In a tense contest, 12 cupcakes battled it out for the accolade of Cupcake Champion and a winning slot on one of British Baker’s Cupcake Week days.
The winner was a Black Forest Cupcake submitted by Mama’s Cupcakes
|Moreish Monday||Eat your greens||Country Cupcakes|
|Tantalising Tuesday||Summertime Fizz Cupcake||The Cupcake Girl|
|Whipped-up Wednesday||The White Rabbit||Fantasy Cupcakes|
|Thrilling Thursday||Crazy Lemon Drizzle Cupcake||Crazy Baker|
|Fulfilling Friday||Very Vanilla||Pat-a-cupcake|
|Supreme Saturday - Cupcake Champion||Black Forest Cupcake||Mama’s Cupcakes|
The Black Forest Cupcake (pictured), created by Mama’s Cupcakes from Cheshunt, Herts was judged the overall winner and chosen as the best flavour for Supreme Saturday.
Mama’s Cupcakes, Herts
Founded by Kevin Sibley (44) who currently runs the bakery from his home in Cheshunt, Herts. Kevin gave up his job as a graphic designer a year ago after his mother fell ill and started making cupcakes. Sadly, Kevin’s mother died at Christmas, but he continues to bake and now supplies Farmers Markets, parties and events across Herts and Essex.
“My heart is pounding, I can’t believe the news It’s really exciting,” said Kevin on hearing that his Black Forest cupcake was judged the overall competition winner.
Telephone for orders on 07946 317046
Country Cupcakes, Bath
The Cupcake Girl, Cardiff, South Wales
Launched just back in February by former Real Radio Sales Director Tanya Lynch, The Cupcake Girl was inspired by the style and glamour around the movie Sex And the City and the growing vogue for couture cupcakes. Tanya supplies cafes, hotels and also takes online orders. Her winning flavour, Summertime Fizz, was inspired by the strawberries and champagne lifestyle of top tennis tournament Wimbledon.
Telephone for orders 0781 7628442
Fantasy Cupcakes, Rawtenstall, Lancashire
Single mother of two Melinda Foster (36) was inspired to set up her cupcake company last year after watching a couple of TV programmes on UKTV Food. The result is Fantasy Cupcakes – and the name says it all. Her winning White Rabbit recipe is based on a cupcake she made for an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. Now Melinda is hoping to expand her business from bespoke orders and events to open new retail premises in the New Year.
Telephone for orders 0793 6263385
Crazy Baker, London
Former model Sophie Grey expanded her established catering and event management business into the Crazy Baker in March this year to meet demand for her range of artisan breads, cakes, biscuits and scones. The fledgling bakery now supplies 10 delis, shops and pubs across West London. Sophie’s Lemon cupcake is based on an established old customer favourite - lemon drizzle cake.
Telephone for orders 020 8964 1712
Patacupcake, Abbots Langley, Herts
Former customer services supervisor Deborah Winfield left her full time job just three months ago to launch Patacupcake from her home in Abbots Langley. Already she is receiving a healthy stream of interest and special orders. Deborah originally tested her very vanilla recipe out on her husband and his work colleagues. She plans to specialise in catering to weddings and can provide cupcake towers and will set up for local weddings on the big day too.
Telephone for orders 07588 632580
Commenting on the quality of competition entries, British Baker deputy editor Andrew Williams said: “The standard was extremely high. This competition not only demonstrates just how much craft baking is flourishing in the UK, but reflects the sheer level of innovation that is going on within the cupcake sector. The taste and flavour combinations together with the style and presentation we experienced have set an extremely high standard for years to come."
About Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Week is created by British Baker magazine with co-sponsors Puratos and Chevler. The aim is to encourage craft bakers, cafés, delis, coffee chains, convenience stores and supermarket in-store bakeries to celebrate the diversity and fun of the hugely popular cupcake by producing and selling a different recipe for each day of the week. Other plans for the week include a shop window display competition and a record attempt at the world’s biggest cupcake.