Cake International

As those who know me will be well aware, the final of the National Cupcake Championships happened this weekend at the NEC Arena in Birmingham. There were tons of big people in the baking world there, including my baking heroine and the woman who started it all, Mary Berry. Unfortunately I didn’t win the Cupcake Champion 2013 title but I had an absolutely fabulous day. I met my heroine, I spent lots of money on baking goodies (that couldn’t be helped!) and I got to catch up with an old uni friend.

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Click here to see a round up of some of the amazing cakes on offer and the entries that beat mine (I was robbed!)

Jen x

PS – to see the official list of winners and news announcement, you can go HERE.

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Exciting News!

So remember back in July when I made my hamburger cupcakes? You might have missed the update to that post where I entered them into a competition run by National Cupcake Week (which starts today, 16th-22nd September!) You can see the original post HERE.

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I absolutely did not expect to hear anything from them at all and then I start my working day this morning and an email pops itself into my inbox. I have been shortlisted as a finalist!!! I have to go to the Birmingham NEC Arena on 9th November to present my cupcakes and none other than my baking hero, the great Mary Berry will be there to taste and judge the cakes!! I feel like I need to write this whole post in capitals with an endless amount of exclamation points just to convey my excitement at this news.

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Of course I will keep you updated with progress and yes my friends and family can all look forward to eating lots of these as I try to get them perfect for Mary!

Jen x

PS – if you want to see a list of the other finalists you can go to the National Cupcake Week webpage. Mine are listed under themed cupcakes and I think there will only be one winner from all 4 categories. Wish me luck!

Hamburger Cupcakes

Yep you read the title right, this weekend I made cupcakes that look like hamburgers! It was one of my netball friends birthdays a few weeks ago and as yesterday was absolutely gorgeous barbecue weather, that’s exactly what we did!

When I first decided to start this blog, I did a lot of research and browsing through the more established blogs to get ideas for bakes or even to just copy a bake I really liked. This recipe most definitely caught my eye and I am absolutely delighted that I’ve finally had an opportunity to actually bake/make it! You can find the pictures that inspired me at Bakerella’s blog which I think you will agree are pretty awesome. I didn’t have time to make the cookie fries but I definitely think I’ll give them a go in the future.

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These beauties went down very well (at least I think they did!) and it was really exciting for me to actually create something. The assembly of all the different parts of these cupcakes was actually more rewarding than the bake of them which is unusual for me. Click here to see how it went and to discover how to make them yourselves. Comments are appreciated from those that tried them 🙂

Jen x

PS – aren’t you lucky, getting two posts in one week!