Prizes for Vegan competition in March!

Our competition ‘PS. It’s Vegan’ on Sunday 9th March will be a celebration of all things vegan, in a cupcake!  If you’re entering the competition as a baker, we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs.  And if you have an Eater ticket to judge, your prize is to eat lots of yummy cupcakes!  Get your tickets here

Global Tribe Cafe£20 gift voucher for Global Tribe Cafe

The Global Tribe Cafe offers a mouthwatering selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options (as well as a vast range of loose leaf tea!)  Their menu includes lots of traditional cafe favourites done in a vegan way, such as the TLT which is tofu, lettuce and tomato – very tempting!

‘The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town’ recipe book

Mellissa Morgan a.k.a Ms Cupcake runs London’s first entirely vegan bakery.  Thankfully for us Northerners, she’s revealed her fabulous dairy-free recipes in her book ‘The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town’!  The recipes include cupcakes, muffins, tray bakes, biscuits… the list goes on.  All very naughty and all completely vegan! Continue reading


Vegan Baking 101 by Jessie Collin

Jessie won Best in Show with her Devil's Food cupcakes

Jessie won Best in Show with her vegan Devil’s Food cupcakes for the theme ‘Disney’

Our IronCupcake baking regular Jessie Collin has a very well-hidden secret – every cupcake she enters into the competition is actually vegan!  Given that she has won a fair few prizes and blogged about her recipes on Mad Hatter’s Pantry, we asked Jessie to give us her top tips for baking.  Take it away, Jessie!

“DON’T PANIC!  Vegan baking may seem scary but it’s really not that hard!  Milk can be substituted for a non-dairy version – I usually find soya milk (the regular stuff not the light stuff) produces the best cakes as it’s thicker and creamier than most of the others. However, most varieties will work although you might get different results from other non-dairy milks. There are all sorts of products out there now, such as soya yogurt, cream, and cream cheese. Continue reading

Cake My Day competition with Leeds Roller Dolls

roller-dolls-e1391778437215At February’s IronCupcake, The Leeds Roller Dolls are giving away two tickets to their very own cupcake competition – and two tickets to one of their matches!  But who are the Leeds Roller Dolls, and what is Cake My Day all about?  Here’s Heather from the Dolls to explain…

“Roller derby is a full contact roller skating sport which combines skill, strength and strategy, all on roller skates.  The Leeds Roller Dolls was formed in 2007 and we have two competitive teams, the Rebel Roses (A team) and the Whip-Its (B team).  We’ve travelled around Europe to compete in bouts and Rebel Roses are currently ranked in the Top 15 European teams!”

So what do cupcakes have to do with roller derby?

“We’re holding our third Cake My Day cupcake competition for to fundraise for Leeds Roller Dolls on Saturday 1st March, 12.30pm at the Heart Centre, Headingley.  We’ve raised over £800 so far from Cake My Days to pay for tournament entry fees, governing body fees and other costs like replacing hire kit, or even ice packs for the first aid bag!  Cake My Day is a lively, fun and family-friendly event, and most important of all, there’s CAKE!! “

And you’re open to bakers and eaters?

“Yes, bakers need to register by emailing and you’ll need to bring 5 cupcakes for competition entry (plus an additional 7 if you wish to enter the ‘most sold’ category.)  Baker tickets cost £2 and Judges tickets cost £3 on the day, including a complimentary cup of tea!  But one lucky IronCupcake winner will receive a Baker and Eater ticket for free, plus two bout tickets!’

What happens at a Leeds Roller Dolls match or ’bout’?

“Bouts are fast-moving, high impact games played on a flat, oval track.  Even if you don’t have a firm grasp on the rules, the aggressive contact and the skill level of the teams is enough to keep you entertained!  You can sit right by the side of the track if you’re over 18, and it’s incredibly fun to watch!”

Sounds fantastic! How can I find out more?

“You can visit the Leeds Roller Dolls website to read all about our bouts, or visit the Cake My Day Facebook page if cupcakes are more your thing!”

Prizes for February’s competition

The first competition of 2014 is nearly upon us!  The theme is Valentine’s Day: Love it or hate it on Sunday 9th February at the Adelphi, and we have lots of romantic prizes for our bakers to enjoy!  You can buy tickets to bake or judge here.

£30 gift voucher for Chaophraya restaurant

If you’re looking for Thai fine dining for that special occasion, Chaophraya is the restaurant for you.  You can decide whether that special occasion is a romantic meal for two, or cocktails in the Palm Sugar Lounge with your mates!

Leeds Roller Dolls cupcake competition and match tickets

Yorkshire’s first roller derby league, Leeds Roller Dolls are holding their very own cupcake competition called Cake My Day.  You can win a Baker and Judge ticket, plus two match (or ’bout’) tickets!

photo (4)Family veg box from Market Delivered

What could be better than a fresh vegetable box straight from Leeds Markets to cook for your Valentine!  Market Delivered take fresh meat, fish, vegetables (and a whole lot else) straight from the market to your doorstep.

Cupcake calendar, cupcake socks and ‘I love you’ icing cutters

We’ve put together a selection of cutsie cupcake gifts, including these super cute icing cutters!  Perfect for making some sweet Valentine’s Day bakes.

Cupcakes in January!

We said ‘NO’ to the January diet last Sunday when we tasted five different and delicious cupcakes!  Thanks to everyone who came to our little social.  We hope to see you again in February when the theme for our competition is ‘Valentines’: Love it or hate it’!  You can get tickets from our online shop.

Jessie's Silver and Gold(en) cupcakes Golden sryup sponge with fluffy vanilla icing (all vegan)

Jessie’s Silver and Gold(en) cupcakes
Golden sryup sponge with fluffy vanilla icing (all vegan)

Katie's Partridge in a Pear Tree Sponge with maple syrup and pear preserve

Katie’s Partridge in a Pear Tree
Sponge with maple syrup and pear preserve

Lemon sponge with lemon and elderflower drizzle

Grianne’s Little Spot of Summer Drizzle
Lemon sponge with lemon and elderflower drizzle

Cyd's Peach Surprise Ginger sponge and peach buttercream

Cyd’s Peach Surprise
Ginger sponge and peach buttercream

Ben's Chocolate Chestnut  cupcakes Rich chocolate sponge made with chestnut flour, topped with chestnut frosting

Ben’s Chocolate Chestnut cupcakes
Rich chocolate sponge made with chestnut flour, topped with chestnut frosting

IronCupcake party in January!

IMG_8753Update:  Due to high demand, we’re now opening our party to all IronCupcake fans – old and new!

We’re having our Christmas party on Sunday 12th January, 6pm at the Adelphi pub.   Our party will be free to attend and there’s no theme.  There’s just one catch – we’d also like everyone to bake some cupcakes!

It’s a perfect excuse to try out baking without the pressure of the competition, and you might want to use some new Christmas presents!  Everyone who bakes can bring one guest with them too.  If you’d like to come, please email with the following details:

  • Your name plus the name of your guest if bringing one
  • Which competition(s) you’ve attended before

See you on Sunday!

Prizes for December’s competition

If you simply can’t wait for Christmas to eat some delicious Christmassy cupcakes, our Winter Wonderland competition on Sunday 8th December is only a few days away!  Here’s what you could win if you enter – get your tickets here

£20 voucher for Lakeland courtesy of Leeds Forum

Leeds Forum

Having recently celebrated its 4,000th user, Leeds Forum is becoming the go-to place to discuss local issues and news. The core of the site, which is free to use, is the General Discussions area, and there is also a Leeds events section and classified ads.  You can join in the discussion on the best flavour combination for Christmas cupcakes here!

Hamper of goodies from Mrs Bridges

Enjoy a luxury breakfast at home with traditional Scottish strawberry preserve, fine cut marmalade and buttery shortbread from the online shop Mrs Bridges.  In case you’re wondering, Mrs Bridges was “a matronly cook running an Edwardian kitchen with a rod of iron and a warm heart in equal measure.”

Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection recipe book

Christmas round Mary Berry’s is no doubt a wonderfully fun and festive time. The fail-safe recipes in her Christmas Collection will see you through December and stand you in good stead for a delicious Christmas!

Christmas biscuit cutters and Christmas tree glitter

The best kind of biscuits are Christmas biscuits – you can give them to friends, hang them on the tree or just munch your way through them on Christmas eve!  Decorate with Christmas tree glitter dust for a dazzling biscuit.