manchester
Thursday: Cosmopolitan - Stephanie Sippitt, The Butterfly Bakery, Poole
Friday: Sweet & Wicked Mojito - Susan Angoy, Sweet & Wicked, London
Saturday (champion): Banana & Mango - David Bennett, Sunshine Bakery, Leeds
Sunday: Sticky Toffee - Katie Rawcliffe, The Little House of Cupcakes, Thornton