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May 2014: Afternoon Tea with a Twist

We had an oh-so-civilised evening of Afternoon Tea this month, except instead of cake we had cupcakes… and every cupcake had a twist!  We had baking regulars and some newbies, but all the entries incredibly inventive and it was a delight to taste each one.  We also raised £152 for Girlguiding, so it was a great night all round!  Fancy a cuppa?

Best in Show: Jennifer’s Asian Afternoon Tea

Asian Afternoon Tea Mango and passionfruit cheesecake cupcakes with green tea macaroons

Asian Afternoon Tea
Mango and passionfruit cheesecake cupcakes with green tea macaroons

Our baking regular Jennifer stole the show with her Asian-inspired Afternoon Tea, and her green tea macaroons were out of this world!  Jennifer won the voucher for Afternoon Tea for Two at Filmore & Union.

Taste and Bakers Panel Winner: Jessie’s Topsy-Turvy Bakewell Tarts

Topsy-Turvy Bakewell Tarts Almond sponge with raspberry jam, with custard frosting

Topsy-Turvy Bakewell Tarts
Almond sponge with raspberry jam, with custard frosting

Jessie’s imaginative twist on the Bakewell Tart won her the Bakers Panel prize (biscuit tin) and the Taste prize (tea cup moulds)!

Appearance Winner: Sophia’s Eton Mess Cupcakes

Eton Mess Cupcakes Vanilla sponge topped with meringue, buttercream and raspberries

Eton Mess Cupcakes
Vanilla sponge topped with meringue, buttercream and raspberries

Sophia’s Eton Mess cupcakes were delightfully messy, and came complete with a sign that says ‘Let them eat cake’.  And eat cake we did!  Sophia won the vintage inspired cake stand.

Theme Winner: Leanne’s Cucumber and Lime cupcakes

Cucumber & Lime cupcakes Cucumber sponge, lime curd topping and cucumber cream cheese frosting

Cucumber & Lime cupcakes
Cucumber sponge, lime curd topping and cucumber cream cheese frosting

Inspired by cucumber sandwiches, Leanne’s Cucumber & Lime cupcakes were such a good idea that they won the Theme prize.  Leanne took home the Afternoon Tea recipe book.

Our other delicious entries

Claire's Victoria Surprise Victoria sponge filled with jam, topped with sugar coated eggs

Claire’s Victoria Surprise
Victoria sponge filled with jam, topped with sugar coated eggs

Issie and Issy's Afternoon Tea at the Beach Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint 'tea' choc chip frosting

Issie and Issy’s Afternoon Tea at the Beach
Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint ‘tea’ choc chip frosting

Stacey's Cream Scone Cupcakes Madeira sponge with sultanas, with clotted cream frosting and raspberry jam

Stacey’s Cream Scone Cupcakes
Madeira sponge with sultanas, with clotted cream frosting and raspberry jam

Julie's Black Forest Gateaux Rich chocolate sponge with cherry buttercream & cherry on top

Julie’s Black Forest Gateaux
Rich chocolate sponge with cherry buttercream & cherry on top

March 2014: PS. It’s Vegan

We challenged our bakers to go vegan this month – and they pulled it out of the bag!  We had seven delicious entries and each one was a triumph in vegan baking.  Congratulations to all our bakers for making such yummy vegan cupcakes!

Best in Show: Jessie’s Lemon & Poppyseed Sunflowers

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes topped with lemon frosting and dairy free chocolate sprinkles

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes topped with lemon frosting and dairy free chocolate sprinkles

Our regular vegan baker Jessie won Best in Show with her lovely Lemon and Poppyseed Sunflowers, in honour of the Vegan Society’s logo!  Jessie won a £20 voucher for vegetarian and vegan eatery Global Tribe Cafe.

Taste and Bakers Panel Winner: Alexis’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Chocolate brownie cupcakes stuffed with hand made peanut butter cups

Chocolate brownie cupcakes stuffed with hand-made peanut butter cups

The classic combination of peanut and chocolate was loved by the eaters and bakers panel – especially the hand-made peanut butter cups!  Alexis came away with two prizes including the delicious cake from That Old Chestnut.

Appearance Winner: Issy and Issie’s Potty About Vegans!

Banana and chocolate sponge with green avocado icing

Banana and chocolate sponge with green avocado icing

Issy and Issie’s beautiful edible flowers were made from dried mango, and the cupcakes had little cherry chocolate ladybirds on top!  They won the Ms Cupcake vegan recipe book.

Theme Winner: Kirsty’s Raspberry and White Chocolate cupcakes

Raspberry and vanilla tea-infused sponge with a homemade raspberry jam centre

Raspberry and vanilla tea-infused sponge with a homemade raspberry jam centre

Kirsty’s delicious tea-themed vegan cupcakes were filled with home-made jam, and topped with beautiful sugar flowers.  Kirsty won the Moo Free vegan chocolate!

Our other entries

Charlotte's Violet-y Vegan-y Cupcakes Cranberry and raspberry cupcakes with blueberry icing

Charlotte’s Violet-y Vegan-y Cupcakes
Cranberry and raspberry cupcakes with blueberry icing

Sophia's Carrot Creations Carrot cake cupcakes with butter icing

Sophia’s Carrot Creations
Carrot cake cupcakes with butter icing

They're Not Terry's, They're Vegan Corinth's chocolate orange cupcakes

They’re Not Terry’s, They’re Vegan
Corinth’s chocolate orange cupcakes

Feburary 2014: Valentines Day – Love it or hate it

We were spreading the cupcake love at the Adelphi on Sunday 9th Feb, as we 10 scrummy entries to our Valentines Day competition.  Eight were lovey dovey Valentines cupcakes, and only 2 were on the ‘hate it’ side!  Congratulations to all the bakers who once again pulled out all the stops for their cupcakes.  And well done to the Eaters for polishing most of them off!

Best in Show and Bakers Panel: Rachel’s Passionate and Fruity cupcakes

Passion fruit and raspberry cupcake with white chocolate frosting, and a passion fruit marshmallow

Passion fruit and raspberry cupcake with white chocolate frosting, and a passion fruit marshmallow

Rachel’s Passionate and Fruity cupcakes were loved by the Eaters and the Bakers Panel, and as a result she won two prizes at the competition!  Rachel took home the £30 voucher for Chaophraya and the heart-shaped cake molds.

Taste winner: Julie’s Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes

Vanilla sponge with a strawberry jelly centre, and jammy buttercream

Vanilla sponge with a strawberry jelly centre and jammy buttercream

Congratulations to Julie who once again won the Taste prize – this time for her yummy Stawberry Shortcake cupcakes that were topped with a delicious shortcake heart!  Julie won the veg box from Market Delivered.

Appearance winner: Leanne’s Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes

Vanilla sponge with a strawberry champagne filling and champagne icing

Vanilla sponge with a strawberry champagne filling and champagne icing

These pretty little Strawberry and Champagne cupcakes were topped with a strawberry carved into a rose, all carefully carved by Leanne herself!  She took home the cupcake calendar, socks and I Love You cutters – very cute for Valentine’s Day!

Theme winner: Issy & Issie’s Bake Love Not War

Half-and-half raspberry and chocolate chip sponge with vanilla buttercream

Half-and-half raspberry and chocolate chip sponge with vanilla buttercream

Leeds University’s Baking Society entered their first cupcake to the competition and won the Theme prize.  Made by Issy and Issie, their cupcakes Bake Love Not War won them two tickets for Leeds Roller Doll’s Cake My Day, and two tickets for a roller derby bout!

Other cupcakes

Jennifer's Bee My Valentine Honey and ginger sponge with home-made lemon curd and honey buttercream

Jennifer’s Bee My Valentine
Honey and ginger sponge with home-made lemon curd and honey buttercream

Rhonda's Lemon Sherbet Love Heart cupcakes Lemon cupcake with home-made lemon curd and a lemon sherbet buttercream

Rhonda’s Lemon Sherbet Love Heart cupcakes
Lemon cupcake with home-made lemon curd and a lemon sherbet buttercream

Sophia's White Chocolate & Raspberry Bouquets Raspberry and white chocolate cake with a hand-made white chocolate rose

Sophia’s White Chocolate & Raspberry Bouquets
Raspberry and white chocolate cake with a hand-made white chocolate rose

Jessie's Pierced Heart cupcakes Red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting and anatomical fondant heart

Jessie’s Pierced Heart cupcakes
Red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting and anatomical fondant heart

Fran's Bitter Sweet cupcakes Blackberry and apple loaf with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate Love Heart

Fran’s Bitter Sweet cupcakes
Blackberry and apple loaf with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate Love Heart

Emma's Strawberry Daiquiri Rose cupcakes Vanilla cupcake with rum-soaked strawberries and a rum reduction, with lime and strawberry butter

Emma’s Strawberry Daiquiri Rose cupcakes
Vanilla cupcake with rum-soaked strawberries and a rum reduction, with lime and strawberry butter

December 2013: Winter Wonderland

We started to feel all Christmassy at IronCupcake after tasting seven deliciously festive cupcakes!  Thanks to everyone who came to the competition, and Merry Christmas to you all!

Best in Show: Emma’s Holiday’s Are Coming cupcakes

Coca Cola cake with popping candy, snowflakes and golden sparkles

Coca Cola cake with popping candy, snowflakes and golden sparkles

Congratulations to Emma who won Best in Show for her fab coca cola cupcakes!  Emma took home the £20 Lakeland voucher, courtesy of Leeds Forum.

Taste winner: Julie’s Cold as Ice cupcakes

Chocolate and peppermint cupcakes, with a chewy After Eight centre and minty buttercream

Chocolate and peppermint cupcakes, with a chewy After Eight centre and minty buttercream

Our judges clearly thought Julie’s wintery After Eight cupcakes really hit the spot, and she won the Christmas cookie cutters and sprinkles.

Appearance winner: Jennifer’s Figgy Forest cupcakes

Spiced fig cupcakes with Italian meringue buttercream and brandy chocolate truffle logs

Spiced fig cupcakes with Italian meringue buttercream and brandy chocolate truffle logs

Jennifer’s figgy pudding cupcakes had a very pretty snowy scene, complete with a yule log!  She took home the Mrs Bridges hamper of jam, marmalade and shortbread.

Theme winner: Kaz’s Gingerbread and Salted Caramel Reindeer

Gingerbread sponge with salted caramel buttercream and pretzel antlers

Gingerbread sponge with salted caramel buttercream and pretzel antlers

Congratulations to Kaz who took home Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection recipe book, after winning the theme prize for her amazing reindeer cupcakes!

Bakers Panel winner: Leanne’s Gingerbread Latte cupcakes

Ginger sponge, cinnamon and coffee buttercream, with gingerbread men

Ginger sponge, cinnamon and coffee buttercream, with gingerbread men

Inspired by the Starbucks drink, Leanne’s Gingerbread Latte cupcakes won the Bakers Panel prize.  Her gingerbread men were both very cute and very tasty!

Other cupcakes

O Christmas Tree Gingerbread 'branches' and chocolate 'trunk' with a chocolate star on top

O Christmas Tree
Gingerbread ‘branches’ and chocolate ‘trunk’ with a chocolate star on top

Little Mince Pie cupcakes Spiced cupcakes with mincemeat, and brandy buttercream

Little Mince Pie cupcakes
Spiced cupcakes with mincemeat, and brandy buttercream

November 2013: Baked in the USA

We had 11 delicious entries for our all-American competition and every single one was amazing!  Well done to all our Bakers – you work so hard and we all really appreciate it!  And thanks to all the Eaters who came down to judge too (it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!)

Best in Show: Jennifer’s Supersize Me cupcakes

Banana sponge 'bun', chocolate sponge 'burger' and peanut butter frosting 'trimmings'

Banana sponge ‘bun’, chocolate sponge ‘burger’ and peanut butter frosting ‘trimmings’

Jennifer’s fantastic Supersize Me cupcakes looked just like a true American hamburger, but with a banana/chocolate/peanut butter combo!  Jennifer won the £20 voucher for It Bar in Leeds where she can enjoy a proper burger!

Taste Winner: Sophia’s Tree Lime cupcakes

Biscuit base, lime cupcake, homemade lime curd centre with lime frosting

Biscuit base, lime cupcake, homemade lime curd centre with lime frosting

Taking inspiration from Florida’s key lime pie, Sophia’s Tree Lime cupcakes were tangily delicious!  She took home the bumper selection of chocolate from Candy Hero.

Appearance Winner: Rebecca’s ‘Would you like fries with that?’

Vanilla sponge 'bun', chocolate brownie 'burger' with fondant icing fillings

Vanilla sponge ‘bun’, chocolate brownie ‘burger’ with fondant icing fillings

Burgers were very popular at IronCupcake this month, with Rebecca’s ‘Would you like fries with that’ winning the Appearance prize!  The shortbread fries were particular delicious.  Rebecca won the Oreo cupcake soaps from Crazy Luxuries.

Theme Winner: Jessica’s Spring Break cupcakes

Maple syrup, bacon and beer batter cupcakes with Guiness

Maple syrup, bacon and beer batter cupcakes with Guinness

Jessica’s fabulous bacon, beer and maple syrup cupcakes were complete with a Duff beer bottle from the Simpsons – you couldn’t get any more American!  Jessica took home the recipe book Baked in America from the Outsider Tart.

Bakers Panel winner: Julie’s Pecan Pie

Pecan flavoured sponge topped with maple syrup buttercream and a pastry piecrust

Pecan flavoured sponge topped with maple syrup buttercream and a pastry piecrust

Julie’s Pecan Pie cupcakes were the Bakers Panel favourite this month – they said it was “delicious, very moist and just like pecan pie!”  Julie won our spatula and whisk, and free entry to next month’s competition.

Cupcakes nominated in the Taste category

The following lovely entries had the most nominations in Taste – well done to Rachel and Jessie!

Rachel's Pretzel Perfection Chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel and cream cheese icing

Rachel’s Pretzel Perfection
Chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel and cream cheese icing

Jessie's American Piecakes Cherry and vanilla cupcakes topped with blueberry (vegan) cream cheese

Jessie’s American Piecakes
Cherry and vanilla cupcakes topped with blueberry (vegan) cream cheese

Cupcakes nominated in the Appearance category

The following lovely entries had the most nominations in Appearance – well done to Emma and Lauren!

Emma's Key Lime and Hawaiian Coconut Coconut sponge infused with zesty lime buttercream, and tropical coconut flakes

Emma’s Key Lime and Hawaiian Coconut
Coconut sponge infused with zesty lime buttercream, and tropical coconut flakes

Lauren's Punxutawney Phil's Pennsylvania Pecan Pie Pops Pecan pie cakes and ginger icing, with ginger and chocolate cake pops

Lauren’s Punxutawney Phil’s Pennsylvania Pecan Pie Pops
Pecan pie cakes and ginger icing, with ginger and chocolate cake pops

Cupcakes nominated in the Theme category

The following lovely entries had the most nominations in Theme – well done to Leanne and Anna & Chad!

Leanne's Blueberry Pancake cupcakes Blueberry sponge with maple syrup frosting, blueberry sauce and mini American pancake

Leanne’s Blueberry Pancake cupcakes
Blueberry sponge with maple syrup frosting, blueberry sauce and mini American pancake

Pecan and brown sugar sponge with maple cream cheese frosting

Anna and Chad’s Mount Cakemore
Pecan and brown sugar sponge with maple cream cheese frosting

October 2013: Death by Chocolate

Thank you to everyone who came to our October competition – it was our busiest yet with 15 bakers and over 60 eaters!  Our bakers pulled out all the stops to create some amazing cupcakes on the theme ‘Death by Chocolate’.  Read all the results here!

Best in Show: Jessica’s Day of the Dead cupcakes

Jessica's Day of the Dead cupcakes

Chocolate cinnamon sponge, chocolate orange filling and popping candy, with cinnamon buttercream

Jessica won a £20 voucher for afternoon tea at the Sunshine Bakery with her creepily beautiful Day of the Dead cupcakes!

Taste Winner: Jennifer’s Chocolate Overload cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow creme filling covered in dark chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow creme filling covered in dark chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate buttercream

Jennifer’s Chocolate Overload cupcakes really lived up to their name, and won Fayre by Alley’s nanaimo bars!

Appearance and Bakers Panel Winner: Abbie’s Fire and Brimstone cupcakes

Dark chocolate and chilli cupcake with candied chilli and popping candy

Dark chocolate and chilli cupcake with candied chilli and popping candy

Abbie scooped not one but two prizes with her fabulous devil horns Fire and Brimstone cupcakes!  She was the Baker’s Panel favourite and took home our giant cupcake mould.

Theme Winner: Leanne’s Devil’s Food Cheesecake Cupcakes

Devil's food dark chocolate cupcakes with a rich chocolate ganache, topped with homemade chocolate skulls

Devil’s food dark chocolate cupcakes with a rich chocolate ganache, topped with homemade chocolate skulls

Congratulations to Leanne who won Lovemarzipan’s ‘marzigram in a mug’ with her delicious Devil’s Food cupcakes!

Nominated in Taste

Julie's Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes Chocolate sponge topped with a layer of chilli chocolate and chocolate ganache

Julie’s Chilli Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate sponge topped with a layer of chilli chocolate and chocolate ganache

Clare's Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes Chocolate sponge with gooey salted caramel centre and topped with chocolate caramel ganache

Clare’s Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Chocolate sponge with gooey salted caramel centre and topped with chocolate caramel ganache

Nicky's Murder at Fawlty Towers Chocolate fondant cupcakes topped with basil flavoured chocolate buttercream

Nicky’s Murder at Fawlty Towers
Chocolate fondant cupcakes topped with basil flavoured chocolate buttercream

Rhonda's 'Bite Me' cupcakes Dark chocolate sponge with a raspberry and dark chocolate ganache filling, with white chocolate ganache topping

Rhonda’s ‘Bite Me’ cupcakes
Dark chocolate sponge with a raspberry and dark chocolate ganache filling, with white chocolate ganache topping

Nominated in Appearance

Emma's Graveyard Cupcakes Rocky road sponge topped with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate soil, with buried Crunchie bones

Emma’s Graveyard Cupcakes
Rocky road sponge topped with dark chocolate ganache and chocolate soil, with buried Crunchie bones

Lisa's Sweet Demise Moist chocolate cake with a mousse centre and white + dark chocolate ganache

Lisa’s Sweet Demise
Moist chocolate cake with a mousse centre and white + dark chocolate ganache

Emma's Chocolate Matcha Chocolate cupcakes with green tea matcha frosting

Emma’s Chocolate Matcha
Chocolate cupcakes with green tea matcha frosting

Mary's Day of the Dead cupcakes Chocolate orange cupcakes with chocolate icing and sugar skulls

Mary’s Day of the Dead cupcakes
Chocolate orange cupcakes with chocolate icing and sugar skulls

Nominated in Theme

Sophia's Chocolate Graveyard Chocolate cupcake with hard chocolate glaze and chocolate frosting

Sophia’s Chocolate Graveyard
Chocolate cupcake with hard chocolate glaze and chocolate frosting

Jessie's Who Killed the Cupcake? Rich beetroot chocolate cupcake filled with dark chocolate ganache, decorated with 'blood'

Jessie’s Who Killed the Cupcake?
Rich beetroot chocolate cupcake filled with dark chocolate ganache, decorated with ‘blood’

Joanna's 'There's nothing scarier than a clown' Chocolate fudge brownie cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream

Joanna’s ‘There’s nothing scarier than a clown’
Chocolate fudge brownie cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream

September 2013: Cupcakes inspired by music

Our bakers had clearly thought long and hard about September’s theme as we had nine truly inventive entries on the theme ‘Music’!  We had music eras, bands and song lyrics represented in cupcakes, and best of all they all tasted delicious.  Congratulations to our winners and everyone who entered!

Best in Show: Ruth’s ‘Zombie’ by the (white chocolate) Cranberries

White chocolate mud cupcakes with brains (cranberries), topped with white chocolate ganache

White chocolate mud cupcakes with brains (cranberries), topped with white chocolate ganache

First-time baker at IronCupcake, Ruth’s fantastically scary cupcakes won Best in Show – the detail on her zombie hands and eyeballs was quite amazing!  Ruth won the IronCupcake apron and £20 gift voucher for Arts Cafe and Restaurant.

Bakers Panel winner: Jess’ Sticky Toffee Symphony

Sticky toffee sponge with a Dulce de Leche topping and popping candy that sings

Sticky toffee sponge with a Dulce de Leche topping and popping candy that sings

The Bakers Panel adored Jess’ toffee flavour and smooth buttercream – the singing popping candy on top was the icing on the cake, as it were!  Jess won our whisk and spatula (from the IronCupcake logo) and free entry to next month’s competition.

Taste winner: Jennifer’s Moulin Rouge cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with a ganache and raspberry centre, topped with raspberry buttercream

Chocolate cupcakes with a ganache and raspberry centre, topped with raspberry buttercream

Jennifer’s Moulin Rouge cupcakes were truly delicious – gooey chocolate and raspberry centre, with a dark chocolate sponge and raspberry buttercream.  Jennifer came home with the wonderfully named ‘How to avoid a soggy bottom’ GBBO book!

Appearance winner: Jessie’s 50s Rock n Roll Coke Floats

Cola-cake with vanilla ice cream flavoured icing

Traditional cola-cake with vanilla ice cream flavoured icing

Jessie’s retro coke float cupcakes were voted best for appearance, with polka dot cases and intricate mini vinyl records that even had tiny names!  Jessie won the three icing cutters (she clearly has a knack with fondant!)

Theme winner: Donna’s Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Chocolate, courgette and chilli cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting

Chocolate, courgette and chilli cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting

Donna’s fantastic chilli pepper cupcakes hit the nail on the head with this month’s theme, incorporating a pretty cupcake with a pleasant chilli kick!  Donna won the hamper of goodies from the Cupcake Cafe.

Our delicious entries

Charlotte's Backstage Riders Jack Daniels and coke chocolate cupcake with M&Ms (no brown ones)

Charlotte’s Backstage Riders
Jack Daniels and coke chocolate cupcake with M&Ms (no brown ones)

Emma's Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls Salted caramel sponge and chocolate teasers

Emma’s Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls
Salted caramel sponge and chocolate teasers

Kaz's Lola's Cherry Cupcakes Coke flavoured sponge with cherry filling and cola glaze

Kaz’s Lola’s Cherry Cupcakes
Coke flavoured sponge with cherry filling and cola glaze

Amber's Purple Rain cupcakes Liquorice flavoured sponge with peppermint buttercream

Amber’s Purple Rain cupcakes
Liquorice flavoured sponge with peppermint buttercream

August 2013: Disney

The Disney theme inspired 12 fantastic entries to the competition, from Disney princesses and pirates, to poisoned apples and tentacles!  The new judging system went down really well, especially with the Bakers who had five different prizes up for grabs.  Thanks to everyone who came and made the night so much fun.  It was great to see so many new faces too!

Best in Show: Jessie’s Ursula’s Tentacles

Rich chocolate cupcake with ganache icing and fondant tentacles

Winning Best in Show on her first ever IronCupcake, Jessie’s Ursula’s Tentacles Devil’s Food Cupcakes looked creepily realistic, only partly because the icing was starting to melt!  Jessie won the £20 voucher for cafe Out of the Woods.

Bakers Panel and Taste Winner: Donna’s Cinderella Cupcakes

Madagascan vanilla cupcake with a lemon core, topped with lemon buttercream and a fondant bow

First-timer at IronCupcake Donna scooped not one but two prizes with her Cinderella Cupcakes, complete with fondant glass slipper!  She was the Bakers Panel favourite – they loved the taste and texture of the sponge, and the real vanilla instead of vanilla essence.  The Eaters voted her favourite for Taste, and rightly so!  Donna won the Bakers Panel spatula and whisk, and John Whaite’s Bakes recipe book.

Appearance Winner: Naomi’s Aladdin’s Spiced Cupcakes

Spiced cupcakes with orange and cardamom

Congratulations to Naomi, yet another first-timer, whose Aladdin’s Spiced Cupcakes captured the many faces of the Genie – quite a feat!  Naomi won the heart-shaped cake mould and spatula for the prize of Appearance.

Best Theme Winner: Kathryn’s Poison Apple

Apple sponge with sherbet apple butter icing and popping candy

Kathryn continued her winning streak in August with the Snow White inspired Poison Apple Cupcakes, presented in a beautiful wicker basket alongside real apples.  Kathryn won the box of 16 handmade Lovemarzipan sweets.

Our delicious entries

Emma’s Pooh’s Hunny Pot Cakes With honeycomb crumble

Kerrie’s Painting the “Rose Cupcakes” Red
White chocolate and rose water cupcakes with vanilla and rose flavoured icing

Kate’s Princess Cupcakes
Vanilla buns with raspberry, popping candy and marshmallow topping

Natasha’s Brave Cupcakes Ginger buns with lemon curd filling and ginger buttercream

Jennifer’s Pumpkin to Carriage Cupcakes
Spiced pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with ‘magic’ sprinkles

Lisa’s Poison Apple
Cider apple cupcakes with Creme de Mure frosting

Jessica's Bibbiddbobbidyboo Cinderella's pumpkin spice cupcakes with passion fruit cream cheese frosting

Jessica’s Bibbiddbobbidyboo
Cinderella’s pumpkin spice cupcakes with passion fruit cream cheese frosting

Amanda’s Cupcakes of the Caribbean Rum and raisin cupcakes with rum buttercream and dark chocolate

July 2013: The Great British Summer

We had 13 amazing entries to The Great British Summer competition on 14th July.  The gorgeous weather may have inspired our Bakers, but it played havoc with our buttercream!  Thanks to all the Bakers who braved baking in the heat, and all our Eaters who were probably melting too.  Here’s the winners and our delicious entries.

1st Place: Lisa’s Life’s a Beach

Life's a Beach
Toffee cake batter ice cream cupcakes with butterscotch sauce and vanilla cream frosting

Lisa’s beautifully intricate beach-scene cupcakes matched up to their creamy toffee taste for a winning combination.  Lisa won the £30 Bibis restaurant voucher.  You can read how the toffee ice cream cupcakes were created on our Recipe page!

2nd Place: Kathryn’s Raspberry Ripple cupcakes

Raspberry ripple sponge with vanilla icing and a flake, in an ice cream cone
Raspberry ripple sponge with vanilla icing and a flake, in an ice cream cone

Kathryn came away with a box of 12 cupcakes from The Box Bakery after scooping second place with her delicious raspberry ripple cupcakes – a sophisticated Mr Whippy!

3rd Place – Kirsty’s Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Almond flavoured sponge, amaretti cheesecake base, filled with real cherries and cherry compote, topped with cream cheese icing
Almond flavoured sponge, amaretti cheesecake base, filled with real cherries and cherry compote, topped with cream cheese icing

Congratulations to Kirsty and her decedant cherry cheesecake cupcakes – a lovely summery dessert!  Kirsty won the Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins recipe book.

Our delicious entries

Rhubarb, cherry and strawberry sponge with custard buttercream
Charlotte’s Summer Days
Rhubarb, cherry and strawberry sponge with custard buttercream
Chelsea's Doughnut Cupcakes Doughnut flavoured cake with a strawberry jam centre, with home made doughnuts and Cornish vanilla buttercream
Jess’ Doughnut Cupcakes
Doughnut flavoured cake with a strawberry jam centre, with home made doughnuts and Cornish vanilla buttercream
Charlotte B's Raspberry 99 Vanilla cupcakes in an ice cream cone, topped with whippy buttercream, sprinkles, sauce and a flake
Charlotte B’s Raspberry 99
Vanilla cupcakes in an ice cream cone, topped with whippy buttercream, sprinkles, sauce and a flake
Emma's Afternoon Tea cupcakes Earl Grey flavour sponge with strawberries, cream and jam
Emma’s Afternoon Tea cupcakes
Earl Grey flavour sponge with strawberries, cream and jam
Jennifer's Champagne Cream Tea Earl Grey tea sponge with home made champagne strawberry jam and whipped cream filling, with Earl Grey buttercream
Jennifer’s Champagne Cream Tea
Earl Grey tea sponge with home made champagne strawberry jam and whipped cream filling, with Earl Grey buttercream
Amanda's Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Lemon flavoured sponge with white chocolate chips and lemon flavoured meringue
Amanda’s Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Lemon flavoured sponge with white chocolate chips and lemon flavoured meringue
Rebecca's Chill out with a Gin and Tonic Vanilla cupcake baked with a splash of tonic and lemon zest, infused with gin, topped with gin buttercream
Rebecca’s Chill out with a Gin and Tonic
Vanilla cupcake baked with a splash of tonic and lemon zest, infused with gin, topped with gin buttercream
Julie's Summer Butterflies Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and chocolate crafted butterflies
Julie’s Summer Butterflies
Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and chocolate crafted butterflies
Leanne's Eton Mess Vanilla and strawberry sponge with clotted cream buttercream, topped with meringue and strawberries
Leanne’s Eton Mess
Vanilla and strawberry sponge with clotted cream buttercream, topped with meringue and strawberries
Sabina's Strawberry Cracked Black Pepper Cupcakes Black pepper vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry centre, vanilla buttercream and a balsamic strawberry
Sabina’s Strawberry Cracked Black Pepper Cupcakes
Black pepper vanilla cupcakes with a strawberry centre, vanilla buttercream and a balsamic strawberry
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