I'm still in shock, but overjoyed & thankful!!! So we made it to the ICA in one piece! It was a fun day, with several demos, presentations and then a "cake talk" from David & David of Outsider Tart. It's a pity we didn't get to speak with the judges, but the time just went by so quickly! Some of the judges I saw were Eric Lanlard (!!), Peggy Porschen, and Tarek Malouf of the Hummingbird Bakery, who took some to speak to me (yaay!!). A quick lunch & viewing of all the cupcakes, then it was time for the Awards! I met the 2009 Cupcake Championship Winner, Kevin from Mamas-Cupcakes, who's a really cool & down to earth person! Check out his site! The overall Cupcake Champion 2011 was Absolute Treats, who specialise in a Free-from range of cakes, well done!! There were alot of well presented cakes, and at the end of the day it came down to the taste! Taste is paramount for a good cake!
Our winning cupcake was a Rich Dark Chocolate Sponge with a hard Divine Chocolate centre filled with an Amarula fused Marshmallow Fluff, topped with an Amarula Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue, decorated with dark chocolate shavings, a gold dusted dark chocolate disc...and boy have I had my fair share of them...(I will be running everyday this week to shed those few extra kilos). Thank you to everyone who sampled our Cupcake, and the great feedback we received!! Nailing the flavour was our main aim aswell as incorporate the spirit of Africa, and we nailed it!! I didn't fuss over the decor details, and kept the cupcake very simple, although I did miss my 1M swirl! So all, in all, it was a really Sweet Day in London!!! Well done to everyone who took part!
I captured a few shots, but when I was annouced as winner, shakey hand syndrome took over, so the focus wasnt too great! Hey, I'd just won!!
The judging tables
The National Cupcake Champion 2011
Some shots of the judges and the British Baker Team...
What a day, and a week it has been!! It's not over, The National Cupcake Week is right around the corner, so we'll be updating you on what we have in store for the 12-18th September, and how you can help us raise money for the partnering charity, CLIC Sargent, which is a childrens' cancer charity that supports and provides clinical, practical, and emotional support to help the whole family cope with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Sweet Wishes & 2 Kisses!!
xx CC Treats